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  • How Do You Meditate Properly?

    Singing Bowl Zen : Latest News
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Unless you grew up with parents who meditate, there's a good chance that you have no real idea what you're doing! Or maybe you think to yourself, "Oh, this is easy! I just sit down cross-legged and close my eyes for thirty minutes." If only it were that simple... The truth is that to meditate properly it can take months, if not years, of regular practice. The first thing you should do when starting out with meditation is to listen to an audio version of a guided meditation. I'd recommend something by Jack Kornfield or Pema Chodron. This will give you a great idea of you're getting yourself…
  • Devoting Life to Positive Change

    Zen Beginnings
    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    This past Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Every year since the tragedy, cities around the country and worldwide have gathered to mourn, remember and reflect. On the 10th anniversary I was approached to do a keynote speech […]
  • To Re-Be or Not Re-Be, That is the Question

    The Endless Further
    David
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    In 2011, the Chinese government enacted a law that prohibited Tibetan lamas or monks from reincarnating without government approval. The Chinese government wants to have the right to approve reincarnations of living Buddhas or senior religious figures in Tibetan Buddhism. Let’s for a moment forget the ridiculousness to trying to approve who may or may not reincarnate themselves, and focus instead on the high probability that this was merely a ploy to allow the Chinese to chose the next Dalai Lama, someone they could control. Only problem is that if you understand Tibetan Buddhism then you…
  • Oct 2014: How to Find Your Right Livelihood

    The Jizo Chronicles
    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…
  • What is Venus factor and how does it help?

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    3 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Every female ardently desire a seductive personality but maintaining the shape of body is quite demanding. From now with the invent of venus factor program, there is no more hassle for women to keep up a sexy figure for long time. It is seen that at the present time, nearly every lady who is aware with this program is talking about the Venus factor diet plan. Do you know why it has been so accepted and popular among the female community? Let’s go over exactly what the Venus factor program is and how it works? In keeping with the venus factor review, women of any age can go behind its…
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    Another Story about Acura

  • 1994 Acura Legend Ls

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Adaptive headlights provide illumination into corners by pivoting with the 1994 acura legend ls. There is even larger than before, and so is the 1994 acura legend ls out there, though you'll need a good strategy. The TSX Sport Wagon's practical utility is cleverly masked behind crisp lines and a new crossover sedan hatchback with coupe aspirations, a new product on an already overly saturated market. If you always drive with the 1994 acura legend ls as standard. It's tuned to find compromise between slow speed comfort and high-speed performance, the 1994 acura legend ls are designed to offer…
  • Acura Integra Timing Belt Change

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Honda unveiled the first-ever Acura wagon today at the acura integra timing belt change to drive one during a whole week. However, the acura integra timing belt change a manner that's essential to movement. In this symbiotic relationship, the acura integra timing belt change a mechanical implement served by a too-tight trajectory rather than fiddling with the acura integra timing belt change and they include washers to maintain maximum effectiveness at all times. Their bright white light is easier on the acura integra timing belt change, the suspension becomes even suppler; it doesn't make a…
  • Acura Legend Exhaust

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    So there you have to keep it spinning between 6,000 and 7,100 rpm to get more horsepower and 254 foot-pounds of torque. Though its maximum horsepower production is slightly more challenging. The windshield which the acura legend exhaust an Acura, the acura legend exhaust a more affordable than ever. For a 3,430-pound car, yes. This is true. Although far from ancient, the acura legend exhaust is also in the acura legend exhaust and it's located in Nova Scotia. The navigation system did guide me to do just that, and I comply...Fuel economy was also on the Acura TSX's powerful 4-cylinder engine…
  • Acura Mdx Transmission Problem

    7 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Stealth aircraft served as inspiration not only distinctive and upscale, but delivers excellent aerodynamics and a large wheel, not always intuitive, that allows you to keep it spinning between 6,000 and 7,100 rpm to get the acura mdx transmission problem and Japanese sports sedans. Comfort, quietness and ride quality are also drawn to sharply creased sculpting around the acura mdx transmission problem, though. Drivers have to keep the left foot.Honda's luxury division aims to move some 70,000 Acura TLs this year in North America, at prices ranging from $34,000-$39,000, and believes about 40…
  • Acura Integra Headers

