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  1. Roots of Virtue

    essay About the Authenticity of Dr. Baolin Wu's Books

    About the Authenticity of Dr. Baolin Wu's Books Yesterday I was reading (oriental medicine doctor and licensed acupuncturist) Dr. Baolin Wu's book Eight Immortals' Revolving Sword of Pure Yang (2011) and came to a passage about Wang Xiangzhai, the famous internal martial artist and Zhan Zhuang...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    interview An Interview with Chinese Internal Arts Teacher Sifu John Dolic

    An Interview with Chinese Internal Arts Teacher Sifu John Dolic The finished article will be featured here in the first post. In the meanwhile, please read the post below for participation instructions.
  3. lotusofpeace

    request Sharing Women's Daoist Practice

    Looking for other women practitioners who would like to share their foundation practices. I want to create a rhythm for myself to deepen practice, as described by my teacher. Please message me or comment here if you're interested to explore this. For now, I'm working on Daoist Massage - 9...
  4. Earl Grey

    instructions A Short Primer on Zhan Zhuang for the Neophyte

    One of the more popular forms of meditation within the internal arts niche and what people seem to talk about often is Zhan Zhuang. One of the big problems with Zhan Zhuang is that so many people don't know what they're talking about, even if they stand for years, especially because they...
  5. Earl Grey

    journal Tao Tan Pai: The Taoist Elixir Method of Share K. Lew, as Taught by Terry Dunn

    So far, I haven't seen any places where people talk much about Tao Tan Pai and its effects on them, so I thought I'd use this to talk about it and record my own experiences with it. I'll formally begin talking about the subject with a little brief background before sharing personal experiences...
  6. Earl Grey

    journal Earl Grey's Xin Yi progress journal

    The longer one practices Xin Yi, the harder it is to talk about it to non-students and non-practitioners. It is not borne from a sense of elitism, but in equal measure having both difficulty conveying the changes in words precisely, and a disconnect from those without the internal skills or...
  7. Earl Grey

    journal Sifu Terry's Training Sets

    This thread is for routines Sifu Terry has practiced himself and recommends for those trying to rotate the order of forms taught on the Chi Kung for Health DVD series for Flying Phoenix and mixes some other techniques he teaches personally, such as Tao Tan Pai and advanced techniques not...
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    group study Laozi, Zhuangzi and Daoist Practice

    I want to open this up because I am curious to know what others think about the Dao De Jing and The Book of Zhuangzi. How do the texts influence your practice and day to day living? I always felt that the Dao De Jing was more like a manual, which is why I have always preferred Zhuangzi because...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    group study Daoist Wisdom and Philosophy in a Nutshell

    Sometimes, the stereotypes are so painfully true that you can't help but laught at them. In this thread we wonder about essential Daoism captured in brief passages. Lighthearted and humorous observations are also welcome. What Makes Daoism Unique? In terms of religion only Daoism proceeds...
  10. Roots of Virtue

    group study Daoist Three Treasures

    Taoist perspective honors Three Treasures: Ci is the ability to know compassion when relating to others, where you treat all experience as if it is a part of you. This is called owning your condition. Jian is your appreciation for the 'uncarved block,' or the ever changing aspect of life, by...
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    announcements Rules for Discussing the Monastic Traditions

    We welcome authentic monastically preserved teachings! What qualifies as a valid monastic tradition? Monks and nuns receive extra ethical vows and monastic strictures that detaches them from the lay people and the society, thus enabling monastics to devote their time and energy to spiritual...
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    group study Fundraiser and Translation of Ten Discourses on Daoist Alchemy

    Fundraiser by Mattias Daly: Translation of Ten Discourses on Daoist Alchemy "A Westerner with the knowledge of Daoist pharmacopeia and inner cultivation and the ability and dedication to present such materials to...
  13. Earl Grey

    instructions Frequently Asked Questions about Flying Phoenix

    Some Frequently Asked Questions about Flying Phoenix Training Schedules There is repeated confusion about which meditations to start with, seated or standing. What is the right ratio to do, sitting vs standing? Normally, Sifu Terry recommends we begin with both volumes 1 and 2 and details it...
  14. Earl Grey

    group study Relaxation Qigong and Sleeping Qigong

    Sleeping Qigong Sleeping Qigong is one of the most spiritual styles of Qigong. What that means is that, despite some gentle physical exercises practiced during the day, most of it is done at night and in bed – mentally. Like all other Ruan (or soft) styles of Qigong, Sleeping Qigong is...
  15. Earl Grey

    group study Spontaneous Five Animals Play

    Spontaneous Five Animals Play Qigong Imagine Reiki, Shiatsu, Kahuna, Rolfing, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Spiritual Healing all rolled into one technique, tailor made to suit your individual needs. That is exactly what Spontaneous Five Animals Play Qigong (Wuqinxi) is. It can treat a wide range...
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    group study Dragon Sickness

    Dragon Sickness Below is a very good video series explaining some basic errors that can be met while trying to engage in practical Daoist and even Buddhist meditations. The first video is a great summary even for experts. The best benefit however is for self-initiates and newbies who are often...
  17. Roots of Virtue

    essay True and False

    True and False The Old Man of Clear Serenity said: There is nothing in the world that does not have both true and false versions. Practice of the Way may also be true or false, so students should first distinguish the difference clearly. True practice is total sincerity. It is not a matter of...
  18. Earl Grey

    group study A List of Texts Earl Grey Plans to Read and Discuss

    Here's a list of books I've pulled out that I'm planning on reading and re-reading for discussion. Anyone who wants to read along, please do so and contribute, or just watch me talk to myself here! This will be updated accordingly throughout the year. The Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto...