Fa Xin

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  1. All Things Mantra

    So let's share some experiences with mantras that you guys and gals have had! Maybe some aspects of mantras that the new folks aren't aware of, pictures of your mala beads, youtube links, recommendations... Anything and everything mantra related... I was reading the Cundi mantra thread, and I thought having a thread where the focus was on mantra's would be awesome, and invaluable for some seekers. Thanks! FX
  2. Newbie here, hope to learn from everyone

    Hello, ZeroQi, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello ZeroQi, Welcome, thank you for the great introduction. I feel like the Wuxia/Martial arts fantasy movies and culture helped motivate me to pursue a deeper understanding of energy/Daoism/Buddhism etc. I can remember watching "Big Trouble in Little China" at the age of ~10 and being drawn in from there. I'm sure you can find some good info here. Enjoy the forum! You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  3. Newbie

    Hello, Janergy, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello Janergy, Welcome, I like your name. I'd love to hear more about yourself when you've settled in and feel comfortable. Enjoy the forum. You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  4. Hello everyone.

    Hello, Nathan80, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello Nathan, Welcome and thanks for joining. I'm not sure how much help they will be materialistically, but it's probably possible! Enjoy You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  5. Merging and guru yoga

    Kind of off topic but not really... I just picked up Chogyam Trungpa's book "Cutting through Spiritual Materialism" at a used bookstore this week and spent the day reading it. Excellent book so far. He mentions some tantric and guru stuff in the book. I may share some excerpts on my PPD soon. I know he has a reputation or whatever, but the book so far is striking me as very deep. In the past, I've found his talks/lectures are hard to follow, due to the way he speaks... but the book is very clear (and was transcribed from his lectures, funny enough...)
  6. Merging and guru yoga

    You have a nice way of putting into one sentence what I cannot seem to express ! Thanks for this.
  7. Merging and guru yoga

    Nice, thank you for the encouragement, and the info! I guess I don't really think of it like dualistic or not - I just kind of open myself up to the process and energy, and whatever happens happens. I've gotten away from the non-dual view, though. To me, I've found much of it was my concept and ideas of "nondual". There just is what there is. Sometimes it presents itself as dualistic, and that's OK because it's contained in the "all". As the tantric stuff states, nothing is to be rejected. Is the "stateless state" separate from dualism, or is dualism contained within it? I don't know... but I'm off to the beach now... thank you for the fun convo!
  8. Merging and guru yoga

    For me, merging and guru yoga type practices is the main thing that started to knock down the walls of separateness. I know theoretically, the practice sounds like it perpetuates “I’m over here, I have to merge with that over there.” All I can say is with time, that view and the idea of separation started to disappear. The gap between “that over there” got smaller and smaller. I know it sounds counter intuitive, like some “hair of the dog that bit ya” practice. But in order to merge with something, the idea that “it’s over there” has to be given up? How can I be the same as something else. Anyway, I don’t know much about doctrine or scripture, but I practice a lot and that’s what I got so far. Cheers!
  9. Hello

    Hello, MrTao, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello MrTao, Welcome and great name. What style kung fu have you studied? I’ve done some training too. Looking forward to chatting... Enjoy the forum. You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  10. New member first time post

    Hello, drifting.leaf, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello drifting leaf, Welcome and nice to have you. I’m happy you found the discussions helpful. Hope you can join in on them too! You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  11. Here to Learn about internal alchemy!

    Hello, SirPhillipJFry, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello Sir Phillip, Welcome and thanks for joining. I hope you can find some good info on internal alchemy here. You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  12. From East to West

    Hello, mskied, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello mskied, Welcome and nice to have you. Looking forward to more of your posts. Exploring the Western traditions of Christianity and Judaism is fun and you may notice similarities to the East too. You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  13. Hello

    Hello, waterdrop, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello waterdrop, Thanks for introducing yourself. I hope you find an answer to your question. You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  14. New one on the path of Dzogchen

    Hello, Timofey Yuriev, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello Timofey Yuriev, Welcome... I enjoy Dzogchen, too. We have a few practitioners here. Enjoy You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  15. I dont quite see it as a bad thing. I think people are just realizing how to make the most of their brain, and it’s catching on because it works. the flipside could be that our material based society and stressful work habits need to be balanced by stuff like meditation and self care. I’m sure there’s many corporations that don’t care about their workers mental health, and I appreciate forward thinking companies like Google that offer mindfulness workshops. The one thing I do agree with is it’s better with a tradition such as Buddhism or some sort of spirituality, than just a cold scientific approach.
  16. Since there are practitioners from many different traditions here, can you briefly explain your method(s)? Are you into energy work? Follow the breath? Practice Tai chi or some movement form? Witness stuff happening? Walking meditation?
  17. Lately I've been playing with the 5 Senses stuff... Noticing what sounds I hear, and then losing myself in that. Or if I feel wind blowing on me, I will focus on that feeling, let it bring me back to the moment. I've never been a fan of noticing the breath, but I like noticing the senses.
  18. Hello & self intro

    Hello, ScytheV, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Hello ScytheV, Nice to have you here. I would be interested in hearing more about your Daoist meditation. Welcome and enjoy. You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  19. Very cool, and thanks for sharing. I practiced the GD type stuff for a while, too. I have to admit part of me is still fascinated by it. I don’t practice, but the culture surrounding it is fun to me. I live close to Salem, MA, and I visit whenever I can to feed my inner witch. One thing I found interesting with the history of the city is that while they were busy burning so called “witches” in the 1600s, folk magic was perfectly accepted and practiced amongst the colonists. A good example is the Throwing salt over your shoulder to ward off evil.
  20. Happy vinegar drinker from the UK

    Hello, NotTheEternalUsername, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Welcome “Thomas”, Clever and fun intro. What kind of vinegar do you drink? Enjoy... You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  21. Hi all

    Hello, Finder, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Welcome Finder, Nice to have you here, and congrats on your opening. Glad you’ve liked what you’ve seen so far. Looking forward to reading your posts. You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  22. Hello from Belgium

    Hello, MrGuy, and welcome. Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go. Please take the time to read the post pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum Terms and Rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started. For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day. Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you, Fa Xin and the TDB team Welcome MrGuy, I’ve always wanted to travel to Belgium! I hope you find all that you’re looking for here. Enjoy 😊 You are welcome to jump right in to the ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forum to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started. May you enjoy your time here. Fa Xin
  23. Story of Atlantis Part 2 - Conquest of America

    There's a show on History channel, the new "In Search of..." that recently had a two part series on Atlantis. It was cool because they used the description of Atlantis from Plato and explored various possibilities based on Plato's clues. One possibility they suggested was the Minoans. Some of the clues matched, others did not. I've also heard it suggested that it could've been the East Indies.
  24. I've heard it said that such tempting spawns a greater calling for a return to God. Whether or not such a being is aware that they are operating as a tool for the divine is unclear... but to think anything is completely "separate" from God is an illusion in my view. Even the most vile creatures are still part of God, and play a role in the divine play. I can't think of any stories to back up my view... so take it as UPG
  25. Forgiveness and Condemnation

    Does your inner work have nothing to do with others?