Longevity Health and Wellness Protocol
I joined the Tong Shan Association in which I studied the arts of Shamanism and hypnotism. During this period I was thoroughly engulfed by the magicized religion of the Way of the Gods, paying great attention to the phenomena of individual longevity and mysticism. This enlarged my vision and this search for truth had a good effect upon me.
Buddha Dharma tells us that among the six realms, the beings in hell are too miserable, and the hungry ghosts are always starving. Under such conditions, these beings cannot practise the Buddha's teachings. The animals have low intelligence and are unable to understand the Buddha's teachings. The Asuras are too suspicious and cannot believe in what the Buddha said. They are also full of hatred and in constant warfare. The heavenly beings have too much enjoyment, and cannot find the time and mind to practice the Buddha's teaching. That is why the heaven of Longevity is considered as one of the miseries of the Three Sufferings and Eight Miseries . Hence, it is said in the Buddhist scriptures, Human form is difficult to come by , and only human beings have the ability and opportunity to follow the Buddha.
This spell does not affect living creatures. It will not cancel the effects of a potion of longevity. If cast on such a potion, the spell permanently renders the potion useless. A potion of longevity is the only item that does not receive a saving throw against this spell.
Among the expedients, for example, trying to be reborn in heaven or become an Arahat, are generally more tortuous ways of attaining Buddhahood. For instance, through the practice for achieving a heavenly realm, we may be reborn in the heaven of Longevity, and be caught in one of the Eight Miseries, obstructing our progress on the Buddha's path. On the other hand, those who practise with the aim of self-emancipation only may attain Arahathood and be released from samsara, but this will be like a person who gets attached to the enjoyment on the way of the journey and forgets about the final destination. This journey is neither direct nor fast.
During college Grace also became somewhat of a celebrity in Shanghai as she conducted a morning television program teaching a set of 20 health and longevity exercises which were invented by her grandfather. The show, which was a project created by her father, was a big success. Today this set is quite popular in Shanghai as a result of the television show.
Once you've mastered the above exercises you are ready to begin Taoist running of the microcosmic and macrocosmic orbits. Before you start this process, read the following books carefully and you won't get into any trouble like being possessed by a demon, delusions of grandeur, or epilepsy Awaken Healing Energy Through the Tao by Mantak Chia (Aurora Press, 1983), Qui QuongFor Health by Takahashi and Brown (Japan Publications, 1981),and Zen Shiatsu by Masanuga and Ohashi (Japan Publications, 1977). The ryus from which this information is drawn and synthesized are called Cosmic Fire Gourd, Golden Bell, Heaven's Way of Longevity, Da Mo's Cave, and The Immovable School Passed Down from the Gods. If you have accomplished the Secret Smile, made a friend of your body, and learned to value silence as well as accept your opposites just do it
The problem most individuals have in following a diet which is high in minerals is that the majority of mineral rich food, such as seaweed, is not very tasty. Zhang's answer to this was to study ways of preparing the mineral and vitamin rich foods so that they would taste good. He says the study of culinary arts is the same as the study of martial arts. The crude aspects of the art are easy to learn, while the highly refined and subtle aspects are very difficult to master. In martial arts it is very easy for someone to learn how to use brute force and club their opponent with their fist, however, it is not so easy to learn the refined and subtle motions and applications of internal boxing. But in the end, practice of internal boxing will be much better for one's health and longevity. Zhang is fond of using a similar analogy in the use of weaponry. He says that the straight sword is called the sages weapon because it takes a great deal of skill in order to be able to wield one...
