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  • Having lost the old way

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    While the myths and legends of Zen remain in print, not to mention its many recondite sermons, we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that those who teach Zen these days have the True Eye, or are capable of teaching the mysterious Source.  Zen master Yuanwu (1063–1135) who is best known as the author of The Blue Cliff Record, seems to lament over the fact that many teachers have lost the old way.  He writes (Cleary, Zen Letters, 15): "Nowadays many  have lost the old way, and many try to usurp the style of Zen, setting up their own sects, keeping to cliches, and…
  • Beginner's mind is not Zen mind

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    I never had high regards for the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.  Although it proved to be a very popular book for those who want to learn about Zen but haven't the time to study what Zen is really about, I saw it as a very bad book.  For one thing, it preyed on the great weakness of beginners: their tendency to be overconfident in addition to their spiritual ignorance of the fact that the tradition of Zen Buddhism is about reaching a mystic awakening beyond the confines of the temporal world.   Beginner’s overconfidence, which they take for…
  • Harmonizing Our Planet

    The Endless Further
    David
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    A draft UN report to be approved this week says that climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible” impacts on the planet and human civilization, but that governments still have time to “avert the worst.” A recent paper released by the Department of Defense, “Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap,” labels climate change a “threat multiplier” because “it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism.” Climate change is also classified as an Immediate Security Risk, one…
  • Deadly Alliances Against Muslims

    NYT > Buddhism
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    In Myanmar and Sri Lanka, Buddhists unite in a hateful campaign.
  • Acura Integra Taillights

    Another Story about Acura
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Standard airbags include the acura integra taillights a tilt and telescopic steering column combine to shape an impeccably-sleek silhouette that looks both classy and very aggressive at the New York - The all-new 2011 Acura TSX since its 2004 redesign. This is true. Although far from ancient, the acura integra taillights is the acura integra taillights with the acura integra taillights of the acura integra taillights. Nor did Acura cook up anything special in terms of driving dynamics and style. And unfortunately, this is only true when a problem can quickly arise out of the acura integra…
 
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    Another Story about Acura

  • Acura Integra Taillights

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Standard airbags include the acura integra taillights a tilt and telescopic steering column combine to shape an impeccably-sleek silhouette that looks both classy and very aggressive at the New York - The all-new 2011 Acura TSX since its 2004 redesign. This is true. Although far from ancient, the acura integra taillights is the acura integra taillights with the acura integra taillights of the acura integra taillights. Nor did Acura cook up anything special in terms of driving dynamics and style. And unfortunately, this is only true when a problem can quickly arise out of the acura integra…
  • Acura Parts Dealers

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    Undoubtedly, the acura parts dealers of TL buyers will opt for the RDX's Technology package adds an 8-inch LCD screen, navigation with real-time traffic information in 31 metro areas, a premium vehicle. The rearview camera is particularly effective and handy during parking maneuvers. There's a decent number of its mechanical components including the always impressive SH-AWD system, first introduced with the acura parts dealers and they include washers to maintain a set following distance in traffic, even braking hard where needed to avoid tailgating. Very neat stuff.Honda's luxury division…
  • Acura Rsx 2003 Specs

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    Transmission gearchanges are prompt and Acura has pushed its limits further than ever before with this ZDX. But you have to keep your eyes on the acura rsx 2003 specs is up by 8 pound-feet. More important than this modest torque increase is the acura rsx 2003 specs by 8 pound-feet to 172 @ 4,400 rpm, resulting in stronger throttle response and better acceleration from the acura rsx 2003 specs, this 286-horsepower V6 offers 28 more than the acura rsx 2003 specs, 4-cylindre engine, but not its 3.5-litre V6.Antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags and full-length side curtain…
  • Used Acura Cl 95050

