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  1. 11 points
    Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche is in poor physical health and likely to soon transition. He has been one of the most important sources of authentic Dzogchen teachings in the West and has directly or indirectly touched many of our lives. I'd like to share this Long Life Prayer for him, recently written by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་པོའི་ཞབས་བརྟན་གསོལ་འདེབས་སྨོན་ལམ། Long Life Prayer for Dharmaraja. འགྱུར་མེད་དབྱིངས་ལས་གཡོས་མེད་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ། ། དགོངས་རྟོགས་མཐའ་དང་བྲལ་བ་ནམ་མཁའི་ཀློང་། ། འཕྲིན་ལས་ཐོགས་པ་མེད་པའི་ནོར་བུའི་འོད། ། དུས་མཐའི་མུན་པ་སེལ་བའི་རིན་པོ་ཆེ། ། Unwavering Dharma King, from the unchanging space of your knowledge and realizations beyond limit in the expanse of the sky ( Namkhai ), Your enlightened activities are the constant shining Jewel ( Norbu ) Banishing darkness for all times, O Precious One (Rinpoche) འཁོར་བའི་ནད་གདོན་འཇོམས་པའི་བདུད་རྩི་སྨན། ། ཐར་པའི་ལམ་གྱི་བར་ཆོད་ཟློག་པའི་གྲོགས། ། མ་རིག་སྨག་རུམ་གཞིལ་བའི་ཡེ་ཤེས་འོད། ། ཞབས་པད་བརྟན་ཅིང་མཛད་འཕྲིན་མཐར་ཕྱིན་ཤོག ། You are the medicine which eliminates disease and obstructions, You are the friend who clears away obstacles to freedom. You are wisdom’s light, removing the darkness of ignorance. May you live long, and completely accomplish your enlightened activities. མི་མཐུན་རྐྱེན་ལས་སྒྲོལ་བའི་སྟོབས་ལྡན་ཕ། ། ལུས་སྲོག་ནུས་པ་གསོ་བའི་བྱམས་ལྡན་མ། ། ཉམས་རྟོགས་བོགས་འདོན་བསྐྱེད་པའི་དགེ་བའི་སྤུན། ། ཞབས་པད་བརྟན་ཅིང་མཛད་འཕྲིན་མཐར་ཕྱིན་ཤོག ། You are the powerful father who frees us from negative circumstances You are the kind mother who nourishes our body and life force. You are the Dharma brother who supports and increases our insights and realizations May you live long and completely manifest your enlightened activities. རྟག་ཏུ་ཉམས་མེད་སྙིང་གི་ལྡུམ་རའི་དབུས། ། བཅོས་མིན་དད་པའི་མེ་ཏོག་དཀར་པོ་འདི། ། བརྩེ་ཆེན་ཆུ་ཡིས་གསོས་ཏེ་ཁྱེད་ལ་འབུལ། ། ཞབས་པད་བརྟན་ཅིང་མཛད་འཕྲིན་མཐར་ཕྱིན་ཤོག ། In the unblemished garden of our heart center, This white flower of genuine devotion, Is sustained by the water of great love; this I offer to you, May you live long and completely manifest your enlightened activities. ཀ་དག་གཡོ་བ་མེད་པའི་ཀློང་དབྱིངས་ན། ། ལྷུན་གྲུབ་འགག་པ་མེད་པའི་ཡེ་ཤེས་རྒྱས། ། འོད་གསལ་རྫོགས་པ་ཆེན་པོའི་གདམས་པ་སྤེལ། ། ཞབས་པད་བརྟན་ཅིང་མཛད་འཕྲིན་མཐར་ཕྱིན་ཤོག ། In the space and expanse of unwavering primal purity The spontaneous presence of continuous wisdom increases And there you spread the message of clear light Dzogpa Chenpo, May you live long and completely manifest your enlightened activities ཅེས་དུས་མཐའི་རྫོགས་ཆེན་རྣལ་འབྱོར་པ་ཆོས་རྒྱལ་ནམ་མཁའི་ནོར་བུ་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་སྐུ་ཚེའི་ཞབས་བརྟན་གསོལ་ཞིང་མཛད་འཕྲིན་མཐའ་རུ་ཕྱིན་པའི་དྲི་མེད་སྨོན་ལམ་འདི་ཉིད་གང་གི་ཞབས་འོག་པ་བསྟན་འཛིན་དབང་རྒྱལ་གྱིས་ལྷོ་ཀོ་རི་ཡའི་རྒྱལ་ས་སོལ་ལ་འགྲུལ་བཞུད་སྐབས་(༢༠༡༨།༩།༡༧) གསོལ་བ་ཕུར་ཚུགས་སུ་བཏབ་པའོ།། །། This is our sincere prayer. Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche Composed in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, on the occasion of my journey there, on September 17, 2018. Translated September 21, 2018 by Steven Goodman
  2. 10 points
    If we are sitting at a table enjoying a beer and a gathering and suddenly someone presents in front of you your favorite desert done to perfection - must you wait until you desire it in order to immediately take it in - the beauty, the smell, the wonderful immediacy of it being suddenly presented? Nothing in Awakening and an ever Enlightening Presence disallows for experiencing - in fact - the experiences are far deeper and more subtle. And with far less critique. Genuine experience unfettered by fear and obstruction and willfulness. Do not put the cart before the horse with concepts far from the mark - concepts are always in past and time. What you can know is that meditation will help every aspect of your life. And as you move from trying to meditate to meditation - it is a synchronicity with Divine Essence. Sex is fine before and after Awakening- and there is nothing wrong with it - but if by chance it falls away from your mind and craving it will not be a feeling of loss - you will have simply moved on. Trying to comprehend the incredible saturation of gratitude and extraordinary aliveness and unimaginable grace and vast energies from concept is to diminish the cosmos to a brittle grain of sand. In essence the Buddhist and the Daoist and all truth does not disagree - it points the way in many shimmering patina’s that catch the eye of each beholder uniquely. The idea of imparting with words the higher nature of the Awakened presence is always a futile but courageous endeavor. When you open the door to a striking sunrise - do you need to have desired it to be in the present with it? If your wife gives you a quick hug and spontaneously it finds you in bed - was it not possible that this was simply a beautiful coupling and nothing contorted or subjugated? A monks way and a householders way have often very different dogmas - but the pointings in essence are the same - even if they appear polar opposites. Often polar opposites are simply the same thing from a different side. Some of your concepts have come from those that have newly awoken. Words that have been put to