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  • Mindful Reading

    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
    Dan Garner
    15 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Lately I've read several interesting and helpful books that I thought I'd share with you.Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza is an interesting read.  He discusses his theories of how our consciousness interacts with the quantum possibilities in the universe to create reality.  He also provides several meditations to improve our awareness of our deeper selves.Jamie Smart's easy style makes for an enjoyable read in Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results.  Jamie's method is to declutter your mind,…
  • Mummy Displayed in Hungary Sets Chinese Villagers in Pursuit of Lost Icon

    NYT > Buddhism
    3 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A statue containing the ancient remains of a monk has been missing since 1995, and the people of Yangchun, believing it has been found, want it back.
  • No, Really, It's OK

    Progressive Buddhism
    23 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    "May all beings be happy May they be joyous and live in safety.... Standing or walking, sitting, or lying downDuring all one's waking hoursLet one practice The Way with gratitude"Not holding to fixed viewsEndowed with insightFreed from sense appetitesOne who achieves The WayWill be freed from the duality of birth and death"From the "Metta Sutta" or "Lovingkindness Meditation" as found in the San Francisco Zen Center's Chant Book It is said that Siddhartha Gautama's encounter with sickness, old age, death, and a begging monk led to his leaving home, searching for The Way from other…
  • What is Buddhism?

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    20 May 2015 | 8:21 pm
    The general question of, "What is Buddhism?" can be answered in a variety of ways from a simple dictionary definition, to a complicated historical one depending upon one's tastes.  There is, of course, a spiritual answer to the aforementioned question, one that is not often taken up, which goes in the direction of mysticism; which may even include such subjects as reincarnation and karma.  But for the purposes of this blog, I wish to define Buddhism in a profoundly mystical way which goes against the stream of current views which tend to be more or less…
  • Buddhists are pro-environment, pro-evolution

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Bodhipaksa
    22 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Josh Rosenau, evolutionary biologist and Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education downloaded the 2007 version of Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey and mapped the correlation between attitudes on the environment and attitudes on evolution. The result is the graph above. His blog post on this graph is here. In the original survey, people had been asked which of these statements they most agreed with: Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy; or Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. The second…
 
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • No, Really, It's OK

    23 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    "May all beings be happy May they be joyous and live in safety.... Standing or walking, sitting, or lying downDuring all one's waking hoursLet one practice The Way with gratitude"Not holding to fixed viewsEndowed with insightFreed from sense appetitesOne who achieves The WayWill be freed from the duality of birth and death"From the "Metta Sutta" or "Lovingkindness Meditation" as found in the San Francisco Zen Center's Chant Book It is said that Siddhartha Gautama's encounter with sickness, old age, death, and a begging monk led to his leaving home, searching for The Way from other…
  • Liberalism, Buddhism, the annoyance of other people

    18 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    This post is more than somewhat inspired by Average Buddhist's recent ProgBud post, "Faith, Buddhism and a Hurricane" and exists as a follow on to Denis Kurmanov's recent posts, "Politics" and De Profundis Inferni." In all three of these posts, the Buddhist writer expresses dissatisfaction with life and a sort of disappointment -- or, maybe, "anguish" is best -- in wrestling with the beast that Buddhism can be.A touchstone for me is my favorite description of the goal of Buddhist practice taken from an article written by B. Alan Wallace and Shauna L. Shapiro entitled, "Mental Balance and…
  • Faith, Buddhism and a Hurricane

    11 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    The Average Buddhist has been quiet for a while. Life intervenes. Blah, blah. Yes, I’m busy, but the truth is my silence has more to do with existential angst than with my “To Do” list. I’m suffering from a serious crisis of faith. It has been twenty years since my first crisis of faith catapulted me from the Episcopalianism of my childhood. Growing up I was very involved in the church. We attended every week and I served as an altar girl throughout middle and high school. It was gratifying and centering at the time to be so intimately involved in the liturgy. Then one day I was…
  • "Real" Buddhism: Book vs. Folk

