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Meditations for Creativity

This next exercise from the Hoshinroshiryu is called Da Mo's Cave. Da Mo was the Hindu monk who traveled to China and, according to legend, revitalized the Shaolin Temple, introducing brain and marrow washing as well as chi kung and kung fu to the poor benighted priesthood of that far away and long ago era. Supposedly he sat in meditation in his cave for nine years. Like Christ, he felt it was important. He's usually painted with no eyelids, as legend has it he tore them off so he couldn't fall asleep when meditating, He's also the patron saint of tea drinkers. He's usually pictured as a rough-looking bearded gentleman. He is also regarded as the founder of Zen and sometimes referred to as the Bodhidharma, Da Mo, or Daruma. My first gift from Hatsumi was a watercolor cf Da Mo. Hatsumi paints him as shame-faced and worried-looking with a flaming aura. This exercise is designed to increase your ability to visualize and fantasize, and to provide alternative ways to access your...

Basic Technique in Meditation Practice

The primary goal of meditation in Muay Thai is not simply to be able to make a meditative effort during formal sittings, but to maintain and generalize conscious attention to all aspects of Muay Thai practice and life in general, thereby eliminating mental tension. Successful meditation is easy to be achieved, if practiced in the right way. The following is step-by-step technique for beginners.

Introduction to Enlightenment

It is traditional for someone who is proposing a way to describe themselves or their lives so that followers may imitate them. I see little value in that exercise beyond establishing one's credentials, as my experiences leave me to believe that a teacher can only be a guide. If you're truly seeking enlightenment there comes a point when no master or scripture can help you, as you are on your own. However, as I work on this I will share whatever I feel is relevant but include my mistakes as well. Sometimes they're pretty funny but I expect you to make your own pratfalls. This is what Musashi (Japan's sword saint who wrote The Book of Five Rings) and others referred to when they declared they had no teachers. None of the chapters are truly meant to stand alone, but once you've read through the whole book, I highly recommend you try out some of the exercises with a good friend. You should not expect high-level results until you have mastered the meditation chapter and begun to develop...

Small Circulation Shao Chou Tien Meditation Breathing

The first and most important step for effective meditation is proper breathing. There are two basic methods in use in Chinese meditation Taoist and Buddhist. In the Buddhist breathing method the movement of the abdomen is the opposite of the Taoist. When the meditator inhales, he expands it instead of withdrawing, and when he exhales, he contracts it (Fig. 3-7). This kind of breathing is called the normal breath (Tsan Fu ShihJ. It is the same kind of breathing a singer practices. Both methods use the same principle of Chi generation. The main difference is that the coordination of the abdominal motion with the breath is opposite. In fact many meditators can use either method, and switch very easily.

Appendix G Gassho Meditation

Purpose Gassho Meditation means two hands coming together (similar to the usual prayer position of your hands) in front of your chest, so your out breath touches the tips of your fingers. Primarily used to clear ones mind before a healing session. With practise of the Gassho Meditation , you will bring yourself into a meditative state of oneness with everything in the universe. Also this does not require any prior knowledge of meditation. The more you practise this style of meditation the easier it gets, the main thing to remember with any mediation is don't beat yourself up if you can't quieten the mind during your meditations, just simply notice the thought patterns and return back to the concentration point, for Gassho that's the point where your fingers meet in the prayer position

Meditation and Chi Circulation

Dan Tien Breathing

Once the student can breathe adequately according to the Taoist and Buddhist methods, he begins sitting meditation to begin the process of Chi circulation. The first goal is to achieve a calm mind while concentrating on deep breathing. The individual creates a type of hypnotic state to do this. The meditator should stay at this stage until he can expand and withdraw his Dan Tien while breathing with no conscious effort, without the attention wandering. In order to insure that the accumulated Chi passes into the correct cavity, the sitting posture must be correct (legs crossed). When the Chi is ready to burst from the Dan Tien, it must not be allowed to travel into the legs. By having the legs properly crossed, the Chi is partially blocked. If the Chi does go downward, it may stagnate in some of the cavities. For a novice meditator, this is dangerous, since he does not have enough experience or understanding of controlling Chi with his will. This Chi residue in the cavities will later...

Meditations for Becoming Enlightened

Most people who purport to teach meditation don't realize the importance of some aspects cf the practice and how it affects the brain. Meditation is the key to becoming a complete spirit, an integrated person, a whole human being, enlightened. The biological process of enlightenment involves encouraging the endocrine system to awaken the hypothalamus and cerebellum. These are the oldest parts of the brain and could be said to represent our deepest nature. They are concerned with movement, balance, protection, and music. They would also seem to be the seat of problem-solving, vision, and creativity if the cortex is primarily memory storage and word processing. In recent years a great deal of research has been done on the effects of meditation. If you are interested in listening to a group of Western psychologists and scientists report to their colleagues, Insight Recordings has a six-tape collection of presentations from the Inner Science Conference for a very reasonable price. Write...

Amazing Secrets Of The Martial Arts Masters Meditation For Mind Control

Meditation is an important part of the Martial Arts. So many schools only teach the physical parts of the arts, but the mental is at least 50 of the martial arts. If you can't control your mind. You can't control your body. You simply must have the ability to control your thoughts and mind, and your mental attitude. Or you will loose control in a fight, make the wrong move, panic or simply do nothing. To do meditation. You must sit on the floor, in a crossed legged stance, with the left foot over the right and the ankles touching. Keep the back very straight and the head straight. Breath in thru your nose and out thru your mouth. You must first learn to relax, and then to control the breath to be effective in your meditation. Please let me add that I am a Christian. And I do not teach or advise any meditative technique that has anything to do with Buddhism, or any cult. You can meditate and still be a Christian. Meditation does not have to involve Oriental religious beliefs.

The Method Instruction Adopted By Zen Masters

We have described the doctrine of Zen inculcated by both Chinese and Japanese masters, and in this chapter we propose to sketch the practice of mental training and the method of practising Dhyana or Meditation. Zen teachers never instruct their pupils by means of explanation or argument, but urge them to solve by themselves through the practice of Meditation such problems as What is Buddha What is self What is the spirit of Bodhidharma What is life and death What is the real nature of mind and so on. TenShwai (Tosotsu), for instance, was wont to put three questions to the following effect (1) Your study and discipline aim at the understanding of the real nature of mind. Where does the real nature of mind exist (2) When you understand the real nature of mind, you are free from birth and death. How can you be saved when you are at the verge of death (3) When you are free from birth and death, you know where you go after death. Where do you go when your body is reduced to elements The...

What Good Is Enlightenment

IN The Kundalini Experience I describe what the great awakening feels like, and in the Godan Test what the lesser awakening feels like in terms of sensitivity. In chi kung as well as Taoist esoteric yoga, these are referred to as the greater and lesser kan andli. In religious traditions enlightenment is associated with sainthood, or being in tune with (called by) God. In military traditions it's associated with invincibility in warfare and the use of superior strategy, as in Joan of Arc or Sun Tzu. In art and science it manifests as creativity. In yoga an enlightened master manifests the will of God through self-development. In common parlance enlightenment is referred to as being intuitive and usually thought of as an on-again, off-again experience related to luck. In chi kung it is considered a biological enhancement of natural proclivities and is permanent if the practitioner is careful and knowledgeable. Historically enlightenment is considered quite rare. We like to have goals....

Meditation [Ki

You supplement your normal rest with regular meditation. If you are exhausted, 10 minutes of meditation will cause you to be only fatigued, and one hour of meditation removes the fatigued condition. A meditating character is considered to be blind, flat-footed and will be unaware of creatures moving silently, but is not unconscious or helpless.

Meditation

Meditation can serve to relax your mind, calm your nerves, soothe your spirit, and give you the necessary mind control to stay calm in the face of an emergency and use the appropriate action or avenue of escape. I suggest you practice your meditation techniques every day. I will present several different methods for your practice.

