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  • Impermanence – Not Even the Mountains?

    Daily Buddhism
    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?
  • The failure to get behind consciousness

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
      It almost goes without saying this, but much of our present day science appears to be a mild to strong reaction against 19th century science claims which at one time were considered to be almost sacrosanct.  If Newton's clock work materialist world held sway over the hearts and minds of that era, today that materialist interpretation is fighting, arguably, trench a warfare battle against the science of Quantum Mechanics (QM) including recently, quantum consciousness (e.g., Orch-OR) and quantum biology.  This is just one example.  There are others such battles as…
  • The Visitor

    NYT > Buddhism
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In the dead of night, a professor confronts forces he can’t explain.
  • Why did Reddit really ban this Buddhist?

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    How does one manage to get banned, supposedly, from a very liberal Buddhist chat room on reddit?  It is not for the usual things such as the obvious TOS rule violations.  In my case, just recently, I was banned for defending Buddhist monks against pro-Muslim propaganda.   It seems that /r/buddhism is the special goto place if you have anything negative to say about Buddhist monks in Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and elsewhere.  A person with a bias can easily turn Buddhist monks into bad guys, and Muslims into the good guys, by posting news articles which only…
  • Step five – transforming our speech, actions and livelihood

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Vimalasara
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Anyone who has worked a set of steps either in the 12 step tradition or the 8 step model, will know how long it can take to complete a set of steps. There are places where people get stuck, or just drop out. This fith step transforming our speech, actions and livelihood, is one of those steps that can feel overwhelming. ‘What! I have to transform my livelihood? How will I earn my living?’ The reality is if we want change in our lives we do have to begin a moral inventory and reflect on our behaviours. We put speech first, because most people can relate to the fact that their…
 
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    The Zennist

  • Why did Reddit really ban this Buddhist?

    The Zennist
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:37 pm
    How does one manage to get banned, supposedly, from a very liberal Buddhist chat room on reddit?  It is not for the usual things such as the obvious TOS rule violations.  In my case, just recently, I was banned for defending Buddhist monks against pro-Muslim propaganda.   It seems that /r/buddhism is the special goto place if you have anything negative to say about Buddhist monks in Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Sri Lanka and elsewhere.  A person with a bias can easily turn Buddhist monks into bad guys, and Muslims into the good guys, by posting news articles which only…
  • Renunciation

    The Zennist
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:12 pm
    My growing dissatisfaction with my culture led me on a search for meaningfulness.  This is somewhat surprising as I look back to that period in my life.  Meaninglessness is just another word for nihilism.  I would include in this relative knowledge as well because in the final analysis relative knowledge is also meaningless.  Facing this is realizing that you are trapped.  And from Buddhism you learn that you are trapped in the all encompassing cycle of birth and death.   I was not taken in by youthful overconfidence as were most in my generation.  I…
  • The failure to get behind consciousness

    The Zennist
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:15 pm
      It almost goes without saying this, but much of our present day science appears to be a mild to strong reaction against 19th century science claims which at one time were considered to be almost sacrosanct.  If Newton's clock work materialist world held sway over the hearts and minds of that era, today that materialist interpretation is fighting, arguably, trench a warfare battle against the science of Quantum Mechanics (QM) including recently, quantum consciousness (e.g., Orch-OR) and quantum biology.  This is just one example.  There are others such battles as…
  • A satire on Buddhism? Yeah!

    The Zennist
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Yesterday, I imagined The Onion, which does news satire, doing a satire on Buddhism.  It would be about an upcoming conference for soul-denying Western Buddhists who are also interested in getting rid of the Buddhist tenets of rebirth and karma in an attempt to bring Buddhism into the 21st century.   The conference would also host Buddhists who are secular humanists, physicalists, anti-religionists, atheists, agnostics, anarchists, and nihilists.  The conference would be led by Stephen Batchelor and Sam Harris both of whom are persuaded that the Buddha is trapped in the…
  • Following sacred footsteps

    The Zennist
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Sometime around the late 1960s, my idea of Zen, or what I thought Zen should be, was an experiential encounter with the absolute, in this sense the 'sacred', by which I became transformed.  Said another way, Zen meant for me a "sacred encounter" with the absolute. As of 1969 the absolute had become pure Mind.  I had faith back then that gnosis of pure Mind was attainable which meant I had to follow its footsteps.  It sure was not going to follow mine. Let me pause here.  There is something I have to say about following these footsteps as compared with…
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • Step five – transforming our speech, actions and livelihood