    7 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    The following is a guest post from Eisel Mazard, a formidable self-taught scholar of numerous Buddhist languages, regions, and historical periods. Read more from his blog: a-bas-le-ciel.blogspot.ca/.I received a request to make expansions to an already-long article.  I tried to make these as brief as possible, and in now glancing at them in isolation (i.e., without the rest of the article surrounding them), they seem as if they might make sense juxtaposed in a single blog.How important is the example of Dharaṇi?  In North-Eastern Thailand, Hayashi Yukio observed the…
  • Politics

    4 May 2015 | 12:06 am
    Alas we have come to the time where political discussions begin and our true natures are exposed!I must first say that American politics confuses me to no end. I reject the idea of a two party system, it's atrocious. I do not, however, reject unity among people that is strong enough to potentially lead to a two party system? (Perhaps that's idealistic logic, but I'll give my naivety in this topic and the nation that I call home some benefit of the doubt.)In terms of economic affiliated terms such as "capitalist" and "socialist" I'd fit strongly with the latter. I do not believe that either of…
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    The Zennist

  • What is Buddhism?

    The Zennist
    20 May 2015 | 8:21 pm
    The general question of, "What is Buddhism?" can be answered in a variety of ways from a simple dictionary definition, to a complicated historical one depending upon one's tastes.  There is, of course, a spiritual answer to the aforementioned question, one that is not often taken up, which goes in the direction of mysticism; which may even include such subjects as reincarnation and karma.  But for the purposes of this blog, I wish to define Buddhism in a profoundly mystical way which goes against the stream of current views which tend to be more or less…
  • What Buddhism is really driving at

    The Zennist
    19 May 2015 | 9:16 pm
    While it seems to be the settled truth that Buddhist literature has established that there is no ātman, it remains only an opinion having almost no evidential basis.  What Buddhism is really driving at is don't mis-take the psychophysical organism to be your ātman. To do so is wrong. This is called the view that the five skandhas are the ātman, namely, satkāya-dṛṣṭi.  Consistently, the Buddha teaches his followers that every skandha from material shape to sensory consciousness is to be regarded this way: This is not mine, I am not this, this is not my ātman. …
  • Being deceived by appearances

    The Zennist
    18 May 2015 | 8:27 pm
    Appearances are themselves empty in the same way that appearances in a mirror have no reality apart from the mirror. Whether or not the mirror reflects things or is blank in a dark cave does not change its power.  We can think of mind to be like a mirror.  All that we see externally and within our being depends upon mind.  In themselves, things have no true, inherent existence.  There is no "table-ness," or "house-ness," for example. Even though there are countless appearances of things, they are, nevertheless, empty and illusory.  Like in a…
  • Beware of religious teachers most of them are all-too-human

    The Zennist
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Zen is not without its share of useful myths, hopefully, to inspire us to seek the truth. This might be challenged.  But I could argue that much of what we imagine Zen to be is certainly mythology, created in the Song dynasty which includes most of the classical Zen teachers being something akin to hagiographic fantasy characters.  It is only recently that much of Zen's popular history has been exposed to have been mainly a Song creation—still, a very useful one at that.  But such a well constructed myth will only take the individual so far. One joins in this myth when…
  • Nagarjuna's pedagogical problems

    The Zennist
    16 May 2015 | 9:22 pm
    When Nagarjuna tells us that there is not, essentially, any difference between samsara and nirvana or nirvana and samsara (MMK XXV.19), he opens the door to thinking that, maybe, there is no real difference between a common person and a Buddha, between pain and the end of pain, or a pure mind and a defiled mind.   Nagarjuna's statement doesn't fit well with the Pali Nikayas which dwell at length on the differences between samsara and nirvana.  E.g., samsara is always about the cycle of birth and death.  Nirvana is the end of this cycle. It is also about…
 
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • Buddhists are pro-environment, pro-evolution

