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This is the Fact , Answer , Question for the Temple of the Jedi force..
It answers various questions about who we are what we do.
While it will not answer the meaning of life it will however provide information pertaining to the temple and Jedism
35 What is a Jedi Specialization Group?

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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 16:22 (747 reads)
After joining as a registered user on the Temple site, all you need do is complete the training program under the Knights Marshall Committee. While under that program, you will be ranked as a Jedi Initiate. After completion of the Knights Marshall Program, you will be eligible to become an Apprentice under a Knight or Master. You may either wait for a possible mentor to approach you, or you can approach one that you have felt a connection to.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 16:17 (654 reads)
Initiate:
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A Jedi Initiate, as a newcomer to the Temple, is charged with the responsibility of familiarizing themselves with the Temple of the Jedi Force and to introduce themselves to the rest of the Temple. To this end, a Jedi Initiate must start a journal in which they introduce themselves, tell the membership what drew them to this path, and explain why they wish to become a Jedi. The Knight's Marshallate is responsible for ensuring that Jedi Initiates start their journal, read over our Doctrines, and that all Initiates familiarize themselves with the basic precepts and foundations upon which the Temple of the Jedi Force is based.


Apprentice:
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An Apprentice’s primary responsibility is to familiarize themselves with the membership of the Temple, to learn of the Force through the wisdom and teachings of their master, and to gain an understanding of what it means to be a Jedi. All Apprentices are required to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of Jedi Doctrines, which are introduced in Initiate training, but may be repeated and studied more in-depth under the guidance of their Mentor:


Knight:
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A Jedi Knight’s primary responsibility is the education and training of Jedi Apprentices. A Knight may volunteer to aid in the education of Initiates as well if the volunteered assistance is accepted by the office of the Knight’s Marshall. In such a case the energies and efforts of the Knight in question are to be directed by the office of the Knight’s Marshall and the Knight must adhere to and obey the assignments of that office.


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A Jedi Master’s primary responsibility is to continue in all of the duties of a Jedi Knight. The education of Apprentices and Initiates is still of great concern to a Jedi Master and a Master is still capable of taking on Apprentices of their own. In addition to these existing responsibilities every Jedi Master may be called upon to assume moderation control of the Temple of the Jedi Force’s message board forums, and serve on the various committees which have come to replace the Jedi Council This additional responsibility helps to ensure that the Temple’s message boards have moderation at nearly all times and that each Jedi Master takes responsibility for the content and conduct of the Temple of the Jedi Force’s message boards, where all members congregate (from the newest Initiate to the longest-standing Jedi Master), and to further serve our Temple by facilitating progress, unity, and order.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:17 (358 reads)
Rank from a different Jedi Temple/Site has the ability to transfer to our Temple. However, it is the responsibility of the Rank Transfer Committee to determine the validity of the rank claimed. This investigation can take up to 30 days to perform.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:16 (388 reads)
The Force is described as "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together." The Force, in part, is the energy associated with life, and life is associated with the Force. Most Jedi adhere to the ideology that the Force has a Will of its own, and it guides those who would listen to its subtle whispers.

The Force is primarily made up of the "light side" and the "dark side". These are concerned with the moral compass of the Force in its various manifestations of Balance. The light side of the Force is the facet of the Force aligned with good, benevolence, compassion, and healing. The dark side of the Force is aligned with fear, hatred, aggression, and malevolence; this side of the Force can seem more powerful, though it is just more tempting to those that can touch upon the power as it doesn't impose any restrictions on its use, often granting almost inhuman strength to those who would give in to hatred and anger. These "sides" of the Force are tied directly to the eternal Balance of the Universe... "Without Darkness, there can be no Light". By the same token, the "side" of the Force one chooses to follow depends on that individual's true intent within their heart.

The Force has also been described as having three additional aspects: The Cosmic Force, the Living Force, the Unifying Force. These aspects are defined by prominent Jedi philosophies. The Cosmic Force essentially embraces space and time in its entirety... It is quite basically what "binds the Galaxy together", and keeps the cosmos in Balance. It is what drives the Cosmos, and what keeps it in Order. The Living Force deals with living things... the Energy created by and connected to all Life itself. "Life creates it, makes it grow... Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter". It is a scientific fact that Energy changes form, but never truly ceases to exist. It is in that science that we are able to understand that the Living Force is the "pool of energy" that embodies all living things. It is theorized that when a living thing dies, its life force joins the Living Force... likewise, when new life is born, it draws energy from the Living Force. The Unifying Force is what keeps the Cosmic Force and Living Force in Balance. It's energy exists on the molecular level throughout all matter, "unifying" everything in the Universe. Through it, we are connected to not just all living things, but all things. "Feel the Force... between you, me... the rock, the tree, even the ship".

