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#145 Birch

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Posted 06 April 2013 - 06:27 PM

http://www.opencultu..._2004_film.html


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"Chi is free!"- "Don't give your chi to your practice" Both unknown, if you know where these come from, let me know!

#146 cheya

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:24 AM

Damo Mitchell's newest book is out! Heavenly Streams: Meridian Theory in Nei Gong. Here's the blurb:

"The art of connecting with, feeling and adjusting the energy body using the consciousness is a key aspect of Nei Gong and Qi Gong. It sits somewhere between Qi Gong, meditation and the lesser-known art of Shen Gong, and although it is known in China it has never before been written about in an accessible way in the West. Damo Mitchell provides step-by-step instructions on how to experience the various elements which make up the energy body, explaining how to identify and feel these, and how to diagnose imbalances and restore harmony. He describes the nature of the five elements, the meridians and the meridian points, inviting the reader to experience them through guided internal exercises using the body, breath and mind. Instructional drawings and photographs are included throughout the book. Connecting the fundamentals of Chinese medicine with the lesser-known spiritual and esoteric aspects of practice, this book will be of great interest to intermediate and advanced practitioners of Qi Gong, Nei Gong, Taijiquan and Chinese medicine."

Edited by cheya, 05 May 2013 - 04:25 AM.

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#147 rainbowvein

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 07:17 AM

^^ Cheya, hope you will consider reporting back on this one. Sounds interesting!
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#148 BananaMonkey

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 10:19 PM

There is a great youtube channel of Alan Watts lectures (audio only), it also features a lot of material on Daoism. I usually download them using the firefox add-on youtube mp3 podcaster and listen to them on my mp3 playerhttp://www.youtube.c...anWattsLectures

 

And the website of publisher Golden Elixir press offers some free materials on academic studies of Daoism:

http://www.goldenelixir.com/index.html

 

The British website Tao Directory has loads of information and free articles by well-known authors and masters such as Dan Reid, Michael Winn and many others

http://www.taodirectory.co.uk/


My blog on meditation, health tips, recipes, travel etc: www.empowernetwork.com/infiniteoneness

 


For all students of Chinese: Be sure to check out PeraPera, a free and extremely helpful popup dictionary browser plugin!

 

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:49 PM

 
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177 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A method to the madness?, November 27, 2004
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Okay, I bought this book because of the "Engrish" translation. It appears to have been laterally translated from Japanese to English (like the Japanese term for "Carousel" is literally "pony toy go round"). I read it, and I had quite a few laughs, mainly at the surrealism of the language.

But I decided to try the methods described in the book. Anal constrition and stomach compression, 100 times a day for several days.

At the risk of seeming disgusting, permit me to say that several days after I started this practice, I experienced what was probably the largest bowel movement in my life. I've also lost a few inches around the waistline and my energy level seems to be rising.

Perhaps there's some wisdom in this book after all!

 


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#150 Chang

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 04:12 AM

 
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Whilst there is certainly method to the madness the translation is a laugh a minute. "Healthy men have strong kidneys and big tough sex organs". To be fair the book does get very good reviews.


Edited by Chang, 21 August 2013 - 05:44 AM.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 11:33 PM

Anyone read this?  It just came out...

 

http://www.amazon.co...4ABTR6DNHT57VWG

 

Seems like it's going to be the same regurgitated information from all the other books like it.  446 pages too... :o



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Posted 23 August 2013 - 12:13 AM

Anyone read this?  It just came out...

 

http://www.amazon.co...4ABTR6DNHT57VWG

 

Seems like it's going to be the same regurgitated information from all the other books like it.  446 pages too... :o

It seems suspicious that this book is comprised of 9 lessons and I have to wonder if it is based on the old, and very informative, Chinese National Chi Kung Institute Chi Kung Correspondence Program.

 

If that is the case this program can be obtained for free at http://www.scribd.co...Correspondence-Course-Chinese-National-Chi-Kung-Institute

 

As you point out the information is all out there already and is not difficult to get hold of. The difficult part is finding the time and discipline to do the work necessary to make progress.


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#153 cheya

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 04:48 AM

Hi Chang,
Here's the blurb on Decoding the Dao from the web: does it still sound to you like a rehash of the Chinese National Chi Kung Institute Chi Kung Correspondence Program? I have a couple of Bisio's books. They are not expensive and packed with info, so I am very curious about this one.

