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by Qing Tian
Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:35 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: How to remain still in deep meditative states
Replies: 8
Views: 2002

Re: How to remain still in deep meditative states

Firstly, the body is never truly still. There is always, always, adjustment for posture. Secondly, it takes time - often quite a lot of time - to allow your body to relax sufficiently to significantly reduce tension. Thirdly, concentrating of being relaxed is counterproductive. THe more you concentr...
by Qing Tian
Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:51 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Can meditating be dangerous?
Replies: 33
Views: 4874

Re: Can meditating be dangerous?

If anybody has any concerns about practicing one or more of the (literally) hundreds of qigong forms then they should consult with their physician. This is the same advice that would be given to anyone who wants to take up ANY form of exercise and is concerned from a health perspective. There are da...
by Qing Tian
Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:49 am
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Swaying during meditation freaking me out
Replies: 8
Views: 8297

Re: Swaying during meditation freaking me out

Well, on a casual level I am not sure whether you are aware that the body is never still? Google postural sway for a good explanation. Attempting to sit as still as humanly possible is a self-defeating practice. Also, when sitting, as the joints relax there is a certain amount of 'settling', for wan...
by Qing Tian
Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Translations
Replies: 14
Views: 1758

Re: Translations

Awesome explanation Ven. Huifeng, thank you.
by Qing Tian
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Translations
Replies: 14
Views: 1758

Re: Translations

Well, that's certainly been an educational if short thread!

Thanks to Ven. Indrajala, and Rory. I had often struggled with the chanting and language issue. Now it is much clearer.

:bow:
by Qing Tian
Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Translations
Replies: 14
Views: 1758

Re: Translations

My apologies Venerable. The start of this thread probably looks a bit more argumentative than intended. What is meant by romanisation of a mantra? Does this mean something like this: Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha If so then it is simply a misunderstanding on my part, and a lack of langu...
by Qing Tian
Mon Nov 11, 2013 2:42 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Translations
Replies: 14
Views: 1758

Translations

On a recent thread in the Tibetan section there were one or two comments concerning the accuracy in translations of 'original' texts. So I have been thinking about this and have a question to ask: If translations are incomplete or fail to fully encapsulate the original, and a practitioner is not flu...
by Qing Tian
Fri Nov 08, 2013 12:51 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Legalized Marijuana - will you smoke it?
Replies: 121
Views: 10702

Re: Legalized Marijuana - will you smoke it?

Life is intoxicating enough.
by Qing Tian
Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Isn't Karma extrapolation?
Replies: 132
Views: 7653

Re: Isn't Karma extrapolation?

As a pebble is dropped into a pond,
Waves lap at the shore.
by Qing Tian
Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: Do the cultural aspects of TB practice help or hinder us?
Replies: 114
Views: 11193

Re: Do the cultural aspects of TB practice help or hinder us

Not a big fan of pu erh tea. I have premium grade long jing tea sent to me by old friends near Hangzhou. Prefer this.



To the OP: A bell must be invited to sing. :bow:
by Qing Tian
Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Buddhist monuments in ruins
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Buddhist monuments in ruins

One man's religious monument is another man's urinal. :shrug:


On a more serious note, it is a poor indictment that it so often requires a third party nation to intervene to try and save the culture of another country.
by Qing Tian
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: A Fond Farewell.
Replies: 23
Views: 2609

Re: A Fond Farewell.

Simon, the forum will be poorer for your absence. However, that is our problem and not yours.

Fare thee well, wherever your journey takes you.

:namaste:
by Qing Tian
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:36 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Lose Belly Fat !!!
Replies: 60
Views: 11904

Re: Lose Belly Fat !!!

:good:

I would be very much interested in a general breakdown of your daily diet. If you are agreeable to either post here or PM me with it (in confidence of course if this option chosen), then that would be great. If not then thank you for at least stimulating the thread in a positive way.
by Qing Tian
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Recitation
Replies: 11
Views: 1577

Recitation

Something I haven't seen posted anywhere: do you, as practitioners, memorise sutras, prayers, dedications etc for recital purposes? Or do you read from scripts? Personally I have a hard time remembering the exact wording of anything these days. more so if it is not in my first language, and I think ...
by Qing Tian
Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: East Asian Buddhism
Topic: Provenance of Pure Land Practice
Replies: 233
Views: 23669

Re: Provenance of Pure Land Practice

The following excerpt is quoted from The Altar Sutra of Hui Neng (Chapter 3: Questions). Personally I feel it is unequivocal. Prefect Wei then asked the next question. "I notice that it is a common practice for monks and laymen to recite the name of Amitabha with the hope of being born in the Pure L...
by Qing Tian
Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:31 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: Climate Change: We're Doomed
Replies: 871
Views: 108221

Re: Climate Change: We're Doomed

S o, the media (and all who are associated with it) are notorious for stoking fires. A nd have a vested interest. M y opinion is that they court controversy. S inking at times to over-inflating truly worrying situations. A ll in the name of making a quick buck. R eal reporting seems to be a thing o...
by Qing Tian
Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Law of attraction?
Replies: 29
Views: 3273

Re: Law of attraction?

:smile:


What :shrug:
by Qing Tian
Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Law of vibration?
Replies: 17
Views: 2576

Re: Law of vibration?

Bouncing around random 'science-y' websites is for dilettantes.

Education requires method.*

:reading:


*generally speaking
by Qing Tian
Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:43 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: World Chess Championship 2013
Replies: 59
Views: 8394

Re: World Chess Championship 2013

I was once a member of MENSA with a reputed IQ above that of Stephen Hawking. After the initial excitement had abated I realised that the only thing the IQ test measures is one's ability to do IQ tests. Often those who have a gift for this type of puzzle-solving are as stupid as stumps in lots of ot...
by Qing Tian
Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:09 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Dharma Wheel, An Appreciation.
Replies: 23
Views: 1961

Re: Dharma Wheel, An Appreciation.

Absolutely agree with everything above. I am a relative newcomer here. I have learned heaps reading the posts of others. That said, when I do venture an (often ill-conceived) opinion, on the whole the reception of it is gentle and educational. So, in appreciation of Dr Snyder and the whole team that...

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