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  1. Hi all. I watched this last night and thought it was very good. I've been practicing for three and a half years and over the curse, have identified how Taoist the martial art's philosophy is. This documentary explains it all... I see that there are a lot of Bagua and Tai Chi practitioners on here but not many talk about Wing Chun. I'm quite interested in learning more from the Bagua and Tai Chi philosophies too to draw on similarities more than anything. So anyone with anything to say on any Taoist martial arts, please go ahead
  2. Hey everybody,

    We tend to use nicknames, and I chose mine as Leir. The “Fox” comes as an add-on, because I long developed a liking for the fox symbol and its dualistic characteristics. I’m from Brazil, and so, if you ever see me writing anything that doesn’t make much sense or comprehension, I forwardly apologize. English is a second language to me, and I still have a lot to learn. I stumbled into Taoism as a road for another path I was following in life: the pick-up. I used to try to be a pick-up artist, and while I was in this process, I realized how much controversy and pain I was creating – for my life and for people around me. It was only when I reached a group called “Attraction Institute,” that I started realizing the pick-up’s controversies to me. I readied one of their ebooks, which quoted one of the most profound quotes I’ve ever read, from Tao Te Ching: Success is as dangerous as failure, Hope is as hollow as fear What does it mean that success is as dangerous as failure? Whether you go up the ladder or down it, Your position is shaky When you stand with two feet on the ground, You will always keep your balance What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear? Hope and fear are both phantoms, That arise from thinking of the self. When you don’t see the self as the self, What do you have to fear? After that, I’ve grown particularly interested on Taoism. Since then, I browsed some subjects related to this path, like Feng Shui and Do-In (being the only ones that I really put into practice), and heard about I-Ching, Chi-Kung and various forms of Kung-Fu practices. I am also training Aikido, and both the philosophy and the techniques seem to relate a lot with Taoism, too. This forum seems to have lots of involvement with the other Taoism practices I’ve been in touch, so I believe I may find more people to discuss this subject, not to mention some “off-topic” practices I also find interesting (such as No-Fap for Jing energy and other benefits). Not to mention the fact that meeting other people that share similar loves gives a boost to it. I know few people that really enjoy this area. So, that’s it for an introduction, I think. The rest will come out with time. Peace,
  3. Staring at walls.

    Hello to all. This is a little bit of self advertising which I hope doesn't offend. For the past seven years I have been sitting for an oil painter for about 6-10 hrs./week. It has been an interesting journey and near the beginning I was finding it hard to stay awake. I came across Dr Stephen T. Chang's book of Internal Exercises and started practicing to see if it would help. Well seven years later over 20 paintings have been created and many hrs. of taoist meditation practice: and yes it did work. This last year culminated to an art show of all the paintings. Also from studying (and meeting) Dr Stephen Chang who is a great scholar of the Tao Te Ching, I was inspired to edit James Legge's classic, the "Tao Te Ching" to make it gender neutral, and hopefully less cryptic. I have enjoyed in particular James Legge's translation after studying many other translations by different authors, but always felt it was male orientated and also slightly Christian based (not that that is negative). So I set out on the path of re-writing it. I thought this would be straight forward, but found that every paragraph and expression that I approached felt worthy of being contemplated upon, sometimes for weeks and/or months! Anyway it's done, and available and this is what I am sharing in this post:) Below is the link. I would warmly appreciate feedback if anyone feels to buy and cherish. The price may seem high compared to other copies but the book publishing costs take a large %, and anyway it is a priceless item! Love and blessings to all that cultivate. x
  4. Hey guys! Lately, I've been struggling about what my belief falls under. I have made a post in my introduction to this site that stated this question, and I will quote it below: I've been looking things up and it is pretty confusing. I also associate myself with atheist pages on facebook and they do say I can be a Buddhist Atheist but not a Taoist Atheist because apparently Taoists look up/worship deities? Also while I'm at it, I do have a question regarding homosexuality. What is the general view of homosexuality to Taoists? I will struggling following a belief that condemns love. I know Buddhism is rather alright with it albeit there is no firm statement about it. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hello everyone! It's very easy to notice the great simmilarity of (Neo-)Paganism and Daoism. Worship of nature, herbal remedies, meditation and other spiritual practices, magic, superstition (astrology etc.)... What is your opinion on Paganism? What are the main differences between Paganism and Daoism? In what way can they complement each other? I'm looking forward to hear your opinions!
  6. Hello everyone! How do you personally interpret Wu Wei - non-action? Do you see it as being passive, phlegmatic, "going with the flow"? Do you see it as being so skilled in something, that it becomes natural for you to do it, without effort? I believe Wu Wei can be accomplished by great practice and learning in a field. When you have a goal or a dream and you are set on it, you must act based on what's most natural to you and what seems to be the easiest, non-agressive and natural way. I don't think Wu Wei denotes passivity or having no plans or goals, but just that you accomplish those things in the most efficient and elegant way. It's simmilar to Occams razor - we examine and accect the simplest, most elegant theory. Wu Wei is accepting the most elegant and simple, most natural action to accomplish something. When one has attained Wu Wei, one does the right thing without much thinking. It is natural to him. It is a higher state of consciousness. It can be called enlightment. Am I on the right track? What do you think? Thanks in advance! --- P.S. If there was a simmilar topic or if this is the wrong subforum, I apologize!
  7. What is the most accurate (most 'chinese-like' the way Chinese understand it) translation of Chang Tzu? Can someone link me to it on Amazon, B&N or ABE? Thanks
  8. Takaaki's "American Taoism"

