Many people around the world who enjoy Yangsheng (养生“life-nourishing”) wonder what the differences are between meditation, qigong, and Inner Alchemy (Neidan)? In comparing them, we can begin with their cultural origins, which are closely related to culture and religion. Religion is the palace of the soul, and those familiar with the religions of the east will naturally think of meditation, yoga, and qigong. Along with the transmission of Chinese Daoist culture, people are also beginning to become acquainted with Inner Alchemy (Neidan). From their external appearance, meditation, qigong, and Inner Alchemy (Neidan) are very similar, but if we consider their cultural implications and origins, their goals and thought processes are completely different.