- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: YMAA Publication Center; 1 edition (19 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1886969728
- ISBN-13: 978-1886969728
- Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.2 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,479,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Liuhebafa Five Character Secrets: Chinese Classics, Translations, Commentary Paperback – 19 Aug 2003
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"Paul Dillion's Liuhebafa Five Character Secrets examines the origins of water boxing, presenting a history which covers both techniques and evolution of a method which was one of the last to be taught outside of China. From breathing methods to methods of preparation for battle, this is packed with insights." Library Bookwatch
About the Author
Paul Dillon was born in Montgomery, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia Institute of Technology, majoring in Printing Management. His Chinese studies were at The College of Far Eastern Languages / Yale University.
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After that period I finally met Paul at his workshop in Idaho through other influences (I hadn't realized until just before meeting him that it was his book I bought years before and never read). After his introduction and my instruction, I can vouch that Paul's book has served me very well as a student of Liu He Ba Fa from the beginning. I later shared my initial misgivings about his book with Paul, and commented about his dopey sweater and "goofy white guy in street clothes" look. He said it was intentional. We both smiled.
Will this book work for you? It depends on what you want of yourself and if you are seeking practical wisdom to use or theoretical knowledge to talk about.
My personal and direct experience is that I've found this book to be highly useful and applicable as an almost literal, daily road map for my practice. I constantly refer to it for specific insights and seeds of wisdom that I can make come alive in my own progress. I am on my second copy.
I can say there are true riches in this book without hyperbole in anticipation of being discounted as one of Paul's periodic students from afar: I keep notes on my daily progress in my journals over the years and parts of this book are in my journals often, and usually verbatim. It is a learning aid as well as a wonderful reference for the internal arts practitioner.
Can beginners pick up Paul's book and get value from it--yes, but it will be different value than a more dedicated practitioner can discern and animate. If you feel this book speaks to you on any level, I heartily recommend you buy it. Perhaps you'll be off to the races immediately. It might also slowly germinate around you until one day you find you've become deliberate, methodical and focused... working with a jewel of a teacher like Paul, or even with deeper parts of yourself.