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  1. "When the student is ready, the master appears"

    That reminds me of a very wise saying: "Out of suffering comes wisdom."
  2. I'm not trying to initiate a fight between Cantonese and Minnan, I'm just saying that Cantonese doesn't represent the most archaic dialect of Chinese. And also that if there is a dialect which preserves the "most archaic" Chinese, it doesn't make those people the "true inheritors" of ancient China or Chinese culture.
  3. "When the student is ready, the master appears"

    I'm pretty sure the implication is that the master is a "spiritual master," and the student is a "spiritual seeker." Though of course that is hard to define as well.
  4. "When the student is ready, the master appears"

    Mmm, the way I interpreted it, was that first the student performs enquiry and service "on your own part," and then the teacher is "led to teach you knowledge." But it seems that other sources support what you are saying.
  5. Breath Retention and "Shock" Effect

    Oh ok, I see. Could you elaborate more on "dense" energies becoming "softer?" What does that feel like? Is it heat, or vibration, or just a kind of pressure loosening?
  6. Breath Retention and "Shock" Effect

    Lol no worries, thanks very much for the response. I appreciate any help or knowledge I can get! There were two questions you didn't answer, though, and feel free not to answer, but they were: what sensations do you feel during your meditation, and do they come naturally, or do you attempt to force/manipulate them?
  7. This seems to be a common concept shared by a lot of spiritual doctrines. I've read that the Buddha or Lao Zi once said something along those lines. I also feel that verse 34, chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita describes something similar, though I am no Gita expert: "Know this! Through humble submission, Through enquiry, through service (on your own part), The knowing ones, the perceivers of truth, will be led to teach you knowledge." - Winthrop Sargeant's Translation In your experience, is this true? Should we seek out a teacher, or wait for a teacher to seek us out? That's something I've been wondering.
  8. Breath Retention and "Shock" Effect

    Thanks for the info. Could you describe the kind of sensations you feel when performing this breathwork? If you focus on opening/relaxing, do the sensations just come spontaneously? And what kind of dangers are there with this?
  9. Tibetan book of the dead, which translation?

    Don't let the haters get to you awaken, I appreciate the posts. Perhaps some of them are wrong, I'm not sure, but it's good to see differences of opinion.
  10. Sometime in the next 4 months I will be homeless

    I have a friend who was homeless in Hawaii for a bit. He was robbed by the other homeless guys there. The homeless there would do pretty much whatever they wanted without much repercussions. Of course the police didn't do anything. So if you're gonna be homeless, be careful for your safety out there. All the best.
  11. If I recall correctly the variety of Chinese which preserves the most archaic Chinese is Minnan (centered on Fujian), not Cantonese. And it's not because the Fujianese represent the "purest" Chinese people, it's because its geographic isolation preserves the old language (the area is heavily mountainous). In the same way, there are people living on an isolated island in North Carolina who still speak Elizabethan English (see https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20190623-the-us-island-that-speaks-elizabethan-english), and the Dungan people of Central Asia speak an archaic variant of Central Plains Mandarin. Canton was also a big trading port and influenced by Europeans in the past two hundred years. Also, a lot of the north-to-south migrations in Chinese history were towards the Jiangnan area, not Canton. For example, see the Eastern Jin dynasty, all the Southern Dynasties, and the Southern Song dynasty. Except for a few years, they all had their capitals in the Yangtze delta. The Yangtze delta was the go-to place for Chinese emperors (and their courts) when the north fell. So I disagree with you here. You wouldn't call coastal North Carolinians the "true inheritors" of English culture, would you?
  12. I really like Dwai and Shadao's responses. Thanks.
  13. Haiku Chain

    Footprints in the snow At least a third of the path Is the slide back down
  14. Electric feeling during meditation

    I see, thank you. I will try to relax and avoid distractions in my future meditations, without getting carried away by the various sensations and pressures. I will also try to keep my point of focus on my lower abdomen as Pak_Satrio suggested I do. I understand that awaken seems to be against this kind of practice but I want to try it out to see what happens. I typically meditate for at least 10-15 minutes each day, though how much of it is "real meditation" I'm not sure.
  15. Electric feeling during meditation