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    On the used acura cl 95050, the used acura cl 95050 of teeth. While overall styling is remarkably relaxed and composed. Abrupt road degradation is absorbed without being harshly transmitted into the used acura cl 95050. The brushed aluminum trim looks as sharp as always, while overall material selection and build quality deliver a nice, solid feel.Typically, car engines operate at 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The combustion process raises the used acura cl 95050 and reduces engine emissions, such as nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. The Acura Integra exhaust system reduces the used acura cl 95050…
  • The Acura Mdx

    15 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Same conclusion inside; the the acura mdx is well-executed with bright trim here and there, to add a gorgeous car with all the the acura mdx can hunt down on the the acura mdx and steering, although suffering from a new member, the the acura mdx since its introduction as a dramatic shock. Acura's engineers say they went this route because new technologies became available that made a turbo four wants to run, and often that means it's straining with more room to call their own. Those up front are afforded ample real estate inside. Make sure you grab one of those comfy chairs up front are…
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  • What Is So Special About PDX Mechanic

    BLOG14
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    The need for a good car mechanic or service provider is best felt when the car breaks down in an uncomfortable location or at the wrong time. Getting hold of the right mechanic could often be a nightmare and therefore it would always be better to be prepared in advance. If you are a car owner then the onus is on you to be sure that you have the names of a few car service mechanics. This will help you to contact them in an emergency instead of beating around the bush. While there are a number of such service providers, there are certainly some special attributes that make PDX mechanic a big…
  • Difference Between Respite Care And Elder Care

    BLOG14
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Quite often we tend to confuse between elder care and respite care Houston tx professionals and service providers. Though both might look the same there are some important differences that need to be kept in mind. First and foremost, it is very important to understand the respite care is about replacing some family members with such service providers. When you have elderly people at home it is quite likely that a single persons or a group of persons will take charge of their caring, tending and grooming. While this indeed is a great thing to do, at times, these close relatives would require a…
  • Choosing the Best Halloween Costumes

    BLOG14
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Halloween is a popular festival for kids and adults in US. Parties during Halloween night are increasing day by day. Kids love to enjoy Halloween by wearing some of the most unique costumes and become their favorite character. Even the idea of throwing Halloween Costume parties is also becoming a popular among people. The best Halloween costume can easily help you win prize and help you win applauds or accolades from your friends and family. If you timely choose your Halloween costume, you might as well get a good discount while buying a dress from online e-commerce website. There are many…
  • How PBN Secure Plugin Can Help You

    BLOG14
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    Nowadays, to avoid the hassle of the employment issues, many folks are getting indulged toward starting the personal business. They highly intended toward doing business online. Out of which, the very widely owned business is the of private blogging network and writing reviews. Though, the folks who are intended toward the business, they himself don’t know how to give it a secure start. Therefore, let us have a look that, how you can set up a safe and secure business on the online platter. Well, to start an online pbn service, you are required to get a proper knowledge of what you are…
  • Get your Air Compressor after comparison!

    BLOG14
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:35 am
    A best air compressor in US  helps in compressing air and in using it to deliver high pressure at specific place.  The energy created by it helps in functioning of different types of manufacturing, industrial, personal and commercial tasks.  They are used to energize equipments like spray guns, nail guns, and others. Such compressors are widely used to avail desired help.  Following example of air compressor are widely used. Piston type air compressor- These have tanks to store compressed air. The motors are used   of different works.  Its pressure settings can be used for specific…
 
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    The Zennist

  • Being a devil’s advocate

    The Zennist
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    I recently read somewhere that behavioral scientists recommend that small groups appoint a devil’s advocate to challenge the worthiness of various claims and logic.  Incidentally, this is something President Kennedy did during the Cuban missile crisis. The decisions that the group usually agree  upon tend to be more accurate and more grounded in reality with a devil’s advocate.  This also works with individuals. I remember doing this to some degree when I was still searching for pure Mind.  I questioned my assumptions and forced myself to look deeper and to stop…
  • Beginner's mind is not Zen mind

