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  1. Ahaha, well then I'm a big ol' dingus... I missed the first post and only saw the one I quoted hehe. glad we are on the same page though, or else I'd have wasted a whole lot of my damn time prepping my body unnecessarily. After years of stubborn weight lifting and repetitive workouts, Ido portal really gave me some much needed perspective, and my body/mind continuum has benefited ten fold. Kindest regards, Kyoji
  2. With all due respect.. What level of proficiency have you reached in qigong, or your own movement practice, to make such definite claims about the ease or difficulty of one or the other ? Some of the movement ido works on is very close in some ways to the gymnastic/joint &tendon prep modalities taught in shaolin and wudan.. And some of the greatest taiji / qigong artists I've seen are also practicing inversion, strength work etc... Why one or the other ? I think a wide variety of movement practices and preparatory work could really help fertilize the ground for the inner arts to land on. Why is it that there is so much conditioning for children who grow up in temples ? Most westerners did not have this kind of formal training and our mobility is not even in the same league. Pretty hard to do anything properly when you are stiff as a board, achy and broken. Should you be practicing the internal arts when you can't even touch your toes, or have 0 overhead mobility ? These are just my two cents. Nothing more, and nothing less. Just trying to keep the conversation rolling, and maybe I am offside. But that just doesn't feel right to me. kyoji
  3. FR~EE Ebook ... "Neiye, Inner Cultivation"

    Hi @Yueya , thank you for sharing this pdf. I really enjoyed it for its clear simplicity : - ) the only part that I actually had to chew on for a bit was the term "heart mind" , and although I have my own ideas about the meaning.. Would you mind sharing your understanding of the heart mind with me and future visitors to this post ? Your brother in Dao, kyoji
  4. Learning Mandarin

    Hello friends, looking to get some opinions on learning mandarin in order to delve deeper into the dao, and potentially receive transmission from a true master. I only speak English, and a rudimentary level of French, but am quite young and have plenty of time to learn. However I do understand this is quite the tricky language to learn. tips and tricks from anybody who started learning from age 20 and up? as of right now, I have a feeling that my teacher will be li song feng, of the five immortals temple at Wudan. It is a strong gut feeling that this is the place to go and learn. I believe he only speaks Mandarin, and this is why I am asking.. anything helps, my friends !! I would like to know how long it took some of you to become proficient in the language, and what steps you took to get there. Kind regards, Kyoji
  5. I am officially jaw dropped amazed.

    It can feel like you are locked out of heaven once the monkey mind gets ahold of the experience on the come down, can't it?
  6. simplify

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  7. Glad to have you here brother. Similar experiences to yours are what brought me here not so long ago. I blew through some blockages too forcefully, and with chemical intervention at times.. Twas a recipe for psychosis for sure. I don't reckon I would be here any other way though, and for that I am grateful. I think this is a fairly common phenomenon in any spiritual tradition, usually caused by doing advanced work before mastering the basics. There are a lot of knowledgeable wayfarers here that are willing to answer questions you have , and I have learned plenty since joining. This forum is even good for a big ol' belly laugh sometimes too. Your Brother in Dao, Kyoji
  8. Cook Ting was cutting up an ox for Lord Wen-hui. As every touch of his hand, every heave of his shoulder, every move of his feet, every thrust of his knee — zip! zoop! He slithered the knife along with a zing, and all was in perfect rhythm, as though he were performing the dance of the Mulberry Grove or keeping time to the Ching-shou music. “Ah, this is marvelous!” said Lord Wen-hui. “Imagine skill reaching such heights!” Cook Ting laid down his knife and replied, “What I care about is the Way, which goes beyond skill. When I first began cutting up oxen, all I could see was the ox itself. After three years I no longer saw the whole ox. And now — now I go at it by spirit and don’t look with my eyes. Perception and understanding have come to a stop and spirit moves where it wants. I go along with the natural makeup, strike in the big hollows, guide the knife through the big openings, and following things as they are. So I never touch the smallest ligament or tendon, much less a main joint. “A good cook changes his knife once a year — because he cuts. A mediocre cook changes his knife once a month — because he hacks. I’ve had this knife of mine for nineteen years and I’ve cut up thousands of oxen with it, and yet the blade is as good as though it had just come from the grindstone. There are spaces between the joints, and the blade of the knife has really no thickness. If you insert what has no thickness into such spaces, then there’s plenty of room — more than enough for the blade to play about it. That’s why after nineteen years the blade of my knife is still as good as when it first came from the grindstone. “However, whenever I come to a complicated place, I size up the difficulties, tell myself to watch out and be careful, keep my eyes on what I’m doing, work very slowly, and move the knife with the greatest subtlety, until — flop! the whole thing comes apart like a clod of earth crumbling to the ground. I stand there holding the knife and look all around me, completely satisfied and reluctant to move on, and then I wipe off the knife and put it away.” “Excellent!” said Lord Wen-hui. “I have heard the words of Cook Ting and learned how to care for life!”
  9. you don't spend enough time around babies, maybe or maybe i delude myself with wishful thinking..
  10. I really like ted nottingham's youtube channel for breaking down the 4th way, and the work of Gurdjieff. As for Ouspensky however, i'd agree his understanding appeared rather limited. The strange life of Ivan Osokin is the only book of his I've read and i don't plan on picking it up again.
  11. Be Warned Satan is Copyrighted!!!

    @Everything i second marblehead on this one : - )
  12. This is a great film about Buddhist hermits in the Zhongnan mountain range. Whatever it lacks in production value it makes up for in every other way. I think it helps greatly that the filmmaker/cameraman/narrator really doesn't speak out of turn. He lets the people he meets do most of the talking while keeping the conversation going with his line of questioning. I genuinely enjoyed this film. Also, maybe not exactly what you are looking for, but I think you should watch the movie Hero. Beautifully shot , and if you are interested in martials arts/wuxia, the choreography is also really beautiful. I have been a big Jet Li fan for as long as I can remember so maybe I am biased, hehe. I enjoyed it recently, and thought it was much better this time, years after seeing it for the first time. It has a lot more substance than I remembered, and is not at all cheesy. Certain parts give you plenty to think about, especially about the nature of sacrifice.
  13. What are you listening to?

    anybody like Eliott Smith? these are some of the best covers i've heard of his songs.. and the harmonies are perfection.