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  1. Are enlightened people impotent?

    The 32 Signs of a Great Man[edit] Seated Buddha, Gandhara, 1st-2nd century CE. Tokyo National Museum The Buddha is traditionally regarded as having the Thirty-two Characteristics of a Great Man (Skt. mahāpuruṣa lakṣaṇa).[7] These thirty-two characteristics are also regarded as being present in cakravartin kings as well.[7] The Digha Nikaya, in the "Discourse of the Marks" (Pali: Lakkhaṇa Sutta) (DN 30) enumerates and explains the 32 characteristics.[2]These are also enumerated in the Brahmāyu Sutta of the Majjhima Nikāya (MN 91). The 32 major characteristics are:[8] Level feet Thousand-spoked wheel sign on feet Long, slender fingers Pliant hands and feet Toes and fingers finely webbed Full-sized heels Arched insteps Thighs like a royal stag Hands reaching below the knees Well-retracted male organ Height and stretch of arms equal Every hair-root dark colored Body hair graceful and curly Golden-hued body Ten-foot aura around him Soft, smooth skin Soles, palms, shoulders, and crown of head well-rounded Area below armpits well-filled Lion-shaped body Body erect and upright Full, round shoulders Forty teeth Teeth white, even, and close Four canine teeth pure white Jaw like a lion Saliva that improves the taste of all food Tongue long and broad Voice deep and resonant Eyes deep blue[9] Eyelashes like a royal bull White ūrṇā curl that emits light between eyebrows Fleshy protuberance on the crown of the head
  2. Article - "In Search of the True Dao"

    Good article .... some good quotes:
  3. Neidan ( all experiences and opinions wanted)

    Actually that's not really the case.
  4. Neidan ( all experiences and opinions wanted)

    NeiDan specifically means inner alchemy and has the specific goal of creating the 'pill' or elixir within the body to achieve immortality. It comes out of a tradition within largely Daoism (though also some other systems) and focusses on certain key ideas which were first elaborated in text called the Cantong Qi (sometimes Zhouyi Cantong Qi). Dan means pill/elixir and NeiDan is distinguished from Waidan which is external alchemy i.e. the use of substances/herbs and so on to achieve immortality eg. lead, sulphur, mercury etc. The Cantong Qi quotes from the LaoTzu and even more from the YiJing (as a way of validating its claims) - but neither of these is actually a Neidan text - more they supply a world view in which Neidan functions, a context if you like, and it also refers the substances of external alchemy but used symbolically for the energy systems of the subtle body - so the text will talk about lead but mean a quality or state of internal energy and so on. The processes of alchemy like purification, sublimation, distilling and so on are also used to signify internal processes. Nei dan specifically departs from using deity practice. Whereas previous traditions might rely on spiritual entities interacting with organs say, the Cang Qi refutes this practice. However what is retained is the idea of harmony and synchronicity of internal processes and cosmic cycles such as the sun, moon and Big Dipper etc. So the qi system regulates to the hours, days of month and so on. This is important, so you can discount any practice based on possession and so on. Qi is a universal term in Chinese philosophy as are yin/yang - and are used in different ways in different systems. So just the inclusion of qi or qi breathing and so on is not enough to make it a Neidan approach. It has to specifically deal with how to create the pill and then to achieve immortality. There are many schools within this tradition which use different symbolism - some is the same but just with different terms - but there are variations - so this may also until you unlock the key to how those terms are used be a source of confusion.
  5. The more people read Mantak Chia the more people we get on here saying how they screwed themselves up.
  6. Do you mind saying what it is that you practice?
  7. Thanks. Do you mean the term 'Nei Gong' or the actual principles and practices?
  8. Instead of reading Mitchell's book I would have thought - so what would you recommend for Nei Gong?
  9. Do you have a doctor or therapist? - I'm assuming you do since someone prescribed the antipsychotics - in which case take their advice on the kind of things that might help you. Otherwise be gentle with yourself, do healthy things like eating good food and getting exercise - and some basic breathing exercises perhaps. Don't try anything like semen retention till you can get off meds and even then think twice.
  10. I've read the book in question - but then I don't practice Nei Gong - but I do like to look around here and there for helpful ideas. I agree with some of the criticisms above like 'energy of Dao' being waffle words. As to the exercises being like warm up - apart from wuji posture and some basic sitting meditation there aren't any exercises in the book - so I think that is unfair. He is quite honest about his own experiences which he recounts in detail - which is unusual for a writer on this subject - and he also honest when he gets to higher level stuff about his own achievements. I found the whole thing quite interesting and well written (though a bit repetitive) - I wouldn't follow it for practice but then I wouldn't follow any book. I don't follow books I read them If you are like me and just like to assimilate information from various sources then give it a go.
  11. Quantum Shifting Your 'Rone

    Amazing breakthrough in sub-atomic nutrition:
  12. Online Tests

    If you like to do online personality tests, here's one: http://www.dichotomytests.com My result: http://www.dichotomytests.com/results.html?id=0&m=-35&e=-62.5&i=-10&h=-57.5&n=-70&r=-2.5&s=0
  13. Internal Alchemy - Where and How to start?

    Just from a empirical perspective this site is full of threads started by people who have tried this approach and screwed themselves up - so maybe it works but also it can go badly wrong. So to be avoided until you know what you are doing.
  14. Internal Alchemy - Where and How to start?

    I've heard good reports of Damo Mitchell and master Yang - but I'm not in a position to recommend - I'm sure others will oblige. PS. There's nothing wrong with experimenting for yourself and making your own way.