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  • The Muddied Meaning of ‘Mindfulness’

    NYT > Buddhism
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If the word seems like a badge for the self-satisfied set, that’s because its true meaning has become obscured.
  • Still a long way to go

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    In my own ad hoc backward glance of Buddhism and Zen on the Internet since the advent of Netscape (remember that?), I would have to say that the majority of people who become interested in Buddhism are looking for something other than the Judeo-Christian religion; something without dogma and God.  In this same group there are agnostics and atheists many of whom put their faith in science and the materialistic view of the universe which has been around for over 300 years.  Almost all accept the belief that the Buddha denied the soul or Ātman.  This could be interpreted to…
  • Changing the world and ourselves through compassion

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Mark Tillotson
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Meditation MP3 – The Heart’s Wisdom: Development of Compassion Jill Stark, Western Advocate: Be kind and you will be well. It has been the cornerstone of Eastern philosophy for centuries. But what if recognising our shared humanity was more than just a sentimental ideal? What if consciously practicing kindness could change the wiring of your brain and make you live longer? This is neuroscience’s latest frontier – a growing body of research that shows compassion could be the key to improved health, happiness and longevity. Brain imaging reveals that exercising compassion…
  • Three Marks of Existence

    Daily Buddhism
    brian@brianschell.com
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    The Three Marks or The Three Basic Facts of Existence In Buddhism, the Three Marks of Existence are three characteristics shared by all sentient beings, namely impermanence (anicca), suffering or unsatisfactoriness (dukkha), and non-self (anatta). Annica – Impermanence – Nothing ever stays the same, and change is often painful in some way. You fall in love with your . . . → Read More: Three Marks of Existence
  • A Thousand Moments Later website

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

  • Still a long way to go

    The Zennist
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    In my own ad hoc backward glance of Buddhism and Zen on the Internet since the advent of Netscape (remember that?), I would have to say that the majority of people who become interested in Buddhism are looking for something other than the Judeo-Christian religion; something without dogma and God.  In this same group there are agnostics and atheists many of whom put their faith in science and the materialistic view of the universe which has been around for over 300 years.  Almost all accept the belief that the Buddha denied the soul or Ātman.  This could be interpreted to…
  • A much deeper under-meaning

    The Zennist
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Bodhidharma did not say much if anything about Zen as if it were a lineage or a particular sect.  He did say that the Lankavatara Sutra, if followed, may lead to salvation.  This particular discourse of the Buddha formed the School of Lanka to which Bodhidharma and others belonged; which later helped to legitimize and form the basis of the Zen lineage (chan-zong).  Even if the story of Bodhidhamra, including his sermons, amount to a fabrication as well as the Chuandeng lu (Transmission of the Lamp), published in 1004, both serve a necessary spiritual purpose.  Behind…
  • Falling into the stream

    The Zennist
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:15 pm
    It is natural to want to know what something is like before you actually do it or get there.  Hegel called this "knowing before you know."  It's like a kid wanting to learn how to swim but who doesn't want to go into the water because he is afraid of it.  Growing up, I remember some kids being frightened of the water at the Red Cross swimming class.  But the swimming instructor had a way of teaching us all how to swim.  But first, we all had to get used to the water and even experience getting a little water in our nose! Buddhism has something…
  • Less than adequate parenting

    The Zennist
    11 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Modern parenting practices, I dare say, are less than adequate.  Today's parents will rear tomorrow's immature adults in which desire and emotions rule.  Looking at the typical Dharma center, what teachers and their staff are teaching is not Buddhism, it is how to become a mature adult which means to be in control of one's desires and emotions.  Most of the people who attend Dharma centers are the victims of less than adequate parenting (child neglect and abuse, for example). The huge majority of parents believe they know how to rear their children.  This…
  • Two kinds of practice

