The legendary sage who went by the name of Lao Tzu. Credited with writing Tao Te Ching, and billed as the father or Taoism. Many exercises are attributed to him. His most famous follower was Chuang Tzu.
Indian Buddhist priest Bodhidharma (Da Mo) who created a teaching at the intersection of Buddhism and Taoism, Zen Buddhism. Better known to the martial arts community as the father of Shao Lin Monastery Kung Fu. Author of Luo Han Qigong
The master better known as Buddha. Buddhist exercises are a Qigong that allows one to enter a state of constant meditative awareness. Although physical exercises are absent in the main teaching, the body awareness is beneficial in this respect. Besides the main teaching, there is also direct transmission and sophisticated close disciple teaching, which is evident in Tibetan Buddhism that is particularly rich in visualization exercises.
"Amazingly, every major religious group in India agreed that Ramana Maharshi was enlightened." His books are available at the link above.
U. G. Krishnamurti
Speaking of Osho, here is a fascinating article: Osho, Bhagwan Rajneesh, and the Lost Truth
As much as he would despise such a name I would call him the Buddha for the modern age. Also of interest are some of the physical properties commonly attributed to the sages and Gods of the Vedas, which manifest in UG. Here you can read more. His books are available online.
George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1866?-1949) was born and educated in Russian Armenia. He spent years searching in Central Asia, North Africa, and other places for a hidden tradition whose traces he had encountered in youth. Glastonbury Archive has his book online.
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- Blood And Ego - interesting angle
- Ashtavakra Gita - Tao Te Ching in Sanskrit.
- Mindgazer Tao Site , also see Chuang Tzu
- Hsin Hsin Ming - for me, this is the essence of meditation. With progress more and more of these verses starts to make sense. Also, read Rinzai Gigen.
- Wu Dang Internal Daoist Alchemy - interesting reading
- Tibetan Tonglen Meditations - recommended.
- Osho, Bhagwan Rajneesh, and the Lost Truth - fascinating article!
- Spirit Watch - move to science - dream research
Tibetan Tonglen Meditations - recommended.
Christopher Calder's web site - interesting articles and instruction on meditation
- Access To Insight:
- a very large database of Buddhist teachings and meditation advise.
- a vast collection of online instructional and other material. Helpful even if you are not interested in Buddhism.
Blood and The Ego - interesting angle
Spirit Watch - dream research
WWW Library: Taoism
Shiva Shakti Mandalam - huge web site
Lucid Dreaming/Dream Qigong
The Lucidity Institute - "dedicated to the advancement of research on the nature and potentials of consciousness". They have done a great deal of lucid dreaming research. Of great interest are Tools for Lucid Dreaming, high tech gizmos that may speed up one's progress while doing Dream Qigong, a practice that many consider important.
J. Szymanski Site - excellent!
Yoga, Kundalini, etc
Autobiography of a Yogi(The Original 1946 First Edition) by Paramhansa Yogananda, Complete On-Line
SpiritWeb - huge web site with a lot of useful material, if you can get through a ton of junk on the surface. Try Yoga and Healing links.
Medical Qigong Articles (scroll to articles)
Also see Magazines & Newsletters for online newsletters.
http://www.chinaqigong.net ChinaQigong.NET] (China) - English and Chinese
FreeDharma.ORG - great!
Wikipedia - everything you ever wanted to know. Great source of information but can be rigid with the self imposed "quality standards".