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  1. The difference between Chi Kung and Nei Kung

    The first and the third books are translations of the so called 'Blue Book' which is a Chinese edition of lectures and talks that WLP gave over several years in 1990-s and earlier 2000-s. The second book in your list, N. Brine's one, is a systematic outline of WLP's teachings. This is actually volume 1 in a planned series of books. As far as I know, WLP actually strong armed N Brine to write this book as WLP felt that endless re-editions of the same blue books are just confusing. If you want to feel how WLP's system works from the very beginning, start with Nathan's book. Also, the first book of R. Liao contains some translations of texts relevant to the lineage. I'm not sure if Nathan included any texts in his book or not.
  2. WLP's retreats in the west are usually run from hotels' conference rooms which could be located on any floor, from 1st to 4th in my experience. All of the retreats yield tangible results regardless of the floor. Also, once you have developed enough sensitivity you will notice how huge the difference is between being in nature (forest with big trees) and in a building. So I'd say the difference is between practicing in a building or in nature rather than which floor in the building.
  3. Cushions for meditation

    A usual transition is from 6" cushion to 2-3" buckwheat cushion to 1-2" wooden board. A wooden board is still cheating as traditionally a cultivator is supposed to sit on the floor in padmasana. Chair sitting is not good because of several reasons. First, your hip flexors become unduly strained, and second you won't be able to engage pelvic floor muscle group as it should be. So if you meditate for calming the mind and reflect on metta, chair is OK. If you goal is to move to deep internal work, you should be aiming at transitioning to the floor (see paragraph above).
  4. What do you think would be a better translation of the title? Just curious.
  5. Jiang Feng

    After he tragically passed away, his students sort of disappeared from the public sites. At least I haven't come across of any of them mentioning his teachings since then.
  6. No more right-wing bullshit.

    In response to the highlighted section, this is not entirely true. There is an ongoing thread about LiuHeBaFa right now, for example. Also, let's not forget that Shaun does not hire somebody to post on specific topics. It is us, membership, who make the posts. Why don't you start with topics you'd like to see the most and maintain them to your liking? The forum is as good as its membership is, simple.
  7. Jing to Qi - a Technical Question

    Your understanding of what jing and qi is will be changing with your practice, as well as jing-qi transformation and the role of xiatian/dantian. Best is not to think about theory too much and practice more. It is the practice that will give you the answers. To make it more clear, xiatian/dantian changes with practice, as well as its role in the process of transformation. With this, there is no one definitive answer to your and similar questions because the answers are dependent on your actual level of practice.
  8. A Question About Sugar...

    I don't agree that fruits are not sugar. This is my opinion based on my personal meal consumption statistics over several decades. I have some medical condition which results in some inflammation when I consume more than certain amount of 'sugary' food. This condition certainly responds to the processed sugars. But in the same fashion it responds to the sugary fruits especially such as mango, nectarine and peaches (from greenhouse). With this, I have my own benchmarks for myself as to how much 'sugary' food (including fruits) I can eat so that my condition does not flare up. On a slightly side note, modern and highly (genetically)modified fruits have nothing to do with the fruits even from 50 years ago. This could be the reason. Everybody makes their own judgement, but when an apple is a size of a small watermelon and a nectarine contains more fructose that a bucket of peaches from 100 year old, I'm not sure we can call those chemical implements fruits any more.
  9. Who is Loneman Pai?

    Whatever neigong system you do, it will affect the health condition, and this change can be in any direction, desirable or not. The proved lineages are good exactly because of this - you can trace back for at least three generations and see how people practicing the system were doing. Otherwise one may have impressive results at the moment but long term - not so much.
  10. The Secret of the Golden Flower is taiyi jinhua zongzhi (I hope I did it right) which is chapters 14A-B in the book. For the beginners (such as myself) there are two distinct practices there: opening the 3rd eye with li, and An Shen Zu Qiao. WLP usually teaches the first one in the beginning, and the second one in the end. It is recommended that one has done good volume of pore breathing and xiatian (lower field/dantian) work before starting with the 3rd eye. Another comment re the book: it is NOT a textbook and it is NOT a map for WLP's teaching. In my view the content of the book is more like a collection of transcripts of WLP's talks and guided meditation from 90-s and early 2000-s that are combined in almost random order. Those who attended at least one retreat will figure out what is what. Otherwise it is very difficult to figure out how to build practice based on this book.
  11. Yes this new book includes the Yin Xian Fa although it was translated to English as 'Attracting Immortality'. To be honest, now that I've received the book myself and had a chance to quickly flip through it, I see how it could be confusing. I'd say even more, the impression from the book is very different than from WLP's retreats. With this, for any new readers and anybody new to WLP's system, I'd recommend start reading from chapters 3A and 3B, and after that jump right to chapters 13A and 13B which is Attracting Immortality (Yin Xian Fa), and after that to 14A-B. This will give you more feel of how current WLP's retreats are structured. Also, on a general note, some technical Chinese terms were translated to English which also can be confusing. Here are some of them: - shen - translated as 'spirit' - Jing - translated as 'essence' - ling - translated as 'life force' - Xiatian (what is usually referred to as dantian) - translated as lower field. I see how these translation choices could also be confusing.
  12. To OP: To distinguish a real benchmark from delusion, you'll have to meet an accomplished master at some point in your training. You need this to feel what the real qi is like. Maybe or already have it, maybe not, but without meeting a real master you will never know. It is impossible to describe online. Otherwise, freeform's road map is an excellent resource for safe training, IMO.
  13. You could start with the pore breathing practice, this is how WLP starts with new students. The chapter to begin with is 'Attracting Immortality' which has 12 methods. It starts from the very basics and unfolds into whatever depth you can manage.
  14. I've attended some of WLP's retreats. Daoist walking, tree qigong, and sleeping practice are usually taught at the retreat very close to how they are described in the book. It does not mean that a verbal description is complete because there is always a lot more to them then you can put in any description. When you are on the retreat, you absorb the teaching not only verbally but with all you body and spirit and everything integrates inside you body. It is like you would play a violin on its own and then you would play it as a part of the symphony orchestra - as you can imagine the difference is huge even though the violin is absolutely the same and the tune is absolutely the same.