    Bodhipaksa
    22 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Josh Rosenau, evolutionary biologist and Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education downloaded the 2007 version of Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey and mapped the correlation between attitudes on the environment and attitudes on evolution. The result is the graph above. His blog post on this graph is here. In the original survey, people had been asked which of these statements they most agreed with: Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy; or Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost. The second…
  • The power of presence: 3 simple ways to harness mindfulness

    Wildmind Meditation News
    22 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    Shakti Sutriasa, Huffington Post: We hear a lot about being mindful – not just within spiritual circles – but more and more in the work place. What exactly is mindfulness? Simply, mindfulness is awareness of the present or the ability to be present in all aspects of our lives. It’s a honing of the mind to focus on what is happening right now. Since the 1970s, there’s been a growing recognition and movement towards embracing mindfulness in the United States. This is due in large part to the many Buddhists teachers who have come here as well as the American practitioner…
  • How mindfulness can defeat racial bias

    Wildmind Meditation News
    20 May 2015 | 9:35 am
    Rhonda Magee, GGSC: When I was promoted to tenured full professor, the dean of my law school kindly had flowers sent to me at my home in Pacific Heights, an overpriced San Francisco neighborhood almost devoid of black residents. I opened the door to find a tall, young, African-American deliveryman who announced, “Delivery for Professor Magee.” I, a petite black woman, dressed for a simple Saturday spent in my own home, reached for the flowers saying, “I am Professor Magee.” The deliveryman looked down at the order and back up … Read the original article »
  • Meditation earning a place in health care

    Wildmind Meditation News
    19 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    David Stroud, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Tina Encheva is sitting in a chair in front of five women, all of them lying on their backs on top of spongy yoga mats. The women’s eyes are closed and their hands rest palms down just above their hearts. The hypnotic sounds of lilting flutes and humming Tibetan singing bowls are playing over a meditation tape, and Encheva’s delicate voice floats in and out like wind chimes tousled by a soft breeze. Encheva guides them through the relaxation of their … Read the original article »
  • An important appeal: please respond!

    Bodhipaksa
    19 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    The short version We need to raise $4,000 so that we can redesign our website, making it easier to use generally, and also making it much more accessible for users of mobile devices, such as smartphones. If you prefer to use Paypal (whether or not you have an account), you can click here and enter your chosen donation. If you want to use a credit card, you can click here, enter the amount you want to donate, and then click on “add to cart.” And lastly, checks can be mailed to: Wildmind, 55 Main St. Suite 315, Newmarket NH 03857, USA. The more detailed version We’re…
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    Clarke Scott

  • Into Post for Moments

    Clarke Scott
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Just wanted to update you on the progress of our little film, A Thousand Moments Later as the main chunk of principal photography is now complete, and I’m back at home beginning the larger task of sorting the footage and putting together an assembly cut from which I will begin to mold the piece into a proper movie—adding music, sound design, and of course, finessing the edit itself.   Here’s what has happened thus far:   We started in a little apartment owned by a friend to do the opening scenes when Gemma (Lily Hall) and Ryan (Chris Farrell) appear on screen together…
  • 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   
 
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    The Endless Further

  • Mischievous Blonde

    David
    20 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    The Dalai Lama is in trouble again. This time, in an interview from his home in India, commenting on the controversy over whether he will reincarnate or not, he sparked another controversy by saying if he does come back it might be as a “mischievous blonde woman.” But, he added, “then her face must be very attractive” or “nobody pay much attention”. Historically speaking, some blondes have been too mischievous. Some folks have jumped on this and now he being labeled a sexist. Two things people should know about the Dalai Lama: A) his command of the English language is not that…
  • The Meaning Lies in the Effort Itself