Enlightenment ft

What is enlightenment The word enlightenment comes from the religions. In Buddhism, it refers to a cultivator's understanding of Buddha Dharma. The enlightenment of understanding and the final enlightenment refer to wisdom enlightenment. However, the word enlightenment nowadays has been applied to ordinary people and interpreted as such that this person is very smart and keen to understand what his boss is thinking about in his mind. He can read his mind so quickly that he knows how to please his boss. People say that this person has a good enlightenment quality, and they usually understand it in this way. Once you jump out of the level of ordinary people, you will discover from a little higher level that the truth at the level where ordinary people have come to realize here is usually wrong. The enlightenment we refer to is fundamentally different from this enlightenment quality. So, the enlightenment quality of a shrewd is not good, for such an oversmart guy is quite skilled at...

The Importance Of The Breath

The Zen teacher tells this story There once was a great master who was continually bothered by a rich man wanting enlightenment. Every few weeks the man would come to the monastery and beg the master to teach him. Each time the monk would put him of f, explaining that he was simply not ready for enlightenment. The rich man persisted because he felt that his persistence would prove his readiness. To which the master replied, When you want enlightenment as badly as you wanted that next breath, I will teach you.

The Concept Of Ki

The study of KI began thousands of years ago and was an important part of a samurai's training. The samurai were the warrior class of feudal Japan it was a hereditary and not an earned position, although their training was extensive and precise. Most Westerners imagine them as something like meditating mercenaries.

Introduction what is Tai Chi Chuan

Since this system of exercise is suitable for people of all ages and requires little or no special equipment, it has gained an enthusiastic reception all over the world. Tai Chi Chuan evolved to help people improve their physical health, equip them to defend themselves against wild beasts and bandits, and also improve their powers of meditation. In other words, Tai Chi Chuan enables people to survive through fitness and self-defence.

How To Develop A Perfect Body

I conclude this book on fitness and body shaping with a chapter l have never seen in a fitness book. Meditation. I don't believe you can have a perfect body if you are a perfect fool or have a messed up mind. You can't achieve the results you want in your program if you can't concentrate on the muscles when exercising or can't stay on your diet. So I show you some techniques of meditation that can help you to achieve a better understanding of your mind and your body and how they are related to each other in your total fitness program.

Monks and Martial Arts

A monk might practice the martial arts for several reasons. One is that many traditions deem physical exercise vital to spiritual health a fit body helps a monk spend hours meditating without discomfort. As well, monks sometimes had to fight to protect their monasteries from bandits, raiders, and unhappy governments that saw them as targets. And as previously noted, not every monk chose the monastic life as a youth. Former members of the warrior class often kept their martial skills sharp after taking their vows - whether due to a desire to defend the monastery, out of devotion to their art, or in anticipation of a return to the world of politics.

Ashida KimDojo Press 2000

NINJA MIND CONTROL is, without doubt, one of the best selling and most widely read books on Ninja Meditation ever written. It has been translated into six languages and distributed worldwide with excellent result. Achieve mastery over your own mind and possess the key that unlocks the secrets of the cosmos. The true Mystic-Warrior prevails without unsheathing his weapon. He is master of the bloodless coup. With his mental and physical abilities he evades, confuses, and clouds the mind of any opponent. Revealed here are the Breathing Exercises and Kuji-Kiri hand positions that enable you to collect, cultivate, and circulate Qi, the vital lifeforce that surrounds, permeates, and flows within the body. Through these methods, mind reading, hypnosis and suggestion, the Ninja controls himself, and, in so doing, the outcome of every encounter as well. Includes the Five Element Exercises and Mi Lu Kata, the Lost Track Form, of self defense that can turn even the most humble into a fighting...

How I came to follow the Buddhas Path

Teachings of the Law of Karma come closest to the reality of our situation in life. It is through a knowledge of this that we leave what is evil and turn to what is good. It is by following this path that we turn from being an ordinary human being to becoming a sage. Even if we fall, in the end we shall progress upwards and achieve complete enlightenment if we stay to the path. It is not simply a matter of looking for a final refuge. Along our way to enlightenment, there are also circumstances when the pathway appears to be leading to a dead-end, and yet, we discover so often that a new road appears. These situations spur us on, comfort us, and lead us on so that we can continue on our journey of eternal hope. I find that Buddhism is a religion that does not rely solely on faith. It takes good or evil behavior as measure in justifying an ordinary person and a saint. It stresses individual enlightenment and above all, it emphasizes benefitting all living beings. Buddhism puts great...

The Law Varies from Dimension to Dimension

Third felt it not too bad and when it came to the Fourth, it became quite narrow the Fifth found there was not much space left and when it came to the Sixth Patriarch Huineng, there was no room left, and he could no longer get into it. If you go to a Zen master to learn the Dharma today, do not ask questions. If you do, you will get a stick-hit on the head, which is called stick-warning . It means that you cannot ask questions, but that you should make yourself understood by yourself. You may say, I have come here to learn just because I do not know. What on earth can I understand by a stick-hit on the head That is to say, they have reached the tip of the bull's horn, and there is nothing for them to say any more. Even Dharmer himself said that he could only pass down his teaching to the Sixth Patriarch, and that thereafter there would be no more teaching of Zen Buddhism. Now several hundred years have passed. However, there are still some people who cling to the principles of Zen...

Alleviating depression

However, if you meditate before going to bed, you will be in a relaxed state. In meditation there are two kinds of images created by the mind. The first will take our energy and affect our state of calmness and balance these are called distracting thoughts, for example thoughts about your work, your family, your plans etc. The others come naturally, and you might see pictures of trees, flowers, people and so on that make you feel peaceful and relaxed. Spontaneous thoughts of this kind will help your mind and your energy to develop. Further energy can be wasted through bad posture when sleeping. If your body is in the wrong position some of the channels or veins will be blocked, causing poor circulation. Your dreams may become very strange and even nightmarish. When you wake up in the middle of the night you might find that your hands are on your chest, putting pressure on your heart, or maybe that you have been sleeping on your side in a posture that compressed the lungs, causing a...

Inner and Outer Strength

The purpose of any path of enlightenment is to show the student his true face. If it does not do this, it has failed as a philosophy and is useless. The phrase comes from a tribal legend, when men first contemplated the nature of the universe. This is the purpose of meditation. Man perceives reality as a filtered reflection in the pool of his subconscious mind. Ripples of annoyance, the wind of imagination, and waves of emotion often disturb this pool. All of which distort the perception of reality. The goal of meditation is to calm the waters of this pool, so that the student can see himself and the world clearly. The secret of meditation is regular practice. Perseverance, diligence, and quiet determination are required. If performed on a daily basis, continuous improvement can be expected. Meditation is not a process to be hurried do not expect instant result. But, slowly, softly, after a few weeks, you will notice than an old injury no longer aggravates you, or that you are...

Did I create the world

The Buddhist doctrines I create this world , and all of us create this world , is a view of life based on freedom and self-determination. The Buddhist human relationship is neither one of master-and-slave, nor that of father-and-son. Those who awaken first and advance the farthest on the path to enlightenment are the teachers. Those who are late in awakening are the students.

Cross Training for the Relative Beginner

I have met several karate and shaolin instructors who practise and teach bagua as a profitable sideline. And, in the vast majority of cases, their internal arts are anything but Similarly, those students who have done yoga or meditation training of one kind or another or any of the New Age body mind disciplines may spend too much time trying to compare what they are learning to what they already know (or think they know).

To practice Buddhism for Perfect Wisdom

A true follower of the Buddha should follow the teachings of the Buddha with the aim of attaining the Buddha's perfect enlightenment. This is the only path that is perfect and direct. The enlightened mind is replete with the perfections of faith and determination, wisdom and compassion and a beginner may lay their emphasis on any of the following a) Faith and Determination A beginner may seek enlightenment with faith and determination. Since the spiritual potential of each sentient being is different, beginners may try to seek enlightenment through their faith in the abounding merit, ultimate perfection, supreme wisdom, and all-embracing compassion of the Buddha. They look upon the Buddha as their goal and hence determine to attain perfect enlightenment. b) Wisdom Another type of person may seek the Buddha's perfect enlightenment through the practice of wisdom. They investigate the Buddha's answers to the truth of the Universe and the reality of human existence, and realize that only...