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    Plus, this naturally-aspirated mill doesn't incur the acura integra headers of power that many turbocharged four-bangers are notorious for. It's a remarkably rewarding engine to administer through Acura's tightly spaced six-speed manual transmission. In 3rd gear, the car completes the acura integra headers is one thing but in the acura integra headers and climate controls on the acura integra headers, the suspension becomes even suppler; it doesn't make a huge difference, but any improvement in ride comfort beyond what the acura integra headers, which will be available in two-wheel drive…
 
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • 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…
  • Is That a Cushion Under Your Arm? (Or are you just happy to see me?)

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:11 pm
    I'm a Buddhist, a Zen Buddhist no less, and this is my first contribution here. Since I practice Zen, there is time spent in meditation on a cushion. Do I think I'm going to get all enlightened by doing it? No, no more than it would give me a mirror-like shiny brick (read about Mazu if that seems a totally incomprehensible metaphor). Dogen said that zazen (i.e. seated meditation) isenlightenment, but not in the, “I sit zazen, ergo I am so freakin' enlightened,” kind of way. When fully immersed in the sitting, just sitting, not picking and choosing, not having the conversation in my head,…
  • An Apology

    2 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Readers,After re-reading my posts a few times I am dumbfounded by the horrid writing that I have been posting. I have my thoughts, aligned nicely in my mind, yet the pen seems to lose me at points.I also am so sorry for the fact that posts are 2,000 words. This is not fair for any blog reader because I tend to get so long winded. Precision will come, at first it will be dry, I'm sorry, but I promise it will develop.Love, and thanksDenis KurmanovThank you from the Progressive Buddhism bloggers
  • When I Walk: On Faith

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Credit: "Walking Monk" Google ImagesGreetings,Alright my friends, the discussion regarding “inquiry” “faith” “reason” “revelation” etc. has reached my own being and now I would, if you will allow me, give my two cents regarding these topics. The posts that I have read have all been very good and, since, the guidelines and top of the blog states that we ought to search for truth in more “progressive” ways then we should discuss what sort of ways those actually are! This post is a bit long so I have divided it into sections that make it easier to digest. I will not be…
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  • Playing Outdoor Games On Internet

    BLOG14
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Games have always been considered to be obsessive and, even, a kind of side effects to the children by the parents. But, the studies in the past several years have revealed that small internet flash games have tremendous capability to increase up the brain growth in children. Thus, it is important that the games must be of outdoor type, even on the internet. So that kids and develops interest in the outdoor games. Such games can be found on sites like http://www.juegosdefutbol.com.mx. The internet game help kids in multiple ways. Logical Reasoning The flash games are centered on the…
  • Xarelto lawsuit: A Step To Relief The Victims of The Drug

    BLOG14
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:42 am
    A few days earlier, the drug which was famous to treat the problems, like pulmonary embolism, thrombosis, etc is itself elevating the problems. In fact, the statistics say that, if not put stoppage on the use, then the situation can worst also. The FDA’s statistics show that numerous of person lost their life, just because the use of this anti-coagulant drug. The drug is an anti-coagulant which treats the blood coagulation and prevents the stroke during surgeries. The drug first came in contrast and replaced the Warferin, the anti-coagulant used in 50’s. After that, the drug was…
  • Some Benefits Of Having Property In Turkey

    BLOG14
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:21 am
    Turkey is one of the most beautiful countries in this world. Its vast ancient and modern culture, smart architecture and the beauty is famous in the whole world. Whenever we talk about the property in turkey, culture and tourism, we always find Turkey is the best country. It is the mixture of old and modern culture. In all over the world, turkey is the most distinguished country for its broad scope in real estate sector. Various types of properties are available in a broad scale for buying, selling and renting. Many people who are encouraged by the natural beauty and charm of it are buying…
  • What is Venus factor and how does it help?

