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  1. How to learn 'sung'?

    Mark Cohen's book has a section on Sung. He begins with the feet and gravitational filaments of qi that descend into the earth, opening that all up and making it equal, and then the whole body being energetically not in opposition to the gravity line. Then he discusses the dantien/mingmen and the particular forms of chi in the body, and finally the embodiment of the tantien's intelligence and its return to the origin ( which means you rest and the drop and then fall downwards - I shall add that from other teaching ); he discusses pre post natal qi and the overflowing of the tantien's energy. That part is similar to an explanation in the book Wuji Qigong and the Art of Immortality which has an excellent imo clear and concise explanation. Sung can mean the opening in relation to the body, but then can also mean full Taoist enlightenment. Zen practitioners who do not necessarily do standing meditation can reach enlightenment of the tantien / sung, without the bodily practices. It is clear to me that one can do bodily art practices without reaching these states of Sung at all, and if you wish to get to get to these big spiritual goals very clear and specific practice is required. It is not energy or alignment that is the cause of attainment in the end but ... spiritual sensitivity, intelligence, and the will and need to get there.
  2. What We Think We Know

    Life has endowed us with many faculties. Thinking, sexuality, physical power, emotions. If you do not grow, and use these and develop yourself to grow, then they will turn bad. This is just laziness and apathy. Afterwards you can debate "what could be wrong" from the sofa.
  3. How to learn 'sung'?

    One common problem is that people use their mind/force/attention too much rather than feeling the flow. Two visualisation or real-isations that you can try is being in a hot springs, warmth and health giving herbs in the water and feeling everything relax and open up. Another is to feel like you are under a warm shower with the water flowing down from the crown point down and down throughout the body. Another is to feel from the tantien downwards, the legs, and into the earth, feel as one flowing down. It is easier to do so with the lower half. Later you can add the central region, and later the head. Damo Mitchell has a book Comprehensive Daoist Neigong,, if you get the Amazon preview and look at pg 133 onwards... it has a few pages of basic alignment info which is very useful. Also very important to warm up thoroughly and if poss do some qigong before so that you feel qigong already, then you can more easily feel it flowing when standing.
  4. No more right-wing bullshit.

    That would be a minor miracle considering the owner is sitting on one side of the scales and hitting it with a pick axe !!!
  5. Mass shootings

    Well MM you can see the graph for yourself above, it comes from the Stanford Geospatial Centre apparently. So, what does it mean ? Who is right ? Who gets to laugh at the other person ? If you really wish to be intelligent you have to assemble all these different statistics and ideas, and assemble a wider understanding of the issue. It's not about winning. Nor is it about laughing. Nor about picking at people or fault finding. It is simply about being honest enough and smart enough to see the different angles and come to an understanding. Often people say things that don't seem right, but on further investigation you can see "where they're coming from".
  6. Mass shootings

  7. Scott Meredith

    Why is this happening and what will the future hold ? I have just begun practice of his Xing Yi DVD with 5 methods and 3 animal methods. I was looking at one of his books yesterday the Cosmic Tabby Cat explaining the universe.
  8. Perhaps this channel will be of interest to you, if you don't know of it already.
  9. Website Design

    Hey your comment was funnier before King Jade, why did you change it !!!! Anyway I was going to say something very serious and political ... what was it again ? Oh nevermind.
  10. @neti neti @dwai Hey, does anyone know of a book with collected extracts from Indian sages and saints ? I have been looking for something but couldn't find anything good. Something with some juicy passages from a sprinkling of different teachers, and without interpretation or commentary. ??? Thanks In fact I have a bunch of Advaita texts, they are the onces that Siddhameshwar Maharaj recommended, and have thought of assembling them and selfpublishing but the formatting is quite a lot of work.
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  12. Website Design

    Hmm ... well I would certainly miss your ZZ practice thread I have enjoyed reading it, and often wanted to create general practice ZZ thread for practitioners, I have experienced many new things of late. Recently I was reading something from an old man, a teacher; he said "I am 80 years old and have experienced many disillusionments";
  13. Yes, and there is room in the world for charity and helping others. But Ashtavakra is an advanced text for people who no longer exist on this world.
  14. Chinmaya's explanations are not Ashtavakras. Chinmaya says you should forgive yourself !!! Ashtavakra says 18.18 The man of Knowledge may live as an ordinary man, but he is not. He sees he is neither focused nor distracted, and finds no fault with himself. Chinmaya set up missions to help people, schools and hospitals. Ashtavakra says : 18.82 Detached from desire, the sage neither praises peace nor blames the wicked. Equally content in happiness and misery, he would not change a thing. 18.83 The sage neither rejects the world nor desires Self. He is free of joy and sorrow. He does not live and cannot die. 18.84 The wise one lives without hope. He has no attachment to his children, wife or anyone. Pleasure means nothing to him. His life is glorious. Ashtavakra is vast, he is not of this world. Chinmaya is a good natured do gooder making lots of hospitals. There is place in the world for both, but they are not the same. Few will understand Ashtavakra. As Ashtavakra says : 13.1 The tranquil state of knowing Self alone is rareā€” even among those who own but a loincloth. I therefore neither renounce nor accept and am happy.