The Force contains many similarities to other existing philosophical and religious principles. Many have related it to the concepts of Qi (also "chi" or "ki"; China, Japan, and Korea), Prana (India), Mana (Polynesia) and other similar traditions focused around the idea of spiritual energies that exist throughout the universe. From Taoism, we take the primary focus for the idea of Yin and Yang... the two diametrically opposed Forces of the universe. Everything from good and evil (as metaphysical concepts) to hot and cold temperatures are considered as being part of this, and it is from here we see the most prominent comparison to the light and dark sides of the Force, and the constant struggle for Balance within the Universe. There are also some parallels between The Living Force and the use of Qi in Chinese martial arts. In the more internal arts (such as Tai Chi, Hsing-Yi, Pa-Kua and Qigong), the maintenance and use of Qi is an essential element of training. Such Qi is sometimes referred to as Empty Force, meaning that it is not seen, but its effect can be felt with time and training. Some manifestations of special abilities are reported to have been attained by high-level Kung Fu masters. Other, more rare examples of special abilities attributed to the Force are often categorized as "paranormal activity". Some individuals show an aptitude for healing, telepathy, telekinesis, etc.

The Jedi refer to two "sides" of the Force, a dark side and a light side. This echoes the concept of Yin Yang in Eastern philosophy, but is not a straight translation, as the emotional dark side is denoted as a Force of evil by the Jedi. The dark side is not made up of specific "parts" or "abilities" of the Force: the dark and light sides of the Force exist inside of the life form which uses it, made from their emotions. A follower of the light side strives to live in harmony with those around him or her. Mutual trust, respect, and the ability to form alliances give the Jedi a distinct advantage. In contrast, a follower of the dark side is only interested in his or herself. To strike down a living creature out of anger, fear or another emotion is of the dark side. To refrain and clear one's self of these emotions is of the light side. Use of the dark side of the Force is forbidden within the Jedi Order.
Traditional Jedi are taught to keep the Force "in balance". They attempt to achieve this by denying the
“dark side” essentially "keeping balance" by denying balance, as they view dark side as "corruption". This involves the control of negative emotions such as aggression, anger, and hatred, since they can easily bring on acceptance of the dark side... "To become a Jedi, it is not the Force one must learn to control, but one's self". A Jedi strives to maintain control over their emotions instead of allowing negative emotions to control their actions. A Jedi acts when calm and at peace. In contrast, positive emotions such as compassion and courage nurture the light side of the Force. The Jedi Code compares such feelings and provides insight into the ethical use of the Force.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:14 (361 reads)
There are sith sites and people that call themselves sith, in the mainstay of things many of these people calling themselves sith are no different from those who call themselves jedi.

From the understanding and the majority of the sith who have visited our site and the few that have done some training here they are after the same goals as the jedi, they do however follow their passions and emotions, where we jedi are training to be refined and in control of our emotions.

They are not inherently bad or evil, they are just more passionate and forth coming with their views.
Some people however feel that the reason they are sith is because they feel they have been treated badly by the world and in their hatred for themselves they focus it on the people and things around them, they are simply misguided and ignorant to the truth of change.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:12 (381 reads)
Honestly, it takes as long as it takes. Time wise, to become a Jedi Knight take about a year, but that is truly up to how long it takes the newcomer to complete the Knights Marshal Program, be taken on as an Apprentice under a Knight or Master, and (at the minimum of nine months) then when the mentor determines the Apprentice's readiness for taking the Trials of Knighthood. It depends on how fast you finish each level to the satisfaction of the master(s) involved. It is not abnormal for a student to take a break for personal reasons, which may delay the path. This is a journey, not a rushed trip. Take it slow, enjoy the sights, and grow at whatever pace you find best for you.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:10 (377 reads)
Speed is of no importance to a Jedi in training. Having only the four ranks (Initiate, Apprentice, Knight, and Master), there is no need to rush. This is not a race. The more you ask when you can take the Trials, the longer it will be until you do.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:08 (385 reads)
A Jedi may follow a synergistic religion -- a faith involving elements from two or more religions. One can be strictly a Jedi, a Wiccan Jedi, a Christian Jedi, a Buddhist Jedi, or an Agnostic Jedi for example, but Jediism is a religion and a way of life in and of itself. Keep in mind that Jedi do not Worship the Force, or Lucas, or anything of the sort. This is very much a real religion, not based in fiction, but rather explained more clearly by the fiction and made applicable to real life.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:07 (322 reads)
Of course you can. The Jedi Community is ever-growing and the Jedi within, learning. We welcome Jedi from other sites to come and share their points of view with us. It is highly encouraged that one explores the different views and explanations of the Jedi path. Feel free to try out different training programs. Write about your findings and your thoughts about different views.


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Requested and Answered by Tempest on 05-Jul-2011 14:05 (367 reads)
Yes. While the fictional Jedi of the movies were forbidden from having such attachments, real-life Jedi do not have such a restriction. Just understand you do need to balance your Jedi life with your personal life.


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