    Over in the topic for ch. 10 of the Daodejing, Takaaki starting delineating his concept of American Taoism, and got in trouble for being off topic. I'm pretty fascinated (as a Taoist, and an American, and possibly but I'm not sure an American Taoist.) So here's a place where it's unequivocally on topic.
  9. Hey, Nice to have stumbled across this. Probably won't be here often, but good to know it exists. The more I practice, the more it reveals itself to me from the simplest decisions I make to the responses I receive from clients. Peace out.
  10. Spirituality Podcast

    I am the co-host of a podcast on the subject of spirituality. It's called The Dais. My co-host, Jayne Fox, and I interview people about their spirituality in a non-confrontational way. We haven't really touched on eastern religions or philosophical disciplines yet. If anyone is interested in being a guest on our podcast to discuss the basic tenets of Taoism, I'd love to hear from you. Email is best. [email protected] Thanks, and hello to all.
  11. Yes - TTC, ping-fa and the first emperor together, as indeed they were at the founding of China. All part of a cleverly contrived effort to bring an end to the period of the warring states and found an empire for the millennia. The story is all here for the reading: But you can get a little bit of the ping-fa expose here -
  12. Here is a page with video teachings by Michael Tse covering a wide range of topics including Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation, and Taoism Tse Qigong Centre videos-
  13. Taoist Kunlun Mountain School, Dayan Wild Goose Qigong One of the most famous qigong schools in modern times is the Taoist Kunlun mountain school of Dayan Wild Goose Qigong. Dayan Qigong began to be developed in the Kunlun Shan mountains which are to the west of China and north of Tibet, during the Jin Dynasty 1800 years ago. Since Kunlun Shan is traditionally a place of great spiritual power, the inhabitants of the Kunlun mountain range were Daoist monks, and they shared Kunlun Shan with the Bar Headed Wild Geese, which are also spiritual symbols and birds of great ability and longevity. The monks would observe how the birds moved, lived, rested, recuperated, etc. and they began developing exercises and movements based on how the bar headed geese behaved. The monks combined their knowledge of Chinese medical principles and spiritual meditation with the bird's natural movements to create an extremely powerful, graceful, and natural system of healing and exercise. The wild goose system was inherited by the 27th lineage holder Grandmaster Yang Meijun who began learning at 13 years of age, from her Grandfather who had learned it from a Taoist monk from Kunlun mountains. Info on Kunlun Shan mountain range, including some of the largest mountains in the world Kunlun Mountains - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Dayan Wild Goose Qigong was kept secret, taught only from teacher to disciple once per generation. The 27th generation lineage holder was Grandmaster Yang Meijun. Her life was legenary, she lived in a very difficult and dangerous China, and yet still lived to be 108. She could see a person's Qi, and she could emit 5 types of flower fragrance energy. She could easily emit energy to make a person shake. She could see and receive messages and read thoughts from a long ways away, as her sky-eye (3rd eye), and sky-door (at the top of the head) were opened due to practicing every night with her grandfather at 3:00 am. One time, I think during war, she was buried alive by soldiers. She used her abiltiy to use very little oxygen and to breath through her skin and pores. They thought she was dead, so they buried her alive rather than kill her. When they left she was able to dig her way out. After the cultural revolution Grandmaster Yang Meijun decided it was the right time to make Wild Goose Qigong known to the world, and she began to open up and teach publicly. Some information about this school.- http://www.qimagazin...ayanqigong.html More- Possible Society of California http://sevenstarswil...goosesystem.htm http://users.erols.c.../wildgoose.html Youtube clips of the cultivation forms and exercises- Wild Goose form 1, 64 post natal qigong movements- Wild Goose 2, 64 pre-natal qigong movements- Wild Goose patting and cupping meridians qigong- Wild Goose Kunlun Bagua Qigong- Wild Goose Spiral Qigong and development of refined dan or inner elixer energy- YouTube - Wild Goose Qigong 4 DVD Preview Wild Goose Soft Palm Qigong- YouTube - Wild Goose Qigong 5 DVD Preview Wild Goose Back stretching- Wild Goose 5 elements, 8 bagua steps, and 7 star big dipper long distance vision Dan qigong- Wild Goose Fragrance Qigong YouTube - Wild Goose Qigong 9 Full Youtube videos Here is the complete set of the first 64 movements, developing the post-natal Qi- or another version The second 64 movements, developing the original pre-natal Qi- or another version Dvd of the first couple sets Dayan Qigong, a popular Chinese qigong, belonging to Kunlun school in Taoism. It is so cool how these are movements of developing energy, and cultivating the bodies functions and systems, based on the movements of the Bar Headed Goose. The Bar Headed goose is a very special bird. It is a symbol of lengevity. It can fly higher than any other bird I know of, and travel over 1000 miles in a day. The Bar Headed goose has been seen flying over Mt. Everest. The ancient Taoists of Kunlun Shan knew the special significance of these birds, and mimicked the methods of energy development that the birds performed naturally and instictively. Some people may not be aware that animals naturally and instinctively are practicing Qigong all the time. it is only humans that need to learn, or re-learn, how to do it. Animals are already in tune with nature in their proper way. They can posses fierceness and strength to do things humans just can't. This is primarily due to their use of universal life energy from the universe. They know what to do and when, and they are aware of many things. They naturally open, close, and connect their acupuncture points in the way they move and the positions they sleep in for example. Video about the Bar Headed Goose- http://videos.howstu...goose-video.htm Kunlun Mountains-
  14. Wu Dang Temple Monks

