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  1. So about a week ago I started trying to follow the tien tao chi kung correspondance course. Before that I had been working on manipulating my dreams and almost reached the point where I could choose the subject. Also remembering usually 2 or more dreams every night. After I started the chi kung exercises however for some reason I either stopped remembering or stopped having my dreams (which is unlikely). While It's just a correlation I can't think of any other reasons that my dream memory would have changed. Has anyone else had experienced something similar when starting practices? With dreams or other things? Thanks in advance.
  2. Where next?

    Thank you, I'll have a look.
  3. Where next?

    Now, as the topic description says, I'm interested in both taoist and buddhist practices. I have read Lao Tzu, and the inner chapters of Chuang Tzu (halfway through the outer chapters), and was wondering if anyone had advice on where to turn to next. Also I was wondering if anyone knew where I could get good 'instruction' (i.e. books/websites) that teaches beginners practices that I could learn on my own, I have looked into both tai chi and bagua but unfortunately price rules the option of personal instruction out. As far as buddhism is concerned, due to the vast amount of literature I have no idea where to start on this subject, I have read about many of the basic ideas, (four noble truths, eightfold path etc) but starting on the sutras has this far eluded me, if anyone could give advice on where to start with that it would be much appreciated. (Just as background, currently I'm doing 15 minutes of sitting meditation twice a day) Thank you in advance and apologies, I'm sure these sorts of questions are asked frequently.
  4. Greetings

    Hello, I am Iskaral or Isk if for short, I suppose a "why I am here" is in order. I have recently begun an interest in the Buddhist/Daoist philosophies, I am planning on beginning Tai Chi or Bagua Zhang classes soon and am currently reading "Opening the Dragon Gate" by Chen Kaiguo and Zheng Shunchao and plan on following up with The Classic of the Dao by Wang Keping and Lao-Tzu's Treatise on the response of the Dao after that, but other than that I'm not really sure where I'm headed, any advice would be much welcomed. Anyway greetings again, -Isk