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Monday, February 27, 2012

SUN LU TANG explaining the mysterious kundalini energy inside his ass:)


Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity. Lead me from the complicated to the simple. Lead me from the obscure to the obvious. Lead me from intention to attention. Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am. Lead me from confrontation to wide openness. Lead me to the place I never left, Where there is peace, and peace -from the Upanishads- Unless you know the emptiness and bliss inside yourself..you'll be a robot forced by the same emptiness and bliss trying to know itself..by pain.. ...inside your self also..trust me!..said the mahayogi!
*note*..nice master this  Sūn Lùtáng  
 

 
In silence there must be movement, and in motion,
There must be silence.
A small movement is better than a big,
no movement is better than a small
silence is all the movement's mother.
In Movement you should be like a dragon or a tiger.
In non Movement you should be like a Buddha.  
-- Wang Xiangzhai(November 26, 1885 - July 12, 1963}
 

Our deepest fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson(from "A Return to Love'' book..the above quotes)

 anyway..let me quote about him a bit..since I love these long earlobes Masters like him..kiss to his long beard too.... "
He was born in Hebei and was named Sun Fuquan (孫福全) by his parents. Years later, his Baguazhang teacher Cheng Tinghua (程延華) gave him the name Sun Lutang. (It was common in old China for people to have multiple names). He continued to use his original name in some areas, including the publishing of his books.
He was also well-versed in two other internal martial arts styles: Xingyiquan (Hsing-i ch'uan) and Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang) before he came to study T'ai chi ch'uan (Taijiquan). His expertise in these two martial arts were so high that many regarded him as without equal. Sun learned Wu/Hao style t'ai chi ch'uan from Hao Wei-chen.[1] Sun started studying with Hao relatively late in his life, but his accomplishments in the other two internal arts led him to develop his t'ai chi abilities to a high standard more quickly than is usual.
He subsequently was invited by Yang Shao-hou, Yang Ch'eng-fu and Wu Chien-ch'üan to join them on the faculty of the Beijing Physical Education Research Institute where they taught t'ai chi to the public after 1914. Sun taught there until 1928, a seminal period in the development of modern Yang, Wu and Sun-style t'ai chi ch'uan.
 What I like about this dude(
Born Sun Fuquan (孫福全)
1860
Hebei, China
Died 1933
) is that he actually wrote something about his experiences ...for the grasshoppers from heaven like you would benefit from his wisdom..how many masters actually these days write about their experiences in meditation ?..(well..this is one other I found.. the great Master Kusan (☸ 1909—1983)..taken from http://sweepingzen.com/2010/02/06/kusan-sunim-bio/  in any case,let me quote a bit about him too...Master Kusan (☸ 1909—1983) was a Korean Zen master who served as abbot of Songgwang-sa from 1969 until his death in 1983. From about 1975 until his final year he also trained a small group of Westerners in the traditional Korean approach to Zen practice. These students included scholar Robert E. Buswell, Jr. and Stephen and Martine Batchelor.  He was a Dharma heir of one of Korea’s most respected masters, Hyobong Hangnul.
Kusan was born in Namwon in North Cholla Province (modern day South Korea) in 1909 to a farming family. In his childhood and early teen years, Kusan studied classic Chinese literature at a local Confucian academy. Following school he worked as a barber well in to his twenties and also continued to help with the family farm. At age twenty-six he became seriously ill but found no one who could diagnose or treat his illness. In desperation, Kusan took to Chiri Mountain and began a one-hundred day chanting retreat. By the conclusion of his one-hundred days his health felt fully restored.
Following his one-hundred day retreat Kusan entered Songgwang-sa three years later and ordained as a novice monk with Master Hyobong. One year later he received bhikkhu ordination at T’ongdo-sa. He spent the majority of his time practicing hwadu meditation sitting with Chao-chou’s mu. Hwadu meditation is similar to koan introspection with the difference being that a koan generally consists of a complete story whereas hawadu involves the central question involved. In 1943 Kusan had an initial breakthrough, one which he later describes as nothing more than an entryway toward enlightenment.
Wanting to be closer to Master Hyobong, Kusan moved in to a hermitage near Haein-sa (where Hyobong was now abbot) and stayed there for the next three years. During that stay he had what he describes as his first substantive awakening experience. As Robert E. Buswell, Jr. stated, “…he passed into a state of deep concentration that lasted for fifteen days, during which time he lost all awareness of the external world.” With the start of the Korean War in 1947 Kusan and Hyobong fled Haein-sa and went south toward Pusan where, in a small monastery near the city Kusan received inga from his teacher.
He first began teaching in 1954 while serving as abbot of Mirae-sa for four years and went on to serve in several ecclesiastical positions within the Chogye Order. Kusan eventually left his posts within the Chogye Order to deepen his meditation practice, traveling to White Cloud Hermitage in 1957 and doing a three year retreat there. He undertook a brutal regimen wherein he did not lye down while sleeping and stood for days on end in meditation. Again, according to Buswell, “During his sitting meditation, he placed a knife attached to a long stick under his chin so that he would be stabbed in the throat if his head nodded from drowsiness. Throughout this period, his diet consisted of powdered rice and pine needles mixed with water.”
In 1960 he had a great awakening, referred to in Korean as taeo. Upon this experience Hyobong acknowledged that Kusan’s enlightenment has surpassed his own and he formally transmitted the dharma to him. Upon Hyobong’s death in 1966 he assumed abbotship of Tonghwa-sa and in 1969, when Songgwang-sa came back under control of the Chogye Order, he served as pangjang (Zen master) of the monastery for the next fourteen years...check out his marvelous method of NOT SLEEPING to get the juice of self-realization(the permanent samadhi in action,or the nirvikalpa..check out his marvelous explaining ,which is formidable..that's what I call true dedication to the Truth..grasshoppers from heaven..when you meditate 1 minute a day..this guy did it for 7 days non-stop,while standing up with his hands in prayer...here is his testimony ..from http://taikiken.blogspot.com/2011/12/standing-meditation-basics.html ) you can also see the formidable video of standing meditation of Yiquan below ..be aware that standing meditation is not really meditation as static...but is the building the awareness of the Source in Action..-added by danny-(in other words..the internal energy action is activated,and that defines the mother of all actions..please be aware,grasshoppers from heaven..kiss "

Korean Zen Master Kusan said: "In 1943... I decided to fight my drowsiness by meditating in the standing posture with palms together in front of me (hapchang..or palms together as in prayer). ... Remaining alone, I decided that I wouldn't give up under any pretext, even if I were about to die - such was my determination to continue.
In standing meditation, the hardest part is to get past the first two hours without moving, after which the main difficulties are overcome. Whether sitting, reclining, or standing, it is finally all the same as the body settles into samadhi. Consequently, although seven full days had passed since I had begun this non-sleeping practice, I felt neither tiredness nor pain in my legs. ... As it drew near to 9 pm on the last day before the ceremony, the clock on the wall made a click just before striking the hour. When I heard that click I took one step over in to enlightenment. .... What did it mean when the clock struck nine? My intense standing practice had removed the obstructions of torpor and restlessness. Its effect was like that of a clear sky completely devoid of clouds. It instantaneously allowed me to enter and abide at the original place. It was in this manner that I stood throughout those seven days and nights. ....
Those who have their minds set on cultivation should be endowed with spirits that are willing, if necessary, to bore through rocks with their fingers in order to become enlightened." - p65-67, 'The Zen monastic Experience', Robert E. Buswell, Jr. (Princeton: 1992).
"
) they always tell you to watch your breath,and be a Buddha..or worse ..they tell you to do nothing,since you're already that...or repeat some mantra,and that's it....or maybe they'll teach you like the crazy Osho  to do the insane dynamic meditation he's never done in his life,while collecting his 98 rolls roys,and making a mockery of the spirituality...(even so he was realized,and knew better..gotta love the guy,anyway...nothing like a master like him being worshiped while he gave nothing,no method,zero for your progress..)..other THEN inspiration.!!!!
Sooner or later if I do not drop dead from the painful heart attack on my 12 inch wisdom brain muscles..I will reveal the techniques of the marvelous Kripto Yoga..even though the secrets are in my previous poem I wrote it on http://kriptodanny.blogspot.com/2012/02/lead-me-to-place-where-there-is-peace.html before..here..read it again...
I'll just post a poem this time..kisses:)

Kripto yoga is simple as it could be
It's not something you could see
It is something to observe
Put your hands around your stove
FEEL the heat around your belly
Cup your hands and say,,I'm merry!!
As you hold the tree of life
When you grasp it..hold it tight
Keep attention in the body
Feel the kripto getting steady
Warmth and tingles in your hands
That's how kripto really bends
Empty,yet at ones just hard
At this point..just let it fart
Is the wisdom of the belly
Raise your hands on heart,the cherry
That's the point you must have faith
Close your hands and count to eight
Like a Jesus in a prayer
That is the illusions slayer
Now forgive ,for you are spirit
Right hand on your forehead..damn it!
So is everybody..admit it!
Now grasshoppers put your fingers
Side by side..on your brain sides
Left on left..don't let past flicker
Right on right ..the future flies...
You are sparks of the divine
Just massage the top..that's fine..
Raise your spine like a coyote
Whom could know your frutti-tutti
Look ahead and wipe your face
See?..forget about distress..
Now relax,lower your hands
That is Kripto Yoga ..friends..
Feel my bliss inside your hands
If is cool ..your kripto bents
If is hot ..just watch the fire
I just burn the wrong desire
Stay with it..that is important
Find your kripto in this moment
Bliss and peace are your own nature
All I did was try to nurture ..
Your own bliss inside your selves
Your own power..
Your true aims..
So grasshoppers thank me later
Mahayogi's kiss is softer
Like a kiss from your lost friend
Like a fresh sunshine you miss..
As I said..I aim to please:)
Kiss..
Thank you for reading this poem of mine...
...grasshoppers from heaven.
I love you too:)
Kisses:)
Thus kissed the mahayogi!!..

Trust the mahayogi...

For I am the only living person in the world whom actually did the famous Rainbow Body..(where you go poof in the light,and you are the light)..and also did just for fun a double of my real body(not astral...astral I do for breakfast,if I want..and I'll squeeze your ear lobes while you ask ,,who's there..who's there..looking left and right ,and your eyeballs not seeing me,since I am invisible) and that was recorded in a movie made about me...I can send you the tape of it,if you want.
(ps..the so-called ,,astral body,,..is just the body you grasshoppers from heaven are using every night when you sleep...is not really special..trust me..the idea is that I am conscious of it during sleep..so I can direct it whatever I want..but is not some ability you don't have already..you leave your body EVERY NIGHT in a so called dream..then you wake up EVERY DAY in another dream,which seems real because it has the stamina of being ,,recurrent,, don't worry..you'll die soon enough and realize you've dreamed all your life also,unless you awaken to your immortal Kripto spirit within you(or the MIND knowing it's own face before it was born. ..or the snake eating it's own 12 inches wisdom brain muscle tail..or the coyote looking into the mirror to bite his own (carrot looking like..very long nose,indeed..) nose and realizing he was the Buddha the whole time,but never knew it..it never knew it because it had to experience itself,and that is the secret of creation..which was explained to me when I went ,,poof,, into the light,and the light was me.) ....ponder of my words of wisdom,grasshoppers from heaven..and ponder HARD..life is short..believe me...if you don't believe me,please visit your local cemetery...kiss:)

 In any case,I present you the Scott Meredith's translation of the SUN Lu Tang formidable personal experiences in the path of Tao..worthy of reading.
I'll try to comment on those,if I have time...kiss:)
Thus spokenth the mahayogi!
Kiss and love to you,grasshoppers from heaven:)
-added by danny-
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 SUN LU TANG: My Personal Experience

 -translated by Scott Meredith -

Ever since I began training boxing in childhood, my teachers always told me “Boxing embodies
the Tao”.

