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  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 Hormones, Environmental Chemicalization, and Yogic Health

    There is a lot to discuss about hormones. Not only are they essential to maintaining healthy homeostasis in the physical body, they also represent the important nourishing quality close to the primordial water element. Steroid hormones are effective because they are small lipophilic...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    essay Real Healer Saints and Communication with Angels? Hah!

    Real Healer Saints and Communication with Angels? Hah! In the past years there has been a somewhat universal Western trend that some people seek personal connection with what they imagine as divine and come up with practical approaches which could accurately be described as a genre of...
  4. Roots of Virtue

    group study Feng Shui and Sache

    I'll write an introduction to Chinese Feng Shui and Tibetan Sache later. Both are arts dedicated to understanding the environmental energies and their effects on human dwellings. Geomancy as a particular form of divination that has close ties to understanding how earth and water interact in the...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    group study Modern Nutritional and Dietary Research, Including Unproven 'Fad' Diets Branching from the Food and Eating According to Traditional Medicine Paradigms thread we get to discussing modern dietary research. What does the materialistic peer-reviewed science have to say about nutrition other than that industrially prepared...
  6. Roots of Virtue

    group study Food and Eating According to Traditional Medicine Paradigms

    The major traditional medicine paradigms in both India and China posit that our foods, like the entire universe, embody some immaterial properties connected to metaphysical primal elements. The ancient Greek philosophers and medicine practitioners also knew a theory of four bodily humors that...
  7. 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...
  8. Earl Grey

    announcements Well-cultured Discussion in Contrast to Compulsive Speculation and Politics

    Just a reminder: We are not a forum for socializing or politics. What we have is a practice and philosophy (literally: loving wisdom) community, and our discussion interests are well-cultured and timeless. In contrast, we do not want conspiracy theories or conjecture about internal work in...
  9. 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...
  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. endbegin

    group study Toxicity in Self-Improvement

    Following on from the "Tai Chi Scammer" thread, this post inspired me to open this one: This sort of thing has got under my skin way too often, so I think I need to vent it here. The thing that I'm starting to open my eyes to is this trend of "everyone's a guru". Or if they're not a "guru"...
  12. 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]...
  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. Roots of Virtue

    instructions Divination 102: Beginner Divination with I Ching or the Classic of Changes

    Divination 102: Beginner Divination with I Ching or the Classic of Changes I Ching (pinyin: yìjīng) or the Classic of Changes is a an ancient divination method harking back to the Western Zhou dynasty which would be situated within the current continental China. The I Ching has a long history...
  15. 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.
  16. Miroku

    group study Healthy Relationship with Difficulties

    It seems to me that this is one of the first "realizations" a student should or could have on the Buddhist path. I cannot speak about other paths, mostly due to my own fairly limited focus, that I still sometimes consider to be too broad (that cursed desire to taste all 84000 dharma gates)...
  17. Roots of Virtue

    essay The Centripetal Action

    The Centripetal Action Good leadership is scattered or unmotivated, so the authoritarian forces of dispersion and oppression put people's defenses and shadows in charge of overseeing. This trend is manifest in both microcosm and macrocosm. People are driven into fringes for shelter or...
  18. Roots of Virtue

    essay Practical Ethics: Symbolic and External Issues Versus Confronting Ourselves

    Practical Ethics: Symbolic and External Issues Versus Confronting Ourselves What is effective and practical ethics which we should realize and embody through cultivation? This article was a great piece with a...
  19. Earl Grey

    announcements Plain Speak vs Political Correctness vs Free Speech

    One thing I want to highlight as part of the goal here for relaxed discussion is plain speak. This doesn't mean that we will necessarily allow all opinions here, because if someone starts posting conspiracy theories or rants, obviously, we will frown upon it. We allow for healthy disagreement...