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so, why do you guys still browse AJOT?

24 September 2015 - 11:44 AM

most of us don't play world of warcraft anymore. a lot of us have been busy IRL doing our own thing, making dreams happen (or maybe just making sure the daily grind doesn't destroy us--that's alright too). old members leave without a trace. new members trickle in at slower and slower rates. while compared to what AJOT used to be, AJOT "died" a long time ago, but there was still a constant amount of activity

now not even ayra or zae post more than once a month. stcolbert's been gone for like a year now. everyone else checks in every once in a while to see how things are, but that's it. been really appreciating the newest people (twaenkz, glonglon, pharrell, namechange, lloix, etc.), but it's just not enough nowadays

for anybody who browses AJOT in any way, shape, or form--why do you still come here?

I just spent 10 days at a Vipassana meditation course--AMA

20 September 2015 - 03:21 PM

I already may have privately told some of you, but I ended up taking a gap year from college due to my stepfather/grandmother both coming down with cancer within the past summer. In the meantime, I've been messing around, trying to make the best of my time. I ended up trying something completely out of the ordinary--Vipassana meditation.

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Ten days of silence. No electronics, strict code + schedule, painfully difficult meditation technique. Every single day I felt like quitting, but somehow, I stuck through it. I feel that it was completely worth it, and I'm going to try as hard as I can to incorporate it into my life.

Supposedly, it's very close form of the original meditation technique developed and taught by Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha in order to reach enlightenment. Over time, the original technique got lost across Southeast Asia except in small pockets of Burma. Since then, it's gotten a lot more popular along the world.

I don't know if I've changed, but something has begun moving. I began thinking about solutions to problems that I didn't think I could solve. I began taking responsibility for a lot of suffering that I've experienced in my life, as easy or hard as it was--and I recognized that I had the compassion all along, but not the awareness to keep it going. I would call the meditation technique similar to cognitive behavior therapy, except instead of trying to examine the narratives in a desperate search to find the root of the problem (therapy), it pretty much "tortures" you with the simple shit that you crave or you despise until you learn to control those feelings. Once you're there, everything else starts to fall apart. It's only been 10 days--I have years to go, but I've already tasted what I needed to taste in order to get the motivation to carry things through.

It doesn't matter whether you're atheist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, or whatever. It's a meditation technique, not a religion (i.e. not Buddhism, which incorporates everything but the meditation surprisingly). I don't know anything about enlightenment, but if it can help me lead a more controlled, happier, and productive life, then that's good enough for me. I hope you guys find the time and the willpower to check it out--hopefully there's a center near you (there's centers in the US, Europe, India, and even Tanzania... Google something). Surprisingly, there's not enough neurobiological studies on Vipassana meditation, and I hope that I get a chance to study its effects should I enter the field (thankfully, the oldest meditation center in the United States is located right outside Boston... how convenient!).

Oh by the way, it's entirely free and maintained entirely by donations. They only accept donations from people who have already taken the course,so there's no commercialization. It's a product of the moral teachings of Buddha (which honestly, are very reasonable for anybody), but I'm thankful nevertheless for the dude who paid for my visit.

Discipline Code & Schedule: https://www.dhamma.org/en/about/code

Short History: http://www.events.dh...HistorySumm.htm

Important Concepts: https://www.dhamma.org/en/about/art

How I feel:

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25 January 2015 - 02:15 AM



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It's a personality test that matches you with a famous poet. Pretty unique imo, thought you guys might enjoy