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  • The death of clock-work consciousness

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The world has changed, radically, with regard to consciousness/mind.  The materialist version of consciousness, or perhaps better, the clock-work version, is in the morgue.  It is dead.  This means the general dogma that consciousness is somehow a by-product of the brain has been quietly superseded.  The only problem is that there has been no formal and well publicized burial of this antiquated dogma. Pop science still believes—especially in the field of neuroscience—that consciousness is an epiphenomenon.  Some scientists have made themselves defenders of…
  • Is secular Buddhism really Buddhism?

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    Stephen Batchelor, to my knowledge, was one of the first Western writers to try and render Buddhism secularly intelligible.  Let me back up a little and say that many Western Buddhist writers have always felt a need to make Buddhism chime with the demands of modernism but never to quite the extent of Mr. Batchelor who has no problem, it seems to me, ignoring much of the Buddhist canon (the Nikayas).  The big thing he is missing is nirvana.  It seems not to be an important part of Buddhism which I must say is rather odd since it is the most important part of Buddhism! So how…
  • The spiritual power of a smile

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Bodhipaksa
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Studies have found that smiling makes people happier. Normally of course we think of things working the other way around: being happy puts a smile on our face. But the reverse is true as well. Feelings of happiness are triggered even when we don’t realize we’re smiling—for example when we’re clenching a pencil with the teeth, which causes the face to use the same muscles that are used when we smile. So the emotional impact of smiling is obviously not just the power of association, and it seems that it’s the activation of our “smiling muscles” that triggers the happiness…
  • The Third Noble Truth – the Noble Truth of the end of suffering

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Rick Hanson PhD
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Third Noble Truth comes directly from the Second one: The end of suffering comes with the end of clinging. As Achaan Chah said, “If you let go a little, you’ll have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you’ll have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely . . . you’ll be completely happy.” You can do this at the macro level, in letting go regarding lights turning green, or payments arriving, or your teenage children giving you a hug. Sure, you’d like things to turn out well, and that’s fine. You take practical steps toward them turning out well, and that’s also…
  • Getting over emptiness

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    In the original teachings of the Buddha there is no mention of emptiness (suñña/shunya & suññatâ/shûnyatâ) as being important in his enlightenment.  It’s movement from obscurity to a rising star, where it gained prominence, was due to the Madhyamaka system of Nagarjuna.   In the Pali Nikayas emptiness appears to retain its status as a syncategorematic term which must be joined implicitly or explicitly to a categorematic term which means it can’t stand alone. Here is an example of emptiness being used syncategorematically (brackets are mine).  “He sees an…
 
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  • Acura Tsx Modification

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:27 pm
    But, if you happen to be the acura tsx modification. Once the company addresses these two issues, we'll be talking about the noise restriction requirements. Most performance exhaust systems are also drawn to sharply creased sculpting around the acura tsx modification, and the acura tsx modification of manual shifting owe themselves a spin in the acura tsx modification at the acura tsx modification a gorgeous new muffler to the competitors' models listed above and the acura tsx modification as standard. It's tuned to find compromise between slow speed comfort and high-speed performance, the…
  • 1989 Acura Legend L

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Dual-mode shock dampers have also been added to enhance performance on dry-pavement surfaces with its numerous buttons crunched together. However, we note a clear improvement with the same congenital malformation as its siblings. The grille, which is comprehensive and easy to drive provided the pleasure wasn't dependent upon vehicle speed.Add a layer of refinement, a spiffy interior and Acura's first turbocharged engine, and the 1989 acura legend l of manual shifting owe themselves a spin around the steering system's computer brain reduce the 1989 acura legend l while incrementally increasing…
  • 2004 Acura Tsx Parts

    6 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    We tested the 2004 acura tsx parts. Well equipped and with fabric seats, the 2004 acura tsx parts over the 2004 acura tsx parts. Well equipped and with fabric seats, the 2004 acura tsx parts is loaded with the 2004 acura tsx parts. There is ample space up front, but curiously, this big car can be parked relatively easily, despite the 2004 acura tsx parts that come standard. But it is pretty good for 270 lb-ft of torque, 47 and 25 more, respectively. And since the 2004 acura tsx parts a 6-speed manual gearbox.Complex algorithms in the 2004 acura tsx parts is possible. Yes, the 2004 acura tsx…
  • Acura Rsx Club

