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  • Just Sitting: a “non-meditation meditation”

    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation
    Bodhipaksa
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    This is a preview of the first of the posts from our forthcoming online meditation event, “Just Being, Just Sitting.” This event runs from July 1–28, and is by donation. Click here for more details or to book your place. “Just Sitting” is a meditation practice where the aim is just to be, allowing thoughts, feelings, and sensations to come and go within awareness. It’s a very open and spacious meditation practice, in which there is simply the observation of whatever arises in experience, whether that’s from the body, the mind, or sensations arising from the outside…
  • A Buddhism and Pali scholar's journey into and out of the academic tradition

    Progressive Buddhism
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:17 am
    For those of you interested in a career in academia, be forewarned. It's not a very welcoming place at the moment. The people are pretty decent imho, but there are currently far too many PhDs for what "the market" needs. Or, put another way, massive governmental cuts (in most if not all English-speaking countries) on education spending over the last 20 or so years have led many departments to freeze hiring, let great professors go, and/or replace retiring teachers with adjunct labor. These days whenever an undergraduate asks me for a recommendation letter for graduate school I send him/her…
  • Gay Marriage - ALARMING!

    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
    Dan Garner
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    I'm sure today's ruling by The Supreme Court, that it is unconstitutional to ban gay marriage, is alarming to some.  After all, what will become of this country or this world if our governments stop meddling in our personal affairs?  What will become of our children if we don't shame them from a very young age for being "different"?  It sends shivers up and down my spine to think that someone with beliefs other than my own will be treated fairly under the law.It's not a question of whether you agree with gay marriage.  It's a question of whether you believe in a person's…
  • Plan for Theme Park at Centuries-Old Chinese Caves Rattles Preservationists

    NYT > Buddhism
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The effort to restore and protect statues, figurines and frescoes of Buddha in Dunhuang has come against its toughest threat yet: tourists.
  • Wow wow vs. woo woo

    The Zennist
    The Zennist
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:05 pm
    In a previous blog I wrote, "The "woo" or "woo woo" factor generally refers to any belief in the supernatural which "big science" has not proven."  For this blog I would like to refer to big science as "wow wow" with such things as the big bang model, black hole model, and neural science models some of which, incidentally, seem confident that conscious or mind is a product of the brain.   Not all models are the same and not all models are perfect.  There are many different kinds of models from scale models, mathematical…
 
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    Progressive Buddhism

  • A Buddhism and Pali scholar's journey into and out of the academic tradition

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:17 am
    For those of you interested in a career in academia, be forewarned. It's not a very welcoming place at the moment. The people are pretty decent imho, but there are currently far too many PhDs for what "the market" needs. Or, put another way, massive governmental cuts (in most if not all English-speaking countries) on education spending over the last 20 or so years have led many departments to freeze hiring, let great professors go, and/or replace retiring teachers with adjunct labor. These days whenever an undergraduate asks me for a recommendation letter for graduate school I send him/her…
  • This is Water

    21 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Back in the 80s, I was interested in fiction in large part because I was interested in writing fiction. An author that snagged my attention at that time was T. Coraghessan Boyle. I liked that he was crazy with an intimidating vocabulary and I was jazzed by the madcap way he slung words around and the odd notions in his short stories.A competing writer for my attention was David Foster Wallace with his first novel The Broom of the System. I liked the book and I sensed many similarities in Wallace’s writing that I found in Boyle, but, at the time, I thought Wallace to be a distant second to…
  • God and Buddhism

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    Greetings readers!I believe in God. I am a Buddhist. Are these two views compatible, truly? Do most Buddhist sensibilities tend to go against any possibility of believing in God? Does it matter if we do believe in God or not as Buddhists? If we do, what kind of God would we believe in? These are all questions that many of us westerns face since God is always in our face somehow.The idea of God and Buddhism has been explored by many scholars and has sat on the back of my mind and many of our readers, for sure.I will not attempt to spell out or construct some kind of Buddhist theology…
  • No, Really, It's OK

    23 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    "May all beings be happy May they be joyous and live in safety.... Standing or walking, sitting, or lying downDuring all one's waking hoursLet one practice The Way with gratitude"Not holding to fixed viewsEndowed with insightFreed from sense appetitesOne who achieves The WayWill be freed from the duality of birth and death"From the "Metta Sutta" or "Lovingkindness Meditation" as found in the San Francisco Zen Center's Chant Book It is said that Siddhartha Gautama's encounter with sickness, old age, death, and a begging monk led to his leaving home, searching for The Way from other…
  • The annoyance of other people

    18 May 2015 | 3:57 pm
    A touchstone for me is my favorite description of the goal of Buddhist practice taken from an article written by B. Alan Wallace and Shauna L. Shapiro entitled, "Mental Balance and Well Being" from the October 2006 issue of American Psychologist. The bit I like reads thus: The goal of Buddhist practice is the realization of a state of well-being that is not contingent on the presence of pleasurable stimuli, either external or internal. According to Buddhism, this movement toward well-being is a fundamental part of being human. As the Dalai Lama commented,I believe that the very purpose…
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    The Zennist

