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ethics and virtues

  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 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...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    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...
  4. 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...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    essay 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 what we call 'wisdom' or 'knowing wrong from right'...
  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

    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...
  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 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_9kx2vAOOU This is what people are actually doing and how it looks like: View...
  10. 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...
  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. 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...
  13. Roots of Virtue

    group study Declining Male Culture, and the Lack of Healthy Role Models and Gentlemen

    A lot has been said about men and their problems in the current age, but I feel that the inspections so far have been superficial and borderline witch-hunt. The modern political feminist perspective is, like much of leftist politics since its conception, accusatory rather than constructive or...
  14. Earl Grey

    essay Eric Randolph: Tai Chi Cult Scammer

    The following is modified from an e-mail I had sent a friend whom I had not spoken with for two years due to the titular scammer of this thread. The irony is not lost that I met this fraudulent teacher through the friend I have written this long e-mail to detailing the nature of Eric Randolph...
  15. Roots of Virtue

    announcements List of BANNED Teachers and Practices

    Our official policies make it clear that we are committed in supporting ethical and safe practices. We don't want any uncritical promotion of teachers and teachings which tarnish that vision. Therefore, this thread collects the names of those teachers and practices that aren't welcome on...
  16. 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...
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    group study Laozi, Zhuangzi and Daoist Practice

    I want to open this up because I am curious to know what others think about the Dao De Jing and The Book of Zhuangzi. How do the texts influence your practice and day to day living? I always felt that the Dao De Jing was more like a manual, which is why I have always preferred Zhuangzi because...
  18. Roots of Virtue

    group study Daoist Three Treasures

    Taoist perspective honors Three Treasures: Ci is the ability to know compassion when relating to others, where you treat all experience as if it is a part of you. This is called owning your condition. Jian is your appreciation for the 'uncarved block,' or the ever changing aspect of life, by...
  19. Roots of Virtue

    question Karma and Merit: Why Are Beauty and Ethical Behavior Connected?

    A great question. Generally speaking, attractiveness much depends on health and ample vital energy that flows smooth within the human body. Upset emotions cause jagged and distorted energetic imprints. It's important to understand the significance of emotions in energy circulation, so read up...
  20. group study Humility

    What exactly is humility? What is the value or virtue of it? How can it be trained or improved upon, both as a single practitioner and as a teacher teaching a student? Is there a good way to test for humility? This is a subject that I sorely need improvement on, but seem to have a lot of...
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