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by Qing Tian
Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:58 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Practicing solo
Replies: 15
Views: 1706

Re: Practicing solo

Please forgive my ignorance, but what is the 10 x 10 method?

Thank you.
by Qing Tian
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Britian's upcoming E.U referendum
Replies: 276
Views: 17122

Re: Britian's upcoming E.U referendum

I'm going to be generous and assume that your remark is made with full knowledge of what I actually meant, and that you were at least attempting to be funny. :tongue: As I was growing up - as an Englishman - Europeans were those people who lived over the water. You know, in Europe. Britain was a sep...
by Qing Tian
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Britian's upcoming E.U referendum
Replies: 276
Views: 17122

Re: Britian's upcoming E.U referendum

A currency union without a shared cultural union is bound to fail. I disagree. Theoretically there is a shared culture: European culture. I don't think you'll find too many British people who consider themselves to be European, culturally or otherwise. British culture has always been seen as distin...
by Qing Tian
Thu May 05, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: What to do about Daesh? (ISIS, ISIL...)
Replies: 99
Views: 4721

Re: What to do about Daesh? (ISIS, ISIL...)

Beliefs, dangerous things to hold.
by Qing Tian
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: The Beginning of Zen/Chan in China.
Replies: 6
Views: 970

Re: The Beginning of Zen/Chan in China.

The yi jin jing (muscle/tendon changing classic) has been dated to the 17th century by historians. Bodhidharma did not write it.

I do wonder why this particular myth is so well perpetuated. It's an entertaining story I suppose. :shrug:
by Qing Tian
Sat Mar 26, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Qi Gong reading recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 2176

Re: Qi Gong reading recommendations

If one is really serious about learning and practising qigong, eventually studying the classic Huangdi Neijing is a must: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huangdi_Neijing It will also equip you with telling genuine qigong schools/methods from the not-so-genuine ones. Good luck with that! A high degree...
by Qing Tian
Sat Mar 26, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Qi Gong reading recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 2176

Re: Qi Gong reading recommendations

If one is really serious about learning and practising qigong, eventually studying the classic Huangdi Neijing is a must: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huangdi_Neijing It will also equip you with telling genuine qigong schools/methods from the not-so-genuine ones. Good luck with that! A high degree...
by Qing Tian
Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Qi Gong reading recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 2176

Re: Qi Gong reading recommendations

Strong words there, especially as Chia is quite well-regarded by many, even over on the highly critical site of The Dao Bums, and I did say the book was for those looking to read deeper into theory. Another option is the books and videos by Dr. Yang, Jwing-ming. Personally I am practitioner of the s...
by Qing Tian
Fri Mar 25, 2016 11:50 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Qi Gong reading recommendations
Replies: 20
Views: 2176

Re: Qi Gong reading recommendations

There are a myriad of practices and guides. Usually, for people starting out, I recommend The Way of Energy by Lam Kam Chuen. It's an easy read, simple to follow and doesn't bog the reader down with too much theory. If you want something more in depth then you could try The Healing Light of the Tao ...
by Qing Tian
Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: New Zealand Flag Referendum
Replies: 11
Views: 1016

Re: New Zealand Flag Referendum

I'm a Brit living in New Zealand and I found the whole referendum rather perplexing, much in the same way as the periodical republican referendum that the Australians like to indulge in. It should also be noted that the NZ flag pre-dates the Australian one, so if anyone should be changing their flag...
by Qing Tian
Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow
Replies: 333
Views: 19007

Re: Buddha is an Ordinary Fellow

Is changing the label helpful?
by Qing Tian
Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Media
Topic: Sky-Burial Tourism
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: Sky-Burial Tourism

My apologies if my posts on this thread led to offence being taken. I am a very practical person at heart. Disposal of the dead for me has always been just a practical matter, and seen as little more than a natural part of life's procession. I understand that others do not see it this way and again ...
by Qing Tian
Wed Feb 10, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Sky-Burial Tourism
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: Sky-Burial Tourism

I have spent a sizable portion of my life (about 20 years) up to my armpits in death and decay. It is a beautifully economic thing, and quite fascinating. To see the utility of death in the service of life is wonderful. Sorry, I am not saying that people should go and laugh at these things, just tha...
by Qing Tian
Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Sky-Burial Tourism
Replies: 20
Views: 1491

Re: Sky-Burial Tourism

A dead animal gets eaten by another animal. People watch, laugh. What's the problem?
by Qing Tian
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Unfortunate accident
Replies: 16
Views: 1922

Re: Unfortunate accident

Thank you for the prayers. It is much appreciated. So, an update. There is good news and bad news, in a sense. My sister has recovered well from the surgical complications - still under observation of course. She has boundless optimism, unrealistic optimism really, that she will be weight bearing on...
by Qing Tian
Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Meditation in Nature
Replies: 57
Views: 9349

Re: Meditation in Nature

A couple of weeks ago I was in the garden practising - taijiquan and so on - and at the end of my exertions I stood in the centre of the lawn for a moment before sinking into a cross-legged seated position. Automatically I began anapanasati. It was early evening. Time passed. Cats entered the garden...
by Qing Tian
Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Unfortunate accident
Replies: 16
Views: 1922

Re: Unfortunate accident

It is 6:30 am Monday here. I have just received a call telling me that my sister has been revived from induced sleep and that the ventilator will be removed soon. At this time she does not seem to recognise anyone. The doctor says this is quite common in such circumstances and is cautiously optimist...
by Qing Tian
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:01 am
Forum: Prayers and Aspirations
Topic: Unfortunate accident
Replies: 16
Views: 1922

Unfortunate accident

I am hesitant to raise this matter and the attendant request, but have few other options available. This morning (Sunday 17th) I was informed that my younger sister was crushed against wall by a motor vehicle. She suffered fracture to her femur (thigh) on one leg, and both lower leg bones in the oth...
by Qing Tian
Mon Dec 14, 2015 3:37 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Antinatalism and Renunciation
Replies: 20
Views: 2105

Re: Antinatalism and Renunciation

Anyway, I'm not really interested in discussing the topic anymore, because people in general just aren't willing to have an intelligent conversation about it. Glad a few people are willing to think about it though. 1. Thank you for letting me know that I am unintelligent. I was beginning to wonder,...
by Qing Tian
Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:54 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Antinatalism and Renunciation
Replies: 20
Views: 2105

Re: Antinatalism and Renunciation

As far as I can recall there are no historical cases where limiting births, either through personal choice or state decree, has had a positive effect overall. If you can name one then please do so. The biological imperative to procreate is hard wired into most creatures (including us). https://en.w...