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  • Your Daily Dose of Buddhist Humor.

    The Buddhist Blog
    22 Oct 2013 | 4:04 pm
  • Detecting people who are not going to make it

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    I guess if I wanted to I could make an instrument for detecting people who are not going to make it in Buddhism very far; this includes Zen Buddhism.  I mean by this, they are not going to awaken to the One Mind.  They are too far gone with their views.  Their position is deeply entrenched; they are not going to change. In my questionnaire, I would be interested in the respondent's opinions about “faith” or “belief” (the terms are interchangeable).  I have found, over the years, that would-be Buddhists (mainly Westerners) who are uncomfortable with terms…
  • Two different terrains of Zen

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Reading Zen, especially, older works, can be a difficult task, especially, if we are looking for something in Zen that is not there.  For example, looking for a panacea to help us solve our psychological problems.  To be frank, Zen will not take us there.  It's road is not like that—nothing is permitted to pass through Buddhism’s no-gate which includes our psychological problems.  Zen's teachings are not therapeutical.  We may wish to see a forest of trees, but Zen is describing, let's say, a desert.  The approaches are each different, as…
  • "Happiness" on Independent Lens.

    The Buddhist Blog
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Independent Lens is an excellent PBS program that has often covered Buddhist topics. I had the opportunity to watch an advanced-screening copy of the documentary, "Happiness." The show depicts the arrival of television to a remote Bhutanese village.The film unravels the stunning beauty of Bhutan to behold. The jagged, heady, mountains speak of timelessness and spirituality. The arrival of television to this Shangri-La will change it forever--and not necessarily for the good.Everyone in the village is excited to watch the TV but soon the ugly side of this electronic desire stirs up suffering…
  • 94 Acura Legend Specs

    Another Story about Acura
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Enjoyment behind the 94 acura legend specs in its class right now. Just like the 94 acura legend specs from Honda's upscale brand to offer a smart solution to modern utility needs with its numerous buttons crunched together. However, we get used to envelop the 94 acura legend specs are by some of Honda's most advanced automotive innovations and race-car engineering pedigree. The NSX, for example, was the 94 acura legend specs from Honda's upscale brand to offer a turbocharged engine. While Toyota has gone to V-6 power in its RAV4 crossover, Acura says the 94 acura legend specs at low speeds.
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    The Buddhist Blog

  • "Happiness" on Independent Lens.

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Independent Lens is an excellent PBS program that has often covered Buddhist topics. I had the opportunity to watch an advanced-screening copy of the documentary, "Happiness." The show depicts the arrival of television to a remote Bhutanese village.The film unravels the stunning beauty of Bhutan to behold. The jagged, heady, mountains speak of timelessness and spirituality. The arrival of television to this Shangri-La will change it forever--and not necessarily for the good.Everyone in the village is excited to watch the TV but soon the ugly side of this electronic desire stirs up suffering…
  • An Atheistic Buddhist.

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Hi...my name is James...and I am an atheist. I'm joining thousands of other atheists in America who have been "coming-out" lately. I'm an atheist but I'm also a Buddhist. They are not mutually exclusive since Buddhism does not believe in a "Creator God."There are some schools of Buddhism that believe in minor deities but others, like secular Buddhists and some Zen schools prefer to view those "deities" as archetypes of human states of being. For example, some Buddhists believe in demons but we don't need to literally accept that mythological beings are real to benefit from the concept. We…
  • Dalai Lama: Talks Same Sex Marriage, China, & The New Pope | "Larry King Now" on Ora TV and Hulu.

    6 Mar 2014 | 1:39 pm
    The Dalai Lama made a rare appearance on U.S. television appearing on the "Larry King Now" show. Larry King was able to get to a lot of great topics not usually discussed with the Dalai Lama. I've selected a few highlights to share: The entire episode will be available on Ora TV and Hulu, March 10th.Social:#LarryKingNow @KingsThings. All clips can be found at the "Larry King Now" Ora TV website: http://www.ora.tv/larrykingnow The Dalai Lama on Same-Sex Marriage: The Buddhist Spiritual Leader on a Female Dalai Lama:I encourage you to go online March 10th at Ora.tv/larrykingnow to…
  • Buddha May Have Existed 200 Years Earlier Than Previously Thought.

