Mandrake

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  1. A decade later...

    Welcome back CarsonZi, Quite an intense decade you've had. Happy you made it. Having others who have walked through ordeals and trials, amongst us, makes it easier for the rest of us who are facing and will face them to go on. M
  2. Blocking a user?

    Zerostao, I hope you didn't take this as an implicit criticism of you or moderators; you're all doing a thankless but important job. But for example, like Nungali already pointed out, the Esoteric Subforum is a mess, and I wouldn't classify most of the threads there as being relevant to classic Western paths. That being said, The Daobums has a history and a vibe to all the people who congregate here. Those seriously interested in Buddhism or the Western arts will go to outside forums that have the requisite specialists and people with experience there. This place isn't aimed at being a Swiss army knife nor a university of All, and I think most members are fine with it. For me, the reward has been the dialogue here--with a strong daoist bent of course--between eclectic people. But keeping that dialogue flowing requires rules, respect and moderation. So thanks for doing what must be done. M
  3. Blocking a user?

    Which defeats the purpose of subforums in the first place - a focused and more indepth discussion relevant to the field of study, with the intent to contribute in honesty and with effort. Don't know if the subforums would be helped by separate moderators and/or guidelines of what belongs there and not, but some kind of sifting would do them good. M
  4. Blocking a user?

    Which I agree doesn't have a place here. M
  5. Blocking a user?

    This is what personal practice forums were created for. It's not the first time we've had a situation like this, and it certainly detracts from the flow of group discussion that makes this place valuable, and occasionally golden. The user may have good intentions so no need to bash but rather use the tools and structures created for these issues. Mandrake
  6. @Jambon The Chiropractor Joe Dispenza, former Ramtha School of Enlightenment teacher? Caveat emptor is my advice. Semen retention is a major misunderstanding of the Daoist and Eastern teachings, and in many ways misses the original point. This forum has loads and loads of discussions on this topic and I would recommend you read as much as you can. "So keeping the microcosmic orbit in mind am I right in saying that by reducing or totally stopping sexual release a males semen is eventually reabsorbed into the "cerebrospinal flow" thus increasing its intensity and thereby nurturing the glands in the brain more than if this extra resource was spent in sexual activity ?" No, you're not. Messing with these things through practices rooted in misinformation can mess with yourself in ways that can take much more time to remedy. M
  7. Mjjbecker

    For a swift moment throughout infinity, our lives crossed on this board. M
  8. Hi fellow bums, I have a friend that recently moved outcountry to an ecovillage, and that got me thinking. There are probably many of us who from time to time would benefit from either living an extended time with a heavier focus on cultivation - or even into stricter retreats - but who can't find the environment and support which would provide that. What about an ecovillage for cultivators, eclectic in styles but where the common ground is some kind of devotion to spiritual pursuit? How would such an enterprise be set up? How would it be operated? What would the rules be? I'd be happy for the collective input and brainstorming. Mandrake
  9. From my experience working with people with mental unhealth, I could bet my house that she would have committed suicide even if she hand't attended that Goenka retreat. They, the Goenka organisation, even have clauses dissuading people with mental issues to attend. I understand that this isn't necessarily counter to what you intend to convey. Some practices are meant for people with a normal psychological build, a sense of stability and resilience. The cultural context also plays a big deal where a person in the East probably have heard and felt the concepts of non-self, nirvana etc. whereas the taste of such may be completely alien to a Westerner with a different cultural baggage. M
  10. sex

    Hi Ahyhope, What do you mean with energy? What would you do with that energy? Is it possible that there are other issues that lead to comparatively much larger losses of energy? Mandrake
  11. Mantras

    Never have I said that they are mutually exclusive. Neither have I said that I'm not a scholar. Neither have I mentioned that I haven't studied Shaivist sources and those of other traditions. Cultivation isn't a trivial matter for me, and after two decades of learning and studying and practicing I definitely have heard and processed a large share of the viewpoints out there. So if "plenty of religious people don't like to consider evidence outside of their particular tradition" then it's their issue; I don't consider myself one of them. These posts are a digression anyway as they touch on my own cultivation of which nobody here knows more than a fragment apart from their own projections. My statement was that mantras do not necessarily require empowerment depending on their source. I base this on my experience, on my lineages, and my previous studies including other margas. I can further state that I'm also of the opinion that the source of power of Buddhist mantras is different than that of the non-buddhist Indian lineages. Lastly, I also stated that lamas/gurus don't necessarily know everything, as in my earlier post. M
  12. Mantras

    Forestofemptiness, I'm a cultivator before else, not a scholar. For Daoist cultivation, I got to Daoist masters. For Vajrayana, I go to those masters and the wisdom and experience they embody. And so on. M
  13. Mantras

    Forestofemptiness, The teacher comes first, so you follow your ones, and I'll follow what my Vajrayana and Buddhist teachers have mentioned on the topic. And on that matter, what Shaivist sources say have absolutely no bearing on my traditions, at all. M
  14. Mantras

    For mantras and dharanis found in sutras, no; for mantras in the Mantrayana, yes. M