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  1. Reading/Study as a practice

    I've noticed lately that reading various religious texts affects my qi in different ways. Just the act of reading it, regardless if I understand it or not. The qi starts moving. Has anyone else noticed anything like this?
  2. Building the lower dantien

    This seems to be a lot more involved than what I learned in Dr. Yang's book. In his book you just focus on the Dan Tien and breathe. If I do this a while I usually feel tingling in the area. I didn't realize there was more involved. Developing the Dan Tien has a stabilizing effect on the emotions doesn't it?
  3. "Self" in Taoism

    Thank you that's a really good answer. Do you know what this original true self is? or is considered?
  4. Approaches to Cultivation

    My general understanding of Buddhism is that typically one focuses on cultivating the mind and it is assumed as a given that the energy will follow suite. What I want to know if I am understanding correctly (or not) is if the concept in Taoism in general is to cultivate the energy and then let it affect the mind?
  5. "Self" in Taoism

    So Buddhism has the concept of no-self, Hinduism has the concept of atman, Christianity has the notion of soul. What is the Taoist idea in regards to the "self" or the lack there of?
  6. Is life long celibacy even possible ???

    I have noticed that celibacy conserves energy and as the energy increases it adds energy to everything, including our imbalances. If done without mindfulness this can be very problematic as a mild temper can become a large temper, or a mild obsession becomes a big one. One the other hand if one is practicing mindfulness then making things louder can actually be of great benefit as it brings things to the awareness to be mindful of. It becomes to observe how craving is indeed to cause of suffering.
  7. Reading/Study as a practice

    I think just based on my own personal experience is that to a lot of Westerners they are taught that Buddhism or what ever other method they are learning is "meditation" and there is not a lot of study or theory. What I came to realize as the problem with this is that the Buddha didn't just say "go and meditate" (he had already mastered meditation before he became enlightened). The Buddha taught the "Dharma" which involves a lot of things that need to be studied and realized and not just meditation.
  8. Reading/Study as a practice

    This makes me think of the divide in Theravada between the village/scholar monks and the forest/meditation monks. The village monks tend to look down on the forest monks for having a shallow understanding of the dharma, while the forest monks tend to look down on the village monks for having a weak meditation practice. I tend to think of it as both are important and its not an either/or issue.
  9. In the past in my evangelical Christian days the notion of reading the bible as a practice in and of itself was a pretty big thing as having spiritual efficacy. Later when I left Christianity I didn't think very highly of most things Christian so just sort of dropped this notion. But as after all break ups eventually one gets back on speaking terms with their ex and so I have been re-exploring this type of practice, by reading various sacred texts and scriptures slowly and mindfully and paying attention to any effects they might have energetically. To my surprise they do seem to have an effect on an energetic level. I especially notice things going on in my upper chakras (not really that surprising). The reason I am writing this post is because I wanted to know if other traditions teach that reading and studying the sacred texts and scriptures IS a practice, and if so what the effects are?
  10. Thoughts on homeopathy

    I took a blend called "allergy"
  11. Thoughts on homeopathy

    Science dismisses homeopathy as quackery but I used to have really bad allergies and sinus issues and it pretty much ended that problem for me.
  12. Christianity

    I have been wondering if the sacraments have any actual energetic efficacy or if they are just a ritual?
  13. Taoist Immortal vs Buddha

    The TDJ says the Tao that can be spoken isn't the true Tao. The Buddha came along and said "this is the way". Does that mean his way isn't the true Tao?
  14. Second Noble Truth

    I feel like that the second noble truth of Buddhism that states that the cause of suffering is desire which is caused by delusion is often ignored at best and disliked at most. I believe the Buddha said that basically the degree to which someone rejects the notion of desire causing suffering is related to the amount of delusion and attachment they have. The more delusion and attachment, the more that desire is seen as a good thing rather than the cause of suffering according to the Buddha. This is actually not dissimilar to what Christianity says about not loving the world. In personal experience I've noticed that out of all the teachings of Buddhism I tend to get some of the most emotional reactions to the idea that desire and attachment are the problem as opposed to happiness. I guess its hard to tell someone that the thing they think makes them happy is actually causing them suffering. At the same time and I suppose its due to delusion and attachment while this truth makes sense it also bums me out.
  15. Nihilism

    I've been pondering lately and I feel like the version of Theravada I was taught was very nihilistic and noticed most of the monks teaching it looked depressed.