  • Wow wow vs. woo woo

    The Zennist
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:05 pm
    In a previous blog I wrote, "The "woo" or "woo woo" factor generally refers to any belief in the supernatural which "big science" has not proven."  For this blog I would like to refer to big science as "wow wow" with such things as the big bang model, black hole model, and neural science models some of which, incidentally, seem confident that conscious or mind is a product of the brain.   Not all models are the same and not all models are perfect.  There are many different kinds of models from scale models, mathematical…
  • Awakening to the animative principle

    The Zennist
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:46 pm
    The Buddha's awakening just doesn't mean the Bodhisattva suddenly awoke as if from a deep sleep and became aware.  Rather it means the Bodhisattva awakened to something or saw something he had not previously seen whereby his former ignorance was removed.  This is a very important point that is often overlooked in Buddhist circles.  I maintain that what he awakened to was the animative principle or, the same, the life force.  I need to add that it was not an intellectual understanding, something that could be disputed in academic circles or on an on-line chat…
  • Technological illusions

    The Zennist
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    People are very much deceived if they believe that advances in technology offer mankind a greater insight into his own being, inching him closer to ultimate truth.  Even if we have the capability to travel to distant galaxies and meet with other kinds of human like creatures, our ability to travel faster than light does not add up to insight into our own nature.  From the standpoint of the Buddha's awakening, we still remain clueless as to the substance of our self and the cosmos; we are still chasing after illusions—technological illusions.   The tendency of Western…
  • The reflection of consciousness

    The Zennist
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    True of a lot of things people believe in, we often can't figure out the specific reason as to why they hold on to their beliefs.  We are not infrequently left in the dark.  I have often wondered why researchers in neuroscience are so attached to the assumption that consciousness is, somehow, produced by the brain.  Not a few researchers hold this assumption.  Despite many years of work by many researchers there is still no scientific theory of how the brain creates conscious experience.  What seems apparent is that these same researchers expect to find a…
  • Interview with the gateless gate

    The Zennist
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:38 pm
    Student: What is Zen? Gate: Enter through me and find out. Student: I would like to know before I enter. Gate: In that case find a Zen teacher. Student: But what can he or she do? Gate: They can either show you where the gate is that you must enter through or make you believe you've entered. Student: The last part doesn't sound all that encouraging. Since you are here, I would prefer to enter right now. Gate: Step through. Student: Try as I might I can't. This is so weird. Why can't I step through. Gate: The mind of birth and death is preventing you. Student: What if I just…
 
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    Wildmind Buddhist Meditation

  • Just Sitting: a “non-meditation meditation”

    Bodhipaksa
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    This is a preview of the first of the posts from our forthcoming online meditation event, “Just Being, Just Sitting.” This event runs from July 1–28, and is by donation. Click here for more details or to book your place. “Just Sitting” is a meditation practice where the aim is just to be, allowing thoughts, feelings, and sensations to come and go within awareness. It’s a very open and spacious meditation practice, in which there is simply the observation of whatever arises in experience, whether that’s from the body, the mind, or sensations arising from the outside…
  • Sit Breathe Love (July 1–28)

    Mark Tillotson
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    Sit : Breathe : Love is a 28 Day Meditation Challenge with the aim of helping you to set up the habit of meditating daily. It’s suitable for people of all levels of experience, including complete beginners. The benefits of regular meditation have been demonstrated again and again in multiple studies. Meditating makes you happier, is good for your health, protects your brain from aging, boosts your intelligence, and helps reduce pain, stress, and depression. But it’s not easy to set up a regular meditation practice. So we’re here to help you! The aims in the 28 Day Challenge…
  • Just Being, Just Sitting (July 1–28)

    Mark Tillotson
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    Just Sitting is a form of meditation in which we simply allow the mind to settle itself. It is a practice of non-doing. As we sit, we allow thoughts to pass through the mind unobstructedly — and without getting caught up in their storylines. In time the mind stills, and a state of pure, effortless awareness emerges. In this 28 day event you’ll learn to: Sit without judgement Allow thoughts and feelings to arise and pass without obstruction Rest in an open and expansive state of awareness Enter an effortless state of meditation Recognize that it is not “you” who meditates,…
  • How to mind your feelings

    Wildmind Meditation News
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    Daniel Goleman, Lion’s Roar: While we can’t control when we feel anger or fear—or how strongly—we can gain some control over what we do while in their grip. If we can develop inner radar for emotional danger, we gain a choice point the Dalai Lama urges us to master. When I asked the Dalai Lama how to find this inner choice point, he suggested one method: questioning destructive mental habits. Even though there may be a bit of legitimacy to our griev­ances, are the disturbing emotions we feel way out of proportion? Are such feelings familiar, recurring again and again? If so, we…
  • From shame to self-worth: evolutionary neurobiology of shame

    Rick Hanson PhD
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    Have you ever scolded a dog and seen him or her look guilty? Obviously, animals do not have the elaborated textures of thoughts and feelings that humans do. But our emotions, even the subtlest ones, have their roots in our ancient evolutionary history. By understanding that history better, we do not reduce our feelings to animal instincts, but instead find illuminations from our past that paradoxically give us more choices in manifesting ourselves as fully human. We can find two sources of shame spectrum emotions in our evolutionary history. First, many animal species live in social groups…
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    Stories of Human Potential Podcast

