January 2, 2008 at 3:24 pm #26827
The root on chinese qigong by DR Yang.
I bought this book today. Much beacase I found the selection of contents to be wery interesting. Clear focus on the basic theories and concepts in general qigong. And some important general advices on how to exercise and what are the goals of the qigong exrcises.
Starting reading today.
S DJanuary 5, 2008 at 8:19 am #26828
Not to discourage your enjoyment of the book, but I got to know Yang’s (former) editor quite well, we studied bagua together for a number of years.
He tells me that the books are compilations of assorted materials, not based on yang’s experience, who was trained as an engineer and martial artist (who decades later, like many martial artists, got into meditation). The editor finally quit, as he felt the material had no real voice or integrity, as he put it – just his intellectual skills as a compiler.
Western readers often assume that a book by someone with a Chinese name lends it greater authority. In my opinion, this is a flawed assumption….the way I test books now is to hold it and have my shen read the book (i.e. read the author’s vibration) and within 30 seconds i start getting the feedback as to whether I should more slowly digest the information in the book. Maybe the book only has one paragraph that I needed to rread….
but I’d love to hear what you find most valuable in the book. Please share.
MichaelJanuary 5, 2008 at 12:14 pm #26830
I will be back later on when I have read more from it. For the moment my feeling is: Perhaps the book isn’t so deep. But for me it has value in giving explanations of basic terms. It also give me explanations of what is the basic purpose of qigong. It complement what I have read so far. Mostly Mantak Chia and some books on acupuncture.
I will be back when have reading more
S DJanuary 7, 2008 at 4:14 pm #26832
He has this definition.
Yang Qi is more energy relative something else.
Yin Qi is less energy compared to something else.
I can see this works quite alrigth if you see what qualities yin and yang have, but to me this definitions seems to be an ower simplification.
What do you think?
S DJanuary 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm #26834
Yin does not mean less; “yin” can be as energetic as “yang”,
just in a different way. Yin means contractive, subdued, or feminine
whereas Yang means expansive, aggressive, or masculine.
These are not meant to be considered separately however.
Yin-yang is one thing, not two things.
They are like the north and south poles on a bar magnet.
You can’t have one without the other; you can’t just
have a north pole or just a south pole.
However, yin-yang is not static. It is in constant
It’s like breathing. To breathe, you must breathe in
and breathe out and then breathe in again, and then breathe
out again, etc. This oscillation is akin the yin-yang
See QF2 for more details.
SJanuary 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm #26836
Yes, this is also about the same definition I had on Yin and Yang. But the one I gave you was from the book. It doesn’t seems right.
But are there a difference betwean.
Yin/Yang and Yin Qi/Yang Qi it was the later the Author gave a definition on.
If he has this wrong it doesn’t give me so much confidence in the book, but I like that he give definitions but they might be wrong so I have to watch out!
S DJanuary 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm #26838
>>Yes, this is also about the same definition
>>I had on Yin and Yang. But the one I gave you was from the book.
>>It doesn’t seems right.
I believe “yin chi” and “yang chi” is just the yin-yang polarity of chi,
and nothing more. I think he’s altering the meaning with his
definitions. I would say trust your instincts and follow Michael’s
anti-recommendation of this book.
StevenJanuary 7, 2008 at 6:08 pm #26840
Well the book isn’t perfect but I like to read it. Put I feel I can’t have any trust in that the information in it always is correct. Hopefully I see when it isn’t.
S DJanuary 10, 2008 at 9:25 am #26842
data is data regardless if transmitter believes in data or not
many things are usually in the face
good suggestion frame. have found that not reading the books but thinking about the books as the way on speed reading.
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