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  1. Hello everyone! I'm new here and also relatively new to the Daoist arts, although I have read quite a bit already. I would like your opinions on the Xingyi and Bagua abilities of a teacher (pretty much the only teacher nearby) I found. Here are a couple of videos: I'm mainly interested in learning Bagua, but I'm not sure if it is worth the time and money investment to learn from him (or alternatively just focus on Xingyi and/or learn from vidoes). He seems to teach Xingyi and Taiji mainly and those seem pretty legit. But I'd be grateful for any input from those more experienced in these arts! Thanks!
  2. This is the syllabus of an advanced program for the Taoist Path to Extrasensory Projection by The Tao Applied (Sifu Eric Randolph's school). In the words of Sifu: "If you are accepted, you get to learn how to use skills include but are not limited to telepathy, clairvoyance, superhuman strength, and immortality." Pinned to the top here will be Sifu Eric's syllabus. I am creating this as inspired by the Flying Phoenix thread started by a student of the system 8 years ago, who turned it into a great community where Sifu Terry Dunn interacts directly with his students. Sifu Eric and I hope that this will grow into a good community with lively and happy engagement for everyone. Sifu's normal classes outside of this are here at Year 1 Extra Sensory Basics 101:Chi Balls Class 1A: Manifesting Chi 1B: Moving Chi from sitting to standing to moving fluidly Golden Flower Class 1A: Obtaining Stillness 1B: The Three Levels of Extra-Sensory Physical Sight 2A: Of Light and Shadow Sight Sitting, Standing, Moving Fluidly 2B: Auric Sight Sitting, Standing, Moving Fluidly 2C: Astral Sight Sitting, Standing, Moving Fluidly Astro Logic: Understanding Planetary Functions and Stellar Phenomena Understanding the Planetary Matrix: The Study of Seasons Understanding the Breath: This class focuses on different methods of breathing and the phenomena that the differences physiologically create. Year 2 Qigong: The Understanding of How to Flow How to Move the Chi 1A: The Elements Basic Elements Earth: Grounded Air: Movement Fire: Action and Non-Action (Wei and Wu-Wei) Water: Connection Flow Advanced Elements Earth, Wood, Gold, Diamond Trembling Fire, Hearth, and Engulfing Air, Moving Within and Moving Around Water, Solid to Liquid to Gas and Reverse Year 3 Healing the Self, Mentally, Emotionally, and Physically The Body: A Trinity of Symbiotic Wisdom Healing through Sight, Touch, Sound, Taste, Thought, and Emotion Elemental Healing Earth Air Fire Water: Through the 7 senses Year 4 Advanced Healing Telepathy Clairvoyance Wave Physics and Fluid Dynamics for Moving Large Objects The Art of Immortality Astral Travel Planetary travel Time and Space Travel Year 5 The Skill of Immortality and Research
  3. Looking for Fruitful Discussion!

    Hello everyone! I have been studying Tai Ji for over 12 years. Started at a San Diego, CA school, Jing Institute, learning Yang 24. I progressed through all compulsory forms (Yang 40, Sun 73, Wu 54, Chen 56, Competition Forms, Chen Sword, Broadsword, Staff, and that weird Kung Fu/Tai Ji Fan), won a few local tournaments. Had to move to Los Angeles for college where I practiced Karate, JJJ, Systema, Wing Chun and Bujinkan (Ninjutsu style). I never missed a week of Tai Ji practice since I started. Tai Ji is my rock. My central philosophies regarding existence, martial arts, self defense, health and leading a good life really took hold thanks to ideas and concepts I learned through Tai Ji which were derived from Taoism and Buddhism. I have been hunting for fruitful discussion conceptual discussion and have had little luck. I never aim to offend, but I am not afraid to voice my opinion. My ideal to only speak truth from my perspective and I am happy to hear other points of view. My words are just words and I would never force anyone to take my position. So please know that I do my best to begin a conversation from a place of agreement and attempt to find the point at which I and another disagree before providing evidence for my position. No need to defend a position if we both agree, right? Thank you for maintaining this forum and let us understand each other so we can grow together! -Tie Xiong Ji
  4. heloo

    My name is roman and i have been doing taiji for many years now. I am looking forward to talk to you guys here.. have a great day
  5. Motion in Stillness There’s motion in stillness The old master said As the student stood steadfast A million thoughts racing through his head As he stood steadfast holding the pose his mind churning frantically and his anxiety rose he stood for five minutes every nerve screaming in pain he said to himself No never! Never ever again But such is the the lot Of folks of his kind Once something enters It doesn’t exit his mind So he stood again the next and the day after that and everyday since that day in an unseemly half squat As the days turned into weeks and the weeks into months what used to bring tears hardly even made him grunt Then one day he realized his mind had become still and his thoughts fell to the bottom like an ungainly swill what remained afloat was a crystal clear thing it was bereft of everything yet it wasn’t nothing Then the motion he noticed rose from its depth it was the movement of spirit it floated and leapt Then he remembered what the old master said there’s motion in stillness and it’s not the junk in your head
  6. Here's a hypothetical topic of discussion (and knowledge mining) -- If you were given the choice and ability to create a Daoist community (let's say in the US), what would you consider to be integral parts of such a community? How would you go about building one? Is such a place even practical or possible in today's world?
  7. A thought has been pounding on the doors of my intellect since many years, but I do think it's becoming more pronounced and emphatic off late. The cautionary advice from a little voice in my head is "What's the rush? Relax, Enjoy, move when you have to". The context being - cultivation and practice. Yes, we have to practice. For some of us it is an imperative that cannot be controlled. Not that I'm saying it should... But to practice with a set time window (I'm going to practice 90 minutes everyday) somehow dilutes the process of practice. Practice should last as long as we can flow, vibrate with the energy. My teacher cautioned me - He said "if you practice with a lot of things on your mind, about things that need to be done, chores that need to be tended to, your Qi will get "programmed" to be agitated in a similar manner. If you want the full benefit of your practice, just be patient, let it happen. If you have to stand in preparation form for 90 minutes, so be it. It can be the most powerful practice you'll have ever done..because you will find stillness and the motion that lies within" This I feel is a central concept of being Wei Wu Wei. To not be in a hurry, to be relaxed...enjoying the present moment. Then we will be in harmony within ourselves, and also the universe.
  8. About strength training in Taijiquan: "David Gaffney (co-author of the excellent Chen Style Taijiquan) has an article on chen tai chi strength training (PDF) that mentions methods such as stone lifting, pole shaking, the taiji bang (short stick), taiji ball (akin to a medicine ball), and training with intentionally heavy weapons: "While it may come as a surprise to many, strength training is not a new phenomenon in Taijiquan. In the past, it represented one aspect of an all-encompassing training process. In Chenjiagou, within the garden where 14th Generation Chen clan member Chen Changxin is said to have taught Yang Luchan, founder of Yang style Taijiquan, can still be found an eighty kilogram stone weight that they are said to have regularly trained with. Traditional strength training methods such as pole shaking and practicing with heavy weapons continue to be used up until today. ... Lifting heavy stones is done as a means to training the waist and lower body. Chen Ziquiang explains "the strength training method is highly specialized. You are not training to develop 'stupid strength' (brute or localised strength). This is training strength in the waist. Your hand strength is like the hook you use when you are towing a car. You have to remember that your hand is the hook. Your strength is coming from the waist and how you push into the ground, combining the strength of the car and the rope. The hook is only the implement that connects the two. So when you lift the big rock, it is the strength of the legs and waist...".
  9. Taijiquan / Xingyi quan / Qigong / Dao Yin / Inner Alchemy in London -