CloudHands

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  1. A week of suspension for a careless note ? I think that's overrating.
  2. Is truth relative?

    Great question. There is an absolute necessity to separate two worlds : the world of scientific knowledge and the world of personal experience/beliefs. For the first one there is no absolute truth, everything is and must be questionable. There is only probability. When a fact is proved a certain number of times it is considered statistically valid. That's the way you put someone on the moon. For the second one (let's call it self-truth)... it's only up to personal conviction, belief. As people tend to (virtually) find what they want to find, we are prone to auto-validation/confirmation. This is a very natural/common way to behave and actually it limits us more than anything else. Often when one considers he's achieved this or that he could go further, deeper. I think it is very important not to rely on only one philosophy. Writings done by humans should not be considered sacred there is always a bias. the Dao De Jing was written before democracies, so its political sight is highly arguable. the US constitution was build by wealthy toward the right of individual possession, how fair and helpful on a larger scale it is is debatable.[/spoiler] Different philosophies often consider different layers of the reality that are additives, together they allow some depth. My understanding is that one source will not provide "everything" it can provide a kind of simplification or certainty for someone who is looking for it. And of course... same goes with personal experience. Occurrences of things, facts are not equally distributed : there are series so you can't expect to embrace a representative vision of the world at any moment. Plus, the individual himself is fully biased by his/her roots as well as his/her will. So the emptier you will be, the less bias you will have. and when empty will you still have an opinion about all that ? Should you have an opinion ? Maybe ! Layers !
  3. Hello dao friends!

    hm so we are reddit linked...! Be welcome !
  4. Hello All

    Nice to have a lotus nei gong student here. Many of us enjoy Damo's teaching ! Be welcome
  5. Hello first post.

    Hi ! Feel welcome here !
  6. How to start on martial arts cultivation

    Hi Kenzo ! martial art cultivation cultivate the spirit of the peaceful warrior, very few internal martial arts focus on practical/real situations. They mostly train to fight to not to fight. The benefits on health, internal understanding and inner peace are huge but it's certainly not the shortest way to learn how to handle a street fight. Otherwise real teacher/real student a winning couple.
  7. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    meditation is the human way to give life a meaning
  8. [DDJ Meaning] Chapter 38

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  9. Lost motivation

    You are describing a world of complexity, it is what it is, often difficult and ugly. Good luck to anyone going by these stages (and anyone with sensibility will). I think most people leaning towards spirituality, meditation are people that have to deal with existential question and or suffering, that's why we need it sometimes as answer, sometimes as an help and sometimes like a life mellower or better like an life enhancer. You may be suffering depression right now which makes everything harder. Good news are that meditation is a great cure and passing through that, when that will pass (because it will !) you will appreciate life even better Two other operational proposition : join a group of practice. The group carries the practitioners, opportunities to practice differently from what you used to do and similar minded contacts also help. start downhill longboarding
  10. Lost motivation

    I really liked CT's post. What works for me is quiet the opposite. I commit to my practice. It's both a pleasure and a piece of work, some days are better than others I give me that but... if I don't play my daily part I can't be okay with myself I (tool)blame myself for it and so next day I'm back on it. I like to think our practices are like wheels rolling them bring up inertia. By inertia I mean, grounding and practice habits. Lost the practice, lost the habit, lost the grounding. So back on track pushing that big wheel to make that virtuous circle to roll again PS : that's how I'd see things for me but you may be totally different ! Wish you the best winds !
  11. Long time lurker

    Hi @Neigongwiki it seems you have reached a level sufficient enough to bring you grain of salt here Be welcome enjoy your time here and please share your stories with us !
  12. Greetings from Toronto

    Hi ! Welcome to you You'll find a section DDJ discussion here waiting for you to comment, and you may become another immortal there