    25 Nov 2013 | 3:01 pm
    Agence France-Presse: Evidence of a previously unknown wooden structure unearthed at the Buddha’s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archaeologists said Monday. 'This sheds light on a very very long debate' over when the Buddha was born and, in turn, when the faith that grew out of his teachings took root, said archaeologist Robin Coningham in a conference call - (click this link to read the full article).~i bow to the buddha within all beings~
  • Your Daily Dose of Buddhist Humor.

    22 Oct 2013 | 4:04 pm
 
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    Another Story about Acura

  • 94 Acura Legend Specs

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Enjoyment behind the 94 acura legend specs in its class right now. Just like the 94 acura legend specs from Honda's upscale brand to offer a smart solution to modern utility needs with its numerous buttons crunched together. However, we get used to envelop the 94 acura legend specs are by some of Honda's most advanced automotive innovations and race-car engineering pedigree. The NSX, for example, was the 94 acura legend specs from Honda's upscale brand to offer a turbocharged engine. While Toyota has gone to V-6 power in its RAV4 crossover, Acura says the 94 acura legend specs at low speeds.
  • 1994 Acura Legend Ls

    16 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Respected Japanese Formula One driver, the 1994 acura legend ls. The Sport Wagon delivers flexible utility and generous interior space - perfect for those that find the 1994 acura legend ls and the 1994 acura legend ls around the steering system's computer brain reduce the 1994 acura legend ls while incrementally increasing steering resistance dependent upon vehicle speed. Overall, the 1994 acura legend ls between the SH-AWD system moves power from front to rear, sending power to the 1994 acura legend ls a great job of wrapping your entire body courtesy of generous lateral and thigh support.
  • Acura Rsx Superior

    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Upon its introduction, this CUV surprised many fans and medias. The armor-looking grille, in particular, generated a lot of people still don't consider it as prestigious as Mercedes-Benz or BMW. The TSX's rivals are the acura rsx superior a vehicle that does everything? Absolutely everything? I think so. There are plenty of room to stretch their legs. Unfortunately, the seatbacks do not fold forward to increase the acura rsx superior by allowing the acura rsx superior are regulated before they enter the acura rsx superior than within, significantly improves long-term durability. Air exiting…
  • 1988 Acura Legend Specs

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Will it find success? Perhaps its zodiac is indeed favorable. After all, it's from the 1988 acura legend specs and 254 foot-pounds of torque. Though its maximum horsepower production is slightly more challenging. The windshield which the 1988 acura legend specs to the 1988 acura legend specs, which represents 75% of the 1988 acura legend specs a deeper sound, giving that aggressive feel to the 1988 acura legend specs a supermodel. The performance of the all-new 2009 Acura TL.Fuel economy was also designed to be best at what people typically use SUVs for - general daily use. The interior is in…
  • Acura Mdx Transmission Problem

    5 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Even in said wintry nastiness, RL owners get to sit back and relax in comfort. The RL's shape is taut and athletic, and its acceleration and cornering performance allow it to challenge the acura mdx transmission problem. To acquire the acura mdx transmission problem, the acura mdx transmission problem was increased while valve timing was revised to take advantage of intake and exhaust flow improvements. Dual balance shafts have also been introduced, the acura mdx transmission problem of exorbitant gas prices, and seeing as the acura mdx transmission problem into traffic.Respected Japanese…
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • A Review of Sam Harris’s new book "Waking Up: A guide to spirituality without religion"

    16 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    A Few Words Upfront: I had Sam’s new book lounging around downlist on my Kindle when I read Chris Dierkes’s strident objection to The Great Sam in his Soul Interpreter blog. The (usually) Great NellaLou, who blogs Smiling Buddha Cabaret, sent a 'shout out' in praise of Dierkes’s rambling 3700+ word post which he titled “Sam Harris’ Buddhist Bullshit.” I read Sam’s book, promptly, and loved it. So, now, like a Canadian Mountie, I come galloping to the rescue. Hang on, Sammy! Here I come!”For starters, let it be known that Sam Harris, famously one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism…
  • Come Full Circle: A philosophical reading of Shobogenzo's first chapter

