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  1. Corvus

    essay A Clash of Cultures - Law Vs Law .

    " Discovering how virtues in fearlessness, non-attachment, and awareness show the truth. " Yes, this looks like the place for this ; Background: I have a friend , a full blood , very traditional , 'Clever Man' and 'Culture Man' Aussie Aboriginal. That means he is an accomplished man in...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    group study Blaming and Seeing Faults in Others Is Harmful

    Blaming and Seeing Faults in Others Is Harmful Anyone interested in self-transformation and real spiritual progress should understand that blaming others and seeing faults are harmful for one's own character and health. These divisional projections entirely, yet perhaps subtly or deceptively...
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    group study How Spiritual Practitioners Deal with Hardships Shows Their Real Progress

    How Spiritual Practitioners Deal with Hardships Shows Their Real Progress Despite How Well You Progress in Internal Training, Hardships Remain a Fact Many people seem to have the impression that spiritual training should in fact make life easier. This can be possible if one's scope is within the...
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    group study Hilarious Folk Stories and Stories About Fools

    Hilarious Folk Stories and Stories About Fools Sharing stories is good entertainment for everyone, but everyone likes even more when the stories are hilarious! Here we gather various hilarious folk stories and stories about fools around the world. Remember to include sources if it's not too...
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    group study The Wisdom of Story Tellers: Fables and Parables

    The Wisdom of the Story Tellers: Fables and Parables Sharing fables, stories, and parables is probably the most ancient cultural tradition humanity has practiced. Is there anybody who doesn't love to hear wise lessons and connect with other people through entertaining story telling? Here we...
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    group study Misuse and Appropriation of Spiritual Labels to Encourage Greed

    Misuse and Appropriation of Spiritual Labels to Encourage Greed Every so often we can see how spiritual labels are turned against their original aspirations: The search of true reality and its unconditional happiness becomes subverted for earthly ideals that lead away from these. In particular...
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    interview An Interview with Chinese Internal Arts Teacher Sifu John Dolic

    An Interview with Chinese Internal Arts Teacher Sifu John Dolic The finished article will be featured here in the first post. In the meanwhile, please read the post below for participation instructions.
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    essay Sifu Terry Dunn's Internal Training Biography

    TERENCE PANG-YEN DUNN is a master instructor of Chinese martial, yogic, and healing arts with more than 42 years of training based in Los Angeles, CA. Since 1990, he has popularized Tai Chi Chuan and authentic Qigong practices throughout America and Europe through his highly acclaimed Tai Chi...
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    essay Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; Examples from the Secular Buddhist Community

    Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; examples from the secular Buddhist community Sweet coupled airs we sing. No lonely seafarer Holds clear of entering Our green mirror. ~ Homer; The Odyssey, Book 12, 173-176 There is a natural urge to seek out others and form bonds to...
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    group study Critical Views on Lineage Transmission and Authoritative Teachers

    This message will later become an introduction to the topic of critical views on lineage transmission.
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    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...
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    feedback Discussion about Forum Policies: Breach of Conduct and Moderation Response

    Discussion about Forum Policies: Breach of Conduct and Moderation Response This thread is for showcasing the disregard and abuse of Alchemical Garden Forum policies. This also is the place for voicing discontent over how moderation is done.
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    group study Martial Kick-Ass Wisdom: How to Apply Power and Intention Correctly

    We have this forum branch for discussing about timeless wisdom as you well know. Having the correct view about meditation and spontaneous presence is always pertinent, but many traditional pieces of advice often come with the emphasis on retreating and centering peacefully within, letting things...
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    group study Ethics in Buddha Dharma

    The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddha Dharma recognizes that liberation from suffering starts with accepting the goodness of heart. Every sentient being originally has a perfectly innocent heart that has become obscured by anger, greed, and ignorance. Although re-discovering the heart of the Buddha...
  15. 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...
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    essay Generosity as the Perfection of Virtue and Wisdom

    Generosity as the Perfection of Virtue and Wisdom Q: When you said that wisdom is the function, what did you mean by wisdom? A: The knowledge that by realizing the void-ness of all opposites, deliverance is assured and that, without this realization, you will never gain deliverance. This is...
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    announcements Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice

    Preliminaries of Buddhist Practice Buddha Dharma is a big motivation for why this board was founded. It's therefore prudent that we go over some rudimentary recommendations and take everyone though what are the minimal preliminaries for entering the Buddhist practice. This also acts as a...
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    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...
  19. Earl Grey

    essay Using Magical Methods and Understanding Wishful Thinking

    Let us begin with these two videos to set the tone and expectations: This is what people think they are capable of doing and what it should look like: View: This is what people are actually doing and how it looks like: View...
  20. 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...