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  1. Roots of Virtue

    news The Public Square is Open to Members Now

    From the ashes of The Scamgong Bulletin rises another forum branch: The Public Square. It's open to all our registered members. The purpose of the Public Square is to house discussion about specific teachers and teachings which aren't invited by us. The unregistered viewers are ironically left...
  2. question Where to start with nurturing oneself and one's internal energy?

    I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself and tell my story. I'm a beginner at this. A babe fresh off the teat of this grey reality I've lived in for quite some time. To give some backstory to my experience with cultivation, I started with the Tao Te Ching, then subsequently moved on to...
  3. 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.
  4. Roots of Virtue

    group study Natural Breathing

    Natural Breathing Naturalness and being unforceful are evergreen topics in all valid spiritual traditions. The wisdom supporting this view comes from the acknowledgement that it's natural to feel happy and have good health, so it must be man's acquired errors alone that contribute to his...
  5. 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...
  6. Earl Grey

    feedback The Perils of Self-Initiation and Self-Learning Spotlight: Zhan Zhuang

    One of the most common misconceptions for internal practices is that people believe if something is simple, then it must be easy. A simple practice often means that the methodology is not complicated, but developing a deeper understanding comes from proper practice and guidance rather than...
  7. 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: https://terencedunn.substack.com Below is an edited and adapted synopsis of all the...
  8. 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...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    news Forum Content Reorganization and Restricted Access

    After some deliberation about benefits and disadvantages, I have decided that some of the forum content will be moved into new branches housed under the Restricted Content forum stem. These are visible to registered users only in order to reduce the risk that uninitiated and greedy people...
  10. Roots of Virtue

    group study Flexibility and Stretching

    Let's have a discussion about increasing and maintaining healthy flexibility. Stretching is a major paradigm world wide in working towards a limber body. It can easily benefit all physically active pursuits from martial arts and sports to dance. I have heard that there are internal stretching...
  11. Roots of Virtue

    group study Martial Kick-Ass Wisdom: How to Apply Power and Intention Correctly

    Martial Kick-Ass Wisdom: How to Apply Power and Intention Correctly We have this forum branch for discussing about timeless wisdom as you well know. Having the correct view about meditation and spontaneous presence is always pertinent, but many traditional pieces of advice often come with the...
  12. Earl Grey

    essay Eric Randolph: Tai Chi Cult Scammer

    The following is modified from an e-mail I had sent a friend whom I had not spoken with for two years due to the titular scammer of this thread. The irony is not lost that I met this fraudulent teacher through the friend I have written this long e-mail to detailing the nature of Eric Randolph...
  13. 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...
  14. endbegin

    group study Red Flags when Finding a Teacher

    I thought on this for a few days before posting, because I wanted to expel a few negative emotions before hand. I figured that this would have been quite a different post if I had allowed any bitterness to influence the way in which I write. I am an inherent "teeth-clencher" when it comes to...
  15. 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...
  16. creativity If Cultivation Skills Were Character Sheet Stats...

    Ting 1) listening with your ears 2) listening with your heart 3) listening with your breath Structure 0) stretch and create ease in the body 1) line up the bones 2) open the joints 3) muscles hang off bones 4) connection to the floor 5) maintain structure while moving Connection (through sung)...
  17. Roots of Virtue

    group study Short Reviews of Practical Instructions in Meditation, Cultivation, and Inner Alchemy

    Here we compile compact reviews of practical instructions in book, booklet, and relevant electronic formats like Kindle and PDF. The instructions must have formal relevance to inner work: meditation, qigong, inner alchemy, inner martial arts, etc. Esoteric topics and methods like magic and...
  18. Roots of Virtue

    feedback External Conditioning and Hardening Skills in Chinese Kungfu

    External Conditioning and Hardening Skills in Chinese Kungfu The hardening skills in kungfu are about conditioning the physical body and its external qi field to respond in a specific manner. The end result is variably called either iron body, iron shirt, or golden bell. The key part of...
  19. 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...
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