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  • How Setting Boundaries Can Help Achieve Mindfulness

    Zen Beginnings
    Michelle
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    Most of us have been there – someone in your life asks you for a favor which you simply cannot do. Even if the favor is something you really don’t want to do, what happens? You do it anyway. When it comes to setting boundaries, it is a widely-known fact that people are viewed as cold or aloof. On the […]
  • Myanmar Sentences 3 to Prison for Depicting Buddha Wearing Headphones

    NYT > Buddhism
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A court in Yangon sentenced the three men to two-year terms, saying that the depiction, part of a promotion for a restaurant event, denigrated Buddhism.
  • De profundis Inferni

    Progressive Buddhism
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Poetry. De profundis inferni is "from the depths of the underworld" in Latin.Christ in the Abyss statuePrayer prayer prayer. So on so on so on. Shame shame shame. So on so on so on so on.Freedom? Maybe in a little while, but not for now...not for now.Misery? That much misery? No. Containment is more the word. Of what? Not quite sure, hence the strange reactions all around.Sh. Sh. Sh.Do you hear that noise? No, actually I don't. Sometimes a clink, never anything worthy.So what is the concealment? Anger? No, I don't think it's anger. Pain? How does one conceal pain? Repression and all…
  • A spiritual division

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    In the Pali Nikayas and in the Mahayana canon there is a very major division generally not discussed in Buddhist circles.  Such a division can only be described as a spiritual division in which the creature man is either transcended once and for all or continues in samsara which is never other than mundane and suffering.   The spiritual division consists of a path of ordinary individuals or prithagjana (P., puthujjana) and a higher path for aryans (P., ariyans) or the aryan individual.  The path of the prithagjana is a path of merit-gaining without complete transcendence…
  • How to love: Legendary Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on mastering the art of “interbeing”

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Wildmind Meditation News
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindful Movements (DVD) Maria Popova, Brain Pickings: “To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.” What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it. And yet anyone who has ever taken this wholehearted leap of faith knows that love remains a mystery — perhaps the mystery of the human experience. Learning to meet this mystery with the full realness of our being — to show up for…
 
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • De profundis Inferni

    6 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Poetry. De profundis inferni is "from the depths of the underworld" in Latin.Christ in the Abyss statuePrayer prayer prayer. So on so on so on. Shame shame shame. So on so on so on so on.Freedom? Maybe in a little while, but not for now...not for now.Misery? That much misery? No. Containment is more the word. Of what? Not quite sure, hence the strange reactions all around.Sh. Sh. Sh.Do you hear that noise? No, actually I don't. Sometimes a clink, never anything worthy.So what is the concealment? Anger? No, I don't think it's anger. Pain? How does one conceal pain? Repression and all…
  • Is Virtue Ethics a basis for 21st Century Progressive Buddhist Ethics?

    2 Feb 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Philosophy Bites' online logoI subscribe to a British podcast series called Philosophy Bites that has episodes I usually greatly enjoy. The discussions are short – bite sized – lasting about fifteen minutes each. They explore the surface of a wide variety of philosophical matters in interviews with leading philosophers of our day.One recent topic didn’t seem of interest to me. The topic was Virtue Ethics. It’s not that I’m opposed to virtue, so long as it’s spelled in all lowercase letters and uttered sotto voce. It is just that Virtue, standing tall, reminds me of…
  • Tomorrow's the 22nd Anniversary of THE GREATEST Buddhist movie! Yep, GROUNDHOG DAY!

    31 Jan 2015 | 5:17 pm
    There are two types of people in this world: those that love Groundhog Day, and those that can't appreciate it. Our job is to exterminate the latter group.-- Adum Miller, webmaster GHD Home Page[Beware!! This article is chockablock with spoilers. Any reader who has not seen the film Groundhog Day recently should stop now, click an iTunes icon, rent the film, watch the film, shutdown the computer, take a shower, eat a peach, turn the computer back on, get online, find this article and then -- and only then -- read it.]Rita [Andie MacDowell] andPhil [Bill Murray] dancing."Groundhog…
  • Mercy vs. Justice

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:05 am
    Greetings readers and my friends!I am almost completely done with my philosophical reading's of Dogen's Shobogenzo's first chapter so I'll be posting those soon, but for now I'd like to hear some of your opinions (whether "Buddhist" or not doesn't matter) regarding the debate of "which bears richer fruit," mercy, or strict justice.So that's it! My question: which bears better fruit? Mercy or justice?Should child rapists ever be shown any mercy?(is putting a child rapist away forever a merciful act instead of killing?)Should a woman who was beaten by her husband then killed him in…
  • Merry What????

