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  1. Chinese efficient methods of learning.

    I'm just beginning but www.yoyochinese.com has been pretty great for the basics. It's not free but it's not the most expensive thing either. Much, much better than any other online method I've tried.
  2. Zhan Zhuang - Leg/Low back meridians - advice

    On the standing- I'm convinced by more than one teacher and a lot of practice hours that it is best to simply relax the lower back and sacrum, letting it fall into a natural position, rather than consciously tilting or doing something with it. Of course there are a million applications for ZZ and the postures differ wildly depending on your school's goal, your specific body type, etc. On the kidney deficiency- pretty common with us dudes - but- chinese medicine is of course specific to each individual as there are often other complexities or deviations going on as well. I had my own version of this, was treated for it via Classical Chinese Medicine (not Traditional but Classical) and it disappeared very quickly. IMO tseeing someone skilled in CCM would be your best bet. On Negative Ion Generators- 小梦想 Please do let us know when these are available in the US. Or if not available here, could you recommend a brand stateside? Thanks
  3. Hi phanman. I am no spokesman for the school, which continues even with the tragic loss of Shifu Jiang Feng, but your best bet is to PM Grady, the originator of this thread. He may take a while to get back to you, considering the current circumstances and the great firewall, but he is the only one I personally trust to have accurate information on anything regarding the school. All the Best.
  4. Nei Dan (alchemy) and the MCO

    I think the big problem here is that we assume terms like dantien and microcosmic orbit have universal meaning and function. This isn't the best analogy but....my mother refers to any facial tissue as a Kleenex. She may have another brand of facial tissue in her hand, but she will still call it a Kleenex. It is an easier word for her to use and so she has used that word to describe all facial tissues. I think something similar has occurred in Chinese language with the terms like Dantien and MCO. Some groups use the word dantien to mean the general lower abdomen area. Others use it interchangably with Chakra. Personally, I tend to think even the couple of non-taoist qigong schools (which show real results) that use the term Dantien don't use it in the original Taoist sense which is focused heavily on the Dan part of the word and deals with pre-heaven substances. I think other schools use it as they do either because it is easier to use than some other term (that is a very Chinese way of approaching words) or because there was some misconception along the line. But my point is, we may unwittingly be talking about separate things with separate functions by using these terms as if they have universal meaning and function. That causes us a lot of confusion. And so context is everything.
  5. Neidan vs Qigong

    Let's say, I have in my hand a great big 1/8 oz psilocybin mushroom. As I eat this mushroom I declare, "I'm going down the rabbit hole." Many adults in North America will know what I am talking about. They will understand what elements of pop culture I am referencing and understand something of the altered perception I am trying to reach. Some may have even been there before and can communicate on these matters with some authority. Now let's say a child is in the room. The child observes my outward state after the psilocybin kicks in. He sees the huge ass grin on my face and decides he wants to be like me. Of course the child has no idea what psilocybin does or how to discern this type of mushroom from any other. The child has no idea that altering ones perception might be interesting. The child has not read Alice in Wonderland or watched The Matrix. But the child is determined to be like me and believes in himself. So the child goes out into the forest, finds the biggest brown mushroom he can, eats it and proceeds to find a rabbit hole to physically enter. A child is of course much larger than a rabbit so he has to dig out the rabbit hole. He stands in it and emulates my big ass grin. Pretty soon the death cap he ingests takes affect. The child collapses and dies in a grave he dug for himself. Context is everything. PS: No I do not have any psilocybin mushrooms. Ate them all in my twenties.
  6. OK so I've decided to share some of my experiences with this "Waigong". Make no mistake...I am speaking because I want this seminar to happen this year and it only happens if 5 people sign up. I want it to happen because I really could use a few days dedicated only to practice. And a clinic. And some in-person consultation with Grady. I haven't made any vows and I don't represent Grady or Gengmenpai in anyway. I did promise to keep practice details and theory confidential. I will, of course honor that promise. I went last year and hope to go this year. Grady is a no bs teacher. There is no guru posturing. There are no promises of great success. Skepticism is highly encouraged, especially when it comes to evaluating the sensations which arise from the practice. He does a great job translating the deeper meanings of key terms we've all heard forever and shows how they apply to the practice. The clinical part of it and the unique herbal formulas prescribed offer a strong advantage toward practicing successfully. As a side note, during the free clinic, my friend came in and Grady asked if she was pregnant or had some sort of obstructive issue. I guess that is what he felt in her pulse and saw on her tongue and face. She didn't know until she went into the gynecologist a few weeks later that she had a prolapsed uterus. The man has sharp diagnostic skills in Classical Chinese Medicine. The practice itself is deceptively simple but requires a good deal of effort. Some folks may make the mistake of underestimating the word "Waigong". For me it has produced more results than any Qigong, Tai Chi or meditation I have practiced. By results I mean... -More physical strength. And by physical strength I mean tendon strength not muscle strength. -Heat and a feeling like mild electricity in the areas focused on in the practice. Ever try one of those vintage arcade electricity games where you grab the metal handles and see how long you can take the low voltage current? That's what it reminds me of. Now of course it is just a sensation. I don't put much stock in sensations. -Stable repeated experience of the first Jhana. This is more than a sensation. -Spontaneous moments of "gaining insight" into the nature of things which fade away over time. No way to explain really. Now I will say I came in with an advantage resulting from success in a previous practice. Plus I am Ginger and we are a formidable people. But honestly the fact that I accomplished any result was impressive to me. I expected maybe some health benefits. But I didn't expect the results to be so....Buddhist. Anyway I've had some setbacks recently which are my own fault. Probably the hardest thing about this and any practice is to be consistent with it regardless of what obstacles may come up in life. But it is just a matter of building back up to fully operational. Which is what I am doing now. So there you have it. I am not qualified to answer questions about this. I just wanted to share for my own selfish aims and in the hope of benefiting anyone who might notice an affinity through my particular viewpoint of this practice.
  7. I mean when the Yuan Jing is still full and intact at a young age. Something full and intact doesn't need to be restored. If you film the life cycle of a plant and then play that film in reverse, it takes much less time and effort for the sprout to become the seed than it does the full grown plant.
  8. Well I believe the exception is when one begins the work while still in possession of "superior virtue". Ah to be in possession of superior virtue again..
  9. Maybe it is you who is getting more dramatic, spectacular and expressive.
  10. Avatar (the movie)

    Well it is definitely a big step in filmmaking because of the tech. It was absolutely beautiful to watch in 3D. There has never been a 3D film that even comes close. I was blown away by that part. As for the story, while the message was mostly good and the story-telling devices were interesting, the story itself was pretty much the same structure as any other messianic hero tale: Underdog with a big heart comes in, has an inner conflict, decides to dig deep and stand up to "the man" becomes the hero. At least there was no prophecy like there usually is in these hero films. It kind of bugged me that some dude from the "sky people" world had to come in to rescue the natives. It also bugged me that they chose a single antagonist in the steroid infused marine guy. But hey, its a movie. Definitely worth seeing for the visuals alone.
  11. There is also the gender dynamic which probably has more to do with it than Homer will admit. Many men will refuse to surrender intellectually to a woman. Even men who think they are free of the patriarchal mindset will sometimes exhibit symptoms of intellectual gynophobia. Would the same conversation have happened if it were Bart who accused Homer of over-reacting?
  12. Skateboarding Monk Smash that cliche skateboarding monk! Skate and Destroy Illusion!
  13. The Moscow dragon

    The one that looks like a cat, of course.
  14. Buddhist cats

    http://www.spatch.net/catrave.html cats on pharmaceutical grade catnip