Dynasty in China, created the five animal exercises and became a pioneer of sports therapy. He also told his student, Wu Pu, that, The human body must exercise, but cannot exceed its limit. The body movement can aid the grain Qi' to be infused into the blood vessels for circulation, so that disease cannot occur, like a door-hinge is never worm-eaten. Therefore, the masters in ancient times took this guidance and moved their waist, body, and joints for longevity. By imitating the movements of the tiger, deer, bear, ape, and turtle, they were able to strengthen the body and prevent disease. Recently in the unearthed Han tombs, there are also the charts and recordings pertaining to the exhalation and inhalation (breathing) practice of the ancients. It is clear that our ancestors understood that exercise could
After disclosing the secrets of the Tai Chi Art in his book Lee's Modified Tai Chi for Health Master Lee has taken considerable pains in putting the Art into film. By demonstrating the various movements himself, the author aims to reveal all the subtleties of the art, from the aspect of health as well as from that of self defence. All persons irrespective of sex or age could take up this art in a short period and could thereby acquire for themselves both health and longevity.
Wai Dan (pronounced Why Don ) is the practice of increasing Chi circulation by stimulating one area of the body until a large energy potential builds up and overflows through the Chi channel system. In Chinese the term Wai Dan also signifies the alchemical elixir of life (also called Gin Dan), and it is probable that our use of the term derives from the alchemical usage. Most Chinese alchemical texts are products of the Taoists, who were a significant force in the development of Chi Kung, so it seems natural to call these Chi Kung training techniques which promote health, strength, and longevity by the Taoist name.
Gong Bao Zhai says that he hopes young people will continue to study martial arts so that martial culture will not be lost. Although his martial arts practice has certainly helped his longevity (he is now nearly 90), he does not place much emphasis on longevity as a goal for martial training. He says, People say that it is great that I have lived to be nearly 90 years old. My reply is 'What is so good about it ' My only hope is that I do not live to be 100. That would be real trouble as he laughs loudly in his deep booming voice.
The Ba Gua Zhang practitioner will benefit in many ways from the circle walk practice. Health, longevity, body strength, stamina, coordination, balance, Qi cultivation, calming of the mind, mental concentration, mobility in combat, body mind unity, stillness in motion, etc. - all of these aspects of physical, mental, and spiritual* health can be improved through simple circle walking. As third generation Ba Gua Zhang instructor Li Zi Ming states in his book Liang Zhen Pu Eight Diagram Palm, When cultivated to the highest level of proficiency, circle walking serves to regulate physiological functions by balancing metabolism, improving the physical constitution and enhancing the overall health. Therefore, it is not only a way to maintain health, but also a key to longevity. Furthermore, it is a good method for vanquishing enemies.2 As Li lived to be 92 years of age, he can certainly validate the longevity claim.
In the classical presentation of the Longevity Exercise, the student is instructed at this point to exhale completely and hold the lungs empty for as long as comfortable. This is analogus to running the carburetor lean on an automobile and is designed to burn off toxins and impurities that may have accumulated in the lungs during normal respiration. One should never strain or overexert when performing these techniques. Most people can only hold this exhalation for a few seconds. Beginners are advised to remain at this level for at least 30 days.
The Tao Te Ching, written by Lao Tsu as the request of a gatekeeper as he was leaving mankind in disgust after years of teaching enlightenment to ancient Chinese who squandered his words and wasted his lessons echoed this sentiment in one of the eight-one short poems in which he summarized all that he had learned. Work is done, then forgotten. Thus, it lasts forever. Taking credit inevitably leads to accepting blame. The Ninja had many injunctions against revealing the identity or the nature of their Art, destroying the weapon used to kill an enemy, for example. It is unlikely that sophisticated enough techniques existed in feudal Japan to make such evidence damning. The main reason it was done was to help the Agent purge himself of the horrible deed he had been forced to perform. The Ninja are not mindless, blindly obedient slaves as seen in popular fiction. The are the only martial art intended to lead the Student on a journey of Self Discovery, so that there is no need to impose...
As a coach, we do not want to run our athletes into the ground b c this will make training a tedious task for them. Make it enjoyable, and this means finding the right balance between difficulty, duration and exercise selection so that each workout is fun for them. Remember, we want longevity with our athletes. We want them to come back and improve on a regular basis
As a wrestler, there are injuries that plague many of us. The knees, shoulders and neck are vulnerable to injury if they are weak. Free weights allow you to load your body with heavier weights forcing your muscles, joints, ligaments & bones to get stronger & more powerful. If you want longevity in your wrestling career, avoiding injuries is key. Injuries have sidelined some of the best wrestlers their senior year in high school ending their dream of winning states.
