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About Phillipe

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  • Birthday 03/05/1958

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    Freelance Writer, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Taijiquan Instructor, Pyrate
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    Metaphysics, Taoist philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, martial arts, pyracy, poetry, parody, and humor in all its many forms...

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  1. Oh, you'd be surprised ... it keeps them from rusting up and boiling over, and they seem to enjoy the sweet taste. I know, and if they were regular macaques or spider monkeys, that would be true. But these are Finger Monkeys, too cute not to take orders from.
  2. Actually, it is both a philosophy and a religion. The Buddha did discuss metaphysical aspects of reality that are typically associated with religion. While the Buddha stressed this wasn’t as important as the practice, he still mentioned them, and they are a part of Buddhist teachings. The most “religious” aspects of Buddhism are probably the Buddha’s discussions of the afterlife and the various realms of existence. Not necessarily. As the ULC itself has proven over the years, your "church" can be a third-floor walk-up flat in Brooklyn with no heat, and the "ordained minister" can be your dog Spot. No religion there (unless of course you CREATE one to surround Spot). 2
  3. I've found that in the winter I get terrible mileage from my monkeys. They just refuse to imbibe the antifreeze ...
  4. LOL! Yes, since there are 12 Monkeys, Your Monkeys May Vary. No, Mark: "Your Milage May Vary" I've picked up too much 'NetSpeak the past few years.
  5. Hi, doggie!
  6. Philosophy is all fine and good until you're actually IN a violent encounter ...
  7. *raises hand* Yes. Have you fully explored ALL illusions? Or would that be a waste of your time? We're surrounded by illusions. From the moment we wake up we are engulfed in them. Once in a while we believe we can see through them for a moment. But then others take their place. Perhaps, too many to explore in one lifetime. So you are choosing to ignore them? Based upon your experience? That's certainly one path ...
  8. Well said. Plus, of course, there is the fact of legitimacy within the issuing community. Just as my doctorate from NYU is accepted by them and their fellow "accredited" schools, and by the companies and institutions that buy into that accreditation, so too is my doctorate and ministerial title from ULC accepted within THIS community and all who accept the legitimacy of the titles in the world.
  9. Forgive me. I thought I quoted him quite succinctly. YOU have been there. YMMV.
  10. Is that because you do not believe in the usefulness of hypnotism? How do you know it's an illusory state if you don't try to enter it? If you refuse to use the tool, how can you gain the knowledge, even if that knowledge proves to be negative?
  11. Sometimes doing "wrong" is the right thing to do, just as doing the "right" thing can often be wrong. Perception. There are no rights granted to us, not in the natural sense - only through the kindly interventions of your friendly neighborhood politician. They want - they NEED - to exert that control, that power over you, so they make up some new set of "rights" to "grant" you. And what is given can be taken away. Thus, power and control. If you choose to not play their games - if you "stand against the masses", as Atwater Vitki said is not possible - then you will not be controlled by them. But it takes strength, fortitude and character, traits sadly lacking in much of our society.
  12. Fawzo - Hiiiiiiiiii! Hyper Real - thanks for taking the time to explain your position. I agree that, especially with Chinese MA it's quite difficult to determine what's real and what's fable. I think if you take it back far enough, then most of them aren't really martial in the sense that they supposedly began life as health-oriented exercises. As for the internal / external link, I don't see that as definitive because certainly you can teach an external style in an internal manner and vice-versa. Of the three "main" internal styles, though, I was always under the impression that they are in a sort of hierarchy going from strong external to strong internal in the order of xingyi, bagua then taiji. Again, individual teachers have different approaches and abilities, and students are at different points in their paths; when I teach taijiquan I begin with the purely physical - only when the student has made that part of their life do I even begin with the internal. The same applies when I teach the applications - since so few are able to effectively utilize qi and jing when fighting I stick to teaching the physical techniques first. It's certainly not a perfect Way but I do what I can.
  13. Hi guys! I'm just taking a break from writing by ... um ... writing. Nice to see you all here again. I've had trouble finding forums where the people are intelligent, well-mannered and fun to boot. I don't mean "fun, also" - I mean you're fun to boot, Now then ... KILL!!!
  14. The situation and my judgement of it would cause me to kill. I have no illusions about it harming my spiritual growth - in fact, it could only add to it.
  15. That is an ... interesting ... way of looking at it ... I'd be interested in knowing your lineage, since this kind of goes against most things I've been taught. I agree about the ancient vs. modern interpretations of "martial", but to say that xingyi is the only martial internal OR external art is, I think, an oversight. Are you going by legend or written record? Do you believe that Yue Fei created xingyi?