    24 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    The holiday season. Why are there so many holidays crammed into such a short amount of time (in the US, anyway)? And how many blogs are written about this time of year? And how many of those are going to offer coping mechanisms about how to deal with family members, how not to gain weight, and any number of other topics that one might infer that the holiday season is to be dreaded rather than celebrated?There are any number of holidays both secular & religious, and sometimes a combination of both, that a "Buddhist" might feel a little left out of. We are not exactly endowed with many…
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    The Zennist

  • A spiritual division

    The Zennist
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:07 pm
    In the Pali Nikayas and in the Mahayana canon there is a very major division generally not discussed in Buddhist circles.  Such a division can only be described as a spiritual division in which the creature man is either transcended once and for all or continues in samsara which is never other than mundane and suffering.   The spiritual division consists of a path of ordinary individuals or prithagjana (P., puthujjana) and a higher path for aryans (P., ariyans) or the aryan individual.  The path of the prithagjana is a path of merit-gaining without complete transcendence…
  • Why we have to look within

    The Zennist
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    The truth which Buddhism wishes us to realize is not found on the outside. Why is this so?  It is because our human senses are far too limited.  They are only for the purpose of species-specific biological adaptation (Darwinian fitness). Vision, for example, is only one octave when in reality there are many higher octaves. Hearing is also limited as with the rest of our human senses.  The only place where there is no such sensory limitation is within in the very self (S. pratyâtman).   Within, we have the potential to look beyond the fabric of space/time discovering a…
  • Buddhism: strict determinism or indeterminism?

    The Zennist
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    The Buddha neither subscribed to what we might call in the West strict determinism which implies that every event has a previous cause; that all things are unchangeable and invariable (niyata) in their course; nor did he uphold the theory of complete causeless arising (adhicca-samuppanna) which in the West we call indeterminism (the universe is governed by blind chance).  Buddhism's position is between the strictly determined (niyata) and the undetermined (adhiccasamuppanna). For example, birth requires sperm, egg and the consciousness of a discarnate spirit called a gandhabba (M.
  • Meditation: complete transcendence

    The Zennist
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Meditation as understood by the Buddha is based upon an ontological foundation that goes much deeper than what classically oriented natural science has been able to provide.  To be sure, the depth of the human mind goes beyond the brain.   The mind-brain connection is a very real connection except that the mind cannot be described in physical or biological terms.  No amount of forcing mind to be subservient to the brain, or just ignoring it, will work anymore.  It is like trying to get people to believe that music comes from the single radio sitting on the book…
  • Your homework :)

    The Zennist
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    The Lankavatara Sutra shall ever remain a difficult discourse to comprehend because, mainly, it is suggesting that we do the impossible which is to transcend our species-specific world.  Of this species-specific world Donald Hoffman, Professor of Cognitive Science at University of California at Irvine, has this to say: "We must recognize that all of our perceptions of space, time and objects no more reflect reality than does our perception of a flat earth. It's not just this or that aspect of our perceptions that must be corrected, it is the entire framework of a space-time…
 
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • How to love: Legendary Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on mastering the art of “interbeing”

    Wildmind Meditation News
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:47 am
    Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindful Movements (DVD) Maria Popova, Brain Pickings: “To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.” What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it. And yet anyone who has ever taken this wholehearted leap of faith knows that love remains a mystery — perhaps the mystery of the human experience. Learning to meet this mystery with the full realness of our being — to show up for…
  • The progress question: like any artistic endeavor, meditation is a matter of practice

    Wildmind Meditation News
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:17 am
    Getting Unstuck: Breaking Your Habitual Patterns and Encountering Naked Reality, by Pema Chödrön (3 CD) Ken McLeod, Tricycle: “I’ve been meditating for some time, but my mind seems just as chaotic and confused as when I started. Am I doing something wrong?” Almost everyone who practices meditation has similar concerns, no matter how long they’ve been doing it—whether three weeks, three years, or three decades. When students confront me with the progress question, I just try to redirect their attention. I’ve found that the best thing is for them to just keep practicing. We call…
  • Sit Breathe Love: A 28-Day Meditation Challenge (Apr 1–28)

