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Fragrant Qigong​


a group of people practicing fragrant qigong techniques
After
being kept secret for almost two thousand years Fragrant Qigong emerged in China in 1988 and in less than two years it became absolutely the most popular style of Qigong of all time, purely by word of mouth. It has never been advertised. In 1998 it was voted and officially declared by China’s national Qigong Association as No 1 Qigong among an assessed 50 most popular styles of that time.

What they took into consideration, apart from the healing powers and the range of diseases each style exhibited, was also their practicality (ie. how simple/difficult its techniques were to practice), how much time each style would normally take to perform on a daily basis, who can practice it (eg men, women, the elderly, children, the bed ridden), what's the highest level one can reach practicing each style and many other criteria.

Well, Fragrant Qigong not only can treat almost all known and unknown disease but it is one of the easiest to learn and practice at the same time, it takes only about 10 -15 minutes for each session and it does not require any special breathing techniques or mind focusing. On the outside, indeed, it looks too simple to do anything but its results are more than impressive.

Its basic level is comprised of 15 simple arm movements that can be done either sitting or standing, while chatting or watching TV, listening to the radio or simply enjoying the view. Indeed sounds too good to be true yet it can do all of the above and much more. It is known to induce many psychic powers an d can even lead to spiritual enlightenment over time.

During practice, one may smell amazing sweet fragrances, feel tingling, itchiness, hot or cold (all signs of chi energy rebalancing) and many chronic illnesses can be treated in the process, some as quickly as after a couple of sessions. It is especially good for treating asthma, diabetes, ulcers, allergies, high blood pressure, skin conditions, hearing problems, migraines, depression, stroke and many other ailments. Sounds too good to be true yet it can do all the above and much more. It is known to induce many psychic powers and can even lead to spiritual enlightenment over time.

Find more about Fragrant Qigong on Sifu John Dolic's website:




This thread shall serve as a discussion for Fragrant Qigong, especially for students who have learned from John Dolic.

As only Levels 1 and 2 are publicly available and Level 3 is reserved for masters and by the masters and their discernment of who is eligible to learn Level 3, we are limited to discussing only Levels 1 and 2.

You may share stories about weird experiences or healing from Fragrant practice, ask questions about proper form and practice, and clarifications about the Dos and Don'ts for Fragrant Qigong.

For your convenience, we are sticking the Do's and Don'ts here and some basic guidelines about practice, but we are not posting the full form.

You may even arrange ad hoc group training sessions online here as well.



Do’s & Don’t’s


In order to maximize the benefits of practicing Fragrant Qigong:

DO NOT allow your mind to focus on any disease or ailment you may have at any time, or any particular part of your body. Also do not concentrate on the actual movements of Fragrant Qigong whilst practicing it.

DO NOT consume any food or drink at least 20 minutes prior to commencing Fragrant Qigong and also allow another 20 minutes to pass after having done it.

DO NOT take a shower after just having done Fragrant Qigong and especially not with cold water.

DO NOT practice Fragrant Qigong anywhere near polluted environment i.e. polluted air, water and land.

DO NOT practice on roof tops, balconies, underneath power lines (unless higher than 10 m), besides rivers, on any type of wasteland or on any type of deserted places uninhabited by human beings such as cemeteries.

DO NOT practice in external environments where there is heavy rain or mist or strong wind (unless the wind is not too strong and in which case do not practice with wind behind you). If it is windy, it is still O.K. to practice indoors, however DO NOT practice in any kind of draughty environment.

DO NOT practice in front of any electric fan in motion.

DO NOT practice at all during thunderstorms, when there is lightening, earthquake, nor during an eclipse of the sun or moon. DO NOT practice outside alone in the dark (after sunset to sunrise).

DO NOT practice when experiencing anger or any kind of negative state of mind, nor during a state of mourning. DO NOT practice when in any kind of drunken state.

If pregnant, stop practicing Level 2, from the 6th month onwards.

DO NOT allow your movements to follow the beat of any music you are hearing at the time of practice.

DO NOT change the rhythm of the Fragrant Qigong exercises i.e. don’t suddenly speed up or slow down the pace, and also do not vary or experiment with movements.

During practice DO NOT touch or walk among practitioners.

DO NOT engage in sexual intercourse for 100 days if you are suffering from any kidney or lung disease or if you have been feeling very weak or exhausted every day for a long period of time. For any other disease, consider reducing sexual activity at least for the period of time it takes to complete treatment.

DO NOT concurrently practice other styles of Qigong or disciplines which require special breathing and/or mind techniques/meditation unless you completely stop practicing Fragrant Qigong, after which you may take them again.

DO NOT engage in any form of heavy physical work/labour immediately before or after your Qigong exercise. And refrain from any type of shaking movements with your hands and feet such as kicking (this can reduce the positive effects of the practice).