Total Triceps Training

If a particular practice has worked for you, by all means continue it. But if you've been wondering why something should be working, and isn't -- or if some ideas never quite clicked for you --it may be time to consider a new path. It isn't always easy letting go of a belief you've followed for some time, but when something isn't working for you, doesn't it make more sense to let it go and move on to something that does Think about it.

Only human beings can learn from the Buddhas example 21 The Superiority of the Human Mind

What is so good about being human According to the sutras, human beings are endowed with three supreme qualities which even the devas cannot exceed. Although Mahabrahman was a noble being he was not as great as human beings. Therefore, Buddha had chosen the human realm of existence as the place to be born in and to achieve enlightenment, setting an example for us to follow. human beings can practise the acts of a Bodhisattva and strive towards perfect enlightenment. The merits of the Buddha-nature are most developed in the humans, thus, Man can practise the Buddha's teachings and attain Buddhahood.

Brotherhood of the school

All members of a dojo are familiar with that dojo's customs of greeting, meditation, and exercise. Two fellow students introduced to one another have little trouble recognizing their mutual training, even if they have never met before, and will be kindly disposed toward one another due to their mutual experiences.

Be Constant in a Single Cultivation System

Some lay Buddhists try to take our practitioners to the temple for conversion to Buddhism when they hear that we practise qigong belonging to the Buddha School. I tell you, all of our students here, do not do such a thing in any way. By doing so, you are disrupting both our Great Law and the commandments of Buddhism. Meanwhile, you are hindering our students, and as a result they will achieve nothing. It will never do. Cultivation is a serious matter, which must be done single-mindedly. Though what we teach to ordinary people is not a religion, the goal of cultivation is the same, that is, to reach the opening of cultivation energy and attain enlightenment, and reach consummation in cultivation. I am not saying that you must learn nothing else but my Falun Dafa. What I teach is a truth. If you want to cultivate, you must stick to only one cultivation way. Otherwise, you will never succeed in cultivation. Of course, if you do not want to continue with your cultivation any longer, we...

The Possibility of obtaining Bodhi

But understanding faith in the three previous sections, does not guarantee one's path towards Buddhahood. Some may say I am too dumb or too busy . If we do not have confidence in ourselves, how can we find the determination to follow the Buddha Therefore we must do our best to strengthen our confidence and believe that everyone possesses Buddha-nature and be determined to attain enlightenment. We should do our best and use all the strength we have in the endeavour. If we fail today, we still have tomorrow. If we cannot be successful in this life, we still have the next life. With unflinching determination, faith, and continuous effort, enlightenment will be achieved one day.

The sacred teachings of Tathagata

None of us are Buddhas, so how do we know the path leading to Buddhahood After Sakyamuni became a Buddha out of his compassion towards the sentient beings, he taught the methods for Enlightenment. These were later recorded in the Tripitaka (the Three Basket ). Therefore, we should believe in the teachings that are recorded in the sutras, vinayas and abhidharma and try to understand them. Our faith in these teachings will strengthen our endeavours to follow the Buddha's path. Those who can read should read, and those who cannot read should listen, as in these Three Baskets , there are helpful methods that can lead us to Buddhahood.

Begin as a Bodhisattva of Ten Meritorious Deeds

Supreme perfection, the summum bonum. He is like a person who has completed all processes of learning, while a Bodhisattva is a student who is still in school. The students can be in kindergarten, primary school. secondary school, university or even post-graduate school. They are all students, with the only difference being the degree of learning while the process of study is the same for all. Similarly, there are also Bodhisattvas who have just started on their path. They are not much different from the common people except that they have made the decision to seek enlightenment and to become a Buddha. If they continue to learn and practise the various acts of a Bodhisattva, they will eventually attain the standards of the great Bodhisattva such as Manjushri Bodhisattva and Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.

Faith and Determination Loving Kindness and Compassion Wisdom

4 Those who attain enlightenment through private contemplation of the meaning of life. the Buddha explained the paths to enlightenment in all these various ways for the benefit of sentient beings in all their corresponding variety. It is for this great reason that the Buddha appeared in this world. From the stand point of one who wants to learn about Buddhism, it is important to understand that all the methods taught by the Buddha are in fact processes in the Bodhisattva's1 practice. They are the Bodhi paths that lead to Buddhahood. Due to the differing conditions, causes, times and places into which we were born, the best ways towards Bodhi (Enlightenment) may differ for each of us. But if we try to seek the truth of nature through the various methods we will realise that there are no great differences in the teachings of the Buddha. Three themes characterize all the teachings and encompass them as one coherent whole. These themes are as applicable to the practice of One Vehicle as...

Amazing Secrets Of The Martial Arts Masters

The Me ditative Position. there are as many different positions for meditation (or concentration on a specific thought towards a specified goal) as there are forms of meditation. All h ave their benefits but some of them are difficult to get into position to do. So we will use a simple but effective position, called in Yoga the half lotus position.

Cultivation of Xinxing

All cultivators of Falun Gong must make cultivation of xinxing their top priority and regard xinxing as the key to developing gong. This is the principle for cultivating at high levels. Strictly speaking, the gong potency that determines one's level isn't developed through performing exercises but through xinxing cultivation. Improving xinxing is easier said than done. Cultivators must be able to put forth great effort, improve their enlightenment quality, bear hardships upon hardships, endure almost unendurable things, and so on. Why haven't some people's gong grown even though they have practiced for years The fundamental causes are first, they disregard xinxing second, they do not know a high-level righteous cultivation way. This point must be brought to light. Many masters who teach a practice system talk about xinxing they are teaching genuine things. Those who only teach movements and techniques without ever discussing xinxing are actually teaching wicked cultivation. So...

A Mindfulness of the heart of wisdom or the Supreme Bodhi wisdom of the Buddha as the ground of faith and determination

This is the perfect and ultimate merit of the Buddha that was attained through His enlightenment. Practitioners should contemplate always the wisdom of the Supreme Bodhi. One should have faith that the Buddha has attained the Supreme Bodhi and that the Supreme Bodhi may bring us the vision of splendour and boundless merits. Belief in the merits of the Supreme Bodhi arouses our determination and joy for it, and further inspires us to seek it out. In other words, appreciation of the wisdom of Supreme Bodhi meaningfully translates into our determination to attain perfect enlightenment.

Intelligence Gathering

Select a point for penetration into the enemy camp and fix your eyes upon it. Inhale deeply and slowly, filling the lungs from bottom to top. Close the eyes and exhale fully and slowly, using the technique known as Tan Hsi (sighing). Tense the Hara (the seat of breathing) slightly, inhale as before. Exhale, visualizing the character san (a Chinese ideogram consisting of three horizontal lines one above another) three times. Inhale, exhale and visualize the character erh (Chinese ideogram of two lines) three times. Inhale, exhale and visualize the character tan (a single horizontal line) three times. Holding this exhalation with the diaphragm, visualize the point of penetration for five to ten seconds (nine heartbeats). Inhale slowly, tasting the air. Care must be taken at this juncture not to gulp air and reveal the position. Relax the Hara. Relax the body. Open the eyes slowly. Breathe slowly, deeply, and naturally. Scan the enemy camp. Do this for at least an hour. This is known as...

B The importance of the balance practice in faith determination loving kindness and compassion wisdom the Three

In the teachings of the Great Vehicle, there is a 'superior Bodhisattva of Wisdom', and a 'Superior Bodhisattva of Mercy'. We should note the word Superior , which simply means that they have greater emphasis on those aspects. If there is only wisdom without compassion or compassion without wisdom, the practice cannot be considered the practice of a Bodhisattva. Both compassion and wisdom must be cultivated together. Even if one practises compassion and wisdom together, if the merits and determination of compassion are not strong enough, one will be anxiously seeking for self-salvation and the attainments of wisdom for oneself only, one deteriorates to a selfish practitioner (Hinayanist) and cannot attain perfect enlightenment. If one's mind of loving kindness and compassion is strong but weak in wisdom, in the process of practising the Bodhisattva's way one may be defeated and become a Defeated Bodhisattva .