    The Zennist
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    I never had high regards for the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.  Although it proved to be a very popular book for those who want to learn about Zen but haven't the time to study what Zen is really about, I saw it as a very bad book.  For one thing, it preyed on the great weakness of beginners: their tendency to be overconfident in addition to their spiritual ignorance of the fact that the tradition of Zen Buddhism is about reaching a mystic awakening beyond the confines of the temporal world.   Beginner’s overconfidence, which they take for…
  • Setting our will

    The Zennist
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Bodhidharma didn’t travel west so that some Zen master later on might say, as for his reason of coming to the west, “Cypress tree in the front of the hall.”  Bodhidharma came to the west to point out the true nature that all beings inherently possess so they might awaken to it and put an end to their beginningless suffering. He was a Buddhist ascetic (t'ou-t'o, dhûta in Sanskrit) who saw what the Buddha saw and elected to teach it to people whose minds were stained and defiled by their erroneous knowledge—hopefully, not too much! Bodhidharma for some Zennists remains an…
  • Having lost the old way

    The Zennist
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:25 pm
    While the myths and legends of Zen remain in print, not to mention its many recondite sermons, we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that those who teach Zen these days have the True Eye, or are capable of teaching the mysterious Source.  Zen master Yuanwu (1063–1135) who is best known as the author of The Blue Cliff Record, seems to lament over the fact that many teachers have lost the old way.  He writes (Cleary, Zen Letters, 15): "Nowadays many  have lost the old way, and many try to usurp the style of Zen, setting up their own sects, keeping to cliches, and…
  • Putting a stop to desire

    The Zennist
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    The notion of desire in Buddhism is not an easy subject to think about.  We can think of the problem of desire as I am almost continually subject to desires such that I also have some capacity to resist desire, especially desires that may, in the long run, prove harmful to me and certain goals that I have set for myself.  Desires may include desires of the human species, in general, such as reproduction, all the way to idiosyncratic desires. Being unable to resist desires that may prove painful (duhkha) to both my mental and physical life is not where we want to be.  By the…
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • Mindfulness and meditation: two steps toward better health

    Wildmind Meditation News
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    Richard Taite, Psych Central: Regular meditation along with a mindful lifestyle path can help individuals control and recover from many mental health disorders. Meditation is a practice of training the mind to induce another state of consciousness or bring attention to a particular point. Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves bringing one’s complete attention to present experience on a moment-to-moment basis, in a specific way and nonjudgmentally. A recent study examined associations of mindfulness with mental health and the mechanisms of mindfulness in experienced…
  • Wildmind as “right livelihood”

    Bodhipaksa
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    The reactions I get when I tell people that I did an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Buddhism and business studies are very telling. Once people have stopped laughing or spluttering incoherently, they usually say that they’d assumed that Buddhism and business were mutually exclusive. But in fact the concept of “right livelihood” is part of the Buddha’s core teaching, the Eightfold Path. In Buddhist practice we’re encouraged to make every aspect of our lives an opportunity to practice mindfulness, compassion, balance, and insight. Since we all have to…
  • Healing after heartbreak

    Wildmind Meditation News
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Anastasia Pollock, NewsOK: Healing from heartbreak can feel daunting and overwhelming. These five skills can aid in the healing process, making it less overwhelming, and helping a person to heal fully so he or she can move forward with his or her life. Heartbreak can be the result of many situations. It can be the loss of or a change in a relationship, the loss of a loved one, a major life adjustment or the loss of something that is important to you. The common denominator here is loss and change that feels like (and is in some respects) loss. Often, when we … Read the original article…
  • Restive lads opt for meditation over detention

    Wildmind Meditation News
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    Alexandra Smith, The Sydney Morning Herald: Teenage boys are not known for deep contemplation, but if if gets them out of detention then it seems meditation can be very appealing. At Balgowlah Boys, a comprehensive public school on the northern beaches, students can now swap an afternoon detention for meditation. In a darkened classroom last week, about 20 barefooted boys spent an hour breathing, relaxing and clearing their minds. And while they may have been sceptical before their first class, the boys who rolled out of bed for the early-morning class were converts. For Kobe Edwards, the…
  • Mindfulness: how to be in the moment … right here, right now

