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  1. Xing and Ming cultivation

    Yeah. But I know not much about other Yoga/Tantra and other dharmic practices. Maybe they have their unique expressions.
  2. Is there an "easy path" in Daoism?

    After thousands years of arguments and interactions among those Buddhist and Daoist practitioners in deep caves and on mountain tops, some theoretical integration does come out from the Daoists ,and it looks something easy and effective, at least to some people . I try to simplify some aspect of it related as follows: Integrate Daoist jing-qi- shen framework with Zen's abrupt , emptied Mind ( not other Buddhist emptied minds) gives you a good combination of those good components from these systems. As Daoist way of accumulating jing and qi makes attaining that series of emptied mind =>Mind easy and natural , people no longer need to deliberately search for it ( a deliberate search definitely fails and blocks you ); conversely , the attained emptied mind=>Mind helps you understand what the trap of attaching to jing and qi means and helps you releasing from it . In fact , attachment to them is the main reason why people's practice stagnant and the reason why big troubles arisen. In a word, combining Daoist jing-qi-shen framework with the Zen's emptied Mind gives you some kind of benign / positive interaction that benefits your practice most .
  3. Xing and Ming cultivation

    To old guys/ ladies, say those over 60 , of course cultivating Ming is their priority . Theory about Ming is also much easier to grasp as they are related to things like what postures better , which dantian to start, what time give you most effects , ways of breathing..etc. That means, old people should handle thing more urgent , use things more handy so as lengthen their life span for decades ,say up to 100, so that after retirement they get the time and energy to explore Xing . Understanding Xing is much difficult and there is no guarantee, but once people get it , all Ming's problems become easy.
  4. Sad to hear this. He was always supportive even though he knew of my inclination to religious Taoism and his favor of philosophical Taoism is undoubtful . I can't stop recalling how he gave me a hand when I was under fire in some posts. Maybe the regrets of many people's life are their knowing of the Taoist jing-qi-shen theory not earlier enough ..
  5. The Chinese think that the world is composed of qi, in fact, the Chinese culture, before the incoming of Buddhism , can be said to be a unique culture of qi as both Taoism and Confucianism speak about it . They argue that qi is the foundamental source and power of this world , true for both the spiritual and material ones. Note that although all things come from qi, it is only living things that get jing and shen ( spirit ) . Jing is a delicate substance arises from qi under certain circumstances ( now we know that it is a belt of area with right distance from the Sun(s) , the main Yang, of any solar system where temperature is suitable and water exists) . Although only high intelligent beings get self-concious type of shen emerged from jing , capable of reflecting and separating themselves from their environment , other living things also develope their respective ways ( socalled biological algorithms) of living , adapting and reproducing in this universe. So, shen can appear to us as various forms and levels of intelligence that always perplex us : white cells identify and kill incoming virus, desert ants find their routes back home from long distance away , octopus capable of changing their skin colors for their environment..etc
  6. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Qi comes from jing, its quality determines how subtle and powerful qi is . A brain dominated by weak and dull qi can't remember things well, can't grasp the complexities of things well , let alone talking about being creative or not . To old guys and ladies , nothing is more practical than rescuing their deteriorating mind and bodies .
  7. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    The theory of Tao , without qi , can only be a philosophy limited to abstract idea level , hardly can it be realized and become something really practical . Qi is like a powerful tool 1000 times more powerful than a swiss knife that you can bring along wherever you go . Taoism , right at its early period of birth , is closely linked to medicine because the body is the first place you can test its practical effects: curing diseases, reversing aging, enhancing intelligence..etc . It is only after capable of expanding your qi beyond the body boundary do you find its more external usages.
  8. Emptiness can conserve energy

    Maybe we can set up a device to explore the character of emptiness, this likely is what those physicists are doing, but it will be something very big , expensive and involved a team of people . I think, to an individual , we can explore and tap emptiness through our mind , or more precisely speaking , through our emptied Mind . It is said that " 同類易施工兮,非種難為巧"( from Can Tong Qi) (" Because they are the same kind, it can easily be done; otherwise , it can not be so effective ")
  9. Jing-Qi-Shen vs. Shen based cultivation systems