    Vimalasara
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Anyone who has worked a set of steps either in the 12 step tradition or the 8 step model, will know how long it can take to complete a set of steps. There are places where people get stuck, or just drop out. This fith step transforming our speech, actions and livelihood, is one of those steps that can feel overwhelming. ‘What! I have to transform my livelihood? How will I earn my living?’ The reality is if we want change in our lives we do have to begin a moral inventory and reflect on our behaviours. We put speech first, because most people can relate to the fact that their…
  • All the benefits of meditation and mindfulness according to science

    Wildmind Meditation News
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Click here to check out our online meditation store Melanie Pinola, Lifehacker: Mindfulness and meditation offer a host of benefits that we’re still learning about via scientific studies. Information is Beautiful’s infographic below reveals the effects of meditation and mindfulness practices—from boosting concentration to making us more empathetic. The company took the results of over 75 studies and meta-studies and created this visualization. The larger the text, the stronger and more promising the evidence. As you can see, there are positive benefits across all aspects of our…
  • New beginnings

    Bodhipaksa
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:50 am
    There’s a 50/50 chance that you made some New Year resolutions a couple of months ago; there’s an even better chance that you’ve already abandoned them. Or perhaps you’re one of the people who never makes New Year resolutions because you’ve learned through experience that they’re forgotten almost as soon as they’re created. Whether we make resolutions or not, we see each new year as an opportunity for new beginnings: not just new years, but new months, new weeks, and new days. Our lives are full of new beginnings. But the most significant new…
  • How meditation can help you sleep better

    Wildmind Meditation News
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    Sleep Soundly – Guitar Music for Insomnia (CD) Esther Crain, Men’s Journal: Not being able to fall and stay asleep at night is frustrating, and there’s no shortage of remedies promising to score you the rest you crave, from sleep meds to eye masks and smartphone apps. But the real key to beating insomnia might be as simple as taking up a new trend in meditation. A recent study from JAMA Internal Medicine found that mindful meditation — the practice of being nonjudgmentally aware of the various thoughts streaming into your brain at any given time — successfully helped…
  • Lahiri lauds effects of meditation

    Wildmind Meditation News
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    Click here to check out our online meditation store SuperSport: A decade spent practising the art of meditation has played a fundamental role in transforming Anirban Lahiri from an also-ran golfer into a world-class performer, the Indian said. The 27-year-old has surged to 34th in the world rankings after winning two of the last three European Tour events, this month’s Malaysian Open and the Indian Open on Sunday. Both victories were close calls – Lahiri pipped Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger by one shot in Kuala Lumpur and overcame compatriot SSP Chawrasia in a playoff in New Delhi.
 
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    Daily Buddhism

  • 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!
  • The Five-Minute Buddhist Returns

    brian@brianschell.com
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    The Five-Minute Buddhist Returns Apply Buddhist Principles to Your Life   ISBN: 1507601573 ISBN-13: 978-1507601570   Buy now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords or Apple A jargon-free, plain-language introduction to the foundational ideas of Buddhism and real-world tips for practicing Buddhism while balancing life in the real, modern world. This follow-up to the immensely-popular “Five-Minute Buddhist” continues the tradition of easily-understood application . . . → Read More: The Five-Minute Buddhist Returns
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    Clarke Scott

  • If not now then when?

    Clarke Scott
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    © 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   
  • Into the Given Part 3 — A choice the premise

    Clarke Scott
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    As part of the pre-production process for my upcoming film, A Thousand Moments Later, I put together a document for the actors and crew to give them something to think over. The document contained some prose and some reference photos of key moments. What follows is part of that document. Part 1 — What’s needed is an experience Part 2 — Embracing Failure!   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 type of love is not what we normally think love…
  • Stories of Human Potential Podcast Episode 3 — Embracing Failure

    Clarke Scott
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Shownotes In this episode I talk about the motion of embracing failure. And how you can keep this attitude into your own life. Through Process. Patience. Trust. Persistence we can, in fact, push ourselves beyond what we think possible. Successful people embrace the possibility of failure for such people are not put off by long and difficult journeys towards understanding. They know it is a journey of discovery for both filmmaker and audience, and they lean on this process to get them through. In fact they are often inspired by such challenges and the patience needed to follow an unknown path.
  • Into the Given Part 2 — Embracing Failure

    Clarke Scott
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:04 pm
    As part of the pre-production process for my upcoming film, A Thousand Moments Later, I put together a document for the actors and crew to give them something to think over. The document contained some prose and some reference photos of key moments. What follows is part of that document. Part 1 — What’s needed is an experience Part 3 — A choice the premise EMBRACING FAILURE! For those aspiring to say something meaningful it can be easy to get caught in thoughts of whether a project will be understood. We carry expectations into our projects and as such it is easy to become…
 