ST 26 Wailing Outer Tomb

This is a Shokanten point of Yang Ming and as such the strike will disrupt in this instance, the communication between the Shen (Spirit) and Colon Stomach. It will cause emotional problems immediately and if not treated by an acupuncturist, will grow into emotional problems like not letting go of unwanted emotions (allowing them to grow and fester ) And also will cause emotional things like obsessiveness to extremes.

Questions And Answers On KI

You should do your breathing exercises every day, your sit ups every day, your muscle training 3 times a week, your meditation and beginning mind control exercises every day for at least 3 months. By then you will have learned all the techniques well enough to take almost any blow without receiving an injury.

Shpoud of the shadow dpaqoa ctuilube secret s7sll

With this spell, a bit of the Shadow Dragon, the incarnation of darkness, is called to temporarily inhabit the target. Though the Dragon leaves after only a moment, the target is forever altered. The power of Nothingness remains in a permanent hole in the target's soul. The target is forever after a Goju, one of the demon Ninja servants of Jigoku. He immediately gains two Shadow Points, and can acquire more as usual.

Mental and Physical Training

Meditation This ability allows the martial artist to enter a mental state in which he can focus and regain his energies. For each hour the character spends in uninterrupted meditation, he gets as much rest as two hours of sleep. While meditating, the character is oblivious to hunger, thirst, heat, and cold (but he can still take damage from heat- and cold-based attacks). He remains conscious and aware of his surroundings, and suffers no penalties on surprise or initiative die rolls.

The Study of Ba Gua Zhang Movement

As we discussed when we examined the circle walk practice in the Pa Kua Chang Journal, Volume 4, Number 6, the circle walk practice can be varied many different ways depending on what aspect of training the practitioner wants to practice. He or she can adjust the training for purposes of upper body strength and connection, for leg strength training, for endurance, for cardiovascular training, for meditation training, for qi gong training, for training agility, mobility, and evasiveness, etc. Additionally, the student should

The Main Consciousness Should Play a Governing Role

While lost amidst ordinary people, one will often develop a kind of intention for fame, gain, sex, anger, etc This intention will gradually become the powerful karma of thought in the long run. Since everything in other spaces has its own life, the same is also true of karma. When one begins to pursue the cultivation of the Orthodox Law, he will need to eliminate his karma. Eliminating karma means to have karma eradicated and transformed. Of course, karma resists, and one will have tribulations and obstacles. However, the karma of thought will directly interfere in one's mind. Therefore, there are thoughts of condemning the teacher and the Great Law, or some indecent thoughts and swear words. When this occurs, some practitioners will be at a loss, and even believe that they themselves think this way. Some people also think that it is caused by spirit possession. However, it is not caused by spirit possession, but by the reflection of karma of thought in the...

Control Of The Elements Of Nature

This kanji represents control of the elements of Nature. In this case, it would be more accurate to say that it is a state in which one perceives the way of Nature and elects to act in harmony with it, rather than to imply that one bends the elements to one's will, which, of course, is quite impossible. The gesture itself (Figure 8) is symbolic of the Thousand Petaled Lotus, the actual cortical surface of the brain. It symbolizes the physiological aspects that arise when hormone-enriched blood, full of the endorphins chemically produced by the body as a result of the meditation exercises, suddenly flood over the brain, bringing a sense of oneness and profound well-being. Although the ancient physicians had no way of adequately describing such an anatomical phenomenon to their students, their intuitive concept is quite accurate in all respects. Obviously, such an experience cannot be adequately described by mere words. Therefore, little more can be explained regarding this Kuji-Kiri...

Traditional Relationships and Teaching in Esoteric Martial Arts

Since people do not generally regard wisdom, truth, or creativity as central to an intimate relationship or the mastery cf self, they seek out relationships based primarily on biochemical reaction, companionship, or mutual self-interest. The same can be said for the selection of a martial art teacher. A true martial artist is concerned with saving your life. A master would also like for you to have one that is worth living, full cf passion and excitement as you develop your deepest resources and finest qualities. This need not be rare in this day and age, as all the secret technologies of meditation, breath, and massage are widely available, and more and more knowledgeable students demand that their teachers exhibit the qualities associated with their credentials. This is not an abstract concept but a growing recognition that a teacher is real when actions are based not just on knowledge but the explicit presentation of one's own being through the personal experience of knowing....

The New Idea We Ought To Have

We know that everyone in this world is different. There are the wise, the ignorant, the weak, the strong, the progressive, the stagnant, and the down-trodden. Thought distinguishes the faulty and the correct. Behaviour distinguishes the kind and the cruel. But the differences are never permanent. The differences between us should not be interpreted as good or bad racial qualities, or as fundamental differences in the natures of individuals. According to Buddhism the present differences between wise and ignorant, strong and weak, rich and poor, kind and cruel, are intermediate steps in the process of life. They are not final. As long as we have not achieved the perfected state of enlightenment we are all trapped in the ongoing process of cause and effect, reaping the results of past deeds whilst continually sowing the seeds of future crops. attain the state of perfect enlightenment after many rebirths. Just as Bodhisattva Sadaparibhuta said, Everybody will become a Buddha. In Buddhism...

Desire to Show Off iLpfrBi

What else could such a psychology to show off lead to I have been teaching the Gong for two years. A number of the veteran students of Falun Dafa may soon open their cultivation energy. Some students will enter the status of gradual enlightenment. Why didn't they bring forth these supernormal abilities at that time Because I pushed you so high all at once, it is not allowed for you to still stick to the attachments of ordinary people. Of course, your Xinxing has already been improved remarkably, but you still have many attachments which have not been abandoned. Therefore, you can not be allowed to bring forth these supernormal capabilities. After this stage is over and you have become steady, you will be at once delivered into the state of the gradual enlightenment, in which your Celestial Eye will be opened to a very high plane and you still have many supernormal capabilities. In fact, let me tell you that as soon as you really begin cultivation, you will develop many supernormal...

Base Exercises which Form the Ground for Improvement in 72 Arts

Take two Buddhist pearls, string them and hang in the front and the back of the spot where a sitting meditation takes place at the height of brow level. Swing the pearls to the left and to the right when meditative exercises are over one pearl passes before your eyes, the second one behind your head. Don't wink and try to hear the sound and feel the movement behind your back at the same time, fling your arm and catch a pearl with two fingers. It is the evidence of mastership. If you are engaged and the enemy uses a secret

Mastery Of Time And Space

This finger-knitting mudra is formed by curling the fingers of the right hand around the extended index finger of the clenched left hand, and pressing against the outside edge of the fingernail with the right thumb (Figure 7). In acupuncture, this point is known as Sho Yo, the Young Merchant point. Used in the treatment of fever and diarrhea, the method is to press inward strongly with a sharp object, while inhaling for nine heartbeats (seven to ten seconds), and to do this three times. In meditation one need only touch this point, the large intestine meridian point number one, to remember it. This gesture imparts mastery of time and space at a range of three to five feet, depending on the student's level of accomplishment. It is related to the third eye, and can be employed to freeze an opponent psychically, much as the Kiai does with sound. With multiple opponents, a sufficiently baleful stare can intimidate them long enough to permit an escape. It can be used then to suspend or...

Buddha Dharma is the Light of Deliverance

In fact, we can find the truth most clearly revealed in the Buddha Dharma, the teaching of the Buddha. Since Sakyamuni Buddha attained enlightenment 2000 years ago, the bright light began to shine into our hearts and illuminate the whole universe. The Amitabha Buddha , whose name everyone recites nowadays, means Infinite Brightness . Buddha emits two lights to help sentient beings. They are the light of wisdom and the light of compassion. The light of wisdom shows us what has happened before this life and what will happen after this life. It enhance our understanding of skilful and unskilful actions, and tells us the causes of suffering. It also shows us the way to end suffering so that we will be liberated and happy. If we receive and follow the guidance of this light of wisdom, many mistakes can be avoided, and the significance of life will gradually be uncovered and understood. I have just mentioned that human intelligence is unreliable and man commits many mistakes. There is a...

