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  1. Matt Stone

    Information on Dr. Gyi???

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I'm surprised this thread has lasted the 13 posts that it has... Boys and girls, have we not learned anything from the lectures on that "other" thread? Have we not taken the lessons our esteemed staff have seen fit to gift us with to heart...
  2. Matt Stone

    A question for MT members

    Oooh... I'm stunned by your authority. You're taking time for little old me? Gee golly wowsers... :rolleyes: Because I wanted it known, to any and all that read the thread, exactly where I stand. Not everyone reads every thread, though you imply below that somehow membership...
  3. Matt Stone

    Effects of Depleted Uranium and Chemical weapons

    By their nature they are cowards. They profess to be Men, Warriors for their cause, which is why they attack innocent men, women, and children, noncombatants, in direct violation of their own religious dictates (the Qu'ran specifically prohibits targetting noncombatants during war operations)...
  4. Matt Stone

    Two US warships attacked

    By their nature they are cowards. They profess to be Men, Warriors for their cause, which is why they attack innocent men, women, and children, noncombatants, in direct violation of their own religious dictates (the Qu'ran specifically prohibits targetting noncombatants during war operations)...
  5. Matt Stone

    A question for MT members

    It is no secret that Robert is a good friend of mine. By happy coincidence, I find myself again in the same part of the world that he resides in, and look forward to a reunion sooner than later. It is also no secret (though perhaps forgtotten by most) that a huge, painful conflict erupted...
  6. Matt Stone

    Cindy Sheehan

    Um, because they didn't enlist, becoming volunteer soldiers, like SPC Sheehan did... twice. If people can't see that she is pursuing her own agenda by this point, then they are hopelessly blind...
  7. Matt Stone

    Cindy Sheehan

    Yes, I'm sure that when the President "takes a vacation" he's completely out of the loop, alone, unplagued by the daily, endless updates and reports on every situation ongoing around the globe. The President, being the most powerful person in the Western world, has no right whatsoever to get...
  8. Matt Stone

    Cindy Sheehan

    I hate these political threads, mostly because armchair generals and armchair presidents believe that, in their omniscience, they are fully aware of all that the President shoulders as his personal burden both simply as President and as a President of a nation at war. Our country has been a...
  9. Matt Stone

    Moving to America

    Don - Here's why I'm in WA (not just because of military assignment, since I requested Fort Lewis to begin with): My wife was born in the Phillipines. Though she has been in the US since she was 3, and her mother accuses her of not being "really" Filipino (it is a family joke, as mom...
  10. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    That's how Zen works... Better yet, that's how understanding works. Sometimes, most times, when you think you've "got it," you are still terribly far off the mark. When you know, you'll know... Another Zen maxim - "He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know."...
  11. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    The best part of your post was the "..." Very Zen. . :asian:
  12. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    And in defining them, labeling them, they are limited... Enlightenment is so much less than what people expect. Everyday awareness is so much more... Which is the true "enlightenment?" Always remember, "enlightenment isn't what you think..." :asian:
  13. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    What is confusing you is your continued attempts to rationalize and describe a concept, feeling, and condition that refuses to be limited by dualistic labels. Non-duality is the core of Zen teaching, the goal is to achieve a condition whereby the true nature of a thing is directly experienced...
  14. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    So much talking about not talking... So many words describing wordlessness... CPL Hicks needs to meditate on meditating so he can meditate better, according to him... Meditation is about meditation. Becoming more aware of your surroundings comes from becoming more aware of your...
  15. Matt Stone

    Moving to America

    So where were all you Washingtonians when I was organizing Throwdowns in Tacoma/Lakewood??? Don, here's the deal... I was born and raised in Nebraska. Omaha is a great city, constantly expanding and growing. Great hospitality, great atmosphere, relatively low crime... And I wouldn't leave...
  16. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    The short answer is that "it helps." Meditation isn't the key to becoming "more aware." Meditate for the sake of meditation. The entertaining side effects should not be the goal, nor should they distract you from the task at hand. Becoming more aware of your surroundings helps you become...
  17. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    The point of meditation is meditation. The point of becoming aware of your surroundings is becoming aware of your surroundings... Consider this: "Enlightenment isn't what you think." Roll that around in your head a bit. It'll help and it'll confound. But that's the point of helping and...
  18. Matt Stone

    Enlightenment and Awareness confusion?

