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  1. Don't force it. You want to slowly work up to full lotus, it can take years but that's okay because you don't need it straight away (if ever according to some systems and lineages). Here's a good start: https://notesonthedhamma.blogspot.com/2019/03/flt-full-lotus-turtle-comprehensive.html You'll want to stretch as often as you can throughout the day, not sit too much/too long (get up and walk around every 30 minutes to an hour or so and so forth)
  2. Yeah I myself wasn't 100% taken by the method section however I'm almost like that for any study I look at these days aha. TBH was surprised there was even a study done on this at all, would be great for them to test out different positions too This seems to be a rather common issue when it comes to a foreign tradition/practice being taken on by a new culture. Everything gets interpreted through that culture's lens and they then pick and choose according to the things they like/know whilst getting rid of the rest that doesn't sit well with them. Sometimes this creates a better alternative, but most other times it butches things thus resulting in a watered down version! The link between qi flow/channels and flexibility is just something I heard in passing but I think it does make sense fundamentally. As freeform outlined you can also have the opposite though when one is too relaxed/flexible, and the Qi still can't flow because now there isn't a connection, whereas with stiffness its just a blockage/wall standing in the way From my point of view, the study only states that full lotus DOES produce/result in higher energy of the meridians (as masters of past have noted that it locks the channels and keeps energy going up/through them), this doesn't necessarily mean it is the best posture. Everyone has a unique physiological/genetic/energetic makeup and it could be that the Burmese, half lotus, or some other posture is best/most suitable for them at different stages of their practice. Having options to utilize and choose from postures sounds like the best approach, and of course full lotus is just that, an ideal to perhaps work towards and shoot for If we're serious about our practice, meaning we'll be at this (hopefully) for more than 10 years, an investment into working towards full lotus could be worthwhile, especially as it makes one's ability to sit in any other posture for longer much easier. ----- Drew has mentioned multiple times before that SFQ's Chunyi Lin stresses and emphasizes the ability to sit in full lotus for at least 2 hours for his higher/advanced students. More recently, I've come across a Chan Buddhist lineage that emphasizes working towards sitting in full lotus for at least an hour as one of the first major milestones to work towards
  3. Came across this (relatively?) new study on the full lotus posture and the effects of it on the body's energetic meridian channels: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5433118/ Surprised it hasn't been shared around more in the different "spiritual"/meditative communities, altho it's somewhat understandable. A lot of weekend warrior meditator types like to downplay the significance and importance of the posture, especially because it's quite difficult for most people in today's age to get into it. From my limited understanding one's flexibility/ability to enter full lotus is directly linked to how well chi is flowing through their body and whether they have blockages etc. I've also heard that the full lotus isn't as important until the leg channels have actually opened up, however I would envision that stretching would help to achieve this/clear blockages, as opposed to simply sitting and hoping that one day you reach deeper states of meditation where the Qi makes its way through the blockages In short, the study found that full lotus energizes the body after 20 minutes of sitting and increases over longer sits. Sitting in a chair on the other hand drains one's energy overtime This finding is in line with what many from the past have said and also supports what one of our fellow full-lotus loving residents here on TDB. I'm not there yet with proper full lotus but I'm getting there (right knee can't quite hit the ground yet), curious if any of you guys sit in it regularly and what was your path like towards getting there? Did you do yoga/stretching to get to the point of being able to sit in full lotus, or did you just focus on sitting and let your body naturally reach that point? Perhaps you don't even care at all, or put it to the side like I've done for several years
  4. These look like the 4 Brahmaviharas of the Buddhist traditions, from my understanding true cultivation of these factors are more of an effect after the correct causes have been set in place and followed. It is similar to how how progress is made in several Taoist practices with an emphasis on wu wei (non-action), they take some action merely to set the causes into the right place, then they let their effects play out in time without further action. In terms of your actual question, I believe how one does this is through practicing and living the Noble Eightfold Path (N8P) as suggested by the Buddha, upholding one's precepts, and more specifically by going through the first, second, third, and fourth jhana meditation states. When you come out of these states, the brahmaviharas naturally arise as a result/effect, so the cause to set this in motion is the N8P, acting virtuously, living up to the precepts that all lead you into the deeper states of meditation/consciousness. When one progresses further on this path, they begin to shed and lose the views that one believes to be themselves as the 5 aggregates, and as one relinquishes ignorance, they start to see there is no 'enemy' as what we take as self is really not self. Other than this there are what they call "metta" practices (can look on Youtube or guided meditations) that are done to invoke these qualities, however they start out on focusing on easier subjects working their way up to harder ones. So if you're new to this, you don't start trying to work on building these qualities with your most hated enemies, you start with loved ones first such as family, partners, friends, or pets, and then look to shift and maintain these qualities towards acquaintances, and then neutral people/strangers, then perhaps to yourself, THEN maybe your enemies. For some people however they themselves may be their most hated and worst enemy. I think forgiveness plays a big role here. That and also viewing things from your 'enemies' perspective. How did they act? Why did they act that way? If you were in their shoes would you do the same? And how could you have conducted yourself better in action to not result in them treating you in such a way etc etc. We're all just stupid ignorant beings at the end of the day. Relax, chill out, what's the point of getting yourself all worked up over this and making enemies and experiencing negative emotions. Just laugh and think about how silly these mental games that you play on yourself are, taking life too seriously and thinking all "me, me, me" Just my 2c, I'm still practicing all that I've shared here and am nowhere near having experienced it for myself so take it with a grain of salt
  5. What do you use as a meditation object when you mediate? Yes, a great goal and thing to strive for is being able to take what we do on the mat and incorporate it back into our lives. Meditation should be a 24/7 thing, they call it mindfulness these days but really it's just a mild form of meditation. It helps a lot to have an anchor/object to keep tethered to as we go about our lives otherwise we experience those things you mentioned, unawareness, sleepiness, tiredness etc. Yeah perfect, you have the idea. It's a gradual step process, we can't operate completely from stillness silence 24/7 from just meditating a little while, we need to keep deepening our practice ON the mat and OFF of it. And yeah when we need to think to do work and engage in thoughts this obviously makes things difficult! Cessation-contemplation practice such as taught by Confucius is recommended for this, or in other words "observing" thoughts as a third party entity so we don't get overly caught up in them or attached, which then leads us to getting bombarded and distracted by all matters and manners in our head
  6. Curious to know what your primary purpose or outcome is that you are seeking from this? A good piece of advice - that I don't always follow - but have used to great success in the past is to find one system, method, practice, habit or what have you (in whatever it is that you want to do) and to follow that for at least 6 months to a year - considering it moves you closer to your outcome and end purpose. Once you do that, this helps build and provide a more solid foundation for you to be able to experience and try out other methods, forms, systems, and practices to see what truly works for you and what doesn't. When trying to do everything and mixing things here and there, this makes it a harder to go deeper into any one thing and trukly experience it. The Tao is in everyone and everything, this is why masters of any craft, whether sports, business, Qi Gong, martial arts, or music, after they have gotten a deep fundamental understanding of it, can see the similarities in all things they observe. Same is true for meditation masters, they can test out different practices and easily see the nuances of how it effects them, generally after they have gone very deep with one and "mastered" it
  7. I don't know who I am

