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#1 adept

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 10:47 AM

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Just some thoughts I thought I'd share from personal experience.

 

To really study and practice the Way, we must become self-reliant, allowing our own minds and hearts to guide us.

Break free from the shackles of organized religion, cults and spiritual groups. Become a solitary cultivator and tell very few people of your practices. 

Be yourself, not how other's want you to be.

Cut back on 'spiritual' books. Too much, and clouding of the mind and confusion arise. If you must read spiritual literature, limit yourself.

Get out in nature, as often as possible, preferably alone and use every one of your senses to experience the wonders of life.

Meditation, contemplation, and observing the workings of the world and universe are all that's really needed.

We must become both teacher and student.

 

 

Zhuangzi Chapter 2:

 

'If you allow your mind to guide you,

who then can be seen as being without a teacher ?'


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 01:44 PM

If that's what suits them then that's a good way for those that like it.
Others may feel happier in a group setting.
It's all good .
Horses for courses.
Hermits, Monks, Temple dudes, Lay people, posters, teachers, learners, teachers who keep right on learning.
Each to her or his own.

Edited by GrandmasterP, 07 April 2014 - 01:44 PM.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:33 PM

Yeah, I don't think you necessarily have to 'live' there permanently, but getting back to basics and leaving the baggage of civilization behind is a cycle we all need. 


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 05:50 PM

Yeah, I don't think you necessarily have to 'live' there permanently, but getting back to basics and leaving the baggage of civilization behind is a cycle we all need. 

 

I think so. Bouncing from the pressure of civilisation creates a higher potential for the appreciation of stress free living. It's like if you live somewhere peaceful then take a holiday to a busy city you feel that difference moreso when you get home. It's a good lesson on perspective. 


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Posted 07 April 2014 - 07:16 PM

true will is forged in the fires of hell


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 07:58 AM

true will is forged in the fires of hell

 

This is a comment based on remembering which of the possible roles as "tortured" or "torturer"?


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:01 AM

Zhuangzi Chapter 2:

 

'If you allow your mind to guide you,

who then can be seen as being without a teacher ?'

 

Still, all that living people seem to be interested in is "lineage" aka "association", and if you refer to "Vajradhara" you might be worshipped for that when you'll be dead, but as long as you're alive they'll call you a faker or mentally ill.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:07 AM

I'm ready to rely on someone other than the victim and the judge.

I rely on breath.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 08:19 AM

I don't understand what's so great about breath. It's a mechanical way to put air in your lungs. Nothing less but necessary for survival, but also nothing more than that.



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Posted 09 April 2014 - 09:02 AM

Still, all that living people seem to be interested in is "lineage" aka "association"

 

This has been the way of the majority of humans who are spiritual seekers, since the dawn of time.

Lineage, association, club, sect, tradition etc all have someone at the top who makes the rules.

If we step away from all the religious trappings, and focus all our energy and intention on the essence, then all will be revealed.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:09 PM

I don't understand what's so great about breath. It's a mechanical way to put air in your lungs. Nothing less but necessary for survival, but also nothing more than that.


There are alot more to that about breath. The farther one neglects it, the less one knows about it. One breath off is a few seconds off for survival.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 03:15 PM

+1
Breathing is pretty much essential.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:11 AM

Just some thoughts I thought I'd share from personal experience.
 
To really study and practice the Way, we must become self-reliant, allowing our own minds and hearts to guide us.
Break free from the shackles of organized religion, cults and spiritual groups. Become a solitary cultivator and tell very few people of your practices. 
Be yourself, not how other's want you to be.
Cut back on 'spiritual' books. Too much, and clouding of the mind and confusion arise. If you must read spiritual literature, limit yourself.
Get out in nature, as often as possible, preferably alone and use every one of your senses to experience the wonders of life.
Meditation, contemplation, and observing the workings of the world and universe are all that's really needed.
We must become both teacher and student.
 
 
Zhuangzi Chapter 2:
 
'If you allow your mind to guide you,
who then can be seen as being without a teacher ?'


Yep. This happened with me over the last few years. I read so much I became confused and disrupted. And if I followed a movement, I soon realised that it just wasn't me.

Taomeow actually put out a great post in another thread along these lines. On returning to the Tao, strip away all the influences picked up from parents, teachers, adverts etc that has created the "fake" you.

Books can help though (otherwise, what is the point in Zhuangzi?) but this is because we as people need an awakening in this modern day (of thousands of years) to guide us away from our silly egos.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:19 AM

I don't understand what's so great about breath. It's a mechanical way to put air in your lungs. Nothing less but necessary for survival, but also nothing more than that.


Meditation on breath is needed for some! People I know panic and set their asthma off.

That is just one of many examples I can give.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 05:25 AM

 
Still, all that living people seem to be interested in is "lineage" aka "association", and if you refer to "Vajradhara" you might be worshipped for that when you'll be dead, but as long as you're alive they'll call you a faker or mentally ill.


It doesn't matter what people are interested in...

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:25 PM

+1 plus the following:

 

1. The person who taught me Bagua

2. Natural environment

 

That is all in my particular case...for others it may differ to a certain degree, also depending on their circumstances, but ultimately the following golden rule applies to all:

 

Solitude is the path to purification.

 

That's the only way you will gain wisdom and reach the ultimate goal for your present rebirth...whatever it might be: a more evolved human, a bodhisattva, a non-returner or any other kind of saint regardless of the tradition being observed.


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