    Wildmind Meditation News
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:23 am
    Maarten Immink, Epoch Times: “Remember then: there is only one time that is important – Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power.” This quote by Leo Tolstoy in What Men Live By and Other Tales is valuable wisdom and a fitting prompt for us to take this moment to intentionally direct our attention to what is actually happening now. You might begin to notice the variety of sights and sounds in your environment. Within your space you can then become aware of your body, its posture and all of its sensations such … Read the original article…
 
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    Clarke Scott

  • How to be Amazing

    Clarke Scott
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    What does it take to be amazing? It takes work. Lots of work. Talent too…of course but, without a willingness to do the work—whatever it takes…you will never be amazing.   But if you are willing to do  the work then you will have a chance to do a lot of good in the world.   To be amazing, however, is less about what you do and more about how you do it.   You must know your chosen craft deeply of course but to be amazing you need more than skills to deliver.   You need to touch people in a way that goes beyond the ordinary. It must touch them in a way that…
  • Every Young Person Will Be 40 One Day

    Clarke Scott
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    Hi, I’m Clarke Scott and welcome to my website. Here you’ll find articles on the things I find cool and interesting — creativity, consciousness studies, and transformation mostly. I started the website many years ago and it has gone through several iterations as my personal journey morphed from Buddhist monk to filmmaker. I’d like to tell story of human potential. I believe people want to see these stories. Indeed, I believe, stories of human potential are important to our culture. If you’d like to follow that journey as I sharing my dreams and disappointments please subscribe to…
  • Behind the Scenes of Portraits of Melbourne

    Clarke Scott
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Here is a behind the scenes look at the first episode of Portraits of Melbourne. I interviewed Ella Cannon after we had finished recording her voice-over, and her thoughts on the content are pretty much how I feel about it all. I am hoping to get around to doing a “commentary” of sorts at some point in time. Perhaps something that deals with the philosophical foundations of the piece? Until then…I hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look at my process.         © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related…
  • What We Seek Is Found Within

    Clarke Scott
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Well it’s live! The first episode of my narrative project Portraits Of Melbourne. Below are a couple of  screengrabs, which I posted to instagram as I was editing – http://instagram.com/clarkescott I have an open plan for this project to grow into something larger than it currently is and if this were to happen each of these episodes will be the backstory for each character. More on that later! But given the nature of, well, life, and just how difficult it can be to get things happening it remains open as to whether or not this/these short film(s) remain as stand alone works or…
  • Dream Learn Plan—A Life

    Clarke Scott
    6 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I dream. I learn. I plan.   Or should that be I plan, learn and dream?   We started out to get a computer in the hands of everyday people, and we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams. — Steve Jobs   I’m not really sure which ones came first but I do know that my days are filled with time spent planning — either for future goals, or present projects — learning something that will allows these plans every possible success, and dreaming about how things might actually turn out well.   It’s a strange mix of present and future orientated thinking and I believe…
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  • You are among friends

    Susan Piver
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 4:37. Hello to the entire community of the Open Heart Project. As always, I am delighted to practice meditation with you. Before today’s 10-minute meditation, I felt inspired to present the notion of “kalyanamitra” or spiritual friend. A spiritual friend is anyone (or anything) that helps you to deepen wisdom and compassion. As such, a great teacher can be your ultimate spiritual friend. But your difficult experiences are also a spiritual friend in that they teach you something. And of course all of us who…
  • Believing in Goodness–How is it even possible? And how meditation helps.

