OK, I'll answer my question about how does the sage teach without speaking, and I speak from experience.
The sage doesn't teach blah blah, obviously, they teach nei kung! What else? Nei kung is the Way!
During out nei kung classes there was NO speaking, neither by the teacher nor the students. The goal was to watch him like a hawk and then imitate the movements exactly, and as one master told me: "only a master will attempt an exact imitation of another", apparently the others don't care about exact imitations, I guess they don't see the value in it or something. I noticed this in a Saturday morning chi kung class I went to once near the university, The teacher had quite a few university students, some new and some older ones, and not one of them was doing exactly what he was doing, they were doing vague imitations, kind of what they felt like doing. I was really embarrassed for the teacher and thought it was a big insult to him.
But I digress, getting back to the not speaking. Each relatively complex movements or exercises that the sage teaches, and there were many, had many aspects to it. Each one included strengthening, stretching, energy work, and meditation, and it is the job of the serious student to explore all of these facets extensively in order to figure out: In what way is this strengthening me? How can I use it and it's variations for stretching? Based on intent and feeling the energy, what are the many ways that it is running and or creating energy? and it's all mediation. This is how you can create a master.
As an example, some teachers will tell you how a certain exercise may be moving energy or how it is creating energy, but a lot of movements have several aspects and several ways of moving energy at the same time, depending on which one you focus on. So the problem is that when the teacher tells the student about one way, one thing to look for, that they will focus on that one thing and the other twenty ways won't occur to them, they will miss them forever probably. If you really got into detail you could talk about one movement for hours and still not cover all the bases. In fact no explanation or knowing of these things is needed and the movement will do the work in all it's wondrous ways with no mentating required!
Now, we know of some teachers, like a popular plagiaristic book author who has a resort in Thailand, who became rich by writing books about sex, who teaches weekend seminars in which 95+% of the time he's flapping his jaw about a couple of terribly simplistic, essentially useless, exercises, and the rest of the -5% of the time the students do said essentially useless exercises.
So, you spend two days learning essentially nothing in the way of serious cultivation exercises, while on the other hand, the sage who teaches without speaking can impart, in a couple of hours, many movements which combined contain hundreds of valuable techniques. Of course you have to go back the next and the next and the next week in order to be able to remember all that. It's also a lot cheaper, you can go to classes taught by a sage for months for the price of one weekend seminar.
So there's also this: The sage teaches without seminars =)
Edited by Starjumper, 18 March 2017 - 06:16 PM.