How to get the best results


1. Believe in it, choose to be filled with positive energy. Choose positive thinking – better still, expect positive results.

2. Practice it 2-3 times a day, every day, until all symptoms disappear and continue for at least another month afterwards. In fact do it for life, and the benefits are enormous.

3. Do good deeds daily (e.g. help others, be friendly, be patient, sincere, understanding etc.). Your results will accelerate.

4. Understand it through practice rather than studying complex theories on it. Just look at your results and other people’s results. You don’t need to understand how it works in order for it to work for you. It just work, so just do it.

5. Regularly attend group sessions, lectures, seminars on the subject, talk to others who are doing it, hear what they felt and how their health has improved etc. and also tell them how your health has improved.
 
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Good introdcution Earl! Thank you for covering all that.

I would like to add an emphasis pointing out that Fragrant Qigong works outside of the Classical Chinese Medicine energetics and the usual Daoist principles. It can be considered to be an esoteric style, and because of its restriction it can easily create energetic conflicts. Out of the styles mentioned around on this forum, at least the following are generally contraindicated if you practice Fragrant Qigong: Sleeping Qigong, Relaxation Qigong, and Longevity Self-Massage, Spontaneous Five Animals Play Qigong, and Flying Phoenix Qigong.

If you quit Fragrant and change practice to something that would normally conflict the Fragrant Qigong guidelines, then keep at least four days off before starting the new practice. For some styles like Sleeping Qigong it's recommended to wait two weeks.



Even if you don't practice Fragrant Qigong, you can gain extra benefit from charging your water into Fragrant Water. Free instructions on Sifu Dolic's site:




You may even arrange ad hoc group training sessions online here as well.

I was going to write an offer about this earlier, but you got to bringing it up first!

If anyone is interested in Fragrant Qigong group practice through Zoom or otherwise scheduled without visual or aural contact, then I could organize that. I myself practice Fragrant Qigong for the time being.

My short review: The Fragrant Qigong is not my favorite type of practice, but it works consistently and brings good result. It's easy to practice and enjoy. Practicing it takes relative little time and proficient practitioners can wrap up the daily minimum two sessions in about 20 mins. I can't think of any other style that gives as much with as little input.
 
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I will chime in on Fragrant too. I have practiced it on and off for about 2 years now and I still use it as a fallback system when there is little time available to train in other qigong methods. All that can be said is that Fragrant is quirky as a system. It is very powerful but also very meek depending a lot on the personality of the practitioner. From the little I have witnessed, the system responds in a different way each time it is practiced and it somehow is self aware and prevents some non well-meaning people from using it.
The same stands for fragrant water. The very first time I prepared it, my laogong point burned like crazy. The next times, i could barely feel anything.
 
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Good introdcution Earl! Thank you for covering all that.

I would like to add an emphasis pointing out that Fragrant Qigong works outside of the Classical Chinese Medicine energetics and the usual Daoist principles. It can be considered to be an esoteric style, and because of its restriction it can easily create energetic conflicts. Out of the styles mentioned around on this forum, at least the following are generally contraindicated if you practice Fragrant Qigong: Sleeping Qigong, Relaxation Qigong, and Longevity Self-Massage, Spontaneous Five Animals Play Qigong, and Flying Phoenix Qigong.

If you quit Fragrant and change practice to something that would normally conflict the Fragrant Qigong guidelines, then keep at least four days off before starting the new practice. For some styles like Sleeping Qigong it's recommended to wait two weeks.



Even if you don't practice Fragrant Qigong, you can gain extra benefit from charging your water into Fragrant Water. Free instructions on Sifu Dolic's site:






I was going to write an offer about this earlier, but you got to bringing it up first!

If anyone is interested in Fragrant Qigong group practice through Zoom or otherwise scheduled without visual or aural contact, then I could organize that. I myself practice Fragrant Qigong for the time being.

My short review: The Fragrant Qigong is not my favorite type of practice, but it works consistently and brings good result. It's easy to practice and enjoy. Practicing it takes relative little time and proficient practitioners can wrap up the daily minimum two sessions in about 20 mins. I can't think of any other style that gives as much with as little input.
I am interested in group sessions, we could do it online. (or if you come to Spain let me know!)
 
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Sadly, I will not be able to offer the Fragrant group practice anymore after tonight.

I will post another thread if I offer this in the future again.
 
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DO NOT practice at all during thunderstorms, when there is lightening, earthquake, nor during an eclipse of the sun or moon. DO NOT practice outside alone in the dark (after sunset to sunrise).

Thunderstorms, lightning, and earthquakes obviously are unfavorable conditions for calming meditation that shouldn't be quickly interrupted. But why are eclipses and darkness not good either?

Below is an article that might offer a good clue from esoteric Buddhist perspective. I made a few edits in square brackets, availability of the resources, and stylistic formatting.



