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  1. Flying Phoenix Chi Kung

    DSCB57, there are indeed many 'secrets' in CMA. In the Daoist tradition, the key to progress either in their internal arts and meditation is mco. Let me share this with you: about 20 years ago, I had a conversation with my sifu and told him that if we did not impart the mco method to the students, they would be stuck at a level unable to progress 'internally'. He gave his approval. However, it took me another 17 years before I could really start my students on mco. Why wait for 17 years from that conversation? My students were not ready then with the 2nd stage of advancement. Meanwhile, students came and go during that period. Some trained for 3 years, and left to teach their friends. You can imagine my apprehension if they started to teach the system plus mco with their half-baked practice. Thus, studying the character and the level of training of the student are important considerations for the teacher. Certain things can't be rushed.
  2. Flying Phoenix Chi Kung

    DSCB57, I do read your posts in this thread but I can't comment in reply to your queries as my tradition is not "Flying Phoenix". Please do not feel depressed when there are no responses to your posts; it happens to most people. This is just a forum for sharing o experiences with total strangers and sometimes, what you post may not go down well with some people with different experiences/agenda. Perhaps going under a proper guidance by a good instructor should alleviate some of the problems that you had enquired instead of learning from videos. If this is no good, perhaps, take up a more simple yet effective qigong would help, for example, the simple swing hand qigong exercise (swuai shou) which was very popular in the early 1960s. This traditional form has undergone modification to the current p'eng shou swuai which has become more of a physical exercise than qigong. Or just concentrate on zhang zhuang with mco can also be satisfying.
  3. zhan zhuang feedback

    From my own experience, when a point or part of the body has a stagnated qi, pain will occurs at the spot during practice, not shaking. When shaking manifest, the qi radiates from inside (core) towards the surface and if it is controlled like in Wai-Dan qigong or the Tibetan Fire Palm (3rd exercise), then there is a focused qi generation and flow. Some practitioners of Shaolin Yi-zi-chan have the same shaking phenomenon, some instructors would comment that it is good ( a good indication of qi manifesting), however, some instructors advised against allowing the shaking to go on (truly so as those students will be loosing their qi and hence, prone to illnesses). There are three qualities (amongst others) that a qigong practitioner seeks (and relevant to this thread) : stillness/calmness of Mind as a precursor to mental focus; qi to be regular and smooth (not stagnated); and relaxation of the body to allow qi to seeps into every cells and marrow.
  4. zhan zhuang feedback

    Shaking comes on when you are not in control of your qi-flow. I suggest that you check on your breathing system/method and to bring your awareness/mental focus into your practice. The shaking is involuntary. When it happens, you have allowed it to continue. In my book, the shaking is dangerous as you allowed your qi-flow to be unrestricted/uncontrolled.
  5. zhan zhuang feedback

    From my understanding of 'standing the post', zhan zhuang, there are a few 'schools' teaching it with differing emphasis. What I was taught required the person to bend the knees with the tip of the knee cap to be vertical with the toes. The chest is caved-in, meaning that breathing is by the abdomen/diaphram, the tongue is thrusted up with the tip touching the upper palate behind the front teeth, the back is naturally curved towards the front, and the head is slightly dipped to line up the two pressure points: bai wei on top of the head ("meeting of hundreds") and wei yin, ("meeting of yin energy") the point between the anal opening and the sexual organ. The sitting is without movements, it is still with the slowness and quietness of breathing. The adjustment of limbs and body is at the beginning of the exercise and not during the whole period. The butt is tucked in with the upper body fully relaxed. The person practising zhan zhuang is like a battery cell to tap energy from the heavens and earth. Upper body is relaxed, thus it is yin, soft, and the top of the head faces the sky which is considered as yang, a positive energy. And we have a positive and negative charge for the upper body. Earth is considered yin, but the standing requires the bending of the knees, thus the lower limbs is inflexible and unintentionally hard (has to be natural, not forced), a yang energy; giving it negative + positive charge. The zhan zhuang transforms the person to be like a battery taking energies from Heaven and Earth.
  6. Flying Phoenix Chi Kung

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  7. Flying Phoenix Chi Kung

    "San" or "Shen" if written to denote 'spirit' in Chinese do not necessarily mean spirit, heaven, god in the literal sense. One of the many wuxia palance one could find in wixia novels is, "I've 'shen gong' to protect me (from harm, that is)". So, the descriptive "Shen (San) Gong" in Chinese martial arts or in Qigong in the context of the set of CMA/Qigong exercises should mean that the practitioner will reap the result of extraordinary power, invariably, qi-power. Having said that, on the other hand, in spiritual boxing or shen-da, the shen-gong is taken in its literal sense, that the power of the diety protects the practitioner (upon request, with mudras and stompings). Qigong, as you probably know comes in all forms: some standing, some sitting, and some lying in a prone position. Some traditional Daoist sitting exercises are called so-and-so Shen Gong but what is important is to find out why the set is called shen gong from the instructor.
  8. Flying Phoenix Chi Kung

    That's the problem with the Chinese dialects, the Chinese word for spiritual, god, is as Bruce said is 'Shen' as pronounced in Mandarin, but if it is in Cantonese, it is 'San'. If in Fujian, the word is pronounced as 'Sin'. The written character is identical though. 'Heaven' is Tien in Mandarin, Tin in Cantonese.
  9. Flying Phoenix Chi Kung

