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What the heck is this place? Simply put, TheTaoBums.com is an online forum for discussing cultivation practices in a spiritual context. The name "The Tao Bums" is inspired both from the famous Jack Keroac novel "The Dharma Bums", and from the fact that many of the members either actively practice, or are familiar with Taoist cultivation methods. TheTaoBums was created and is maintained by Sean Omlor. It's provided as a gift in service to the community of seekers and as such is a labor of love. TheTaoBums is not affiliated with any single cultivation school or method. Discussion related to any of the world's varied cultivation practices is most welcome. TheTaoBums is also not affiliated with any gender, despite the potential connotation of the "Bums". Men, women, hermaphrodites, transexuals and discarnate entities are all equally welcome. Uhhh, Where Should I Post? In the Taoist Discussion section maintain a sincere intention to keep your posts relevant to cultivation and to stay on topic if you are replying in a thread. The Personal Practice Discussion subsection is where you can start your own topic detailing your daily cultivation work for discussion with the community. The Contributed Articles section is for complete, member contributed articles. Feel free to post in there. Your article will appear when approved by a Moderator. The Off Topic section is no-holds-barred and will only be moderated in extreme cases such as when the legality agreement below is broken. The Forum and Technical Support forum is for posting questions or comments about this forum itself, such as technical problems or suggestions you may have for improvement. What about attachments? Apply the same standards to adding attachments that you do with posting. In other words, keep attachment in the Taoist Discussion, Training Blogs and Forum and Technical Support forums, mostly relevant. In Off Topic, anything goes except attachments that break the legal policy below. Let's Keep it Legal No posting, attaching or linking to illicit serial numbers,"cracks", keygens, or anything related to the illegal pirating of copyrighted software. No posting, attaching or linking to copyrighted material, for example books or mp3s not part of the public domain. No posting, attaching or linking to the private information of individuals for the purpose of harrassment or fraud, for example personal phone, social security or credit card numbers. Who's the "boss"? Suggestions on how to improve TaoBums are most welcome. Decisions about the forum are frequently made with consultation on the wants and needs of the community. However it's important to recognize that currently all final decisions regarding this forum are executed by Sean. How is TaoBums paid for? Taobums is provided free of charge and is supported entirely by Sean's pocket, donations and ad support. You can donate to The Tao Bums here. Obligitory Disclaimer By becoming and/or remaining a member of TheTaoBums you implicitly agree to follow the above standards. The malicious breaking of these standards will subject you to moderation, suspension, banning, and/or legal action. Medical Disclaimer The contents of The Tao Bums website, such as text, graphics, and other material located at thetaobums.com and its subdomains or aliases are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of Content found on the Website. If you have a medical emergency, call your physician or health provider immediately. The Tao Bums does not recommend or endorse any specific third-party tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information found on the Website. Reliance on any information located on thetaobunms.com is solely at your own risk.