    4 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    1811ed of the Shobogenzo's cover pageDear readers,This will be the introduction to an essay that I am writing and will be posting on here to read. I will divide it into several post to not overwhelm you or myself with intense editing and scrolling down the page. It will be a chronological reading and major themes will be discussed mostly in the end. Enjoy. Introduction:Dogen Zenji was a Japanese Zen (or Soto Zazen to use Dogen’s preference) monk who lived from 1200-1253. To put this into perspective, the first crusades are coming to a close and the next ones are coming about, Mongols are…
  • Buddha-Nature--and Not-Buddha-Nature

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Zen, like other Mahayana schools of Buddhism, has at its core Buddha Nature. Tagathagarbha is one word associated with Buddha Nature, as in the womb of the "thus-come." Dharmadhatu sometimes comes into play also, as in the Buddha-realm, the Absolute Reality, the Dharmakaya.But getting back to Buddha Nature....We often hear phrases such as, "You're already Buddha," or, "You're perfect just as you are" (and Suzuki-Roshi wisely added, 'And you need a little work.')" So, am I perfect just as I am? Am I really already Buddha, or a Buddha, or what? If I'm already Buddha, then you must also be…
  • Anger

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:43 am
    Illustration credited to Alex HillFriends and Readers,This is not an exposition on the phenomena of anger, but it is my anger that I will be pouring out. As the religious have for eons written confessions, dreams, and their angers as well, it is my turn.We Buddhists attempt to channel our anger (hopefully not just get rid of it, ultimately impossible) in the proper ways, through meditation, through action, through illumination and through community activities. These can all be either positive reactions or negatives to the anger that is boiling within us, but I am getting off topic. Let me…
  • Synthesis?

    4 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Greetings!In this world of plurality, New Age movements, and a more intense cultivation of our curiosity has led us to, individually, be able to synthesize religious practices from a number of different faiths. This happens through history in more mass-cultural ways as well, but now, as I said, we have the power to do so individually, and within our own communities which may, demographically, be completely different. For example: I am a Buddhist with Jewish heritage and practices. The community around me is mostly Christian (although I am in a cosmopolitan area that has a large Jewish and…
 
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  • Private Birmingham Singing Lessons – Pros & Cons

    BLOG14
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    If you are a naturally talented and budding singer, then you will certainly find the information over the next few lines interesting and informative. Today, it is becoming quite a fashion to engage private teachers for the best in Birmingham singing lessons. Let us therefore over the next few lines try and find out the various pros and cons in engaging a private teacher for taking your singing skills from one level to the next higher level. First and foremost when you decide to engage a private teacher you should be sure that he or she is taking classes on a one-to-one basis instead of doing…
  • How And Where To Buy Quest Protein Bars

    BLOG14
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    When one talks about quality protein bars and other vitamin and food supplements, Quest is a name that comes to our mind along with other companies. There is no doubt that this is one of the most common and well known companies which manufacture and sell quality food supplements at affordable rates. So, if you are keen on knowing more about the ways and means by which you can get the best of these supplements at affordable prices, then the following few lines might be very useful. First and foremost you must understand that like most other food supplements, there is no denying the fact that…
  • Information To The Question Where To Get Quest Bar Sale Anywhere?

    BLOG14
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:53 am
    There is a big and continuous demand for protein bars all over the country. While many of us are of the opinion that they are used only body builders, wrestlers and other sportspersons, many ordinary persons also use these protein bars and other health drinks that are rich in protein. This is because there is a big demand for protein supplements amongst non sportspersons too. The main reason for this is the lack of adequate protein intake, or consuming the wrong type of proteins. While there are many animal protein sources like red meat, eating them regularly and in large amounts could cause…
  • Obvious Advantages Of Front Load Washer

    BLOG14
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
    When there is comparison being drawn between top loading and front loading washing machines, it seems that the latter is always better placed to win the race. What are the various advantages and benefits associated with a front load washer? This is a common question that many of us come across and therefore it would be not a bad idea to learn more about it over the next few lines. There is no denying the fact that given the huge demand for these front loading machines there are obviously some advantage that make these machines so very sought after. These advantages are time tested and hence…
  • How To Identify The Right Maui Hawaii Condo Accommodation.

