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  1. Potent Systems

    Falun Gong makes their money from the Shen Yun performances: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/stepping-into-the-uncanny-unsettling-world-of-shen-yun "Shen Yun is a nonprofit. In 2016, it reported more than seventy-five million dollars in assets and more than twenty-two million dollars in revenue."
  2. http://kriyayogainfo.net/Eng_Home.html
  3. Levitation and possibly flight?

    The Flying Mystics of Tibetan Buddhism
  4. Tai Chi Ruler

    "The Illustrations of Tai Chi Ruler Drillings: Inborn Physical Endowment of Chi Kung" by T.T. Ching (1971) (Full text in English!): https://zhongdingtaichi.com/inborn-physical-endowment-of-chi-kung-tai-chi-ruler/
  5. Is spiritual qiqong a thing ?

    To the OP: It sounds as if the development of telepathic skills is what really interests you more than the qigong. Instead of practicing qigong and hoping for a possible side effect, why not train directly in telepathy? There are many training programs available for learning this (both in-person and online), as well as related skills such as clairvoyance, trance mediumship, and remote viewing.
  6. Best overall book on Buddhism?

    One of the first books that I read this subject (almost 40 years ago) was Buddhism: A Way of Life and Thought by Nancy Wilson Ross. As I recall, it provided a good general overview including coverage of Buddha's life story and sections on three major schools: Theravada, Tibetan and Zen. It might fall short regarding the critical aspects that you're looking for though (it's been a long time since I read it). A book that I liked a lot from the perspective of a modern Western practitioner was Stumbling Toward Enlightenment by Geri Larkin.
  7. Students of Jerry Alan Johnson

    Just wanted to point out that Johnson seems to be teaching his Christian material separately from his Daoist and qigong material and not conflating them: https://www.thenewchristianmystics.com/ https://www.daoistmagic.com/ Also, sutras discovered at Dunhuang in the early 1900s indicate that some Daoists were trying to incorporate Yeshua into Daoism as far back as around 600 AD: https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Sutras-Rediscovering-Scrolls-Christianity/dp/0345434242 https://www.amazon.com/Lost-Sutras-Jesus-Unlocking-Ancient/dp/1569755221/ https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sayings-Ye-Silk-Gospel/dp/0595336841
  8. Qigong techniques for better, longer, deeper sleep?

    I don't own any of these, so can't comment on their effectiveness: Daoist Sleeping Meditation: Chen Tuan's Sleeping Gong Daoist Dream Practice Audio CD Eight Pieces of Brocade/Sleeping Qigong It's not specifically for sleep, but I've noticed that the times in the past when I've practiced Pangu Shengong at night, the quality of my sleep seemed much improved, sometimes sleeping straight through the night and waking up feeling refreshed. I should start doing that again! Also, not qigong, but yoga nidra is said to produce effects equivalent to deep sleep in a short period of time. It's certainly very relaxing in any case.
  9. which version of 8 brocades?

    I've learned a number of variations of the Ba Duan Jin over the years (from both live instructors and media), but my favorite one is shown in the book The Way of Energy by Master Lam Kam Chuen. A DVD of this version is also available from Shifu Susan Matthews. It has a movement that begins in a tree hugging posture, then the upper body turns towards the side and the hands rise and palms rotate out. This is repeated on alternating sides. The first time I did this, I felt energy rushing into my thoracic spine area. It really opened something up for me. As Earl notes above, the other versions I learned were all pretty good also.
  10. Ten Years Later

    Welcome back, Encephalon!
  11. Yi Jin Jing

    I seem to remember that there was a Chinese teacher (not R. Peng) who taught expensive Yi Jin Jing seminars on the west coast a number of years back. He did the electric shock stuff and was popular among the Mopai "special powers" crowd. I believe that he suddenly dropped dead at a fairly young age. Does anyone else remember this? Freeforms comment about it being dangerous brought this to mind.
  12. I haven't read these books personally, but they may be relevant: https://www.amazon.com/Man-Light-Iranian-Sufism/dp/0930872487/ https://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Light-Esoteric-Handbook-Kundalini/dp/0913922072/
  13. Yi Jin Jing

    I met someone at a workshop who took this online course on Yi Jin Jing with Robert Peng and spoke very highly of it: https://www.robertpeng.com/teachings/class.php?category=10 There is a class beginning on July 21. He is not a Shaolin monk though, nor is it free.
  14. Living Anandamayi Ma Disciples

    These people are in the US and may be able to help you: https://www.childrenofma.org/ They recently did some kirtans here in Florida to raise funds for her school in India.