paper long before abiding has taken place and even in some cases descriptions from “experiences” but not actual abiding Awakening Presence. Their is a reason ever enlightening Enlightened Masters do not go about Awakening students and followers - for nearly all are still too entranced to walk the thin bridge to abiding if suddenly awoken. Even those that reached abidance from such premature action would often lose themselves to residual habituation but now have far more access to harm themselves and others. You ask: “Isn’t equanimity the most you can enjoy in an Enlightened state of mind?” Possibly - but the Awakened and unfolding Enlightenment of a so called Enlightened Master is not a state of mind - it is abidance in Presence - Divine Essence. Equanimity is IN the cessation of inertia’s - it is the stillness of the ungrasp beingness - unbound Presence. Equanimity is not a final throttling of all feeling - it is not a leadened caging of desire - it is not the destruction of spontaneous creation. Abidance in the ever unfolding Presence of Awakening Enlightenment is not achieving some flatline brainwave - the brain is not the seat of Being - though the physical brain of one unfolding in Presence is a well lit and colorful organ to behold.
  3. 9 points
    This quote seems apropos: All the various types of teachings and spiritual paths are related to the different capacities of understanding that different individuals have. There does not exist, from an absolute point of view, any teaching which is more perfect or effective than another. A teaching’s value lies solely in the inner awakening which an individual can arrive at through it. If a person benefits from a given teaching, for that person that teaching is the supreme path, because it is suited to his or her nature and capacities. There’s no sense in trying to judge it as more or less elevated in relation to other paths to realization. ~ Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche
  4. 9 points
    The more I cultivate the more I lose interest in reading. The first to go was fiction, which I had been a voracious consumer of since a child. However, now its also non fiction and writings on religion, philosophy, and meditation. Now I have firmly found a path and am no longer searching for a “way” any longer, but wondering if anyone else experienced this phenomenon as well. Being a life long reader it disturbs me a bit, but what can u do?
  5. 8 points
    Don't believe everything you hear and I would suggest to be a little less concerned with enlightenment. It's a distraction. No worries. Enjoy life to the fullest and, if it calls to you, enjoy meditation practice also. Feeling pleasure has nothing to do with desire. Desire is the attachment to pleasure, not the experience of pleasure. Attachment to the pleasure is what spoils it, creates the fear of losing it, creates the painful longing for it when it's not there, the need. Agreed, there is a reason why you see realized masters and images of Buddhas laughing and thoroughly enjoying something as simple as a sip of tea or a breath of fresh air. Equanimity is not about whether we experience joy or suffering, it is more about our response to the experience. Can we let it move through us and allow us to remain undisturbed or do we hold on to it greedily or push it away in fear or anger. Don't worry about being bored because you lack suffering, Boredom does not come from realization, quite the opposite. As one connects more deeply to the source, life becomes absolutely delightful and full of richness and freshness. Boredom is the pining for stimulation related to a narrow focus on what we think we need. I would suggest not to be too concerned with the "finish line." Focusing on enlightenment is far more distracting than helpful. If your life is fine as it is, live it! If not, look for a practice that resonates with you and engage in it. As you engage in the practice over time, see if there is benefit in your life. If so, continue. If not let go and move on. This takes time to see, not a week or even a month. Focusing on a conceptual model of something labeled nibbana or enlightenment is just the mind playing its games, searching for something out there somewhere that it thinks will solve its problems. You won't find that, whatever you think that is. But there is something inside that can provide enormous support, happiness, equanimity, love, everything the mind is looking for. And it's not at all what you think it is because it cannot be defined or captured by the moving mind. Good luck in your search! Disclaimer - I am not anywhere close to "enlightenment" but I do have a practice that has helped me to transform my life in tangible, important ways. As I have let go to some small degree of the three poisons (attachment, aversion, ignorance) and had some small taste of the fruits of practice, there has been no lessening of happiness or pleasure, quite the opposite. A metaphor comes to mind of a bird of prey locked in a small cage since birth with a source of processed food and water. She worries that if she were to leave the cage she would no longer have the cornmeal to eat, never knowing she is surrounded by deep woods and plains, mountains, rivers, and valleys rich with tasty animals and sights and sounds beyond her imagination.
