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  1. Dragon and Tiger Chi Gung

    I have met some of his students who have gone deeply into this practice and claim to have benefited much from it. I, myself, don't have any personal experience but those people seemed sincere to me. Best would be to learn in person, with Bruce or his senior students one-on-one or in a group class. I believe Paul Cavel is one of his seniors who offers courses online. As with most internal practices, if you are sincere and the teacher and method are good, you will benefit based on your own effort and diligence put in. Wishing you the best of luck.
  2. In Appreciation of Damo Mitchell

    I have been party to some of his interactions with his students online and I have only seen exemplary behavior from him. Helpful, knowledgable, cheerful, light-hearted, serious, no bullshit. His seniors display similar qualities. I would take the opportunity to learn with his school if it became available.
  3. Om Mani Padme Hum and it's profound benefits

    There was a woman with great faith in Tibet who misheard her lama say the Mani mantra, so she went on for most of her life chanting 'Om Mani Bepe Hung' and she became a siddha. Pronunciation may not be totally unimportant, but the intent and the faith behind the mantra are primary, as shown by her example.
  4. Cultivation Systems and books we'd recommend

    I'm here to also recommend Adam Mizner's program, Discover Taiji. I went to a workshop in person with some of his senior students a few years ago to see what they were talking about. They are highly skilled and they teach very clear, direct instructions. It is difficult work, with a strong emphasis on the standing posture practice and song gongs. I can honestly say that I had years of experience doing Zhan Zhuang before I started with Sifu Mizner's method, and I have progressed more in the months since applying his internal methods than I did in all the years of simply resting my mind in the lower Dan Tien. When I started the online program, I was a bit disappointed that it unlocks weekly. Whoops. The first lesson, Opening the Body, has more depth than you would believe. Everyone wants to skip the foundations, but the foundational practices set the stage for any development. Soon, the lessons are coming so quick that you realize 'there's no way I can train all of this at once.' It says it's a 5-year program but really there is a lifetime of information and practice here. I highly recommend it, if you are willing to eat bitter. All of my interactions with his students (I have taken some private lessons) have been full of clarity, light-heartedness, and clear explanation and demonstration of the skills. 10/10 would seriously recommend.
  5. Damo Mitchell Free MCO Course

    So @forestofemptiness how is it going?
  6. Mantras

  7. Favourite Buddhist Books

    White Sail: Crossing the Waves of Ocean Mind to the Serene Continent of the Triple Gems is an overview of Buddhist thought and reasoning, specifically Vajrayana or Tantric Buddhism. It's covers the most basic and most profound points of the view, path, and result in easy-to-understand language. The preface begins with a quote from Patrul Rinpoche: "Those who intend to benefit others through holy teachings Do not use elaborate terms and poetry. The pure path is shown with the simple words of the laity. That is the sublime method of the Bodhisattvas." And the book proceeds to follow this advice. GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT MANY TIMES. Love
  8. Favourite Buddhist Books

    White Sail by Thinley Norbu Rinpoche cannot be recommended highly enough. Anything by this sublime being is incredible. Read his stuff slowly and digest it like poetry. Very, very good teachings.
  9. Joeblast, Can you speak a little bit more about the technical aspects of doing what you're talking about? For example, sequentially activating 'every part of your air passageways' would mean what to you? I have some strange breath and diaphragm (and spinal) experiences, and am wondering about this.
  10. Body armour, trauma, David Berceli

    Anybody have a short explanation for someone living in a third-world country without abilities to buy the book at this time? A basic overview would be nice. Just breathing into the perineum or what?
  11. Eruption! 08-01-2010

    Wow, super interesting. I haven't been able to sleep much at all since friday, and have been feeling a lot of juice.
  12. Capoeira Angola

  13. Capoeira Angola

    Just thought I'd throw this out there. I play capoeira angola, which is the slower style of capoeira. I don't hesitate to say that I haven't found another regimen of training that integrates the whole body in such a profound way. Lots of stretching of the tendons and muscles involved, flexibility of the spine is promoted and increased, super core strength is generated, and the whole body is integrated into a singular whole - something I think is a goal of many taoist practices. Lots of time spent upside down as well, in handstands and headstands and things of that nature - reversing polarities and whatnot. Also, aside from training, there is the actual game/ritual of the 'roda' (pronounced 'hoda') in which the game is played. It is a circle of people, playing berimbaus (a stringed instrument which appears deceptively simple to play), different kinds of drums and bells, and singing. The songs are generally led by one person, who introduces a chorus and then leads the group in call-and-response singing, mixed with improvised choruses. The roda has a boatload of energy - I find the music of capoeira particularly powerful for practicing any kind of bodywork. Just to let ya'll know, if you're doing the physical taoist practices, trying to improve core strength or whatnot (I know Trunk suggests Pilates) this is another option which is very challenging, and fun. And you play with other people, so it's more like a game than training by yourself. Ch-check it out
  14. Introduction to the Middle Way

    Yo, I just started reading this today. It has the commentary by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche. I'm seriously interested in taking this beast on and understanding the view. If you want to come along for the ride, please jump on board. The more, the merrier. Peace, Eric (PM me if you need a copy)
  15. Buddha and a God

    For me, I always interpreted the bardo teachings as having to do with our mind in this very moment. Every new moment is a rebirth of sorts, and every moment between thoughts is a bardo. It is our karma, our habitual thought patterns, our clung-to beliefs, that keep us in our present cycle. In this next moment, you could be totally free of all your baggage, all of your "karma", if you just open your mind up to it's true empty nature and let go of all the bullshit. Buddhist meditation and philosophy is mostly just about seeing this, understanding it, and putting it into practice. I have no clue whether or not I'll be born in a new realm other than this, but the teachings work.