    The Zennist
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
     I tend to put what people today call "practice" into two categories.  There is practice for getting us to the gnosis of pure Mind, or the same, seeing our true nature (kensho), and there is practice after gnosis for the perfection of pure Mind.  It is my impression, that 99% of the so-called practitioners today are working of the first practice with very little success in the way of gnosis or kensho.  Practice, we might say, has become something close to going around in circles.  If our practice were on the right track, that is right practice, more…
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • Changing the world and ourselves through compassion

    Mark Tillotson
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Meditation MP3 – The Heart’s Wisdom: Development of Compassion Jill Stark, Western Advocate: Be kind and you will be well. It has been the cornerstone of Eastern philosophy for centuries. But what if recognising our shared humanity was more than just a sentimental ideal? What if consciously practicing kindness could change the wiring of your brain and make you live longer? This is neuroscience’s latest frontier – a growing body of research that shows compassion could be the key to improved health, happiness and longevity. Brain imaging reveals that exercising compassion…
  • Mindfulness at work can reduce retaliation after unfair treatment

    Wildmind Meditation News
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:01 am
    Meditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Stress Reduction PRWEB: Practicing mindfulness at work can reduce retaliation by employees who feel treated unfairly. Mindful employees are less angry, less likely to dwell on the mistreatment and less likely to retaliate, according to a new study by PhD student Erin Cooke Long and Professor Michael S. Christian of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, “When employees think they have an unfair boss or colleague or the organization is unfair, they might be tempted to seek retribution or act in ways to ‘even the…
  • “25 Mostly Fake Buddha Quotes That May or May Not Change Your Life.”

    Bodhipaksa
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    A blog post listing 25 Buddha quotes—most of which are fake—has now been “liked” over half a million times on Facebook. Sheesh. So I’ve written a blog post debunking the list, with a link to an article on the origins of each quote, usually also with references to actual quotes from the Buddhist scriptures. The article’s called “25 Mostly Fake Buddha Quotes That May or May Not Change Your Life.” So far it’s been liked nine times on Facebook. Only another 600,000 “likes” to go and we can leave the article of fake quotes standing in the…
  • Let Go

    Rick Hanson PhD
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:38 pm
    What Are You Holding Onto? I’ve done a lot of rock climbing, so I know firsthand the importance sometimes of not letting go! This applies to other things as well: keeping hold of a child’s hand while crossing the street, staying true to your ethics in a tricky situation, or sustaining attention to your breath while meditating. On the other hand, think of all the stuff – both physical and nonphysical – we cling to that creates problems for us and others: clutter in the home, “shoulds,” rigid opinions, resentments, regrets, status, guilt, resistance to the facts on the ground,…
  • British Airways starts meditation initiative on flights

    Wildmind Meditation News
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:14 am
    Meditation MP3 – Guided Meditations for Calmness, Awareness, and Love NY Daily News: British Airways will promote meditation techniques on its new transatlantic flights as part of a bigger focus on passenger well-being. A collaboration with the Mindfulness Institute, the new initiative will launch on BA’s new services between San Francisco and London. As well as instructional fliers, the Mindfulness for Travel series will include a series of specially created on-board videos designed to help people relax at each stage of a journey — pre-flight, mid-flight and arrival. Sean…
 
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    Daily Buddhism

  • Three Marks of Existence

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Thousand Moments Later website

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

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

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

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

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

  • Deities

    David
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:13 am
    Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? This is an on-going debate. Most of us probably tend to fall on the philosophy side and we are uncomfortable with the idea of faith. Most scholars will say that when the historical Buddha used the Indian word shraddha, often translated as faith, he meant confidence, trust, and sincerity, not faith in the sense of belief, or dogma. But many of the forms of Buddhism that evolved after the Buddha were faith-based, and today most Buddhists in the world do see dharma as a religion and accept the notion of salvation by faith. The faith they generate is toward…
  • Cancer Again (Naturally)

