Commentary: According to its title, the author intended to provide readers with a short cut to the healthy long life. The first method of meditation is Baduanjin (8 sections of brocade), so called because it follows the theory of the Eight Diagrams, and is composed of 8 poses. Each pose is illustrated and contains a short description of its function. The next method is called ‘the meditation of the 24 solar terms’, also illustrated and described. This type of meditation comprises 24 poses, each of which is supposed to remedy certain diseases. Two ancient Daoist exercises, recorded in the following pages, for the benefit of the internal organs, were written as verses, the last one composed in 948.