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  1. @egoless I don't think you can get a correct picture of why people search for enlightenment by picking one example like Eckhart Tolle. Check out all the people from this list in regards to why they searched for enlightenment - if they searched for enlightenment at all: And then you can make a statistic. By the way, Eckhart Tolle did not search for enlightenment and became enlightened. He had nothing to do with spirituality until enlightenment.
  2. And what about just studying the meditation techniques of Tibetan Buddhism without all the scriptures around it?
  3. Mind itself, and the true nature of objects, have no inherent existence whatsoever, and are beyond intellect, and are inexpressible. This one point could well be the essence of all teachings. ~ Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thay
  4. @1 9 8 4 there is no general answer if these activities have a place in ones life. It depends on ones state of consciousness.
  5. @Monkey-man don't try to teach people who do not want to be taught. I don't even teach people who want to be taught, but are not ripe for it. Ask yourself if you are in a position to teach other people. I don't know you, but I would speculate you are not. So you should rather recommend some good teachers you know about (book authors, satsang givers etc.) than giving own teachings.
  6. Do you still listen to non-duality talks? Who are your favorite teachers then? How deeply have you studied Tibetan Buddhism? Do you plan to study it more? Do you plan to do a dark-room retreat? Do you plan to do an isolation tank retreat? Do you plan to travel to spiritual places in Asia?
  7. Some classics of self-actualization music:
  8. Make one, or several or, if you have a lot of time, all the activities listed here your hobby:
  9. To someone who doesn't know the videos I would recommend these: True vs False Skepticism (Leo's best video in my opinion regarding intellectual topics. He outdid himself on this one) Leo Hits Rock Bottom - EVERYTHING Understood (made me change my skeptical views on psychedelics a bit) The Grand Model Of Psychological Evolution - Clare Graves & Spiral Dynamics (fundamental topic, well presented) Understanding Awareness - The Staggering Depth Of Your Unawareness Revealed (important topic, good intro to Gurdjieff and Ouspensky) Leo's Solo Meditation Retreat - 90 Hours Of Nonstop Meditation In The Forest (hopefully inspirational) Meditation Techniques: Do Nothing - The Simplest Meditation Possible (fundamental topic) Meditation On Steroids - How To Get The FASTEST Meditation Gains (quite fundamental topic) Building Your Existential Vocabulary (simple, but/and good ) How To Harness Your Intuition (good video, I agree on a lot Leo says here) Enlightenment Guided Inquiry - The Neti Neti Method (interesting. I had never heard of that technique before) 40 Signs That You Are Neurotic - Understanding Neurosis (interesting) Correcting The Stigma Of Psychedelics - Part 1 & 2 (still not a big fan of psychedelics, but Leo made his case here very well) Just my personal taste.
  10. @Key Elements yes true. There is formal meditation and informal meditation in everyday activity.
  11. @stevegan928 I have not gotten into researching discomfort training deeply, but I would say examples for it are: Exposing yourself to cold temperatures (Wim Hof style), cold showers, not heating at home in the cold season, or sleeping on a camping mat instead of in a bed. Trekking, mountain-climbing and so on are examples, too. Of course everything in a self responsible way. Abstinence from porn, masturbation, video games, tv and other forms of low quality entertainment etc. A bit of a zen / samurai lifestyle. Being abstinent from useless and potentially damaging things in general. Living disciplined like having morning routines, being hard-working, not allowing laziness, focusing on self-actualization and success etc. Another possibility is more of a discomfort training for the mind: it is about taking 100% responsibility for yourself. It's a mindset of not relying on others, not expecting any help from others and not blaming others. It's an unconditional 0% victim mentality. In other words not taking the line of least resistance. What it is not in my opinion is to torment yourself, or self-denial or something like that. This doesn't make sense to me. The purpose of discomfort training is to develop willpower, to strengthen yourself psychologically, to be more disciplined, straight-forward and resilient. The way I mean it is not religious. @Key Elements Nevertheless I would subsume getting in touch with the present moment under meditation. @AleksM So what I have got out of your posting is that two main exercises in desteni are putting awareness on the breath and a special kind of journaling. Concerning the first I don't see a big difference to the Buddhist focusing on the breath exercises. In fact in Buddhism these kind of exercises are more developed, apart from that in Buddhism it is formal while actually you can put awareness on the breath in almost any situation. The journaling method you described sounds to me a little bit like self-inquiry. Which is ok. It is a form of "truth investigation" at best. It somehow also reminds me of the Scientology method of auditing concerning its aim.
  12. I have edited / rearranged the listed activities in the initial posting, so they can be put into subcategories more easily. Physical development (No. 1-6): Bodybuilding; Fitness and endurance training, Martial arts, Parkour, Physical Yoga, Radical self-healing and detoxing Psychological development (No. 7-8): Daredeviling and Discomfort training. This is about comfort zone expansion, the development of willpower, discipline, resilience etc. Mental and spiritual development (No. 9-11): Meditation, Truth investigation, Psychonautics. Truth investigation can be further broken down into things like systems-knowledge, history knowledge, big picture understanding, epistemology, high value knowledge etc. There can also be a hybrid between meditation and truth investigation I would call "truth inquiry", A hybrid of mental and functional development (No. 12): Traveling Functional development (No. 13-16): Perfectionism, Social skills training, Survival training, Self-employment and entrepreneurship. This should cover almost all of the human developmental possibilities. Of course you could name other possibilities, but they seem too specific to me. They are most often about the development of certain skills instead of being encompassing, universal and fundamental.