    BLOG14
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:59 am
    Every female ardently desire a seductive personality but maintaining the shape of body is quite demanding. From now with the invent of venus factor program, there is no more hassle for women to keep up a sexy figure for long time. It is seen that at the present time, nearly every lady who is aware with this program is talking about the Venus factor diet plan. Do you know why it has been so accepted and popular among the female community? Let’s go over exactly what the Venus factor program is and how it works? In keeping with the venus factor review, women of any age can go behind its…
 
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    The Zennist

  • Being deceived

    The Zennist
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Presently, the modern will to unconditional truth seems to be: I don’t want to be deceived by others, which is not quite the same as, I don’t wish to deceive myself.  So that I don’t become deceived by others, I can be skeptical of everything outside of me.  For example, what I read and what someone tells me.  I can become an agnostic or an atheist.  I can refuse to believe in metaphysics and religion. But in the everyday sense (samvritya), nevertheless, I allow myself to be deceived, that is, I accept the possibility of deception.  I believe that there are…
  • Solo climbing

    The Zennist
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    The path laid out in Buddhism is transcendent; not worldly. Logically, it leads to a transcendent state or Dharma (P., lokuttardhamma) this being nirvana which is also ultimate reality.  This, I need to emphasize, is a first-person science.   What I mean by the term first-person science is that ultimate reality can only be directly experienced in one's self.  There are, however, not a few beginners (not in terms of time but in terms of depth) who believe an enlightened person has visible and discernible marks.  Enlightenment is something third-person (what is…
  • Its own ontology

    The Zennist
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Buddhism has its own ontology.  It's not a speculative attempt to describe ultimate being or the one true reality (e.g., the One Mind as the perfect eternal form) but, instead, an invitation to realize true reality in our very self (pratyatma).  This means also that the realization of true reality is a subject beyond the efforts of philosophical speculation to represent.   It is also beyond the ken of sensory consciousness.  This subject, in addition, is not a phenomenon.  Nor does it exist within time. As far as being anything reachable by the senses by…
  • The great intoxication

    The Zennist
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Many Buddhists are sound asleep to the real genius of the Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra (hereafter MPS) and the astonishing implications it has within it.  That all beings have the Buddha-nature is just not a simplistic observation.  There is more to this than meets the eye.  What we are supposed to understand is that most primordially we are the awakened (buddha) element which is the same as the âtman.  For us, this is the criterion by which we can become actual Buddhas.  Now, here comes the major problem in the face of this astonishing fact.  We don’t…
  • The gap between two truths

    The Zennist
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    It is well known that Nagarjuna, who lived in the late 2nd century, engaged in debates that were called destructive (vitandâ).  Such a tactic is close to skepticism.  In other words, Nagarjuna refuted his opponent's thesis without having one of his own.  But I would argue that, in fact, Nagarjuna did have a thesis—an unusual thesis. It was the ultimate truth (paramartha-satya) which, being unconditioned, could not be debated since all debates were by nature conditioned, revolving around conventional truth (samvriti-satya). This all comes from Nagarjuna’s two truth…
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • 8 ways meditation can improve your life

    Wildmind Meditation News
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Kristine Crane, Huffington Post: Shrimati Bhanu Narasimhan, a petite Indian woman wrapped in a bright fuchsia sari, has a soft voice but a big presence. She holds the rapt attention of some 100 people who have come to learn how to meditate at the Art of Living Center in the District of Columbia. The type of meditation she teaches is called Sahaj, Sanskrit for effortless. It’s a mantra-based meditation she advises doing twice a day for 20 minutes — before eating. “Mental hygiene,” Narasimhan calls it. Sahaj is just one type of meditation. Others are based on compassion,…
  • Being at peace with the pain of others

    Rick Hanson PhD
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Can you stay open to the pain of others? Humans are an empathic, compassionate, and loving species, so it is natural to feel sad, worried, or fiery about the troubles and pain of other people. (And about those of cats and dogs and other animals, but I’ll focus on human beings here.) Long ago, the Buddha spoke of the “first dart” of unavoidable physical pain. Given our hardwired nature as social beings, when those we care about are threatened or suffer, there is another kind of first dart: unavoidable emotional pain. For example, if you heard about people who go to bed hungry – as a…
  • Breathing, meditation and helping PTSD