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    The Endless Further

  • Attaining Buddhahood with this very body

    David
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Although there seems to be some debate as to whether or not Kukai (774-835), also known by his posthumous title Kobo Diashi, was ever ordained as a Buddhist priest or monk, there is no question that he is one of the most important figures in Japanese Buddhism. Kukai Kukai was so inspired by the Mahavairocana Sutra that in 804 he took advantage of an opportunity to go on a government-sponsored trip to China in order to learn more about the text. There he encountered the Chen-yen (“Mantra” or “True Word”) school, an esoteric from of Buddhism, and he became the student of two masters,…
  • Where The Mind is Without Fear: Denison, Nimoy, and Avijit Roy

    David
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:25 pm
    American Buddhist pioneer Ruth Denison has passed away at the age of 92. She suffered a massive stroke a few weeks ago and was in hospice care. Denison by Robert Beatty Ruth Schäfer was born in Germany, where she saw first hand the horror of the Nazis and then immediately after World War II suffered abuse from Russian soldiers in occupied Berlin. She soon left her homeland, came to America, and settled in Los Angeles. There she met Henry Dennison, an independently wealthy intellectual who stimulated an interest in Ruth for the burgeoning counter-culture and Eastern philosophy. Gatherings at…
  • Our Own Lives

    David
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:29 am
    I don’t know if you read Oliver Sacks’ op-ed last Thursday in the New York Times where he revealed that he has terminal liver cancer. The piece was of particular interest to me as someone who survived liver cancer via a liver transplant only 9 months ago and has lost 2 family members to the disease in the past 13 months. I think it should be of interest to everyone because we are all terminal. To paraphrase the title of a humorous and ironic song by Hank Williams Sr., none of us will get out of this world alive. Oliver Sacks by Elena Seibert I must confess that before this I was not…
  • Theories About Everything

    David
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    Young British actor Eddie Redmayne won an Best Actor Oscar last night for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the film The Theory of Everything. I haven’t seen it yet, but I figured that playing a guy with severe ALS required some acting chops, so I was not surprised that Redmayne won, he probably deserved it. Redmayne with Hawking The Theory of Everything was not the only biopic nominated this year. So was American Sniper, a film about Chris Kyle, an American sniper. Unlike Hawking, I do not have a theory of everything, but I have a theory about everything, (well, nearly everything) and…
  • God is Suffering

    David
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:50 am
    Suffering (dukkha) is a core concept in Buddhism that I have blogged about many times, almost always using words from Buddhist teachers past and present to support or amplify my comments. Today, I’ll start out with some words about suffering from a non-Buddhist source.  The following was written by American aid worker Kayla Mueller to her father on his birthday in 2011, some two years before terrorists captured her after leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Syria: Some people find God in church. Some people find God in nature. Some people find God in love . . . I find God in…
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • 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…
  • Maia’s Nov 2014 e-Letter

    Maia
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    As this month’s full moon shines down and illuminates the valley that is my home here in Santa Fe, I’m thinking about deep change and transformation. Over the past month, I’ve been supporting the 24 people who are going through “Fall in Love with Your Work.” One of the things I love about teaching this course is watching the transformations that unfold for participants on their way to create right livelihood. When I first created the course, I didn’t anticipate the deep levels of change that people would go through – not all of those changes directly related to their…
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    Meditation Makes Sense

  • 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 […]
  • Letting Go of the Void

    rogero
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:25 am
    MEDITATION QUESTION FROM AUDREY: I had only been meditating for a short while before I entered “the void”. I was meditating in my back yard one night and I guess you could say that I stumbled into it. ;) I didn’t have a moment of “ah ha” nor did I “scramble”. It felt like an […]
  • A Little More

    rogero
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I was looking through a meditation journal from one of my retreats in Thailand the other day and I found something that made me smile – a vibrant little note scrawled in my journal about something I’d realized – something important at the time, that had to be written down or my head would burst. […]
 
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    Jay Forrest's Blog

  • Are You Attacking Christianity?

