Archive for Xin


Posted in taiji, words and concepts with tags , on December 23, 2009 by marksun

Nov 29, 2009 –

“It is the thing that enables us to think, to eat, to walk, to talk… to do anything we do in life.  The function of the Xin covers the whole range of what the mind can do and what the mind fails to do.

In spiritual practice of Chinese culture, cultivating the Xin is the core.

Xin is used in daily Chinese language very frequently in many phrases. The physical organ of heart is also called Xin, short for Xin Zang.”   calligraphy and  caption by Limin Song


inkdrop in water, our mind is like an ink drop and our body is like the water

Posted in image, practice with tags , , on May 26, 2009 by marksun

(email from Verna) should have taken notes after practice on Sunday . . . now 2 days have passed; so am depending on my memory.  There were 4 of us at practice . . . not sure of all the names . . . the woman who has been coming on Sunday’s, Janice, myself and another woman.  We only did the first cross hand.

One image presented by Limin:  imagine a glass of clear water; then you drop ink into the water; the ink will eventually dissipate in the water.  Our mind is the ink drop; our body is the water . . . the dissipation of the ink in the water represents the unity of mind and body achieved through focused, careful and sincere practice.

Limin talked about her method of teaching in which form is secondary to understanding the relationship of mind and body and how the tools:  heavy tailbone, shoulders and elbows down can help you achieve total disbursement of the ink drops in water.  She mentioned teaching us the “essence” of taiji (using “xin” to listen to your body and guide your movements) rather than stressing perfect form. Limin also talked about peng, lu, ji, an.

Sunday afternoon I went to weapons class (practiced sai) since Monday was a holiday . . . amazing how the disbursement of ink in water can help when flipping and slashing . . . you really need to concentrate . . . otherwise you’ll hurt yourself…

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Qing Jing Xin

Posted in practice, Uncategorized with tags , , on May 10, 2009 by marksun

These words help guide us to a productive state of mind

Qing – clear/clean

Jing – peaceful/quiet

Xin –  heart – soul – you at this moment in time.  Xin  is you –  a word with many meanings. Thinking is not necessary for  Qing Jing Xin.

Xin, Effectivenes of Practice

Posted in taiji with tags , , , on May 6, 2009 by marksun

Whole set, 1st cross hands with focus on the tailbone. A video Limin saw provided an opening to talk more about Xin in the context of buddhism;     Xin determines whether practice and meditation are effective.  A person may be said to have a “mean” Xin, or “gentle” Xin.  Xin is encumbered by thoughts that affect Xin itself.  One may meditate for years without progress because   Xin  is  clouded, is not quiet, is not at peace.


Yi Xin Xing Qi

Posted in taiji with tags , , on May 1, 2009 by marksun

Whole set and three first cross hands.

yi xin xing qi as a way to think about our practice.


use xin to listen

Posted in taiji with tags , on April 1, 2009 by marksun

practice with an awareness of a source of energy coming out of the center of gravity the area contained by the waist. use the whole essential self to listen. use xin to listen. xin senses the energy inside.

use the mind to move qi

Posted in saying, taiji with tags , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by marksun

We talked about the phrase : Yi Xin Xing Qi

Use the heart, the soul, the mind to put something in motion
Xin – heart/soul/mind
Xing – something in motion, put something in motion

We talk about sensing the inner depths

When the energy channels are clear the sensing channels are also clear.

Focus mind on the heavy tailbone

Da mo brought nothing material with him.  “there was not even one word came with Da Mo when he came from the west, all (practice) relies on your Xin Yi (heart and mind) to progress” ….means one has to sincerely use ones mind in his practice.

Often this phrase is used to remind people  not to learn by reading words but to use sincerity, to use intuition and to practice