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  1. Roots of Virtue

    group study Calligraphy and Sigils for Meditation and Magic

    We have been missing a general purpose thread about the esoteric aspects of calligraphy and sigils for spiritual purposes, namely meditation and magic. Please feel free to share about the resources and teachers you recommend for learning the basics, your relevant experiences, and share some of...
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    group study Oriental Poetry and Calligraphy as the Language of the Heart and Spirit

    Oriental Poetry and Calligraphy as the Language of the Heart and Spirit If there is one distinguishing cultural feature that stands out in Oriental cultures, it's their sophistication with poetry and calligraphy. These two are often married together because the pictogram language and the...
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    group study Mantras in Practice and as Spiritual Technology

    This thread serves as the general meeting place and resource for discussing mantra practice in its breadth and depth, excluding the option that some specific individual mantras might deserve their own thread. Your experiences, teachers, and accomplishments in mantra work are welcome discussion...
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    group study Esoteric Practices in Mahayana Buddhist Sutras

    Esoteric Practices in Mahayana Buddhist Sutras Let's have a group study about assorted Mahayana Buddhist Sutras and esoteric practices explicitly therein. First, look through the Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice thread and make sure that you understand what is the starting point for this...
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    feedback A Curriculum of Basic Practice Instructions

    What makes for good internal arts to learn? Which skills and arts should the practitioner immerse with in order that he gains a reasonable understanding of how the classic spiritual arts of the world work? Here we plan and discuss a curriculum of basic practice instructions which the Alchemical...
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    group study Heaven and Earth: Hieros Gamos (Holy Marriage), the Cosmos, and the Virtues of Yin and Yang

    This thread is a brief summary of the various important cultural and esoteric currents that are covered with this concept and its close terms. (It's also a practical guide for when to use it as a tag, mind you.) Heaven and Earth: Hieros Gamos (Holy Marriage), the Cosmos, and the Virtues of...
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    instructions Divination 101: Consulting Oracles, Asking Wise Questions, and Interpreting Meaningful Answers

    Divination 101: Consulting Oracles, Asking Wise Questions, and Interpreting Meaningful Answers γνῶθι σεαυτόν / σαυτὸν ἴσθι Know thyself. — A Delphic maxim Knowing yourself is a foundational premise of spiritual development. The practitioner aspires to separate the true self (Self) and false...
  8. Miroku

    group study Good and Interesting Documentaries About Practice and Practitioners

    Hey, I thought it could be interesting to post here interesting documentaries that somehow touch upon the practice, etc. I will be kicking off with Hermits.
  9. Earl Grey

    journal Sifu Terry's Wisdom Teachings and Quotes

    This thread is a selection of quotes Sifu Terry has made, i-ching readings, and sources of interest he feels practitioners should enjoy outside of basic practice. Most important: "HEALING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING." --Grandmaster Doo Wai "WE ARE AT OUR BEST WHEN WE SERVE OTHERS. BE...
  10. Corvus

    essay Esoteric Number Theory ( and the 3 : 4 Principle ) .

    In some traditions numbers are not just symbols that tell us how many of a particular thing there are but can be seen as divine emanations. In simpler form it goes something like this; The original primal unity. Some call it God - at the stage of God before creation. Others call it pure...
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    group study The Mega Discussion about Cultivation: Qigong, Neigong (Yijin Jing), Neidan (Daoist Inner Alchemy), Dhyana meditation

    This open thread is for discussing about cultivation: Qigong, Neigong (Yijin Jing), Neidan (Daoist inner alchemy), and Dhyana meditation are particular relevant terms. I am sure that questions about these multifaceted and commonly employed terms would come up time after time so it would be good...
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    group study Short Reviews of Practical Instructions in Magic, Divination, and Other Esoteric Arts

    Here we compile compact reviews of practical instructions in book, booklet, and relevant electronic formats like Kindle and PDF. The instructions must have formal relevance to esoteric work: magic, divination, astrology, feng shui, etc. Meditative and inner alchemy topics go to another...
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    question Unfinished Spiritual Journey and Death

    Good questions. It will come to facing bardo states. They are dreamlike states between one life and another, which is why training yogic dreaming and sleep is very important: they allow relevant experience and awareness to develop. Everything is like a dream, and bardo exemplifies the intensity...
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    announcements The History of This Board

    The name of this discussion forum, Alchemical Garden, is not an accident and neither is the existence of this subforum of Herbalism and Naturopathy. I had already decided that in the future I would host a discussion forum that would be centered around external alchemy, mainly of Daoist waidan...