I let go and enter the domain of no one. Heaven and Earth are one. The circle and square are equals. They separate as necessary without effort. First boundless stillness, then endless movement. It makes no sense to talk about form or formlessness. Substance or no substance – what’s the difference? Body, energy and mind – what… Continue reading From nothing to something and back
To guide the Qi, allow it to enter deeply and collect it. As it collects, it will expand. Once expanded, it will sink down. When it sinks down, it comes to rest. After it has come to rest, it becomes stable. When the Qi is stable, it begins to sprout. From sprouting, it begins to… Continue reading The Jade Tablet
After a retreat in southern California, an artist asked me,“What is the way to look at a flower so that I can make the most of it for my art?” I said, “If you look in that way, you cannot be in touch with the flower. Abandon all your projects so you can be with… Continue reading Our Life Is a Work of Art
Fellow students of the Way, be careful. Don’t think that meditation comes first and then gives rise to wisdom or that wisdom comes first and then gives rise to meditation or that meditation and wisdom is separate. The Platform Sutra by Hui-Neng translated by Red Pine
Realising our full potential – Saturday 18th May – Day Course Retreat To achieve true happiness, we must understand what is holding us back and learn to develop the mind to achieve its full potential. In this day course retreat we will look into our life purpose and learn practical methods to overcome obstacles and… Continue reading Realising our full potential
The great Way has no gate; There are a thousand different roads. If you pass through this barrier once, You will walk independently in the Universe. The Gateless Gate: The Classic Book of Zen Koans by Yamada Koun
Krishnamurti saw meditation as a great art, “perhaps the greatest.” One must learn this art by practicing without technique—watching oneself: in daily activities (walking, eating), practices (speech, gossip), reactive emotions (hate, jealousy)—becoming aware of these things “without any choice.” Many forms of meditation have been invented to escape conflicts. These forms, according to Krishnamurti are… Continue reading Meditation as a great Art
Bai Yuzhan said, “The path of inner refinement is extremely simple and easy; just get the fire of the heart to descend into the elixir field. The elixir field is the chamber of water, while the heart is fire. When fire enters water, then water and fire mix and true yang is produced. Therefore people… Continue reading The path of inner refinement is extremely simple and easy
Mind does not know mind; having a mind, one does not see mind. Producing thought is confusion; no thoughts is nirvana. The Buddhas attain liberation by way of mind; the mind, without defilement, is called pure: immaculate in all states of being, it does not take on form. Those who understand this attain the great… Continue reading Mind does not know mind
Health Promotion Exercise Functions Reinforces intrinsic Qi and promotes good health and the ability to prevent and cure disease. Methods Natural respiration or reverse breathing techniques can be used in the practice of this exercise. 1. Natural Respiration. Sit cross-legged or take a standing posture. Gradually regulate your breath so that it is quiet, even,… Continue reading Qiangzhuang Gong
Water drizzling down the mountain wall glittering in the sun mist rising to the top birds and green everywhere life is seen drifting in the clouds standing like a giant reaching to center of the earth stretching up towards the heavens unmoved yet alive standing here how am I different? .
Vipassana Documentary from India Personally I took a 10 day intensive Vipassana meditation course in Nepeal just after New Year 2012. 10-11 hours of meditation every day, keeping the buddhist precepts of a strictly vegetarian diet, refraining from sexual activity and keeping to silence and non communication. As many of the prisoners in the movie… Continue reading A journey towards liberation
Whenever you leak vital spirit, being stirred and interacting with beings, that is all fire. Whenever you gather back spirits consciousness and quiet it down to steep in the center, that is all water. When the senses run outward, that is fire; when the senses turn around inward, that is water. The one yin [… Continue reading The Intercourse of Water and Fire
Origins of Watsu Watsu® (Water Shiatsu) began in 1980 in the warm pool at Harbin Hot Springs when Harold Dull started floating people while applying the stretches and principles of the Zen Shiatsu he had studied in Japan. In the Orient, stretching as a way to open channels through which our Chi energy flows is… Continue reading Watsu – Water Shiatsu
Sogyal Rinpoche The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Chapter V “Bringing the Mind Home” p. 57 ff.