*note* beautifully he explains..he meant the action embodies the Source..added by danny-
 I was skeptical about it. But when I learned ‘concealed energy’, and the unification
of hard and soft, my movements became lively and swift and then I understood the truth of it.

*note* of course he did...you see ..grasshoppers from heaven?..the Source is not some aberrant mind-form ..is the SOURCE of all motion...creation..the whole universe indeed..
I did my best to explain this process on some post of mine.....run a random post on this blog..maybe you'll remember it..grasshoppers from heaven:)

When I got together with fellow trainees, we shared our personal experiences and results. But
as I progressed to understanding the next level of ‘mysterious energy’, although I remained

*note* forget about explaining...this stuff is personal,indeed..
willing to talk about it with classmates, I didn’t want to share my experiences with outsiders. But
now I want to write my personal experience for people who have started on the same path in the
hope that we can all improve together.

 *note*..improve together"??..how many masters these days want to improve together??..I am only 179 years old(and still going strong,because I eat only the sun's sunshine empty rays for breakfast...and 2 large empty fried eggs of wisdom muscles made from the famous 12 inch inner kripto eternal spirit within for lunch..and for dinner I do the moon's rays salad..trust me..this diet of air and light will make you a mahayogi in no time..please use the Shakti fork inside you when you eat the mahayogi's meals from heaven..zero proteins,zero fat.. but lots of air and a solid 2 liters of water down your coyote's mouth  is good for your overgrown ass,I say..in no time you'll feel better,if you use the Shakti kundalini fork,of course..letting jokes aside,is true that before I'd fasted for 8 months..eating maybe one extra large peanut a week ..while meditating ,of course..that happened when I walked from Miami to Philadelphia and lost more then 60lb while my beard was longer then a coyote's butt whiskers  ...but anyway..fasting is useless
unless combined with meditation...and not any meditation,since it seems these days that anyone and everybody is expert in meditation..you must have transmission first,and meditate with attention on the shakti spirit(shakti means the kundalini power..spirit means the awareness of it,grasshoppers from heaven) within you,that's all..trust me..because if you don't have transmission of power,you'll just use the 6th consciousness ..or the discriminative one as explained by the Yogacara buddhists..and you'll get no-where,since the very attention you're using is a result,and not the source..only when you reach the source you can purify the consciousness,even though is possible by a tremendous effort to eat your own tail using your ego and get realized...but that's the long way,and you might die today...ponder..especially if I shove my wisdom finger in your FAT grasshoppers anus from heaven..guess that's the only way to make people happy these days..lol...just kidding:)))and I have yet to meet only ONE (I repeat... not even only One I'd ever met..none whatsoever..so if you're some master wanting to share our experiences,please email me before I die..you fruitcakes..!!!) masters whom want to improve together???..perish that thought..there is no such thing..please..gimme a break!!!..NONE I've met..zero,nada..niente...nothing...nimic..nichts and sayonara sucker... as my little japanese friend explained me ..that's all I've got from the so-called masters..why is that?..why this desire to improve was so strong in those old Buddha days,but these days everybody tries to trump the other master,and never actually trying to learn anything?..what happened to the masters?..they became so stupid that there is no way but their highway?..maybe so friends..maybe so...
As I began the progression to ‘mysterious energy’, after practicing formal sequence (of Xing Yi
Quan) I would finish with upright standing, trying to to unify my spirit and energy. And every time
I did that, I'd feel some slight subtle movement in my perineal area. At first it was barely
perceptible. When doing my quiet standing after each day’s practice, I’d sometimes feel it and
sometimes not. But over time, the movement became stronger and more frequent, until it got to
the point that as soon as I returned to standing at conclusion of any formal drill, all I had to do
was concentrate for a moment, and I would feel a vectored energy discharge. I realized that this
was the spontaneous energetic movement of the true yang-power, which is described in
classical works on Taoist static meditation. 

*note* yes..he'd used the formal motions of moving as a ,,mantra,,therefore,his mind was pacified..so anyway..,when he returned to silent standing ...his energy was pushing up from his ass(not really ass..just above it,in your sacral bone) ..kundalini will activate the HARD way if you do this,and you manage to silent the mind by a vocal or body posture mantra..be careful..the easy way is to get transmission from a samadhi master(like me) and try to keep your attention on the yang power(the cool feeling of honey honey inside you..that would automatically resolve the issue of ,,thinking,,or ,,not thinking,, since it'll create a resonant feedback in your consciousness ..this happens because of the fractal level of creation of the universe itself.. also be aware that the MIND factor of the witness spirit inside .....you can't dismiss the mind,or moral factors,and IF YOU just concentrate and ,,watch,,..you must also ,,forgive,,..,,let go,,..and ,,know,,..otherwise the same concentration techniques will just activate your own separated factors of consciousness within YOU..those you are NOT aware of..and you'll take those as manifestation of realization..Buddha talked about this danger many times..I talk only one time,since I am not a BUDDHA)
 
 
The ancient Taoist meditation masters thoroughly
understood this process, which they referred to as movement arising from the stillness of their
seated practice disciplines.


What I was doing was the inverse of that - I had been creating
stillness (the upright standing) subsequent to the movements of my prior boxing practice. It’s
hard to understand. This state is also described in the ancient boxing classics with the
phrase“omnipresence without movement”.

(HE MEANS OF COURSE  the state of internal energy abilities..your energy is flowing,and you are still as a pine tree in the body posture...omnipresence without moving is the knowing aspect of the witness)
 
Anyway I persisted relentlessly in my daily practice.
Finally I reached the point that immediately on assuming the upright standing posture, my entire
body entered a state of absolute emptiness, within which the true yang power resonated and
flowed. This condition has been characterized by Taoist Master Liu Hua Yang as re-experiencing
one’s original nature. In this state, if I moved even slightly the real yang resonance
would immediately discharge. I realized I could use the boxing method itself to transform this
raw potential.
This stage is when your body feels like is gone..your breathing is very superficial,but your internal currents are strong..do NOT worry about dying at this stage(if you get there)..is just a normal path..you won't die,is just your breathing is very shallow,and you are in bliss,and emptiness of the body/mind...be careful..because many..many meditation dudes stop of this point,because of fear of the unknown ..PLEASE do Not ..is a normal stage...and keep your attention on the feeling of emptiness ,the wind inside you...the beauty inside you..then watch your thought forms..see what you're thinking..because at that stage,you shouldn't even be able to think..ponder grasshoppers from heaven..
I used my mind to sink my insubstantial spirit, filling my dan-tian. At the same time I used the
insubstantial spirit to slightly elevate the perineal area energy accumulation (cf. Translator Note
1), which resulted in full coordination of inner and outer activity.
Thereafter, when I merely directed my mind briefly to my dan-tian, even for just a moment, the
real yang resonance would immediately concentrate itself and rise up into that area. At that
time my body would experience a sensation of absolute ease. At that time I hadn’t yet heard of
the doctrine of TAO (cf. Translator Note 2), but anyway I felt as though two powerful forces were
interacting within my dan-tian. After standing in this state for up to four or five hours, I would
gradually come back to my normal self. I believe that this immobile state was the result of my
gradual accumulation, through the formal boxing practice, of two kinds of breath that were
retained in my dan-tian after that practice finished. These internally retained breath elements
were entirely different from the breathing of daily life.

 I had not intentionally created or retained
these internal breath elements, but after a practice session I would have persistent experience
of them. Zhuangzi wrote that the superior man breathes from his feet, 

He means his feet pure ki channels were opened,and he could breath from his feet...this is similar to the large circulation from the taoists systems(the small circulation is between the belly and the head..the large one from the feet to head,while the heart KNOWS..be careful..the KRIPTO knows..see??)..again..only the immortals breath from their feet and hands...you feel you won't breath at all,and you'd get scared..do NOT be..is still a process..the breathing is still there,but very shallow..and the internal breathing is very strong like a wind...be aware of this stage,and DO NOT get afraid,please...at that point find the witness pure kripto spirit inside you...the watcher of everything..and KNOW YOU ARE THAT!! ...thus spokenth the mahayogi...kiss:)
 and my experience was
consistent with this basic idea. I was then able to use these elements of internal breath to
smooth and refine the movement of the real yang resonance so that it uniformly suffused my
entire body.
Thus I continued as I have already written, with the process of raising the resonance up to my
dan-tian, and every time I practiced a boxing sequence my inner and outer movements were
absolutely coordinated into one. I would practice gently and slowly, always careful to maintain
my balance. When I practiced the formal sequences, I would take care to keep my limbs
relaxed, my movements soft and harmonious, maintaining that feeling of emptiness.
Over time, my dynamic boxing practice came to generate exactly the same state as the static
work I described above. Sometimes I would stand after performing only one sequence,
sometimes after two, and then begin moving again.
 No matter what, I would always elevate
the internal yang resonance to my dan-tian, and leverage the internal breath elements
generated by the boxing practice as feedstock for the internal flow. The flow begins at the
coccyx (Cf. Translator Note) and rises through the vertebral points (Cf. Translator Note 4), then
to the upper gate/Jade Pillow (Cf. Translator Note 5), then to the crown of the head, before
lowering down the front, exactly as taught in seated meditation methods, back to the dan-tian.
He forgot some sensitive points on the 12 inch wisdom brain muscle ..but that is the internal circulation,yes..
Sometimes the flow would circulate two or three times before settling into the uniform state of
full-body permeation, while at other times it would make three or four orbits before suffusing into
the uniform state. There seemed to be a correlation between the number of circulation orbits
and the number of prior practice sets. But that was only in the beginning.
Later, even without any prior practice at all, whenever I would merely sit down, or take
any action at all, I could use the internal breath elements to achieve the same preliminary
circulation. Finally I could achieve it even while asleep.
 I’d be sleeping soundly when the
internal yang resonance would suddenly activate itself, immediately awakening me.

It awakes you only if you're asleep..basically this power is your innate spiritual power..it will rejuvenate you,and you'll feel as LIKE you don't need any sleep...at one point though you'll fall asleep..the most I managed to go without sleep was 12 days using my kundalini power..but then when I fell asleep...oh,boy..I was riding a bicycle and was a happy sleeper for some marvelous couple minutes...thank GOD for the truck hit me right on(I was riding on the wrong line..the opposite line,that's why the truck got my sleeping pinhead,I tell you..) ,otherwise I'd had pedaled my way to Nirvana...I remember I survived though..but the truck was not in a very good shape,I must admit it..also I've had some curious huge amazing lump on my forehead...which matched the shape of the large hole in that truck's engine...so I just picked up myself from the 30 feet away I flew from the impact..and walked away smiling with the leftover twisted bicycle on my back..eghh....those were good days,indeed..just beautiful...
 Again I
was able to use the breath elements derived from the boxing practice to transform this into
the uniform state of energetic suffusion. Finally the yang resonance no longer spontaneously
activated itself during my sleep, and my entire body inside and out, as well as all four limbs,
would suddenly transform from the state of full suffusion to the ultimate state of complete
emptiness. I experienced this as a kind of shower of complete bliss.


 I could apply this internal
breath to achieve this ultimate state even while dreaming. When I awakened I would realize that
I had experienced that while dreaming. Later I experienced a final abbreviation of this process
so that as soon as I fell into deep sleep, I would enter the state of ultimate emptiness.
In daily waking life, while walking or sitting, my limbs would suddenly feel absolutely light or
empty, and my body would enter a state of absolute comfort. After each evening’s practice
of the boxing sequences, when I went to sleep each night, I would almost always experience
this transform to ultimate emptiness. 

