"Thanks for your reply on Vipassana classes. You're so right about the subjectivity of it. Kind of ironic isn't it? since meditation is about learning how to view the body and the world objectively as a witness. As long as we have an ego…"
"It definitely does. Strength gains, flexibility gains, endurance gains, recovery improvements, improved focus and faster reactions. With this list of benefits I'm amazed lfrv is not more widespread, especially in MA where people often care more…"
"Oops, just realised I linked you a Tiger form by mistake. This is the Calling Crane form I'm training in. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he-gI6BimSY
Cool, so you're a kicker! I've kind of learnt more counters for kicks and got a bit…"
"Out of everything I would have to say my favorite is Tae Kwon Do because its emphasis on leg work. I have very long flexible legs so they would be my strength, especially in sparring. My favorite activity in class though would be forms, I am…"
"Ohh yeah, that was it! Yeah I was going to say that I don't think it's necessary to take any courses. In fact once you're armed with the basics it seems to be better to learn most of it intuitively. The more you learn from books and…"
"Which elements do you prefer out of your mix? I love locks and have bias towards hand speed. I definitely need to work on roundhouses and sidethrusts for sparring though. My hips are quite tight for those kicks at the mo.
My style is Tiger Crane…"
"Oh, heh! 8-0
Basically I was wondering if it was really necessary to take the 10 day course. After reading "The Art of Living" and some other books on vipassana (I found @ http://dhammabooks.com/), in combination with what I already know…"
"I'm a numpty! I remember seeing your question, thinking of an answer and now I can't find the question or remember my answer 8)! What was it again? Time to go improve my cognition with some meditation I think :S"
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Thanks for your reply on Vipassana classes. You're so right about the subjectivity of it. Kind of ironic isn't it? since meditation is about learning how to view the body and the world objectively as a witness. As long as we have an ego can we ever really view the world without some bit of subjectivity? Not to mention the issue of the genome, how much of our thoughts, perspectives, and behaviors are coded in our genes?
I'm a bit of a neuroscience buff, especially cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. I've always been interested in learning about meditation but really only started diving into it in the past year.
Out of everything I would have to say my favorite is Tae Kwon Do because its emphasis on leg work. I have very long flexible legs so they would be my strength, especially in sparring. My favorite activity in class though would be forms, I am addicted to them.
Oh, heh! 8-0
Basically I was wondering if it was really necessary to take the 10 day course. After reading "The Art of Living" and some other books on vipassana (I found @ http://dhammabooks.com/), in combination with what I already know about cognitive neuroscience, behavioral psych., how we form perceptions and associations based on raw sensory data, and the constantly fluctuating state of our electrons, I feel like I'm already doing it right.
Ok, now that I've written a book (lol), I think I'll also repost part of my original post...
"Can some one tell me what the benefit of going to the classes is compared to just reading up on the subject and goin' at it alone?...
I'd love to hear about anyone's experiences with the classes.
And I was also wondering why some people attend more than once."
I love to discuss this kind of stuff so anything you have to say I'm all ears :)
My training has been going very well! I had reached the level of advanced brown belt when sadly, during my Senior of high school, I had to quit due to the stress of school. This year though I have been reviewing my curriculum and I am almost caught up again.