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  1. Roots of Virtue

    group study Prayers and Praying

    Introduction to Prayers and Praying Prayers are used in many world traditions, but especially in Mahayana Buddhism and in Abrahamic religions as an essential part of everyone's regular practice. The concept of prayer is simple: The practitioner appeals to the power of goodness and asks for...
  2. Pak_Satrio

    feedback khuf's Past Training and Assorted Advice

    Hey @khuf, how long have you been doing FP? Would be good to hear your experiences from it. I recently read through @Earl Grey journal and noticed a lot of similarities with my own practices.
  3. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Vajra Armor Mantra Course at P'hurba T'hinley Ling Retreat Center

    Vajra Armor Mantra Course At P'hurba T’hinley Ling Retreat Center The Vajra Armor Mantra was first introduced into Tibet in the eighth century by Padmasambhava, who had collected various teachings and practices on this mantra from the ancient Indian Buddhist tradition. After teaching his close...
  4. Earl Grey

    essay "Cultivation is not for losers"

    A conversation with both Master JR Rodriguez and I and also a separate conversation with @小梦想 had the latter bring up verbatim the title of this essay. Background: we were chatting about the kinds of individuals interested in power and the internal arts, which for the sake of discussion, I will...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    group study Qigong Massage and Eight Strands of Brocade Qigong

    Eight Strands of Brocade Qigong Eight Strands of Brocade Qigong (Ba Duan Jin) is one of the oldest Qigong styles, dating back over 3,000 years. It is a dynamic set of eight special exercises, gentle but firm, done with natural breathing and concentration, that promotes the flow of chi and...
  6. Pak_Satrio

    group study Pak_Satrio's Flying Phoenix Practice Journal

    Pak_Satrio Flying Phoenix Practice Journal Week 1 It's my first week doing FPCK and I'm loving it so far! I was fortunate enough to have plenty of free time to spend around 3 hours a day on every set from Volume 1 and 2. In the morning I do MSW 3 (90 80 50 20) then in the afternoon do all the...
  7. Earl Grey

    feedback Internal Practicing with Mental Health Issues

    Simple answer: don’t do it. Qigong usually is the big problem here because unstable and overstimulated qi easily rises to the head. If you allow qi to rise to the head and don’t know how to ground it, it can lead to later mental health issues such as delusions and anxiety, depression, anger...
  8. Roots of Virtue

    group study Flying Phoenix 2022 Thread

    This is the new place to continue the ongoing Flying Phoenix general discussion on the year 2022. Previous year's discussion can be found here: Flying Phoenix 2021 Thread. It's new year, the time of reviewing past year and making renewed commitments. How was your past year in terms of Flying...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Sifu Terry Dunn's Courses & Classes (Both Streaming and In-Person)

    Sifu Terry Dunn sends regular adverts for his ongoing community classes via his Substack newsletter. Subscribe on the following site in order to receive updates, including details about pricing and joining up: Below is an edited and adapted synopsis of all the...
  10. Roots of Virtue

    essay Sifu Terry Dunn's Internal Training Biography

    TERENCE PANG-YEN DUNN is a master instructor of Chinese martial, yogic, and healing arts with more than 42 years of training based in Los Angeles, CA. Since 1990, he has popularized Tai Chi Chuan and authentic Qigong practices throughout America and Europe through his highly acclaimed Tai Chi...
  11. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Stillness-Movement Neigong

    Stillness-Movement Neigong From what I have read, Stillness-Movement is a comprehensive and deeply integrated system of Chinese internal skills that has found a solid foothold in the West. The head teacher and the current lineage keeper Michael Lomax studied extensively with his master Wang...
  12. Roots of Virtue

    group study Hormones, Environmental Chemicalization, and Yogic Health

    There is a lot to discuss about hormones. Not only are they essential to maintaining healthy homeostasis in the physical body, they also represent the important nourishing quality close to the primordial water element. Steroid hormones are effective because they are small lipophilic...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Free and Easy to Learn Internal Skills

    Sometimes people only wish to practice formal teachings if they haven't paid for those, or they might feel really cautious about investing their money because internal skills are unfamiliar to them. Either way, the good news for these people is that there exist some really good quality free...
  14. endbegin

    group study Baduanjin: The Eight Pieces of Brocade

    There are variations on how the moves are done, so I'm posting a couple here, and feel free to post some more for reference. What do we think about variations? Can one be more effective than another? This is basically the version that I have been taught: View:
  15. Roots of Virtue

    group study Food and Eating According to Traditional Medicine Paradigms

    The major traditional medicine paradigms in both India and China posit that our foods, like the entire universe, embody some immaterial properties connected to metaphysical primal elements. The ancient Greek philosophers and medicine practitioners also knew a theory of four bodily humors that...
  16. Deleted member 39

    question Grounding and Earthing

    I would like to ask something. As of lately I have been doing some research in the fields of biology and medicine. One thing that called my attention was grounding/earthing. It seems there is a good amount of studies saying that going barefoot in nature is very good for your body, as you get...
  17. One Finger Chan

    essay "So you got...", or About Stress and Recovery in General

    This text is inspired by the thread by @Earl Grey , and dedicated to everyone recovering. The purpose of this text is to show how basic methods in traditional internal methods used in asia can be explained by physiological functions, and how they relate to ones path of returning to health...
  18. Roots of Virtue

    group study Ethics in Buddha Dharma

    The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha Dharma recognizes that liberation from suffering starts with accepting the goodness of heart. Every sentient being originally has a perfectly innocent heart that has become obscured by anger, greed, and ignorance. Although re-discovering the heart of the Buddha...
  19. Deleted member 39

    feedback Fragrant qi gong has saved my life

    This is my first thread in this forum, I am glad that you granted me access to it! I have said some of this elsewhere but I think it is important to share it with everybody. At the beginning of the year I was sick. I had heart problems, sometimes the palpitations were so big I thought I was...
  20. Roots of Virtue

    group study Sensationalist Health News and Claims

    Sometimes we see news of supposed health breakthroughs or claims that a new health innovation will help you heal and keep fit. Is it an implausible money-grab and a complete waste of time, or could it perhaps turn out to be something? While science and materialistic knowledge may thrive with...