There is a point when this becomes innate..this ultimate emptiness..and please don't assume you have it,unless you challenge yourself and find the truth beyond life and death..please..kiss to you,grasshoppers from heaven..enough of explaining..now go practice,please...added by danny-)
 But if I went to sleep without practicing, I would be less
likely to experience the shift. Finally I understood that the internal practice as described here
strengthened my internal state to the point of warding of any illness of body, mind, or spirit. I
also realized that the process I had gone through in my boxing practice was identical to that
taught in classical Taoist meditation, thus these two arts have exactly the same theoretical
basis.
What I’ve written about here, above, is my own personal experience of internal and external
transformation. I’ve laid it out openly for the benefit of all fellow practitioners.
* * *
Translator Notes:
1. For quibblers - I am full aware that perineal, thus this can be alternately
translated as ‘anus’ but ‘perineal’ is more faithful to the felt nature of the actual experience
2. Citation missing from original text
3.  Wei Lu Guan
4.  Jia Ji Guan
5.  Yu. Zhen Guan

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Translator Commentary:(from Scott Meredith)
This important piece is written in semi-classical Chinese, the difficult hybrid style of writing that
came into being in the interim between the lingering attachment to the ancient imperial exam
system based on millennia-old seminal works of Chinese civilization and the early 20th century
efforts to modernize and standardize the written and spoken language, often heavily influenced
by Western grammarians.

 This piece leans more toward the really hard-core ancient style. Thus
if you run this through Google translate, the result it total garbage and gibberish.
I have done my best to render the most complete, thorough, and accurate translation. But this
piece talks about things far beyond most people’s experience and uses terms that philosophers
and linguists have debated for centuries. There is simply no way to avoid endless quibbbles
about whether I’ve translated this or that phrase, every mysterious word, accurately.
Best then to avoid tedious legalism. The process Master Sun describes is something I have
personally undergone in almost every detail. Take it as a finger pointing to the moon - once you
see the moon, forget about the finger. Focus on the moon.
And as always, if you don’t like how I’ve done it, do it yourself.

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grab the pdf here http://www.scribd.com/doc/72114065/SUNLUTANG-AreYouExperienced-2

The student asked: “A sage's response to changing conditions

is unlimited. Does he have to study beforehand?”

He should worry only about his mind's not being

clear, and not about the inability to respond to all changing conditions.”

— Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529)
To nourish the vital energy, keep watch in silence;



In order to subdue the mind, act with non-action.



Of movement and stillness, be aware of their origin;



There is no work to do, much less someone to seek.



The true and constant must respond to phenomena;



Responding to phenomena, you must be unconfused.



When unconfused, the nature will stabilize by itself;



When the nature stabilizes, energy returns by itself.



When energy returns, the elixir crystallizes by itself;



Within the pot, the trigrams of kǎn and lí(heaven and earth) are joined.



Yīn and yáng arise, alternating over and over again;



Every transformation comes like a clap of thunder.



White clouds form and come to assemble at the peak;



The sweet nectar sprinkles down Mount Sumeru.



Swallow for yourself this wine of immortality;



You wander so freely—who is able to know you?



Sit and listen to the tune played without strings;



Clearly understand the mechanism of creation.



It comes entirely from these twenty lines;



A true ladder going straight to Heaven.-Daoist text -

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To us all towns are one, all men our kin. Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill. Man's pains and pains' relief are from within. Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !." - Tamil Poem-

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"The center of the cyclone is that rising quiet central low-pressure place in which one can learn to live eternally. Just outside of this Center is the rotating storm of one's own ego, competing with other egos in a furious high-velocity circular dance. As one leaves center, the roar of rotating wind deafens on more and more as one joins this dance. One's centered thinking-feeling-being, one's own Satoris, are in the center only, not outside. One's pushed-pulled driven states, one's anti-Satori modes of functioning, one's self-created hells, are outside the center. In the center of the cyclone one is off the wheel of Karma, of life, rising to join the Creators of the Universe, the Creators of us.

Here we find that we have created Them who are Us...

Lilly's Law

"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the(true mind..added by danny) mind, there are no limits."" -- John C. Lilly -

Unless you know the emptiness and bliss inside yourself..you'll be a robot forced by the same emptiness and bliss trying to know itself..by pain..inside your self also..trust me!..said the mahayogi!

In silence there must be movement, and in motion,
There must be silence.
A small movement is better than a big,
no movement is better than a small
silence is all the movement's mother.
In Movement you should be like a dragon or a tiger.
In non Movement you should be like a Buddha.  
-- Wang Xiangzhai(November 26, 1885 - July 12, 1963}
Those whom have ears to hear,let them see..those whom have eyes to see..let them hear good...Kripto Yoga  2.12
 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wang Xiangzhai was Yiquan Nirvikalpa meditation in motion secret power!


Lead me from dreaming to waking.
Lead me from opacity to clarity. Lead me from the complicated to the simple. Lead me from the obscure to the obvious. Lead me from intention to attention. Lead me from what I'm told I am to what I see I am. Lead me from confrontation to wide openness. Lead me to the place I never left, Where there is peace, and peace -from the Upanishads- Unless you know the emptiness and bliss inside yourself..you'll be a robot forced by the same emptiness and bliss trying to know itself..by pain.. ...inside your self also..trust me!..said the mahayogi!

In silence there must be movement, and in motion, 
There must be silence.
A small movement is better than a big,
no movement is better than a small
silence is all the movement's mother.
In Movement you should be like a dragon or a tiger.
In non Movement you should be like a Buddha.  
-- Wang Xiangzhai

Our deepest fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson(from "A Return to Love'' book..the above quotes)

*note*formidable guy this  Wang Xiangzhai  ..



Wang Xiangzhai was born in Hebei province, China. As he was a very weak child, his parents decided to send him to the famous Xingyiquan master Guo Yunshen to improve his health.
The Wang family had always had connections with the Guo family, horse breeders in the average. Master Guo Yunshen taught him zhanzhuang gong (post standing postures) that the young Xiangzhai had to keep standing for hours.
During his young adult life, Wang Xiangzhai became a soldier in Beijing and at the age of 33, he went all around China, studying martial arts with many famous masters including monk Heng Lin, Xinyiquan master Xie Tiefu, southern white crane style masters Fang Yizhuang and Jin Shaofeng, Liuhebafa master Wu Yi Hui, etc. Learning from his experience and honoring the truly skilled, Wang made a public statement in 1928:
我在國內參學万余里,拜見拳家逾千人,堪稱通家者僅有兩個半人,即湖南解鐵夫,福建方恰庄与上海吳翼翬耳。 I have traveled across the country in research, engaging over a thousand people in martial combat, there have been only 2.5 people I could not defeat, namely Hunan's Xie Tie Fu, Fujian's Fang Yi Zhuang and Shanghai's Wu Yi Hui.
After 7 years of research and study, Wang established himself in Beijing and penetrated the circle of famous masters in this city as well as in Tianjin and Shanghai. At this period of his life he was reunited with his friend and classmate from schooldays, the respected Liuhebafa Chuan master Wu Yi Hui, and also became friends with the Baguazhang master Zhang zhaodong.
He started to teach many influential martial artists including Hong Lianshun, Zhao Dao Xin, the Han brothers (Han Xing Qiao and Han Xing Yuan), Yao Zongxun, Wang Shujin (who studied Zhan zhuang for one year), and others.
He first named his teaching Yi quan, in reference to the Xing Yi quan and Xin Yi quan styles. Later, in the 1940s, one of his disciples who was a journalist publicly called it Da Cheng Chuan, which means "great achievement boxing". It is still known by both these names today.
He received the visit of many Japanese experts during the war. One, Kenichi Sawai became his student and created his own school in Japan calling his martial art Taikiken. Sawaii was however solely instructed by Wang's successor Yao Zongxun, who was given the order "instruct him correctly, but limit what you give him".
At the end of his life he performed research into the healing aspect of Zhan zhuang and worked with different hospitals.

he actually discovered the unifying force of energy..using the martial internal arts system...you might think,grasshoppers from heaven..that he was trivial in trying to access the force,and that fighting systems are all useless since love is the answer...well..when the bully(some flat nosed ,large ears like my salad sandwich ....small forehead and eyes stuck in his forehead..like 2 Mexican wild beans ... way taller then you,and strong with such muscles that he could pop a can of Budweiser beer between his asshole cheeks) on the street tries to steal your cheese sandwich ,just because he feels like..you'll think twice about turning the other  face like Jesus did(not ass)cheek,indeed..for the next day you'll be a victim again of his hunger..so spare me with the ,,love your neighbor,, or prove me that love works in that particular situation..please...

(ps..actually love works,but you must have the so called ,,energy field,, around you already established...remember that it will simple defuse his(her) anger,and transform it..but this is only on the advanced stages,not on the beginners grasshoppers like you...and be aware that this energy field is NOT a mental state of mind..be aware..is has nothing to do with will or intention..is a state of being,really...trust the mahayogi!...I could just look in your eyes,and you''ll loose all your anger..but that's because I expend my shield to protect you,and you'll become me...then whom is there??..since we are one??...people hurt themselves because of their unconscious split of the many personalities in them..but when you know your true essence...is impossible to harm anybody,since they are you...please reflect on my superior wisdom from heaven... for as you harm the other you harm yourself...understand this simple universe's principle,and you'll be ok..)

DID I tell you that the universe is built on tension of the yin/yang...or the opposites?
Or you think you COULD develop your love,if there was no hate?
If you believe that..you're in error..the universe gives a flying fuck about what you believe anyway...and your life's experiences(lots of pains..and some little joys,I say..my kripto joy,of course.no joy for you..since you take the pain as joy,and never actually reach the source of both) will be the final answer..trust me!
There is INDEED a true love,but that is not personal,nor has a name,nor is anything like the ,,human love,,..
It just Knows you are the same as IT...practice,then I'll explain more,please...and please practice meditation (but not like my beloved Allen Iverson does it..you must actually practice)



otherwise all my words will go thru your one left nostril...go up to your right shrimp like eyeball from heaven......and exit thru your asshole,in a slow fart..like this..phhhhhhhhuuggggggggg you mahayogi...a slooooooooooow farting away of my wisdom,indeed...
Of course it takes a mahayogi like me,loved in the 3 worlds,respected in 10..worshiped (Halleluyah..brothers and sisters,I say..bless be the mighty kripto within you..yes,Sir and Ma'm..I say..) in the 19th by myself,since there is none else there...I am beyond time and space,and due to my superior wisdom brain muscles I just try to give you the best of the best of my 12 inch erected  wisdom brain muscle...if you want to read my blog,fine..if not..get out of here..I want serious grasshoppers who actually practice...not talk about the absolute like numbnuts as Cohen or Wilbers..or other cretinoids in the advainta field..
I'm the guy whom wants you to actually practice....and practice hard,to grasp my juice wisdom from my superior brain..see?
Then..you'll realize your own true nature is was me,the mighty kripto spirit ..all along...see?..good...
Now let's get back to explaining this formidable master Wang...you see..all his life he's tried to integrate the china's martial arts...to the essence ..
And he discovered the missing key was the emptiness they missed when they tried to apply the nose punching moves.
In other words...he discovered that by simple intent while you hold a posture like embracing the tree in front your belly...and NOT move,but intend to move..you develop great power later on...
See his genius??
Grasshoppers from heaven...the Yiquan is simple..just relax,and imagine..
The secret is not a secret,it's been used on all areas of creation by astute individuals..is just he applied it in the realm of martial arts..he spoke the truth,I tell you..
Later in his life he used it for health ...to teach people to get healthy,I mean..before they die like dogs,I mean..
But  there is nobody whom explained better then him the so called ,,secret secret of magik,,in the martial arts I mean..see what I mean?...
Kiss:)
I"ll post some links now about him..and be well..

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yiquan
 http://daoyinchuan.com/arts/yiquan/wang-xiangzhai-poem/
 http://waterspirit6x8.tripod.com/id44.html

 http://neigong.net/2007/07/29/power-discharge-in-yiquan/
 http://www.yiquannet.com/en/dongtai/Index.asp
 http://taikiken.blogspot.com/2007/09/interview-with-wang-xiangzhai.html
http://www.zmq37.com/writings.html

 http://www.martialdevelopment.com/blog/four-paradoxes-of-standing-meditation/
(about the one above,,I'll post the whole text..