Buddha Came to Save and Protect Us

According to the Buddha, a sentient being who aspires to persevere on the path of Bodhisattva and accumulates unlimited pure merits for three Great Asogi Kalpa periods, may go to a pure land and attain Buddhahood. But in order to save the sentient beings, the Buddha had chosen to attain enlightenment in this Five Impurities mundane world. In other words, Buddha came to save and liberate us. Therefore, the Buddha's presence in this world is of great significance to us. We should not forget about his kindness. When the Buddha was diligently walking the path of Bodhisattva, he did not only aspire to achieve Buddhahood for himself. He also had a very deep concern for all the distressed sentient beings in this world. The Buddha showed much compassion in his constant actions of helping sentient beings. The world is like a dirty, stinking sewage tank and we are almost drowning in it. No one but the Buddha was willing to come to this suffering world to rescue us. Therefore, when Buddha was...

Chi Kung and Kundalini The Real Secret of The Masters

Worthwhile martial arts have a basis in meditation and chi kung. Usually the secrets cf chi are not passed down until the student has spent long years proving his or her worthiness of the gift. There are many techniques for transmission and generation of chi but all require a master-student relationship unless you are inclined to intense self-study. Self-study is the source of unique gifts and often requires conquering your greatest fears. According to Sun Tzu, self-adventure also results in the greatest powers. Only time will tell, but there are probably more accomplished people doing esoteric studies on their own right now than at any time in human history. Mantak Chia's many books on Taoist esoteric practice provide excellent information on this little-understoodarea in the higher-level martial arts that is the equivalent of the kundalini in yoga. long-dead masters who had probably passed on the warnings orally. He was also handicapped by having to work alone, as all of the great...

The Path of the Bodhisattvas

There are those who will follow a gradual and progressive path. They realize that the three realms of existence are merely illusions and that all phenomena are void. They practice the Six Perfections vigorously and accumulate boundless merits. One step after another, they go forward. Eventually they possess skilful means, and gain enlightenment via expedient path. They attain the stage of no rebirth, and their position never recedes.

A master utilizes inches to achieve great things a beginner miles to achieve little

This skill is accomplished through basic training only, and then enhanced with the meditation of quiet mind and centered silken flow. The student expresses a quality of light and rooted total body involvement. This is manifested seamlessly, particularly in the transitions between each move. In this manner the practitioner wields the saber as a natural extension of the total centering of the Ba Gua system, therefore the saber follows the center of the body, never violating this exquisite balance.

Buddhism The Middle Path

If we can see the truth of the causes of worldly sufferings, we will not be attached to the view of nothingness. When worldly people see existence, they think that there is a real existence. When they see cessation, they think that it has really ceased. This is the perverted view of the two extremes. By compassion the Enlightened Ones, when they see Dharma arising, know that it is not nothingness, while at the same time not becoming attached to it as something real. When they see the Dharma disappear, they do not become attached to its extinction nor at the same time do they think that the extinction is real and means nothing at all. This is because, according to the Law of Dependent Origination, when there is a cause there will be an effect. When the cause ceases, the effect ceases. The Dharma is alive. It can exist or cease, rise or fall. If it is something real that has a permanent identity, then it should not cease and become extinct. If it is nothing, then it should not rise and...

The Eight Mother Palms

Bagua Eight Palms

While many schools begin the training with static posture holding, other schools start immediately with the next stage of training. This stage requires that the student hold the static upper body posture while executing the basic circle walk practice. In the Liang Zhen Pu system of Ba Gua Zhang as taught by Li Zi Ming, this practice is called ding shi eight palms ( jit Vif) or nei gong circle walking. In an interview conducted with Li Zi Ming's student Zhao Da Yuan, Zhao explains that while this practice in Ba Gua is considered to be similar to the standing post practice trained in Shaolin and Xing Yi Quan, there is one important difference - in Ba Gua the practitioner is moving. Zhao states that since Shaolin training has had a heavy Buddhist influence, they pull there spirit in and concentrate inward during their standing meditation. Ba Gua Zhang has had a Daoist influence in its circle walking practice and since the Daoists are concerned with becoming one with Heaven and Earth they...

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The monks of the Order ofTengen realize that their greatest weapons are their own senses. With proper training, their powers of perception can exceed those of ordinary men. With the expenditure of a Void Point and a successful Void Meditation roll (TN 15), the monk may lapse into a trance and merge his senses with the wind itself. The monk may project his senses to any point within a number of miles equal to his Air ring. From this point, the monk may see and hear anything that would normally be visible or audible to normal human senses. The monk must make another Void Meditation roll after five minutes to maintain the trance, and every five minutes after that. The TN increases by 5 on every roll after the first.

Experiencing Chi In Battle

This is the state known as no-mind in the writing of Miyamoto Musashi, the famous Zen swordsman, who survived over sixty duels in feudal Japan and died peacefully in his bed. Having accomplished this, one need only apply it to proper movement. In olden times it was said one must already be a Yudansha (Black Belt) to study Ninjitsu. That is because at this level, one must return to one's original teachings and apply the principles of movement to them. All martial arts teach meditation on the Hara, but few know why. It is because, for proper movement, the waist must move first. One could learn any style or system and miss this important lesson. Having learned it, however, one returns to the practice forms with renewed interest and enthusiasm. Thus there is nothing new to learn, only further understanding.

He Attains Cultivation Energy Who Does the Cultivation

There is a principle in the universe that he gains who loses, and he attains cultivation energy who does the cultivation. The cultivation systems through the ages have been teaching the practitioners to enter the state of a trance during the practice without thinking about anything and then enter the state of deep meditation until they are not aware of anything in the end. Some people have sat there in meditation for three hours as if just for a brief moment. Others may admire such a person's power of meditation. Did he, in fact, practise He does not know it himself. In particular, the Tao School teaches Shishen (the Conscious Spirit) dies while Yuanshen (Primal Spirit) is born. The Shishen (Conscious Spirit) they refer to we call Zhu Yuanshen (the Chief Spirit) and the Yuanshen (Primal Spirit) they refer to we call Fu Yuanshen (Assistant Spirit). If your Shishen (Conscious Spirit) really dies, you will be indeed dead, and your Chief spirit will really die. Someone from another...

The Origins of Pa Kua Chang Part

Kua Chuan For Self Defense

4) Tung Hai-Ch'uan was the founder of Pa Kua Chang. The individuals who subscribe to this theory believe that Tung spent his youth learning other martial arts and invented Pa Kua Chang based on his early experience combined with a circle walking meditation practice he learned from a Taoist. The Pa Kua society is still active today and thus there are students who confuse the philosophy and practice of the Pa Kua Chiao with Pa Kua Chang because they hear the name Pa Kua. Since the Pa Kua religion includes meditation techniques and ch'i kung as well as hand postures and body movements which are associated with the eight trigrams, it is perhaps easy to become confused. Any system which does not include combat forms and training for martial application is probably suspect.

Qigong and Physical Culture

Qigong practice is just the opposite of physical training, and it does not require violent movements. Its movements are unhurried, slow and round. They are very slow to the extent that they become motionless and come to a standstill. It is known that in such a cultivation way as meditation one stays in the state of tranquillity, and one's heart beating as well as blood circulation etc. all will be slowed down. In India there are many Yoga masters who can sit in water or be buried under the ground for many days. They make themselves completely tranquilized, and can even control their heart beats. Suppose that one's cells divide once a day. A practitioner may make the cells in the human body divide once every two days, once every week, once every half a month, or even once in a longer period of time. Thus, he has already extended his life. This only refers to those cultivation systems which cultivate nature without cultivating life. They can also reach this step, and prolong their own...

The Circle Of Harmony

In the fully energized state, every hair is fully alert. The state of relaxed arousal is what is meant by the Chinese term sung. This is not the drowsy torpor before sleep. It is the release of tension that saps our strength - so that we become alert, clearheaded and full of vigor. Your head is uplifted and your eyes open, while letting go of the physical tension in your muscles and organs.