  6. 8 points
    I like it. great topic, disconnected from nature. Satisfaction and completeness relies on ones self and others for survival. if all survival needs are found in a grocery store what did you grow?,do you know your farmer? A clothing store what did you make, are they teaching you how to make clothes?, a building company, did you at least help build your house?, Welcome to the machine that provides for you for only 9.99 a minute but that is not all folks it slices, dices and Julian for you. You can feel blank and disconnected inside but there is a great movie about someone else"s life to entertain you for only $125.00 a month, soooo worth it. Now get back to work so I can make money when you make money and when you spend it ...this is awesome, do not ask any questions.
  7. 8 points
    Think of spiritual practices like a snow ball rolling down the mountain. In the beginning it rolls just a a little and starts out small. One session a week it moves a little. Twice a day keeps it moving . Over time with consistent practice the ball gets bigger and bigger as do the results of the practice. Life gets busy, sometimes you just can’t meditate or you are in such a state the practices would be counter productive. Shit happens. The main thing is to do your best and to be as consistent as you can. Spiritual practices are a lifetime thing so don’t sweat having a cheat day so to speak. Just realize where cheat days can lead you if you have to many. Just like a diet.
  8. 8 points
    If I were a more spiritually evolved person all the jalpa (is that the right term?) might not bother me, but I kinda hate the whole business of debate between people who are trying to prove each other wrong. As far as I`m concerned, off-grid could slide into the ocean and we`d be all the better for it. Ideological arguments about golden flowers and all kinds of origination (dependent, independent, codependent) and the fine points of whether the universe is a bunch of things or just one thing -- sorry, I`ve no use for any of it. But that`s just me. In my saner moments, I`m glad we don`t have rules of discourse here. People post according to their natures, and requiring rules won`t substantially change anything. Combative folks will post argumentative diatribes maintaining that their views are right and everyone else is an idiot; they literally can`t help themselves. We can`t mandate maturity. If we want to welcome people of all different levels of spiritual and emotional development -- and I think we do -- we`ll just have to accept the variety of posts that correspond to those levels of spiritual and emotional development. It`s true that there are certain minimum standards that will be enforced: I can`t physically threaten another member, for instance. But mostly we`re a come as you are kind of forum. People don`t have to arrive here all practiced and full of acceptance and love; they can stagger through the door full of hateful baggage and spewing darkness and we mostly take them in anyway. Their posts will contain ad hominem attacks and questionable facts -- how could they not? And still we give them shelter. We tell them their contributions and views are as worthy of consideration as any other. We let them write and gnash their teeth and all the while the more enlightened among us provide spiritual soil in which their better natures might some fine day find succor. I think that`s all for the best.
  9. 7 points
    Time is a strange dimension of our existence, supported by qi, and is always important for our cultivation. In Taoist alchemy, there are at least 3 scenarios showing you its significances : 1) At which time you do your cultivation/meditation does matter : It is no exaggeration to claim that in certain period of time, for example , from 3 am to 5 am, if you can wake up to cultivate , then it is many folds more effective than the cultivation you do in other periods . And anyone who can sustain such a habit for a long time, she definitely can achieve something great; 2) As "Rise of yang' or ' Pop-up of a mindless Mind" is something always happen in a flash of second , if you can't grasp it in that short instant, or you try to add to it any extract idea, it immediately disappear and escape from you ,making resumption of your practice something laborious and discouraging. 3) After having succeeded in stopping the leakage of jing / your periods , the time of your existence start to 'stretch ' , and it is no longer calculated by decades or centuries . In science, a biological clock on molecular level does not necessary equal to a physical clock on sub-particle level , but in Taoist alchemy, we do not have to differentiate it because a mindless Mind ( which strangely related to how full our qi is ) smashes our illusion toward time , despite whatever level it is situated , and can end its physical effects on us . In this sense , hardly can Taoism agrees with the prevailing idea of " Living well in the present moment " as a solution for troubles and sufferings in our seemingly short and unpredictable life for no mind is the best mind, no time is the best time.
  10. 7 points
    Nice to have you back CT! You've been missed... བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས།
  11. 7 points
    In my house all the doors are open. The only time one is closed is when someone is using the bathroom. I have no problem with going off topic if something someone has said inspires a thought in my mind. I even visit the Hindu and Buddhist sub-forums just to see if there has been anything said that will allow me to go off topic. I have been put on "Ignore" before. Didn't bother me. I learned how to be ignored when I was married.
  12. 7 points
    I had a dream where I met someone resembling a guy I used to be pals with back in the uni. In the dream we were is a sort of warehouse, and there he casually jumped off the rafters that were above head height, and I confessed I was wary of doing that, since I have pains and problems with my knees. Than someone else joined in -- and I told them about a cutting pains I have, running down the line from my upper jaw down to the neck and right chest area and to the liver I think? I pulled on it and a sort of a worm came out, or that was the concept I was trying to convey, and they sort of rolled their eyes and went with it - yeah, it's sort of like that. So the worm got tossed out, and they extended palms toward me, I felt warmth. Some unfamiliar music was playing, 5 clean tones played in a loop on a string instrument and two chords on a different string instrument. So the cutting pains have stopped, and the painful swollen lymph nodule I had on the underside of the jaw is gone. I could remember the melody for a while after waking up, but I am not trained in writing down music, so it is gradually drowned out. He had a set of prayer beads with him at times, and more sensitive than most of us were, so he often took his time before speaking, and at times when you got fired up or angry guy would just snicker at you, and you felt like a dolt. I wonder how is he? Didn't hear from him in years.
