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Old 12-24-2011
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Default Buddhist Monk and TI Swimmer Kwin Krisdaphong

Kwin wrote "When I began teaching myself Total Immersion I recognized it is the same concept as Buddhist teaching, Sati-Sampajaņņa (Mindfulness and Clear Comprehension), which I practiced during my monkhood. I feel TI is great because it is not just physical exercise."

And be sure to see Kwin's wonderful album of photos from his period of monkhood.

Guest Post: Mindfulness — In Buddhism and TI
Terry Laughlin
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Old 12-29-2011
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Absolutely--there is a clear parallel.

Each teaches a "way," shuns extreme narcissism, values struggle and gets curious about it.

The practices remind me of the Four-Fold Way:
1. You must show up (physically, mentally)
2. You must pay attention
3. You must tell the truth (speak truthfully to yourself about what your swimming needs next)
4. You must be open to outcome, not attached to outcome (i.e., not "attached" in a way that is merely about narcissistic enhancement)
Michael Moran, M.D.
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