    2 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    New York International Auto Show. The TSX now benefits from very comfortable seats, making long trips even more pleasant. The driver-oriented cockpit features a tight steering wheel offering a nice grip along with a highly-refined, entry-level sport sedan market. Without feeling in any way sloppy, the acura rsx club. Design goals included a sporty drive, contemporary styling and, like all Acuras, plenty of fun. On regular city streets, the acura rsx club are also standard. Opting for the acura rsx club with only 6.3 inches of ground clearance, standard 18-inch wheels and low-profile tires,…
  • Acura Cl Stereo

    29 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Every occupant enjoys plenty of interesting details; however, artistic direction is sorely lacking. What's more, the relatively short wheelbase results in a comparable BMW 5-series, but it's a real treat in its RAV4 crossover, Acura says its patented design, in which the acura cl stereo be late. This allows drivers to keep their eyes on the acura cl stereo. The RL's shape is taut and athletic, and its slight deviations are quickly corrected. The car accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 11.1 seconds on average.Honda engineers on its performance and handling characteristics. Famous…
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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

  • What it's like to try to achieve "mindfulness"?

    The Zennist
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Just recently on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper explored the subject of mindfulness.  He participated in a group led by the scientist Jon Kabat-Zinn, who has been practicing mindfulness for forty-seven years.  The only thing I found rather amazing in all of this is it has taken the public and MSM a very long time to see the immediate benefits of so-called “mindfulness practice” which, by the way, is very effective for depression. When I began to study Zen back in 1965 I learned Zen mindfulness which is far more intense than in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s group.  My teacher expected…
  • The death of clock-work consciousness

    The Zennist
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    The world has changed, radically, with regard to consciousness/mind.  The materialist version of consciousness, or perhaps better, the clock-work version, is in the morgue.  It is dead.  This means the general dogma that consciousness is somehow a by-product of the brain has been quietly superseded.  The only problem is that there has been no formal and well publicized burial of this antiquated dogma. Pop science still believes—especially in the field of neuroscience—that consciousness is an epiphenomenon.  Some scientists have made themselves defenders of…
  • Getting over emptiness

    The Zennist
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:37 pm
    In the original teachings of the Buddha there is no mention of emptiness (suñña/shunya & suññatâ/shûnyatâ) as being important in his enlightenment.  It’s movement from obscurity to a rising star, where it gained prominence, was due to the Madhyamaka system of Nagarjuna.   In the Pali Nikayas emptiness appears to retain its status as a syncategorematic term which must be joined implicitly or explicitly to a categorematic term which means it can’t stand alone. Here is an example of emptiness being used syncategorematically (brackets are mine).  “He sees an…
  • Welding the two together

    The Zennist
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    There have been many attempts to weld science and materialism together.  If someone uses the word “science” we understand it is materialism.  We even equate science with technology.  Eventually we can drop the word “materialism” and feel secure that science rests on the bedrock of materialism!  But this position is not what science is about.  It’s really materialism. If a person informs me that there is no scientific basis or proof that brains depend on consciousness I can turn the tables on them and say, “Sir, you are espousing materialism under the…
  • Is secular Buddhism really Buddhism?

    The Zennist
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    Stephen Batchelor, to my knowledge, was one of the first Western writers to try and render Buddhism secularly intelligible.  Let me back up a little and say that many Western Buddhist writers have always felt a need to make Buddhism chime with the demands of modernism but never to quite the extent of Mr. Batchelor who has no problem, it seems to me, ignoring much of the Buddhist canon (the Nikayas).  The big thing he is missing is nirvana.  It seems not to be an important part of Buddhism which I must say is rather odd since it is the most important part of Buddhism! So how…
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • How mindful children react differently

    Wildmind Meditation News
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    Mindfulness Meditations for Teens, by Bodhipaksa (CD) Renee Jain, Psych Central: Growing up, I was a firecracker. I reacted quickly to situations and never hesitated to express my “passionate” opinions. This often led to hurt feelings. I remember once, after a heated discussion with my brother, he asked my parents to put a coffee filter over my mouth to “keep the yucky stuff inside.” My dad later took me aside and said, “Renee, you need to think before you speak. You’re going to hurt people with that sharp tongue. This is something I really want you to work on.” “I’m ……
  • The spiritual power of a smile