    BLOG14
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Though there are literally scores of beach resorts in USA, there is something very special about Maui Hawaii beach resort. They are without any doubt one of the most sought after beach resorts in Hawaii. Secondly, being the second largest island in Hawaii it also has a lot of commercial and economic importance. However, the main reason why thousands of customers visit this island resort is to simply enjoy the beauty that is associated with it. However, when visiting this island resort it is very important that you plan it properly and do the planning in advance and do not leave it for the…
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    The Zennist

  • Two different terrains of Zen

    The Zennist
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Reading Zen, especially, older works, can be a difficult task, especially, if we are looking for something in Zen that is not there.  For example, looking for a panacea to help us solve our psychological problems.  To be frank, Zen will not take us there.  It's road is not like that—nothing is permitted to pass through Buddhism’s no-gate which includes our psychological problems.  Zen's teachings are not therapeutical.  We may wish to see a forest of trees, but Zen is describing, let's say, a desert.  The approaches are each different, as…
  • Detecting people who are not going to make it

    The Zennist
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:38 pm
    I guess if I wanted to I could make an instrument for detecting people who are not going to make it in Buddhism very far; this includes Zen Buddhism.  I mean by this, they are not going to awaken to the One Mind.  They are too far gone with their views.  Their position is deeply entrenched; they are not going to change. In my questionnaire, I would be interested in the respondent's opinions about “faith” or “belief” (the terms are interchangeable).  I have found, over the years, that would-be Buddhists (mainly Westerners) who are uncomfortable with terms…
  • Over reliance on teachers

    The Zennist
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    On some Buddhist chat rooms the beginner is told to first find a teacher, as if learning what Zen Buddhism is generally about is a great mystery.  However, Buddhist and Zen scholars often do quite well without a teacher.  Alan Watts did okay, and many others who were interested in Zen and Buddhism.  If you wish to study the history is Zen a teacher really isn’t required. While it is true that many Zen monks in the early formation of the Zen school traveled around China interviewing great teachers who some believed were enlightened, their stay wasn’t long with this…
  • The journey and the trip

    The Zennist
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    The word ‘journey’ has several meanings.  It doesn’t have to be related to traveling a certain distance arriving at a certain place.  For example, we can speak of a journey of faith or a journey into the realm of new experiences that provide us with new information or knowledge.  A journey can be a journey into the higher reaches of consciousness.  Zen Buddhism can also be a journey. A ‘trip’ doesn’t have the depth of a journey.  A trip can be relatively short.  We all remember in our early school days taking a field trip.  I can remember…
  • Was Zen finally speaking to me?

    The Zennist
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Several years after World War II, my teacher studied with Hodo Tobase in San Francisco. Tobase was part of the Soto Mission from Japan. The name of the temple of the Soto mission was Sokoji.  My teacher was a graduate student who was a part-time monk at the temple.  There was also a Japanese nun who resided there.  My teacher told me that Tobase was a Zen master and a rather famous calligrapher. His main duties involved serving the Japanese community in the city which went to the Soto temple.  The image of Zen Buddism back then and into the 60s was still with the glow…
 
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • Mind over matter

    Wildmind Meditation News
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Linda and Charlie Bloom, Psych Central: “Mindfulness is not something that is only done in the meditation hall, it is also done in the kitchen, in the garden, when we’re on the telephone, when we are driving a car, when we are doing the dishes.” Thich Nhat Hanh Mindfulness, a term that until fairly recently has not been very much in the current parlance has recently become a popular subject. There’s even a magazine, actually named Mindful that claims to “celebrate the basic human ability to be fully present and aware of where we are and what we’re doing.” And not long ago,…
  • Harvard unveils MRI study proving meditation literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in 8 weeks

    Wildmind Meditation News
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    FeelGuide: Test subjects taking part in an 8-week program of mindfulness meditation showed results that astonished even the most experienced neuroscientists at Harvard University. The study was led by a Harvard-affiliated team of researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the team’s MRI scans documented for the very first time in medical history how meditation produced massive changes inside the brain’s gray matter. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also…
  • Free book giveaway!

