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  1. Herbal Formulas

    A herbal formula of TCM is a prescription composed of two or more than two herbs. Its combination is not something simply an addition of several herbs with similar effect so as to give a cure , quite the contrary , mixing several herbs together does give rise to some specific result. So, you not only have to know the individual effect of a herb, say ginseng replenish and enhance qi , danggui ( a major herb for women ) replenish blood , but also the combinative effect when you use them together ; for example , if you boil 10 grams of ginseng with 15 grams of danggui in a bowl for 45 minutes , what effect it will give to a lady who always feels fatigue ? Here are something to note when learning/using a formula : 1) In a herbal formula, there are always one or two herbs which play the major role , and the other one or two herbs playing secondary, supporting role . Find and identify them can let you quickly understand what the formula does ; other elements in the formula are then just something complementary. 2) The quantity of the major and secondary herbs being used always get bigger quantity /portion , in a prescription for an adult they always appear as 10 grams or more ; this is also another point to let you recognize them easier . 3) Classical formulas(經方) are prescriptions that have been using for thousands of years and have themselves proved being effective for certain diseases , for example, the Decoction of Four Drugs ( "四物湯" : dang gui 10 g, shu di huang 15 g, bai shao 12 g, chuan xiong 6 g) for curing women's diseases or Decoction of Six Gentlemen ( " 六君子湯" , mainly use ginseng and bai shu ) for curing lack of qi, vulnerable to fatigue..etc; Learning TCM formula through these classical ones is a good way to learn Chinese herbs, maybe even a way to learning Chinese .
  2. How to avoid wet dreams ?

    The trouble is that people who follow the paying-attention-to-lower-dantian way will be more liable to get their jing released , for the more jing they accumulate at the lower abdomen, the more likely to release it , so, what is the solution? 1) Emptied mind solution: try consolidating an emptied Mind in daily life, which sublimates your jing to qi, then turn it into a harmless Shen ( just consider it as a spiritual state of Oneness , for simplicity to explain ), so you no longer get any wet dream, or even any dream at all , and you are safe. 2) Try turning all jing into qi , and hold it on that level without falling back; since all your jing are now in qi 's form , even you get a wet dream , you will not get any nocturnal release , so there is no hurt . (WARNING: that means you deliberately suspend your reproductive ability )
  3. Not much , but I am quite sure that there is no yin-yang concepts as Taoist in the Indian Yoga system. Indian Yoga entered China more than one thousand years ago , so the Chinese Buddhists and Taoists do know what it is .
  4. If we just view Taoist dantians and the Indian chakras as some kind of centers where energy comes out, then it is easy to make some sort of comparisons , however , people seem to miss that there are yin-yang and i-ching concepts behind the Taoist dantian theory which the Indian system lacks of . For example , in the Taoist system , wherever part of our body gets convex/overhanging part and/ or hair growth , wherever is viewed as the part possessing yang qi . It is therefore not strange to find that the lower abdomen, center of our breasts and forehead plus the in-depth part from it to the skull be viewed as dantians ; and by focusing on any of them , it is much easier to mobilize qi we want . The general rule is while women be advised to paying attention to their middle dantians , men are advised to focus on their lower abdomen. The upper dantian , despite being some kind of short-cut to the final destination , due to its difficulty of being manipulated in terms of how strong a strength we should apply , is seldom advocated. There is also no I-ching typed of concepts such as using water ( hidden in the lower dantian ) to counteract the upper fire ( the fluctuating minds) in the Indian system . In fact, it is unlikely that the mind can settle itself , empty itself without other help . In most cases, the more eager we want to settle it, empty it, the more minds we are putting into it... ,making it nearly an impossible job . Taoist solution gives us another perspective to deal with the issue .
  5. Thanks. Taoism is something a mixture of philosophy, Taoism and science, it is difficult to define it in Western terms . The key is the ability to initialize qi , then upgrade it to shen, then all doubts are clarified and solved . And, a clear , full picture of what human intelligent is appears to us ...; people will no longer be entangled by those differences between Buddhism, science and Taoism .
  6. To most people , qi appears to them in those forms of diseases so they can't identify the energy behind .Acupressure ( not acupuncture , for it is a skill difficult and dangerous to be tried by an amateur ) is an alternative to let people taste what qi feel like; memorizing those acupoints and their effects are not that difficult , a series of acupoints: "氣海" ("Qi Hai") , " 關元 " ("Kwan Yuan") ..etc under our navel can be the start point . How about moxibustion ? Yes, but there are many places you shouldn't do moxibustion, so you need to have lot of knowledge about TCM,especially the meridians , before you start . Can we invent a machine to initialize qi ? Quite an old question ,it depends what level of qi you want to raise..besides, don't forget that jing-qi-shen are always linked in certain state , so solely having a physical device doesn't help much .
  7. Translation

    Unless it is about Taoist sex practice, better post it here, not through any private message..; will take a look ...
  8. Daoist Canon goldmine

