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  1. Haven't read through the entire thread but if you're worried about weight gain, minding what you eat is the most important thing. Generally exercise increases appetite and people are more likely to treat themselves with rich food as a 'reward' for a heavy workout. The only reliable way to lose weight is to practice intermittent fasting. Start by skipping breakfast and eating only between 12pm and 8pm. And then narrow the window down so you're eating one meal a day (preferably at lunch when agni is at its peak).
  2. IMA and Awakening

    I remember reading in Glen Morris' pathnotes that the only awakened person he's met who doesn't practice martial arts, is the Dalai Lama. And that was all martial arts, not just internal arts. Spoken from my own experience, I find karate katas both very energising and meditative, on a par with the qigong I practice in terms of effect. This internal effect has been confirmed by a medical intuitive.
  3. Death of Sogyal Rinpoche

    Sogyal Rinpoche wasn't a monk, as far as I know, so had no prohibitions on girlfriends and stuff. I think he just struggled to keep his head when his book sold millions of copies and he was being courted by celebrities. That's just my understanding though, I don't know all the details of this teacher.
  4. Death of Sogyal Rinpoche

    I was reading his book 'Tibetan book of living and dying' not too long ago, and I found it actually quite helpful. So it was pretty shocking to read some of the stories from his former students. I felt pretty disgusted with him. Strangely enough, when he died, I kept having an image of him in my mind's eye. Part of me felt like he should suffer for undermining the dharma and harming students. Then I read somewhere that Garchen Rinpoche was advising students to recite a particular sutra on his behalf (I forget which one), so he might have a good rebirth. It occured to me that this was done precisely because whatever is waiting for him on the other side was terribly sad for a man who - for all of his flaws - strived toward Buddhahood throughout his life. One day, as I finished my recitation of the Mani I decided that instead of dedicating merits to all beings, I would dedicate the merits for this one day to him, so that he might have a more fortunate rebirth. I don't pretend to believe that it might have been enough to help him, but after I did so, his image in my mind's eye dissolved in light, and hasn't reappeared again. Think his passing is a lesson for all Buddhists to overcome the 'cancel culture' mentality, whereby a person becomes unforgiveable, and practice the true Buddhist teaching of well-wishing to all sentient beings.
  5. All Things Mantra

    Yes, I listen to a recording of the Medicine Buddha sutra most mornings and it sounds weird, but I'm generally 'better behaved' on days when I do (it is very focused on morality and the consequences of being a bastard). I'm also really, really peaceful after listening to it. Like I've been meditating for an equivalent amount of time.
  6. Mixing systems

    I've never heard of this before, might he have just had a frog in his throat? In my view, the qigong you'll find on DVDs and in books is all limited to the level of healing and fitness. I'm sure there are exceptions, but I think it's pretty rare to find a qigong practice that offers a complete path all the way up the mountain. Most publicly available stuff stops at the first 'base camp' of healing the body and calming the mind. Many teachers though do have very high levels of attainment, and Chunyi is very well respected (although I have never met him). I think most qigong is great if you go in aware of what you'll likely get back in return. But if you go in hoping to find a practice that will unwind all of the centuries-old karma that is tied up in your every thought, just by waving your arms or breathing in a particular way, then you might be disappointed. If you want that then you really need to spend some serious time in quiet sitting, and later vipassana meditation. (Or else do what I do, and realise that attaining enlightenment in this life with my limited ability and poor character is simply impossible, and practice Pure Land instead). Qigong has its place, and I practice it myself, but mostly only for a healthy body and a peaceful mind.
  7. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

    My father in law practices Nichiren. In Japan, Soka Gakkai is regarded with a great deal of suspicion. It is involved in politics, and there are rumours it uses it's practitioners as cash cows to fund further influence. I would stay away as much as possible from that organisation. Nichiren by itself is fairly innocuous, but I'm not sure I agree with a lot of the founder's ideas
  8. Mental and physical routes to enightenment

