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  1. Mantras

  2. Perineum Power

    Can you please expand on this, and possibly simplify, Joeblast? There was a lot of information in your post...
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. Capoeira Angola

  9. 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
  10. 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)
  11. 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.
  12. nei kung resources

    Clearly 8 years of daily use means it must have demonstrated profound benefit to you. Care to share some of the results? Looks great but I don't have 90 bucks to drop on a book.
  13. nei kung resources

    Embrace horse about 6 minutes. I generally go by breaths right now, since I'm traveling and without a timer. 60 deep, slow breaths. About a year and a half ago, I was doing Neutral Horse Stance and Embrace Horse for about 9 minutes each - vibration and the whole shebang. I stopped at some point, and am gently working my way back up. I do the neutral horse stance and embrace horse every day, and the nei kung exercises twice a week as perscribed in the book. I am building up, as he suggested. Right now, my twice-weekly workout goes from embrace horse to playing pi'pa, both sides. Tomorrow I will add the next exercise. Love it. how's it going for you?
  14. nei kung resources I have been doing the exercises as perscribed in this book for the past 6 weeks, and plan on continuing forever.
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