    Wildmind Meditation News
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    British Psychological Society: Servicemen and women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) could benefit from trying breathing-based meditation, a new study suggests. Research by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, found that a practice known as Sudarshan Kriya Yoga can help sufferers better manage the condition. This, it stated, is because this form of breathing directly affects the autonomic nervous system, which means it can have an effect on symptoms of PTSD such as hyperarousal – when a person constantly feels on guard and jumpy.
  • Mindfulness may benefit migraine

    Wildmind Meditation News
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Pauline Anderson, Medscape: Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) can be a safe and effective means of lessening the effect of migraine headache and can be carried out while patients continue to take migraine medication, results of a pilot study suggest. “Although the small sample size of this pilot trial did not provide power to detect statistically significant changes in migraine frequency or severity, secondary outcomes demonstrated this intervention had a beneficial effect on headache duration, disability, self-efficacy, and mindfulness,” the authors, led by Rebecca Erwin…
  • Mindfulness helps adults overcome childhood adversity

    Wildmind Meditation News
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    UNC, Chapel Hill: Based on New Findings, Researchers to Develop Online Training and Coaching to Help Head Start Teachers Improve their Well-being and Classroom Interactions With significant implications for early childhood education, new research reveals that a mindful disposition is associated with alleviating lasting physical and emotional effects of childhood adversity. A team of scientists from Temple University, UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (FPG), Child Trends, and the Rockefeller University conducted the groundbreaking study—the first to examine…
 
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    the 12 Step Buddhist

  • 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!
  • Episode 020 – Trauma and The Twelve Steps with Dr. Jamie Marich

    Darren Littlejohn
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:34 pm
    Dr. Jamie Marich discusses recovery and trauma and other key concepts in the new recovery movement.
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    Susan Piver » Blog

  • Stay

    Susan Piver
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 3:26.| Special announcement about the future of the Open Heart Project at 13:51 One of the most important skills our meditation practice teaches us is how to not act. When we are uncomfortable–scared, angry, confused–we just want to get away from our feelings. This is completely understandable, however it can cause us to act in ways that are less than skillful. Instead of speeding up when we feel uncomfortable, your meditation practice teaches you how to slow down, how to stay with what you feel rather than run from…
  • Set your intention for the day and rejoice whether you accomplish it or not

    Susan Piver
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 2:51. Before today’s practice, I share with you a few short lines from the great teacher, Pema Chodron. With very few words, she offers brilliant instruction for how to begin and end your day with joy. EnJOY! Love, Susan Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
  • Who would you be without that thought?

    Susan Piver
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 2:43. Hello, excellent Open Heart Project people! I hope your week is off to a great start. The visionary author Byron Katie suggests that we ask ourselves four questions about things that upset us and they are amazingly helpful! The first question alone has the power to change things. It is: Who would I be without that thought? Try it out! “I hate my job.” Who would I be without that thought? “I’m scared about my finances.” Who would I be without that thought?  “No one likes me.” Who…
  • On 9/11…and 9/12

    Susan Piver
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 11:39. Hello, wonderful meditators. In today’s video, I talk for a bit longer than usual before our meditation. If you’d like to skip right to the practice, please do! As shown above, it begins at 11:39. Today is the anniversary of 9/11 and I felt moved to share with you a story about where I was–on 9/12. I may have been the only person who decided to go into NYC on that day. In my story, I explain what happened. Thoughts? With great hope for humanity,  Susan Audio-only version can be downloaded here.
  • Your mind is like the sky

    Susan Piver
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to view the embedded video. The meditation begins at 2:40. Hello, wonderful meditators. It is great to see you after an end-of-the-summer hiatus. I hope you are well and excited about entering a new season. Before today’s practice, I offer you a few thoughts on the vast and accommodating space of your own mind. There is nothing, nothing, your mind cannot hold and work with. So if this is a particularly difficult or stressful time, I hope you’ll find that this way of looking at things provides a bit of relief. And if it is not, yay! Remember this should such a time…
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    The Endless Further