    Mark Tillotson
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Sit : Breathe : Love is a 28 Day Meditation Challenge with the aim of helping you to set up the habit of meditating daily. In the 28 Day Challenge we’ll teach you how to find a comfortable meditation posture (“Sit”); we’ll teach you how to calm your mind and settle agitated emotions by practicing the mindfulness of breathing (“Breathe”); and we’ll teach you how to appreciate yourself and others more through the practice of lovingkindness (“Love”). Hence, Sit : Breathe : Love”. It’s suitable for people of all levels of experience, including complete beginners. The…
  • How being mindful can benefit relationships

    Wildmind Meditation News
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Guided Mindfulness Meditation: A Complete Guided Mindfulness Meditation Program from Jon Kabat-Zinn Moeeow County Sentinal: A friend has become a big believer in the power of mindfulness. Recently she said she thinks it has helped improve her marriage. I thought mindfulness was really just a new word for meditation. How can it help with relationships with other people? While meditation can help a person develop mindfulness, the practice of being mindful is more than meditation. And some studies do suggest that mindfulness can help strengthen relationships. Jon Kabat-Zinn is known as the…
  • “Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.” Montaigne

    Bodhipaksa
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been depressed a few times in my life, but only once has it ever got so bad that I felt I had to seek medication. My doctor prescribed me something—I no longer remember what—and after taking just one tablet my depression instantly lifted. This was no miracle drug; these medicines take days or even weeks to have an effect. In fact the medication had nothing to do with my recovery, and the reason I felt better so quickly was, I think, because I admitted I was helpless. Michel de Montaigne, the famous 16th French essayist, said that although he was not able to govern external…
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    Daily Buddhism

  • Three Marks of Existence

    brian@brianschell.com
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    The Three Marks or The Three Basic Facts of Existence In Buddhism, the Three Marks of Existence are three characteristics shared by all sentient beings, namely impermanence (anicca), suffering or unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), and non-self (anatta). Annica – Impermanence – Nothing ever stays the same, and change is often painful in some way. You fall in love with your . . . → Read More: Three Marks of Existence
  • Impermanence – Not Even the Mountains?

    brian@brianschell.com
    16 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    Impermanence – Not Even the Mountains? A reader wrote: I’m a big fan of your Daily Buddhism blog and thought that you’d be interested in seeing this 8-minute film that I recently made about impermanence, “Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually.” The synergy of creative collaboration can result in magic beyond our . . . → Read More: Impermanence – Not Even the Mountains?
  • Raising Buddhist Children

    brian@brianschell.com
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
    A reader recently wrote: Hi Brian, Glad to see the blog posts are back up. I’m eagerly awaiting new podcasts. Wished your book was an audio book. I’m emailing today to ask: how do you raise my 5 year old buddhist? I think he’ll benefit tremendously from meditation and his mind hasn’t been packed with my family’s Catholic tradition. . . . → Read More: Raising Buddhist Children
  • Reality TV and the Fifth Precept

    brian@brianschell.com
    2 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    A reader wrote in: I just got through reading about the five precepts. Whew. There are some tough ideas in there to try to put into practice. If the idea of not watching my favorite reality television show causes me great suffering, shouldn’t I watch it? I say this half-joking. I don’t think that there is anything . . . → Read More: Reality TV and the Fifth Precept
  • Eat Your Vegetables!

    brian@brianschell.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Dear Brian,  I am thinking about converting into Buddhism. To me it just feels right. Although after listening to your introduction about the 5 Precepts, I find it hard to follow the 1st and the 5th.  I have been to Iraq and fortunately I wasn’t put in a position to take another person’s life. I don’t think that . . . → Read More: Eat Your Vegetables!
 
