Cheng Xian Xiu Lian is the Daoshi phrase for practice: "Become Immortal, Elevate Practice." This app combines the Nei Gong Timer, Da Zuo Meditation Timer and Chang'an Open-ended Timer apps.
Nei Gong Timer is for internal boxers and qigong practitioners. It allows you to set up any number of timers with interval durations of 1 second to 61 minutes and from 1 to 240 intervals. So you could have a "Xingyi" timer with 5 intervals of 6 minutes for a Xingyi session, a timer with 8 intervals of 3 minutes for Eight Pieces of Brocade, or a timer with 108 intervals of 15 seconds for a 27 minute taijiquan long form. Timers have a 10 to 30 second settling countdown, followed by one stroke of a singing bowl (a four-second tone). Each interval is marked by another stroke of the bowl. The end of the session is marked by two strokes. There is also a Sessions Record that records your activity.
Da Zuo Meditation Timer has timers for silences with bells on the intervals and for rainy background audio with thunder on the intervals. All timers have a 10 second settling period, followed by the starting gong. At the end, they have three strokes of the ending gong. If a one interval timer has rain, the rain audio will loop from beginning to end. If the interval count is greater than one, an intermediate sound will be played at the end of each interval. With rain, it will be one of three random thunder sounds. Without rain, a singing bowl.
Chang'an Meditation Timer is an open-ended timer. The older texts tell us to sit for three incense sticks, which burn for 20-40 minutes. You choose intervals for gongs and optional intervals for intermediate bells. It rings three gongs after four hours, just in case you lose all track of time and fall into eternity. Three of the single gongs would be three sticks of incense. But there is no reason to stop sitting and end your long peace. Press "Stop" when you do wish to end the session and the total time is recorded to the Sessions memo. I use this timer for my own practice. Sitting with a timer that is open-ended has a very different feel from sitting and waiting for a timer to tell you to stop.
This app is dedicated to John Lee Hooker's "Church Bell Tone Blues," just like the Da Zuo Meditation Timer.
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Combined Nei Gong, Chang'an and Da Zuo apps. Plus memo fix for Chang'an sessions.