    Jay N. Forrest
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:21 pm
    I said in my resent podcast, "We will take some time evaluating Christianity's claims and see if they stand up to the evidence." Whenever you question religious faith you are opening yourself up to criticism. Religious people cannot seem to tell the difference between evaluating and attacking. Faith is considered a hands off topic. But a faith that can't be tested, shouldn't be trusted.As I explain in the podcast, "In order to construct a new building, you must first remove the old one. Demolition is not enjoyable, but it is indispensable. You can’t build one building on top of another. And…
  • Lying for Jesus

    Jay N. Forrest
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    How do you respond to a story of a 6 year old boy's journey to heaven? The book was entitled, "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels, and Life Beyond This World." I was skeptical. I saw the book that at Walmart that supposedly retells his story. It became a best seller. People want to believe. But did the 6 year old actually die and go to heaven? No. The boy retracted his story and the book has been pulled. Why would a 6 year old lie? But he did. He finally told the truth - it was the right thing to do. Will Christians now question other accounts of going…
  • The Origins of Valentine's Day

    Jay N. Forrest
    14 Feb 2015 | 9:58 am
    St. Valentine's Day is the traditional lovers' day, and is celebrated on February 14th. This can be traced back to the pagan Lupercalia and the medieval belief that birds began mating at that time.(1) Charles Panati states it bluntly, "The Catholic Church's attempt to paper over a popular pagan fertility rite with the clubbing death and decapitation of one of its own martys is the origin of this lovers' holiday."(2)Lupercalia was an ancient Roman religious festival. Priests called Luperci, dressed in goat skins, sacrificed a goat to Faunas. This pagan deity was a rural Roman god who was…
  • Gospels Not Written by Eyewitness

    Jay N. Forrest
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Gospels are not reliable historical documents for a number of reasons. One reason is that they were not written by eyewitness. The Gospel of Mark is the oldest Gospel in the New Testament. Mark was not an apostle and not an eyewitness. The Gospel of Luke is said by tradition to be written by Luke, but many scholars doubts it. But even then, Luke was not an apostle nor an eyewitness.But what about the Gospel of Matthew? Remember that originally all four of the Gospels were anonymous. They were later assigned the names they now bear. But scholars have shown that the the Gospel of Matthew…
  • Mother Teresa's Doubts

    Jay N. Forrest
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    What if you spend your whole life serving God, were consider a saint in the flesh, and yet had that nagging feeling that this whole God thing was just an illusion.“They say people in hell suffer eternal pain because of the loss of God — they would go through all that suffering if they had just a little hope of possessing God. — In my soul I feel just that terrible pain of loss — of God not wanting me — of God not being God — of God not really existing (Jesus, please forgive my blasphemies — I have been told to write everything). That darkness that surrounds me on all sides—I…
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • 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
  • Worthiness

    Dan Garner
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Self worth - there's only one place you can get it.ZenPresence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
  • Pride and Pride

    Dan Garner
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:59 am
    When we speak of pride, there are two very distinct things we may be referring to; one is a wolf in sheep's clothing.True pride shines bright - I am proud of the job that I do, I'm proud of my son's performance last night, I am proud of ...Dark pride (shame) lurks beneath a false cover - I've got too much pride(SHAME) to ask for help, I've got too much pride to admit I was wrong. The problem is that shame thrives in the dark. Hiding behind false pride enables shame to grow like a dark fungus eating away at our soul. We wear our dark pride as tough exteriors, never exposing our wounds and…
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    Zen Beginnings

  • 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 […]
  • How Practicing Yoga Can Help With PTSD

    Michelle
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:41 am
    “My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.” – Steve Maraboli I have never been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress order or “PTSD,” but at times the symptoms have crept in—at times without notice. In 1987 a life-changing experience at home unfolded into an unforgettable time […]
  • Transforming Life After Loss (Free Online Course)

    Michelle
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    “Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place.” ― Sarah Dessen In November of 2011 I was blessed to have my story of grief featured in Tom Sweetman’s book, “From Grief to Greatness.” The book has helped thousands in their journey from […]
  • How to Believe and Trust In The Process

    Michelle
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:20 am
    Everyone possesses that innate aspiration to trust wholeheartedly in themselves, and without trust one cannot believe. One can wish for something to be so much different, but unprepared to accept it. No one is ever prepared to accept anything until they truly believe that they can obtain it. The mind must coincide with the heart to be in a state of […]
 
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    Singing Bowl Zen : Latest News

  • Alan Watts Wants to Know What Makes Him Tick

    2 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    “Every intelligent individual wants to know what makes him tick, and yet is at once fascinated and frustrated by the fact that oneself is the most difficult of all things to know.” - Alan Watts.It really is incredibly difficult to know oneself. I feel like I’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what makes me tick. Over the years I’ve gone through many transformations and begun and ditched countless hobbies and interests. And while I feel like I’ve figured out most of where joy comes from in life, I’m still somewhat perplexed by sorrow or depression. Now, of course in…
  • Gongs! 10 Inch Gong