An interpreter of esoteric traditions that I've come to trust, Georg Feurstein, is the author of Yoga The Technology of Ecstasy and Holy Madness The Outer Limits of Religion and Morality. Feurstein writes that Marpa (1012-1097, founder of the Kagyupa school of Vajrayana Buddhism, better known as Tibetan Tantrism) had eight tantric consorts in addition to his chief wife. (Moslems and Mormons are were allowed four. Nine is a symbolic number to Buddhists.) Milarepa (1040-1143, the most famous of Marpa's students, considered the greatest Tibetan poet) was a folk hero as well as a weather magician. He liked to sing naked, as well as build towers and suffer Marpa's abuse. Milarepa is known to have initiated several of his female devotees. The avadhuta (Zen or crazy wisdom form of enlightenment) Drukpa Kunley (1455-1570) initiated more than five thousand women into the sexual secrets of tantrism. As the tantric techniques are similar to the Taoist, that may help to account for his longevity....
And if all of this isn't evidence enough, I'll let Doctor Kenneth Cooper have the last word. He wrote the book The New Aerobics and is credited with coining the very term aerobics. Twenty five years after the debut of his book, Dr. Cooper admitted that many of his conclusions were incorrect. He was quoted as saying Further research has shown that there is no correlation between aerobic performance and health, protection against heart disease, and longevity.
'When the breath is concentrated in the Tan tien, it may bring the vital fluid everwhere. The vital fluid is the well known biotin , which consists of air and other nutrients including dissolved food. According to Taoism, it may sublimated intoe Essence (Jing), Vitality (Qi) and Spirit (Shen), in sequence. That is to say, the physical ingrediants are transformed into psychical beings or energies. When one's body is full of it, one will not only be strong and alove but also attain longevity, even immortality.' Primodial Pugilism (Tai Chi Chuan) by Dr Tseng Ju-Pai, 1975, Paul H. Crompton Ltd (Dr Tseng was a disciple of YCF)
Interlock the fingers, place the place on the back of the head, covering the ears. The fingers should touch the base of the skull. Place the thumbs below the ears. Gently apply pressure with the palms. Relax the shoulders. This will warm the ears and benefit the kidneys. If your mind is calm, you will feel the beat of your pulse. Breathe slowly and deeply without sound nine times. Think of each breath as water filling a glass. The air is drawn into the lower lungs first and fills them from bottom to top. When exhaling, let the air flow out of the upper lungs first. This draws the Oi to the seat of breathing the Hara or Tan T'ien, the One Point. This is the body's physical and spiritual center, located approximately two inches below the navel. You will know when you feel it. Continue to rest the hands on the back of the head. Beat the index fingers alternately against the base of the skull at ear level twenty four times. This stimulates the brain, prevents deafness, and helps one...
The movements and breathing patterns of animals were also regarded as valuable examples to follow. In his book Chunway Chu, written around 600 BC and dealing with the subject of breathing, Zhuang Zi said 'Breathing techniques can improve metabolism moving like a bear and a bird will result in longevity.'
There are two categories of Chi Kung training, martial arts and pure Chi Kung for health, longevity, and spiritual attainment. Within each category there are many styles. The most popular of the pure Chi Kung methods are the Yi Gin Ching attributed to Da Mo and Ba Dun Gin or Eight Pieces of Brocade. These are discussed in Chapter 2.
First, one must equip himself with the means to bribe the guards and cross the threshold unseen. (A reference to paying one's teacher, since Ko also said, If your teacher you cannot remunerate, you will have no way to operate. But, a valuable lesson of invisibility as well.) Fly to the sky-palace, surprise Lord Lao at his breakfast, snatch his Elixer of Immortality, fight off those who come to defend it, break down the walls of the fortress and return to Earth an immortal. One of your skill and ability need only follow my course of instruction to be certain of success. The goal of this teaching was good health and longevity. Immortality, of course, is an absolute. But a life span of more than 250 years is not unknown among those who practice the very exercises given in the previous section. Certainly, that would have been considered immortality in an age when nutrition was poor, infant death considerable, and old age (beyond 60) was almost unheard of.