    David
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In December, I started having knee pain. I didn’t think too much about it, even though the pain was intense at times. I’ve had intermittent knee problems for some years, and figured it was probably arthritis or age. It went away after about a week, but then it came roaring back in January – deep throbbing pain that would not go away. I went to a couple of orthopedic surgeons and a rheumatologist. They discovered a lesion in my left femur. Possible cancerous. Possibly not, said one orthopedic oncologist. The only way to know for sure was to do a biopsy. Last Wednesday, they drilled a…
  • Like the Flow of a River

    David
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:04 am
    The meditation practiced by most people these days, known as “mindfulness,” is very simple and to some extent easy. I’ve always found that the real challenge is being consistent. Too often I approach my morning meditation with a begrudging attitude, as if the practice were something imposed on me, instead of something about which I should have a sense of eagerness. A Buddhist teacher once gave a talk, and when he was finished he asked the people gathered around what they “practiced out of,” meaning what was their motivation for practice. He went around the room and received various…
  • Poetry: Word Atoms Emitting Light

    David
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Since it is now April, that means it is National Poetry Month, sponsored by Academy of American Poets who began this yearly celebration of poetry in 1996. It is the largest literary celebration in the world, with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, poets and poetry lovers joining together to laud and bring attention to this sublime form of literature. Each year, the Academy of American Poets, along with award-winning designer Chip Kidd, commission a poster in celebration of National Poetry Month. This year’s poster (on the left) was designed by Roz Chast , a New Yorker cartoonist…
  • Bhavana: Development

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

  • Our Forgotten Friend

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

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

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

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

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

  • Humanism: Good, Spiritual, Happy

    Jay N. Forrest
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    What is Humanism? Can you explain it within a minute? You could explain Humanism as a secular worldview fostering human  well-being. But to many people, that might seem abstract.As I was thinking about this, I thought it might be easier to hit on three key features of Humanism. The America Humanism Association already uses, "Good without God." It was then that I thought of the added, "Spiritual without Religion, Happy without Heaven." That's what Humanism does, it aims to make you good, spiritual, and happy.I then created a bunch of graphics that combined these three things together.
  • The Truth About Scientology

    Jay N. Forrest
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    HBO has done a documentary entitled "Going Clear Scientology and the Prison of Belief." The documentary is based on the 2013 book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief,” by Lawrence Wright. I watched the film this week and was not that surprised.Scientology is a religion created by L. Ron Hubbard. It fought hard and dirty to get their tax exemption from the IRS. The HBO documents the dangers of this religion, which would be better classified as a cult. It uses the usual tactics of control, such as disconnecting from those who are considered antagonistic towards…
  • Learning to Bend

    Jay N. Forrest
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Sometimes you run across a quote that just speaks to you. One of those I saw a number years ago, it said, "A reed that is easily bent, is not easily broken."I usual response to things in our life is to meet force with force. Someone yells at us, so we yell back. Someone cuts us off in traffic, so we cut them off. This is seldom successful. It usually escalates the situation. And ultimately it just causes us more harm.Learning to be flexible can help. Everyone is fighting their own battles, struggling with their own problems. We are tunnel focused on their interaction with us, we do not see…
  • Freedom of Religion

    Jay N. Forrest
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    It is true that I believe a lot of evil has been done in the name of God. So it may seem strange to hear that I believe in freedom of religion. I believe people have the freedom to believe or to not believe in God. The one caveat to this freedom is that it should not hurt or hinder others and their beliefs or non-beliefs.Freedom is so important that I think it is worth fighting for. I believe fundamentalists have the right to believe what they want, provided they are not hurting or hindering others. I also do not believe that they freedom to believe means that they should be free from…
  • Social Media Leading to Marriage Breakups?