In 1939, Wang Xiangzhai issued a public challenge through a Beijing newspaper. His objective: to test and prove the new martial arts training system of Yiquan, a system that placed standing meditation (zhan zhuang) at its core.
Expert fighters from across China, Japan and even Europe traveled to answer Wang’s challenge. None could beat him or his senior students. His standing meditation training produced superior results in a shorter time period, when compared to methods used in boxing, Judo, and other styles of Kung Fu.
Considering the proven value of standing meditation, surprisingly few people undertake the practice today. Why is this? As Wang himself noted, the exercise is plagued by logical contradictions. Understandably, but unfortunately, martial artists reject the exercise because it cannot possibly work.
Sincere students, who are willing to suspend their disbelief for a few hours of introductory practice, will encounter and resolve these four paradoxes.
Standing still is good exercise. Wang Xiangzhai explained the unique health benefits of standing meditation in his essay, The Gain From Practicing Martial Art:
Appropriate exercises can positively affect every cell and every organ in the human body, improve the functioning of respiratory and vascular systems, and also improve metabolism. In other words, they activate the whole human organism.
In typical forms of exercise, before the body is tired, there are already problems with breathing and the heart is overburdened. So the exercise must be halted prematurely in order to let one’s heart rest, to catch one’s breath and return to a normal state.
Chinese combat science uses the opposite method. This is exercise of the muscular and vascular systems, exercise for all cells of the body. The principle is to stimulate every organ at the same time. Even if during exercise your muscles become tired, your pulse stays in the normal range, and breathing is natural. After the exercise, you feel that your breath is freer and more comfortable than before.
Because there are no complex sets of movements, the nervous system is not greatly stressed; you eliminate internal tension, achieving mental calm. This is one of the elements that make combat science different from typical forms of exercise.
Holding your arms up is relaxing. Many variations of standing meditation require that the arms be held up, as if holding a ball, for fifteen minutes or more. At first, such postures are unpleasant, and cause tension and soreness in the shoulders. However, the posture itself is not the problem, it only exposes the problem: an unhealthy lifestyle, so deficient in exercise that even your own arms seem oppressively heavy.
After a few weeks of regular practice, the soreness will give way to more pleasant sensations. You will be able to raise your arms up with no discernable effort, and your entire body will become warm. Your joints will feel well-lubricated; stiffness or arthritic conditions will be relieved.
Time flies when you’re doing nothing. A lack of upper-body strength is not the only obstacle to successful practice. After the soreness disappears, a succession of images will parade through your mind. Endlessly replaying the events of the past, and predicting those of the future, you should begin to recognize that you are addicted to distraction.
Starving the beast will weaken it. If you can disregard these distractions from within, do so; otherwise, remove them from your practice environment. Shut the windows and the doors. When your mind finally stops, your perception of time will change; instead of watching the clock, you’ll wish you had more time to spend in this calm and quiet state.
Static posture training promotes fluid and coordinated movement. The prevalence of these mental and physical discomforts illustrates that, although everyone can stand still, few people do it well.
Only after resolving these issues within yourself, will you discover how deeply they affect your performance. As you would expect, your balance will improve; you may be surprised to find that standing meditation also increases your sensitivity, explosive speed and power.
In his later years, Wang Xiangzhai nicknamed himself “Old Man of Contradictions”. Martial artists today cannot hope to match his great accomplishment, unless they are willing to stand first, and ask questions later.)
-added by danny-
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Wang agreed and asked what the cock was for?
In 1941, when Wang Xiangzhai at Yao Zongxun's house talked about painting and poetry
with famous painter Qi Baishi, Sawai came with some other Japanese. It was a big man and looked
very important. What astounded everybody was that the man was embracing a cock. Sawai
introduced him as a martial art instructor in Japanese army, famous judo master Hino. Hino said,
that he heard from Sawai about Wang's skill, but couldn't believe it, so he came himself to have a
fight. Wang agreed and asked what the cock was for? Hino said: "When I heard from Sawai about
your skill, I concluded that it was black magic. This cock is to protect me against magic" - Then he
cut cock's neck and made a circle on ground with cock's blood - "We will fight in this circle. Your
magic will have no power here". Wang laughed: "I know only martial art, I don't know any magic.
O.K., we can fight in this circle". Then he went into the circle and stood calmly, with closed eyes.
Hino, seeing it, said that he was going to attack Wang. Wang smiled. Then, when he opened eyes,
his look was terrifying. Hino attacked with right hand. Wang slapped Hino’s wrist, who cried with
fear and was thrown away, with his back hitting trunk of a tree, on which branches Yao Zongxun
hung punching bags. Hino fell down, unconscious. Sawai, terrified, didn't know what to do. Wang
told his student Dou Shiming, to pour the man with water. And indeed Hino regained
consciousness. Sawai wanted to help him stand up, but Hino told him not to touch him, because his
heart was beating as if it wanted to get out. After some minutes he started repeating: "Witchcraft,
witchcraft".Later, when Sawai helped him to stand up, he said that he really admired Wang, and
then he went off, together with Sawai.
TEXT WRITTEN BY WANG ON THE FAN(he actually wrote this on a fan ..that one you shake to stay cool...)
"I'm ashamed that my efforts are so clumsy and I'm not able to achieve integration. So I hope
that next generations will succeed.
I present my student Yao with name Jixiang (succesor of Xiang), meaning that the seed
of martial science will not be lost.
He is living alone at such young age, so I'm acting as his parent.
His nature is being a scholar, but he is not like typical bookworm.
His mind is bold and open. Not many people could compete with him.
Having such a student as Zongxun, I know that my way will not be lost.
He will give all efforts, so our nation spirit will not decline.
I want him to do all he can, so people can benefit from martial art.
I wish that no hardships break his will, so his attitude and aspirations will reach
rainbow on the sky.
I don't speak much, keeping silence, but secretely feeling proud of him. And I dislike
those ox-ghosts which pretend to be dragons.
Someone of such strong heart can subdue a tiger, but for reason of modesty and peace he
will yield even to a cat."
„CENTRAL PIVOT OF THE WAY OF FIST” – SOME QUOTATIONS
...
Forms are something made up artificially. Is it any different with fixed techniques? This
all has nothing to do with the science about principles of developing natural potential in
martial art. Even if some people put a lot of effort and time into it, believing in persistence
and they practice according to it, it will still be something which rejects the essence
and concentrates on trifling matters. All greatest sciences and arts are simple in
form, and rich in content. And what is complicated in form, usually hasn’t got much essence.
This is true not only in martial art. Think about it.
...
As for jumping over walls and roofs, it is all fantasies from novels, you can only smile
when you hear about it. As for those stories about crushing big rocks and resisting cuts
of a saber, those are the worst absurd inventions. There is no point in discussing
something like this.
...
There are people who don’t possess abilities and their knowledge is shallow too. But
they are quite sincere and honest. They master what teacher passes to them, they have
some achievements, they develop some specific skills. Although those skills are partial,
many people don’t listen to explanation of their basis, they only watch the effects and
because their knowledge is shallow, they see it as something magic. They don’t
understand that this is a mistake. This comes from lack of knowledge, lack of thinking,
lack of experience in some field. Even if sometimes they understand some bits, they are
not able to understand it thoroughly and to reject their usual views. Each time when they
encounter something difficult to understand, they see it as something supernatural. And
if someone is practicing long time and achieves real understanding, it will become
something familiar, easy to understand, and there is no need to seek for using
supernatural concepts. It’s the same in any field. Why should it be any different in
martial art?

There is no limit for development of science. There is some knowledge and some
skills. What kind of level of skill could be regarded as true skill, true knowledge? I’m not
able to tell. But if someone knows about something and can do it, if he can do something
and he understands how he is doing this, it can be seen as a beginning of unity of knowledge
and practice. If you don’t understand something well, you will not be able to
achieve the level of really deep skill. If you cannot do something in practice, it cannot be
said that you have real knowledge about it. Knowledge and practice cannot be
separated. It is the same in any science.
...
Martial art people of present time boast that they know so many forms and techniques.
Even those who don’t have much idea about martial art laugh at them. What a
pitiful situation! Isn’t it forms and artificial techniques which caused fall of martial art?
Unfortunately after several hundreds years this way of practice has become habit. It is
difficult to change this situation now. The wave is moving. And most absurd concepts,
like theory of four manifestations and five elements, nine palaces and eight trigrams,
mythical scriptures on turtle shell were absorbed. In result students don’t understand
the essence, stupefied by the rubbish which they hear, they follow illusions. How the
true art would not be destroyed?
...
There are also such people who learned some number of forms with saber, spear,
sword and stick and they deceive people to earn money, and they are successful in this
actually. And in result other people who seek for a method of earning living, see
opportunity and are choosing this swindling way. There are more and more of them in
society. This is not only against the right idea of martial art, but it is also reason for the
attitude of righteous, brave warrior being lost now.

Lately there are many people who speak about Buddhism, talk about spirits and
demons, tell lies about cultivating Tao and how to meet immortals. This is extremely
absurd and harmful. How dare they presently, in the era of science flourishing,
popularize such wild, false theories and publish them in magazines? How is it possible
that those plain idiots can commit such shameful deeds? What Buddha, if he knows
about it, can think about this category of people, who popularize false views? There are
many ways of earning living. Why must they use the weak points of society, deceiving
themselves and others? When I’m talking about it, I’m so sad, sighing over the world
and people.
It can be said that the essence of martial art is as wonderful as principles of nature. It
can be said that it is as deep as mysteries of heaven and earth. Practicing without
understanding the principles, you will never reach the essence. Even if you practice
according to the principles, you can learn for whole life and you will never use up the
opportunity of further development. Why keeping secrets then?
...
I don’t call myself a master. What is important is appreciating the spirit, the feelings,
and not concentrating on names and titles. I’m teaching real stuff. Although I don’t call
myself a master, those who benefit from my teaching are treating me as a master. The
empty title disappeared, but the essence remained. Has anything been lost?
And if someone is deceiving people teaching weird styles and stupid theories, and someone
will go through ceremony, will bow to him and swear loyalty, calling him a master,
and then will find about the absurdness of his teaching, and will start hating him, where
will be the master? Only empty title will remain and the essence will disappear.
If student makes progress, he has mastered it in fact. But if he bows three thousand times
and says the word master eight hundred times, but is not making progress, where is the
master? What is the meaning of titles then?

Integrated with spirit and mind,
With plain truth easy to understand,
It is both interesting and enlightening.
It has no method yet every method,
for in boxing all methods are of no avail.
With profound knowledge it helps you to mold your temperment,
Cultivating you in faithfulness, sense of justice, benevolence and bravery.
Propelled by natural strength,
you are as strong as a dragon.
Inhaling and exhaling naturally and quietly,
You perceive the mechanism of all movements.
Be neither too familiar nor too distant towards others,
Show them courtesy, modesty, and respect.
Avail yourself of the force of the universe,
And bring your instinctive ability into full play.
Stand at the center holding the key,
Act according to circumstances without trace.
Eyes seeing nothing and ears hearing only your breathing sound,
You train your mind and regulate your nervous system.
In motion you are like the angry tiger,
In quietness you are like the hibernating dragon.
Your expression is as awesome as that of a leopard,
Your strength is as powerful as that of a rhino.
Preserving the heavenly wisdom and maintaining the state of meditation,
You are ready to act in response to all possible situations.