    David
    18 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    It seems that most folks took my Orson Welles story the other day good naturedly. He really did live for a while on Stanley Drive north of Hollywood Blvd, but I didn’t learn that until many years after he passed on.  When I thought about how I used to ride the bus right by there nearly every day, I engaged in some fantasying and Friday’s story was the end result. If anyone felt my deception bamboozled them unduly or unfairly, which I highly doubt, I apologize. It just seemed a very Wellesian way to celebrate the centennial of his birth. Today, another birthday: Zen pioneer Shunryu…
  • The day I met Orson Welles

    David
    15 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    This year is the centennial of Orson Welles; May 6th was the 100 anniversary of his birth. Welles was a great filmmaker and a colossal failure. He suffered from the curse of being his own worst enemy. He was one of those people who regularly shot himself in the foot. After 1938, when he succeeded in pulling off one of the greatest gags of all time, Welles seemed to have a compulsive need to push the envelope on all his projects, and more often than not he pushed the project into commercial and critical disaster.   Of course, nowadays, those disasters are considered the work of genius. I…
  • More Precious than a Wish-fulfilling Jewel

    David
    13 May 2015 | 12:44 am
    Chiron was a centaur, and if you know your Greek mythology, you’ll recall that centaurs are half-human, half-horse. Chiron, however, was a something special. He was extremely wise, and he was an immortal god to boot. One day he was accidently struck by Hercules’ arrow. The wound was so agonizingly painful, Chiron wanted to die. But he couldn’t, because he was immortal. One of the downsides to being a god, I guess. Eventually, he was able to renounce his immortality and before he went off to Elysium (the afterlife), he taught the art of medicine to man, and gods, including Askelpios, who…
  • Emptiness: The Insight of Equality

    David
    11 May 2015 | 8:28 am
    Those of you familiar with the Heart Sutra know that “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Form does not differ from emptiness; emptiness does not differ from form,” is the most important statement in the text. In one commentary I have on the sutra, an older one titled The Cave of Poison Grass, Seikan Hasegawa, a Rinzai Zen priest, explains the declaration this way: Sunyata [emptiness] is the beginningless beginning of the world which has two aspects: wisdom, which is emptiness, and love, which is form. Emptiness tells us the sameness, and form tells us the difference. The sameness sees…
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    Meditation Makes Sense

  • The Perils of Positive Thinking.

    rogero
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    Let’s get it out in the open at the outset. Positive thinking, either as affirmations or visualizations, doesn’t work. And worse than that, these strategies actually have the opposite effect for most of the people who use them. Ever since Norman Peale’s book, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ became a world best-seller in 1952, the […]
  • 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 […]
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    Jay Forrest

  • 004 Spirituality Without God

    Jay N. Forrest
    22 May 2015 | 2:34 am
    Can there be a spirituality without God? The Pew Research Center recent survey shows that those who claim none as their religion is fastest growing religious category. More and more people are calling themselves, “spiritual but not religious.” The word spirit simply means “breath.” Breath is something that is unseen but real. So the spiritual […]
  • God’s Logic and Ours

    Jay N. Forrest
    21 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    When you get a Christian into a corner they will often pull out the get out of jail card. In this case it is Isaiah 55:8, in which reads, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord” (NRSV) They take this to mean that logic doesn’t apply […]
  • Help! I’m An Atheist Pastor

    Jay N. Forrest
    20 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    There is a growing number of pastors who are losing their faith while still in the pulpit. They no longer believe in God, but still have to preach every Sunday morning. The struggle they endure is heart breaking. I left the ministry before becoming an atheist. I was lucky because I was bi-vocational most of […]
  • Spiritual but not Religious

    Jay N. Forrest
    18 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Spirituality is so tied to religion that people think that the two are interconnected. They are not. Spirituality is not about God, but about connecting with life. In the words of William R. Murry, we “tend to be open to the idea of spirituality in a naturalistic sense.” That is why Sam Harris has adopted […]
  • Something Greater than Us

    Jay N. Forrest
    15 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Some people believe in God because of a feeling of something greater than them. Is this something more, something greater, God? It is the common term for it, but it does not follow that it is God. The feeling has no content. We add the content by our worldview. As a Christian I called it […]
 