Solar Eclipse: A Buddhist Perspective​

UPCOMING TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: A BUDDHIST VIEW​

On Monday, August 21 [in year 2017], there will be a total solar eclipse which will cross the entire United States. As in the past, we are requesting that you dedicate some extra time for your Dharma practice on this day. Both solar and lunar eclipses are important days in a practitioner’s life. There are powerful forces at work during this time, and a skillful practitioner can take this opportunity to bring much benefit through their Dharma practice. In many cultures throughout the world, eclipses were viewed as important astronomical events, often associated with ill omens and misfortune. Many cultures believed that the sun or moon was being devoured or eaten by dragons or demonic planets (rahulas), and that this had negative effects for all life on earth. This comes from the basic understanding that the planets, particularly the sun and moon, have definite energetic effects on all living things. The microcosm of our bodies is intimately affected by the macrocosmic movement of the celestial bodies. This is especially demonstrated by the tantric view of the solar and lunar radiations governing the movement of energy within left and right subtle energy channels in our bodies. In addition, it is believed that the sun and moon radiates many kinds of subtle elemental energies that help to sustain life on earth. When there is an interruption of this energy radiation, as during an eclipse, its effects can be observed and felt. It is a cessation, or a cutting off, of these vital energies. We can see this concept expressed by the word ‘eclipse;’ a Greek word that means ‘abandons’ in that the sun ‘abandons’ the earth during that time. Where there was light filtering through the elemental forces of the zodiac into the earth’s aura, there is suddenly darkness, a cutting off from the source of life. When these solar or lunar radiations are cut off, it creates an energetic stress on the planet and all life on it. This can be observed by the rise in disorders such as epilepsy and mental illness, the strange behaviors of animals – both land and sea, by the way the birds become silent, by the shift in the gravitational pull, and the arising of earthquakes, volcanoes, and other terrestrial phenomena. The stressors are strongest on the areas that are directly affected by the eclipse – in other words, the areas on the planet where the eclipse is visible. Although the energetic disruption will affect the entire planet, it will be particularly strong in these areas. According to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, many beings – beings with forms and without forms – die during eclipses as a result of the stress or the ‘abandonment’ of the solar rays, especially if their life force is particularly weakened or they have certain astrological alignments that are in conflict with the planets involved with the eclipse. Furthermore, the energies that are lost during eclipses, cannot be recovered. This means that every time there is an eclipse, there is a gradual diminishing of energy on the planet. Over the course of decades, centuries, and millennia, this gradual decreasing of energy is what is known as ‘the degenerate age.’ This is evident by the gradual lessening of the power of the five elements – food and herbs loose their potency, there is less oxygen in the atmosphere, diseases and pollution increase, there is a worsening of natural disasters and suffering. This process of elemental degeneration is largely created as a result of these continual cycles of eclipses, until finally we reach the end of the kalpa when only one element predominates and consumes what is left. For this reason, in the Buddhist tradition, much emphasis is placed on engaging in Dharma practice on these days. By generating merit and reciting prayers, we can lessen the overall diminishment of energy and slow down the process of degeneration. We can help to preserve the continuity of the elemental energies, and by doing so, it may be possible to save the lives of those beings who may die as a result of the stress caused by the eclipse. Some Buddhist sources say that during a solar eclipse the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10,000. Lama Dawa Rinpoche says that what this means is that if you engage in virtuous practice it will be more helpful than usual. However, if you engage in non-virtue, it will further the process of degeneration. “During an eclipse, Dharma Prayer is the special method to not leak away the element’s energy that is the support for all beings” — Lama Dawa Rinpoche

Prayers to say during eclipse:​

There are some special prayers, such as the ‘Kunzang Monlam’ (Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra) that state very specifically that the prayer should be recited during eclipses.

Prayer text in English:​



Listen to prayer in Tibetan and sing along! (with English and Chinese subtitles):​

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSbldGbH3Ok


However, any Dharma practice – whether it is prayers, mantras, sadhanas – will be helpful in preventing the loss of the vital energies provided by the sun; in particular, the mantra for Medicine Buddha, Amitayus, Tara, Vajra Guru, or reciting the ‘Tse-Do Tse-Sung’ Sutra. With this in mind, we request that you set aside some extra time on Monday [August 21 in 2017] to do whatever practice you are most familiar with and dedicate it to the benefit of all beings, and in particular to those beings who may be suffering during that time, as well as to strengthen the integrity of the three worlds.

Source
: Article on P’hurba T’hinely Ling's website by Khandro Kunzang




There is something in Fragrant Qigong which ties it to an almost clockwork-like operation of the universe in the Buddhist cosmology. Bearing this in mind and that the style itself has deep esoteric Buddhist roots, the advice to recite Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra on eclipses is a splendid suggestion for anyone, especially practicing Buddhists.
 
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