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    Stories of Human Potential Podcast

  • A Thousand Moments Later website

    Clarke Scott
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    My film A Thousand Moments Later has it’s own website now.   If you are signed up here you will not miss a thing over there. Or I will link to news and updates that we end up placing over at the website so do not worry too much. Counting down to production! Starting to get nervous.       © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: Film, News   
  • Portraits of Melbourne Project

    Clarke Scott
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I’ve started a new project. This one a photography project called, Portraits Of Melbourne. It is a social documentary project mostly. That is, photos of people in and around the great city of Melbourne, Australia. I have no plans for the project other than it is a place for my photography to live. Check it out! © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: Photography   
  • A Better Place Starts Here

    Clarke Scott
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    I’m not sure my art can change the world but I know it can change me. I’ve long struggled with what, and how, I can do in order to best serve. I’ve tried various things but today it became a little clearer as I sat silent in meditation that the best thing I can do for the world is to be a better person. Stop trying to change the world “for the better.” Simply change myself and the world will be better as a result. I’ve said this before — let your work be an expression of Bodhichitta. I’ve never felt this to be more true than I did today.   ©…
  • If not now then when?

    Clarke Scott
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    All my photography stuff such as the shots below lives over here now… Portraits of Melbourne. © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: Photography   
  • SOHP Episode 4 — Love is a choice

    Clarke Scott
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:52 pm
      Shownotes Love. What is Love? When we say, I love you? What does this mean? And how could it possibly be a choice? A Thousand Moments Later is a story about the development of such love. This is episode we go through the ideas in a document I sent the actors for my feature film debut. You can read the entire piece here – Into the Given Part 3 – a choice the premise.   Other Links My short film — If I Had Another Day   © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: Podcast   
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    The Endless Further

  • Bhavana: Development

    David
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Walpola Rahula (1907–1997) was a Sri Lankan Buddhist bhikkhu, scholar and writer. When he became the Professor of History and Religions at Northwestern University in 1964, he also became the first bhikkhu to hold a professorship in the West. His introduction to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught, is considered a modern Buddhist classic. In the book, Rahula writes, The word meditation is a very poor substitute for the original term bhavana, which means ‘culture’ or ‘development’, i.e., mental culture or mental development.” [1] I think Rhaula’s statement would also apply to the…
  • Joseph Campbell: Matters Fundamental to Ourselves

    David
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:12 am
    Today is the 111th anniversary of the birth of mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell. My thinking about Buddhism and religion in general was influenced greatly by his work. From Campbell, I learned that nearly all religious literature is pure mythology, and therefore, one should not take it literally. A simple idea, perhaps, but when you consider how many people in this modern age are literalists when it comes to religion and that they cause a lot of trouble for others because of it, you realize it is a great insight, and extraordinarily relevant. The title of one of his books,…
  • Insulting Buddhism

    David
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:14 am
    Several months ago I gave brief mention of a situation in Burma (Myanmar) where a bar manager from New Zealand and two Burmese nationals were facing four years in prison for “insulting Buddhism” with a promotional ad they posted on the bar’s Facebook page showing the Buddha wearing headphones. (See the offending image here.) Last week, a Burmese court sentenced bar manager Phil Blackwood, the bar’s Burmese owner Tun Thurein, and another manager Htut Ko Ko Lwina to 2½ years in prison with hard labor. When you consider all the stuff that gets posted on Facebook, an image of the Buddha…
  • Viewing Spring

    David
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    As I post this, spring arrived some 55 minutes ago, at 3:45 PDT. Already the work of spring “is going on with joyful enthusiasm,” to borrow from John Muir. Even here in Southern California, where it was summer all winter, just knowing that the season has turned is a psychological effect, making the heart feel much lighter, and brighter. Spring has always been particularly inspirational to poets. Today, I will share with you a spring poem by Tu Fu (Du Fu), one of the greatest of Chinese poets. He wrote the poem in 757, when he was captured by rebels during the An Lushan Rebellion…
  • Killer Country

    David
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    “Some people call me an idiot, but I know who I am. I am The Killer.” – Jerry Lee Lewis Last weekend I watched all six episodes of The Jinx, HBO’s documentary on millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst. No doubt, you’ve heard about this guy in recent days. He is a suspect in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen; in 2003, he was acquitted of murder charges in Texas, despite that he admitted dismembering the victim; and Saturday in New Orleans he was arrested in connection with the 2000 execution-style murder of his friend Susan Berman here in Los Angeles. It’s…
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • Changes at The Jizo Chronicles