Tan Tian is often literally translated as Cinnabar Field , but a better translation used by the late Professor Joseph Needham among others is Region of Vital Heat . It is a reference to one of the staging posts in the creation of an Inner Elixir or Nei Tan by the use of among other things respiratory exercises. In Taoist theory, attainment of this Inner Elixir would lead to longevity or even immortality.
Circle walking provides numerous physical and mental benefits for the practitioner in terms of health, longevity, body strength, stamina, coordination, balance, qi cultivation, calming of the mind, mental concentration, mobility in combat, body mind unity, and acquiring the skill of stillness in motion. The circle walk practice of Ba Gua was covered in detail in a previous issue of the Pa Kua Chang Journal (Vol. 4, No. 6) and so we will not discuss it further here. Each system of Ba Gua will have their own requirements for basic circle walk practice and there exist a multitude of variations on the theme.
Advantages 25 points chosen from among DX or IQ +1 20 , Will +1 to +5 5 level , Basic Speed +1 20 , Charisma 1 or 2 5 or 10 , Combat Reflexes 15 , Enhanced Block 1 5 , Enhanced Dodge 1 15 , Enhanced Parry 1 5 or 10 , Extra Attack 25 , Fearlessness 1-5 2 level or Unfazeable 15 , Fit 5 or Very Fit 15 , High Pain Threshold 10 , Indomitable 15 , Language (Broken) 2 , Longevity 2 , Reputation Varies , Status 1 or 2 5 or 10 , Style Familiarity (any) 1 style , Style Perks 1 perk , Wealth (Comfortable) 10 or (Wealthy) 20 , or Weapon Bond 1 .
The term internal was widespread in China centuries before the advent of internal boxing and used as a label for energetic based practice methods. In Chinese these methods were called nei tan or inner alchemy. They addressed the idea of conserving and transforming ch'i in the body. This term was used since at least the Tang Dynasty. There are books such as the Fu Nei Yuan Ch'i Ching (Manual of Absorbing the Internal Ch'i of Primary Vitality) and others dating from that time which discuss moving and transforming the nei ch'i, or inner ch'i. These concepts formed the basis of a Taoist gymnastic tradition called Tao Yin. The theory governing this tradition hold that ch'i in the body could be obstructed by gates and other blockages along energetic channels. Exercises were created to encourage the unencumbered flow of life energy. Physiotherapeutics were performed to make the body more supple and to rest it. Adepts believed the result of these exercises was to produce longevity or even...
Looking back, I see many seeds of Daoism in Christianity. For instance, the saying, Do unto others as you would have others do unto you , is similar to the principles of Daoism. In another part of the Bible it tells us to care for the Temple of God, in effect our bodies. In Daoism, Qigong was evolved as a way of caring for the body in order that longevity and hence immortality could be achieved. However, there is one major difference and this is that in Daoism there is no Saviour but ourselves that we and we alone are responsible for the outcome and The Daoist arts of health and longevity are founded on the principle of the dual cultivation of mind and body. An unhealthy body cannot support a clear mind and an egotistical mind will weaken a healthy body. Clearing the mind and strengthening the body are equally important whether our goal is health, mental well being, or spiritual enlightenment. As students of the arts of health and longevity, how should we...
Even if you take up Zhan Zhuang at an advanced age, you will feel the benefits. Your digestion will improve, as will your bladder control, and your bones will strengthen. You are almost certain to feel that your energy is being restored, that you feel younger in yourself, and that you have an increasing measure of self-control. Many older people also report great improvement in their sleeping patterns.
How to Stay Young
For centuries, ever since the legendary Ponce de Leon went searching for the elusive Fountain of Youth, people have been looking for ways to slow down the aging process. Medical science has made great strides in keeping people alive longer by preventing and curing disease, and helping people to live healthier lives. Average life expectancy keeps increasing, and most of us can look forward to the chance to live much longer lives than our ancestors.