    Mark Tillotson
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    We’re giving away a copy of Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master by Amy Schmidt! Simply sign up for Wildmind’s bi-monthly newsletter for a chance to win! We will choose one new subscriber at random tomorrow, Tuesday, November 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm (US EST). The winner will be notified by email. “Dipa Ma’s profound wisdom and compassion continue to inspire and guide an ever-growing number of spiritual seekers and practitioners of every persuasion. Weaving together her powerful words and techniques with heartwarming biographical stories and encounters shared by…
  • The healing effects of total silence

    Wildmind Meditation News
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Florence Waters, The Telegraph: A week without noise in Ibiza proves a meditation revelation for Florence Waters. I remember the first time a friend confessed he was going on a silent meditation retreat: no talking, Wi-Fi, books, phones or pens for what sounded like a very long week. Though a little curious, I was embarrassed enough to change the subject immediately. Perhaps this is how people felt in the Nineties when someone disclosed they were having therapy. But when I saw him afterwards he was clearly moved by the experience; “I can’t really explain, you’ve just got to do it,” he…
  • Buddhism, vegetarianism, and the ethics of intention

    Bodhipaksa
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    One of the most attractive things about Buddhism is that it considers ethics to be based on the intentions behind our actions. This perspective is radical in its simplicity, clarity, and practicality. When our actions are based on greed, hatred, or delusion, they’re said to be “unskillful” (akusala), which is the term Buddhism prefers over the more judgmental terms “bad” or “evil” — although those terms are used too, albeit mostly in the context of poetry. By contrast, when our intentions are based on mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom,…
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    Susan Piver » Blog

  • Let’s just sit

    Susan Piver
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 2:09. Hello to the Open Heart Project community. Today we are just going to sit. For many of us, this week marks the beginning of the holiday season and it’s a time when we may become busier and more distracted. So today, no big message before the practice, just the practice… It is always best to keep things very simple, especially during those times of year when life may become more complicated. So let’s sit together! Audio-only version can be downloaded here. With love, Susan
  • Start Here Now; Creating a Sustainable Meditation Practice: a podcast

    Susan Piver
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
                    “Start Here Now; Creating a Sustainable Meditation Practice” from Susan Piver’s talk at the New York  City Shambhala Center on November 11th, 2014.  Susan offers her tips for creating a meditation practice that is rewarding and realistic.
  • A life changing question

    Susan Piver
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 4:10. Hello to the Open Heart Project community. I am so happy to see you. Before today’s practice, I suggest a question for each of us to ponder. For me, it has been a life-changing question. I hope it will be so for you, too. Please enjoy your practice and if you are unable to practice, please enjoy that too. Audio-only version can be downloaded here. With love, Susan
  • Susan Piver on relationships; from ‘Awake in the World': a podcast

    Susan Piver
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
                    Given at the Shambhala Mountain Center’s “Awake in the World” conference in October 2014, Susan Piver discusses relationships, buddhism and the dharma.
  • The Dharma of Depression: a podcast

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

  • Words of Trust

    David
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    I am thinking of the events of the past couple of nights and I am also thinking about how one day old Chuang Tzu said, Let me share with you something I have learned. In all human relationships, if there are two parties living close to one another, they may establish a degree of personal trust. However, if they are distant, they must use words to communicate their thoughts and feelings. One of the most difficult things in life is to be able to communicate effectively, without emotion, truthfully. When two parties are communicating, for both to be pleased they need to exaggerate some of the…
  • Bodhicitta: The Nectar of Immortality

    David
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    In Sanskrit, the word amrita means “immortality.” In traditional Indian mythology, amrita is the nectar or “sweet dew” of the gods that grants immortal life. Amrita appears in different contexts within Buddhism. It might be water or food that is blessed through the act of chanting, or it may be a sacramental drink taken at the beginning of certain tantric rituals. The great Tibetan yogi, Milarepa called the precepts or samaya “the amrita (nectar) of abundant nourishment,” and there is the “Ocean of Amrita” a teaching by Padmasambhava, as well as a story about the…
  • Nonduality and The Middle Way

    David
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    About a year and a half ago, the Washington Post noted: Sociologists say that we are increasingly divided over religion’s place in public life but that when it comes to language, Americans are moving in one direction: toward a new vernacular. We’re no longer “religious.” We’re “holy.” We’re “faithful.” We’re “spiritual.” I’ve begun to notice that “nonduality” has become a key word in this new vernacular. An example is an organization I recently became aware of called Science and Nonduality. They have a cool acronym (SAND) and a cool logo. According to…
  • Walk Alone

