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  1. Wow, what a delightful thread. Breath of fresh air. I’ve read only a few scattered posts, so pardon me if I repeat ground-already-covered. In one of Cleary’s Taoist translations, there is reference to the “human mind” and the “mind of Dao”. Seems to be (maybe?) in the ballpark, here. My interpretation is “human mind” = basically, thinking, cogitating and all the complexities and waves (feelings, psychology, all that sh##) that get caught up in that. Where as “mind of Dao” would be something like “wu qi” (in Daoism) or “luminous emptiness” (in Buddhism), “sky of mind”. Somewhere in that territory. Seems to me that “the quickest way” question has a couple of dubious premises: 1. That a certain path (method/s, school, tradition) is the quickest. There’s 10,000 paths, and much value in many of them - and often different paths are appropriate for different people. It seems to me that good orientation to *whatever* path REALLY helps a LOT. Often makes the difference of really making the most of a path vs getting really f###ed up by that same path. Here’s my attempt at a brief simplified generic overview. There’s nothing new in it, probably nothing you don’t already know, and *certainly* not of the detailed depth you’d find in any well developed authentic path. ... but I think it offers some utilitarian overview. 2. Second dubious premise: That you *want* the quickest path, lol. Yeah, there are times when you wanna hit the gas, and have a lightning bolt teacher who propels you ... but there are also times when you want to slow down, or prepare the ground, etc, not just speed. A friend of mine used the phrase the “school of harmony” and it denotes, *whatever* path you’re on, to value harmony as a sign of deep and skillful integration, and that produces a foundation for growth. Contrast that to finding the fastest car, then driving it as fast as you can as long as you can until the engine catches on fire, melts down, and you have to spend the next few decades in repair.
  2. What role does faith play in the taoist perspective?

    “ discernment “ is a good word to throw into the mix . also “ working theory based on experience so far “, like science always leaves room for uncertainty and evolving understanding not fixed beliefs. do the practice get the results , much like push-ups ... belief is secondary if not irrelevant . stilling the mind is much more fundamental, than what to think . my two cents
  3. I have posted this link earlier in this thread but think it is worthwhile re-posting. this has been an active topic in the community for decades and we have learned a few things .
  5. Kuan Yin Magnetic Qigong

    3 fundamental points: 1. There is a sensation of magnetic interaction between the P8's (LaoGong) of the left & right hands. Sustain that. Never put the hands so far apart that you lose that feeling between P8s. 2. Make small circles with the hands in relation to each other. Sifu Matsuo, I think, demos that in the video promo clip. There was deliberately left in that promo clip enough parts that someone could start to do the most basic part of the practice, start to experiment and feel and work with. 3. Alternately expand ~ concentrate the two hands' sphere. Hands can be one above the other (either way) or side by side. Each produces somewhat different effects, all good. Sifu Matsuo goes into more detail and variation on movements in the full KYMQ but that is enough to establish some fundamental familiarity. - Trunk
  6. DGS's Dizzying DVD Collection
  7. I Ching and Music

    what a wonderful idea!
  8. Merging and guruyoga

    Wow. I am inspired. Many excellent posts, good communication, refined topic. *whew* thanks, I needed that, lol.
  9. My orientation is the internal path, "can I return to stillness, light, in the deep-center of which-ever-chakra-here?". If I can do that, and to the degree that I can do that, then: 1. it helps refine whatever I've got goin' on 2. It's incentive towards virtue. It *feels* right and balanced to be centered and to connect with the universal ... when I'm expressing poorly it tends to throw me off of that. I value that inner connection and so I re-seat myself into the center.
  10. ~edit~ Oops! Post meant for an entirely different thread, lol!
  11. P.s. And I’m moved to restate: you can look at *any* tradition / method through this prism and it will increase functionality of your understanding, orientation, absorption, on that path. I know that’s a pretty bold statement, so go ahead and knock me around on it if you want, lol. It really goes down to STRUCTURE. We are BUILT a certain way. Function follows form. It’s mechanics. I really invite you to blow your own mind this way re: your own path, and over time you’re likely to continue to see more how it connects to various aspects of the path in general. It’s a real *whew!* kind of stress reliever, lol.
  12. Yup. I felt, or rather: went through the same cognitive process that you're describing. Recognition of those principles, sort of explained a whole bunch of things all at once. Like a rosetta stone, kind of mind blowing especially if you've been chewing at it for a while, lol. It's a *really* useful concise template to look at *any* spiritual path, imo. (And I'm not saying that I came up with it, lol, though I am saying it in a certain way right now... but the classics, the teachers I've studied with, and - I've gotta say - I've been *really* fortunate to 've made friends with some senior brothers and sisters along the way, significant mentoring.) ... The principles are really very simple, very foundational, very few ... and serve to organize, or orient one's self, in which ever of the 10,000 methods you happen to be involved in.
  13. Commonly Closed Chakras

    Primary goal at *each* major chakra: Integrating with the One Medicine. Then, of course: am I living my life functionally? lol Basic internal and external path.
  14. Commonly Closed Chakras

    I’ve gone through a progression over time on this chakra thing ... How many are there? What are the mechnics and kinesthetics to open ~ closed? Relating to inner alchemy and functionality in life, all that shit, that I’m still sorting out, lol Anyway, re: how many? At first I couldn’t relate to chakras, especially to “7” ... I found 3: power, love, wisdom - much more immediately relatable. Lately it’s down to 2 (kinds of people, depending on where they are more developed... it’s of course an over-simplification but): “tops” and “bottoms”. I found Tsongkhapa’s Six Yogas of Naropa to be very enlightening about the mechanics of opening a chakra by what to do at the potent points along sushumna (“enter, abide, dissolve”) and that changed the whole game for me. Now pretty much all of my practices foster the center in some way, and I’m much more conscious about how to apply ... methods in general. My take on the mani mantra worked on 5 chakras in a balanced way. Mark Griffin once said something like, “explore every inch of sushumna” and that made an impression on me. And has turned out to be practically *very* useful. Going in a detailed way up sushumna, taking time to stop, enter, abide, dissolve at any points that feel “empty” or “bright” along the way ... working with a kind of pearl meditation in that way.... seems to trigger healthy integration ime. (And many more points than 7, but of quite varying intensity.)
  15. What are you watching on Youtube?

    This is "Bone Tomahawk", full movie. A 2015 kind of B-movie-western-horror plot, with low production budget that makes it feel almost like a theatre production ... BUT the writing is delicious and the acting is top notch. The whole thing is charming, down home slow paced country comedic.