Relaxing into Your Being: The Water Method of Taoist Meditation Series, Vol. 1

This is the first volume of a two-part series on The Taoist Water Meditation techniques, as taught to B K Frantzis by his teacher Liu Hung Chieh, a Taoist Master. Frantzis is now the lineage holder in this tradition. This book describes the preliminary and intermediate levels of Water Meditation and covers basics about Taoist Breathing, Standing Meditation and Moving Meditation techniques, along with anecdotes from Frantzis’ eventful several decades as a student of the Martial Arts and Meditation.

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Mind the cows, mind the horses

{xtypo_dropcap}O{/xtypo_dropcap}ne of the dhyaana slokas of Srimad Bhagavad Gita goes like this:

sarvopanishado gAvo dogdhA gopAlanandana: |

pArtho vatsa: sudhIr bhoktA dugdham gItAmrtam mahat ||

All the Upanishads are cows that are milked by Gopalanandana, the divine cowherd, as Partha the calf stands by. The milk thus made available is the great nectarine Gita, for the enjoyment of reader(s) having proper intelligence.

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The I of the Storm

In course of my attempts at meditation (more or less daily, since the past 5 years and more intermittently for a few years prior to that), I have repeatedly come across the issue of the classical triad of observer, observed and the observation. During the process of meditation, there is a distinct demarcation, a veritable split in the being of the meditator.

 

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Prayer and meditation

Prayer, in Hindu tradition, is one of the gateways to liberation. Of the four available methods, puja, prayer, japa and dhyana, prayer is considered the second slowest method to cleanse the mind. Dhyana and Japa are considered to be the most effective methods to cleanse the mind.

There are three types of prayers according to Hindu tradition. The three types are (

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The Biocultural Paradigm: The Neural Connection Between Science And Mysticism

by Antonio T. de Nicolas, PhD

Published in Experimental Gerontology, Volume 33, Nos.1/2,000-000, 1997
Copyright 1997 Elsevier Science Inc.
Printed in the USA. All rights reserved.


Abstract

New discoveries in perceptual psychology, brain-chemistry, brain evolution, brain development, ethology, cultural anthropology, the more recent work of MacLean on the structure of the brains and the discovery by Gazzaniga of the role of the, so-called, "interpreter module", are the foundations of a new paradigm on human cortical information processing, called by its discoverer, Dr. M. Colavito, the "biocultural paradigm." This paradigm shows that biology and culture act on one another as the conditioning parameters of neuro-cultural in-formation.

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