Before you start, you should understand that there are no techniques, which are absolutely effective for everybody. You will often find that, once you have stopped one thought, another one appears immediately. For example, if you are driving somewhere and suddenly get caught in a traffic jam, do you get upset?
When you practice still meditation, regulating your body, breathing, and mind, you enter into deep meditation. To reach the full potential as a martial arts practitioner, you must begin by training your mind. MA: Were you hesitant to move to America knowing that you would no longer have access to your instructors? I always believed that after I received my doctorate I would return to Taiwan to continue my training. MA: You became one of the first individuals willing to share ancient methods openly both in teaching and in writing. MA: What are some of the books or DVDs that you have created that you feel have had the most impact on the martial arts community as a whole?
For the internal martial arts society, my publications on Qigong are often described as unique, particularly because I used my physics background to tie in physics concepts and theories to the interpretation of ancient Chinese Qigong documents.
MA: You have established a unique program in California known as the YMAA Retreat Center, wherein students dedicate 5-10 years in reclusive training.
After having taught Chinese martial arts for more than 35 years, I realized that it was not possible to preserve the arts to the standards of ancient times in modern day society. I finally concluded that if I wanted to preserve the arts and pass down the true essence of them to the next generation, I must take a group of students to a remote area, away from the distractions of city life, and essentially separate them from modern society.
The YMAA Retreat Center will recruit another group of students for five years of training within the next year.
MA: Do you have any advice for individuals looking to delve deeply into the internal Chinese arts? However, I am still writing when I can find the time, and I plan to write more books together with my son, Nicholas, and my disciples. IMHO, many aspects of the Traditional Arts of Asia, do not find depth in the occidental psyche, simply because the occidental is at a loss to understand what those arts are an expression of. The occidental may shine upon the exercise, health, fitness, or martial prowess that is a by product of Traditional Asian Arts, but is at a loss because the defining elements of the foundations of those arts, are deeply rooted in Asian concepts.
Unless those concepts are not only understood to some depth, and indeed embraced, the foundations of the arts will remain elusive to the occidental mind. Sadly, many Asian adepts have, since the end of the second world war, recognized that there was a lucrative source of cash flow in merchandising the surface elements of the Asian Arts to the westerner.
Again, IMHO it takes, as the author pointed out, much study of those factors that gave rise to Asian Martial practice, to begin to grasp an in depth perception of what is going on.
For example, we will hear occidental authors making reference to concepts in Buddhism and Taoism, during Martial Arts training, and having no understanding at all what they are talking about. Hopefully more occidental enthusiasts will look deeper into those mind streams which spawned the Asian Arts, and begin to understand the rich heritage from which they spring. The Five Elements and their cycles of balance and imbalance are the basis for much of Chinese culture. When Christians meditate on the image of Christ to lead their minds into a steady, calm state and finally regulate their minds, they too are using the Guan Xiang method. You are looking to enlighten the supernatural Shen, or Ling, and focus it on a tiny point in your Upper Dan Tian (i.e. The Large Hand Stamp meditation method originated with the Indian Buddhists, and was later widely adopted by the Tibetan Buddhists. The fingers of one hand may press fingers on the other hand, or on the same hand, or the fingers may be interlocked in certain ways. Chinese Qigong has a rich theoretical foundation for meditation training known as Small Circulation where the body's energy is consciously circulated on energetic pathways.
The White Crane book actually made quite a stir when it came out because I openly stated that Okinawan Karate originated from Chinese Southern White Crane.
In an environment where training is the priority, I truly believe we can preserve the arts the way they were meant to be passed down. Some westerners have begun to study Asian Arts superficially, only to later grow into a deeper understanding.
If so humility will rise, the Arts will take a turn for the better, and students will no longer, practice, train, and work out, but rather “cultivate”!
You should keep your consciousness aware of what is happening and use your Yi to stop each new thought.