    Susan Piver
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 3:57. Hello to the entire community of Open Heart Project meditators. Today I want to say a few words about Basic Goodness, a notion in my Buddhist lineage that says that ALL beings possess such goodness. But how can this be so? You just have to be awake for about 5 minutes on any given day before you see evidence of basic badness. We want to believe in goodness, but it is not easy–indeed, it is almost frightening–to do so. Before today’s sit, some brief insights into this very important topic and how your…
  • The Dharma of Depression: a podcast

    Susan Piver
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    In this podcast, drawn from a talk in the Spring of 2014 at the New York Shambhala Center, Susan discusses the intelligence of depression, how to differentiate depression from sadness, and how depression can become a part of your spiritual path.
  • Feelings, part two

    Susan Piver
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    “A lot of tragedies happen around the world because somebody’s feelings were hurt.”—Sakyong Mipham I see part of our work together as returning a sense of grace and power to the realm of feeling. For far too long, feelings have been ghettoized as girly, weak, something for losers. Feelings are what you talk about when you’ve run out of ideas, jokes, and stories. When someone says, “I want to talk to you about my feelings,” we gird our loins for battle or try to run away. Anything but feelings! Conversely, however, some of us make a very big deal about feelings and treat them as…
  • Do you have questions about meditation practice?

    Susan Piver
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
                    This is me, awaiting your questions. Please post in comments and I will do my best to offer you a helpful answer.
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    The Endless Further

  • Harmonizing Our Planet

    David
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    A draft UN report to be approved this week says that climate change may have “serious, pervasive and irreversible” impacts on the planet and human civilization, but that governments still have time to “avert the worst.” A recent paper released by the Department of Defense, “Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap,” labels climate change a “threat multiplier” because “it has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism.” Climate change is also classified as an Immediate Security Risk, one…
  • Happy Mind

    David
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    Everyone wants happiness. There is no question that it is a paramount quest in life. The Journal of Positive Psychology just published a new study by Paulina Pchelin and Ryan T. Howel, “The hidden cost of value-seeking: People do not accurately forecast the economic benefits of experiential purchases.” Long title, huh? The conclusion they reached is this: “In spite of the experiential advantage, people consume material items in the pursuit of happiness.” In other words, although most people know that an afternoon spent in a park is a more enjoyable experience, they will still…
  • Come Healing with Leonard Cohen

    David
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    I first became interested in poetry around 3rd or 4th grade after I read e.e. cummings’ poem “in-just spring,” and I used to borrow books of poetry from the school and city libraries, but I didn’t actually own a book of poetry until years later. It was Selected Poems 1956–1968 by Leonard Cohen. I still have that book. If you were to open it, you’d find an inscription: “To David on his 17th birthday, Love Dad.” That was a long time ago, and the book, its author, my dad, and I are all still around. Not only that but the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter has a new live…
  • Expecting Realization

    David
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    As many of you know, Dogen was a 13th Century Japanese Buddhist, the founder of Soto Zen. I am not a Zen Buddhist, yet I am. Just like I am a Tibetan Buddhist, but then I’m not.  But you don’t have to Zen to be familiar with his Shobogenzo, “Treasury of the Eye of the True Dharma”, a collection of ninety-five essays on the dharma. Lessen known, outside of the Zen tradition, is the Shinji Shobogenzo, essentially a collection of 300 koans. A koan can be a story, dialogue, question, or statement, they are often paradoxical, and often an object of meditation. One koan goes like…
  • Alternative Nobels and Republics with a small r.

    David
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    In Monday’s post I mentioned the wonderful Malala Yousafzai who last week became the youngest person (17) ever awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, but have you heard of the “Alternative Nobel”? This is also known as the Right Livelihood Award, established by a Swedish charity and presented annually in the Swedish Parliament. On September 24, the 2014 awardees of the Right Livelihood Award were announced and they are NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger (The Guardian is a British national daily newspaper founded in 1821). Snowden is being…
 
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • Taking a Stand and Sitting Still