Wang Xiangzhai
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An interview with Wang Xiangzhai
Wang Xiangzhai Discusses the Essence of Combat Science
An Interview with Mr. Wang Xiangzhai

The founding master of ‘Dachengquan, Wang Xiangzhai, who is famous in the North and South, and praised by the martial arts circles of the whole country, has recently moved to Beijing. For the exchange of knowledge and opinions among the practitioners of different martial arts, he has arranged a meeting time every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at Dayangyibin Alley, where he acts as the host, and exchanges opinions with other famous experts of boxing, carrying forward and promoting the martial spirit of our nation as his sincere wish. A reporter interviewed Mr. Wang yesterday, having the following discussion with him.
[1] Interviewer: I have always admired and respected your superb boxing skills, may I ask what is your aspiration with regard to the combat science?
Wang Xiangzhai: Being praised as the representative of ‘Dachengquan’ by my friends really makes me embarrassed. I left my teacher in the 33rd year of the Reign of Guang Xu of the Qing Dynasty (1907), and since then, I have travelled all around the country, and thus I have seen much and learned much about life, left my footprints on uncountable places, both north and south of the Yangtze River, met many famous masters and veteran boxers, and experienced untold hardships. My biggest gain during these more than thirty years has been meeting many good teachers and helpful friends to compare skills and knowledge with, thus I am confident that I, as a veteran boxer, am on the right path of combat science.

A few days ago, Mr. Zhang Yuheng repeatedly made some comments in newspapers. Fearing that people of different circles have not clearly understood his meaning, and thus have had some misunderstandings, I wholeheartedly want to let people know what I have in mind. My remaining years are gradually waning away, life itself is enough, there is no room for fame and gain to occupy my mind, thus I am so anxious to, while this body of mine has not yet decayed, join forces with prominent compatriots to advocate the full development of natural instincts and martial virtue, and get rid of heresies. I do not want to be praised in vain, like those deceiving the public in order to gain fame.

[2] Interviewer: What is the basis of combat science?

Wang Xiangzhai: What is, after all, the basic principle of combat science? Different people have different answers to this question, but studying boxing routines, forms of movements, fixed techniques, and training hits and beats, all fall into the category of superficial, and although the boxing routines and forms of movements have been popular already for a long time, they are, indeed, extremely harmful to the people.

[3] Interviewer: ‘Xingyi’, ‘Taiji’, ‘Bagua’, and ‘Tongbei’ are considered to be schools of internal boxing, what are the differences of all these branches?

Wang Xiangzhai: People often say that ‘Xingyi’, ‘Taiji’, ‘Bagua’ and ‘Tongbei’ are internal styles, I do not know how the names of internal and external came about, so I cannot comment on that. By observing the past famous masters, one can see a part of it though.

The original ‘Xingyi’, and the ‘Xinyiba’ and ‘Liuhebu’ of Henan province, are of the same school. When tracing the lineage of Mr. Li Daidong (who was known as Old Dai) of Henan , you can find out that he is Mr. Li Zhihe's great-grandson, Mr. Li Zhihe was the teacher of the old gentleman Dai Longbang. The Yuan family of Jiyuan in fact followed the school of Mr. Li , although they named the art differently. Mr. Dai, although he changed the name ‘Xinyi’ into ‘Xingyi’, was not in contrary with the original meaning, and in that boxing the word ‘boxing’ carried the meaning of most faithfully adhering to it.

One should know that the original ‘Xingyi’ completely lacked the training method of the twelve forms, but the whole body was meant to express the essence of all these twelve forms. It did not have the theory of the mutual promotion and restraint of the five elements, there were just the five elements representing five kinds of forces. It did not have any fixed techniques, boxing routines or forms of movements either. I remember well the words of my late teacher about the five elements: Metal means the strength contained in the bones and the muscles, the mind being firm like iron or stone, being able to cut gold and steel. Wood has the meaning of the bending but rooted posture of a tree.

Water means force like the waves of the vast sea, lively like a dragon or a snake, when used, it is able to pervade everything. Fire means strength being like gunpowder, fists being like bullets shot out, having the strength to burn the opponent’s body by the first touch. Earth means exerting strength heavy, deep, solid, and perfectly round, the qi being strong, having the force of oneness with heaven and earth. This is the syncretism of the five elements. It has nothing to do with one technique overcoming another technique as the modern people claim. If one first sees with the eyes, then thinks of it again in the mind, and then launches the counter-attack towards the enemy, it is very seldom that one will not get beaten up.

‘Bagua’ was originally known as ‘Chuanzhang’. In my childhood I met Mr. Cheng Tinghua, I remember he seemed to be like a divine dragon roaming in the sky, changing infinitely, it is hardly possible for the modern person to reach such skill and strength. I distantly remember Mr. Dong Haichuan, it is even harder to understand how profound was his insight into the Sea of Law and attainment of the Tao. Mr. Liu Fengchun is a friend of mine, his skills are really profound, but his attainments are slightly inferior, but still those studying the sixty-four palms and seventy-two steps cannot compare with him.

I wish that the people practising ‘Bagua’ would concentrate on the double and single ‘chuanzhang’, paying special attention to intuitively perceiving every movement, doing their best to take a more advanced course of training, and earnestly enter into the theory, putting it all into practise for a long time, then they could get close to approaching its essence.

As masters of the original ‘Taijiquan’, I should recommend the Yang brothers Shaohou and Chengfu. They are also old friends of mine, thus I know that this boxing really has some knowledge of mechanics, but out of one hundred persons not even one gains its essence, and even if one can gain it, it is still one-sided, because the basic skills of intuitive perception already died out a long time ago, thus their lower bodies have no real strength to speak of. Originally this boxing consisted of three fists, also called the "old three cuts", Mr. Wang Zongyue changed it into "thirteen postures", and it was later changed into as much as one hundred and forty or fifty postures, this is the major reason for the distortion.

For health preservation, it restrains the spirit and mettle, and brings discomfort to the practitioner. For combat, it harms the practitioner’s limbs and trunk, and causes the useful body to become a mechanical and stiff thing, it also disturbs the student’s nerves, and is nothing more than wasting one’s time. As for its method of training, a punch with a fist here, a slap with the palm there, a kick to the left, and another one to the right, that is pitiful and laughable.

As for dealing with an enemy in a fight, against a master-hand, please do not even consider it, if the adversary is not stiff and sluggish, even the famous masters of this boxing have no chance to apply their skills. These abuses are so big that ‘Taijiquan’ might soon become just a mere form comparable to a chess manual. For the last twenty years, most people who have studied this boxing have not been able to differentiate right and wrong, even if someone has been able to differentiate them, he has not been capable of putting it into practice. As for common students, most of them use their ears instead of their eyes.

So ruined is this boxing that it has become useless, this is really deplorable. I wish that the powerful members of this school would promptly and strictly clean it up, and attempt to develop it in the future. When the day of success comes, they will be held as the bosom friends of all the boxing fans. I dare to say that I understand ‘Taijiquan’ deeply, those who do not agree, can notify me or lay the blame on me, only the wise ones might understand. At the same time, I suppose those who have really gained something in their study of ‘Taijiquan’, when they read this, they will nod in agreement and cannot help laughing.

‘Tongbeiquan’ is popular in northern China , especially in Beijing . The practitioners I have met were mostly out of shape, however, some were also holding a theory that was close to being right, but when checking their skills, they were very far from it. Most probably their predecessors were not like that, but the later generations have lost the essence. Although occasionally there were some who had deep and great skills in some one-sided parts of it, eventually they will have no hope of walking down the right path of combat science.

‘Meihuaquan’, which is also known as ‘Wushizhuang’, has a direct lineage that has been passed down generation by generation, especially in Henan and Sichuan provinces. Their way is different in approach but equally satisfactory in results with that of the practitioners of ‘Wujisanshou’ of Fuzhou , Xinghua, Quanzhou, Shantou , and other places. They also have their special and profound strong points for dealing with the enemy, but unfortunately most of them are one-sided and only very few are complete.

‘Bafan’, ‘Mianzhang’, ‘Pigua’, ‘Baji’, ‘Dagongli’, ‘Sanhuangpao’, ‘Niantui’, and ‘Lianquan’, all have their strong and weak points, most are one-sidedly inclined to hardness and a few to softness, they lack the internal skill of gathering the spirit. As for ‘Dahongquan’, ‘Xiaohongquan’, ‘Tantui’, ‘Chuojiao’, long boxing, short boxing, and the other various schools, I would rather not discuss them.

[4] Interviewer: What is your opinion on preserving the national arts?

Wang Xiangzhai: The boxing arts of our nation are in a chaotic state, thus the people cannot know what course to take. Summed up, they have abandoned the quintessence and kept only the scum, nothing more. Although the martial arts of Japan and the boxing of Western Europe are one-sided, they all have their original points. In comparison to an ordinary boxer of our nation, they are countless miles ahead. The people should be very ashamed of this. So we should clean up and carry forward the old knowledge. Except for us, who else is there left to do it? Despite my meagreness, I call for action to advocate it, only for this purpose.

[5] Interviewer: Sir, you have fixed a time to play host to the martial artists of various circles, this has proved that you are very modest and enthusiastic for the martial way, but why do you do all this?

Wang Xiangzhai: The way of learning builds up from comparison, this applies to boxing as well. When comparing skills, there is victory or defeat, but one’s personality is not harmed by it, on the contrary, it may improve one’s personality and increase one’s morals. If everyone could inspect and learn from each other’s experiences, the dispute between different schools could be avoided, and furthermore, it could stop the irresponsible talking. I wish that those who pursue the same things as I, will not take these words as empty talk, and if the prominent personage and the wise hermits of this country will be willing to make a journey to grant me instruction, they are very welcome. If you do not wish to come to visit me, please just send me a note and I will surely and wholeheartedly pay you a visit and respectfully listen to all you have to say. To sum up, I only seek to improve the boxing art, I do not bother about anything else.

[6] Interviewer: Sir, you are the founding master of ‘Dachengquan’, you must have some judicious views about this school, would you please tell us some details about it.

Wang Xiangzhai: The way of combat science is extremely complicated and difficult to unravel. Extremely complicated and difficult, yet it is extremely simple when its gist has been grasped. Thus when we study boxing, we should first know what we study it for. When we know that, we can surely gain something. Most people study boxing mainly for health, and then secondly for self-defence. Good health is the basis of all the human activities, so the ways of health preservation and protecting one’s body really cannot be neglected.

If one learns the method of exercise properly, then the benefits will be great, but learning it improperly can even lead to death. Only very few of the sportsmen doing strenuous exercise can enjoy longevity. The boxers who have lost their lives or injured their bodies because of improper exercise are uncountable. That kind of boxing is indeed pitiful and also laughable. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of studying boxing, one should experience and observe the states of movement and stillness with special care while exercising, not only the external movement of the body, but also the moving state of the spirit.

One should use the spirit and mind to observe the whole body inside and outside, and whether every action is in accord with the requirements of health preservation and self-defence or not. Why move? Why be still? What are the results? What is the phenomenon in the middle of the process? Thus perceive by intuition, and you will be approaching the truth! As for the profound and subtle essence of the Tao, one can only keep on studying and searching, otherwise it is not easily gained. Now here is a brief summation of the be-all and end-all of ‘Dachengquan’ to be questioned by the various fellow martial artists, so that an open discussion on combat science can be started.

First I shall talk about the stages in the stude of boxing. As I said before, health preservation and self-defence are inseparable from each other, if one is lost, then abuses are created and one will enter the wrong path. First of all, one should train and foster the spirit, the temperament, and the natural instincts, and only after that start talking about bringing the fine instinctive strength of the nerves, the limbs, and the trunk into play. The first step in studying boxing is exercising the nerves as the basic training method, and intuitively perceiving the peristalsis of the whole body. The second step is training the trial of strength (shili) and the trial of voice (shisheng). The third step is self-defence. They are separately narrated below:

Basic training: in daily life, in order to gain results from training all the time, while walking, standing, sitting, and reclining, one must start the training from the pile standing (zhanzhuang) method. Arrange the posture of the whole body properly, keep the body upright, have no thoughts, strengthen the nerves in stillness, adjust the breath, warm up and nourish the muscles, let every cell activate naturally. The strength comes from the inside and reaches the outside smoothly in the whole body. Thus, one does not train the bones and the muscles, yet they get trained by themselves, one does not nourish the nerves but they get nourished by themselves, one should especially experience and observe their barely perceptible movement and activity. When one has done it for long enough time, one will know that standing brings many inexhaustible wonders. One who wants to achieve wonders in his boxing skills, should first dedicate his time to pile standing.