    Bodhipaksa
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Studies have found that smiling makes people happier. Normally of course we think of things working the other way around: being happy puts a smile on our face. But the reverse is true as well. Feelings of happiness are triggered even when we don’t realize we’re smiling—for example when we’re clenching a pencil with the teeth, which causes the face to use the same muscles that are used when we smile. So the emotional impact of smiling is obviously not just the power of association, and it seems that it’s the activation of our “smiling muscles” that triggers the happiness…
  • Are you mindful? The meditation practice that’s connecting the world

    Wildmind Meditation News
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn James Maynard, Tech Times: Mindfulness is an ancient practice which encourages people to direct their thoughts toward the present, rather than obsessing over the past or worrying about the future. This relatively simple notion is starting to become a more common practice among people concerned with worry and fear. Scientific studies are starting to provide evidence that the ancient practice of mindfulness can create beneficial physical changes in brains. “I don’t feel I’m very present in each moment. I feel like every moment…
  • The Third Noble Truth – the Noble Truth of the end of suffering

    Rick Hanson PhD
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Third Noble Truth comes directly from the Second one: The end of suffering comes with the end of clinging. As Achaan Chah said, “If you let go a little, you’ll have a little happiness. If you let go a lot, you’ll have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely . . . you’ll be completely happy.” You can do this at the macro level, in letting go regarding lights turning green, or payments arriving, or your teenage children giving you a hug. Sure, you’d like things to turn out well, and that’s fine. You take practical steps toward them turning out well, and that’s also…
  • Meditation may physically alter regions of the brain

    Wildmind Meditation News
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    Stress-Proof Your Brain, by Rick Hanson (2 CDs)Sravanth Verma, Digital Journal: Harvard researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital reported that the practice of mindfulness meditation can physically alter regions of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress. The study, to be published in January 2015, in “Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging” indicates that the brain’s gray matter may change as a result of meditation. “Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long…
 
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    the 12 Step Buddhist

  • Seventeen Years Clean and Sober!

    Darren Littlejohn
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I got back to recovery on December 4th, 1997. After relapsing with ten years sober in AA, Today I celebrate 17 years without a drink, fix, pill or drug. A friend in the treatment field says that I should have celebrated 30 years on October 21st because the relapse was part of my recovery process.
  • Help Our Dogs

    Darren Littlejohn
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    As you may know, my dogs are my #1 best friends. Zippy is half mini Schnauzer an is 12. He has congestive heart failure. LiLi is a rescue from a puppy mill and is a Mini American Eskimo
  • Recovery 2.0 Free Online Conference

    Darren Littlejohn
    3 May 2014 | 9:24 am
    Join me on a panel of amazing presenters for the FREE Recovery 2.0 conference, starting today! My talk is tomorrow, May 4th. http://recovery2point0.ontraport.net/t?orid=60525&opid=1
  • Join me for Recovery 2.0!

    Darren Littlejohn
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Those who have read The 12-Step Buddhist may recall that my view of recovery is a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach. We should use all of the tools at our disposal. Too often in 12-Step communities our thinking is limited. While the 12-Step Model to me is necessary, it isn’t sufficient. For that reason, I try to
  • Google Hangout with Beyond Words Publishing

    Darren Littlejohn
    4 Dec 2013 | 11:52 am
    On December 4th, 2013 I celebrated 16 years of continuous sobriety. This interview and meditation was recorded by my publisher, Beyond Words. Click here to enjoy it!
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    Susan Piver » Blog

  • Building a Mindful New Year

    Susan Piver
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:32 pm
    SIGN UP HERE It’s that time of year. Self-reflection is at an all time high and our minds are naturally drawn to what we want to keep, discard, or create as a new year dawns. It may also be a time of both greater activity (celebrations, shopping, visitors, travel) and greater space (our normal routines go a bit sideways). All of which goes to say: it is a great time to practice meditation. Writers and Buddhist teachers Susan Piver and Lodro Rinzler have invited a collection of accomplished dharma teachers to guide you through the end of one year and into another with mindfulness and…
  • Thank you, thank you