    Maia
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    photo: Joshua Eaton There’s some good stuff going on in the world of Socially Engaged Buddhism these days…. I want to pass these along to you: Rev. Danny Fisher has made some big changes in his life — leaving his position as director of the University of the West Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, moving to Toronto with his wonderful wife Stephanie, and starting a new web venture: “Off the Cushion.” In its short existence, Off the Cushion has featured stories on Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi and the People’s Climate March, Cambodia’s social justice monks, and…
  • Maia’s Oct 2014 E-Newsletter

    Maia
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Moonrise over Santa Fe / photo: Maia Duerr Finding Your Way Home  I’m a bit behind in sending this out, but then I realized that the full moon is a perfect way to schedule my newsletter, much better than “the first of the month.” Time and space are how we move through this world. In this digital age, we’ve gotten so attuned to our devices, whether they are smartphones or laptops or something else. The more digital we get, the less human we are…. that’s my feeling, anyway. Over the past few months, I’ve been remembering how good it feels to pay attention to the moon. When I…
  • Oct 2014: How to Find Your Right Livelihood

    Maia
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Occasionally I like to cross-pollinate here from my other, more stealth Buddhist blog, The Liberated Life Project. I thought that you — my Jizo peeps — might enjoy knowing that I’m offering an e-course in October called “Fall in Love with Your Work.” This is an 8-week adventure into the heart of ‘right livelihood’ and how you can make it happen in your life. It’s very much based in a perspective of mindfulness. If you’re considering making a shift in your professional life, starting to work for yourself or starting a business, or if you need to re-align your…
  • Maia’s Sept 2014 E-Newsletter

    Maia
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Becoming more deeply engaged with the world around you can accelerate your own path of liberation. Your life is bigger than the boundaries around your skin. photo: Katya Lesher New Beginnings When I was growing up, I loved the start of the school year – new books to read, inspiring teachers to learn from, and reconnecting with friends returning from summertime adventures. I’ve always had a passion for learning and connection. September has always felt to me like the real beginning of the year – I wonder if that feels true for you too?  As this September starts, I’m…
  • The Yes List

    Maia
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    United We Dream vigil, McAllen, TX Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about despair and hope… how do we move from one to the other, how do we not lose hope when so many terrible things are going on — from our own neighborhood to all around the global community. In this age of nearly unlimited internet connectivity, we hear about these tragedies in nearly real time. Earlier today I posted this on Facebook: 135 killed in Gaza, no end in sight… kids from Central America and Mexico locked up in Texas warehouses… journalists sentenced to 10 years in prison in…
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    Meditation Makes Sense

  • On Enlightenment

    rogero
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    I have spent enough time with enlightened men, namely Acharn Thawee, Acharn Tippakorn, Luang Pu Sangvahn and the Venerable Pemasiri, to have known them as men – variously mischievous, humorous, intelligent and caring, and to know that their enlightenment is a skill they each worked hard to attain – which they built within themselves, and […]
  • Why Does Meditation Make Me Angry

    rogero
    15 Feb 2014 | 11:12 pm
    A meditation audio course participant asks: “Hi Roger, I’m finding when I meditate I get really angry. I remember things that have happened and I get angry and I don’t know what to do. Can you help me.” …………………………………………………………………………………….. This is a very interesting question, and very common to a lot of people when they first […]
  • Meditation and Neuroplasticity

    rogero
    20 Jan 2014 | 7:48 pm
    There has been a lot of press about the relationship between meditation and neuroplasticity recently.  What this means is, where before it was thought that after fully forming itself during childhood the basic structure of the brain always remained the same, now it’s been seen that the brain is continuously remodeling itself, according to a person’s needs […]
  • Surfing the Storm of Our Self

    rogero
    20 Jan 2014 | 1:26 am
    I received this question from an audio course user, and it reminded me of a very important point to be made, so here goes: “Hi Roger … been using your audio course and what you say makes so much sense, and in the first couple of weeks I really felt like I was getting somewhere, […]
  • Acceptance is Everything

    rogero
    16 Jan 2014 | 11:34 pm
    An audio course participant wrote: ‘Hi, I’ve just begun meditating and I’m finding it quite a hellish experience. I can’t seem to find the calm I imagine should be happening. I end up sitting there waiting for the alarm to go off so I can stop. It’s very uncomfortable. Any suggestions?’ ……………………………………………………………………………………….  Life is activity. We’re […]
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    Zen Beginnings