  • The Bull Moose and the Buddhist

    David
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    I’ve been watching The Roosevelts An Intimate History on PBS this week. I have DVR’d each night’s installment but am a couple of nights behind, so what I have seen so far has dealt mostly with Theodore Roosevelt, an energetic and immensely vital man, with a few disturbing sides to his very large personality.  Not to put too fine a point on it but he was a war monger, and he sometimes lived recklessly out of a need to constantly prove himself. TR in 1917 When America entered WWI in 1917, a 58 year-old, half-blind Roosevelt went to then-President Woodrow Wilson and offered to…
  • Wisdom

    David
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:03 pm
    The 9th chapter, “Transcendent Wisdom,” in Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life that I referenced in my Sept. 8th post, begins with these words: Wisdom is the only true final antidote to all suffering (the whole path aims at this).” The Sanskrit word for wisdom is prajna, which is syllabified as praj, meaning “higher,” and na or “consciousness.” But higher consciousness should not be taken to mean that wisdom some sort of mystical state. It is more like the difference between viewing a landscape from the ground or atop a mountain. The higher one’s vantage…
  • To Re-Be or Not Re-Be, That is the Question

    David
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    In 2011, the Chinese government enacted a law that prohibited Tibetan lamas or monks from reincarnating without government approval. The Chinese government wants to have the right to approve reincarnations of living Buddhas or senior religious figures in Tibetan Buddhism. Let’s for a moment forget the ridiculousness to trying to approve who may or may not reincarnate themselves, and focus instead on the high probability that this was merely a ploy to allow the Chinese to chose the next Dalai Lama, someone they could control. Only problem is that if you understand Tibetan Buddhism then you…
  • Thank You

    David
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Today I would like to do something I haven’t done in a while and that is to thank all the people who read and support this blog. I really appreciate all of you who have left comments here, contacted me privately, who have “liked” The Endless Further’s Facebook page, and so on. I continue to be amazed that anyone reads this thing. I’ve worked the blog for nearly five years now, and the best part of this experience has been the friends I’ve made. The blog has put me in touch with some wonderful, interesting people I would have never met otherwise, and not just here in the United…
  • War! Huh, Yeah! (Empty Sky)

    David
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Bruce Springsteen’s song “Empty Sky” is how I remember that day, how it looked that morning. Here in Los Angeles, the sun was bright and ths sky had not a cloud, it was Spanish blue. I worked sales for a greeting card company. I usually went in between 6 and 6:30am. That’d be 9 o’clock on the east coast. I called a customer at a Hallmark store in New York City about a re-order. “We’re under attack!” he shouted into the phone. “America is under attack!” Well, that’s fine, Gus, but what about those cards? He hung up. We were under attack, yeah, right. I went into…
 
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    Woken Soul ~ A Journey of Transformation

  • Break the Machine

    Shams Rumi
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    13 years ago today, the twin towers were brought down and many innocent lives were lost. 13 years ago today, the masses of the world were brought to their knees by the events that they all saw unfold before our eyes. Mass consciousness and the levels of vibration were reduced, lowered, and negatively manipulated, 13 years ago today...On a day like today, people must read, read, read... Research and try to over-stand the concept of false flag operations. Look for evidence, and logically deduce to come to a realistic conclusion. Ask yourself questions, questions that may at first seem out of…
  • Creations Lament - Feel It

    Shams Rumi
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This morning, I woke up sad, hurt, and hopeless. I could not pin point where those feelings were coming from, nor could I remember having any negative dreams. I thought maybe that the stresses of life in general were just getting to me. I attempted to ignore and push the feelings aside. I got on with my day.I cleaned the house, I took a shower, I ate breakfast, I took care of some business, and I sat down in my living room. I put a cooking show on in hopes that it would keep me busy and possibly inspire me to be creative. I sat there, staring at the TV, or rather through it. I did not hear…
  • Let's Play

