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Abhidhamma and Qigong similarities

Posted: Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:55 pm
by khemindas
I found out quite interesting parallel between abhidhamma concept of 3 rupas and three treasures in Qigong . I don't know is there any special name for these special 3 rupas. But anyway:
1) Essence of Nutrition - Oja rupa or Ahara
Correspondence to Jing. One is said to be born with a fixed amount of jīng and also can acquire jīng from food or other sources.
2) Vitality of Matter - Jivita rupa
Correspondence to Qi. Believers of qi describe it as a vital energy, the flow of which must be balanced for health
3) Seat or Basis of Consciousness - Hadaya vatthu rupa
Correspondence to Shen. Translates as Spirit or mind,
or mental faculties or even consciousness.

And also interesting how these 3 rupas or treasures described working in Dantian system:

1) Lower dantian (下丹田, Xià Dāntián): below the navel (about three finger widths below and two finger widths behind the navel), which is also called "the golden stove" (金炉 pinyin: Jīn lú) or the namesake "elixir-of-life field" proper, where the process of developing the elixir by refining and purifying essence (jing) into vitality (qi) begins.
2) Middle dantian (中丹田, Zhōng Dāntián): at the level of the heart, which is also called "the crimson palace", associated with storing spirit (shen) and with respiration and health of the internal organs, in particular the thymus gland. This cauldron is where vitality or qi is refined into shen or spirit.
3) Upper dantian (上丹田, Shàng Dāntián): at the forehead between the eyebrows or third eye, which is also called "the muddy pellet", associated with the pineal gland. This cauldron is where shen or spirit is refined into wu wei or emptiness