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  1. Earl Grey

    essay When Masters Hide Their Skill and When "Masters" Reveal Their Skill in Public Demos

    One of the sayings of late Grandmaster David Chan was that there are two possibilities for anyone claiming master status and giving public displays: a) they know a lot more and are hiding their actual skill since a public demo can be recorded and copied by people who learn from observation, b)...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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"...
  5. Roots of Virtue

    essay Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; Examples from the Secular Buddhist Community

    Patterns in Groups Tending Toward the Formation of Cults; examples from the secular Buddhist community Sweet coupled airs we sing. No lonely seafarer Holds clear of entering Our green mirror. ~ Homer; The Odyssey, Book 12, 173-176 There is a natural urge to seek out others and form bonds to...
  6. 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.
  7. Roots of Virtue

    announcements New Forum Branch: The Scamgong Bulletin

    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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  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. Roots of Virtue

    question What Is Energetic Purity?

    First, you should understand that energy has different qualities that give it a tangible form or texture. This would be an esoteric and deep matter to discuss, as it delves deep into alchemy. Let's leave it at that. Second, on a more rational level energy can be like the light wave in that it...
  18. 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...