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  1. Perhaps I should add that while a cemetery is the best yin location and midnight is the most yin time, visiting a cemetery at midnight might be not such a good idea mainly because of some vigilant citizens if they notice you there at that time.
  2. The best yin location is a cemetery. The best yin time is midnight. Just visit a cemetery around midnight and you should be OK. With food, steamed veges should be good enough for yin. Have you tried doing yin yoga before going to sleep?
  3. Daoists in popular literature and film

    Recently, there is an increasing interest in China with 'web novels' and large part of it is 'cultivation novels' that focus on daoist cultivation. My favourites are 'I Shall Seal the Heavens': https://www.wuxiaworld.com/novel/i-shall-seal-the-heavens and 'A Will Eternal': https://www.wuxiaworld.com/novel/a-will-eternal The first one is more dramatic and bitter one, the second is more lighthearted. They are huge, about 1500 chapters each. You can read first several dozens of chapters for free and then you'll have to pay.
  4. Best Online Neigong Training? (Non-Religious)

    For sitting, I study Wang Liping's system. The system is far from what you wrote above. At home, I eat two times a day and I'm fine. When I go to Wang Liping's retreats, I eat three times a day and they are full nutritious meals. The reason for that is that at the level 1, the system works with all internal tissue in a highly intensive manner, so sometimes the impression is you just did a gym session. Although you can make a session as physical or as subtle as you want and as it suitable for you at the moment. So quiet sitting is not only relaxation. Damo Mitchell is open when he says he has had many teachers, both in movements and in meditation. In movements, he teaches qigong and daoyin (at least at level 1), so you choose what is best for you. As you have studied many systems, you already know that following one teacher does not always work for most students as bodies are vastly different and people keep looking for what suits them more. I mean marrying to one system could be good in theory, but in practice it may not work.
  5. Best Online Neigong Training? (Non-Religious)

    Damo Mitchell has pretty good material available remotely. If you manage to attend 1-2 of his events (that are fully booked 6 months prior) per year, you will be well positioned. But this is only for the movement part of the practice. It is unclear from your OP what exactly you need/want to focus on, movements or silent sitting. Silent sitting is another issue. It will depend on how you resonate with a system, being that dao, Buddhism, yoga, or something else. As well as your location.
  6. That was a beautiful write-up from the daoist disciple, Yueya, thanks for posting.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. What do you think would be a better translation of the title? Just curious.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.