    Mate, if you believe any of the ancient sages, texts, or religions, many of us have been around the block for far more than 43 orbits around the sun. In fact it could be perhaps thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of orbits and we still haven't figured out the answer to the age old question of "Who am I?" That is IMO what the big E of enlightenment is supposedly all about... Who are we really.. Really. hmmm On a more down to earth level, knowing who you don't want to be is good, as it gives you a starting point for knowing who you do want to be. That's the first slippery slope, but once you have that down you're on to the next slippery slope. Becoming that person..
  8. Hello TDB

    Hey Fa Xin, Is TDB Slack chat still a thing? Been trying to send myself an invite however it says there is no member with such an email (also using same email as this account) If you could please send through an invite would be much appreciated!
  9. Yoga speaks of prana, which can be taken as Qi. And they also have nadis, which are essentially Qi channels (ida, pingala, and sushumna channels). Then there are also chakras, which don't quite correspond to the 3 Dan Tiens in Qi gong, however it is a similar concept (I think there is a different thing within Qi Gong that corresponds to the chakras however I can't recall them atm) I'm not sure what you refer to when you speak of Hindu Yoga, do you mean only yoga poses, or are you taking into account the actual complete system that includes pranayama (breath work), kumbhaka (breath cessation), and meditation. If it is the former, and only Hatha Yoga which is simply holding bodily yoga positions, then no, this isn't really energetic work. Otherwise if it is the complete yogic system, such as outlined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, I don't see how that is much different to internal martial arts, they just go about things in different ways, yet the underlying principles and fundamentals are essentially the same Regardless, why are you asking about a Hindu Nei Dan/Gong equivalent, if your guides insist you explore a different direction, why not just follow that. Considering your guides have been beneficial in the past I would also heed the advice of freeform, some physical exercise will help to ground you, so may deep breathing meditation to calm down your nervous system. I don't know what type of spiritual attack you are under, nor have I had any prior experience with such things but I would think any type of grounding exercise would help to center you. I think any path to Enlightenment requires "healing" or refinement and purification of the physical, emotional, and mental bodies
  10. Ayurveda is something that comes to mind, India's version of TCM if I am not mistaken. Yoga in and of itself I think was meant to "heal", yoga itself means to unify, and when one is unified, there is no-thing to "heal" or any dis-ease. The Hatha asanas was meant to help purify the body and prepare it for the later meditative stages and "healing" of the mind and emotional bodies The use of heal in regards to achieving Enlightenment is nice, however I'm not sure if it quite captures the essence No idea on the difference between Daoist vs Buddhist Qi-Gong, I would assume they are both simply Qi-Gong but with an emphasis on different aspects to produce results in accordance with what one aims to achieve in their practice
  11. You may also be interested in Damo Mitchell's books, Nei Gong or Comprehensive Daoist Nei Gong for locating the LDT. One of his recommendations or methods is to actually "listen" for it, although I think that may be a higher level type practice for locating it
  12. I am officially jaw dropped amazed.

    I'm more surprised that psychedelic research has been on the rise lately (and is continuining to advance) If they manage to bring them back into clinical use there will be a lot of big pharma companies losing out on fat $$$ Great to see that some things are moving in a better direction!
  13. Year of the Pig

    Happy Lunar New Year everyone. Not much to add here! If anyones interested though, this was a cool article came across from Damo Mitchell on what we could/might expect this year: http://www.scholarsage.com/2019-year-of-the-earth-pig/ - Rooster out
  14. Hello TDB

    Awesome, thank you for the warm welcome!
  15. Hello TDB

    Have been a frequent lurker on and off throughout the years and finally decided to make a post Glad to be here "officially"!