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    • The Imperishable Gem (Last post by EEJim)
    • Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail. ~ Lao Tzu
    • How To Change The World: Repetition, Ritual and Be... (Last post by Alan)
    • The authenticity of the religion buffet is found not by reaching deep down to find within some mythical spiritual entity like soul, self or essence. Rather, the buffet (i.e. our syncretism) nourishes our practice of the virtues. It is expressed through Jedi action in the world. What is happening in this temple is unique. Revolutionary. We are developing a syncretic practice rejoining religion and philosophy after centuries of separation. A synthesis: * A philosophy of the hero. * A godless religion. * An aesthetic praxis. * An heroic science. Our dialectical dialogue between religion/philosophy, subject/object, or body/mind, freedom/responsibility is the creative struggle to make a religious philosophy or philosophical religion. Both have their place in the Temple. Jedi syncretism has limits. Our borders are clearly marked in the creed, teachings, and maxims.
    • To be "an instrument of peace" (Last post by rugadd)
    • I understand that the people comprising the working body of a system are more important a factor than the system itself. Knowing that leading by example is both effective and unhypocritical we come to the logic of being the change we wish to see in the world. Therefore, if we seek peace we must strive to live peaceful lives. Now imagine that conclusion being practiced by everyone.
    • Language learners (Last post by Edan)
    • Quote: The large sweeping motions in movies and wushu competitions are not the same as gong fu in practical application. I"ve found from personal experience that it becomes compacted in live combat. A high level of control, even a "natural state" of hand and arm gestures close to the body, is an insane advantage. Like the sign for "snake" or "wall", its easy to see how having a dictionaries worth of word movements to apply is like having every tool in the toolbox. Blocking especially. My father in law and fiance practice tai chi and wing chun so I know know you mean about movies, although I don't practice myself. I've never thought about the other practical applications of martial arts beyond the obvious; I learnt something new this week!
    • My Daughter (Last post by MCSH)
    • I'm so sorry Damion,... and I'm glad that she is okay now. I've missed this topic... I'll have you and your family in mind
    • From The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (Last post by Zenchi)
    • Yeah, I looked it up, its in the public domain just about everywhere in the world except the United States as they changed copywrite laws to expand to 95 years after death..... :/
    • D&D (Last post by Joe)
    • Since i lack any form of routine in my life right now, i really can't say when i will have the time. Lets just go for "whenever" right now.
    • Confused (Last post by ryangoan)
    • "I profess before all my fellow Jedi that I,Ryan Goan born on 09/07/1984, without eservation, choose the Jedi path, until I am ready for Jedi Knighthood or I otherwise decide, with all its duties and responsibilities. I shall do that which is right and profess my allegiance to the Force. During that time I promise to do my utmost to uphold the Jedi teachings, and to live a life as is worthy of a Jedi."
    • The Order of the Good Death (Last post by Phortis Nespin)
    • Suicide has nothing to do with conquering fear. I have dealt with many suicides in my profession. None have been about conquering fear. Suicide is the end result of a life not understood. It is a rape victim who cannot deal with the shame. The anger of a son against his father. Wife against husband. Suicide is the last resort of a enfeebled mind. Until you see and hear the cries of the children who found their fathers body swinging in the garage, you must be careful of what you say here. There are many of us here that deal with this subject on a professional level and know. There are some here who may have tried to commit suicide and thankfully failed.

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