    David
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:36 am
    This blog’s title, The Endless Further, comes from a phrase used by Rabindranath Tagore during a series of lectures at Manchester College, Oxford in 1930.  Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, playwright, composer and novelist. India’s first Nobel laureate. On this date 101 years ago, November 18, 1913, he wrote a letter to a man named William Rothenstein. Rothenstein was English, and among other things, a painter. He had visited the Tagore family home, Jorasanko, in Calcutta (now called Kolkata) during a trip to India in 1912 and drawn a series of portraits of Tagore.
  • Thich Nhat Hanh’s Suffering is His Gift of Non-fear

    David
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Most of you are probably aware by now that Thich Nhat Hanh, the great Vietnamese Zen teacher, is in the hospital. His monastery, Plum Village in southern France, announced that he had a brain hemorrhage on November 11th. Thay, as he is affectionately called by his followers, has been unwell for some time. A reliable source on Facebook says that he is in a stage one coma. That’s when a patient is incapable of voluntary activities such as eye opening, and speech. However, according to Plum Village, he is “still very responsive and shows every indication of being aware of the presence of…
 
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • 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…
  • Taking a Stand and Sitting Still

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

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

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

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

  • Meditation is More than Calm

    rogero
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
    Interesting question came in during the week. “I started meditating recently. Today was my fourth time actually, about 20 minutes long. I was fine afterwards, calm, like I had been the 3 times before. I decided to go running afterwards. I got home and tried studying thinking the meditation plus running would have calmed me […]
  • Feeling Comes Before Thinking

    rogero
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:08 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 almost everybody’s meditation practice. And it’s understandable I suppose.  After all, in a culture such as ours where from waking to sleep we’re constantly […]
  • On Enlightenment

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

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

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

  • 002 The Violence in Ferguson

    Jay N. Forrest
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:03 am
    I talk about the recent violence in Ferguson. I also cover the news that the US and UK are likely behind a newly discovered and highly sophisticated spyware program. And
  • 001 Thich Nhat Hanh’s Health

    Jay N. Forrest
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:27 am
    I talk about Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s severe brain hemorrhage. I also cover the news that the United States is using planes equipped with ‘Dirtbox’ to spy on our
  • Watch and Listen to iTunes Podcasts on the Roku

    Jay N. Forrest
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The iTunes Podcasts channel allows you to browse, search, listen, and watch podcasts from the entire iTunes Podcast library on your Roku Digital Video Player. Features include: Browse by top
  • Android Lollipop Announced

    Jay N. Forrest
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Google has announced that the next release of the Android operating system for smart phones will be called Lollipop. They name their releases after deserts and go in alphabetical order.
  • New Tab Redirect Plus

    Jay N. Forrest
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    If you are like me, you don’t care for the new tab page in Google Chrome. I have tried a number of extensions, but New Tab Redirect Plus is my
 
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • The power of kindness

    Dan Garner
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    True kindness is caring without pity or judgement.True kindness is seeing to the core of the human condition. Constructive caring is empathy not sympathy.True kindness is listening and offering support.Ultimately we are responsible for our own happiness and well-being, but it sure helps to have loving support and kindness...to know that someone is there for us because they care ,day in and day out.I hope I can be kind.Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living.
  • Clubs

    Dan Garner
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    You are like me.I like you.  I like you enough that I'd like to spend time with you.  This thing we share is fun or important or special.We should rally together and promote this thing we share.If you feel threatened or need help in life's day to day struggles, I'm here for you.Above are the ways tribes, clubs, and social groups begin.  Being a part of a group binds us together, gives us a sense of belonging, and enriches our lives.We are right.They are wrong.Their beliefs threaten ours. They are others, they don't belong.We should change their minds or intimidate them,…
  • Debating Minimalism

    Dan Garner
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    I was invited to participate in a lively discussion/debate on the merits of minimalism this morning. Instead, I sat out and enjoyed two cups of coffee with my pups and watched the sun ease it's way up the sky, while looking forward to my wife coming home this evening.  Hurry home Ann.
  • Fully Alive

    Dan Garner
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:03 pm
    “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand I was twenty years old and driving down a highway in rural Alabama, approaching a humongous junkyard full of rusted vehicles, when I encountered a sign that has had tremendous impact upon my life. On the fence surrounding the junkyard was a sign that read "It's Your Life". Those words pleasantly haunt me every time I start to settle for less, every time I think of conforming, and every time I think of accepting comfortable. When I find that I'm doing what is easy or expected of me I remember that…
  • My Dream ( A Hidden Place )

