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  1. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Thanks - actually I think that's very good. You've clearly thrown out a lot of dross and misconceptions. I agree about demonstrations of so called qi and power generally - it is mostly stage magic and tricks to impress the impressionable. If you are interested in philosophy though you might find that the essential idea of qi is not some mysterious force at all. It is part of an ancient cosmological view rather like yinyang theory and wuxing. You could say if you like that it is a way of looking at the world, a view. So don't throw the baby out with the bathwater just because of some charlatans, I would suggest. For myself awareness of qi came through meditation and had a profound affect on me - and leaves me in no doubt - although I accept that there is a lot of crap spoken as well. But I think we each need to find our own way based on our own genuine experiences - looking to others or the consensus is not very useful. Thanks for sharing your experiences. A.
  2. Daoism as a Practical Philosophy

    Hi, Thanks for your story. I'm not, by the way going to go into the 'provocative' thing ... except to say it's ok in my view to provoke ... why not? However, as a person who does regularly practice with what might be termed 'energetics and qi' I'm very interested in why you came to the conclusion that most of it is nonsense. I don't have a problem with this - but perhaps I would say that a lot of nonsense is spoken about it rather than it itself being nonsense - which is slightly different. I think it is possible to apply Daoist principles to anything - with or without qi, hand waving and so on. So each to his own. I hope you will fill out a little your experiences and conclusions around this subject. Cheers. A.
  3. Egg, chicken, chicken, egg. But let's get back to the subject. I think perhaps the dual concepts of boundaries and ownership makes people protective, grumpy, fearful and aggressive. This could be wrong but it seems right to me. So there's some kind of iterative effect from some agriculture and settled communities based on land - which has knock on consequences. I think it is proven that birth rates and populations boomed under Neolithic farming - once that happens the pressure becomes to expand and take more territory (from hunter gatherers - who instinctively just move on giving up territory to the farmers and so on. I saw a video which suggested that assimilation rates were about three generations - which is quite a short period of time. On the other hand pastoralists and farmers had a semi-symbiotic relationship where they would herd their animals onto harvested land so they would eat the stubble and shit on the fields - or so according to Romila Thapal.
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  5. Actually I can think of some arguments where irrigation is a technology which would require a deal of social organisation - and also engineering skills. I don't know about Sumer but the Indus Valley had some quite complex irrigation (and may well have died out because of their failure i.e. the drying out of the Saraswati etc.) Egypt of course had a kind of natural irrigation with the Nile inundation - but even here things like measuring out fields post flood brought in maths and surveying skills. Pastoralism on the other hand exists in 'non-civilised' culture (if I may call them this) - and obviously doesn't require large numbers of people living in close proximity all year.
  6. Daoist way to leave porn addiction?

    Heaven is known for its easefulness, the earth for simplicity and the Dao for its uselessness. Being easeful, simple and useless is the Daoist way. You may feel anxious and awkward because you haven't grasped the way. Don't hurt yourself anymore. Don't hate yourself anymore. Not wanting to watch porn makes you watch porn (?) Have you thought about it this way?
  7. It's a bit b/s as Buddhist monks deliberately meditate on impermanence and death ... and also the precious human birth - so it is on their mind so to speak than others. In other words the study doesn't really address cultural attitudes.
  8. I don't think that occultism aims towards these things - I think that occultists often do and I imagine this is something to do with the 'culture' of magick and wotnot. I think in a pure sense occultism is compatible with shamanism.
  9. Death of Sogyal Rinpoche

    I suspect some of the purists in my sangha would have a heart attack if they read that So you can learn his stuff properly from books??? I might take a look
  10. Death of Sogyal Rinpoche

    This is a major difference to the type of Buddhism I'm involved with where great stress is laid on samaya vows. Luckily for me the lama has impeccable conduct so I have not met any of these problems. Is this lack of samaya a Bon thing? or is it just Tenzin Wangyal?
  11. Neanderthal Diet/Human Protein Max

    Didn't they survive? None of the early hominids survived in that sense I guess. I wish I could find the article to link to but I don't recall where I saw it. This is a different one: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22494-our-ancestors-dined-on-grass-3-5-million-years-ago/
  12. Neanderthal Diet/Human Protein Max

    I read a study recently which showed that one set of early hominids in Africa lived mainly off eating grasses. While another had a mixed diet with meat and so on. So I think it is certain that mankind always ate some grass based foods even when hunter gatherers. The growth of wheat based agriculture is said to have started in the fertile crescent (Middle East) and spread across Europe by the Neolithic Farmers who generally replaced the Western Hunter Gatherer culture which preceded it. The change from hunter-gatherer diet to farming had some major negative health impacts and it usually assumed (rightly or wrongly) that it was simply the dependability of agriculture which was its attraction. So humans were more in control and less dependent on the environment. In fact this change to farming about 10,000 BC (gaining pace thereafter) which is a major factor in the change in environment - most of Europe is man-made and not natural at all.