In order to stop this negative cycle, you must wait until your mind is clear, calm, and peaceful, and then put your Yi there before any more thoughts come up from the Xin. Once you have tied up the ape, you still have to calm it down, or it will continue to run around the post. When your mind is calm and peaceful, pay attention to your thoughts and learn how to analyze them. When you use the Empty Look you look at and investigate everything in this universe: how it is generated, and how it grows, changes, and finally dies. After you have used the other two Looks and your Xin comprehends the nature of emotional disturbances, you will have seen through every emotional feeling and desire, and you will understand that they are all only temporary.
If you concentrate on this image, your Xin will be steady and calm, and, consequently, your mind will be regulated. In Daoist and Buddhist meditations, a Buddha is usually used as an image, and a poem or verse written by the Buddha will be read to help the Xin be steady and peaceful.
After a thousand years of study and practice, this method has become a major meditation technique in Tibetan Qigong practice. Your mind concentrates on where you are pressing, and at the same time your concentrated mind leads your Shen to a higher state.
Frequently people will generate a sound or else shout to awaken and raise the Shen and stop the generation of distracting thoughts. When the Shen is focused, the Yi will naturally also be focused, and the Xin will be controlled. Born in Taiwan, he has trained and taught Taijiquan, Qigong and Chinese martial arts for over forty-five years. This book describes the theory and presents a detailed practice routine for Small Circulation and Internal Elixir Qigong. Though I love martial arts training, I knew it was not possible to use martial arts as my career at that time. Some of them accused me of betraying my country because I revealed martial arts secrets to Western society. While some were stubborn to believe it, others were intrigued and motivated to research farther into their Karate roots, and White Crane became essential knowledge to them.
The Taijiquan and Qigong publications have perhaps made a deeper impact than the publications on external styles.
The lifestyle and environment of today are very different from those of ancient times, even just 70 years ago. We have about 10 serious students interested in the five year program now, and most of them have already visited the center and experienced life there.
If you can keep your Yi centered in a particular spot, you can control your Xin and Nian, but if your Yi is weak, your Xin and Nian will run wild. As you look at things, you discover why they happen and what their causes are, and you learn the effects they cause. Since your physical life is so short, you should not be bothered by empty emotional feelings.
The person or thing upon which you concentrate is the source of the power, which encourages and enables you to conquer your emotional mind.
For example, when you meditate you may discover that your emotional mind bothers you and you cannot stop it. He is the author of over thirty books, and was elected by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 10 people who has "made the greatest impact on martial arts in the past 100 years." Dr.
Yang is one of the premiere Chinese stylists in the United States and has been integral in preserving and sharing classical Chinese arts. However, after I taught and published for more than 25 years many of them changed their minds. I believe this is because the theory for the internal arts is much deeper than external styles. I believe that with five years of serious daily training these students will be able to build a firm foundation for their future training and development. Of course, this is fine for practitioners with specific goals but the theory and practice of such training is actually quite shallow. Therefore, you must continue practicing until the regulating happens naturally and you do not need to consciously regulate your thoughts.
The following are methods commonly used by meditators to stop the new thoughts from appearing. Once you are able to bind your Xin and Nian in one place, you must stop the thoughts from being generated by the Xin.
Like dealing with an ape, once you understand the cause of its wildness, you can determine how to calm it down.


Once you have realized this, you will keep your attention on (look at) only the here and now.
If you understand all of this, you will see that there is no benefit derived from getting upset, and you will use the time more gainfully, perhaps by just enjoying the music on the radio. Sometimes people will use the moon, because it is peaceful, gentle, and calm, and can help you to lead your mind into a deep meditative state. The following Q&A explores his efforts in coming to America and his prolific production of written and video material. Without it, I would have been in a very competitive job market and would have struggled very much supporting my mother and my family. I believe it is one of the publications that really helped to introduce Shaolin Long Fist, as I knew it, to the West. They will be behind the 10-year students when they finish, but the goal of the five year program is to create a strong foundation so that they can further train and develop on their own.
The deeper theory and feeling are not important to them, so the more advanced theory and practice are slowly being forgotten and lost. If I don’t do this now when I am still able to, I will regret it and feel sad later when I am really about to go.
You need to understand the reason why the ape is still running wild, whether it is due to hunger or some disturbance, and you need to understand why your Xin is still generating distracting thoughts. Only after you have calmed it down are you able to lead the Xin to understand and comprehend the nature of reality. Your experiences are vain, illusory; they gain you nothing but a feeling, which is false and temporary in comparison with the existence of the universe.
In this method, you are looking at false things and using them to help yourself let go of unsettling feelings and control your Xin. Not many people had the opportunity to go study in America and I had earned a scholarship to attend. Additionally, I eventually decided with my wife that raising our kids in America was better than in Taiwan, given the political mess and the competitive schooling system of Taiwan back then.
Without me revealing such secrets, much of the true essence of the arts would have been lost completely by today.
My Qin Na DVD series and books have also been popular, particularly amongst Aikido and Jujitsu practitioners. In my opinion, to become a proficient internal martial artist, 50% of theory and 50% of practice are required. If you are taming an ape, in order to keep the ape in the cage without running wild, you must understand the feelings of the ape and try to solve the problem in order to calm it down. All of these Looks use your Yi to lead the Xin to understand the truth about emotional feelings.
I was disappointed to stop training under Master Li, but by then I had my engineering job, my kids, my wife, and a mortgage to worry about.
This is true now more than than ever, as more and more old masters passed away without having passed down their knowledge.
Although many of them knew several of the techniques I teach, some admitted that they never learned them in the way I was teaching them. Those who are really interested in the internal arts need to constantly search for, understand, and research deeper theory, as well as put it into practice. Once the ape realizes that he will not be able to escape and will not be harmed, and furthermore, that he will be taken good care of by the master, he will gradually get used to it and calm down. It is like educating the ape so that he understands that when he is staying with the master, he will have plenty of food and a nice place to stay.
Buddhists believe that all motivations and desires generated from the emotional mind do not last long, and ultimately accomplish nothing. It was in this manner that I would eventually quit my engineering job to dedicate my life to YMAA. Without the correct theory they will lack the direction for staying on the right path of training. Master Li came to visit several times while I was in Boston and also attended several international YMAA camps and seminars around the world. Only when you are able to untie the ape (your mind) and have it stay calm and peaceful have you reached real regulation. Then the Xin and Nian, which are generated, will not run wild, and the Yi will be able to direct them effortlessly.



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