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  1. Cultivation Systems and books we'd recommend

    For a healing qigong that has many layers to it, I will recommend Pan Gu Shengong: https://pangu.org. People have used this method to heal from all kinds of serious and life-threatening illness. Easy to learn and easy to practice. Personally, I practice 1-2 "rounds" a day (20-40 mins), sometimes longer if I feel like it and have time. It has made a positive contribution to my health and overall state of mind, optimism, etc. When I practice in the morning, I'm almost guaranteed to have a great day, with positive interactions abound, a sense of motivation and confidence, and can usually expect to sleep deeply at night (its quite good for sleep issues). At deeper levels, it represents a very compact self-cultivation path, with the exercises assisting you, but the main "practice" would be formless (as I've experienced it). It combines elegantly with other systems and beliefs, too. For physical self-cultivation, my favorite exercise, beyond walking, is: http://shovelglove.com/. Take it slow though!
  2. Zijiu Life-Saving Method

    Hello, Does anyone have experience with the "Life-Saving ZiJou Method"? Not much to find online about it these days, but the bits that I have run across sound pretty positive. It seems like it's geared towards cancer patients, and from what I can gather is a simple, though demanding, qigong standing technique. I've ordered a copy of the book, but haven't received it or learned the technique, but curious if anyone else has run across it. Thank you!
  3. I can recommend Pangu Shengong: https://Pangu.org. Master Ou is based out of the Bay Area. It is non-traditional in that it is a recently-created form, but it has a track record of helping people recover from many kinds of serious illnesses (you can find testimonials on the site). There’s also a “healing skills” course for those who wish to help others with qi-healing. Some practitioners have gone on to run their own clinics / practices full-time utilizing these techniques. happy to answer any questions about this practice!
  4. In praise of fasting

    Vajra, how many days per week have you been doing the all day fasting? Or is it just every other day? I followed the Warrior Diet (ages ago) for several years but it wasn’t terribly practical, and didn’t emphasize variety enough for me. Felt imbalanced to stick to a similar schedule every single day. I prefer Art de Vanys approach where he randomly skips dinner (and the following breakfast sometimes) 1-2 days a week.
  5. Falun Dafa/Gong anyone practice?

    Hm. I just read that, and didn't see it as "debunking" anything. Its reasoning goes like: "Lots of organizations and people connected to the investigation of organ harvesting have Falun Gong ties" -- yes, obviously. The CCP excels at censorship, suppression, influence, and misinformation - it's not surprising that Falun Gong participants would want to (and need to) lead the charge in investigations. At least one forum member has personal connections to people who were directly imprisoned. In my mind, without a doubt, persecution of Falun Gong is happening, the scale at which we'll likely never know. The fact that it's happening at ALL is utterly inexcusable. Do I think it's the worst human rights violations in history? No, not likely. Does that matter? No. Does Falun Gong have cult-like tendencies and recent gross political associations with Trump? Absolutely. Does the CCP have some redeeming qualities and benefits to Chinese society? Sure, maybe. ...but does any of that change or justify the horror of the CCP's behavior? NOPE, not one iota. This whole CCP-apologist reasoning to me seems akin to doubting a victim's alleged account of abuse at the hands of a rich, influential attacker because: a) the victim (FLG) seems highly disturbed, b ) the attacker (CCP) denies it All the while, c) the attacker (CCP) has a horrible track record of abuse Why the heck would you not trust the victim, enough to at least listen to them? Why the heck would not want to investigate this and get to the bottom? And given c), why would you trust anything the attacker said in defense? It you did, I'd have to question your motives, or reasoning.... ------------ Anywho, back to cultivation. FLG is an absolutely excellent qigong set -- people who suggest it's not much and or "copied from other stuff" perhaps haven't really practiced it before. It's still one of my favorite sets, though I haven't practiced it for years. I found there was a lot of truth in the teachings, bizarre-sounding at times or not, and, since moving on from it years ago, have seen them unfold in different ways throughout my path... You can scan the forum for accounts of people who actually practiced and can attest to its benefits. Sifu Terry, who has decades internal arts experience / teaching, gave the following account: That said: Thank you for relating your experience with Falun Gung. I've had no direct experience practicing this Buddhist spiritual qigong. But years ago, around 1999 or 2000, when news of China's clamping down and persecution of Falun Gung practitioners made the news in the west, I viewed one clip of an advanced Falun Gung practitioner (could have been the founder) doing a seated meditation. And the second I saw his rotational hand movements (along his centerline, and backwards towards him [i.e., counter-clockwise as seen from his right side]), I felt the Falun Wheel turn within my own system and knew instantly that it was a very authentic and powerful spiritual path with very effective Yogas. (Unfortunately, the Falun Gung movement drew strong repression from the Chinese government because they were able to stage massive demonstrations by 10,000 people in an instant.) But thank you for mentioning Falun Gung because I want to add that to my answer to your question: authentic Falun Gung properly taught by instructors in that sect is every bit as powerful and spiritually uplighting a spiritual path as any that I have come across.
  6. Medicine Buddha