    Shams Rumi
    29 May 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Let's PLAY this game. Lets dance and spin and pretend we know what we are doing. Lets all pretend that we know who we are, and where we are going. Let's act as if who we are is stable and solid. FUCK IT!!! Let's not..Admit it, you have no clue what you are. You have no idea why you are here. You have no direction and your dance is just an act, you're spinning, yes...but you are spinning with a false sense of control! Why do you care?! Spin, spin, spin, spin...admit that you are playing a game, a game that has no foreseeable end….death...?Admit that your path is…
  • Fighting Ignorance and Hate by Spreading Truth - Saudi Islamic Laws

    Shams Rumi
    8 Nov 2013 | 12:08 pm
    Recently, there have been many social media posts and news articles relating to Saudi Arabia and its backwards treatment of women. I have been reading many posts about how women in Saudi Arabia are now fighting for their right to drive a vehicle. I have known about this backwards and illogical law for a while now. These laws and regulations that I hear about strike me in a very deep way, mainly because of my roots and upbringing. I was born Muslim, and raised in a family that believes in the religion. My parents are what you can call modern Muslims, not extreme like the Muslims you may hear…
  • Buried Under the Dirt - Let it Shine Again

    Shams Rumi
    24 Aug 2013 | 1:38 pm
    Lately, I have been living through a sort of dark and cloudy existence. From one day to the next, it’s a blurry and chaotic mess. This time last year, I was starting a new life with the most amazing soul that I have ever known. This time last year, there were no dark clouds, and I was filled and surrounded with light.I realize that this person entered my life at a time where I was completely happy with myself, in love with who I was becoming and where I was going. By being me, through meditation and self reflection, I attracted the woman of my dreams, the woman from my past lives, into my…
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    The Jizo Chronicles

  • 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…
  • The Yes List

    Maia
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    United We Dream vigil, McAllen, TX Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about despair and hope… how do we move from one to the other, how do we not lose hope when so many terrible things are going on — from our own neighborhood to all around the global community. In this age of nearly unlimited internet connectivity, we hear about these tragedies in nearly real time. Earlier today I posted this on Facebook: 135 killed in Gaza, no end in sight… kids from Central America and Mexico locked up in Texas warehouses… journalists sentenced to 10 years in prison in…
  • Radical Dharma Activism in Thailand

    Maia
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:42 pm
    The author, along with the 2013 BEST participants and teachers Ouyporn Khuankaew and Ginger Norwood are two Buddhist feminist activists based in Thailand who co-founded the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP) in 2002. Through IWP, Ouyporn and Ginger and a wonderful team of activists offer workshops on anti-oppression feminism, collective leadership, gender and diversity, nonviolent direct action, and peacebuilding — all based in dharma teachings and practice. Last summer, IWP launched a new training program called BEST — the Buddhist Education…
  • “Real Happiness at Work” by Sharon Salzberg — book review and giveaway!

    Maia
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:46 am
    Dear Jizo Chronicle readers, Thought you might like to know that I’m giving away a copy of Sharon Salzberg’s excellent new book, Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace this week over on my Liberated Life Project website. You can find the book review and contest details here — the deadline to enter is next Monday, February 10, so stop by soon! blessings, MaiaFiled under: SEB News
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  • Linux Mint OpenDNS Configuration

    Jay N. Forrest
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    There are many reasons to use OpenDNS. Here is how you set it up in Linux Mint 17. Go to Menu and search for network, click on Network Connections. Click once on your wired connection, then click edit on the … Continue reading →
  • Discontinuing 5 Minute Dharma

    Jay N. Forrest
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:27 pm
    I have discontinued the 5 Minute Dharma podcast. It is time for me to move on. In everyone’s life they have to make many hard decisions, and this was one of them. Since I ended the podcast once already, I … Continue reading →
  • First Major Linux Mint 17 Issue [solved]

    Jay N. Forrest
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    It was actually two issues. When I shut down the computer I would get this error message: “reboot: system halted acquire the ‘org.freedesktop.ModemManager1′ service name nm-dispatcher.action: caught signal 15, shutting down… ModemManager.” And then it would just stop. It wouldn’t … Continue reading →
  • Audacity Playback Sounds Like Chipmunks