    Maia
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:21 pm
      Dear friends, Over the past few months, I have been gradually bringing together material from all of my websites (this one, the Liberated Life Project, and Five Directions Consulting) into one new website, maiaduerr.com. This is in part to make my life easier and in part to more clearly communicate what I offer. What does this mean for The Jizo Chronicles? This website will continue to stay up, but I will no longer be posting new articles here and will not be sending messages out through this list. I encourage you to sign up for my main mailing list so I can let you know when…
  • Maia’s Feb 2015 e-letter

    Maia
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Temple door, Thailand / photo: Maia Duerr How to Find Your Hidden Treasure Over the last few years, I’ve been re-visiting my love affair with magic, only now I understand it in a new way.When I was a kid, I wanted to be a magician. My little friends often invited me to do magic tricks at their birthday parties; I even had an old, cast-off brown suitcase where I stashed all my magical accoutrements – the wand, scarves, cups and balls, a deck of cards, and much more! With a big black magic marker, I wrote on the outside of the suitcase: “The Great Duerrini.” Here’s what I believe:…
  • Waking Up to Your Life in 2015

    Maia
    3 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am
      Dear friend of the Jizo Chronicles, I wanted to let you know about a new program I’ve created that you may be interested in… “Waking Up to Your Life” will support you to establish or deepen a practice and learn how to apply that practice in a powerful way that helps you to have healthier relationships, more fulfilling work, and deeper engagement with our world. Katya Lesher and I will be your guides for this journey — both of us have many years of experience as meditation practitioners and we are deeply dedicated to supporting others to realize the many gifts…
  • Holiday Greetings from Maia

    Maia
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:07 am
    “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach…. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely… To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these — to be fierce and to show mercy toward others, both – are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity….Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the…
  • Which Side Are You On?

    Maia
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
      Justice is traditionally represented by the symbol of a scale, where the strengths of a case’s opposition and support are weighed out, ostensibly with impartial objectivity. This symbolism is noble but doesn’t take into account the often-unconscious biases that we carry into so many situations, the collective sum total of which amount to institutionalized racism, sexism, classism, and more. Even so, the scale is an important symbol that helps us to visualize countervailing energies. I believe that somewhere there is a metaphorical scale that is collecting the courageous responses…
 
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    Meditation Makes Sense

  • Our Forgotten Friend

    rogero
    22 Mar 2015 | 1:42 am
    “It is slavery to live in the mind unless it has become part of the body.” -Kahlil Gibran When I was in one of the temples doing Vipassana training in Thailand, there was a silent monk in the kute (hut) next to mine and I used to watch him. I always found that watching skilled […]
  • Becoming Mindful

    rogero
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
     “Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.”       […]
  • Free: A Most Inspiring Book

    rogero
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:23 pm
    When I went to Thailand in 2000 to do the first of many silent retreats to train in Vipassana meditation methods, I was awash with information – things I’d read, accounts of other people’s experiences, different methods and views. And all of it made a mess in my head, such that I had a lot of […]
  • Feeling Before Thinking – Always

    rogero
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    As much as I have covered this subject in numerous posts, I keep hearing meditators complain about thinking: ‘I cant stop thinking,’ seems to be the main complaint and obstacle in meditation. And its understandable. After all, in a culture such as ours in which we’re constantly encouraged to think from waking to sleep, in […]
  • Layers of the Onion

    rogero
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    Sometimes meditation can very confusing, even infuriating. Like any skill, as it develops you experience many apparent obstacles to your progress, each bringing new challenges. Each time you think you’ve got a handle on what you’re doing, a new problem seems to arise. And the mistake we can make at those ties is to think […]
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    Jay Forrest's Blog

  • 31 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am

    Jay N. Forrest
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    In a recent CNN article, Jerry DeWitt is quoted as saying, "Skepticism is my nature; Freethought is my methodology; Agnosticism is my conclusion; Atheism is my opinion; Humanism is my motivation."(1) Interesting, but philosophically inaccurate.Atheism is about belief, agnosticism is about knowledge. Atheism is not an opinion, it is a lack of belief, a conclusion based on the evaluation of the evidence. Atheism literally means "without Theism."Agnosticism is not a conclusion, for it is not a "reasoned deduction or inference."(2) It lacks evidence to come to a conclusion. It literally means…
  • Should I Capitalize Humanism?