    This is a great thread, thanks all! Personally I've practiced the Nembutsu (the Namu Amida Butsu variant) and Zhunti mantra consistently over the past few years. For me, I've noticed that with both Zhunti and the Mani mantra the effect of occasionally "everyday things becoming challenging / life becoming harder". It always passes, and I feel all the better for it afterwards, and things seem to go more smoothly afterwards. The net effect feels positive. I've also noticed the wish-fulfilling effect with Zhunti recitation, especially with regard to professional obstacles. The Nembutsu (again, just for me) is very soothing, and doesn't seem to shift my life in the obvious ways as the Zhunti mantra does. It really does feel like taking refuge in the "cool shade of Amida's tree", as I saw referenced somewhere. For me the effects of all of them are more pronounced when I keep the following tips in mind: relax the chest, don't "resist", and let the feelings of joy naturally spring forth (but not forcing it). I haven't tried the Medicine Buddha mantra yet, but I'm now inspired to - thanks!
  7. Best Online Neigong Training? (Non-Religious)

    Stillness Movement Neigung now has an online subscription with access to all the DVD content (streaming), a forum to ask questions, and re-occurring remote classes: https://stillnessmovement.com/ I was curious so I joined for a month, though I don't / didn't end up practicing the system. The site and format is great. The online subscription though seemed like A LOT of value given the material and the amount of $$ they were asking for.
  8. I’d echo the recommendation to investigate mantras. Some can be down at anytime, anywhere, and reciting them can be a very “portable” practice. The Zhunti / Cundi mantra has been the one constant as I’ve tried various Qigong practices over the past few years. It’s done a lot for me, and when done earnestly for enough time, you might feel various energy flows (in addition to a lot of other benefits!). It’s a great “teacher” I’ve found. hope that helps!
  9. I would also recommend Pangu Shengong: http://www.pangu.org It’s dead simple to learn, safe, and has been used to treat all sorts of illnesses. Happy to answer any questions about it. Baduanjin / 8 Piece Brocade is broadly practiced and relatively easy to find follow-along YouTube videos, too. Good luck!
  10. Pangu Shengong

    Hi there, In my experience the more Pangu you generally do, the more effective it is. So doing a lot of Non-Moving Forms will make other Pangu practice like the Moving Form more effective. And vice-versa. That said, I didn’t see a super major difference or anything in my Moving Form practice once I learned the Non-Moving Form. Like Fa Xin, I don’t reasonate with the Non-Moving Form as much as the others, and there’s more of a learning curve with it (though it’s so simple you could probably explain it in 50 words, heh). I’ve heard from some advanced practitioners who say it’s even more potent than the Moving Form. Perhaps I’ll get there one day, who knows If you’re enjoying Pangu and want to learn more about the system, I’d definitely recommend learning it. I learned about 1.5 years ago and it’s gotten more effective for me over time. Certainly don’t regret it. In terms of results, when it “clicks” it can be reallllly relaxing and sorta flush you with a deeper energy flow than the Moving Form. At least that’s my experience. Hope this helps!
  11. Kuan Yin Magnetic Qigong

    This is a great thread, thanks all! What results have you seen from this practice, that you’d feel comfortable sharing? Judging from the YouTube preview, it seems very, very similar to Pangu Shengong, which uses three sets circling motions coupled with sun / moon visualizations, a stretching / breathing move, mudra, and “mantra” (called the password in Pangu). Very interesting! Pangu is geared mainly towards healing / physical health.
  12. I've checked out a few of Matt Kahn's YouTube videos, and while not of all them resonate with me right now, this video certainly does. It has helped me quite a bit over the past year. When I watch it, I feel something shift. It discusses how making new choices circulates new energy, which clears energy blockages and dissolves ego structures built around habits / energetic stagnation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I'd suggest watching at least 30 mins or so to get the full flavor if you're interested.
  13. thought-stopping skill

    The more calm I am, the quieter my mind is and the easier it is to reach stillness. I find that when I’m not calm, my breathing is not calm, and vice-versa. When that happens, you can move your awareness to breathing, slow it down and involve your whole body, and you’ll calm down, with your mind quieting in turn. If you do do this multiple times throughout the day, it can have a great effect!
  14. A notable example of this is Fragrant Qigong, which has a Buddhist origin. According to some instructions I read (supposedly a translation direct from the Grandmaster) you were not supposed to apply any mind intent whatsoever, to the point where he’d recommend watching tv or chatting with people while practicing so you’d keep your mind off of Qigong...
  15. Spiritual Qigong that develops Chi

    Regarding the Pangu Shengong “password”, although it’s called a “password” it’s definitely not something that’s hidden, exclusive, or mysterious in anyway...it’s more that it’s like a “telephone number to energy” or a focused way to open your heart. It goes like this (see if you notice anything): Take kindness and benevolence as basis, Take frankness and friendliness to heart As part of Pangu Shengong, you’re taught that reciting it (especially with the palms facing up) can help you open up to energy from the universe (aka Pangu). For what it’s worth, maintaining a calm, kind and benevolent mindset does this too - the password just gives some folks guidance for how to get there. Hope this helps! Disclaimer: practiced PGSG for ~18 months.