Trial of strength and trial of voice: after having the basic training in boxing, one’s natural instincts have been strengthened. In applying them one must take strict precautions against the predominance of human desire, or else the misapplication of the illusory will arise. Sometimes, because of the predominance of desire, the natural instinctive strength becomes something that has nothing to do with exercising the natural instincts.

Therefore the scholars of the past told us not to try helping the shoots grow faster by pulling them up6. The way of applying the natural instincts can be suited to personal needs, but first, one must understand the moving state of strength, only then can one continue to the second phase. Trial of strength is the most important thing in learning the basis of boxing skills, with trial of strength one gains strength. The strength is gained and realised by trying it, and one will realise how to use the strength too.

First one must make the strength equal all over the body, the muscles agile, and the bones supporting the frame of the body, so that the muscles can contract, stretch, relax, and tense in harmony. Strength should come from inside and be issued outside. In movement, slow excels over quick, be relaxed rather than impatient, the movement should be slight and the spirit full. When one wants to move one will stop, when one wants to stop one will move, furthermore, when moving one cannot help but stop, when stopped, one cannot help but move.

In trial of strength, one should not have unilateral strength, furthermore, one should not have sheer strength7. First of all, one should perceive by intuition whether the strength of the whole body is all-pervading or not, whether the strength can be issued out at any moment or not, and whether one can react to the atmosphere or not, furthermore, one must not let the mind break and the spirit disperse. Have light and heavy forces ready to be issued out, when one part of the body moves, the whole body moves. The strength is consistent, resulting in nimble and heavy insubstantiality, and round and whole substantiality. Up and down, left and right, front and back, do not forget them. To sum up, what cannot lead to comfort, happiness, and gaining strength does not deserve to be called boxing.

The trial of voice is a supplement for the insufficiencies of trial of strength. All people have physiological differences due to the congenital, so everyone’s body has parts difficult to connect, thus trial of voice is namely complementary internal breath work. It is also called inner breath, or brain [abdomen]-back breath8.

Self-defence: namely combat. One should know that a big movement is not as good as a small movement, a small movement is not as good as stillness, one must know that only stillness is the endless movement. If the body moves, that is just an expression of immobility and lack of strength, what is called movement in stillness, is moving as if one was not moving, the movement and stillness are the basis of each other, and the wonders of their application mostly depend on the nervous system being connected, the mind leading, the big and small joints and ligaments extending and contracting mutually, the fulcrum being firm like iron, having twisting and opposite strengths, rotating around the pivot point, moving the centre in a balanced way, and issuing the explosive power together with the breath. If one can exert it properly, one has the basis of combat.

What was said above was mostly abstract, but much of its meaning cannot be described in words. If one can keep practising unceasingly, then it is naturally not difficult to realise. What is the distinction between the so called big movement and small movement, in fact, depends on individual basic skills, and whether all kinds of strengths are being gained by the body and understood by the mind or not. If one can raise the hands and move the feet with the whole body having mechanical skills everywhere, then a big movement is fine, a small movement is fine as well, and a movement that is neither big nor small is also equally fine.

If one does not have the basic mechanical ability, then no matter what the movement is like, it is all wrong. The same applies to using strength and not using strength. The movements of an ordinary person cannot have strength without constant unilateral tension that disturbs the blood circulation. Every kind of strength based on constant unilateral tension is stiff and inharmonious, and besides that, harmful to health. Having strength without constant unilateral tension is namely having strength without using strength, and when using it, one gains strength.

That is what the natural instinctive strength is like. It is like seeking all kinds of real things from the unreal9, which is hardly possible to express in words. Anyway, ‘Dachengquan’ is beyond the external form of being good or bad, it actually depends on dealing with the mind. In a nutshell, having a fixed form and fixed techniques are all false, skills reaching the level of no-mind are getting very rare, this is what the above means.

[7] Interviewer: I think there must have been many visitors calling on you since the last time your views appeared in a newspaper. Were there any brilliant persons of unusual ability?

Wang Xiangzhai: I’m very gratified that you care and introduce me to the readers. Among the martial artists of Beijing , there still was not a single person willing to come and grant me instruction. But the numerous letters coming from all quarters of the country expressed that there are many people who hold me in favour and esteem. Moreover, there were some people from some places who came here to bargain, wishing to be appointed to the position of an instructor. Furthermore there was an incident that I can tell you about. Recently, there were very many people who were seriously researching combat science and seeking for advice. Most came to ask for instruction by their own initiative and there were also those who were introduced by someone else. That is the only reason I advocate combat science.

I have no intention of contending with others, moreover, I scorn contention. I wish to help all the countrymen who are interested in combat science to understand it, and also hope that the combat science legislation will be reformed completely. Victory or defeat should not be taken as honour or disgrace. I wish that other boxers would not consider themselves to always be right just by studying blindly and practising recklessly. I especially hope that all boxers will become healthy pugilists. I do not wish them to become martial artists wandering from place to place making a living with their tricks. But nowadays, out of one hundred boxers, not even one has anything right at all.

Looking at them, I mostly get the feeling that it is all completely wrong. As for the boxers who rely on boxing to make their living, they just should not feel ashamed of studying again from others after they have started teaching. They should not be hard on themselves in spirit, but try hard to follow those who excel over them. They must keep in mind that they should not mislead and harm their students. Nowadays, boxers do not know where the spirit of combat science is. While they have no alternative but to make their living with it, surely they should not instruct people with mystery and violence. That way they might not commit the great error of going as far from the truth as the heaven is from the deep sea.

But then again, the weaknesses of these men are too numerous and they cannot be easily influenced over a short period of time. I only hope that they will become conscious of the truth and start to self-examine themselves bit by bit, nothing more.

[8] Interviewer: Since the martial way arose, many schools have been born, each advocating its own way so that eventually the students end up with a feeling of ignorance. What is legitimate after all?

Wang Xiangzhai: All learning in the world depends on comparison, only that way can good and bad be distinguished, otherwise every school will claim to be right, and the laymen will have difficulties distinguishing right and wrong. The correctness of boxing cannot be judged merely by the criterion of victory or defeat, it must be judged by whether it is reasonable and suitable to the human needs or not. What is reasonable is achieving comfort, gaining strength, and getting zest into one’s life. If one does not achieve comfort, gain strength, and if the study does not bring zest into one’s life, then it cannot be called boxing.

Whether one knows of the history of boxing or not does not matter at all, one should only see whether there is any value in regard to learning and whether it accords with the requirements of life. But speaking of the combat science of our nation, it has a centuries-old history. It began revealing its brilliance in the Warring States Period (403 BC - 221 BC), and gradually advanced and evolved. During the times of the Tang and Song dynasties, boxing started to turn into technical skills and different styles started to evolve. During the Yuan, Ming, and early Qing dynasties, the different schools were most popular.

There were very many practitioners, and only because their strength, skill, and attainments were different and some being wise and others stupid, boxing broke into different schools, each claiming its teachings as correct. Those schools are namely what are now called the various styles. During the reigns of Kangxi and Yongzheng of the Qing dynasty (1662 - 1735), firearms were not yet prevalent. The emperors feared that the martial arts would be used against the government, therefore they wanted to destroy them for good and so that they could never recover.

Therefore they started to influence the people to think highly of the civil arts and look down upon everything martial. On one hand they advocated flying immortal swordsmen and taught the mystical on purpose, on the other hand they praised the boxing forms and fixed techniques in order to lead the martial arts astray. The middle road and the great Tao could not be asked about, and they used opera and storybooks to serve as their tools of propaganda. Furthermore they made the people who practised martial arts to be despised by the scholar-bureaucrats, so the situation went from bad to even worse. All kinds of ugly performances emerged, what a great pity and tragedy.

Luckily our combat science predecessors secretly had successors, and they succeeded in having a gleam of light survive. Although training halls were set up all over the country to advocate the martial arts during the last twenty years, the more they were advocated, the sooner they would be lost, never being able to return to the right path of combat science. In fact, learning boxing is not difficult, but because the brains of the ordinary people are tormented by the storybooks, and furthermore, because the boxers of modern times mostly do it for living, the combat science is completely at loss. Even if some people are conscious of that, they are still too ashamed to study from others, and thus have no way out.

During the last half of the year, the other boxers have come to me to compare their skills in combat. I will not point out who they were, in order to let them keep their ways of making a living. Now they mostly understand that they were wrong, but why do they not agree to come and discuss the martial arts openly, and furthermore, why are they not willing to compare their skills in combat, in order to improve their learning? On the contrary, they go against their conscience and claim others to be wrong. They do nothing but secretly create absurd tales, and still they pretend being ignorant of those tales. What do they do that for? As for the non-professional martial artists, they want to become mysterious boxers by creating these tales, being like theatregoers not well versed in drama, they are not able to do anything but throw punches at random to show off their skills.

That is really something to be despised. In case my words are considered erroneous, can the non-professional boxing students agree to grant me instruction? Furthermore, I wish to have small friendly tests of skills in combat, and even if the people who come to me have no martial skills at all, I will not insult them, and I will not tell about them to other people in order not to harm their business. If one cannot come to visit me to grant me instruction, then please tell me the place and the time, and I will come to pay my respects on time. If one has even a tiny strong point, I will do my utmost to give him publicity, and if one has no strong points at all, I will keep my mouth shut. If one always considers oneself as a top boxer behind closed doors, that is not worth a penny.

[9] Interviewer: I have heard your discussion pointing out the right path of our national arts. You have introduced something new, and a fresh approach in seeking the good of everyone pursuing the same things, but I think you went a bit too far in some of your critique towards ‘Taijiquan’.

Wang Xiangzhai: My understanding of the Tao is still shallow, I do not dare to say that I have introduced something new, I just follow and spread the tradition of the predecessors, nothing more. There are many more things, but I feel embarrassed to say them because I have many good friends practising ‘Taiji’. Also, this boxing is less abused than most of the others, and has more sensible practitioners, thus I freely criticise it. I would have already stopped discussing about it a long time ago otherwise.

Talking of criticism, I am afraid that among the ‘Taiji’ practitioners, those who will never understand combat science are fearfully many, and those who are far from being learned masters are even more numerous. In my childhood I heard of the fame of the Taoist Zhang Sanfeng. Having grown up, I travelled all around the country, so I know that among all the schools of boxing, ‘Taiji’ has the biggest amount of practitioners. I had already been doubtful of this boxing for a long time. I heard this boxing was handed down from Mr. Zhang Sanfeng, thus I had despised Sanfeng for a long time. Later I read the collected edition of Mr. Sanfeng’s teachings, and began to realise that he had advanced all along the great Tao.

He had already gone deep into the Sea of Law and profoundly realised absolute truth. However, I even more deeply believe that such boxing was not handed down from him. Actually, if it was or was not does not matter at all, because, even if one was the descendant of Sanfeng, one is not worthy to talk about his art if one has not gained its essence. I do not know who were the successors of Mr. Sanfeng, but I suppose they were inferior to Sanfeng. If they had been capable, why would they have misled others? Whether the teachings gained by the students are true or false is the key.

Moreover, nowadays the practitioners of this boxing are different from each other and the theories vary. It is all random and false! I remember that Mr. Sanfeng said: Leaving one’s own body is wrong, but clinging to one’s own body is much worse. ‘Taijiquan’ has one hundred and forty or fifty postures, is there any posture or method that is not being clung to? What are these postures for? Moreover, the spirit is firmly bound and cannot be liberated. It is indeed harmful to the freedom of the nerves, the limbs, and the trunk. Remembering how wise Mr. Sanfeng was, he should not have gone so far as to hand down ‘Taijiquan’ that is so improper.