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • Enlightenment

    Dan Garner
    20 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    Enlightenment... what is it? What is it that we seek? Are we that seek it misfits , mal-contents that don't know how to just be? I've never been content with living life as I typically see it  lived - running on a treadmill to nowhere, working for the biggest home or the nicest toys. I've always searched for for the "meat" of life and what it really means. Buddha said "To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom…
  • Rainy Days and Headless Chickens

    Dan Garner
    16 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    It's raining and cold.  I chose to live here because I like it warm and dry.  It's Saturday and I'm working while my wife and granddaughter are at the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival ( in the rain.)The world doesn't know I prefer hot, dry weather.  The organizers of the festival didn't know I'd be scheduled to work.  I could take it personal and have a bad day.  Time to turn off my self centeredness.  Time to stop resisting things and enjoy the moment.  I've got Pandora tuned to my favorite jazz station.  The Grand Valley is draped in…
  • Mindful Reading

    Dan Garner
    15 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Lately I've read several interesting and helpful books that I thought I'd share with you.Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One by Dr. Joe Dispenza is an interesting read.  He discusses his theories of how our consciousness interacts with the quantum possibilities in the universe to create reality.  He also provides several meditations to improve our awareness of our deeper selves.Jamie Smart's easy style makes for an enjoyable read in Clarity: Clear Mind, Better Performance, Bigger Results.  Jamie's method is to declutter your mind,…
  • Don't Get Drunk and Chase Bears

    Dan Garner
    13 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    I truly believe in minimalism and simple living, not for it's own sake, but for the sake of happiness. When we complicate things life gets harder.  I also believe that much  of the wisdom we need to be happy and successful in life is very simple.  I firmly believe that if we followed the lessons we were presented as children we'd be fine.  Often the problem isn't knowing what to do, but doing it.  The problem is that we are human - imperfect beings with fear, emotion, and confusion.  Being mindful and centering ourselves can get us back to where we need…
  • Bigger - Why it Matters

    Dan Garner
    10 May 2015 | 5:52 pm
    “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”                                                                                                                                          …
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    Zen Beginnings

  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Ignore Perfection

    Michelle
    11 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    I was six years old when I first learned of astrological signs. I came across the horoscope section of the New York Daily News and the words, “If you are a Virgo, you are a perfectionist,” seemed to have leapt off the page. The message rang loud and clear, and wreaked of truth. Even as […]
  • How Mindfulness Can Be Achieved in Everyday Life (Interview)

    Michelle
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:25 am
    “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”  ~ Amit Ray  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Teddy Smith of WCRN Radio in Worcester, MA. While the topics we discussed varied from finding inner peace to following a path of minimalism, one […]
  • 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 […]
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    Singing Bowl Zen : Latest News

  • Thich Nhat Hanh Asks That You Drink Your Tea Slowly

    15 May 2015 | 12:42 pm
    “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.” - Thich Nhat Hanh.Could you imagine actually acting this out on some isolated mountain top? I think I'm going to add this to my list of things to do some day. The entry will read: Go camping somewhere with a wonderful view. In the morning, make tea, sit back, and slowly drink it and just take in all the world's natural beauty. Just reading this quote from Thich Nhat Hanh makes me feel so calm. I think that it's an important concept we need to…
  • Buddha Statues! 4.5 by 3.5 Inch Japanese Buddha Statue

    11 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Depending on the region of Asia you're in, you might find different prominent depictions of the Buddha. Some depict him as more life-like with details and highlights. Others portray as more minimalist, especially in Japan. So with introduction I'd like to talk a bit about our 4.5 by 3.5 Inch Japanese Buddha Statue. This is a real nice piece, not too big and not too small. It would look lovely mounted on your car's dashboard or maybe resting in front of a computer monitor; places that could use some mindful decor. This Buddha statue has a very dark red, almost black hue to it and slightly…
  • Singing Bowls! 4.5 by 2 Inch Tibet Singing Bowl