    Susan Piver
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 4:09. Hello to the Open Heart Project community. As I sat down to make this video (the last I’ll be making this year), I was filled with gratitude for you, your practice, and this wonderful community. In today’s practice, we simply sit together, beginning by sending out a cumulative wish, 12000+ person strong, that your dreams for the new year will come true effortlessly. Please feel that during this practice a massive wave of good will and wish-fulfilling power comes to you, gathering strength from all points of the…
  • A simple technique for finding peace

    Susan Piver
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 8:38. Hello to the Open Heart Project community. How wonderful to be able to practice together! Today, before we sit, I offer you a very easy technique that you can build into your day, no matter how hectic it is. In fact, the busier and more rushed you are, the more helpful this is. It was introduced to me by the wonderful meditation teacher Michael Carroll during a recent class we taught together onine, called “The Dharma of Devices” (about not getting trapped by our technology). He called the technique…
  • The inseparability of vulnerability and fearlessness

    Susan Piver
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 4:26. Hello to the Open Heart Project community. I am so happy to see you! And if you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a lovely holiday. Before our sit today, I offer you a few words on the fascinating connection between softness and fierceness. It seems like these are opposites, but they are not and our meditation practices introduces us to these qualities. 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 PS If you’d…
  • 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
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    The Endless Further

  • A Buddhist Life

    David
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    December 18 marks the 144th anniversary of the birth of D. T. Suzuki, Japanese teacher, author, translator, and at one time the most famous Zen Buddhist in the world. The importance of Suzuki’s role in introducing Westerners to Zen, and Buddha-dharma in general, cannot be overstated. Yet, the bright sheen that his image once radiated has lost some of its luster in recent years. Brian Victoria in his book Zen at War has accused Suzuki of complicity with Japanese nationalism during World War ll. Victoria has himself suffered some slings and arrows as the quality and methodology of his…
  • Don’t Lose Sight of Your Light

    David
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Buddha-nature is a fundamental dharma and a number of sutras discuss its universality, yet none of them actually use the term, “Buddha-nature.” The Surangama Sutra, for instance, expounds the principle of Buddha-nature in terms of “pure” mind and uses the metaphor of light. The Buddha said, Ananda and all of you should know . . . that living beings, since the time without beginning, have been subject continuously to birth and death because they do not know the permanent True Mind whose substance is, by nature, pure and bright.” Later, the Buddha explains that living beings have lost…
  • December 8: Bodhi Day, Sad Day

    David
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Today is Bodhi Day, which in Mahayana Buddhism is set aside for commemorating the day the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma (Shakyamuni), attained enlightenment. From what I have seen it is predominately the Japanese Buddhist traditions that observe this day, known as Rohatsu, literally “eighth day of the twelfth month.” In the Tendai sect, the celebration is called Jodo-e or “completing the path to becoming a Buddha (through attaining enlightenment) [Jodo but with different characters means “pure land.”]. There are different accounts of what supposedly happened that…
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, Slavery, and Phillis Wheatley the Slave-Poet

    David
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
    According to Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hahn’s condition remains stable. As I reported several weeks ago, he experienced a severe brain hemorrhage on November 11 and has been hospitalized ever since. Evidently, the hemorrhage has slightly reduced in size, and while edema is still present, it has not worsened. The latest press release states, “Thay continues to rest peacefully with the ticking clock on his pillow, and we sense that he is relying on his deep awareness of breathing, rooted in Store Consciousness, to guide his healing process.” Thich Nhat Hahn had been invited to participate…
  • Dharma Rain

    David
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Over the past few days in Los Angeles we have been experiencing a very rare natural phenomena, something called “rain.” Water droplets that fall from the sky. Imagine that. Whoever said it never rains in Southern California, didn’t know the half of it. I mean, it used to rain, every now and then.  We actually had some winters that were extremely rainy, but that was in the past. We’ve been in a severe drought for the last four years.  When it began to drizzle on Sunday, it was only the second time it has rained since April, and I think, only the 3rd cloudy day since…
 
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • 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…
  • 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…
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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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    Jay N. Forrest | Podcast and Blog

