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  1. Confucian Qi gong

    Over the last few days I've been pondering and meditating on the 'investigation of things' from the Daxue. What struck me was the sheer depth of such a short statement. As I suggested earlier, the investigation of things is the starting point for cultivating illustrious virtue. Without this investigation, self-cultivation is not possible as we read further down on the passage posted by ZYD : ''From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides." Investigating of things, then behaving appropriately after acquiring knowledge through this investigation, is self-cultivation. From my so far limited understanding, this process is repeated constantly, refining the self and eventually becoming a person of illustrious virtue. I believe I may have found myself a worthwhile life-path of study, practice and meditation. Thanks to everybody involved in contributing to this thread.
  2. Osho was about as materialistic as any 'guru figure' ever. Have you even read about his lifestyle ?
  3. Confucian Qi gong

    Thank you. What I find very appealing about cultivating the Confucian Dao, is the emphasis on behaviour, conduct, morality and humaneness. Traits that seem to be sadly lacking in the general populace these days.
  4. Confucian Qi gong

    Thank you.
  5. Confucian Qi gong

    This thread has so much good information and is fascinating. I am particularly interested in this statement from the Daxue as posted above : Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things. This 'investigation of things' seems to be the starting point for cultivating illustrious virtue. Is 'the investigation of things' a deep contemplative/meditative focus on life, society, people, nature, the way the stars move at night etc ?
  6. So I was looking at this and it looks really simple to learn. There seems to be a lot of health benefits from this practice. It's unusual in that you don't harmonize your movements with your breathing as in most other forms of qigong. Does anyone have any long term experience with it ? Thanks.
  7. Does anyone here have experience with his system/teachings ? He has an abundance of free vids and articles online. Thanks.
  8. Following on from a recent thread, and not wishing to derail it, I've decided to provide some examples of spirals, sacred geometry/mathematics and intelligent design. These continue to be a source of inspiration and wonder for myself. I hope that some of the members will find inspiration in these examples.
  9. Book Sale

    The Buddhist Way Of Action - Christmas Humphreys Crooked Cucumber. The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki - David Chadwick Opening The Dragon Gate. The Making Of A Modern Taoist Wizard - Thomas Cleary Letters of the Nun Eshinni. Images Of Pure Land Buddhism In Medieval Japan - James C. Dobbins The Way to Buddhahood. Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master - Venerable Yin-Shun Bankei Zen - Peter Haskel The Unborn. The Life and Teachings of Zen Master Bankei - Norman Waddell Bhagavad Gita As It Is - Prabhupada The Thunder Wizard Path. Modern Teutonic Shamanism - Michael William Denny The Qur'an - M.A.S. Abdel Haleem Interpretations of the Meanings of The Noble Qur'an In the English Language - Dr. M. Taqi-ud-Din Al Hilali & Dr. M. Mushin Khan Healing Light of the Tao. Foundational Practices to Awaken Chi Energy - Mantak Chia Hsieh Liang Tso and the Analects of Confucius - Thomas W. Selover Tao Te Ching on The Art Of Harmony. The New Illustrated Edition - Chad Hansen The Tao of Yiquan. Warriors of Stillness Volume 2 - Jan Diepersloot PM for details. UK postage only.
  10. Jeff Foster

    I was going to put up this thread in the Vedanta subforum, but maybe it doesn't belong in there. Recently I've come across the work of Jeff Foster. Very refreshing and extremely appealing. Here's a little post of his: THE ALTAR You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away. But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realising this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence. Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude. Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar. A message from Jeff : It is wonderful and heartening to hear that all over the world, in all kinds of ways, all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds are maturing like fine wines, going beyond the "I'm enlightened and you're not" spirituality, the-blind-worship-of-the-guru spirituality, the "there's nobody here and nobody there and I'm not a person and there is no choice and no free will and everything is a concept .... and that is the Only Truth!" spirituality, and discovering a spirituality beyond all second-hand concepts, beyond all fixed positions and regurgitated beliefs and theories, a spirituality that involves fearless first-hand looking beyond assumptions, rigorous questioning of all that we hold dear, and a constant and timeless return to the Home that we never left, the Home of Now and always-is and always-has-been. A revolution indeed. This is a real-time spirituality for the times we are living in. And the times they are a-changin'. Yet in the midst of the most tumultuous change, we are forever called to that which never changes and cannot change... This is a spirituality that does not separate itself from something that is not 'spiritual'. It has no enemies, sees no 'other'. Can we still call it "spirituality", then, when all boundaries have fallen away? Let us call it Life, and let us Live it. Who lives it? That is the thrilling pathless journey, the never-ending question with no answer, grounded in an ever-present discovery of a fresh new moment beyond time. Welcome to the adventure once again, my friends!
  11. That's comforting to know CT. Sometimes I feel VERY alone, even in the midst of family and friends.
  12. I'm finding that compassion is a very difficult quality for me to develop personally. The use of the mani mantra in both formal meditation, and throughout my day has helped a great deal. I feel that part of me is softening somewhat. I know there's a long way to go, but with the right intent and daily practice, I can change myself.
  13. Very nice post CT, and all the best for the new year.
  14. 365 Tao by Deng Ming-Dao
  15. Nei Jing Yi Zhi Chan Qi Gong cd_dvd

    $295 for a CD !!!??? That's outrageous.
  16. First Tai Chi Lesson

    Well, today I had my first tai chi lesson and I was very impressed. It was part of a scheme run by the local council to get people off their butts and into any kind of exercise. Stereotypically, I expected nothing but OAP's and ultra happy new age types having seen these sort of things elsewhere. I could not have been so wrong ! In fact, myself and Mrs. Adept were the only ones there. This was to be an excellent opportunity for a virtually private lesson. The tutor was extremely good. We warmed up with some light stretching and then qigong. Later the instructor took us through body movements, posture, alignment, stepping and breathing. We didn't do the form at all, as the instructor was trying to get us into the way of moving and stepping and coordinating it with correct breathing. A thoroughly enjoyable first session !
  17. Let go of your negative emotions

    Nice post Gerard. To add a standing component to any martial art, will accelerate progress immensely. ZZ really is the key for superior health, strength and power in the internal arts. I've practiced standing for a few years now and feel it will be invaluable to my new practice of tai chi.
  18. First Tai Chi Lesson

    I didn't even ask what style it was. To be honest, I'm not too bothered at the minute. I'm just going to enjoy my learning as much as possible and maybe ask more questions at a later date. Because we didn't learn any form work whatsoever, his style would be difficult to make out. Judging by the width and length of his stance when showing us movement, I'd have a guess at saying Yang style.
  19. First Tai Chi Lesson

    Thank you for the good wishes Steve.
  20. First Tai Chi Lesson

    Thank you soaring crane, I intend to !
  21. First Tai Chi Lesson

    Thanks Rocky Lionmouth, that's some good solid advice. Too much MA 'window shopping' can be detrimental to practice.
  22. First Tai Chi Lesson

    Thank you Gerard. Indeed, quality IMA instruction is what I've been searching for what seems to be years, and then all of a sudden, this teacher appears, charging only £2 per session, a five minute walk from my door ? Maybe good karma has played a part. When the student is ready, the teacher appears, as the saying goes.
  23. The work of Stephen C Meyer is fascinating in the world of I.D. After many hours watching very informative videos, reading lots of scientific journals etc etc, I've come to the conclusion that there is one Supreme Creator/Designer. That Creator lies outside the laws of physics, space and time because the Creator created all that is. Both the seen and the unseen. Whether that Creator is named Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, God, Dao or whatever is irrelevant. Chance has no place in the structured order and extreme fine tuning of the Universe.