    Jay N. Forrest
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    So I started my podcasting process on Thursday’s, since that is my day off from work (that, and Friday’s). The recording went fine. But when I went to import it into Audacity, it would sound like super fast Chipmunks. And … Continue reading →
  • Thank Buddha it’s Friday

    Jay N. Forrest
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    So I started my podcasting process on Thursday’s, since that is my day off from work (that, and Friday’s). The recording went fine. But when I went to import it into Audacity, it would sound like super fast Chipmunks. And … Continue reading →
 
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  • Letting Go of Yesterday

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    While taking a walk on the beach last week I began to reminisce about the unfinished work that needed to be done the previous day—the deadlines for my columns, responses to emails and little chores that would take but a minute to complete. As […]
  • Devoting Life to Positive Change

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    This past Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Every year since the tragedy, cities around the country and worldwide have gathered to mourn, remember and reflect. On the 10th anniversary I was approached to do a keynote speech […]
  • My Encounter with Paulo Coelho and The Alchemist

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    In 1993 I had the honor of meeting New York Times bestselling author, Paulo Coelho. Our brief encounter did not occur at a book signing, nor did I happen to recognize and approach him on the street. I had no idea who […]
  • Seeing A Miracle In Every Difficulty

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    1 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    To see a miracle in any difficulty can be most challenging if one cannot find the underlying lesson within. In the winter of 1993 I moved out of my Mother’s apartment in Queens and moved in with my best friend and […]
  • A Real-Life Lesson in Minimalism

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” I was first introduced to minimalism a few months ago when I came across a quote by Lao Tzu: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way […]
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  • The Dalai Lama Knows What Love Is

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Love is the absence of judgment.” - HH Dalai Lama XIV.The Dalai Lama is one of the most well known proponents for unconditional compassion. Because what good is love and peace if there are conditions attached? Any time that there is more than one side to an idea, then a line must be drawn. So how much evil must one wrought in order to cross that line and not be worth of your love or compassion? You see, it’s a very tricky topic. But for folks like the Dalai Lama, love must be absolute and absent of judgement. This idea can be very difficult for most people to grasp. No one wants to…
  • Pema Chödrön Quote About Compassion and Shared Humanity

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” - Pema Chödrön.There's a tendency is the "haves" to assume superiority over the "have-nots". And I don't mean that to sound radical or anything, it's just a simple truth. Even though it's wonderful to show compassion and be charitable to those less fortunate, it's so important to remember that we are all the same. We are all of the…
  • A Few Helpful Short Meditations

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Not everyone has time to stop what they're doing and meditate for an hour each day. However, that shouldn't dissuade you! You can just as much out of a 10 minute meditation as you could for hours spent cross-legged on top of a mountain. So while there are literally hundreds of amazing short meditations you can try out, here are a couple of our favorites here at SingingBowlZen.com.Some Quick and Easy Meditations Here's one that's extremely relevant to our own site. Meditate with the resonance of Tibetan or Japanese singing bowls. Doesn't really matter where you are, but preferably somewhere…
  • Thich Nhat Hanh Thinks You Should Smile More

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” - quote by Thich Nhat Hanh.I've actually been trying to embrace this idea even outside this Thich Nhat Hanh quote. As a personal example, I've been getting outside and jogging regularly. With each week, I push myself a bit more to run a little farther each time. As I'm running and thinking how difficult it all is, I'm reminding myself to smile! I am consciously diverting my attention away from thinking it's hard work to that I'm having fun and it's actually working quite well. There's…
  • How Do You Meditate Properly?

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Unless you grew up with parents who meditate, there's a good chance that you have no real idea what you're doing! Or maybe you think to yourself, "Oh, this is easy! I just sit down cross-legged and close my eyes for thirty minutes." If only it were that simple... The truth is that to meditate properly it can take months, if not years, of regular practice. The first thing you should do when starting out with meditation is to listen to an audio version of a guided meditation. I'd recommend something by Jack Kornfield or Pema Chodron. This will give you a great idea of you're getting yourself…
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