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  1. just checking in ... no response to my last missive

    hope everything is good with you ...

  2. Hello Sifu,

    today I received 'The Great Courses' advert / catalogue.  Low and behold David Darian Ross is being touted as a course Essentials of Tai chi and qigong ... I like the mixing of qigong and tai chi shows real insight ... not. 

    It is probably none of my business but I hope your suit ended successfully in some way


    oh  also much energy from FP,   it seems to energize my traditional tai ji as well as other forms  I  happen to try  ... eg  bone marrow cleanse,  and some yi jin jing.


    peace harmony and health to your life

    thanks for all you have contributed to mine (79 v. soon!)


  3. The Dao De Jing: A Qigong Interpretation?

    I have completed 2 readings , one verse per day of this book. It has contributed to my qi gong practice as each verse has a section on the qi qong 'interpretation'. Other translations of DDJ may be more poetic or literary ( Taoistic.com by Stepan Stenrudd ), but the linking of these two approaches to Tao is quite appropriate. I am left with wondering about Yang Jwing Minh and embryonic breathing. I think I am experiencing it as the cellular respiration 'qi'. But it may take some time to let that settle in. worth the read imo
  4. Hi Charlie,
    Happy New Year.

    I am still back east in Lenox, MA, teaching in residence at a beautiful holistic spa/retreat center called Eastover Estate.  Now going on 15 months.  All going great guns out here...although it's freezing cold with lots of snow these past few days.

    Your notice about your 2nd retinal detachment event made me think that perhaps one of the FP Qigong seated (MSW) meditations might help.  It is  one the remaining 15 MSW meds that are not published on the DVD series (and probably won't be). It's also not any more difficult to do than any of the published MSW meds.

    If you are interested in learning it, I can teach it to you via Skype in a 30-minute private lesson (at the usual rate).  Again, no guarantees, but this MSW med works directly on the eyes and face.


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      Sorry to be so slow responding.  I have had a busy period with life on the ranch.    The detachment has stabilized and actually retreated slowly.  

      Also our fixed income situation continues to tighten.   Would love to have a face to face,  but just not affordable  ...




  5. The Secret Technique in Plain Sight - Zhan Zhuang

    ZZ is an important part of my teaching tjq and qc we begin class every day w ZZ and return to ZZ to close ... the absolute, before the beginning essential as breath as heart beat ... from time to time I personally do standing for up to 20 min and very occasionally 45 to 1 hour .. peace to all beings hold all being in the Light
  6. i read your response as happy trials  instead of trails  :o

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      I like that! Alas, I was not that clever.

  7. The Secret Technique in Plain Sight - Zhan Zhuang

    I am certainly in favor of incorporating ZZ in health practice. I have done TCC since 1976. Ba Duan Jin since 1981 and Flying PHoenix since 2011. In my own class we start and end w ZZ as I was taught in first classes of TCC. My experience is that these are very complementary practices. There is a part of spirit and health that movement seems to move activate and accumulate qi more that the pure ZZ. However, incorporating periods of ZZ which are not always of the same duration or frequency, adds significantly to my sense of spiritual growth and to the intensity of feeling qi in the practices which involve movement. The twin cores of practice are TCC which i teach and FLying Phoenix standing long form .... the capstone exercise of the family of FP qi gong according to Sifu Terry Dunn and which i experience to be true. At the heart of all these practices is the breath. Attention to breath in all exercises is fundamental to progress. Awareness of both the external breathing rhythm and frequency per unit time should provide energy and health benefits. And awareness of the internal whole body breath.. that is the cellular level of respiration leads to deeper benefits. Over the years my breath rate durring practice has become slower even in intense practice 2 breaths per minute is common. My heart rate has slowed from the mid 70's relaxed to mid 50's. So my summary is ZZ is an important part of practice for me sometimes one hour per session tho most often half hour total for a 90 min gong. And periods of shorter duration varying over weeks or months. peace and good practice to all beings ridingtheox
  8. New Layout

    WTF?? i had terrible time logging in ... now I can not find the topic thru the search fn? caught me totally off guard ... HELP
  9. Zhan Zhuang

    interesting thread too bad it seems inactive ... ZZ has been an important part of my practice for at least 30 years with one rather extended gap '96 - 09/10. I do 5 min. everyday 5 min of each of 5 postures 2x weekly, and occasionally a 30+ min of one of the postures.super energizing mostly peace
  10. Hello from the Chehalem Mountains

    another welcome to this site ... it is a good place to find encouragement for your practice ... especially when you hit slow periods (which you will). My sense is persistence in practice is the key to progress for some people a real live group is helpful, but you can do this on your own mostly. For me i started TCC and various groups have contributed to my experience including Sifu Dunn most recently good luck in your qi gong peace charlie
  11. kind of interesting exchange when does qi begin? when is it gong? where does it go? sorry this thread sort of dried up ... see you at flying phoenix continuing discussion maybe ...
  12. Beginning QiGong

    hello scientist, my back ground includes chemistry, (BS) Forest Ecology (MSF) and Forest Biometrics (PhD) so I think of myself as a 'scientist' including the skepticism that implies. I have done Tai ji for long time and Flying Phoenix qi gong for 4 years now. I hope you find the energy and stillness your journey will certainly lead you into ... the path you are hoping for. I do FP almost daily especially the long form disk 4 .. I also do the Standing Still fairly regularly. I find the two practices quite complementary. They open many doors. Sifu Dunn has a real reputation among students on this forum, for caring and teaching. You have begun a great step into the universe ... peace
  13. Meat

    moonnight: My friend calls it eating alien food, because being a vegetarian causes one's consciousness to rise. Often times eating meat will carry the instincts of the animal into the human, so thoughts like lust and anger will form. sorry this sort of anthopomorphic thought making animal instincts somehow not acceptible or worse is so ego-centric it blinds us to the broad truth that all of life is sacred and needs to be respected. Peace to all being
  14. Meat

    meat: i have been a small cooperative rancher, raising free range beef no steroid feed mostly grass and browse fed. I have read a bit about it and feel I am quite justified in saying our beef is good for you. It is not easy to find small owner rancher who hope to have a quality safe and drug free product for sale, but not impossible! I hope to handle our cows and steers with respect and consider them partners in life. They play an important role in helping us to manage land so as not to over graze or simply extract all we can from the land in the short run. to I eat our beef, but not to exclusion or in my opinion excess. It is not always easy to rationalize this position, but I have no doubt that I have given extensive time and meditation to the position I take regarding food. Peace
  15. good day practice 13th Sat early morning Long Form standing Dao yin yangsheng gong evening in addtion late night 12th i did 45 min standing Zhan Zhong ... rotating thru 5 postures and finally some single finger standing 5 individual and the one triple warmer total 53 min not so good today busy packing and hosting quaker meeting now i will try long form at easy rhythm speed hopefully right side and left side practice it has been a month since i did two R and L