Qi – Life Energy
Here is a direct transcript from Venerable Lama Dondrup Dorje’s Video above :
Qi is the eletromagnetic energy which sustains the configuration and integrity of all forms and substances in the Universe. It is the Life Force which regulates the ebb and flow of the vitality of all things. It is referred to as rlung in Tibetan, prana in Sanskrit, ki in Japanese. Aristotle referred to it as the Souls of energy that exist throughout nature where signs of life are to be found.
Qi is the energy of all things, and can be cultivated and directed within man’s willpower and nature. Qi(Chi) when harnessed and directed can heal or destroy. When used in the light of healing, it brings harmony, balance, vitality, strength and enlightenment to one’s being. It is the electromagnetic energy behind all spiritual alchemy and miracle working.
Creating An Energy Bubble
When energy is rooted properly, positive ions reach the ground and displace negative ions.
A human is a blend – a fusion of the two.
When your energy from the lower dan tian connects into the root into the ground – just as when we do the standing posture – it will displace the energy and come back up around you like a bubble. There are ways to create that electromagnetic quality that changes things.
Internal Arts Applications
The Power of Mindfulness
Loving kindness works much better to thwart a physical attack (Qung Fu.)
It is much nicer to be kind to people.
Suddenly the attacker’s intent has gone; his whole body is based on rivalry of energy wanting to push it out. One can change that and say, “that is not important.”
It is much nicer to feel open, and because of that he loses his intention.
If you cannot honestly trust what you say, you cannot say what you feel in the heart matches what you speak.
If your action does not match what you have in your mind, how is it possible that you can ask the body to work with you? So, more practice and more form cannot help you. In fact it will give you a sense of rivalry; “I am better now than before – I am better than so and so.”
The Classical Teaching reminds people that all things are Kong, that nothing is solid. In fact, suffering does not exist. It exists because we give it the power to exist. Why? Your body works towards maintaining the dynamic to support its existence.
That’s why in classical training the first thing you are taught is not about physical exercise, it is about ethics, about conduct, how to behave.
To be sincere means: Whatever you do, act with your heart and your mind 100 percent.
Each goes by the nature of what they have. Since we have a nature that most people don’t realize, you already have a nature, a nature that is beautiful.
Whatever you want, you become that. Because you become that you are not based on rivalry, it becomes, “Let’s merge and get along, lets understand each other.”
Isn’t that the basis of relationships? Relationships between yourself and your partner, yourself and the people you work with, yourself and your brother and sister? Yourself even with the car that you drive, the tools that you use. By understanding its nature so that we can apply it.
The truth about Kong in the Heart Sutra is – “All is of Emptiness.” If you understand how selfless we really are, if you can see beyond that, then you will rise above all suffering. Whatever comes, you will learn how to deal with it, by first understanding its nature. And then by becoming it, part of its nature.
But – before you can do that becoming, you have to learn about sincerity, that is you have to develop this in a way whereby whatever you think and whatever you do matches. That is referred to as sincerity. With that comes insight, which is another word for wisdom that is gained by experiences.
Once you have that, you can learn to cultivate yourself. By cultivating yourself, next you can cultivate other people. And through this merging and working with nature, that is what in the classics is referred to as “Merging with Heaven and Earth.” You are no longer just a human, you are part of everything.
Every person you see, you see them as you own mother, as your own father, as your own brother, as your own sister, as someone who has been you best of friends.
If this is the case, how can you act unkindly towards others?
Act from the heart.
Kong – understanding whatever you feel is important today, tomorrow is gone.
This way, when you come upon good fortune, you accept that and say, “I thank you for this,” and you examine it from an impermanence point of view – that is, “well . . . it is good now, tomorrow will be past its best time,” and as a result you do not get excited about it.
If things are not going so well, “well, I hurt myself and I lost my job.” Examine it understanding the dynamic of cause and effect. That is, whatever happens now is a result of something that has happened before – if that is the case, that means you are responsible for it.
If you are responsible for it, then you say, “I am grateful that it happened, it allows me the chance to purify the defilement in my mind stream.” As a result you allow this to come through, and that is what we refer to as classical Qigong practices.
You don’t start out working with energy first, you start with understanding your own nature, by practicing, cultivating sincerity, cultivating reverence, cultivating humility, cultivating gratitude. This way, all things that you embrace, you embrace with your whole heart.
Kong – reminds us to be humble, reminds us to accept things as what they are. If it is pleasant be happy; if it is not too pleasant, it is ok too. In fact, even be grateful.
Often people say, “who is more kind to you, Jesus or Buddha or someone who wants to hurt you, your enemy?”
My answer always is the one who wants to hurt you.
Through that person, it allows me, encourages me to cultivate more compassion, more insight, more understanding.
Kong is a very useful component to remember.
The fact that I demonstrated today is I hope to inspire, to encourage people to apply this understanding.
I have one very, very simple philosophy: “Help other people as much as you can; but when it is not possible at least do not cause harm.”
Thank you for being here – thank you.