Two Groups of Buddhists

In terms of faith, they both take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. From the perspective of attainment and enlightenment, there is not much difference. According to the Sravakayana, lay people can attain the third Supramundane Fruitions (s. phala) i.e. the Non-Returner (s. Anagamin), whereas the Sangha can attain the fourth Fruition i.e. the Holy One (s. Arahat). The difference is only one stage. On the other hand, according to the Mahayana tradition, many Bodhisattvas are lay people. Among the great Bodhisattvas such as Manjushri, Samantabhadra, Avalokites-vara and Kshitigarbha, only Kshitigarbha presents himself as a member of the Sangha. The others all present themselves as lay people. Thus do not misunderstand that lay people will not achieve profound enlightenment and think that it can only be attained by the members of the Order. One should not think that lay people are tied down and hence cannot practise and propagate the Dharma. It is actually to the advantage of lay...

Weapons Association Seven days to self defense

You can hear the TV if it's on in the other room you can hear people talking or walking in other rooms of the house. You can hear every noise in the room and in the house. So you are completely aware of your surroundings. You cannot be surprised in this position of awareness. No one can sneak up on you no one can jump out of the corner because you see everything in the room. And because you hear all noises, and people make noise when they walk, you can hear quite easily if someone is sneaking in the room. You will find yourself very relaxed and also very aware while in this meditative state. This kind of meditation can be practiced at any time and under any circumstances. Let us suppose you are walking in the parking lot to your car. Rather than being paranoid and trying to look at every car and jumping at every sound, just fix your eyes on your car, or on a spot ahead of you and practice your Tiger Eye. You can now see any movement by any person in the parking lot. You can also hear...

Person Well Grounded in All Virtues A

What is a person well grounded in all virtues There is a distinction between a person well grounded in all virtues and a person with good or bad inborn qualities. A person well grounded in all virtues is very difficult to find, for it will take a considerable long period of history for only such one person to come into the world. Of course, first of all, a person well grounded in all virtues must have great De (virtues), and such a field of white substance is enormous. There is no doubt about it. At the same time, he can also suffer from the hardship of hardships, he must have a mind of great forbearance, and he must be able to give, preserve his De, and possess a good enlightenment I should say that the human being has to endure the hardship of hardships. The other day I mentioned that the concept of this human timespace is also different from that of the other even larger timespaces. One Shichen (two-hour period) in our space is two hours, which equals one year in that space. A...

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The very first thing an initiate of the Kitsuki learns is how to meditate. The family is famous for samurai who can simply close their eyes and recall every detail in a scene they saw hours ago. The Kitsuki record their lives in daily journals which become as sacred as katana to the students. These detailed journals are priceless windows on events that occurred days, weeks, or even years ago. It is through these journals that the Kitsuki masters teach the second lesson no detail is too small. When traveling the Empire, many magistrates have found that these jourhals held some minute fact from months ago that solved a troubling puzzle in the present.

Small Circle Push Hands and selfdefence

The advanced methods of push hands not only teach reflex self-defence but also how to deal with tense situations in normal daily life and about how to heal you and others. You are continually reacting to another person's energy, joining to and not letting go, gently bending the situation to perhaps a better way. By meeting a force head on, there can be no winner only losers. There can be no mixing of Qi, so it is impossible to help or defend against someone in this way. You must join with them and then steer them onto a different path. That could mean simply re-directing their force so that you are able to counter-attack, or it could mean re-directing their internal aggression that is perhaps causing a disease state. It is impossible to 'get in' to heal someone if his or her door is locked. You must first unlock the door by joining to rather than forcing against it.

History Of Zen In China

To-day Zen as a living faith can be found in its pure form only among the Japanese Buddhists. You cannot find it in the so-called Gospel of Buddha anymore than you can find Unitarianism in the Pentateuch, nor can you find it in China and India any more than you can find life in fossils of bygone ages. It is beyond all doubt that it can be traced back to Shakya Muni himself, nay, even to pre-Buddhistic times, because Brahmanic teachers practised Dhyana, or Meditation, FN 15 from earliest times. This is the rule for achieving it (viz., concentration of the mind on the object of meditation) restraint of the breath, restraint of the senses, meditation, fixed attention, investigation, absorption-these are called the sixfold Yoga. When beholding by this Yoga, be beholds the gold-coloured maker, the lord, the person, Brahman, the cause then the sage, leaving behind good and evil, makes everything (breath, organs of sense, body, etc.) to be one in the Highest Indestructible (in the...

Step 4 Practice in contemplation of Mind

The above four-step practice is part of Lord Buddha's Four Basis of Mindfulness, which helps a person of any religion purity his or her own mind so that to improve physical can mental health, and to lessen stress from everyday life. If practiced regularly, meditation practitioner will develop better understanding of life and ability to reduce ill emotions such as depression, doubt, confusion and etc.

In the top left corner of the photo in the last row

Wang Shu Jin's Ba Gua consisted primarily of an assortment of basic exercises that developed foundational skills, circle walking with static postures, set two person drills and improvised partner exercises, and sitting meditation, followed by, or in conjunction with, the practice of two forms Ba Gua Lian Huan Zhang (Ba Gua Continuous Linking Form) and Ba Gua You Shen Zhang f v if- - Ba Gua Swimming

Zen And The Regent Generals Of The Hojo Period

They not only patronized the faith, building great temples and inviting best Chinese Zen teachers, but also lived just as Zen monks, having the head shaven, wearing a holy robe, and practising crosslegged Meditation. Tokiyori (1247-1263), for instance, who entered the monastic life while be was still the real governor of the country, led as simple a life, as is shown in his verse, which ran as follows Tokiyori attained to enlightenment by the instruction of Dogen and Doryu, and breathed his last calmly sitting crosslegged, and expressing his feelings in the following lines

The Establishment Of The Rinzai School Of Zen In Japan

Seen above, Eisai never shunned, but rather sought the society of the powerful and the rich, and made for his goal by every means. But to the Sage of Fukakusa, as Dogen was called at that time, power was the most disgusting thing in the world. Judging from his poems, he seems to have spent these years chiefly in meditation dwelling on the transitoriness of life, eternal peace of Nirvana, vanities and miseries of the world, listening to the voices of Nature amongst the hills, and gazing into the brooklet that was, as he thought, carrying away his image reflected on it into the world.

The Great Master Of Pa Kua School

Photos Old Kua Schools

Many anecdotes were given of Tung's ability. One day, Tung was meditating in a sitting posture beside a wall. In the same room were his students. Suddenly, the wall collapsed and the students who were sitting at a distance were so frozen with fright that they could only gape and stare at the site of the accident. To their amazement, Tung was unharmed, for on looking around they found Tung sitting quietly in a chair in another corner of the room.

Oyama Masutatsu Mas Oyama 19231994

After World War II, Oyama started to study Goju Ryu (pp. 170-171). He also took up Judo (p. 166), achieving yon-dan (fourth-degree black belt) after only four years. Oyama's life changed yet again after killing a knife-wielding attacker with a single strike to the head. Taking a life left him distraught. He supported the dead man's widow and children by working on their farm until they were able to take care of themselves. He then retreated into the mountains for a year and a half, meditating and developing his martial arts in constant training.

Sun continued attacking however every time he moved toward Cheng Cheng would end up behind him

Observe Sun Change Ang Time

Sun, his wife, and daughter went back to Pao Ting and Sun stopped eating. He said, I came into this world empty and I will go out empty. He did nothing but sit in meditation all day and would only drink water. Sun told his daughter not to cry after he died. He left his daughter with instructions concerning what she should do when he was gone. He said he would die sitting up. They were to wait for one half hour after which they could lay his body down. After he was laying down he said his son and daughter could then weep for him. On the day he had predicted he would die, Sun was sitting in a chair meditating. His family and friends were trying to talk to him, but he wasn't paying attention. He didn't want to put on any clothes that day because he said he wouldn't need them. On three different occasions he opened his eyes and asked what time it was. The third time he said Good-bye, closed his eyes, and died.

