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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Ten Years Later

    Welcome back, Encephalon!
  5. 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.
  6. 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/
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. http://www.taoistsanctuary.org/shop/qi-gong-31-exercises
  10. Movement Arts That Are Non-Martial

  11. What is Mantak Chia?

    This topic has been discussed here many, many times before. There is a search engine towards the upper right side of the home page where you can search for his name and read these discussions.
  12. I'm seeing it (the first one) for $50. I already bought the print version from his web site, but would have picked this up also if it were free. The other ones are all between $40 and $200 for the Kindle version. I also got an e-mail from him recently that stated that he will be beginning to teach online in the near future.
  13. Pure Land

    I do believe that it is the Amitabha Buddha and not Kuan Yin that "created" the Pure Land. A number of the Chinese sects seem to do Pure Land chanting (Amituofo) as well as Chan meditation. The Japanese seem to have separated them out after Nichiren (1200s), and as Starjumper mentions above, a lot of the Japanese sects are indeed hardcore fundamentalists.
  14. Bums I am missing

    Father Paul (RIP) Shaktimama (RIP) Sean (as a poster) Yoda Hundun huriahr Ron "Mahalingam" Jeremy Plato Max Smile Harry Peter Falk