    Jay N. Forrest
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:48 am
    I have noticed that there is no agreement of whether or not the word "humanism" should be capitalised. The answer is, it depends.If you are using the words Humanism or Humanist to refer to the secular worldview that promotes human well-being, or those who believe it, then it should be capitalized. Why? Because it is a proper noun and refers to a specific belief system.Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism are all capitalized, because they all refer to worldviews, even though the last two have no belief in God. Christian, Buddhist, Taoist are capitalized because they identify followers of those…
  • God Creates Evil

    Jay N. Forrest
    21 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    The Bible says that God creates evil. "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things" (Isaiah 45:7 KJV). This would seem to indicate that God is the creator of "all" manner of "evil."Maybe you would prefer the New International Version? Here God says, "I bring prosperity and create disaster." So the tsunami in 2004 that killed more than 250,000 people and left about 1.7 million homeless, was created by God. If the Bible is true, then he is the one who creates disaster.Or maybe you would prefer the New Living Translation. Here…
  • Presuppositional Apologetics

    Jay N. Forrest
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Apologetics is the “defense of Christian faith” by an apologist. As the evidence for God becomes harder to find, many theologians and apologists have jumped on the presuppositional bandwagon. This means that “The apologist presupposes the truth of Christianity and then reasons from that point.” And so they reject “the validity of traditional proofs for the existence of God.” In their view, objectivity is not hard, it’s impossible.I agree that objectivity is hard, but it’s not impossible. It happens in science all the time. In science you come up with a hypothesis, and then you…
  • The Ontological Argument

    Jay N. Forrest
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    The ontological argument is the argument that God exists by definition. Anselm defined God as ”a being than which nothing greater can be conceived,” and then argued that this being must exist in the mind. If the greatest possible being exists in the mind, it must also exist in reality.But this is mere wordplay. Just because I can conceive of the perfect wife, that doesn’t mean that she exists. It is merely an imaginary idea. But then why is God is not also just an imaginary idea. The fact is, you can’t create reality out of a conception. Existence is a property of objects, it is not a…
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • Showing up

    Dan Garner
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    When you find yourself lost, confused, or unsure of what to do...show up.  Be open to anything, be grateful, and see what happens.  Bet it turns out better than you expect.Zen Presense - Ideas for Meaningful Living
  • Wholesome - A Meditation

    Dan Garner
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    Abandon what is unwholesome, oh monks!One can abandon the unwholesome, oh monks!If it were not possible, I would not ask you to do so.If this abandoning of the unwholesome would bring harm and suffering,I would not ask you to abandon it.But as the abandoning of the unwholesome brings benefit and happiness,Therefore, I say, 'Abandon what is unwholesome!'Cultivate what is wholesome, oh monks.One can cultivate the wholesome.If it were not feasible,I would not ask you to do it.If this cultivation of the wholesome would bring harm and suffering,I would not ask you to cultivate it.But as the…
  • To Give a Damn or Not

    Dan Garner
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    In order to properly give a damn, about almost anything, it is necessary to not give a damn about other things, lest we find ourselves overwhelmed, unfocused, and not giving a damn about anything.Letting go of concern about what others think ,not giving a damn, leads to authenticity. Learning not to be sucked into drama allows us to focus on what really matters.I think that most of us avoid things that really matter to us because they are painful and hard to deal with.  We hide by spending our energy and pretending we give a damn about trivial things like who wins the BIG GAME or last…
  • The Mountain

    Dan Garner
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Today I watched a mountain. I watched it for hours. I watched the lighting change as the Sun moved across the sky. I watched as the background changed and clouds rolled by, Even the mountain changed, I'm sure, as the earth's crust moved and rock shifted from here to there. For hours I watched it change, but in the end it was still the mountain - standing there. Who are you? Not the clerk, the school teacher, the Mom or whatever job you do. Who is the you that could have been or has been any of these? The you that has always been? Do you know? Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
  • To Live

    Dan Garner
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Last night I had the opportunity to ride my bike under the stars, in a canyon, in a National Park, with a beautiful soul (my wife). I had the opportunity to look in wonder. I had the opportunity to feel big, to feel small. I had the opportunity to share this experience. I had the opportunity to live.Today I have the opportunity to be grateful, to smile, to breathe, to work, to help someone, to live, to...    I am alive. Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
 
