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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    news Casual Discussion in Its Proper Place

    Today I was approached in private and asked to "allow shitposting." I found it a very amusing way of phrasing a desire, but the apparent concern was that I impose too strict standards on curating content and this stifles the organic board culture. What this person seems to have missed is that...
  4. Earl Grey

    essay Mind Games and Xin Yi: How Chess and Other Intellectual Games Influence Your Martial Skill

    It is no surprise that whatever you experience in your life is what you bring into your internal arts practice, just like your internal arts will seep into your life. This was something I noticed when I started going back to practice some of my favorite games such as Chess, Xiangqi, Shōgi, Go...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    creativity Biweekly Alchemical Garden Video Conferencing

    We will start hosting a biweekly video conferences for Alchemical Garden users. Come say hello and get to know the people behind silly user names! Our discussion is completely informal and practically everything goes. Users who wish to participate in the conferences should reply to this topic...
  6. lotusofpeace

    creativity An invitation to share haikus

    Here's sharing one that came to me, Inevitably I drown in your certainty. Submerged, but alive. -rc
  7. Earl Grey

    group study Mixing it up between styles and rulesets when sparring

    Yesterday, I had a friendly session using karate rules with a Kyoukushin-kai and a Balkans grappler friend. One thing that I love about Xin Yi is that we are not religious about sticking to one form of training, and don't adhere to any rules in combat. When training, we respect the ruleset of...
  8. creativity If Cultivation Skills Were Character Sheet Stats...

    Ting 1) listening with your ears 2) listening with your heart 3) listening with your breath Structure 0) stretch and create ease in the body 1) line up the bones 2) open the joints 3) muscles hang off bones 4) connection to the floor 5) maintain structure while moving Connection (through sung)...
  9. Roots of Virtue

    group study Commentary on Pop Culture

    Did you see an image or video originating from the popular culture mindset that made you think or laugh out loud recently? This is where you can post it with smart comments. No hit and run messages are allowed! The problem as I see would be that pop culture often cheapens modest traditional...
  10. Earl Grey

    casual Short Videos to Check out Thread

    This thread is for videos worth checking out. I think a great way to start is this video on being Ultra Spiritual! Keep in mind that while the creator in the video has some funny insights, over the past couple years, he has become a weirdo who actually is a life coach with New Age tendencies...
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