    Most of the people who claim to have achieved enlightenment say it was a sudden, dramatic experience. Doc Morris said it felt like his head was being blown off. I think the most in-depth account of what enlightenment is and what the experience of it was like on this forum came from dawg. Also he's the only bum here who claims to have attained it. It's a great read. Edit - interesting parallel I saw with the Doc was the unconsciousness as an almost seperate entity. A higher mind. Doc said he had a sort of conversation with the subconscious, before reaching an agreement to merge both the conscious and unconscious mind ('like a fist being pushed through another fist').
  9. Looking for Jose Figueroa silk reeling dvds

    Damn! Missed that auction. Was it live when you posted it? I didn't see it
  10. Question about Falun Dafa / Falun Gong

    I guess it's each to their own. In certain daoist practices they talk about the establishment of an energy mechanism in high level transmission. Like the master establishes aetheric 'training wheels' so the refinement of internal alchemy doesn't go wrong at high levels. My understanding is that it's a similar principle with the falun, it's not so much a sentient entity, but something to help refine virtue and qi developed through the cultivation and qigong into higher level energy. It's either something that you believe exists or you don't. To call it a 'cult' because you don't believe in it is slightly disingenuous. I did my university thesis on cults and brainwashing. That was about 15 years ago, but I vaguely remember the characteristics to look out for. 1. Separation from society or from influences that contradict the group's teaching - there is nothing of the sort in Falun Gong. People practice in their daily life. (The drummer in David Bowie's band practiced Falun Gong) 2. High financial demands, often linked to progression in the group. Or else payment for higher level teachings through labour. - you see this in Scientology. However everything is free in Falun Gong. All the materials, practices and everything are available to download for free online. There is no 'inner circle'. 3. Coercion or manipulation into following the group's teachings. - it's a purely internal practice. You cultivate yourself and you have no accountability for that. Similarly no disconnect for leaving the group. I still have many good friends who practice and I meet up with them now and then. 4. An authority figure in the main founder - Falun Gong does have this, admittedly. But then, most qigong schools do. Look at Chunyi or Wang Liping. Or that guy in the 90s who used to give six hour qigong transmissions. The schools are built around their authority. Moreover they often charge thousands of dollars for their teachings, whereas FG is all free. Plus Li Hongzhi is something of a recluse. I only saw him once in the decade that I practiced, and that was when I went to a seminar he gives once or twice a year. Anyway, no offence if you disagree and still want to call it a cult. I don't practice any more so I have no vested interest. Just wanted to set the record straight as I see it.
  11. Your Current Cultivation Practices

    These days I've been experimenting with a few bits and bobs. My main practice, as always is the mani mantra - which to my mind is a thousand practices in one. I've also kept up a regular Shaolin martial practice. But I've been dabbling in a few qigong forms, 8 brocades, zhineng and a bit of Chen. All good fun. Also someone kindly shared with me the secret smile pratice from KAP. Sometimes it's good to branch out a bit, try new things.
  12. Movement Arts That Are Non-Martial

    This looks like a wonderful form.
  13. Question about Falun Dafa / Falun Gong

    I practiced it for over 10 years. Gave it up a couple of years back to focus on Buddhist practices. It's not in any way a cult. It is an extremely safe, healthful practice but at its root is l the idea that your spiritual breakthroughs are tied to the cultivation of your heart - how well you embody the characteristics of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. It teaches you to turn the other cheek when being abused by others. Not only remaining calm when being attacked but remaining compassionate toward others. It's completely free - there's no membership, fees or mandatory group attendance. You can literally download the book and videos and practice on your own without ever meeting another practitioner. I stopped practicing because I got stuck at a certain level and felt like I wasn't progressing anymore. I still have a bunch of friends who practice and get loads from it. I won't get into a debate about it here. It was banned in China because there were 100 million people practicing it in the 90s. Which is utterly terrifying for the communist leadership, as the founder wasn't a party appointee. The cult propaganda came later and included loads of coerced testimonies and falsified footage. A good friend of mine was tortured for about three months before finally agreeing to give a false testimony to the tv station about how it ruined his life. The reality is a innocuous, peaceful practice.
  14. I know Dragon Door still sells the first DVD but can't seem to find the whole three DVD set anywhere. Does anyone have s copy they're looking to pass on?
  15. The Shocking State of Human Insanity

    And how about to half of the world's population, three billion people living in poverty. Or to the 1.3 billion living in the most extreme conditions of poverty? How would they view a pimple?