Discussing the wordy content of the ‘Theory of Taijiquan’10, the single and double weighting and even weighting, and all such profound things are also nothing more than a part of the rudiments of combat science. May I ask the famous ‘Taiji’ masters to examine their conscience, whether there can be even a single posture or method in accord with the theories of this boxing guide? Since they claim it to be supreme combat science, why does it not produce any results in practice? Furthermore, the practitioners of this boxing believe that they can gain good boxing skills with superstitious practises. This is even more absurd.

Even if all the methods of this boxing would excel over the others, and the skills would tower above the ordinary, there is no doubt that it would still be wrong on the spiritual side, and besides, that is not the case. Although ‘Taijiquan’ is practised by a huge amount of people, which has given it much publicity, the sensible people have long known that it has collapsed of itself. Perhaps there was something improper in my words, I really hope that the other martial artists will question me without any hesitation, if there is someone who can instruct me, I will sweep the pathway to welcome him.

[10] Interviewer: Sir, you criticised the shortcomings of ‘Taijiquan’, I certainly have to admit, but I also have many friends who have gained good health by practising this boxing, I am afraid that your critique is somewhat inappropriate.

Wang Xiangzhai: The value of combat science is not only in relaxation and other trifling achievements. One must know that combat science is persistent learning, which is a human need and one cannot learn it thoroughly in a very short time. Therefore Zhuangzi said: Martial arts do indeed enter the Tao. They are the basis of culture and arts, they are the lifeblood of Zen and philosophy. If just a tiny result could represent boxing, then there would be no need to observe and study combat science. If one sticks to the practice of boxing in the way you said, it will produce some results. Furthermore, one should know that if one can take the time to practise boxing, do it without any method, freely and slowly perceiving by intuition, then the results will be great. I dare to say they will be much more than what you mentioned .

[11] Interviewer: The different schools of boxing are extremely numerous and their theories differ. Among my good friends there are many who practise boxing. Some of them practise according to books, but none of them has gained any results. What kind of a book should they adopt?

Wang Xiangzhai: Combat science cannot be divided into schools, and the boxing theory does not have the distinction of Chinese or foreign, and new or old. Do nothing but examine whether it is right or wrong, and suitable or unsuitable, that is enough. At large, the numerous schools of our society, generally take the approach of forms and techniques to learn boxing. One must know that this kind practice is just forgery conducted by the later generations, it is not the original essence of combat science. Even though a few people by chance realise some side-mechanics and one-sided techniques, they have not, however, left the methods and forms after all, so it is without avail in the end.

As for the writers of the martial arts guide books, they cannot exceed this boundary either. Although this doctrine is very easy to study, it is still not as simple as following others like sheep. Sometimes those who are taught by a famous master who passed the knowledge orally and from the heart, still cannot differentiate between right and wrong after dozens of years. How could these writings then be of any use? In any kind of learning, one should first understand the fundamental principle, and bit by bit intuitively perceive the skills, starting from the basics. In addition to that, one should ponder carefully, making a clear distinction between right and wrong, and proving one’s perceptions by experimenting in many ways. Only then can one move on to study those technical skills.

One should avoid training in front of a mirror, because this way one can easily become similar in form but untrue in spirit. Those training according to books are really the blind being led by the blind. Then again, by reading a book one can collect the crystallization of all sorts of theories, not paying any attention to the postures and form. According to the survey of my thirty years of teaching, this branch of learning is extremely difficult yet also extremely easy. A gifted student, in less than one hundred days of exercise, has the hope to become a great learned master, but among one hundred students there is not even one or two of them, and in most cases the talented sagacious people lack honesty and tolerance, some of them are even shams and cheaters.

Therefore most are abandoned halfway by their teachers, this is also a pity! As for the common students of our society, their difficulties are really lamentable. Most people always believe their ears instead of their eyes. The two words, fame and fact, cannot be mentioned in the same sentence. Even though the amount of boxers in the world is uncountable, those who have gained the essence are rare like a unicorn’s horn. All of those who have gained the essence are very different from the ordinary people in character. They cannot be enticed by fame or attracted by benefit, and they would never associate with the hypocrites! Finding a master is very difficult indeed.

Even if you meet a wise master how can you differentiate whether he is wise or not, and then he is not necessarily willing to teach you. Even if he agrees to teach you, he does not necessarily have a good method of teaching. Be it that he has a good teaching method, it is still not certain that one can realise the essence of his teachings. There exist a variety of difficulties that an inexperienced person cannot know. Then again, nowadays it is easier to study than before, because the science is flourishing. It helps very much in understanding the principles of combat science, but still, combat science cannot be limited to this.

If it is explained with the hierarchy of science and local anatomy, then it should be the one and the only way and phase of studying. But there are still many principles in our combat science that cannot be explained, but after some years they might be proved by science. Learning knows no limits, perhaps there are no means to ever explain it, this cannot be known. Summed up, if discussed under the conditions and knowledge of today, one should add a scientific method to the spirit of combat science, then it will not be difficult to solve the problems in combat science.

[12] Interviewer: Repeatedly in their comments, the readers did not deny your theory, but they felt uneasy studying without forms and routines, especially the beginners!

Wang Xiangzhai: The human body has all kinds of functions; no wise man can exhaust them all even if practising all his life. What is the reason to abandon the essence and study the scum? The more one studies the methods of forms and routines the farther one will be from the truth. That is like binding the feet of the women, the more profound one’s skill is, the more difficult it is to extend the feet, therefore the beginners advance much faster than the veterans. This argument has been proved by many irrefutable examples. The theory created by the later generations where a certain posture breeds a certain strength, and a certain method overcomes a certain boxing skill is real magniloquence resulting in deceiving the people. I am afraid that the one who claims such things has no understanding of boxing at all.

[13] Interviewer: What you said, Sir, is very right, and the martial arts are indeed at a loss. Would you teach everybody a simple and convenient way to succeed, that people could easily produce results with?

Wang Xiangzhai: A general idea of health preservation was already outlined above. If one is willing to do as advised, then one has already advanced halfway on the path of health preservation. If one wants to study the profound skills of combat, then one must also go through that, but if one is not an extremely foolish person or great sage, one will not be willing to do so. If one is a genius or has a character close to that of the sages, then there is no need to study all those methods. Also the methods of combat have pile standing (zhanzhuang) and trial of strength (shili) as the basis. I already narrated their general ideas above. The methods of trial of strength are too numerous, and besides, after all kinds of strengths are gained by the body, one should not think that the way of combat has been completed.

At that point one has just begun to have the possibility of studying combat. For example, how to gain the mastery of "interaction of relaxation and tension never not being correct, and the interaction of void and solid coming to equilibrium" is another problem. Anyway, after finding a teacher, the profundity or shallowness of one’s attainments indeed depend on one’s individual talent, strength, and skill, and whether one can grasp the right timing to be able to launch an attack at any moment, but without much experience in actual combat, it is hardly possible to gain it.

[14] Interviewer: I have heard many martial artists saying: "If you do not use strength, how can you increase it? None of the ancient and modern masters neglected the enriching of the dantian qi, and only because of that, could they be successful."

Wang Xiangzhai: The theory of using strength is the talk of laymen. There are also those who speciously support the theory of not using strength, but do not know what it means after all. One must know that not to use strength is correct, but not to use the mind is incorrect. If one uses strength then the internal organs die, the body becomes ineffective, stiff, stupid, and easy to be taken advantage of by others. In other words, it is just a disguised form of passive resistance. The idea of resisting is produced by the fear of being hit by the adversary, but in this way one is completely ignorant of the fact that the spirit has already accepted to be hit. How could one then not get hit by the adversary?

Therefore, using strength is a great taboo in combat science. As for the theory of the dantian qi, from the theoretical point of view, field tests, and my own perception from experience and observation, this theory does not seem proper. Within the abdomen there are the intestines, the stomach, and the liver, there is no place to fill with the qi. As for the functions of force, they are all effects of the opposite power, the explosive power, and the power of the universe combined, and exerted together with breath that makes the body bulge and undulate, open and close, and the body and spirit being integrated with the atmosphere in one's mind.

That has nothing to do with what the people call the qi of qigong. They always take a potbelly as dantian qi, that is just extremely wrong. One must know that when exerted, the strength must be issued evenly and completely. In order to be entirely free from worry and to gain strength, one should also be at leisure and natural, that is just being reasonable. The students of modern times do not understand this truth, they spend dozens of years working hard, and instead of gaining lively bodies and minds from the training, they become machines. Is that not a great pity!

[15] Interviewer: Although your critique is appropriate, it is still always the same combat arena, and if you, in the long run, accidentally misstep in one of the challenge fights, then what?

Wang Xiangzhai: How would I dare to give an open challenge, I do not even dare to act as the ringleader for challenge. I just wish that my fellow boxers would be willing to advocate, discuss, and investigate combat science like this, then it would not be difficult to carry it forward in the future. However, if nobody does this, I wish to start from myself, with nothing else other than advising the others with earnest words and good intentions, and often injecting cardiotonic shots into the arms of the other boxers of our country in order to little by little cure their illness of paralysis, I offer a few commonplace remarks by way of introduction so that others may come up with valuable opinions. Even if my body be full of cuts and bruises, my utmost wish will come true if combat science can be promoted.

[16] Interviewer: People generally accepted your talks, but there were still some who were liberal in their condemnation of you.

Wang Xiangzhai: Those who understand me are wise people, those who condemn me should sit alone in the still of night to listen to their hearts. Anyhow, let them laugh who will, I will not mind. If the true essence of combat science will prosper again, how could personal praise or blame make any difference?

[17] Interviewer: How can the ordinary people dare to disagree with your knowledge and virtue?

Wang Xiangzhai: What you said is right, I am very ashamed, but our countrymen have already become socially reserved. Honesty and prudence are really the basis of the self-cultivation of learning and morals, in other words: being solid inside and void outside, or firm outside and nimble inside. That is just the same principle as that of Laozi, ”The desireless one can see the essence, while the desiring one only sees its manifestation.” But somehow it is made use of by the people. It has already become the talisman of those who make their living by deceiving others. Lies in the society are also created by such people.

I have travelled all around the country for almost forty years, often feeling that there is only the art of ”opera acting” that does not put up with the society. Opera does not allow the laymen to assume positions in it either, but there are many styles of opera which all differ, I do not know all of them. As for what is called honesty and prudence toward others, I think one should act according to the other party, there should not be any unreasonable politeness. Like the sages of the past, respectfully serve others and be honest and sincere, overcome your desires and show love to others.

I am very glad to comply with that as the teachings of the books of good intercourse and treating each other with respect cannot be seen nowadays. I do not deserve praise for my learning and morals. In studying morals I only put myself under the patronage of the important people. What is called Tao is the truth that is all pervading and complex, and the only proper course to take. In other words, is it reasonable or unreasonable? Reasonable is namely the Tao and unreasonable is not the Tao.

It is not a mystical and strange thing, it is not the poor superstitious chapters and verses of the vulgar and pedantic literati either. It has especially nothing to do with the eccentric people, who pretend insaneness, calling that the doctrine of Buddhism and Taoism in order to look different21, they cannot even dream about the gate to the great Tao. If one does not understand the society, I have no choice but to retain talking about other things with him.

[18] Interviewer: You said that there are still many places in opera where the essence has not been lost, which are far ahead of the average schools of boxing. I do not understand on what ground you can say that, I feel that this comment is rather improper.

Wang Xiangzhai: Opera was originally meant to subsidy the shortcomings of education, all of its martial performances originated from the way of boxing. In boxing there was originally the qiba (pulling the body) exercise, which is one of the skills of shili (trial of strength). Qiba is seeking the pivoting strength of the barycentres of the vertex and the two feet, making the whole body extend equally and completely, becoming one with the universe, therefore named qiba exercise.

In opera it is mistakenly called "rising of the domination", but watching their postures and the meaning of their theories, although they are not proper, they are not far from that either, thus we know that it has some essence. As for all kinds of postures which try to please the eye and win people's adoration, they are all forged. Of the postures of today’s boxers I have not seen a single one that would have gained equilibrium, even the old veterans and young ?lites turn into imitating the untruthful and childish ones, and some of them cannot even succeed in that, how could they ever see the profundity of the martial way?