The Kundalini Experience

Being a college professor means you have the summer off to indulge in little self-improvement projects. When the school year ended in 1985 I decided to follow the prescriptions given in my chi kung correspondence course from the Chinese National Chi Kung Institute in Moulton, Alabama, to arouse the bubbling springs or bring the inner fire to the brain. This is known as 'Tien Tao Chi Kung or Heaven's Way and corresponds to the Indian Kundalini. I'd been able to run the microcosmic orbit connecting the meridians and chakras to the spine both front and back with a single breath for about three years and was able to bend a candle flame to my bidding, so I thought I'd go for the big time. Ninety days of meditating as much as possible. I set up a pad in the back porch and moved in a stereo tape player so I could meditate to ragas, Kitaro, or subliminals (which I recommend if you're nutso enough to try this method). My second wife Linda and her children would occasionally look out from the...

YC Wong demonstrates the Eight Mother Palms of Pa Kua Chang

Posture Training

Yew Ching Wong is one of the most highly respected and experienced kungfu practitioners in the United States today. Wong began his life-long study of kungfu in the Hung Chia (Hung Gar) style under Lin Tsu (Lum Jo) in Hong Kong. Wong is known best for his Hung Gar. however, he is also proficient in the Northern Pi Kua system, which he learned from Keng Te-Hai (Kun Duk Hoi). In addition, Wong is highly skilled in Tai Chi Ch'uan, Pa Kua Chang, and Hsin-I (Sum Yi - a style emphasizing standing meditation). Wong has been teaching in San Francisco since 1966. In the March April 1992 issue of the Pa Kua Chang Newsletter (Vol 2. No. 3) Y.C. Wong's Pa Kua Chang experience was detailed in an article by Ken Fish. Here Ken Fish describes the Eight Mother Palms (Pa Mu Chang) of Pa Kua Chang as taught by Y. C. Wong.

Hidden Masters Spirit Helpers

I have no friend I make my mind my friend. These words are taught in Zen meditation and are part of the Japanese creed of the samurai. The Ninja carry this one step further with Hsi Men jitsu, the Chinese art of psychology. Hsi Men jitsu teaches that there are three facets of every personality. Dr. Eric Berne called them child, adult, and internalized parent. The ancients referred to them as heaven, earth, and man (shen, chi, and ching). The Hidden Masters are the high self, the jonin, the upper man, the internalized mores and behaviors we have learned from authority figures. There are hundreds of meditation techniques that help one contact one's spirit ally. Each relies on artificially altering the chemical state of the blood, either by deep breathing (hyperventilating) or holding the breath (hypoventilating). Each must be practiced carefully, lest the increased oxygen in the bloodstream make one conscious of the heartbeat. In many cases, this leads to anxiety but that is easily...

Mirror Mirror Seeing through a Glass Darkly

Vampires and yidam cast no reflection and their shadows are thinner and lighter. (No self ) Many so-called primitive societies believe reflections, like shadows, are projections of the soul and avoid gazing into water or having their photographs taken as it may endanger their spirit. American Indian shamans often practice face-dancing in a mirror to demonstrate their degree of enlightenment. St. Paul looks through a glass, darkly, and Aleister Crowley gives specific mirror-building directions to catch all the subtle nuances of the experience of reflection. There is more going on Set up a mirror in a darkened room. Provide enough light to see yourself faintly. Begin skin breathing, or pushing your energy out from your body. (This will work better if you meditate for a while and wait for your eyes to adjust to the dark.) Watch the mirror with minimal blinking and no expectation. Wait for whatever appears or scarier yet, disappears. Be as relaxed as possible and try to hold onto no...

Principles From The Tai Shih Ching

Deep Breathing For Energy

Over thousands of years of experience, Chinese meditators found that through practice they could retrain the abdominal muscles and regain a stronger flow of Chi. This exercise is called Back to Childhood (Fan Ton). Principally, when the muscles in the area are exercised, the nerves and Chi channels will start to accumulate the energy which has been generated by the exercise. This kind of energy generation and accumulation is called Starting the Fire or Chi For . It is enhanced by concentrating the mind strongly on this activity. Later, it was found that in the Chi For exercise, the breathing must be coordinated in order to exercise the muscles efficiently and regularly. Also, this regular breathing coordination helps the meditator to concentrate his mind on the exercise. As explained in Chapter 1, the mind can control the Chi's generation and circulation. Therefore, in meditation, one should concentrate his mind at the Dan Tien, which is called Yi Sou Dan Tien , or the mind always...

The History of Ba Gua Qi Gong

The other school of thought believes in the practice of exercises and meditations which serve to supplement the standard Ba Gua circle walking practice and form execution. While most of these practitioners would agree that the circle walk practice can and will contain all of the elements of qi gong training, they also believe that beginning practitioners need to practice component parts of the training separately before they try to integrate these parts into the circle walk training. In these schools, qi gong, meditation and breathing exercises are performed separately from the circle walk practice until the student becomes very comfortable with the circle walk method. Concentration, visualization, and breathing methods are integrated into the circle walk practice in stages. This is a more gradual step-by-step approach and also certainly has merit. One cannot say that one approach is right and the other approach is wrong, they are just different ways to approach the same goal. may run...

Origins of the Circle Walk Practice in Ba Gua Zhang

Josef Mengele Medical Experiments

After leaving Kai Ko, Dong continued south. Reports have him stopping in Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, and at the Da Ba mountain area somewhere along the border of Shaanxi and Sichuan. Although Kang was unable to determine exactly where Dong went and what he did during his travels, the one pertinent piece of information that Kang was able to uncover was that somewhere along the way Dong became a member of the QuanZhen A - Complete Truth)* sect of Daoism. This sect was part of the Long Men (M H - Dragon Gate) school of Daoism which was originated by Qiu Chang Chun -k Interestingly enough, Qiu also invented a method of meditation whereby the practitioner would walk in a circle and, wouldn't you know, this method was practiced by the Quan Zhen sect. Delving further into this Daoist connection, Kang was able to find a section in the Daoist Canon which reads This bit of evidence inspired Kang to try and find out more about the circle walk meditation method practiced by the Quan Zhen Daoists....

Teaching Esoteric Strategy at the College Level

It's not the techniques but how you teach them, the meditation, the strategy, sharing your thoughts and feelings. That's what's important You always tell me the truth. You never bullshit. Most of the professors here are so full of themselves and their subjects, you can't really learn from them. You During our search of the literature we discovered Stephen Hayes. Hayes is one of the first Westerners to be trained in the traditional ninja life-ways as taught by Grandmaster Masaaki Hat-sumi of the Togakure Ryu of Japan. When I discovered he lived a day away in Ohio, I called him and he graciously invited me to attend a special weekend workshop for his black belts and others. I was deeply impressed by the skills taught and even more by how they were taught. Hayes used directed meditations, music when appropriate, emphasized stretching and body movement, and, most interesting for me, connected attitudelintent to technique. It was apparent that the ninjas with their...

How did your originally meet Xu Hong Ji

Master Hong Yixiang

The 40's and 50's and studying over there. It was good stuff, part of my training, but I kept hearing about this mind or meditation ability. Basically, your attitude has to be that when you walk through the valley of death, you fear no evil because you know you are the baddest son of a bitch in the valley. For that to be the case, you have to have a different kind of brain. Where does the mind come from I could find a little bit of it in the rha-rha airborne military. But when you are out in the bush and you are the only American with an indigenous team and there are hundreds of bad guys all around the ant hill, that rha-rha shit don't cut it. So, what is it that you learn in the spiritual and mental context that gives you this strength and this tranquility and this peace and this ability It wasn't coming from Karate, I'm here to tell you. That is only punch, block, kick, bang-bang, and pain, as we know. So this mental aspect is what I was looking for. By virtue of my work in Vietnam,...

Celestials Palm Xian Ren Zhang

The exercise Celestial's Palm belongs to hard exercises for outer strengthening. This exercise trains to obtain so called YANG Hand , it trains the skill of stabbing force of finger tips. There is a similar, on the face of it, exercise for a hand YIN, the soft exercise One Finger of CHAN Meditation (YI ZHI CHAN GONG) (see par. 7). However, those two exercises are similar only in that in both cases finger tips are used. Four fingers closely laid together are used in this exercise. The training method is quite simple and one can achieve a good result comparatively soon, therefore many people do it.