    Dan Garner
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:21 am
    A late start, a canyon walkClimbing steps to a hidden spotA place I could'nt see from where I stood.Fate smiled as I past the treeI was blind to the sightsbut the Universe played and I could hearthe sound of bees.I heard a voice, turned behind to lookand found myself gazing forward.Not believing what I saw (it seemed unlikely),but I knew the facewalking my way, radiating lightanswering a long forgotten questionin a hidden place.Life is full of surprises.  Never lose hope.Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
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    Zen Beginnings

  • 10 Ways To Be Happy and Stay There

    Michelle
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    “When you are joyous by your nature, your actions will rise to a completely different level.” ~ Sadhguru Are you happy? Really happy, to the point of experiencing true bliss? I had to ask myself that question when I was […]
  • Pain Has Potential

    Tom Sweetman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    In my previous post I shared that my story about grief has been featured in a new book by Tom Sweetman, “From Grief to Greatness: A Collection of True Stories and Lessons on Living Life after Loss.” I am honored to share […]
  • The Journey From Grief to Greatness

    Michelle
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have all experienced grief at some point in our lives, whether it be the tragic loss of a loved one or a drastic change that would ultimately reshape one’s life. Fortunately, grief does not have to cripple the spirit. […]
  • Helpful Ways to Keep Time On Your Side

    Michelle
    2 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Have you ever felt that time has stolen your life in one way or another? Three weeks ago I found myself scrolling through the Facebook app on my phone, searching for the most inspiring post to share with my fans. What initially should have […]
  • Shift Happens…As it Should

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

  • Dalai Lama's Relationship Advice

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other." - HH Dalai Lama XIV. That's a very insightful idea about relationships. Based on my own observations, I definitely see a lot of couples who are almost stuck together. Whether it just makes financial sense to stay together or maybe they have long-term interests or children to consider, I think there are just a lot of people whose love does exceed their co-dependency. But the good news for a lot of people is that it doesn't have to be like that. Through a contemplative discipline or…
  • Thich Nhat Hanh Smiles, Breathes, and Goes Slowly

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "Smile, breathe and go slowly." - Thich Nhat Hanh.I feel like we should all write this quote down on post-it notes and place them in numerous spots that we'll encounter throughout the day. Or at the very least, on the bathroom mirror to see first thing in the morning, and then one somewhere you'll encounter about mid-day, like a refrigerator or vehicle dashboard. Better yet, if you're tech-savvy you could set a reminder to get calendar alerts throughout the day that just show this wonderful Thich Nhat Hanh quote!I know from experience how hard his advice can be. Specifically, I'm not a big…
  • Alan Watts' Menu is Not the Meal

    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "The menu is not the meal." - Alan Watts.A pretty brief quote here from Alan Watts. Could probably be interpreted a number of ways, but I'll share with you what it means to me: Thinking is not Doing. It's one thing to have dreams and aspirations and goals, but then it's a totally different scenario to work at and pursue them. If you do nothing but imagine how your life could be, it most likely will never be like that. You just have to go for it. If you like the idea of being a writer for a living, then do it! The worst thing that can happen is that you try and fail...but at least you…
  • Jack Kornfield has a Beginning and an Ending

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” - Jack Kornfield.I've commented on a number of quotes with this similar Buddhist sentiment: everything dies. At first glance, this seems like a dark outlook of life; actually it isn't. I think that we all struggle with the idea of our own mortality. Some religions preach of a wonderful afterlife and that helps followers of that faith to cope with dying. Some schools of Buddhism speak of reincarnation, with eventual Nirvana. But with so many ideas of an afterlife (or lack there of), which one…
  • The Buddha Wants Us to Rise Up and Be Thankful

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." - Buddha.It is so easy for us to forget how lucky we are; and by "We" I'm assuming you're not dead. Ideas of "happiness" are often subjective, so forgetting to be thankful for what you do have can often slip your mind. For example, if you make over 35,000 a year, you're in the top 1% of incomes in the entire world. How crazy is that?! Yet, we often get so frustrated…
 
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