  13. 7 points
    Good day. I frequented this lovely place years ago. I had since fallen off the wagon so to speak, but have been rekindled by a recent encounter. Since the old email is apparently purged, I will begin again. Greetings to all! I am an Eastern Medical Provider with 20 years of experience. I was trained directly through the Chia lineage, the founders of the Qi Gong Association for the US, through various Aikido lineages, including direct classical internships with Chinese Doctors, Western medical education, and many other encounters with practitioners such as yourself. I taught at various medical schools at the Master's level. I am a published author on meditation and my second book is about my crossing over into the death plane. I am not here to sell, I am here to assist as my experiences are vast. I am also here to learn and to see what the younger void chasers are into these days. I have introduced another 'Old Guy' who will be visiting this site soon as well. He has a wealth of knowledge to share and I believe he may write on his daily meditations. We shall see. His path was more severe than most including some pretty out of this world encounters. Here's to assisting us all become more awake, and more evolved with our chosen path of self discovery! I look forward to our discussions. Sol
  14. 6 points
    In Buddhism and Bön, there is no instruction to believe that something does not exist. That is an error in understanding, the error of nihilism. In the tradition I follow, there is no discarding either. Discarding is an error. There is awareness, open experiencing, and allowing without fixating. For me, this second paragraph is far closer to my practice than your first. Working with the body, using the subtle body, becoming more fully in touch with what it means to be human. Opening to all experience without limiting or fixating.
  15. 6 points
    I consider it a translation error.(The secret of the golden flower) original(text) link: http://thesecretofthegoldenflower.com/ch1.html 1. chapter 1 10. Therefore you have only to turn the light around; that is the deepest and most wonderful secret. 各司其事。諸子只去回光 chapter 3 12.What the sages have passed on has not departed from inner illumination. Confucius called it: ultimate knowledge, Buddha called it: the observing mind, Lao-tse called it: inner observation, it is all the same 聖聖相傳,不離反照。孔云:“致知”,釋曰:“觀心”,老云:“內觀”,皆此法也 聖聖相傳,不離反照: [反照] is passed down from saint to saint. 回光: the light around --> Focusing on dantian 回光返照: It's a short moment when you come back to your senses and act before you die. In Buddhism, it also means to spirituality in your mind without relying on language or letters. So it means Focusing on dantian, not turning the light around 2. chapter 1 The Confucians call it the empty dwelling in the middle; The Buddhists call it the terrace of the spirit; The Taoists call it the ancestral land, the yellow court, the mysterious pass or the prenatal opening. ”儒曰:“虛中”;釋曰:“靈台”;道曰:“祖土”;曰“黃庭”、曰“玄關”、曰“先天竅”。蓋天心猶宅舍一般,光乃主人翁也。 These words mean dantian . 3. chapter 1 The Golden Flower is light. What is light? It is symbolized by a golden flower, which hides the word light in it. It is the true energy of the prenatal Taiyi. 金華即光也,光是何色?取象於金華,亦秘一光字在內,是先天太乙之真氣 The Golden Flower is light = 先天太乙之真氣 = gi = not sunlight = Can’t see! = Can feel = it's like a warmth. 4. chapter 3 1. Master Lu (Dongbin) said, what is the origin of the term 回光? It began with the 文始真人. When the light is turned around, the energies of heaven and earth, yin and yang, all congeal. will it become spirit-fire(真陽real yang), suddenly a millet pearl is born by itself, just as an embryo forms from the intercourse of a man and a woman. 光之回(Just watch, You cannot turn around of the light), 即火候也(This is firing process) 回光之名何昉乎? 昉之自文始真人也。回光則天地陰陽之氣無不凝, 光中自然一點真陽,忽生黍珠,如夫婦交合有胎 光之回,即火候也。 火候也(This is firing process)=回光(Just watch, You cannot turn around of the light) There were accidents in many other places.
  16. 6 points
  17. 6 points
    That was incredibly thoughtful and kind of soul-searching, if I read your words right. You have really summed up how the owner and staff are guided by the rules and a human heart. As staff, we, over many years, have talked about many of these issues including how inclusive (ie: shelter) and exclusive (ie: you asked something along this line in another thread). There is a base or foundation that we need to stand upon. Among staff, there has been over this year talk about how some members seem to skirt the rules, residing on the fringe with keeping a foot inside the rules so as to not overstep it, yet always pushing on that boundary. Some are more crass and some are more subtle. It is an element that arose among staff which we are weighing, which we have dubbed 'good will' for now. Why are such things so difficult to decide on , and membership decisions ? Much to what you share; we want inclusion but it does come with a boundary of acceptance of what we could say is a good will towards the way you treat others and participate in threads. We don't want folks to simply agree, although that is nice to see it, there should be the ability to argue your point of view without disrespecting a member or their tradition or belief. I am personally really hesitant to adding more rules. I don't mind us clarifying what the rules and staff expect but I really would like to wake up without a Report or Complaint in PM. However, we (staff) cannot really have a feeling to ignore some issue although one gets used to knowing very quickly what is an issue to discuss with a decision or put aside. One thing I've seen over the years was a decline in Reports which I interpreted as veteran members realizing that very few Reports have any action anyways, so they just are more selective to Report stuff. On the other hand, we see lots of new members who will be unfamiliar with the "TDB Way" and so we get some Reports. To try to bring this back to topic at least, I think it raised an interesting topic of discussion that weighs on some of the issues I mentioned.