    Jay N. Forrest
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:38 am
    Social media is everywhere. It connects people worldwide in minutes. But it also opens the door to opportunities that can destroy you marriage. 33% of divorced couples cite Facebook as a reason for their split.Do you check to see who your partner has befriended? Do people comment on their pictures, making you feel uncomfortable? Do you and your partner have separate Facebook profiles? Then you don't know if your partner messages other people.Do you trust your partner? Mike Green did, that is, until his wife left him for a co-worker. Bob Rosenwein of Lehigh University has found that…
 
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    Zen Beginnings

  • How Mindfulness Can Be Achieved in Everyday Life (Interview)

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

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

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

    Michelle
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
      “Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.”  ~ William Shakespeare Nowadays, when some speak of self-care, it is attained through various methods such as meditation, mindful breathing and other calming techniques. When we are not completely mindful of our whole body temple however, we ignore the ways of which we can nourish the outer […]
  • 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 […]
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    Singing Bowl Zen : Latest News

  • Singing Bowls! 4.5 by 2.5 inch Singing Bowl with 8 Auspicious Symbols

    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    For hundreds of years the singing bowl has typically been a hand-made and plain metal item. However, there's far more variety nowadays in the size, shape, and designs of the bowls and one of our favorites is the 4.5 by 2.5 inch Singing Bowl with 8 Auspicious Symbols. Another unique trait of this one is its dark grey appearance and adornment of Tibetan and auspicious symbols. The gold accents on dark grey makes for a very strikingly beautiful bowl. Plus the eight symbols rise up slightly out of the bottom of the bowl making this a very symbol-rich instrument. Made in India and primarily of…
  • Wind Chimes! 2 Bells and Swoosh Zen Wind Chimes.

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Everyone can imagine those first days of spring. The birds are singing, it's sunny out, and a warm gentle breeze passing through a set of wind chimes. Personally, that's why I won several sets of wind chimes as their gentle tones are always a welcome and surprising mindful sound. One of our more minimalist and fun sets is the 2 Bells and Swoosh Zen Wind Chimes. The swooshes and balls are smoothly crafted from wood, with the 2 domed bells forged from metal. From top to bottom it's about 24 inches long and sounds absolutely magical as a nice rush of wind flows between them. If you're not happy…
  • Buddha Asserts the Power of our Thoughts

    9 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    “Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.” - Buddha.In this same vein as the Buddha’s referencing, I wanted to talk a bit about our thoughts today. Just like in this Buddha quote, we can really transform our own awareness by engaging in right thought and speech. Through meditation and mindfulness, we can go from a blind existence to something far more fulfilling. It’s almost as basic as, “Think positively and positive things will come your way. And the same for the reverse.” Now, that’s more in line with…
  • Mala Beads! 8mm Rudraksha and Crystal Mala Prayer Beads

    3 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    One of the most widely worn and respected types of mala beads is the kind made from Rudraksha seeds. Another very popular type of spiritual material is quartz. Well, this item has them both! Our 8mm Rudraksha and Crystal Mala Prayer Beads are the best of both worlds in that they hold the rich symbolism that comes along with the Rudraksha in Buddhism and Hindu, and also manifests the energy associated with quartz. As is expected with mala, there are 108 beads on the necklace, half the seed and half the crystal. The beads themselves are 8 millimeters in diameter and look gorgeous contrasted…
  • Singing Bowls! 5.5 by 3 Inch Black Singing Bowl with the Om Symbol

    1 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Probably the most widely known icon of Buddhism (besides the Buddha himself) would be the Om symbol. A shorthand version of the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra, the vocalization of the "Om" has very enlightening properties. We have for sale a 5.5 by 3 Inch Black Singing Bowl with the Om Symbol embossed within it. It's definitely one of the more visually striking instruments we sell on the site. It has beautiful golden accents with the Om Mani Padme Hum scrolling along the outside and then inside the Om symbol rises prominently out of the base. It's a very ornate and almost intense presentation.
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    Full Contact Enlightenment

  • Living the Heart of Wisdom: Montreal

    Tanya McGinnity
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    ShareThe post Living the Heart of Wisdom: Montreal appeared first on Full Contact Enlightenment.
  • Random Linkage: Where’d You Go?

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

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