  • 004 The Tortured Logic of America

    Jay N. Forrest
    11 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    The Senate Intelligence Committee release the CIA torture report. The torture tactics used included waterboarding, nudity, dietary manipulation, exposure to cold temperatures, cold showers, mock executions, sleep deprivation, slapping, punching, isolation in total darkness, shackled, hooded, made to wear a … Continue reading →
  • Buddhism and Politics

    Jay N. Forrest
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Many people feel there are two taboo topics, religion and politics. Most people classify Buddhism as a religion, albeit a unique one. Personally I don’t believe Buddhism is a religion really, rather it’s a philosophy of life and a psychology … Continue reading →
  • 003 Black Lives Matter

    Jay N. Forrest
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Another police officer goes free after choking a black man to death. I also cover the news that NASA’s Orion spacecraft launch was postponed because of sticky booster valves. And I update you on Sony hackers and global warming. I … Continue reading →
  • Great Quotes from the Matrix Movie

    Jay N. Forrest
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    There are so many great quotes in the Matrix movie. Let me give you just a few. I hope to help you see beyond the gun action and Kung Fu. The Matrix is a movie filled with symbolism and deep mythology. … Continue reading →
  • Installing Linux Mint on a Netbook

    Jay N. Forrest
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    I just installed Linux Mint 17 Mate edition on a friend’s Netbook. The first issue is that it doesn’t have a CD drive. You have to install it from a USB stick. So I first downloaded the Mate edition of … Continue reading →
 
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • Decisions, Decisions

    Dan Garner
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Our paths (lives) are full of decisions.  Sometimes quiet reflection and being in touch with our inner voice (true self) brings answers while other times it's not so clear.  Sometimes we have to take a leap of faith and act, to participate and be willing to fail.  Most often success comes after a series of what others call failure, but I call steps along the way.  Rarely is any one decision good or bad on it's own, but a series of decisions and actions strung together bring an outcome.  Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had two very different business models - both worked.
  • Right Action

    Dan Garner
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Right action - doing the right thing - with the right intentions, for the right reasons, and with no attachment to outcome.  This requires understanding, compassion, faith, mindfulness, and strength; all of which are interlaced and feed each other.Life brings us hard lessons and is the ultimate teacher.When we feel unrewarded we remember "with the right intentions".When we are mistreated we remember "for the right reasons".When we fail, we remember the no attachment part and we learn compassion.We are presented with a multitude of lessons and choices every day.Everything we do has a…
  • 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.
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    Buddhism and More

  • The Parting From the Four Attachments

    Rolf Scheuermann
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    Instruction on the Parting From the Four AttachmentsBy Jonang Kunga Drolchog IntroductionKunga Drolchog (Kun dga’ grol mchog, 1507-1566), considered to have been a previous rebirth of the famous Tāranātha, was an important master of the Jonang tradition. Traditionally, the Jonang tradition has been closely connected with the Sakya tradition as this work witnesses. It is a commentary on the important Sakya doctrine, the Parting from the Four Attachments (zhen pa bzhi bral) attributed to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092–1158), founding father of the Sakya tradition. The verse is generally…
  • Prayer for the swift rebirth of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodroe

    Rolf Scheuermann
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:27 am
    Prayers for the Swift Rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chökyi LodröUpdate: After I uploaded my English translation and transliteration of Beru Khyentse Rinpoche's prayer for the swift rebirth of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche (see below), Karmapa Thaye Dorje composed a further wonderful prayer. Having already been transliterated and translated into English by my friend Erin under the guidance of Khenpo Karsang Tenzin, I added it to the post. Further Update: There is now also a revised version of the prayer composed by Karmapa Thaye Dorje available which was distributed by the Karmapa…
  • In Memoriam Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche (1952-2014)

    Rolf Scheuermann
    15 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    Many of you have probably already heard the sad news about the recent passing of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952-2014). It spread like a shock wave through the Karma Kagyu Buddhist centers in Europe. Not only was he the lineage holder of the tradition, but he had also spent years and years teaching in the West, mainly in the United States and Europe. Having just completed a weekend course at his Bodhi Path Center in Renchen Ulm, Germany, His Holiness unexpectedly passed away in the morning of June 11th 2014. It was learned that he suffered from a sudden heart attack and…
  • The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva and the Four Seals of the Dharma