  18. 6 points
    I visited this forum a while ago and never signed up. I ended up coming back and decided to sign up this time. I've been going through a lot in life lately and I am looking for answers and generally trying to "find myself" so to speak. I am hoping to find peace within myself and purpose. I also need to get healthier too, I have not been living a very clean life. I look forward to talking with everyone!
  19. 6 points
    You've got it exactly. You are going to be okay. This phase can last a very long time. Something to try to come to terms with and be at peace with this is going to be with you for the rest of your life to some degree. It is okay for it to be, you will grow into it. Awakenings are not always easy and they tend to come in degrees not one and done all at once. Try not to take on false airs but remain real and keep a sense of humor being irreverent can be allot of fun. My goodness do not loose track of the fun. Some awakenings can be very difficult and happen at the most inopportune time. I had a few that were pretty severe and blasted me clean out of ordinary living, one in particular at age 17 right before entering basic training in the United States Army. Needless to say I had a very interesting basic training as things just did not phase me. The ones you have to watch out for are the highly energetic awakening. These should be prepared for in advance. In my case at the age of 39 I was practicing ZAZEN. This is not an energetic practice. What people fail to tell you is that the energy comes from literally no where. When you enter into sufficient spaciousness and stillness the energy flows from that. In Zazen people have a very hard time with the after effects of these Kensho moments, some are even debilitated requiring care of others in the community. In my case the energy came and tore up and down my spine. I literally could not walk without the aid of a cane. MRI scans revealed what appeared to be advanced arthritis as in swelling in every facet joint in my spine. I asked if electrocution could cause this, they told me at the time yes but it would take allot. It took 4 years to recover from not only severe debilitating back pain but headaches that would leave me unable to function sometimes for a day at a time. Had I known how to work with the currents in the spine there would not have been an issue. Later MRI's revealed the facet joints were no longer swollen. You can safely accelerate the process of integration and further unfoldment by the practice of Kriya Yoga. There are many claiming legitimacy in Kriya Yoga, there are only two lineages I can recommend. Forget about books. I know a very good teacher here in the United States who was trained personally by the great Samadhi Master Paramahamsa Hariharananda. This teacher is gearing up even as I type this to offer the practices which are authentic to this lineage in a never before done format. It is my intention to help him so he may give to individuals like yourself needing the guidance of an experienced teacher. Send me a PM with your contact information and when this teacher is ready I will put you in contact with him. Alternatively I can recommend the practices of the BON tradition as well. The practices involve the 9 breaths and Tsa Lung. with these two alone you will be able to balance your system very nicely without fear of hurting yourself or disrupting your balance. Take a look here https://www.ligminchalearning.com/crs2/ You will have to sign up for a free account to access the free teachings at the bottom of the page. Starting a meditation practice from the BON Tradition of Tibet is the place to start. The Lama Tinzen Wangyl Rinpoche is an excellent teacher. From the free lessons you can learn both the 9 breaths and TSA LUNG practices and get a great education while watching his other videos. Hope this has been informative and helpful.
  20. 6 points
    I was working my way up to a Facebook friend request... ...whatever...there’s still hope!
  21. 6 points
    With respect, I disagree. If this were true, your post would end here... The rest of the post is thoughts, ruminations of the inner self, stories of "me"... just stories of a different sort. When we truly dis-identify with the self, there is spaciousness and infinite possibility, not a me looking to identify with others' perceptions and expectations, not a me feeling sad and purposeless. There is openness and warmth and limitless energy.
  22. 6 points
    I took your suggestions along with what I learned from "The Secret of the Golden Flower" today, and I had a major breakthrough. I was able to move qi for the first time, and feel rooted for the first time. I suffer debilitating back pain from scheuermann's disease and I often have severe pain while meditating. It happened today, but this time I observed it, really observed it, and was able to use the breath to move it by just barely adjusting my posture, like you said, kind of keeping it simple, economy o motion, and could feel it migrate up and lessen away until I felt warm electriity strengthen my spine. This may sound like not much, but it was the first time I've been able to sit up straight co fortably in over 20 years. After that, I felt like I was buzzing and tingling, and my consciousness seemed to enter my entire body. I could feel my feet, everything. I felt so... Perfect... Harmony, serene, like no effort at all. Then a while later I felt like I was plugged in to the ground through my butt. It was so awesome. 50 minutes flew by, and I only stopped because of YouTube autoplay switching to something loud an obnoxious. I just want to thank you so much.
  23. 5 points
    1. Love yourself. you can never love others if you don't love yourself 2. Gratitude 3. A sense of humor about everything
  24. 5 points
    Hey all! Some years back I was a member. Beginning in 2009 life went ?? Quite brutal. Four years ago I had a traumatic brain injury. Listening to some music that fell into days be gone, it spurred my memory of Dao Bums. Not sure what my sign in or name was, so it's new! What was once the norm(?) is past. Hope to learn! Thanks!
  25. 5 points
    I tried my best, but I still like Chinese evolution.
