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snowmonki

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In Topic: the water method meditation question

08 April 2014 - 08:52 PM

Hey guys. Can someone familiar with this method tell me about its technique for thoughts and emotions, if there is one. Thanks.


Bruce uses old Ch'an methods as a foundation for stabilising the mind and thoughts, these are breath focused and layed out in his book "Relaxing into your being". The same lessons, and more appear in CD form if you'd prefer audio. This is the Daoist breathing CD.

Emotions are addressed via dissolving, although some of this is touched on in the above book, his later book on Daoist meditation "Tao of letting go", is probably the most accessible for this. If you haven't read either and are interested in Bruce's work, get it from the horses mouth.

If you then want personal experience or opinion you can get that from those who've worked with it.

Best,

In Topic: Internal Training w/Sam F.S. Chin (I Liq Chuan) in Boston, MA March 29-30, 2014

07 March 2014 - 01:31 AM

Sam is one of the nicest and humblest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and learning from. A teacher with genuine internal gong fu ability, and a willingness to show, explain and teach it to those who visit with him. This is expressed further in the abilities of his students. He is on the top of my list when it comes to neijiaquan. I hope all those that attend enjoy the seminar. Best,

In Topic: A Basic Primer For the Healing Arts From China

05 March 2014 - 05:24 AM

Chinese medicine, like all things Chinese, due to the pragmatic belief system, is inclusive not exclusive. "Doing whatever is required or needed to help your patient IS chinese medicine." This is what my classical Chinese medicine teacher teachers. The bodywork, needles, herbs etc are simply the time tested therapeutic applications most often used.

 

Kevin is correct in the ststement that the standardisation and stripping of superstition from medicine has been an ongoing and long process, not just a recent thing. However I do disagree that modern TCM  teaches the classics in the way that is implied in his post. Yes random quotations are often used to support the theories or views within TCM, but even in China people are not taught from the classics. 

 

They are taught from textbooks. 

 

In the past the classics WERE the textbooks.  

 

 

Now, is the situation simple and straightforward? No, cumon, is it ever !?

 

But the TCM i was taught and have experienced, and that of my missus, both in China and in the West is quite a different animal to the Classical Chinese medicine we've been taught. And yet, why is it that the CCM of three teachers supports and constantly echoes each other, not in method, but in theory and perspective?

 

In line with my teacher, I do not denigrate TCM, I see it as a "school" of Chinese medicine, it will have the same spectrum of good and bad teachers, or practitioners, and or ideas, methods etc that ANY other line or approach of medicine will have. 

 

The "classical" label is becoming increasingly popular,  I predict more will start using it,  like "qigong" teachers suddenly using "neigong" . Well it's all the same anyway... No it's not. 


In Topic: 3 recent books from Chinese Health Qigong Association

05 March 2014 - 01:47 AM

The Mawang Dui stuff is reconstructed from the daoyin paintings,  it is the Chinese equivalent of say Nordic revival rituals based on existing materials,  an odd project of,  at best,  experimental  archaeology.  It is NOT and should not be viewed as a consistent line of dao yin through history. It's benefits?  That will depend on who did the reconstruction and their knowledge. As for the others,  can't comment.

In Topic: What is the Hindu equivalent to the Lower Dantien?

05 March 2014 - 01:33 AM

What is the Hindu equivalent to the Lower Dantien?


There is no direct equivalent,  not in a conceptual sense.  As Hundun says there is no,  "now store/focus in the lower dantian".

I am lucky,  my friend is the inheritor of a little known yogic line. I have discussed this with him. They do not conceive of a lower dantian in the way Daoists do. That being said,  it does not mean they do not develop or cultivate the lower dantian.  They do.  So what does that say?

It confirms Lao Zi's base teaching, the method and the time put in matters more than the words or labels.

Best,