Allen, Every question of yours gives me reasons to update the website. So please, do ask. Our site is in beta after all.
1. Belly breathing inhales into the belly. Not a point. Just the entire belly. 2. To focus on the navel chakra - begin by visualize the size of a soccer ball, then a mellon, then an apple. Just the general area. After dilligent practice it will condense itself into the size of a quarter. 3. At the beginning, one usually experiences heat in that general area. Because that area is impure, there is friction. Friction generates heat. Then you will sense some flow of energy. Then also could be vibrations or rotations. Just let it happen, observe and don't force it using the mind. The mind should be the observer, that is how we get to let go of things by observing our body as well as in sync with our life force. 4. Most importantly, it is not "focus", but observe. Relax and obsere. We translated this website with a team of 6-8 people. Our wording is not consistent. We still have a lot of work to do. Donald Phillip Rogers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Peace Donald, I have two more questions. In step four of the belly breathing exercise it says that you focus your breathing on your belly chakra which is about two inches behind the belly button. My first question is do you breath the air in focusing the air into that point? In other words do you pull the air into that point? And my final question is: how do you know when you have found that chakra? Or how do you locate it? Sorry to bother you with so many questions, but I do not really have a teacher to help instruct me. Thank you so much for the information that you have given me. Blessings, Allen donald hwong <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Sorry for the confusion, Allen. Our first step is Purification - purify the body and the mind. This is a formulated practice. After one masters the formulated practice, then one moves on to formula-less practices. In the formulated practice, the first step is belly breathing. After one can breathe with belly automatically (usually three months) then observe to clean up chakras. Let me know if you have more question. Namaste, Donald Phillip Rogers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Thank you very much Donald I appreciate this information. However, i did not totally understand what it is talking about with sitting meditation. It indicates that it is some form of Qi cultivation meditation, but its does not give any specifics on the practice. Also I thought that doing Qi meditations like that without the proper supervision could be dangerous. Would you please elaborate a little more on this practice so I can understand what it is talking about a little better. Again thank you very much. Peace, Allen donald hwong <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Allen, Every school is different in practice, though short term effectiveness are different, similar benefits in the long run nevertheless. I can only speak of the practice that I am familiar with. Here is the link to my school for your reference. http://www.heartzen.org We are Chan from China, a rare one in the west, with both Motion Zen and Sitting Zen. Each of us are here due to our own cause and effect. So, if you decide to try this method and having questions, just let me know. This is me. Namaste, Donald - JMJM Phillip Rogers <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Thank you for your warm welcome Bill. Here is a question for the group. I have read some things on zazen from this forum and on the internet as well as in books. when I meditate I calm myself and allow myself to rest and relax. For a few moments I do nothing but sit and allow my thoughts and everything to arise without attaching myself to them. Then I let my attention rest on my breath's sensation at the tip of the nose and I follow it in and out to try and become aware of it. I was wondering if this is an acceptable practice or if I needed to do something different? In some meditations it says that I need to rest my aatention in my "hara" or on some visualized point on my forhead as well as becoming aware of my breathing. This can all be very confusing. Would somone please help me by telling me an appropriate way to meditate, or just please give me some points on practice? It needs to be understood that where I live I have no Zen teacher but only myself. Peace, Allen Bill Smart <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: Al, Welcome to the Zen Forum! As you can tell by scanning the postings over the past several weeks there has not been much action except the reason short exchanges prompted by Tony Wus posting. I hope youll feel free to engage whenever there are postings of interest, and I encourage you to initiate some threads of your own. Peace to All too, (except Al (the old one) who needs no peace - only wu) Bill! Al (the new one) wrote: Peace to All, Hello everyone. 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