  26. 5 points
  27. 5 points
    The concept of Dragon existed long before the founding of Taoist. Dragon is a conceptual animal representing all the best, of glory, power, fortune etc. It is of God. Chinese ancestors, such as FuXi 伏羲 was supposedly upper part human and bottom part dragon. Chinese considered themselves as the descendants of dragons 龙的传人. Dragons were deified. So, any one who wants to gain support and glory will have stories about how he or she was conceived by dragon-god. 道教和龙_互动百科 According to the old Taoism bamboo text that found from tombs, and oral education passed down by masters , that indicates dragon is a species holds the power of water,air and electricity. They live in water and can float in air and cause electrionic movement. These species live across ocean and sky. In Taoism we recorded that this species is helping the human to become wise.
  28. 5 points
    It is a misunderstanding of Buddhism and any and all paths of truth to see the pointing from the standpoint of position. These are not philosophies, they are not concepts and they in their essence are not beliefs that are by their nature set in past. It is a mistranslation to read into the teachings as a Doing - the positioned identified polarized MEness that is pointed to by so many names of illusion is not to be discarded - it falls away. Not one realized Awakened Enlightening Being has ever discarded the prior blinded bound false personhood that obscured the Presence of the Unborn Divine Essence. Non has expunged the memory of that bound blind false imprisoned state. It falls away - it is a Realization - not of mind, not in concept, not as in an epiphany - it is a though you are standing in “your house” and suddenly you are naked and rooted like a great tree in the middle of the cosmos. It is not in trance, it is not ethereal, it is not other worldly - it is utterly visceral across subtle bodies of which no writing comes within an atom of conveying. These “way” point too exquisite light intense full embodiment not remotely possible in the false personhood of position. A life far more of the realm of “the world” both relative and Absolute - untethered to Belief and tribal superstition and automated sleep reflex, trance and want. Not one master has not brought up the inadequacy of words - go beyond the words - see the Forrest behind the tree - don’t not see a pointing because you don’t like the font it was written in - look at the judgement and the self importance of it - the pride of discarding a masters words. “You” are not asked to believe anything - in fact you are asked NOT to believe - but to find out for your Self. Conceptually you can die to the possibilities before you in the firm belief that your beliefs are well founded in the well founded positions that you have embraced and grasped well into the inculcation that you have accepted as shackles upon yourself - Pointing will have little possiblity in such dry hardened proud ground.
  29. 5 points
    In Eastern medicine, both of those terms are relegated to the spiritual aspect of particular organ structures. Will power is linked to your kidneys and adrenals. Intent is linked to your muscle systems. Certain qi gong and nei gong that focuses on banking qi for kidney health, can increase will power. Any general strength training regimen will eventually assist intention. As Yi is a result of muscle health.
  30. 5 points
    I agree. Lying or not lying is not a simple choice of morality. If practice is genuine, then it should change a person inside, and he or she would not consider anything from the mind, but will think and decide by heart. The more pure heart is, the less person could lie, up to the point when a lie would become uncomfortable physically. Best regards, Kara
  31. 5 points
    Have you seen depictions of tantric deities in yab-yum union? Do they make it look that being enlightened is a drag, dull and insipid?
  32. 5 points
  33. 5 points
    I’ve had a similar experience. I used to read voraciously, now very selectively. I follow no news and rarely read fiction. I have maintained an interest in poetry and periodically refer to the core texts of my spiritual tradition as well as books and transcripts from my teacher, all of which are very supportive of my practice. It seems to be a natural transition as being distracted and entertained loses it’s primacy in our lives as a consequence of spiritual growth.
  34. 5 points
    Because Elvis owes me $75 !
  35. 5 points
    I don't know about Daoism, but Seneca said that "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity". So if you want to have good luck and success, you both have to work hard toward goals, but then also seize any opportunities that present themselves. Rinse and repeat. Opportunist has a negative connotation...but recognizing opportunities and taking them is very positive.
  36. 5 points
    I woke up this morning thinking - if God is ineffable/unknowable (stick with me I'm not usually a god botherer) - then it would be as true to say 'that which is unknowable is god'. In other words we have those things we know, those thing that we don't know yet but may come to know (the unknown) - and that which in itself is unknowable. So if we imagine ourselves on an island which comprises the 'known' world, and that the surrounding ocean is the unknown (with the flotsam and jetsam washed ashore being those new things we come to know) - then when we ask the question 'how did this come to be like this in the first place?' - or 'what is making this continue to exist?' - the answer is in the unknowable. So its a kind of puzzle to wonder how things came to be and how they persist. A religious person bows in awe at such a question but the mystic says 'I am the unknowable'. No idea why I woke thinking this - but there you go. Any comments?
  37. 5 points
    I think you will find that quite a few veteran bums think we have too many rules already.
  38. 5 points
    No, I think that you have been respectful and I have enjoyed our discussions (otherwise, I would not have engaged in the first place). But, if you look at your above response to me, you have not at all responded to my actual point. My actual point was... Essentially, arguing that it is a subjective point and hence not really possible, unless at the gross extremes (ongoing trolling). Instead, you took my example and twisted the actual discussion into some point about questioning my respect for you (when I would hope that after all of these years, you would know that I do). In essence, with your own response to me, you made a back door ad hominem attack twisting away from my actual point in the thread. Or, at least this is an obvious interpretation that one could draw from your response to me. My point is not to say that I felt attacked, but to once again demonstrate the challenge to your suggested approach. It is all subjective. It is very much like having a dress code at a restaurant. We can all agree that you should not be allowed to go naked, but are jeans inappropriate?
