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ethics and virtues

  1. Roots of Virtue

    group study Learning from Mistakes with Teachers

    Learning from Mistakes with Teachers View: Thulsa Doom: "Look at the strength of your body, the desire in your heart. I gave you this!" For those of gentle, childish, and uncultivated attitudes, please read the article as satire as not to hurt your precious...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    group study Anger and Its Antidote: Patience

    Anger and Its Antidote: Patience Here we post articles highlighting how dangerous plain anger is for both aspiring cultivators and accomplished yogis. Community discussion about developing patience and avoiding anger should be had in another thread which doesn't exist as of yet but will be...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    group study Trauma of Shattered Community

    Trauma of Shattered Community As practitioners we aren't only working on ourselves but also for the betterment of mankind. Our neighbors and kin affect us and they are in turn affected by how we become better human beings just as we should. Sometimes entire communities become sick and people...
  4. Roots of Virtue

    announcements Separating Legitimate Magic from Occultism: Real Authority Comes from Lineage and its Virtues

    Separating Legitimate Magic from Occultism: Real Authority Comes from Lineage and its Virtues First I'm announcing a policy for Alchemical Garden that we will not accept the promulgation of occult teachings in any form. Read the rest of this article to understand why and how it applies to...
  5. Earl Grey

    essay What is your sacrifice?

    In recent times, I've juggled with the idea of my teaching model, especially the pricing scheme. I generally enjoy teaching one-on-one and guiding people, and if there are small groups, it's more intimate that way so that nobody feels left out or people don't wander around and get distracted...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. Roots of Virtue

    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...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    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...
  10. Roots of Virtue

    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...
  11. Roots of Virtue

    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...
  12. Roots of Virtue

    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...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    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.
  14. Roots of Virtue

    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.
  15. Roots of Virtue

    group study Martial Kick-Ass Wisdom: How to Apply Power and Intention Correctly

    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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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]...
  20. 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...