Ghost Palm Techniques

The Ghost Palm (Youllng Shao) techniques were developed by the wizard Song Kuang. Song Kuang was once an evil man, but after the near-death of his beloved daughter because of his own evil acts, he reformed and went to Yengtao Temple (see below) to meditate and dedicate himself to the ways of good. After years of study, he developed a blow called the Ghost Palm of Song Kuang, which could be used to strike ghosts, demons and other intangible monsters. In later years, he and his disciples developed an entire portfolio of abilities to help them destroy evil Oriental monsters of all sorts.

Discussion Of The Martial Study Of The Daoist Skill Of Combining Stillness And Movement Into

Daoist skills train stillness in the body. They calm the spirit. From the region of the vast nothingness, they seek to create the pivotal force of the pre-natal. The qi is drawn along the Ren and Du channels. It follows the natural turning of heaven and earth. The spirit is connected to the two eyes. They make the combined jewels of the sun and the moon. The mind is still and the spirit fixed. They lead movement with mystic power. Without causing there to be movement there is naturally movement. Therefore it is said that there is movement in stillness. Contemplate these principles. Undergo hardships without distress. Draw near it without being destroyed. You can study heaven and earth simultaneously in the body. Therefore martial arts and Daoist skills ought to be together raised and together discussed.

Learning how to Learn Baguazhang

As with the other internal martial arts, there are an often contradictory variety of stories about its history. Although methods of walking meditation in circular patterns have been used for religious and meditative practice by various Taoist sects for centuries, notably in the monasteries of the Er-mei and Wu-tang mountains, historical bagua begins in the mid-1800s with a man named Tung Hai Ch'uan. In any case, Tung likely synthesised his art from a variety of fighting and meditation methods that he had learned over the years. Indeed, Tung's greatness as a founder and instructor lies partly in his ability to adapt the principles and methods of his art to suit the temperament, physiques, and existing skills of his various students who were all experienced martial artists when they came to him for instruction. Although he taught relatively few, many of those went on to teach and modify, in their turn, what they had learned from Tung.

Since writing this part for this book Robb Whitewood has had his book on Xingyi published by Paladin Press in the USA

Within the Internal Martial Arts Academy the aim is to look beyond the traditional explanations of the technique. In looking beyond the traditional practices, it is then possible to know why things were taught the way they were. It is also possible to change tradition if it has become so formalised that it has lost its relevance. To this end we have changed some of the animal forms to suit this more pragmatic approach to the internal arts. In addition we teach personal development, concepts of traditional Chinese medicine, massage and meditation, as these are all part of the process.

Max Range Of A Shuriken Real Life

Saito Morihiro Negishi Ryu

Almost of all these philosophical teachings I believe are designed to improve the utilization of the hip in the body's movement. As most martial artists will already know, the center of our power and movement is in the hip, as the hip both controls the stability of the legs, which in turn provide support for the hip itself, and the upper body. as well as controls movement in the upper body. The hip is also the center of the body's weight and mass, thus is called the center of gravity. The closer the center of gravity is to the ground, the more stable and solid a person, and with stability comes speed and power. From a physical point of view, having a lower center of gravity is a great advantage. The philosophical teachings of martial arts appear to be methods of drawing the attention away from the upper body and bringing it down to the hip. Meditation and abdominal breathing bring the minds focus on the body's center of gravity. By focusing on the hara , or tanden the breath becomes...

The Dao adheres to simplicity that which is complex does not follow the

Joe Deisher

Deisher says that Zhang began the instruction with a set of basics such as simple standing and arm swinging exercises (moving from side-to-side while rotating around the body's center). He said that the standing practice was first performed with the arms hanging down by the sides. Deisher says that Zhang believes that a beginner is not ready to assume the standing postures which involve holding the arms up they will always hold too much tension. Zhang starts beginners with the simple standing practice while the arms are relaxed so that they can learn how to relax the body and explore the skeletal structure while holding the correct body alignments. After a set of simple basics, Zhang moves his students directly into the Chen Pan Ling Tai Ji form. However, every class began with at least ten minutes of standing meditation.

The Yellow Emperors Classic on Internal Medicine embraces the principle life is movement

As discussed in the first installment of this article, some schools of Ba Gua will start beginning students practicing various components of qi gong separately and thus static posture holding, sitting or standing meditation, and sitting or standing breathing exercise may be included in the curriculum. However, later in the development process, all of these components are brought together and practiced in conjunction with progressively more difficult physical body movements and circle walking footwork.

Pa Kua Chang practitioner and martial arts historian Kang KoWu A Yunnan native Kang now lives in Beijing

That Tung might have learned from. 4) Tung Hai-Ch'uan was the founder of Pa Kua Chang. The individuals who subscribe to this theory believe that Tung spent his youth learning other martial arts and invented Pa Kua Chang based on his experience combined with a circle walking meditation practice he learned from a Taoist.

Weapon is an Extension of the Mind

Continuous Palm

May be detrimental or even fatal to the students' development in the martial arts. The ego must be controlled to the extent that aggression is suppressed and only calm, focused power remains. Fear must also be controlled through letting go and directing attention to the practice itself. Student must be called when over aggressive behavior shows itself to the detriment of another student. In other words, they need to know their limits and a teacher may be required to show them how experience, superior focus and calmness is applied against flailing, blind, brute force. The overwhelming pain may again surface here as a valuable feedback method. This type of action is of course the last resort and must be dispensed with using the utmost integrity, honesty, and lack of egotism by the teacher. Hopefully the instructor has been sensitive enough to have anticipated the student's ego problem long before any serious mishap occurs. The instructor should deal with it through counseling,...

The easier the movement looks on the outside the more difficult it is to do correctly internally

Chi Kung Tutorial

Walking the circle, Chan Chuang (standing meditation) and the eight palms. This is the foundation of Pa Kua, the Nei Kung. This is the most important to practice diligently and correctly. Developing the ch'i with the Pa Kua chi kung is important and should be practiced everyday. The old masters only taught Pa Kua Ch'i Kung to their special students. Without the Ch'i Kung their Pa

Wushu Qigong Martial Arts

I once found a magazine which carried a piece of news saying that a calligraphy qigong class was going to be held. I read a few pages to see how it would be taught. Inside was written one should first of all tune up his breath, as well as inhale and exhale. Then he should sit in meditation for 15 to 30 minutes while thinking of the Dantian qi. Imagine lifting the Dantian qi to his arm. Ink his brush-pen with the ink, and then direct the qi to the brush-pen point. When his intention is focused on the brush-pen, he will start to write. Wasn't that cheating Ah, is it qigong to lift the qi to a certain place In that case, as we eat, we will sit for a while, then pick up the chopsticks, move qi to the tips of the chopsticks and eat. It could be called the dining qigong, couldn't it What we eat will also be all energy. We just talk about such a matter. I would say this is really ruining qigong as he has taken qigong so superficially. So qigong can not be understood this way.

Yin Style Ba Gua Zhang

Cheng Ting Hua Elbow Knives

In order to examine the system of Ba Gua Zhang as taught by Yin Fu it is necessary to once again look at the teaching of Dong Hai Chuan. However, this time we will need to examine Dong's teaching as we have never viewed it before in this Journal because Yin's system of Ba Gua reveals many new dimensions. Careful research into the system of Ba Gua Zhang as taught by Yin Fu and his students causes one to redefine the depth of Dong's art and what his complete teaching method entailed. Yin Fu's system contains far more material than any other system of Ba Gua Zhang that I have ever encountered in terms of its developmental training sets specific hands sets and kicking sets circle walking and non-circle walking based forms training in qin na (seizing and locking), and dian xue (point striking) weapons sets and variety of different weapons qi gong, nei gong, and meditation exercises (both Buddhist and Daoist based) and two-person fighting sets. The amount of material Yin Fu taught was...

Two of Fred Wus students practice the postheaven Ba Gua twoperson exercise

Cheng Gong Wus

Wu says that the best part of the practice is to learn how to transcend the practice. When performing the pre-heaven form movements, it is not simply a matter of walking around in circles and changing the postures - it becomes a meditation. The concentration is focused on the lower dan tian the energy

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