  39. 5 points
    To me, the challenge with your description above is that it implies that there is somehow a higher (or absolute) view defining that someone’s comments fit in one of your four buckets. Without some absolute judge catorgizing the discussion, the perceived difference between a vada, jalpa, or vitanda is left to the respective parties of the discussion. If you are the one being disagreed with (and believe yourself to be correct), you will fight to prove your point. So whether something is vada, jalpa or vitanda is totally subjective based upon the perceptional mind view (and individual prejudices) of that individual. A good example has been our an many past discussions regarding in Daoism whether the One=Dao (your view) or the One emerges from the Dao (my view). While I consider our discussion to be of equals, you repeatedly ignore the teachings of the TTC which clearly describe that the Taoist view is that the One emerges (based upon your personal AV perspective). In such a case, since you have never agreed with what the TTC actually says, should I assume that on your part the discussion is a jalpa because you have not respected the Taoist view? Or a vitanda? When my own personal view is that I am engaged from a vada perspective. Food for thought...
  40. 5 points
  41. 5 points
    The zhenren Philemon speaks: "Now hear: I begin with nothingness. Nothingness is the same as the fullness. In infinity full is as good as empty. Nothingness is empty and full. You might just as well say anything else about nothingness, for instance, that it is white, or black, or that it does not exist, or that it exists. That which is endless and eternal has no qualities, since it has all qualities. "We call this nothingness or fullness the Dao. Therein both thinking and being cease, since the eternal and endless possess no qualities. No one is in it, for they would then be distinct from the Dao, and would possess qualities that would distinguish him as something distinct from the Dao. "In the Dao there is nothing and everything. It is fruitless to think about the Dao, for this would mean self-dissolution. "Creation is not in the Dao, but in itself. The Dao is the beginning and end of creation. It pervades creation, just as the sunlight pervades the air. Although the Dao is altogether pervasive, creation has no share in it, just as a wholly transparent body becomes neither light nor dark through the light pervading it. "We are, however, the Dao itself, for we are a part of the eternal and the endless. But we have no share therein, as we are infinitely removed from the Dao; not spatially or temporally, but essentially, since we are distinguished from the Dao in our essence as creation, which is confined within time and space. "Yet because we are parts of the Dao, the Dao is also in us. Even in the smallest point the Dao is endless, eternal, and whole, since small and great are qualities that are contained in it. It is nothingness that is whole and continuous throughout. Only figuratively, therefore, do I speak of creation as part of the Dao. Because, actually, the Dao is nowhere divided, since it is nothingness. We are also the whole Dao, because, figuratively, the Dao is the smallest point in us, merely assumed, not existing, and the boundless firmament about us. But why then do we speak of the Dao at all, if it is everything and nothing? "I speak about it in order to begin somewhere, and also to free you from the delusion that somewhere without or within there is something fixed or in some way established from the outset. Every so-called fixed and certain thing is only relative. That alone is fixed and certain that is subject to change. "Creation, however, is subject to change; therefore it alone is fixed and determined because it has qualities: indeed, it is quality itself. "Thus we ask: how did the creation come into being? Creatures came into being, but not creation: since creation is the very quality of the Dao, as much as non-creation, eternal death. Creation is ever-present, and so is death. The Dao has everything, differentiation and non-differentiation. "Differentiation is creation. It is differentiated. Differentiation is its essence, and therefore it differentiates. Therefore man differentiates, since his essence is differentiation. Therefore he also differentiates the qualities of the Dao that do not exist. He differentiates them on account of his own essence. Therefore he must speak of those qualities of the Dao that do not exist. "You say: 'what use is there in speaking about it at all?' Did you yourself not say that it is not worth thinking about the Dao? "I mentioned that to free you from the delusion that we are able to think about the Dao. When we distinguish the qualities of the Dao, we are speaking from the ground of our own differentiated state and about our own differentiation, but have effectively said nothing about the Dao. Yet we need to speak about our own differentiation, so that we may sufficiently differentiate ourselves. Our very nature is differentiation. If we are not true to this nature we do not differentiate ourselves enough. We must therefore make distinctions between qualities. "You ask: what harm is there in not differentiating oneself?' If we do not differentiate, we move beyond our essence, beyond creation, and we fall into non-differentiation, which is the other quality of the Dao. We fall into the Dao itself and cease to be created beings. We lapse into dissolution in nothingness. This is the death of the creature. Therefore we die to the same extent that we do not differentiate. Hence the creature's essence strives toward differentiation and struggles against primeval, perilous sameness. This is called the principium individuations. This principle is the essence of the creature. From this you can see why non-differentiation and non-distinction pose a great danger to the creature. "We must, therefore, distinguish the qualities of the Dao. These qualities are pairs of opposites, such as: "the effective and the ineffective, the fullness and the emptiness, the living and the dead, the different and the same, light and darkness, hot and cold, force and matter, time and space, good and evil, the beautiful and the ugly, the one and the many, etc. "The pairs of opposites are the qualities of the Dao that do not exist, because they cancel themselves out. As we are the Dao itself, we also have all these qualities in us. Since our nature is grounded in differentiation, we