[19] Interviewer: I suppose that recently there was no lack of people asking for advice. What is your sentiment, Sir?

Wang Xiangzhai: Although there were many people from all circles who came to see me these days, they were all just curious people and what they talked about was not related to combat science. As for the visitor pursuing the same way, none of them was the kind of person I expected.

[20] Interviewer: What did you expect then?

Wang Xiangzhai: Although I am incompetent, I really expected the visitors to test me with difficult questions to the best of their abilities. To discuss what is reasonable in combat science and its important connection with life, and to pay attention to seeking the true spirit of the martial way. Although combat is just a trifling skill, without it the results cannot be proved, therefore I am also ready to have friendly comparisons of skills in combat. These days there were many small things, thus I could not personally meet all the visitors one by one. I am ashamed of that, and thus from now on, I plan to also fix reception times for Wednesdays and Fridays, from three o’clock to six o’clock .

 Interviewer: What do your fellow boxers think of that?

Wang Xiangzhai: In order to research the true essence of combat science in its entirety, I already cling to disregarding derision and taunts, and will never promote the supernatural. I always support altruism, I do not worry about there being no one coming to grant me instruction or asking for advice. What I worry about is that the famous masters do not inspect and learn from each other and discuss the problems. I fear it is hardly possible to gain the hope of combat science succeeding. Anyway, I hope that combat science will advance, polish up the goal of the martial way of our society, and wash off the deep rooted bad habits. I am not concerned about other things.

[22] Interviewer: The conversation with you that was published in a newspaper last time has caused quite a stir. I suppose that there was no lack of visitors. Were there any pursuing the same way as you?

Wang Xiangzhai: I was granted the favour of not being abandoned by the society, there was indeed no lack of visitors, but most of them came to learn from me, there were only two gentlemen pursuing the same way, Lu Zhijie and Shao Zefen from Fengtai, who wanted to do push-hands (tuishou), which is nothing more than what the experts call "listening to strength". There were no others, furthermore no one agreed to enter into combat. The method of push-hands is only a one-sided part of the way of boxing, it is not what I welcome.

As for the famous masters in Beijing , there was not a single person willing to come to instruct me, that is really not what I expected. I do not understand why the other boxers do not want to contact me. What I have always respected are the martial morals, therefore courtesy must come first, so there are also some limits, namely, the old people I modestly decline, the modest and gentle people I modestly decline, the incompetent people I modestly decline.

If you do not believe in my words, please ask those who came to visit me and you will know. When Mr. Lu visited me for the first time, we did a little push-hands and he took my skill only as such, and thus was not convinced. Later he started to visit frequently and started to realise that there was a huge difference between our skills, and now he has become a faithful disciple of mine.

  Interviewer: How many people are there among our martial arts predecessors that you admire?

Wang Xiangzhai: Examining the boxing predecessors of the last one hundred years, besides Dong Haichuan, Che Yizhai, and Guo Yunshen, these three masters, all the others are of minor importance, but our country is huge and has a big population, there are still many people pursuing the martial way who I have not met. I do not dare to make comments at random .

[24] Interviewer: The people often mention Yang Luchan, how was his learning?

Wang Xiangzhai: Mr. Luchan was a combat science predecessor as well, he was skilled in ‘Taiji’, and now most people follow his lineage. What I talk about has to be observed from every aspect, Luchan only achieved a part of the Tao, even Mr. Wang Zongyue of the Ming dynasty was not a complete expert. Mr. Zongyue obtained the one-sided part of push-hands with both hands, originating from General Yue Fei, changed the three fists into thirteen postures, and named it ‘Taiji’.

There is no way to do textual research on what was handed down from Zhang Sanfeng and the people would just draw wrong conclusions from it. As for the one hundred and forty or fifty postures, I have no idea where they originated from. But talking of the practice of this boxing, it does not only abuse the limbs and the trunk, but also does infinite harm to the spirit, it is still very far from the art of actual combat, they have nothing in common with each other.

[25] Interviewer: You have frequently published commentary on boxing in the newspapers, how have others pursuing the same path reacted to that? Have you ever heard?

Wang Xiangzhai: The sensible people pursuing the same path accepted it without an exception. As for the conservative people who cannot differentiate between right and wrong, I have no choice but to let them have their own way. Even if one can understand, it is still not easy to put it into practice, and it is even more difficult for those who cannot differentiate between right or wrong at all. However, the ordinary boxers still take exercising the body as the catchword and stop talking about combat. Watching that, one can also know that the way of combat, compared to health preservation, is a very trifling thing.

The way of health preservation relies on concentrating one's spirit and nourishing one's nature. The mind becomes empty and unified; that is called the art of one’s body and mind, life and nature. With this movement and that posture, springing forward and jumping backward, it is really difficult to even dream about entering the gate of health preservation. In fact health preservation is simple and easy.

True human nature loves naturalness and unrestricted free movement, the whole offshoot of the natural instincts are the basis of that. Every morning in the fresh air, without any method, just let the joints of the whole body be slightly bent, consider the sky, move slowly and freely, experience and observe the intestinal qi22 and the flow of blood. At the same time, intuitively perceive the external void and nimble opposing strength. This is called the spirit resembles as if it was swimming.

The spirit and the body are comfortable and natural, not only free and unrestricted, but also gradually realising the echo of nature. After a long time of training, the instincts unveil and the rays of the spirit will shine, one will have gained the basis of combat even without having sought them. If one always sticks to mechanical movement, plays around with a staff and performs with a spear seeking beauty, taking that as the glory of being good in martial arts, then one does not know that if a man of insight sees that, he will feel sick for ten days. That is terrible, such a person cannot comprehend boxing for life.

[26] Interviewer: Your purpose is studying truth and developing the martial arts, why were there so few visitors? Can you think of a reason?

Wang Xiangzhai: It is very difficult to find an answer for this. According to my conjecture, in the martial arts circles of our country there are no doubt many wise ones, but the unworthy ones are especially numerous. Everyone studying a certain style of martial arts, assiduously practises for many years and flatters oneself by claiming that one alone has accomplished the profound skills, and then calls oneself the successor of that school. This way one will even be respected by the society, so one can solve the problem of making a living at the same time. Once such people are told to abandon all their learning and start studying from the beginning, it is really intolerable for them.

Perhaps their way of making a living would also be affected by that, thus they consider their personal advantages and disadvantages, and notice that the disadvantages would be huge, therefore it is no wonder that the visitors were so sparse. The most unfortunate thing in the end is that there are some ignorant people, who do not dare to measure or discuss right and wrong, and thus just make gossip at random, making irresponsible remarks in order to hide their weak points. The people in our society trust them and the people who have been deceived by them are really numerous, this is a great pity. If we do not wipe out this obstacle, the martial arts of our country will hardly have any hope of a quiet and great progress.

[27] Interviewer: Sir, you are the forerunner in the martial arts, and you are holding the decision in your hands. Furthermore, I hope you will keep on working with perseverance, then the martial arts will surely have no difficulties in seeing the days of glory and progress.

Wang Xiangzhai: Your words touch me deeply, naturally I shall do my utmost. Success or failure, praise or blame, I do not dare to care for them. There is only one goal, namely to solve the question of how combat science can advance. Therefore I tell other boxers here: originally combat was just a minor skill, but the ordinary people mostly judge one’s boxing skills by the relative superiority or inferiority in combat, therefore there are two research methods.

If one is willing to research the suitability of each action, then I immensely welcome him. If one wants to enter into combat or do push-hands, they are both fine as well. The scope of researching combat science is extensive. If the amount of visitors will increase, then there will be no dilemma. If the visitor has even tiny strong points, I will certainly do my utmost to blazon forth and praise him. If he has no strong points at all, I will certainly say nothing, because even talking cannot make him understand. I really hope that the visitors will test me with difficult questions to the best of their abilities, in order to compare experiences with each other, aiming at the progress of combat science, everyone pursuing the same way with me, all should shoulder the duty to develop combat science.

This important prospect should definitely not be weakened because of personal reasons, if it can really benefit the general interest. Even if one has to suffer any personal sacrifices, one should still give up something small to achieve something great. I maintain this determination, if combat science can thereby progress, it would not only be an individual gain, but also the whole world and our descendants would benefit greatly.

The reporter and Mr. Wang finished their conversation, and because it was already late, they bid farewell to each other and left.

In the 1940's ‘Yiquan’ was known as ‘Dachengquan’. Later Mr. Wang Xiangzhai dropped the name ‘Dachengquan’ and asked his students to return to the old name as well. All of Mr. Wang's top students did that, but some people still kept using the name ‘Dachengquan’. Thus ‘Yiquan’ and ‘Dachengquan’ are just two names for one art.
Tai Ki Ken was first known as Tai Sei Ken which is the Japanese translation of Da Chenq Quan. The name was later changed with permission of Wang Xiangzhai.

This interview is taken from the book "Dacheng Quan" by Wang Xuanjie.
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The student asked: “A sage's response to changing conditions

is unlimited. Does he have to study beforehand?”

He should worry only about his mind's not being

clear, and not about the inability to respond to all changing conditions.”

— Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529)
To nourish the vital energy, keep watch in silence;



In order to subdue the mind, act with non-action.



Of movement and stillness, be aware of their origin;



There is no work to do, much less someone to seek.



The true and constant must respond to phenomena;



Responding to phenomena, you must be unconfused.



When unconfused, the nature will stabilize by itself;



When the nature stabilizes, energy returns by itself.



When energy returns, the elixir crystallizes by itself;



Within the pot, the trigrams of kǎn and lí(heaven and earth) are joined.



Yīn and yáng arise, alternating over and over again;



Every transformation comes like a clap of thunder.



White clouds form and come to assemble at the peak;



The sweet nectar sprinkles down Mount Sumeru.



Swallow for yourself this wine of immortality;



You wander so freely—who is able to know you?



Sit and listen to the tune played without strings;



Clearly understand the mechanism of creation.



It comes entirely from these twenty lines;



A true ladder going straight to Heaven.-Daoist text -

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To us all towns are one, all men our kin. Life's good comes not from others' gift, nor ill. Man's pains and pains' relief are from within. Thus have we seen in visions of the wise !." - Tamil Poem-

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"The center of the cyclone is that rising quiet central low-pressure place in which one can learn to live eternally. Just outside of this Center is the rotating storm of one's own ego, competing with other egos in a furious high-velocity circular dance. As one leaves center, the roar of rotating wind deafens on more and more as one joins this dance. One's centered thinking-feeling-being, one's own Satoris, are in the center only, not outside. One's pushed-pulled driven states, one's anti-Satori modes of functioning, one's self-created hells, are outside the center. In the center of the cyclone one is off the wheel of Karma, of life, rising to join the Creators of the Universe, the Creators of us.

Here we find that we have created Them who are Us...

Lilly's Law

"In the province of the mind, what is believed to be true is true or becomes true, within certain limits to be found experimentally. These limits are further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the(true mind..added by danny) mind, there are no limits."" -- John C. Lilly -

Unless you know the emptiness and bliss inside yourself..you'll be a robot forced by the same emptiness and bliss trying to know itself..by pain..inside your self also..trust me!..said the mahayogi!

The student asked: “A sage's response to changing conditions

is unlimited. Does he have to study beforehand?”

He should worry only about his mind's not being

clear, and not about the inability to respond to all changing conditions.”

— Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529)
In silence there must be movement, and in motion,
There must be silence.
A small movement is better than a big,
no movement is better than a small
silence is all the movement's mother.
In Movement you should be like a dragon or a tiger.
In non Movement you should be like a Buddha.  
-- Wang Xiangzhai(November 26, 1885 - July 12, 1963}
Those whom have ears to hear,let them see..those whom have eyes to see..let them hear good...Kripto Yoga  2.12