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  1. Roots of Virtue

    essay Fear of Missing out: A Marketing Ploy to Monetize Spiritual Cultivation

    Fear of Missing out: A Marketing Ploy to Monetize Spiritual Cultivation There are many violent ways to control and entrap unwary people, but often times it can literally pay back in saved time and money if you pay attention early whether there are subtle mechanisms of manipulation that heighten...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    group study Hormones, Environmental Chemicalization, and Yogic Health

    There is a lot to discuss about hormones. Not only are they essential to maintaining healthy homeostasis in the physical body, they also represent the important nourishing quality close to the primordial water element. Steroid hormones are effective because they are small lipophilic...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    group study Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives

    Buddhist Wisdom from Tantra and Dzogchen Perspectives Here we go another stretch along the wisdom road. We are joined by the insightful commentaries of various Buddhist tantra and Dzogchen (Atiyoga) practitioners, mostly of different Vajrayana schools and maybe some Bön also. Expect to find...
  4. One Finger Chan

    group study What will not go wrong?

    As you can see, the title plays with the name of this section. This one is inspired by almost a decade on forums. Why is it so, that some beginners, when starting to feel stuff, start to mix systems and fill in the blanks much like the gene sequencing described in Jurassic Park (1)? The...
  5. Earl Grey

    group study Dealing with Psychological Abuse

    How can we prevent psychological abuse? Why is psychological abuse difficult to recover from? How can the members of society help the abuse victims? What successful modalities and medical theories exist to treat the person recovering from abuse? This group study has its starting premise in...
  6. Roots of Virtue

    essay Preliminary Training with Internal Kungfu as a Study Example

    Preliminary Training with Internal Kungfu as a Study Example A lot has been written and spoken about spiritual cultivation. Much of this discussion makes reference from mid to high-level training methods and phenomena that are attained with correct training at these respective mid-to-high...
  7. Roots of Virtue

    group study Pop Culture and Spiritual Practice

    Let's discuss how pop culture is actively catalyzing the dissemination spiritual themes across civilizations and what is this pollination's impact on people's personal views. Popular culture is created for mass appeal and consumption. It appropriates everything that can be grasped in...
  8. Roots of Virtue

    group study Street Wisdom and Wisdom from Unlikely Sources

    Here we share and examine insightful quips that reflect visceral street wisdom. Wisdom bits from unconventional sources (e.g. profane circumstances) are also welcome if they are of great quality. Please avoid pop culture sources such as TV entertainment and movies. Mike Tyson quote in "Tall...
  9. Earl Grey

    essay Gratitude for Students: The Great Joy for Teaching

    In contrast to my recent post on difficult students and praise of my teachers, I now turn my attention towards praise of students. The most I have ever learned was not from my teachers telling me what to do or explaining things, it was in applying that knowledge and developing the wisdom that...
  10. endbegin

    group study Toxicity in Self-Improvement

    Following on from the "Tai Chi Scammer" thread, this post inspired me to open this one: This sort of thing has got under my skin way too often, so I think I need to vent it here. The thing that I'm starting to open my eyes to is this trend of "everyone's a guru". Or if they're not a "guru"...
  11. Earl Grey

    essay On Difficult Students and Our Gratitude for Our Teachers

    The other day, I threw my arms up in frustration over one of my informal students, coming to the point of shouting using all caps and unsubtly telling the student to fuck off and saying to never contact me again. [Errata: This is a completely sardonic piece done in a tongue-in-cheek style]...
  12. Roots of Virtue

    group study Sensationalist Health News and Claims

    Sometimes we see news of supposed health breakthroughs or claims that a new health innovation will help you heal and keep fit. Is it an implausible money-grab and a complete waste of time, or could it perhaps turn out to be something? While science and materialistic knowledge may thrive with...
  13. Miroku

    essay Reversing Global Warming

    Here I would like to share a piece of writing done by one of my favourite lamas lama Pema Chophel. Lama Pema Chophel is an American Buddhist lama that has been practicing since the 70's and has been recognized as a trained lama in the Nyingma lineage. I extremely adore him for his traditional...
  14. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Divination 102: Beginner Divination with I Ching or the Classic of Changes

    Divination 102: Beginner Divination with I Ching or the Classic of Changes I Ching (pinyin: yìjīng) or the Classic of Changes is a an ancient divination method harking back to the Western Zhou dynasty which would be situated within the current continental China. The I Ching has a long history...
  15. Miroku

    group study Healthy Relationship with Difficulties

    It seems to me that this is one of the first "realizations" a student should or could have on the Buddhist path. I cannot speak about other paths, mostly due to my own fairly limited focus, that I still sometimes consider to be too broad (that cursed desire to taste all 84000 dharma gates)...
  16. Roots of Virtue

    group study Ego, Spirituality, and Seeking Power

    Let's discuss the problem of seeking power in spiritual cultivation and skills. A great deal of good practice is about recognizing what is plain bad practice or improper conduct in any circumstance. You are welcome to share anecdotes about crazy ego-tripping practitioners and teachers. A lot...
  17. Roots of Virtue

    question Internal Practices Suitable for Self-Study

    Internal Practices Suitable for Self-Study It's an interesting question with two complementary answers. There is the perspective of complete formal practice that allows the practitioner to advance from complete naivety to mastery within its self-contained systemic framework. The other view is...
  18. Roots of Virtue

    group study Female Practice and Femininity in Spiritual Cultivation

    Hereby we shall have a general discussion thread about female practice and femininity in spiritual cultivation. This is not meant to be a ladies' bathroom, but a women's interest group. Men can also participate if they show dignity and respect. The Premises for Female Practice Men and...
  19. Roots of Virtue

    group study Exceptionally Bad Martial Arts Demonstrations

    Let's have a video thread for exceptionally bad martial videos that chiefly have unintentional humor value. View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f67DXFUTBtQ This guy is embarrassingly bad and also gives plain hazardous advice. Wrists simply are too frail to be used as direct hitting parts...
  20. Roots of Virtue

    group study Beware Psychic Trance States and Practices that Promise Much

    Beware Psychic Trance States and Practices that Promise Much It is regrettably seldom discussed that there are many types of psychic absorption or trance. Some of them definitely are impure (i.e. drawing towards cyclic existence and suffering) and thus allow uninvited spiritual entities to...
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