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  2. What about a Korean system?

    Apparently there is a martial arts style called "Hwarang Do" that also deals with "Nae Gong"(inner power), among other things.
  3. Mysticism

    The movements of planets do not influence activity on Earth, and even if they did, there is no way we could know how to prove what they do.
  4. "MEDITATION" Outside, minds are raining, storming, burning, flooding. Inside it is calm, warm and cozy. Boon and bane. Can you take the best of both worlds? That requires rejecting the worst of both worlds. Which is twice the effort, if not much more.
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  6. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    Hmmmm interesting .....
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    Early Buddhism was heavily missionary-oriented style. So of course there will be “my way is the better way” propaganda in them
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    This has also unfortunately been the case as well. This has caused me to keep backing up to practices that I feel are more basic and gentle, like chanting, or at least I thought lol. So Palpitine isn't a good student to have? lol
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    yup. His normal, casual demeanour, lack of ‘grandmaster’ type titles and young age all help to conceal it. I suspect that’s very much by design. Otherwise he’d attract the ‘heavenly immortal master’ type characters who want to shoot lightning out of their fingers (so that their crush finally likes them back or so their dad finally respects them 😅) - these tend to be the worst type of students… and these arts create lots of problems for them anyway.
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    Probably because they didn’t have them. There’s most certainly energetics in Buddhism. It just looks different. This is especially so if you’re learning under a recognised teacher with attainment… lots of energetic stuff happening with that sort of relationship. In Daoism this aspect is just emphasised much more and taken to a deeper level than in Buddhism because materiality is considered an extension or a mirror of ethereality - microcosm-macrocosm. I’ve already mentioned that you’re an unusual fellow as you have a natural ability to connect through various layers… it’s like you have a more open bandwidth between mind, body and spirit. That also means you’ll tune into the transmission of a lineage more easily. Most people don’t have this (to begin with) - so when reciting sutras or chanting mantras they’re just repeating sounds and not connecting to the energetic transmission behind it. Different people have different ‘inner talents’ - that one is yours. On a practical level, in my school at least, your training would still be the same as for anyone else - at least for the first few years. There’s a downside to this too of course - and that’s because traumas, energetic pathogens or even karmic issues can also use this enhanced bandwidth and penetrate to a deeper level than for most. Thats why the foundations would be just as important (if not more so) for you as for everyone else.
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    This is one of the main reasons I value him as a teacher so highly....His insight into such matters is quite astonishing, both practically and theoretically...Its just mind boggling to hear someone pick these things apart in the manner he does...and honestly...his books are really just a taster...the catalogue of material in his IAA library is overwhelming to say the least But then, as I mentioned before...the public know very little of his actual level of attainment
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    Thank you again very much for your answers. What's interesting to me is a lot of what you explain in regards to your experiences through what sounds like a Taoist or Qigong approach I have experienced a lot of the same things through a Buddhist approach but unfortunately no one on the Buddhist side told me that these side effects would occur. The main methods I used were meditation and chanting various mantras and sutras.
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    His books put a lot of what I was picking up from my training in context. The way he laid things out and explained them made all these disparate concepts, internal experiences and practical methods that I learned from my teacher - ones that were quite difficult to grasp, articulate and contextualise - his work helped everything fall into place and be understandable. He clearly has genuine experiences and achievements in the authentic methods - and he explains things with a clarity I’ve never come across before.
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    Thanks for posting this @freeform This is something I feel needs to be highlighted. When you have someone from a lineage, who is an inner door student...telling you that you can make real genuine progress with methods that are easily available, accessible and within the financial reach of most people. I say this in the absolute most respectful way possible, you really should close your mouth and open your ears. Damo has demystified a fine portion of these arts for people..The one thing that has been relayed to me time and time again, since he started teaching publicly is I wish this was available when I started out. If those who wanted to seek out deeper lineage teachings and high level masters were to approach them with the foundations already in place...your odds of success will go up
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    Yup - thousands of teachers claim to teach both. Almost all of them have completely lost the understanding of how they work. YJJ has become a gentle stretching routine… and XSJ is generally an imagination routine. Damo teaches authentic YJJ principles within his school. I’ve also seen a few internal martial arts teachers teach it (with an emphases geared to martial arts rather than qigong or Neigong) I don’t know if anyone teaches the authentic XSJ openly. Yup. Both. Temporary disharmony as your system adapts to a change. These should generally be quite short term - if they last for a while then something is not quite right.
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    Thanks. I have the feeling that a lot of what is said to be YJJ and XSJ isn't actually that, an I correct? Also in regards to side effects in addition to the ones we discussed before did you notice periods of having to go to the bathroom a lot more? And having other random emotions pop up spontaneously that have no relation to circumstances?
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    Oh I see. Longmen Pai. There are literally hundreds of methods to be honest. Quite similar overall to what Damo teaches, some similarity to what Wang Li Ping teaches. There are some differences in approach, but overall the process and progression is the same. Its the same overall tradition. YJJ -> XSJ + alchemical and meditative processes. There are periods where there’s hard work on using methods… but once their effect becomes ‘second nature’ I just let the process lead my practice. Just sit, stand or move. After a while - more methods, more challenging work until they become second nature… then you let the practice unfold organically by itself again. This repeats over and over. At key milestones I need to go see my teachers to be tested and to be instructed.
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    I guess more what tradition but what techniques do you use what ever they may be.
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    Do you mean what tradition I’m part of? Or do you mean what method of visualisation I practice for mental training?
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    I don't practice visualization either, but out of curiosity what method do you use?
  22. Canna Bums

    DEADLY hail storm yesterday ! I have had this happen before = piles of ice with green sludge mashed up in it . Hail is NOT a friend to the gardener . I saw it up the valley as I was heading home from the coast , it was heading east and I was heading west - smash ! Most cars pulled over but due to very strange circumstances * I continued through it . My little Honda AWD seems designed exactly for that . In some places hail was in drifts half way up my wheels , which made driving interesting . One stage I hit a hail bank on the road and it exploded around the car as I drove through it ( must be that funny plastic shovel nosed front on the car ). Where there was no hail on the road it was green mush from smashed vegetation . Then going along my road after I passed through the storm there was a strong smell of garlic , garlic fields smashed . Oh no ! But when I get home 'things' are 95% undamaged . Even two trees came down and missed things by a couple of feet . Lucky ! * Even in slightly heavy rain I will pull over and stop . For some reason I could see a patch ahead of me the whole time . I could hear hail pounding the roof of the car , I could see hail falling ahead of me and out the side windows . I could see big chunks of it bouncing on the road side , yet I ddnt see one bit hit the windscreen or the bonnet the whole time I drove through the storm . - Very curious .
  23. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    If ya'll don't mind the off-topic, just popping in to say this thread is positively fascinating, and one of the reasons I love to lurk this forum. Many little gems if you look long enough. Thank you all for contributing as you do
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  25. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    I think what I find interesting about all of this is that it seems to show that there are multiple methods of accomplishing cultivation. When I read the Pali texts they seem to suggest that only what the Buddha taught works, but maybe that's because at the time they were made they only knew of a small part of the world.
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