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:44 am
    Sometimes when I tell people the type of products on SingingBowlZen.com, they've never heard of them. Singing bowls, tingsha, mala, etc... I just get confused looks; not when I say "Gong" though! So today I'd like to give you a short overview of our 10 inch Gong. Expertly crafted from bronze, this gong emits a low, epic sound. It includes the leather cord for hanging from a stand or just holding onto. We also throw in a free mallet too. So whether you want to use the gong to signal a meditation session, or for use in a classroom, and even just for home decor, our ten inch gong is just the…
  • Wind Chimes! Flower Bamboo Wind Chimes

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:39 am
    You know what I love about wind chimes? I love that they require nothing of you. They create beautiful tones all with the help of the wind. One of my personal favorites are the Flower Bamboo Wind Chimes that were hand made and imported from Bali. These bamboo chimes are about 38 inches long from the very top to the bottom. The bamboo pieces have each been adorned with gorgeous flower illustrations. But of course the most important aspect of these chimes in the natural wood block symphony that arises as a gentle breeze moves through them. Set them up in a window or patio and let the nature…
  • Jack Kornfield Looks at Himself Over and Over Again

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    “We must look at ourselves over and over again in order to learn to love, to discover what has kept our hearts closed, and what it means to allow our hearts to open.” - Jack Kornfield.I immediately thought of that first Shrek movie and he explaining how he has "layers" like an onion. It's kind of like that when you meditate you begin to peel back those layers. At first when you have some type of transformative epiphany you'll be real excited. But it doesn't have to end there. As Jack Kornfield is saying, we must look at ourselves over and over again. This must be an ongoing process of…
  • Singing Bowls! 10 inch by 6 inch Singing Bowl with 5 Dhyani Buddhas and Green Finish

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Not all singing bowls are created equal. The 10 inch by 6 inch Singing Bowl with 5 Dhyani Buddhas and Green Finish is especially unique because of its coloring and steep sides. It is a dark grey bowl with illustration finished in a natural green to give it an aged and subtle look. Upon the inside of the singing bowl is an embossed depiction of the 5 Dhyani Buddhas, quite beautiful. Another important point to note on this piece is that it's large! Ten inches wide by six inches tall to be exact and was imported from Nepal. And even though the shape is more reminiscent of Japanese singing bowls…
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  • 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.
  • Always Chasin’

    Tanya McGinnity
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:09 pm
    Funny how that thing we call samsara works. There’s always something better just over there. Just out of reach. Close. Then so far. Oh. It’s back. Damm. I don’t want it anymore and there’s something new. Razzle dazzle. Super shiny. I hate the old and want the new thing. Lost the new thing. Stuck craving that new thing again only to have an even newer, better thing enter my thoughts. Repeat again. It’s quite cyclical as we all know At least we semi-quasi-still-not-yet-enlightened, shit-stained, yet spotless Buddhas-in-training know this is part of the gig of being…
  • Random Linkage: Warm Hearts Edition

    Tanya McGinnity
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Sending over a little patch of sunlight your way given that much of the East Coast is about to be covered in snow Do stay safe and if you are so inclined, please donate to a local food bank to help lighten the load. It’s quiet around these parts. Doing a lot of self care and self work. Had a little bit of nice sangha/study news that made my day and am also looking forward to a teacher who is traveling to Montreal to teach a course I’ve been quite interested in. All in all, things are chip chip cheery. So much so that I haven’t yet dug out my new SAD-busting lamp to see if…
  • What I Read: “The Way of Tenderness: Awakening Through Race, Sexuality and Gender”

    Tanya McGinnity
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:39 pm
    This book by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is essential reading for all Buddhists. Essential. It is an honest account which examines the injustices of racism, sexism and gender-based oppression from the standpoint of a Buddhist who has experienced each throughout her life. I believe that all sanghas need to read this book in order to truly examine what it means to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment. Many personal anecdotes are cited within its pages and I was left feeling quite uncomfortable by many parts of the book where I was left feeling so terribly sad after reading about the…
  • New Book: Dhamma Aboard Evolution

    Tanya McGinnity
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I want to share some information on a free downloadable book that you may be interested in from well-known US Fulbright & Canadian Scholar Prof. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri. Titled “Dhamma Aboard Evolution- The Breakthrough Research on the Aggañña Sutta,” this book features research that demonstrates that this sutta is not ‘satire’ or ‘parody’ as characterized by many Western scholars, but rather one which outlines the Universe, and the evolution of human society. Here’s the abstract which provides even more detail: Dhamma Aboard Evolution seeks to establish that…
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