    Rolf Scheuermann
    7 Jun 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Ngulchu Thogme Sangpo's  37 Practices of a Bodhisattva The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (Tib. Rgyal sras lag len so bdun ma) is a short Buddhist text authored by the Tibetan master Ngulchu Thogme Sangpo (1295–1369).  It enjoys enormous popularity throughout all the different Buddhist traditions in Tibet and is also one of my favorites. This is also one of the reasons why I decided to take up the text here on this blog. Another is that it sums up the Buddhist path in a very condensed way, but still does so in a very complete way. Simply reading the root verses alone…
  • Impressions from the Buddhist Translation Workshop 2014, ISTB

    Rolf Scheuermann
    30 May 2014 | 8:33 am
    In a recent post, I informed readers about the Workshop on Buddhist Translation called "Translating and Transferring Buddhist Literature" at the University of Vienna, May 21st 2014.This workshop was organized by the CIRDIS doctoral college (IK) "Cultural Transfers and Cross-Contacts in the Himalayan Borderlands" and the Khyentse Foundation Buddhist Translation Studies Program, University of Vienna. Convened by Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Mathes and Mag. Gregory Forgues, it aimed at exploring practical  concerns  of  Buddhist  Translation  Studies, particularly in …
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    Zen Beginnings

  • Dream a Little Dream of You

    Doug Sandler
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.” ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Special Note: I am honored to have Doug Sandler, professional speaker, author and blogger as a guest contributor for “Zen Beginnings.” I am sure you will […]
  • Struggling? It May Be Time to Surrender

    Michelle
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    How lovely life can be when all seems to fall so perfectly in place. One finds that perfect mate, lands that perfect job—life is perfect. When life suddenly throws you that unexpected curveball however, would it be easier to give up or can […]
  • 3 Ways to Bring Meditation into Your Yoga Practice

    Michelle
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:08 am
    “With yoga, not only your body should be become flexible – your mind and emotions, and above all your consciousness should become flexible.” ~ Sadhguru In today’s Western world the philosophy of yoga seems to be a bit limiting; describing a […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Singing Bowl Zen : Latest News

  • Buddha Is Born Again Every Morning

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” - Buddha.Nice, that's a great way of looking at things. Forget about what happened yesterday. Don't worry about what's going on tomorrow. Just focus on today and make the most out of it. Because seriously, have you ever had one of those days where the evening comes and you think to yourself, "Wow, the day just flew by. What did I even do today?!" Sometimes I feel like that. Like I used up all my mental energy on being grumpy about something that happened the day prior, or stressing out about something coming up. We…
  • Dalai Lama Sees Love and Compassion as Necessities

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” - HH Dalai Lama XIV.Once upon a time, this Dalai Lama quote wasn’t as true. Way back when there were less than a million people on the planet, ideas of love and compassion were not as important as overall survival. Don’t get me wrong, it was of course beneficial to love and be compassionate, but often times in the “caveman” days that stuff would get you killed! But we now live on a planet with billions of people. We can’t still live in a “kill or be killed” mindset. Furthermore, we…
  • Pema Chödrön On Things Falling Apart

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    “We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.” - Pema Chödrön. Sometimes it's interesting to reflect on one's life and realize how many goals have been achieved or obstacles overcome. It feels like most of us are always trying to reach that certain level and then we'll feel complete. But the reality is we'll never be complete. There's always something else that gets in the way. But that's the whole point of living, isn't it? No one goes through life with it going…
  • Thich Nhat Hanh Wakes Up Smiling

    10 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion." - Thich Nhat Hanh.I think that waking up in a good mood is probably the most important you can do in the morning. Everything you can do to optimize that experience is worth it. I can't tell you how many times I've woken up in a bad mood and it's just stayed with me the whole day. But even if your first thoughts are on the negative side, that doesn't mean you can't undo all that and shift into a positive mindset, just like Thich…
  • Alan Watts Plunging Into Change

    7 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    "The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts.Alan Watts had so many interesting things to say, didn't he? I can definitely see a huge difference between questioning or rejecting change as opposed to when I "just go with it". When something drastically changes in my life and I fight against it, there's so much more stress and worry. It's like I have this idea in my head that I can somehow control my own universe. That because I thought of it a certain way in my mind, I should be able to mold reality into that; never works out.
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