    Flying Phoenix Chi Kung is one of numerous systems of qigong. Major systems emphasize different "aspects", for instance, more physical movements at one extreme, to a more static posturing with mindful breathing on the other extreme. As with systems, so are students, some will benefit from more physical movements as their lifestyle is more inactive, while some are physically weak and less mobile will benefit from static forms of qigong. Though the word 'qigong' means, effort and commitment to cultivate inner energy or "breath", systems also differ with no emphasis on any systemized breathing method on one end of the spectrum to disciplined system of a particular method of breathing on the other end. Whether or not a qigong system is effective therefore depends on the quality and depth of instruction, the student's situation and the system that he chose. The religious aspect of qigong, especially in Taoist (Daoist) system is restricted to qi-cultivation and not to cause the student to attain immmortality or supernatural powers; better health mentally, and physically yes.
  10. Buddhism and spiritual protection

    The Metta Sutta was preached by the Buddha to provide spiritual protection by expanding the virtue of loving-kindness to pacify disturbing spirits. However whoever is chanting the sutta for this purpose must be a proper cultivator. There are instances in the suttas in which the Buddha exhibited his supernatural powers. I do not know what you asked of those Buddhist monks who could not satisfy your query. Perhaps by rephrasing your query you may obtain a satisfactory answer.
  11. Buddhism and spiritual protection

    The Metta Sutta was preached by the Buddha to provide spiritual protection by expanding the virtue of loving-kindness to pacify disturbing spirits. However whoever is chanting the sutta for this purpose must be a proper cultivator. I do not know what you asked of Buddhist monks who could not satisfy your query.
  12. Buddhist Qigong

    My apology for warping that time gap. You are right. King Milinda was a descendent of a Greek general who stayed behind to administer the conquered land. Thank you.
  13. Buddhist Qigong

    Who is the greatest 'Hinayana' of all times? No other then Buddha Shakyamuni. What then did this greatest Hinayana, the founder of Buddhism preach on 'Anatta' , Not-self, Non-ego, egolessness, impersonality? The following are extracts from The Buddhist Dictionary, Manual of Buddhist terms and doctrines by Ven. Nyanatiloka: Quote: From Visuddhi Magga XVI: "Mere sufferring exists, no sufferer is found; The deeds are, but no doer of the deeds is there; Nirvana is, but not the man that enters it; The path is, but no traveller on it is seen." In the Buddha's second sermon, The Anatta-Lakkhana Sutta, the Discourse on the Characteristic of Non-Self, after His Enlightenment to His first 5 disciples, who after hearing it attained to perfect holiness, arahatta. The Contemplation of Not-Self (anattanupassana) leads to Emptiness Liberation (sunnata-vimokkha). Herein the faculty of wisdom (pannindriya) is outstanding, and one who attains in that way the Path of Stream-entry, is called a Dhamma-devotee (dhammanusari; ariya puggala); at the next two stages of sainthood he becomes a Vision-attainer (ditthippatta) and at the highest stage, ie holiness, he is called 'Liberated by Wisdom" (panna-vimutta)". Unquote The Buddhist Belief is neither Nihilism nor Eternality-Belief. Nor the Buddha or any Theravadins should be labelled as 'Hinayana'. In this OP on Buddhist Qigong, this dhamma discussion is a digression and to be fair to other contributors and readers, I will not proceed further in this (dhamma) discussion. Can we get back to the main theme?
  14. Buddhist Qigong

    It is interesting that the "Questions of King Milinda" is brought up. Ven Nagasena and King Milinda had agreed to a condition prior to this debate. The present day Afghanistan (or part of it) was governed by King Milinda, a Greek general who followed Alexander the Great in his Western conquest after the conquest of Persia. The condition of this debate was if King Milinda won, all Buddhist monks and nuns must leave the country and if Ven. Nagasena won, the king would allow the propagation of Buddhism. In this debate, the question of soul was debated (among other subjects) and of course, Buddhists would know that there is no-self, no-soul and no-Creator god within the Buddhist Dharma. And, the Greek king, believed in his Grecian religion which promoted the belief that there was a soul in each human being. Ven. Nagasena won the debate and the country and Buddhism flourished there. Huge Buddha statues were sculptored into the mountain side until the Taliban blew it up. Thus, it is not correct to state that "the Buddhist goal...isn't too far removed from the Daoist notion of immortality..". The spirit or soul is needed to be a immortal.There are other forms of Buddhism on the 'fringe' which absorbed other influences, like the 'esoteric' form in Cambodia which combined the influences of Christianity and Hinduism, the classic Tibetan Buddhism which combined Tantric Hinduism and Bon. All these influences confuse people who believe that these forms of Buddhism is what the Buddha taught. There is a 'Singlish' (Singapore-English) word which is recently accepted into the Oxford Dictionary, the word is 'kiasu', meaning the fear of loosing out. The acceptance of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism and practised as one is the insurance premium the Chinese paid to ensure their salvation in the after-life. Christianity would not allow such assimilation and so, families could be torn apart, one of the many reasons for the Boxers Rebellion during the Qing Dynasty.
  15. Buddhist Qigong

    In the Vinaya Rules, part of Tipikata, the Three Baskets, (the Rules) governing the conduct of Buddhist monks and nuns, any form of violence is abhorred, and martial arts with intent to maim or kill is likewise refrained. That's the Vinaya rules laid down by Buddha Shakyamuni. The object of Buddhism is not neidan cultivation to become immortals or gods but to seek the Ultimate Release from samsaric existence. Having said that, Buddhist form of martial arts and qigong exist only in China, not from its origin of birth. And, just like Communism, Buddhism in China takes on Chinese characteristics especially when Buddhist temples became haven for martial artists running away from their enemies and the Law. With the flourishing of martial arts in temples, it comes with it nei-gong practices. In the 1950s, the term nei-gong becomes qigong. Thus, besides helping the practitioner to train his/her mind to focus, Buddhist qigong has no other spiritual value.