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  1. Becoming a Taoist Priest: The correct how to..

    @Taoist Priest Welcome! It would be great if you begin a thread in the daoist section. the questions you post in the OP are very interesting. Some months ago we had a discussion about westerners becoming priests and the partial conclussion was that westernes (generally speaking) lack the time and training to be a fully ordained daoshi. But this was more focussed in Quanzhen. What could you say about that? How is the training for a westerner in Zhengyi? Also, do you have a neidan trainig? (Perhaps integrated into ritual trainig as Michael Saso explained in his book about master Chuang).
  2. Nikkido (The Way of the Diary)

    I was looking for another thing and found a book, in the Japan National Library, about how to write diaries. Unfortunately, that book is not online for reading or downloading (besides, it will be in Japanese...). Maybe it is related to what Taomeow said before.
  3. Damo Mitchell? tell me what you think

    Not responding personally to Wilhem, but in order to widen the research framework for people who are reading this stuff for the first time it could be useful to keep in mind that there are northern lineages consisting only in moving neidan. In others lineages (some Longmen and Yuxian) you have moving, walking, sleeping and sitting exercises and even in others (southern) you have static yoga-like postures. So, I think it is better not to restrict the neidan training to seated processes .And we are only speaking about Quan Zhen offshoots here, Zhengyi uses alchemical exercises too but in a ritual context.
  4. Discussion On Immortals

    @Iliketurtles you can find top scholars on facebook. You have F. Pregadio and his fb group neidan studies, focused in scholarly research. There are other too.
  5. Wai Dan

    Maybe in the following links you can find something of interest: https://classicalchinesemedicine.org/the-flagship-remedy-of-chinese-medicine-reflections-on-the-toxicity-and-safety-of-aconite/ https://classicalchinesemedicine.org/single-herbs-huangjing/
  6. Wai Dan

    As far I am aware of, the most serious and open discussion of waidan in the context of Chinese Medicine can be found here https://classicalchinesemedicine.org/conversations-with-the-salt-doctor/
  7. Potent Systems

    @Antares what do you call ming channels? The eight extraordinary vessels?
  8. What Sebastian has said covers well enough the OP' question. I should add that "traditional teachers" is not a good description. Traditional teachers in buddhist traditions teach a lot of visualization... unless they are dzogchen, in which case maybe they teach none. Daoism teach it in a lot of schools (specially zhengyi ones) but it is not encouraged in neidan, although some times it is allowed to use intention or feeling.
  9. desire in Taoism

    @exorcist_1699 could you elaborate a little more about the process of sublimation? It is done in silent sitting, zuo wang? or some other kind of no mind exerciese?
  10. Is taoist breathing compatible with 6-pack abs?

    @freeform as I understand, muscle tension is what hinders qi circulation. Chronic tension is the worst scenario but some exercises like Yijinjing could be counterproductive if you don't relax enough after each cycle (the same for other qigong exercises involving some degree of tension). So, how is that planck is good? I think that even if you engages your connective tissue you will need to sustain muscle tension. Or perhaps you are avoiding muscle tension at all?
  11. @Taomeow Did you employ some of the Bazi calculation methods? Or a different kind of analysis?
  12. Taoist classics (free download)

    Hello Bums, I had a problem with my hard drive. Do you know were I could download these texts again?
  13. Daoist associations?

    @Walker (mainly but not exclusively) Nathan said they are Daoshi, not Daozhang, as far I know Daoshi is mainly used in a Zheng Yi context but, is it wrong to use in a longmen branch? The other case I am aware and is, perhaps, akin to what we are talking now is Micheal Rinaldini who is priest and conducst ordinations in USA but is not a monk and does not ordains monks but priests. And, what about the longmen priests in Singapore? They are married and have secular studies and jobs. I mean, is this something irregular or there is a mechanism thats allows different kinds of ordination?
  14. If I am not wrong, disciples of that teacher are now grouped in Comunidad Taoista Española and similar local spanish associations. You can find them on facebook with that name.
  15. Here you have some resources: http://tommazanec.com/blog/2017/06/14/how-and-why-to-learn-classical-chinese/ there you can find many books and explanations. Here some links with useful works: https://religiousstudies.stanford.edu/people/john-kieschnick/primer-chinese-buddhist-writings http://www.iub.edu/~e103/306/C306-Main.html For the specific time you are looking for the best resources are Eno's books (link above) and Fuller's Introduction to literary Chinese (mentioned in the first link). Good luck!