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  1. Dr Stephen T Chang

    Hi, Has anyone heard of Dr Stephen T Chang? He is apparently a renowned Taoist doctor and herbalist.I do not see any info on him on this forum. Here is his website: with his bio and books. I am tempted to get some of his books (diet and longevity exercises?) but I want to hear first what you guys know of him. Thank you for your help.
  2. Hi, I have been researching kundalini ( more on it in a another post) and I noticed that many of the gurus, teachers died at a young age. Some examples: Paramhansa Yogananda died of heart attack at age of 59. Glenn Morris died of heart attack at age 52 Yogi Bhajan diet at age 75 ( I do not know of what) What the heck is going on? My parents do not practice anything and they are in their eighties. Additionally, master Chunyi Lin’s wife died of breast cancer at a young age. Why he could not save her with all his “powers”? I have not researched everyone but from what I remember not that many make it even to their eighties. Did anyone ever ponder that? Aren’t these people supposed to be strong, enlightened, healthy? Some charge money to heal others yet they cannot heal family members? Additionally, many teachers and gurus are also not that “hot” looking either. They are overweight, out of shape, looking older than their age or their age (if they are lucky). I am not impressed. On the other hand I think that Dr Yang Jwing Ming and Mantiak Chia (although controversial for some) look great for their age. They must be doing something right! They do not even have that many gray hair and there seems to be a lot of vitality and vibrancy in them. I am really curious what you guys think about my conundrum. I think that it would have been so much more motivational to follow someone who has good results to show for. Would you follow advise of a sickly, overweight functional medicine doctor on how to be optimal? I am very much looking forward to your thoughts.
  3. Hi Mig, I have found a new one here CRAMNOTES/5dterra NOTES AUDIO VIDEO/ebooks/144000/Alchemy_Michael_Winn_Daoist_Internal_Alche.pdf 36 pages. I hope that it is the same one as in the link above. Sorry about the long URL. I did not have the time to look it up how to shorten it but it works !
  4. Hi Aetherous, Could you please PM me on this as well? Thank you.
  5. Hello, Bruce Frantzis has just released a new course: and I was wondering what you guys think about it. I am a total beginner. He also throws in a bunch of interesting bonuses. Are they any good? The sale price is till the end of this weekend, I believe. Thank you in advance.
  6. Starjumper, Good explanation of Bruce’s teachings. Now I understand what he is all about and I do not think that I am into what he is teaching (relaxation). I am “hard core” and I think/hope that I am not the ‘masses” But I do have a lot to learn and to figure out.
  7. Sorry, but I am confused LOL. Do you imply that Bruce is a joke? Maybe he is just having fun in this video?
  8. Thank you. Ok, it is not worth it but Frantz is good otherwise/in general, isn’t he? I do not see much negative stuff about him on this forum. If anything, many people seem to quote him.
  9. HI, Does anyone have any experience with Yi Ren Qigong? I have come across it when googling menopause reversal. I found this article It says that Yi Ren Qigong can potentially reverse menopause. It is quite a statement. What would the best qigong be to reverse aging, rejuvenate, for longevity, restoring fertility, anti aging, youth, health, spirit, mind etc (you get my drift )? There are so many options and claims out there. I do realize that I will not be 20 again but I will take what I can We ( me and my sister) do you not want to waste time on things that do not work. Thanks a lot
  10. No takers? I am shocked. I thought you guys would be all over my question. Did I post it in a wrong area and nobody sees it or something (LOL)? Thank you.
  11. Hi Starjumper,

    You have written in one of your posts: "You can count the number of good chi kung systems in this country on the fingers of one hand and have a couple of fingers left over."

    What are they?