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  • Foods That Provide a Natural Energy Boost Through the Day

    Tara Heath
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Side Note: I am pleased to share this guest post by Tara Heath, a talented journalist who loves to write about health in any shape or form. If you enjoy the post, please feel free to like and share! If you want to avoid those afternoon energy slumps at the office, take care to pack […]
  • How Setting Boundaries Can Help Achieve Mindfulness

    Michelle
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:35 am
    Most of us have been there – someone in your life asks you for a favor which you simply cannot do. Even if the favor is something you really don’t want to do, what happens? You do it anyway. When it comes to setting boundaries, it is a widely-known fact that people are viewed as cold or aloof. On the […]
  • Why It’s Important to Be Mindful – Even in Our Own Skin

    Michelle
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
      “Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”  ~ William Shakespeare Nowadays, when some speak of self-care, it is attained through various methods such as meditation, mindful breathing and other calming techniques. When we are not completely mindful of our whole body temple however, we ignore the ways of which we can nourish the outer […]
  • 3 Ways to Live Without Regret

    Michelle
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:38 am
       A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” John Barrymore In the last few weeks of my Mother’s life she was bed ridden and relied on an oxygen mask to breathe. It was not like her to ever be at the mercy of a hospital bed, but she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and I knew […]
  • 4 Tips on Taking Care of Your Anger

    Michelle
    1 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ll never forget the first time I was told I had “anger issues.” It was an unusually warm evening in New York when my brother and I walked into a crowded drug store. It was late December and I had succumbed to the flu. After four days of missing work I had to find something […]
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  • The Dalai Lama has a Simple Religion

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” - HH Dalai Lama XIV.This is such a beautifully put idea from the Dalai Lama. There's that sarcastic side of me that wants to question his sincerity as Tibetan Buddhism is probably one of the most esoteric and ritualistic of all schools of Buddhism, but I'll just leave that thought be, lol. But for myself personally, this really resonates with me. I've never been one for all the extravagance or "extras" that come with so…
  • Gongs! 13 Inch Gong

    28 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    "Gooonnnnngggggggggggggg." Sorry, couldn't help typing that one out. So you probably guessed it that I'm going to give a brief overview of our 13 inch gong today. It's a truly rustic and gorgeous antique-looking instrument hand-made and imported from Nepal. Made of bronze, the backside of the gong is plain, but the front-side that you hit has beautiful Tibetan styles adorning it. In terms of size, since this is a hand-crafted item we state that it's at least 13 inches in diameter, but could actually be upwards of 14 inches! If you order this instrument it comes with the leather strap already…
  • Wind Chimes! Small Rainbow Agate Quartz Wind Chimes

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    What is more beautiful than our blue or purple agate wind chimes? How about a set of wind chimes with an assortment of different colors like our Small Rainbow Agate Quartz Wind Chimes?! These seem to be the most popular of all our chimes, because c'mon... who doesn't love rainbows, right? But keep in mind too that each of these sets of chimes is hand-made and unique so they won't necessarily have all the same colors or shapes featured in the product image below (but it will be pretty close). The "small" sets of chimes are about 18 inches along and each quartz chime is 2.5 to 3 inches in…
  • Pema Chodron is like an Explorer

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what's out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it.” - Pema Chödrön.This quote applies to me in all sorts of ways, as I'm sure it does to yourself as well. I feel like there are so many things I want to do in this life, to achieve. Sometimes I jump in headfirst and find out that my "courage" wasn't quite there yet! But I don't see that as a failure, more like a "back to the drawing board" sort of scenario. A major example, and I know this might sound odd coming from someone running a website on meditation, is learning to…
  • Singing Bowls! 5.5 by 3 Inch Red Singing Bowl with an Endless Knot

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    When I first started SingingBowlZen.com, we had more traditional type singing bowls. But as the site began to grew and I received more customer feedback I realized that a lot of folks are looking for more colorful or illustrated bowls. So I started selling some of the more creative offerings and this 5.5 by 3 Inch Red Singing Bowl with an Endless Knot is one of the favorites. It's a smooth brass bowl made in India and holds a deep red finish with golden designs. The primary symbol depicted on this instrument is an endless knot. The endless knot is an important idea in Buddhism and is one of…
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