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by Qing Tian
Wed Nov 04, 2015 3:21 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Retiring from modding, thanks to everyone!
Replies: 11
Views: 2696

Re: Retiring from modding, thanks to everyone!

Johnny, thank you for being a mod for two years. I may not have (privately) agreed with everything you have said on the boards, but I have always respected you and your opinions, even if only from afar (geographically speaking). And on the occasions you spoke to me via the mail system your advice wa...
by Qing Tian
Sat Oct 03, 2015 9:34 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to do with this yak bone mala?
Replies: 26
Views: 4491

Re: What to do with this yak bone mala?

Hmmm, I hadn't thought of making one myself. Bit slow witted. I know a little about knots as I used to play around with decorative stuff. Don't know if there is a bead shop here, just given me another quest!
by Qing Tian
Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to do with this yak bone mala?
Replies: 26
Views: 4491

Re: What to do with this yak bone mala?

Gosh, there is so much that I do not know. Perhaps I am not the right person to use a mala; feel guilty about buying the one that I had. I think there may be an app or something on my iPod that I can use.
by Qing Tian
Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:19 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to do with this yak bone mala?
Replies: 26
Views: 4491

Re: What to do with this yak bone mala?

Good point. I like the tactility of the mala, but I suppose I could get past that and simply use an electronic counter. Thank you for this tip.
by Qing Tian
Sat Oct 03, 2015 5:04 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to do with this yak bone mala?
Replies: 26
Views: 4491

Re: What to do with this yak bone mala?

f you do practice Vajrayana, like Green Tara, then your teacher should be able to explain these things in more depth. It is also helpful to get your mala blessed by an accomplished Lama or Yogi (through the power of their mantra accumulation) . I don't do Vajrayana practice. The Green Tara mantra i...
by Qing Tian
Sat Oct 03, 2015 4:05 am
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to do with this yak bone mala?
Replies: 26
Views: 4491

Re: What to do with this yak bone mala?

Yak bone malas are not good for practice. Best is to just release it to a body of water... Rivers, lake, ocean.. Doesn't this rather depend upon the tradition that one is following? I believe in the Tibetan tradition the views on mala substances are pretty much the same between the schools. I imagi...
by Qing Tian
Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: What to do with this yak bone mala?
Replies: 26
Views: 4491

Re: What to do with this yak bone mala?

Adamantine wrote:Yak bone malas are not good for practice. Best is to just release it to a body of water... Rivers, lake, ocean..
Doesn't this rather depend upon the tradition that one is following?
by Qing Tian
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:42 am
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Debunking foil-hat theories on public health
Replies: 62
Views: 10843

Re: Debunking foil-hat theories on public health

But his sample size is tens or hundreds of patients, at most, and clinical trials have sample sizes of thousands or tens of thousands. His research may not be contaminated by self-interest or financial considerations, but it can't be as statistically rigorous. One thing to bear in mind here is that...
by Qing Tian
Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Debunking foil-hat theories on public health
Replies: 62
Views: 10843

Re: Debunking foil-hat theories on public health

Over the years, working in primary and secondary care, I have realised - rather belatedly - that having access to information does not make one informed. Recent studies show that as much as 50% of patients do not really understand what their health care provider tells them, a number that is rising, ...
by Qing Tian
Fri Aug 21, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activity?
Replies: 245
Views: 22554

Re: Global Warming / Climate Change: Caused by human activi

Gus Speth, a US advisor on climate change said “I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed ...
by Qing Tian
Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Overcoming jealousy of an ex-partner
Replies: 5
Views: 888

Re: Overcoming jealousy of an ex-partner

Before I found my way onto the path I was a married man. My wife left without explanation after 14 years together (this was a decade ago). I have never had an explanation, so I have no idea about what went wrong. At the time, after about a week's worth of feeling exceptionally sorry for myself, a ve...
by Qing Tian
Wed Jul 01, 2015 7:44 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Breathing technique
Replies: 14
Views: 2997

Re: Breathing technique

Embryonic breathing is a natural breathing state. Once learned it requires no conscious control.
by Qing Tian
Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Meditation
Topic: Breathing technique
Replies: 14
Views: 2997

Re: Breathing technique

I want to suggest that just about anyone can benefit from practicing embryonic breathing as a parallel practice. Within shamatha I find that such a breathing pattern, when it is more natural (having practised for a bit), disturbs the seated posture far less than thoracic (chest) breathing. If this i...
by Qing Tian
Wed May 06, 2015 1:41 am
Forum: Ethical Conduct
Topic: Addictions
Replies: 17
Views: 3945

Re: Addictions

Although there is often a pharmacological aspect to addiction I actually side with Prof. Bruce Alexander on the importance of the enriched environment. His book Global Addiction is very interesting. His work was trashed back in the day, mainly by a then US government that was out to do war on the co...
by Qing Tian
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Myers-Briggs personality test
Replies: 85
Views: 13933

Re: Myers-Briggs personality test

INFP here too. Variant: Assertive, Diplomat.

I guess it's reasonably accurate inasmuch as that is kind of how I see myself anyway. And I was fairly confident in all my answers.
by Qing Tian
Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:46 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Hairs
Replies: 21
Views: 4804

Re: Hairs

@Sherab Dorje I disagree, hair loss can be a symptom (or indication) of other more serious issues: lack of essential vitamins/minerals in diet, too little sleep, too much stress, bad health, infection of the scalp, etc... I am aware of that. A lifetime spent working in primary care and all that. I w...
by Qing Tian
Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:50 pm
Forum: Wellness, Diet and Fitness
Topic: Hairs
Replies: 21
Views: 4804

Re: Hairs

Is hair loss an issue, really?

Just another lesson in impermanence. :rolling:
by Qing Tian
Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:45 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 8970

Re: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism

Do you think people without clean water or enough food to eat aren't worth helping just because you're unlikely to come in contact with them? See the word 'worth' bolded in the above quote. That is a judgemental term and one that I did not use. When I see people in need I do not assess them on thei...
by Qing Tian
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:45 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 8970

Re: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism

What's not constructive is people who are so defensive that they can't acknowledge that what they've written can be understood from a different perspective than their own. And/or they can't acknowledge, when it's pointed out to them, that their initial message wasn't clear so they try to defend it ...
by Qing Tian
Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism
Replies: 42
Views: 8970

Re: My thoughts on engaged Buddhism

I understand that aspect and I have supported non-local causes in the past. However my financial resources are meagre so I prefer to give my time. I cannot effectively do that at a distance - at least I haven't found a way to do so! As an aside, one of the problems I have discussing these things, an...

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