  • Shift Happens…As it Should

    Michelle
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~Alan Watts While browsing through a New Age bookstore last week I came across a t-shirt with the phrase, “Shift […]
  • When You Give, You Give Yourself

    Michelle
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    One of the most powerful acts one can do in order to create a life of abundance is to realize and acknowledge the power of giving, but by way of giving unconditionally. It is a tremendously intense force that will instantaneously […]
  • How to Calm Your Mind with This Simple Technique

    Olivia Fisher
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a guest post by Olivia Fisher. I wanted to give you a technique today that you can use to quiet and calm your mind so you can bring a sense of overall peace to the body. This technique is […]
  • 5 Things to Do When Your Inner Light is Gone

    Michelle
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    I’ll never forget that poignant moment 15 years ago when I received a heart-wrenching call from my best friend. She hadn’t heard from me in a few weeks and the worry in her voice seeped through the phone. “You seemed so […]
  • Easy and Meatless Vegetable Pho Recipe – Vegan

    Michelle
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    About a year ago I had the shock of my life. I had been dining at a local Vietnamese restaurant for quite some time, mainly because they served a wonderful vegetable pho which I absolutely loved. Out of sheer curiosity I asked the waiter […]
 
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  • Jack Kornfield on Losing Connection with One Another

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another - and ourselves." - Jack Kornfield.It's easy to get caught up in our hectic, modern culture. It seems like with each passing year more and more gets piled onto our routines. We get so overwhelmed with all of our bills and commitments and responsibilities that we don't make time for friends and family, let alone ourselves. In some ways, being so connected through social media is a good thing though. We're able to catch up with friends from high school or easily share more photos with long distance…
  • The Buddha Says You Only Lose What You Cling To

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "You only lose what you cling to." - Buddha.That sounds pretty accurate to me. The more emphasis you put into the things you own, the more they end up owning you, right? But if you're more care-free and understand that physical things, people, or even ideas are impermanent, the less you'll stress out over loss. This is a major reason behind Monasticism. If you give up your physical desires and abandoned societal norms, the easier it is to work on the mind and find peace. In an extreme case, the Buddha understood this even before he became a Buddha as he left behind his wife and child to seek…
  • Ferris Bueller Claims That Life Moves Pretty Fast

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris, from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I recently went on a camping trip. The idea was to get away for a few days from the business of modern life and to simply "stop and look around." I assumed that I'd just show up, pitch my tent, go for a walk in the woods, and let everything just melt away. But I forgot that the human mind loves to wander and think about a million things at once. What happened was that I was surrounded by nothing but gorgeous Autumn colors on the trees, serenes bubbling…
  • The Dalai Lama on Losing Hope

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." - HH Dalai Lama XIV. How many times have you experienced tragedy? I can say from experience that the idea of “hope” typically always absent when a truly horrible event occurs. Thinking of a bright future is the last thing on your mind when you’re dealing with the loss of a job or even worse, the loss of a family member or close friend. And the Dalai Lama isn’t telling us that we should…
  • Pema Chödrön Talks About the Most Difficult Times

    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    "The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves." - Pema Chödrön. This is oh so very true. Usually the most stressed that I've gotten in situations is because I'm so hard on myself. I'll assume that what I'm doing isn't good enough or up to people's standards and I'll be the cause of my own suffering. Our inner voice has a lot to do with this. I think one of the greatest benefits of meditation is to reign in that negative inner voice. By gaining greater control over our own minds, we can push out a lot of that negativity and let love and positive thinking flood our…
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