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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (26 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892818131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892818136
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A groundbreaking book. This is a remarkable and fascinating account of a truly phenomenal life. -- Napra ReView

Danaos includes scientific, physics-based explanations of Chang's paranormal abilities which he witnessed. This publication identifies with the verification and study of bio-energy. -- Frontier Perspectives, Fall 2000

It is well worth the read. For all of you with an adventurous spirit! -- Virginia Slayton, Convergence, Fall 2000

About the Author

Written by one of his students, this is the remarkable story of John Chang, the magus of Java, documenting his life; his Taoist Mo-Paidiscipline; and his amazing powers of pyrokinesis, telekinesis, levitation, and telepathy.Kosta Danaos is a former engineer for General Dynamics, a martial arts instructor in jujutsu and tai ch'i chuan, and a freelance writer with more than 150 publications to his credit. When not traveling in Indonesia or the United States he lives in Athens, Greece.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J Smith on 8 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
This has been an excellent inspiring read and will also be (i hope) for anyone who has just started or for those already on the road so to speak.
Kosta Danaos, the crazy "get up and go get it" guy who done what i would of (had i the resources), he saw something that fascinated him so much he had to seek it out, he had to seek out the master John Chang.
The way he "happened" upon finding him was interesting, and this mood continues through the book but despite this it also at points is very funny and can mix up the two on the same page, one minute your thinking "fantastic, deep, interesting" the next your just laughing.
As a lowly practitioner myself Kosta leaves certain little clues through out the book regarding his practices, i was sure i was correct and this was confirmed by himself in his second book, this did show that i am on the right path albeit a path miles away from the author but still right.
Anybody who picks up on them will see that certain practices are not confined to Mo Pai and that is not meant without respect.
If your looking for a great read then i would suggest this book to anybody, if your looking for the secrets to Mo Pai/Nei Kung/Qi Gong then look elsewhere, also, if your just looking to gain "powers" then please read something else.
Nothing worthwhile is easy as John Chang and Kosta both let you know, you will get out what you put in.
Once (like myself and many others) you have felt the burning flow of Qi, you will never look back nor be the same again.
Thats the thing, this book is spot on for all these things are very real, John Chang just happens to be a person who has skills that sit at the most extreme end, thats what makes this book stand out.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Dec. 2001
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Anyone who has enjoyed tales of superhuman abilities appearing in the far east will definetly find this book a joy to read. Far from simply regurgitating the 'street fighter' style fantasy that can be found in other publications, this work is a factual and concise insight into the world of a true Taoist Immortal. A man so deeply interesting that the reader will be desperate to here more of the Mo Pai and the art of Nei Kung. This book stretches the imagination while giving one an important glimpse into the heavily guarded history of these strange and yet infinitely important arts. The human animal and spirit will never seem dull to anyone who buys this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Corinna on 22 Oct. 2007
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I love reports about saints and other people with extraordinary abilities. I found this book very credible because I saw similar reports on the television and I enjoyed it very much. It is good to be reminded that there are powers slumbering in all of us that are just waiting to be awakened. There is just one thing I didn't like. The author criticises Buddhism for not being able to explain why we have evolution. I wished he had done better research because this remark is not at all true. In the kalachakra teachings we find very detailed explanations about why we have evolution. Other than that - five stars!
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This book is the first wich is revealing a way to improuve our human condition,written by a christian,the master declareing himself christian in the book,not buddist or taoist.It is the first book reveleing a way (ancient Mo Pai thechings) and for your surprise read the second,"Nei Kung : Philosofical art of change" by Damo Mitchell,wich in essence reveal another way to reach the same purpose(much,much entering in details of phenomena and practice).This two practitioners (john Chang and Damo Mitchell) have a lot in common,but their thechings represent two approch,one of an ancient chinese way and the declared taoist way to practice and evolove like a human being (of course also ancient chinese theachings of the daiost monks).
If now,two authors propose to us the same goal,in two similar ways,this fact convince me that John Chang exists with his so called "powers",his stage of evolution is real and we must read,understand,feal and practice,becouse a human without any belives is very easy to be oppresed,demoralized and finaly living in a stage of slavery.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ZSky on 23 April 2008
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I first read this book a little over three years ago after reading "Nei Kung: The Secret Teachings of the Warrior Sages," and it was rather a surreal read. I kept flipping back to the copyright page to see if it's a work of fiction, but it was not so. This book is a story of an incredible journey of the author, Kosta Danaos, who begun his quest to find and met with an internal arts master by the name of John Chang and his experiences and lessons with him. From reading this book, I thought it was too unreal to be a fact considering that Chang was able to break the laws of the physical reality. But again, it was not so because I have later seen the videos of Chang's psi abilities in action (e.g., pyrokinesis, telekinesis, and levitation), including the video of Lorne and Lawrence Blair's documentary series "Ring of Fire."

The one thing that I have found quite interesting from this book is the moral discussion of karma as relating to becoming like Chang. Obtaining the powers, higher than normal, requires a great responsibility. I do agree with Chang that he does not want to create "monsters" as to why he was strict on the student selections. That made sense since nowadays a thirst for psychic powers is, in an essence, an ego boost or superiority. Also, discussions of Yang and Yin and Mo-Pai tradition are informative read.

Thinking back on it now, the stories surrounds Chang reminds me a lot like Castaneda's Don Juan in "The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way of Knowledge."

Considering the fact that English was not Danaos' first language, this book is really well written and well organized. With little over 200 pages, I could not put this book down as it had enthralled my thoughts and emotions. Whether or not if it is a real story, this book is an intriguing and fascinating read, especially the stories about the "Immortals" of the ancient past, but that's just me.
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