    It comes from a Taoist master Tan Qiao ("譚峭") who lived at the end of the Tang Dynasty .
  10. Jing-Qi-Shen vs. Shen based cultivation systems

    "Forget everything and become enlightened" is extremely difficult for most people , it is like asking a bug which is living and moving on a 2D world, wholly fixed in it , to jump out of that 2D plane, entering into an unknown space ; it is nearly impossible because that bug just doesn't sense and understand what that extra 3rd dimension can be . Similarly , although our consciousness and analytic mind give us very powerful ability to analyze , imagine, dream , even an intuitive ability to grasp the core of things at one stroke, Enlightenment as another dimension* of our 3D world and always described by Taoism as something capable of 'breaking open a primordial hole ' (' 鴻蒙竅' ) in emptiness , is still too difficult for our attaching-to-the-3D-world mind to understand . We are fully trapped in it through our senses ( '法執' ) and our entanglement of its inward projection , our pseudo-egos ('我執') . However , the seemingly Buddhist way of forget-everything-and-become-enlightened can be combined with Taoist jing-qi-shen as we get the famous saying ( in fact , a way ) from a Taoist master : "忘形以養氣,忘氣以養神,忘神以養虛 " (" Forget forms , jing or physical stuff , so as to nourish qi, forget qi so as to nourish shen , forget shen so as to nourish emptiness " ) . Of course, we have to be capable of mobilizing qi first in order to forget it , and it can be done step by step , or at one stroke . So, it is something practical , not necessarily elusive . * Most people refer time as the 4th dimension of our 3D world , which I prefer to leave it aside for future exploration ; however , I do think that maybe we can explore time along with qi , see my previous post on such issue.
  11. Jing-Qi-Shen vs. Shen based cultivation systems

    The mentioned two ways are both Taoist : 1) Shen/Xing first , Meng ( jing + qi ) later (先性後命) or 2) Meng first , Xing later ( 先命後性) What way you adopt is somehow age related . Likely for old guys, say those over 60 , you are suggested to adopt the Meng-first way because Taoist cultivation is a long-run enterprise , in your 60s, the main job is to lengthen your physical life, getting ride of disease and aging symptoms so that continuous cultivation possible . Besides, at that age, you can't attain spiritual achievement so easily ,and seeing that no immediate effect of it, you might give it up . Also Meng-first way can give you significant effects quickly, you will get the confidence to continue. However, this way is also said to be " 先易後難" ( Seemingly easy first but difficult later ) because you leave the critical spiritual issue ( emptying your mind issue) to the late period of your cultivation which inevitably block the advance of the whole process. On the other hand, gifted young guys can adopt the Xing-first way . Although it is difficult at the beginning, but once you have grasped the character of Shen , other things become trivial and easy . So it is also said to be a " 先難後易" way ( " Difficult first but later much easy" ).
  12. Emptiness can conserve energy

    An emptied Mind ,if we can consolidate One , together with the external emptiness , are in fact two faces of the same coin : Tao . However, it is only after our having the ability of bringing up such a Mind, can we understand the emptiness outside , tap the energy from it . As emptiness is everywhere without limitation , so energy from it is endless, which is also the reason why having attained such a Mind implies forever physical life ( Taoist interpretation , not Buddhist ) .
  13. Taoist meditation techniques

    Hi Sebastian, thanks your response. "Qi rises to my head " ..,then if your Qi 's quality is further improved , it will grasp your minds ; and the longer it grasps and settles your minds, the better it is . Since your minds is settled, you then start to understand what shen might look likes..; better use shen to upgrade our qi , not use an ordinary everyday mind to do . Just some superficial ideas .
  14. Taoist meditation techniques

    Most methods of meditation teach people to use their mind to settle their fluctuating minds , so it means they are using more minds , not less minds ; the result is most of them fail . Taoist method is unique , it teaches people to mobilize qi first, then by making use qi to settle their minds. It works because jing-qi-shen is, in fact , some kind of Trinity .
  15. How to avoid wet dreams ?

    Hi, Walker , thanks .