    7 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Of all the hundreds of items we currently sell on SingingBowlZen.com, the antique-style singing bowls are my favorites. They all have that minimalist, hand-beaten appeal to them and tend to ring the clearest and longest. When I use one, such as the 4.5 by 2 Inch Tibet Singing Bowl that I'd like to review, I feel like I'm in touch with Buddhist over the centuries who have used these instruments to better understand their own minds. This particular bowl is the perfect size to rest calmly on your balms or in your lap; very portable too. It's primary resonance sings in the key of "C" and it…
  • Alan Watts Imagines Waking Up

    2 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up... now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.” - Alan Watts.Some people really know how to break my brain; Alan Watts is one of them. Of course, none of us remember what is was like to be born. I'm sure through some crazy types of meditation or hypnotherapy there are folks who claim they can really re-experience it, but that's a rare few. So trying to imagine what that spark of consciousness must've been like is pretty impossible. I mean, it goes against the very notion of being aware.
  • Water Fountains! Happy Buddha Fountain with Light

    29 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Who doesn't love a relaxing water fountain, right? There are very few things as relaxing on a warm summer day than sitting by a water fountain outside and enjoying the fountain's cool mist wash over while taking in the thundering, yet zen-like, splash of the water falling. Wouldn't it be nice to have a little slice of this on your nightstand or sitting on your desk at work?! Well (kind of) is! Our Happy Buddha Fountain with LED Light is pleasant to look upon and helps create a mindful environment through the gentle bubbling of water cascading down. This high quality meditation water fountain…
 
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    Full Contact Enlightenment

  • A break from book reviewing

    Tanya McGinnity
    11 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I’m reading more than ever, but not the kind of books I’ve been traditionally spending time with. For a while I was spending time reading and commenting on the latest Buddhist reads circling around the publishing world. It was enjoyable and I was able to satisfy my love of reading this way. Then some realizations started to hit me. Am I reading books that fulfill me? What is my intention or purpose in reading/reviewing so many books? Is this a goal-oriented behavior at play? So I’m now letting go. A digital pile has started of books that I won’t be reviewing. I’m…
  • Swift Journey Bob

    Tanya McGinnity
    25 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    For 14 years I had this beautiful guy by my side. My right side mainly. He slept on my right side. He sat on my right side. He passed away on Monday after declining health due to old age. I am saddened to the core. My house is empty. His sounds are no longer present. Memories arise from seeing his socks, his leash, tufts of his fur. Choked by the sadness of missing him. Comforted in knowing he had a full and beautiful life. It’s a big roller coaster of emotion. Seeing the nature of impermanence when you lose your best friend to old age and sickness. Touching in on the suffering that I…
  • Living the Heart of Wisdom: Montreal

    Tanya McGinnity
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
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  • Random Linkage: Where’d You Go?

    Tanya McGinnity
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:56 am
    It’s been a while friends. You’re used to my spotty updates by now. That’s why we’re friends Where’d I go? Well I’ve been facing demons, fighting devils, tickling pugs, chasing rainbows, delivering some self compassion and pretty much re-emerging from the winter (with the realization that I’ve been hibernating for a few years). Some seriously profound things going on in this little human being and I’m hoping you’re feeling the same. Maybe it’s a collective lifting from some wacko planetary influences or some kind of sea change that…
  • Say Maybe to That Dress

    Tanya McGinnity
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Unless you’ve been dwelling in a cave, you’ve been experience the global fascination with The Dress. Thursday night before bed, I showed the photo of the dress to my poor, long suffering husband (he’s used to being subjected to a barrage of cute animal videos, deep philosophical ruminations, State of the Union Addresses on the current behaviour of our two pugs and a myriad of other complaints, quirky thoughts or passing fancies). “It’s white and gold. How are people saying it’s black and blue?” I huffed to him while sticking my ipad in his tired face.
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