Glossary of Common Ren Xue Terms

You will find as you start to explore Ren Xue that we use a lot of Chinese terms for core concepts.  To help you navigate this we have compiled some of the key terms you will find on this website.  Here are basic definitions and phonetics to help with pronunciation.  You can also download a pdf here.

Di [dee]

As in Di Yuan – the earth; big land; static; stillness

Dao [dow]

The fundamental law of the universe: the law of how everything develops positively and continually with ongoing, uplifting force.

Gongjing [gong jing]

True respect and humility.

Jing [jing]

The physical body and all parts of it, including organs and cells; the human body is a concentrated form of Qi. It is constantly transforming to and from formless physical Qi.

Jingshen [jing shern]

The non-physical/non-Qi aspects of life; heart (Xin), consciousness (Yi) and Shen. In a natural, healthy state, Jingshen is relaxed, calm, natural, unified, integrated, and harmonious.

Jue Cha [jueh tscha]

Shen’s awareness and observation.

Kaixin [kai sheen]


Qi [chee]

Life force, energy; the most basic building block of everything in the universe; an integrated form with energy, material and information which is constantly in the process of change.

Qigong [chee gong]

A self-training method that uses the consciousness, breathing (Qi), and the body (postures and movement), to effect continuous, positive changes in Qi, leading to improvement in health and elevation of consciousness.

Ren Xue [ren shueh]

The teaching of human life

Shen [shern]

The true self; the source of consciousness (Yi).

Tian [tien]

1) As in Dantian: area; field that nourishes life

2) As in Tian Yuan: the universe; heaven; sky

Tong [tong]

Free flowing, without barriers

Xin [sheen]

Heart; specifically, the manifestations of the Shen and Qi of the heart, rather than the physical organ.

5 Xin (Wu Xin) [woo sheen]

Five essential qualities of the heart: trust, openness, love, gratitude and Gongjing (true respect).

Xin Ling [sheen ling]

Heart consciousness.

Xinmen [sheen men]

Gate of the heart.

Yi [ee]

Consciousness; the mind, thoughts and thinking.

Yin and Yang [een yaang]

Two opposite qualities, which are constantly interchanging and transforming into each other in order to reach a balance; There is always Yin within Yang, and Yang within Yin.

Yuan [yuen]

Circle; round shape; complete; whole; perfect; smooth.

Yuan Gong [yuen gong]

Yuan Gong is a core component and subsystem of Ren Xue. It is a comprehensive Qigong life cultivation system. The ultimate purpose of Yuan Gong life cultivation is to attain realization and wisdom.

Yuan Ming [yuen ming]

Yuan Ming is a subsystem of Ren Xue. Also known as “Totality Healing”, it is a modality for healing and uplifting life.

Zi Du Du Ren [dzer doo doo ren]

The mission of Ren Xue: help yourself and help others; Zi = self; Du = ferry; Ren = people

Yuan Tze’s New Year Message

Dear Ren Xue family, In this time of celebrating a new beginning, I would like to extend my best wishes to you. Every 365 days, we have this opportunity to start anew. How would you like to make a good start for your 2023? I have a few suggestions here. Firstly,...

What is Jingshen?

The common translation of the word Jingshen is spirit or spirituality. In Ren Xue it refers to the totality of the heart (Xin), consciousness, and True Self (Shen). These three components have close connection with one another and therefore can be seen as a unity....

What is Realization and Wisdom?

  Realization and wisdom are the natural abilities of the True Self. They constitute the core content and ultimate goal of Ren Xue life cultivation. From the perspective of Ren Xue Realization manifests as the growing ability to better understand, face, change,...

The Theory of Totality

The Theory of Totality is one of three theories that form the foundation of the Ren Xue and its two application systems – Yuan Gong and Yuan Ming. This theory has absorbed relevant teachings and wisdom from both traditional Chinese culture and modern science. It can...

The Five Treasures

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LIFE? Humans have been searching hard to find the answer to this ultimate question. At the root of the many problems humans face is a lack of clarity of the purpose of life. In Ren Xue, the purpose of life is expressed as the Five Treasures (or...

The Theory of Shen and Yi

The Theory of Shen (True Self) and Yi (consciousness) is one of three theories that form the foundation of the Ren Xue and its two application systems – Yuan Gong and Yuan Ming.   This theory has its roots in various sources, including the wisdom of traditional...

Shen, the True Self  

Shen is the source of the heart and the consciousness. It is also referred to as the “True Self” because it possesses the true qualities and abilities of a human being. We can say Shen is the essence and the true identity of one’s life. It is the real ‘I’. Shen has...

The Theory of Qi 

The Theory of Qi is one of three theories that form the foundation of the Ren Xue and its two application systems – Yuan Gong and Yuan Ming. It explains what Qi is and the role it plays in the universe, nature, and human life. What is Qi? Chinese ancients discovered...

Taking an Internal Approach

With an internal approach to life we retain focus on what is going on with ourselves and our own lives, as opposed to having a focus that is entirely outward, beyond ourselves. From the very beginning of life, humans are encouraged to focus on the external, to look...

Patterns of the Consciousness – An Introduction

Human consciousness naturally develops patterns as a way to be effective in its functioning in receiving, processing, storing, retrieving, and transmitting information. This effectiveness is crucial for survival, especially for our ancestors, when they needed to...