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  2. Impersonal as in 'non-discriminatory', or dispassionateness. Or, maybe to help one understand what to do with compassion and its impersonal process, simply consider, not just the outer displays, but the very nature of how compassion unfolds without the least bias present.
  3. Yes, it is universal, but I believe it is intensely personal. Here's a few illustrations:
  4. as long as we are caught in our karmas, egos, and whatever else may be in play the saying that everything is perfect can be a rather trite and anguish causing concept for some... as for working within duality towards non-duality everything is not perfect for or to beings bound by their karmas, egos, and whatever else may be in play - thus all the teachers, teachings and practices about a return to peace. Also everything in the One is perfect in a certain sense or with a certain perception and state of being yet the One also contains greater and lesser freedoms or realities per permutations to the ten thousand - meaning that in that context there are greater and lesser perfections so to speak, namely and anywhere from being at the threshold of non-duality or in a heavy karmic hell.
  5. Becoming aware of these does not entail "enlightenment", imho -- The ephemeral nature of the dualistic world, that everything is essentially an object in one's own consciousness, attachment to positions leads one to bounce between pleasure and pain the resistance to the situations that changes the nature of our interaction with objects (reduce pleasure and/or cause pain) brings forth leads to suffering. The big question after this should become "who is it that feels the discontent?" If one is truly established in the validity of the aforementioned points and many more such insights, one should not essentially seek "contentment". If one is seeking contentment, one is holding a position vis-a-vis "contentment is preferable over discontent". With further inquiry into the nature of the "who is it" leads one to realize why one is driven to seek meaning in one's life. Also, who is it that is seeking said meaning? They all lead to one and only one outcome when followed through with sincerity. Wasn't it Chuang Tzu who said "Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness"?
  6. Keep it to yourself. ZZzzzzz
  7. Night, they say the dreams are a way to prepare for death
  8. Compassion is a universal principle, evident in the most fundamental to the most profound change. Its impersonal, and it permeates to levels far above & beyond considerations limited to the alleviation of human sufferings.
  9. Hi Emera. Till death do us part. Now I am going to sleep. It is approaching 5 am at my end. Good night. - LimA
  10. Now Buddha - devoid of dust?
  11. You can't experience other's enlightenment: Not being enlightened before, how can you know if you want to or not want to be enlightened - it's 20/20. It's like rationalizing the state of death.
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  14. Hi again Emera, Great now we are back to 'enlightened'. Thank you. You keep on chopping with contented enlightenment. - LimA
  15. I think this is one of the most interesting chapters in the daodejing.
  16. I have a videotape in my basement from 2001, of me practicing empty force on one of my practice partners, where I make him loose balance and fall back in a sofa. I was standing 3-4 feet away. But, he did not resist, on the contrary, he tried to feel what I was doing. That is an entirely different animal than a contactless useful martial technique.
  17. Enlightened beings make other chop wood :P.
  18. Hi Emera, I don't like to chop wood. But I need it to cook food. My cooked food tasted good. Now I am in a sleeping mood. I have sent this to Robin Hood: Please give me chopped wood. We have to note/respect that Will's thread asks - Is it really desirable to become enlightened? - LimA
  19. You have to be familiar with a Maori accent and slang , I guess.
  20. Hi MGHM-ELCH. I have addressed Marblehead as Dada-da for a while now. Let's banter more re the 'simplify' thread. We have to note/respect that Will's thread asks - Is it really desirable to become enlightened? A great weekend Lex. - LimA
  21. It is not contactless (referring to Changs statement about this, which my initial comment also was about), and it seems to be performed on students. I saw this back in -98. So from the point of view of what has been discussed lately in this thread, this is a diversion from the discussion, avoiding the issue. And you are right, learning from a teacher is the best way. PM me if you want to get examples of traditions that use the basic exercises, so you can find a live teacher.
  22. Yeah .... I was wondering if Chinese forms had it , the Okinawan form where it is mostly used is said to have come from China , or a Chinese pirate . Why hook the toes and foot behind the other leg ?
  23. Wow. That's a load of assumptions your making there. Kinda highlights how you think. Nowhere did I say that I know more than you. The source material or the Aurum Solis is indeed a good start, but after schism after schism in the order, its more drama and imbalance. Too bad Denning and Philips are no longer among the living. Outer order stuff. I take the order to be historic now, but their curriculum is still widely published. As for online courses, I can't comment on the efficacy O_O. Sorcery? Is that magic of a material basis going by the definition people give it nowadays?
  24. After many restarts of reading the book, the best thing I found to do is to read the glossary first and organize all the concepts together (maybe on paper). That way, you wont be confused by what the book is saying. Also, skip the introduction and go straight to C1. Read the Intro after all the other chapters. Also, since Taoist yoga is incomplete, you have to look and compare in other texts.
  25. Before enlightenment, chop wood. After enlightenment, chop wood.
  26. and that difference is toast ... with toast , you are never alone .
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