    Yes. :) No. :( Maybe. :idunno: Keep breathing... :fart: Enjoy. :boing1: The True Way cannot be named or explained. It can only be grasped, experienced, and understood. When you get there, you'll know. If you think you've arrived, you have more work to do... Good...
  19. Matt Stone

    Moving to America

    Don - Not sure what you're doing in the way of research, nor do I know what kind of employment you are seeking. That being said, I've grown quite fond of the Tacoma, WA, area. I moved there after being stationed in Japan, and though I still miss Japan (and would go back in a heartbeat)...
  20. Matt Stone

    Kung Fu School Information please?

    Congratulations. Being intelligent and well-versed doesn't necessarily validate one's alleged volume of knowledge. Which is, of course, what he says, because of course a person who is in the process of defrauding others will be perfectly honest and own up to the scam... :idunno: I'm...
  21. Matt Stone

    A Mother's Reflections

    Nor are we the only species that engages in sexual activity strictly for sheer enjoyment or for bonding purposes, nor are we the only species that engages in homo- or bi-sexual behavior for the same reasons... Bonobo chimpanzees and dolphins both mirror human sexuality. Get over your...
  22. Matt Stone

    Soke/Head Founders Councils

    I recall that they were discussed on the now defunct KFO, as well as on E-budo, and I thought they were discussed here about 3 or 4 years ago... Bottom line, though they say up front they don't charge money for what they do, if you look at their application for membership (you can apply, you...
  23. Matt Stone

    Baikai, what do you say to this?

    Translated from "Bronx-ese" for those of us who are Bronx-impaired... "Alright everyone, don't act in a mature and responsible fashion. I have a chip on my shoulder, and this is how I compensate for my feelings of inadequacy and overall intimidation by others. When I am approached by...
  24. Matt Stone

    Soke/Head Founders Councils

    I'll grant you that... There does seem to be full disclosure. That's a definite plus. Not enough, surely. Not sure what that's intended to imply. I didn't say anything "anti-cop," nor "anti-vet." That'd be because my father is a retired police officer, and I'm a 15 year vet of the US...
  25. Matt Stone

    Soke/Head Founders Councils

    John - I'm not "dojo busting." Dojo yaburi, an honored tradition "back east" as well as places closer to home, consists of actually going to someone's school, usually at an opportune time (like in the middle of class), and calling them out onto the mat. I never once stated, nor will I...
  26. Matt Stone

    Soke/Head Founders Councils

    Oops... Didn't read far enough into Rankin's website... He also teaches "Uchuno Tai Chi," Iaido, and classes on "Filipino Escrima/Silate/Kali." If anyone knows who he learned Uchuno Tai Chi from (or whatever it is), what ryu his iaido comes from, and who he studied his FMA from (and...
  27. Matt Stone

    Soke/Head Founders Councils

    I presume that the esteemed Senior Professor Jan Cunningham is likely also "Mrs. Al." An excerpt from her bio: Same year Mr. Cunningham was awarded Grandmaster Instructor of the Year, Mrs. Cunningham was awarded Master Instructor of the Year. If you visit the United States Martial Artist...
  28. Matt Stone

    Soke/Head Founders Councils

    #1) I had no idea who Meijin10 was... So I checked his website and found his bio (my comments will be in red, included in the quoted text): Al Cunningham - Bio * Started Martial Arts in 1965. (That was three years before I was even born... Wow.) *Black Belt Ranks In: Kenpo...
  29. Matt Stone

    Soke/Head Founders Councils

    This is why we must aggressively "police our own," and refuse to cave in to niceties and politeness in the face of fraudulent, irresponsible behavior. Out the fraud. Expose him/her. Shout from the rooftops the discovered information so everyone, senior and novice alike, can hear. Archive...
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