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I've been having The Tao Bums come up in searches for a while and have been pleased with the quality of the information presented and the discourse. I finally decided to request membership, so I can access more areas of the forum.


This is my introductory post, where I thought I' provide some information about me and my practice. I'm in my early 50s, reside in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley and more a quiet reader than an active poster.


In terms of background, I've considered myself a Daoist for some time now; and practice meditation, neigong, qigong and the Chinese martial arts. 


My daily meditation focuses on Daoist techniques because I was briefly introduced to the basics of qi cultivation through my martial arts studies and found it resonated with me. I've continued to further my knowledge through guidance from my teacher and personal research; with my main focus being cultivation and micro- and macro-cosmic orbit with reverse breathing.


My martial arts studies encompass Northern and Southern Shaolin, Chang-tze style taijiquan, baguazhang from BP Chan's lineage, and Xing Jing (also from Chang Tung Sheng's lineage). While I've developed some reasonable levels of skill in some areas of the arts, I realize that I've only scratched the surface and consider myself a someone walking an eternal path; always learning and continually evolving.


I look forward to learning more from the community.





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Hello mlrigaud, and welcome.


Your membership is approved and we're happy you found your way to us. We look forward to accompanying you on some of the way that you still have to go.


Please take the time to read the two posts pinned at the top of this Welcome page and take a look at the forum terms and rules. This covers all you need to know when getting started.


For the first week you will be restricted to ten posts per day but after that you can post as much as you like. Also, until you’ve posted fifteen times in the forums, you’ll be a “Junior Bum” with somewhat restricted access and will be allowed only two private messages per day.


Good luck in your pursuits and best wishes to you,


Marblehead and the TDB team



Hi Michel,


Yes, sounds like you have a pretty good background of the physical aspects of Daoism.  Lots of discussions here that can give you insight into the philosophical roots of your practices.  And please don't be shy about talking with us.


You are welcome to jump right in ongoing discussions, revive an older thread, start a new thread of your own, or start a discussion in the "Newcomer Corner" sub-forms to expand on your introduction or ask general questions to help you get started.


May you enjoy your time here.



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Welcome, Michel!

Even though you say you're more a quiet reader than an active poster, I hope you'll be inspired to jump in.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

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