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  9. Thanks your comment. Revised it as you suggest.
  10. Walker, a member of this forum , once posted a post about this important poetry left behind by Immortal Lu of the Tang Dynasty , but it was in Chinese, without any translation, so I try to make a translation of it here : 養氣忘言守,降心為不為。 動靜知宗祖,無事更尋誰。 真常須應物,應物要不迷。 不迷性自住,性住氣自回。 氣回丹自結,壺中配坎離。 陰陽生返复,普化一聲雷。 白雲朝頂上,甘露灑須彌。 自飲長生酒,逍遙誰得知。 坐聽無弦曲,明通造化機。 都來二十句,端的上天梯 ( My translation ) Nourish your qi by paying attention to nowhere, empty your mind through not expecting anything more * . No matter you are in action or stay at rest, you let the real-Self, consolidated by the primordial qi, take charge ; free and at ease , you find no necessity to search anything or anyone who claims greater # . The free and real Self needs to trains itself in daily challenges ; it is through cultivating itself in the world that it becomes free of worries and doubts . Once not lost and not entangled by fakes in this world , the Spiritual Nature of us will return ; once it returned and stayed, the primordial qi also comes. With the primordial qi returned, the gold dan starts to form, making Kan and Li ** mixed together . In such a mixture, a higher level of intercourse between yin and yang arises and reverses , producing something like a thunder thudded. With clouds rising up to the sky, turned into holy rains and fell back to the mountains, Taoist dan is consolidated ^ . It is like drinking some wine of immortality, a feeling of coziness hardly others ever tasted . It is like sitting there listening to a string-less musical instrument played by the nature, you know you have got the secret of it . With these phases , you are led climbing up the ladder towards the Heaven with faith . Notes: * You can't attain an emptied Mind through an intention to empty it for what you do is adding an extra mind to it. The more you want to empty your mind, the more you add minds to it, so never can you succeed. # No search is the real search ; there is no need to cultivate Tao, no cultivation is the real cultivation (" 道不用修, 可修者非道也" ) ** Kan is said to be something yang enveloped by yin, located somewhere in between our kidneys; Li is said to be something yin enveloped by yang , located somewhere inside our skull. The return of the primordial qi ( pre-heavenly qi ) makes their intercourse possible, and the jump from post-heavenly level to pre-heavenly level realized. ^ Dan , in fact, is something a result of the intercourse between the sky and the land ;
  11. Yangshen perspectives in traditional Schools

    Yang Shen ( "陽神" ) is nourished from our body, very different from Yuan ("元", meta or original ) Shen which is a trinity of primordial qi ,jing and shen without personal character , yet existing everywhere . Yang Shen is a deliberate effort of an individual to 'refine' his Yuan qi , hidden somewhere around his abdomen , into an everlasting spiritual entity. Since it involves a deliberate effort, it means some kind of consciousness/mind is applied, for example, paying attention to people's dantian ; since it involves using jing and qi to " refine", not solely dependent on our mind power, it is free of the shortcomings a yin-typed / ghostly mind . Because of these, its outcome , a Super Consciousness nourished with jing and qi , is something not without personal characters : Immortal Lu , from the Tang Dynasty, nowadays still appears repeatedly to us as an arrogant and persistent mid-30 looking guy who claims only a small group of people can be rescued * ; on the other hand, the occasional emergence of Immortal Zhang San-feng as a big-eyed guy in his sloppy costume still startled lot of people... In Taoist cultivation, you do not need to die , as followers of other religions do , in order to know whether your spirit can last forever / live outside of your body / meet your God or gods .Taoist proof of the existence of Yang Shen is not that passive . Since Yang Shen is also a trinity of Yang jing, qi and shen , so the gradual refinement of it will give us some proofs along the way : sick-proof of our body, aging-proof of our face and skin, appearance of a bean-like qi-substance somewhere under our navel similar to a pregnant woman and occasional half-detachment of a spirit-body out of our physical body..etc., all these touchable , controllable stuff make Taoist alchemy a practice unique , closest to modern science . * Immortal Lu once said : " 世人認假不認真, 難授長生上品經" ; (" Most people love the fake better than the real ,how can I teach them the way of a life eternal ? ")
  12. Storing energy in Mingmen v Dantien

    Thanks your comment. Well, it does being mentioned in the Neijing, but hardly did it catch any attention of those TCM doctors afterwards ( ie, from Han up to the Ming Dynasty) ; that means , without Wu-Liu Taoist detailed elaboration of the lower dantain, hardly can ordinary TCM doctors sense the significance of the term Mingmen.
  13. Storing energy in Mingmen v Dantien

    " Mingmen " (" 命門" ) is a TCM's term , which refers to a special area in between our kidneys where the yuan-qi originates, and is said to be the source of those qi that nourishes all our meridians and organs . "Dantian", or more precisely speaking the "lower dantian" , is a Taoist alchmical term which refers to an area under our abdomen where the yuan- qi arises ; so they are nearly things the same; saying that qi stored in the Mingmen better than those in dantian seems to be a result of ignorant of TCM's literature , and its intricate relation with Taoism . In fact, the start of using " Mingmen"as a term in the TCM literature was from the Ming dynasty , and was somewhat related to the rise of the Wu-Liu school.. ; anyway, it seems no need to go into details here.
  14. If Shen becomes Qi, how does Qi become Jing?

    On primordial level or in prenatal state, Jing , Qi and Shen is unitary, so we call them yuan (meta or original )-jing yuan-qi, yuan-shen. After birth, ie, our having shifted to breathe by using the lung, they split , but connected; after adolescence, they further split, but still related; and up to our becoming 30 something, they start to drain away. To most of us , without enough jing, we can't sense qi; this is why old people can't "initalize" qi so easily and likely not believe in it . However, in some cases , they may understand it better than young people because they feel qi , with jing embodied, in its distorted and deficient forms clearer : Deficient jing makes their eyesight deteriorate or ankles ache ( lack of jing), unable to work long hours ( lack of qi ) and lose their memory ( lack of shen )easier . Although medical qigong holds back the becoming deficient qi , it is Taoist alchemy that reverses it, and makes the split jing ,qi, shen united again. The key is an ability to form that Mind or Shen ,that empty and consolidated mind . It is said that "神凝則精聚 " ("While the Mind consolidated , jing also gathers ") , that means, you not only can alleviate back pain or arthritis by some needles , but cure it thoroughly through applying a Mind .