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    • The Sixth Extinction (Last post by Khaos)
    • I do not think extinction is mundane. It will happen though. Deserve has nothing to do with it. Does that mean we should not struggle to survive? Of course not. In any case, this thread was hardly geared toward solutions.
    • The End of Casual Christianity (Last post by Alan)
    • To build and dwell within is what humans do. Like us, the sacred dwells amidst all that is. May faiths build a place for their sacred and what that sacred is will determine the dwelling's purpose. A gathering place. A temple to house the deity. An expression of beliefs held. Some buildings are mirrors of the cosmos, like Hindu and Buddhist temples or American Plains Indian teepees. Some religions have no building, like the ancient Zoroastrians, but only a fire altar upon the hilltop. Christian sacred space is within church walls and is of a different theological quality than the profane world outside. The Muslim's prayer rug is a representation of the Garden of Eden where, like Paradise itself, puts the believer in direct contact through prayer with Allah the Merciful. Some sacred places have buildings erected there and the myth of that place is represented in the temple, as in Shinto. Theology informs architecture.
    • On Self Knowledge (and The Jedi Path) (Last post by Aqua)
    • Quote: On Self-Knowledge - Kahlil Gibran Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights. But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge. You would know in words that which you have always known in thought. You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams. And it is well you should. The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea; And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes. But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure; And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line. For self is a sea boundless and measureless. Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals. Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although its light is wide and great, The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. The whole moon and the entire sky Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass. -zen poem quote
    • How to get a group started? (Last post by Aqua)
    • It is always easy to split people intro 'Us vs them' Would it be an art to remove or decrease that feeling? Would it be an art to shape people by helping them to accept who they are, to act as a listening ear? More important is that the youth section could be a 'them' to, but I do not hear problems often.. Maybe there are, not mine to know, but if a system is really needed it should get a change to proof itself. But i do not know how many members there are, that are requesting such groups. It is always possible to connect one or more dedicated and trusted members with other people, like a buddy system. If groups are one step to far, and the demand is not high. A buddy could ensure a save way to talk about multiple subjects.
    • TotJO Audio/Video Sermons (Last post by Kamizu)
    • Post your audio or video sermons here! For information on how to get your sermons uploaded to the TotJO YouTube channel, please contact Akkarin or I. If your videos are listed as private, you are welcome to place them under the "Hide texts from Guests" code.
    • Wonders of our Doctrine.. (Last post by Locksley)
    • Well, some of the 'roots of Jediism' are found in the IP. Mostly the roots of Jediism as related to the films can be found in whatever interested George Lucas at the time he was writing the script! :woohoo: He was especially enamored with Japanese culture - and many of his ideas in terms of filming and story construction evolved after watching Akira Kurosawa's early work. Through that we find a wealth of quasi-mythological things planted into the Star Wars world, along with certain aspects of Lucas's own personal history and evolving psyche. But there's a reason Campbell liked it all so much - in stealing random ideas from history, mythology, and other directors films, Lucas ended up creating something which linked itself smoothly through popular culture back into relevant human mythologies that had existed for many times longer than the silver screen. Really there is no basis for Jediism in Star Wars - alone, at any rate. Star Wars is just a launching platform built on much older ideas and philosophies - a translating program if you will, that allows us modern animals renewed access to deeper levels of thought than "how much gas/petrol costs per gallon/liter this week," or whether or not we paid the rent on time. There were certainly many belief systems before Star Wars that espoused various similar traits to Jediism, but Jediism could only arise as this self-aware beast because of the films. Having it's staple terminology granted from a pop-culture icon allows Jediism a certain breath of self-awareness that I'm not sure all religions or forms of 'spiritual'-inquiry have access to; a certain humor about itself. So yes, I think that Jediism and Star Wars share several roots. One of the most prominent is the terminology Jediism takes from Star Wars. The next most-prominent would be the various eastern mythology and methodology aspects built into the Star Wars concept, which Jediism then follows further to the actual - non-fictional - roots. Then there are aspects of western mythology and methodology - again, which Jediism attempts to understand the source of.
    • Audio Sermons (Last post by Akkarin)
    • Please join me in thanking Cabur Senaar for his contribution! The option to have an audio sermon uploaded is still available for those who have the ability to make them and it would be great to see the YouTube channel a little more active! Please disregard the previous email addresses (sorry ren and V :P) and email your files to either prteam@templeofthejediorder[dot]org or PM me for my personal email address!
    • What are you reading right now? (Last post by Rickie)
    • A page or two of this almost everyday.... www.taowoods.org/quote/index.htm?focus=13 It's made a great difference in my life and can't recomend it enough! I'm also reading Game of Thrones book 5 and Power Hold'em StrategyPaperback– Daniel Negreanu(Author) I enjoy diversity. :)
    • What is "MEANING" - what is "MEANIN... (Last post by Goken)
    • Quote: Quote: im asking; how do YOU understand or explain the idea of MEANINGFUL? what does it mean to YOU? Very good question. I like it. Thank you. I think meaningfull isn't so complicated as most people make it out to be. Meaningfull is whatever is important to you. For me, It's living as simple a life as I can in haromony with the world around me. Also I'd like the world to better place for me being here. I want to live well and be comfortable, at least most of the time, but that doesn't mean extravagant. I try to focus on the kinder and gentiler aspects of life but still be cognitive of the realities of life and not be foolisly optimistic. Meaningfull is finding balance so you feel connected to life and all that is around you. Meaningfull is being at peace with yourself. :) That. All of that. I like it. It's a struggle I find myself in all the time. I realize that I could have more money and stuff and be less financially worried if I picked up another job and worked 60 hours a week instead of the 40 I do now, but everytime I think about it I think of the free time I'd be giving up. I enjoy my free time so I'm not really inclined to give it up. I think, what if I had a day where I worked from when I woke up to when I went to bed then died in my sleep, will I have enjoyed my last day? Now, not every day can be a perfect last day, but I can try to make all of mine not the worst. I feel like an entire day spent at work, even though I enjoy my job, would not be a good day to have be my last. Yesterday I had a pretty meaningful day. I did a small amount of cleaning, watched both Captain America movies (the most patriotic movies I own for Memorial Day here in the USA), then spent the afternoon and evening grilling and spending time outside with friends. I could've died last night and, while still prefering to have lived, not felt like I wasted my last day. That, to me, is living a meaningful life.
    • Workout Check-In Thread (Last post by Exarchias)
    • 10 x 3 x ( x 2 hands) 3 kg triceps 20 x 3 x ( x 2 hands) 3 kg biceps 20 x 3 push ups 20 x 3 air squats 20 x 3 x ( x 2 hands) 3 kg biceps 10 x 3 x ( x 2 hands) 3 kg triceps 1.6 Km running.

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