Cheshire Cat

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  1. Is there anything that an anonymous guy on this board could say to discourage you from pursuing this kind of practice?
  2. Does that mean that the Buddha had only 31 special signs? Are pictorial and iconographic sources less important that textual sources? Why?
  3. Why the buddha didn't shave his head? General answer is that he didn't need that discipline as much as his other monks, but according to this logic the Buddha doesn't do if he doesn't need to... and it supports the idea that the Buddha's regime of life is essential to enlightenment, even after enlightenment itself. I think that there must be a positive reason for him not to shave his head.
  4. Some say it does, but none managed to provide scientific evidence for that claim. I feel that Bates' book (available for free) is worth reading. There are many different neigong philosophies, but they all have the ambition of creating an immortal body with the substances of the mortal body. The mortal body is the cauldron and it must be healthy in order to be useful for neidan. All of the "nourishing life" methods have the specific purposes of curing/preventing illness and prolonging life. The idea is that any illness prevents the practitioner from achieving the result. The subject of vision is not widely explored because IMHO this could very well be the measure of the efficacy of specific qigong routines... but people are more interested in developing bizarre tactile sensations in their MCO's points.
  5. So Many Qigong Traditions : How To Approach ?

    This might be the case, but the current situation which leads people into believing that any qigong will do as long as it triggers some sort of tingling sensations here and there... could as well confirm my idea that quality is so diluited in the industry that you can't expect anything more than "Qi flow" aka tactile sensations and subtle muscle movements. Unless it's really foolish to expect something more. Teachers who work in the industry -unlike anonymous forum commentators- have businesses to run and I would not expect a fair exploration of the subject coming from them for obvious reasons. Also, I live in a country where you can't advertise anything as a treatment that can have a major impact on uncurable health problems, unless you have solid scientific evidences... and cultural habits may influence my view on this matter. That said, I can't understand what you're saying in your last post. Why should a teacher abandon his tradition? After seing what?
  6. That's just because I'm not a Mopai Warlord
  7. According to the theory and practice of bates method, myopia and astigmatism are caused by chronic muscular tensions. Those tensions can be cured with the practice of simple eye exercises. But apparently, meditation -with all its power to relax- can't cure eye problems. There are many neigong books which stress the importance of having healthy eyes and even suggest improbable exercises in the attempt to offer a cure. I think that the book "the secret of the golden flower" is very significant because it plainly states that the eyes are "the handles of the big dipper" and the Ming version of the text goes even further by explaining that it's not easy for the blind to achieve the result. The eyes are connected with the energy system and if your vision is impaired, your energy system is equally impaired: certain pathways may be inactives and the currents may run in different directions. it's not easy to heal the eyes and MCO can't surely do it.
  8. So Many Qigong Traditions : How To Approach ?

    To say that any practice of dubious origins which proclaims itself "Qigong" can have a major impact on uncurable health problems ... is a bold statement. Don't you think?
  9. So Many Qigong Traditions : How To Approach ?

    The industry favors quantity over quality. How do I know that? It's extremely rare that a qigong/neigong teacher criticizes another teacher: there's enough business for everyone and a critic-train could have an high chance of damaging the industry for good.
  10. When your practices manage to heal your eyes to the point of perfect eyesight, you can progress and work for real on the nervous system. MCO cannot heal your eyes and that should tell you something...
  11. Rebirth????

    Suppose that as the flame reaches the bottom of a candle, we put the wick of a new candle to the flame of the old candle and catch the flame from the old candle to the new one. The flame on the old candle goes out and the flame has now been transmitted to the new candle. Is it the same flame or a different flame? From one angle we can say it is the same flame because it follows in continuity, it belongs to the same series. But now the flame is burning with a new physical base, with a new candle as its support. It is burning up new particles of air, new pieces of wax, a new section of wick. We say it is the same flame as the flame of the old candle because it caught fire from that and it continues the succession. But there is no absolute identity of one flame with the other, because of the conditions contributing to that flame. But we can't say that it is a different flame. To call it a different flames would not be in conformity with conventional usage.
  12. Childhood, depression and budhism

    The Buddha would agree with me that if there's no rebirth, then there's no need to leave your luxurious sakya castle, suffer penances for an indefinite number of years.... in order to be free from suffering for the last decades of your life. You can play around as much as you like, but if you're serious about this quest, just ask to real Buddhists if they believe in rebirth or not. That's just heretic Daemon's Buddhism. BTW... Discover what? :-)
  13. Childhood, depression and budhism

    Buddhists believe in Rebirth and Hindus believe in Reincarnation. I never asserted that reincarnation is intrinsic to buddhism
  14. Childhood, depression and budhism

    It sounds good on words and I'm glad that you don't need any of the beautiful things that you deserve in life in order to be happy and content, but I'm pretty sure that you won't easily give away any of those very things to the first stranger who comes knocking at your door. You ponder that for sure you're not overly attached nor dependent upon the outcomes and it feels good to think like that, but in my opinion the truth is that -at most- you're just more grateful for what you already have and obviously not willing to renounce anything in particular. It's a sound state of mind, but you don't really need buddhism to achieve that: it' enough to travel and see the world outside of the U.S. In my opinion, this is the narrative of the 5% engagement buddhism that it's widely spread in the West. It's not bad. It might be beneficial and it's a nice way to meet good hearted people. A buddhist practice is considered to be no different, nor necessarily better than a rebirthing session, a reiki healing or a weekend seminar to become a fully functional shaman. Of course, this is not a real buddhist view. As long as buddhism stands in a well defined margin of consideration in your life without threatening your other hobbies and passions, it'll make for a wonderful recreative activity. But the truth is that you absolutely need to believe in rebirth just for the basic teachings to make sense and if you're inclined to spirituality, there's the risk that you fully embrace buddhism and the good things won't be there anymore. I'm familiar with many of your friend's ideas, but my conclusions are different. It's true that we all suffer and it's true that it's possible to strongly embrace buddhism with meditation practices to get rid of suffering (or most of it). There are strong evidences that suffering is an integral component of the beautiful condition of being alive and the consequences are that if you get rid of suffering, you necessarily get rid of the experience of living fully. I feel that it's much more worthy to live than not to live. I agree that a westernized superficial practice of buddhism might be a very nice thing to do, but I should object about the extreme usefulness of doing it.
  15. Childhood, depression and budhism

    I wasted many years of my life with Buddhism and I've lost many great opportunities that life offered to me because of putting "spirituality" in the place of the most important thing in my life. Buddhism is based on the dogmatic belief in rebirth which has NO empirical basis and CANNOT be proven apart from the hallucinations of certain individuals who claim to remember stuff. You turn to spirituality because you seek the tools to get answers... and you're given 2000 yrs old BS. Many people don't take spirituality as something important, but just as a hobby. And they are perfectly fine with Buddhism because it has very little impact on their lives. The teachings of samsara are not depressive, but they are a key element in a set of teachings that promotes escapism from reality IN ORDER TO AVOID SUFFERING which is philosophically conceived as being eternal. It turns out that if you avoid suffering and desire, you suppress your human nature itself just because some ignorant philosophers said that you're going to reincarnate. Embrace life, cultivate desire, strive to achieve goals, don't waste your precious time with meditation and GIVE a purpose to your life.