    Thank you

  12. Hi Everyone, Are the following books good as a wide base introduction (for getting the bigger picture first, kind of bird’s eye view before I chose a particular path) for a beginner? Anything else that is more suitable? Some sort of “encyclopedia” would be great but I do not think that such exists or does it? The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong and Taoism For Dummies Thank you in advance
  13. Thank you for all your responses! All very helpful. @ Oneironaut: I have come across The Root of Chinese Qi Gong and Damo Mitchell when I was trying to find some threads for beginners. I was just not sure how broad they were. Fortunately my library has them. Speaking of searches….. I typed in “for beginners” and “Novices” in the titles search box. Any other suggestions on how to find all the beginners threads? @ Dawei: I guess I am looking at the health, longevity (immortality J)and spiritual aspects of Qi gong and Taoism but then who knows I might find something else as I deepen my knowledge. @ Morning Dew: the FAQ is really good. Quite a few gems there. I did not look there as I thought it was just some boring stuff LOL
  14. Hi Guys, Since you were so helpful when I have asked a question before about resources for beginners I thought I would ask another question. I am looking for meditation cushion(s). I am considering: and this one: I am leaning more towards the first one as it has only 2 pieces but I am very open to suggestions. My understanding is that it is better for the spine when the pillow is tilted and you need something under your knees as well. Also is buckwheat the best filling material? I am going to use it for just regular sitting (when possible) as well because I do too much sitting and my hips are tight. I am in Toronto, Ontario BTW Thank you in advance.
  15. Meditation cushion(s)

    Hi Steve, Interesting that you do not like the wedge zafas. Did you try the one exactly from my link or something similar? What was the problem? From description it looks like it should be comfortable. They explain how it tilts your hips so you do not suffer, the blood flow in your legs is not cut off etc. It makes sense to me at least in theory. It seems to have good reviews as well. Yes, I am not flexible and my hips are tight. in your second link it does not say what the gomden cushion is filled with. Would it be a problem? People seem to like buckwheat hull. I have come across a couple more websites that look interesting: and Anything good there? Thank you.
  16. Meditation cushion(s)

    Thank you Everyone, Any particular brand names that you like? Any designs that tend to work better than others?
  17. Meditation cushion(s)

    Thank you Gatito. It sounds interesting. However I am not ready to make my own yet. I just want it easy (LOL). Anyone else has any suggestions? Thank you.
  18. Hello, Can anyone recommend the best way/resources to learn about Taoism and Qigong in particular? I did my research and I came up with: 1. “The healing promise of Qi” by Roger Jahnke. Although the book does not engross me. 2 “The root of Chinese Qigong” by Yang Jwing-Ming. Once I am done with this one I will continue with his other more advanced books. How are his videos? 3. Daniel Reid’s books. Which one is good to start with? Are they good choices? Anything else? Any good websites? I have tried to read some topics on the forum but it is mostly over my head. I have not seen anything for novices. Is there anything for complete beginners here on the forum? Thank you for your help.
  19. Hi, I was wondering if anyone can help me and tell me how do I go about increasing jing. I am trying to get pregnant but I am already “old” according to doctors. 3 years ago I had a tremendous stress with my family that messed me up completely and I have not been able to recover. It looks like I might be in menopause. I have been looking around to see what I can do to make myself “young” again and I came across jing. Your input is greatly appreciated. Just to let you know that I am a TOTAL NOVICE so be gentle with me. Thank you in advance.
  20. Jing and fertility

    Thank you Everyone for your comments! I have actually found TaoBums when googling jing. Fertility aside jing is good no matter what you want it for so although I mentioned fertility but your advice does not have to be about fertility precisely. I have been seeing TCM doctor for over 2 months now. He says that I am improving although slowly. I hope he does not say so to just keep getting money (LOL). I am going to get my hormones tested. I would imagine that if the results improve then TCM works and if not improvement then the guy is just me. I am really curious to see the results. The TCM doc said that I should give it 2 to 3 months to see if TCM is working on me. We will see. He does seem to have a busy practice. ChiDragon had mentioned Qigong. It is something that I am looking into. I will do another post on it though. Thank you.
  21. Hi

    Hi, I have started googling Qigong recently and I become very excited about the possibilities and how it can improve my life. I am looking forward to the discussions here although I must say I did look around and most of the discussions are over my head. I am from Toronto, Ontario. Anyone from around here? Thank you.