    National Geographic documentary "Wu Dang Temple Monks"-
  15. A part of a BBC investigative series about religion. Here the religious and spiritual systems of China are examined including the principles and practice of Taoism- [media][/media ] [media][/media ]
  16. Teachers in History

    Throughout the ages one common teaching can be seen to have been taught . The One God, the God that is All, that is the One totality of everything. Amilius- Edgar Cayce on Atlantis
  17. Sacred Writings of Different Past Cultures Tao Te Ching- Tao Te Ching - Translated by J. Legge Bhagavad-gita- Sacred Books of the East Vol. 8: The Bhagavad-Gt Index Dead Sea Scrolls- Dead Sea Scrolls - Qumran Library http://www.bibliotec...ea.htm#contents Sepher Yezirah- Sepher Yezirah Index Early Christian writings, Apocrypha, Gnostic Gospels- Early Christian Writings: New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers Holy Bible- KJV Bible -- Browse Holy Quran- The Koran -- Browse Zend Avesta- http://www.sacred-te...ndex.htm#avesta Tipitaka info- Buddhist Studies: Texts of Buddhist Scriptures Scriptures of Mahayana buddism- Mahayana Buddhist Sutras In English Tibetan Book of the Dead- The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali- http://acaryadeva-ne...The Yoga Sutras Nostradamus Centuries- Nostradamus Index The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran- Timaeus and Critias by Plato- TIMAEUS CRITIAS The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall- http://www.sacred-te...o/sta/index.htm Egyptian Book of the Dead- The Egyptian Book of the Dead Index The Pyramid Texts- http://www.sacred-te...y/pyt/index.htm The Emerald Tablets of Thoth- The Emerald Tablets of Thoth Those are a few I could think of, feel free to add to the list. What I see is an underlying common message, what it is all about in the end is spiritual cultivation and enlightenment.