"Decoding the Dao: Nine Lessons in Daoist Meditation by Tom Bisio:
A Complete and Comprehensive Guide To Daoist Meditation

At its heart, Daoist meditation is a simple and practical method of establishing unity between our internal environment and the external world so that we can engage with life in a clear and present way.

In Decoding the Dao: Nine Lessons in Daoist Meditation, author Tom Bisio introduces the reader to the poetry and pragmatism of Daoist meditation and the practice of Internal Alchemy. The first half of this unique book consists of nine progressive lessons that guide the reader step by step through the practice of Daoist meditation, ending with an introduction to Daoist Internal Alchemy. The nine lessons teach the reader how to observe and transform their own internal landscape, in order to rejuvenate and replenish the bodys innate energies, thereby promoting health and nourishing life and spirit. The lessons can be practiced in sequence or individually, providing the reader with a veritable toolbox of meditative practices that can be used flexibly to address different situations and circumstances. Each lesson contains both practice exercises and discussions of relevant topics to flesh out the reasoning behind the various methods of meditation and help the reader more deeply understand the principles and theories that underlie the practice.

Beyond the nine lessons, additional chapters introduce advanced practices like the Greater Heavenly Orbit Meditation and other traditional Daoist methods of promoting health and longevity. This is followed by an unique discussion of Daoist symbolism and imagery and its relationship to meditation and internal alchemy. Daoist symbols and images act as a kind of code that, when decoded and understood, aid the meditator, giving him or her an alternative and imagery-rich language which bypasses habitual mental constructs and perceptual habits, facilitating the perception of subtle movements and changes within the body. This book cracks the code, enabling the reader to fully engage with this ancient and powerful tradition of transformation and transcendence.

The book also includes a translation of Daoist practice methods written by the famous Ba Gua practitioner, Sun Xi Kun. Sun includes a very interesting section on Daoist meditation practices for women."
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:18 AM

Hi Cheya,

It would be difficult to give an answer without seeing the book. The correspondence course consists of nine parts which lead you through progressive exercises in great detail. If you click on the link I gave above you can look through the whole course. There is also a great deal of background information given.

 

I have no gripe with Bisio but do wonder if the information in the book follows the same path as in the course, which is Tien Dao Chi Kung. My curiosity is not so great that I will be buying the book but good luck to anyone who does though.


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but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.
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Posted 26 August 2013 - 05:31 PM

This one looks promising, I will probably order it soon:

 

 

The Daoist Tradition: An Introduction by Louis Komjathy


"Do your practice and all is coming" Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

"My miracle is that when I feel hungry I eat, and when I feel thirsty I drink" Bankei

"In spring, hundreds of flowers; in autumn, a harvest moon; in summer,
a refreshing breeze; in winter, snow will accompany you. If useless things
do not hang in your mind, any season is a good season for you." Mu-Mon

#156 cheya

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Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:54 PM

Re: Tom Bisio's book: Decoding the Dao, Nine Lessons...
You can read excerpts from lessons eight and nine at his website:

http://www.internala...ndocrine_System

and

http://www.internala...ian-meditation/

What cha think, Chang? Is that enough for you to tell if it looks like a rehash?


Edit: Actually, it looks like Bisio has generously posted most, if not all, of the nine lessons on his website. There's much more to the book than the lessons, but scroll through here if you want more of them:

http://www.internala...ional.com/free/

Edited by cheya, 28 August 2013 - 04:14 PM.

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#157 XiaoZi

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:31 AM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865556/

 

 

"The Forbidden Kingdom" 

 

When wachted this had a feeling to come and to practice!! Tai Chi Chuan

especially the advices of teaching the main hero of fighting.

 

Who saw this film? What ideas?

 

Growing Student.

 



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Posted 13 September 2014 - 07:03 AM

If you like to know about new books in energy arts/eastern practices and when authors are giving workshops, consider subscribing to Singing Dragon's newsletter.  Topics include chinese medicine and acupuncture, energy arts, aromatherapy, Daoist meditation, internal energy, and all sorts of interesting stuff. Their authors include Damo Mitchell, David Twicken, Zhongxian Wu and many others. The newsletter announces new books and tells where the authors will be presenting workshops (like Damo Mitchell's being in Va next month for a 2 day workshop on Sung!)

 

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 05:38 PM

The Matrix movies are great and convey certain ideas about Taoism and Buddhism. 






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