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  1. Roots of Virtue

    essay Caution Against Fragmented Teachings and Incomplete Training

    Caution Against Fragmented Teachings and Incomplete Training All the proper spiritual traditions originating with realized masters have been given out as complete paths of their respective philosophies and aims, and the fruits of practice are validated through successive generations of disciples...
  2. Roots of Virtue

    news The Public Square is Open to Members Now

    From the ashes of The Scamgong Bulletin rises another forum branch: The Public Square. It's open to all our registered members. The purpose of the Public Square is to house discussion about specific teachers and teachings which aren't invited by us. The unregistered viewers are ironically left...
  3. Roots of Virtue

    announcements How to Discuss Teachers and Teachings Properly

    How to Discuss Teachers and Teachings Properly First, let's consider some questions related to this topic. Please review these after you have read the article and examine if your perception or attitude has changed. Am I motivated to understand better? If not, then what makes me a student? Do I...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Roots of Virtue

    essay About the Authenticity of Dr. Baolin Wu's Books

    About the Authenticity of Dr. Baolin Wu's Books Yesterday I was reading (oriental medicine doctor and licensed acupuncturist) Dr. Baolin Wu's book Eight Immortals' Revolving Sword of Pure Yang (2011) and came to a passage about Wang Xiangzhai, the famous internal martial artist and Zhan Zhuang...
  7. Neirong

    group study Personality Cults

    Elon Musk, a genius inventor, engineer, progressor, Iron Man, and savior of humanity? What the media leads us and masses to believe, is that Elon Musk founds companies himself to help Earth and Humanity to colonize Mars, to get over the energy crisis, to make our ecology cleaner via "green"...
  8. 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.
  9. Roots of Virtue

    news Forum Branch "The Scamgong Bulletin" is Shutting Down

    One of the main theses about Alchemical Garden Forum is that there is a need to make a distinction between low quality and high quality practice. Therefore, we need to have some sense of awareness and curiosity about what happens in the world at large. I'm pleased to announce a brand new forum...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. One Finger Chan

    group study What will not go wrong?

    As you can see, the title plays with the name of this section. This one is inspired by almost a decade on forums. Why is it so, that some beginners, when starting to feel stuff, start to mix systems and fill in the blanks much like the gene sequencing described in Jurassic Park (1)? The...
  13. 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...
  14. Roots of Virtue

    group study Sensationalist Health News and Claims

    Sometimes we see news of supposed health breakthroughs or claims that a new health innovation will help you heal and keep fit. Is it an implausible money-grab and a complete waste of time, or could it perhaps turn out to be something? While science and materialistic knowledge may thrive with...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. endbegin

    group study Red Flags when Finding a Teacher

    I thought on this for a few days before posting, because I wanted to expel a few negative emotions before hand. I figured that this would have been quite a different post if I had allowed any bitterness to influence the way in which I write. I am an inherent "teeth-clencher" when it comes to...