have these qualities in the name and under the sign of differentiation, which means: "First: these qualities are differentiated and separate in us; therefore they do not cancel each other out, but are effective. Thus we are the victims of the pairs of opposites. The Dao is rent within us. "Second: these qualities belong to the Dao, and we must possess and live them only in the name and under the sign of differentiation. We must differentiate ourselves from these qualities. They cancel each other out in the Dao, but not in us. Distinction from them saves us. "When we strive for the good or the beautiful, we forget our essence, which is differentiation, and we fall subject to the spell of the qualities of the Dao, which are the pairs of opposites. We endeavor to attain the good and the beautiful, yet at the same time we also seize the evil and the ugly since in the Dao these are one with the good and the beautiful. But if we remain true to our essence, which is differentiation, we differentiate ourselves from the good and the beautiful, and hence from the evil and ugly. And thus we do not fall under the spell of the Dao, namely into nothingness and dissolution. "You object: you said that difference and sameness are also qualities of the Dao. What is it like if we strive for distinctiveness? Are we, in so doing, not true to our own nature? And must we nonetheless fall into sameness when we strive for distinctiveness? "You must not forget that the Dao has no qualities. We create these through thinking. If, therefore, you strive for distinctiveness or sameness, or any qualities whatsoever, you pursue thoughts that flow to you out of the Dao: thoughts, namely concerning the non-existing qualities of the Dao. Inasmuch as you run after these thoughts, you fall again into the Dao, and attain distinctiveness and sameness at the same time. Not your thinking, but your essence, is differentiation. Therefore you must not strive for what you conceive as distinctiveness, but for your own essence. At bottom, therefore, there is only one striving, namely the striving for one's own essence. If you had this striving, you would not need to know anything about the Dao and its qualities, and yet you would attain the right goal by virtue of your own essence. Since, however, thought alienates us from our essence, I must teach you that knowledge with which you can bridle your thoughts."
  42. 5 points
    I think we’re all trying to reach a deeper personal understanding through conversations. It’s good not to take anything on the internet too personally. We’re all just stating what we feel is true for us.
  43. 5 points
    Fa Xin, Marblehead, and dosa, Thanks for replying to my first post. I'm a native speaker of mandarin but my English is not as good as my Chinese. I need time to read some threads and to know something about the forum. Thank you for your kindness and warm welcome.
  44. 5 points
    That is very sad news. He is a very valuable light and teacher for the world. Thank you for sharing.
  45. 5 points
    Yes, you did. You missed the Marble perspective. My world is real and we all are living on it; each and every individual one of us.
  46. 5 points
    May I suggest that for a period of time you focus awareness in your heart, and let the thoughts and any sensations arise and fall as they will?
  47. 5 points
    Mhe, I am sus on em anyway . 'Sides , I too am 'an adept ' ..... I loved this, thanks : I had heard long ago about adepts that would astral travel to the sun's core to meditate. I'm gonna get that one on a t shirt ! Lets forget sun gazing and stories that we heard ' long ago ' <snicker> and get into some REAL solar meditations. Hmmmm ? Anyone up for THAT ? Anyone actually done any ? I'll start I used to do EVERY DAY solar adorations / meditations/ ritual at the 4 stations of the Sun (dawn, noon, sunset, midnight ) for 9 months ! ( I did the practice fior years and years , just under 9months was the longest I went without missing a day . ) Its a multipart ritual using visualization 'assumption of God Forms ( 'body mudra' ) - in this case the 'Gods' of those sun positions - , mantra/chanting in English and 'ancient' Egyptian, 'energy work' , and silent meditation and contemplation . ... four times a day .... every day ! That'll get yer solar up ! Aside ; L. Ron Hubbard stole our solar ritual (and others) and stuck it into Scientology, at the top end , and charged huge amounts of $$$$$ for it after changing it into his warped and deranged 'Sunshine programme' see below :
  48. 5 points
    I have no argument. I just don't give a shit. What I say is just wind passing through the universe. No one has to listen to me. And besides, I reserve the right to be wrong.
  49. 5 points
    If I reincarnate and if it is as a Buddhist, I promise, I will suffer.
  50. 5 points
    Until everything is coherent enough that random thought does not happen, then dont worry about thoughts. Just as soon as you notice you are thinking, immediately return to breath work. Its just part of training your body & mind. If you put the entirety of the focus of your awareness into the mechanics of breathing, fine tuning them, trying to execute a 'perfect breath' over and over, you discover that so long as the awareness is sufficiently harnessed, then random thoughts tend to not creep up. The caveat to this is that sensate input tends to "cause springs to fly out off the woodwork" since there are many logical loopings in the brain's wiring - so whatever remains of this 'energy-remainder' rides neural potentials right up into higher brain centers where it produces thought. Whenever there's a significant remainder, something random's going to pop off. This is why proper sitting and proper breathwork helps to eliminate the extraneous neural potentials that serve to form random thought. When the flow of air drops beneath the threshold of turbulence in the airways, that's where things begin to get quiet. Dont use anywhere that air touches to facilitate the movement of air through the system, only use the gut mechanics. Once the body's rigorously trained on that.....which is in itself awareness-training...then you can be at a point where random thoughts dont pop up much at all, especially not in meditation. Its that part in the movie where the student's being beaten with sticks (or ahnuld pushing the wheel crank in conan the barbarian,) and you realize that training's crucial to the foundation of what makes the character shine later on.