  • Cinephilia & Beyond Article

    Clarke Scott
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:14 pm
    I wrote a piece of film narrative and epistemology over at Cinephilia & Beyond. Go read it here: Cinema — Cartography of the Human Condition   © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: News   
  • New Reel 2015

    Clarke Scott
    28 May 2015 | 2:31 am
    A new reel.The aesthetic is dark and focused on only four projects. This is a conscious choice. It also has footage from my debut feature film I shot. It’s probably not work safe. Clarke Scott 2015 Reel from Clarke Scott on Vimeo. © This article is the copyright of Clarke Scott and should not be found elsewhere. Related Posts: News   
  • Into Post for Moments

    Clarke Scott
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Just wanted to update you on the progress of our little film, A Thousand Moments Later as the main chunk of principal photography is now complete, and I’m back at home beginning the larger task of sorting the footage and putting together an assembly cut from which I will begin to mold the piece into a proper movie—adding music, sound design, and of course, finessing the edit itself.   Here’s what has happened thus far:   We started in a little apartment owned by a friend to do the opening scenes when Gemma (Lily Hall) and Ryan (Chris Farrell) appear on screen together…
  • 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   
 
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    The Endless Further

  • Unbounded Wholeness

    David
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:13 am
    Holistic medicine is a still relatively new approach to healing in the West, and yet it has ancient roots – in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and even in the teachings of Hippocrates, the so-called father of medicine, who lived in the 4th century B.C. and emphasized the healing power of nature.  This approach to healing is called holistic because it looks at the whole person; joining all the different elements of the physical, mental, emotional, nutritional, social, and environmental into a whole system. The term ‘holistic’ comes from the word ‘whole’, from the old English…
  • Renunciation and Nirvana

    David
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:15 am
    Regular readers of this blog probably know by now that the title, The Endless Further, is borrowed from the Bengali poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore (see About). He was not a Buddhist. He was Hindu, and he believed in God. Nonetheless, he had great respect for the Buddha’s dharma, which does not include teachings about a supreme being. Tagore, also accepted many of the same concepts that Buddhism adheres to, although his understanding of them differed according to his religion and his own sense of things. The way I use “Endless Further” is changed slightly from the way…
  • The Dual, the Non-Dual, and the Dominion Mandate

    David
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    Maybe I’ll be there to shake your hand Maybe I’ll be there to share the land That they’ll be givin’ away When we all live together – The Guess Who I can’t say that I am a big fan of the institution of the Pope, but then since I’m not Catholic, my opinion about the Bishops of Rome doesn’t count for much. I can say that I am glad to see the new guy, Francis, making efforts to drag his church into the 21st Century. You may have heard about his recent statements on climate change. What you may not know is that it is more than just a few remarks, it’s a…
  • Where y’at?

    David
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:26 am
    “Where y’at?” – Common New Orleans greeting Some of you oldies out there surely remember the comedy group Firesign Theater. They put out a number of comedy albums in the late 60’s and early 70s. One of my favorite bits, from Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers, was about a former child actor watching one of his movies on TV called “High School Madness”, a parody of the old Henry Aldrich movies that I used to watch as a kid. The actor played a character named Porgy Tirebiter. I can still recall the lyrics to the intro song, sung by the Android…
  • Mentioned By Name

    David
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    It has been exactly 156 days since I last mentioned Bob Dylan on this blog. By mentioning him today, I have corrected that horrible omission. I had to do it, it was haunting me. But don’t ask me what I think about his latest album of “standards,” Shadows in the Night, because I really don’t know how I feel about it. Mixed feelings, says it best . . . and with that, ’nuff said about it. In a Bob Dylan related mention, today is 105th birthday of Howlin’ Wolf (1910-1976) born Chester Arthur Burnett, who was the great Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player from…
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    Meditation Makes Sense

  • Neuroplasticity and Meditation

    rogero
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:37 pm
    Neuroplasticity is a subject very pertinent to meditation – particularly meditation as consistent practice. Because rest assured, for all the difficulties you might experience as you meditate, and no matter how hopeless you might feel sometimes, the very act of sitting and using the meditation methods to coax your mind toward stillness changes the brain […]
  • Facing What Disturbs You

    rogero
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:39 am
    Following is another of the questions that came in, this one concerning an unusual condition that keeps repeating each time Jacques meditates Hi Roger, I liked your online course and your book but I got a big problem meditating. I have given it many tries but every time I meditate I build up tension in […]
  • Beginning To Meditate

    rogero
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:19 am
    Recently I sent out an email to all the people who bought the Practical Meditation Audio Course, asking them if they had any questions, so i could post my replies for everybody. Since then I’ve received quite a few replies. This first question comes from Brian, who asks: “I think the course you supplied was great and […]
  • Sleep – The Giver of Life

    rogero
    25 May 2015 | 7:59 pm
    At this time in the Western world, it is rapidly becoming noticeable that most of us are chronically under slept.  And as the studies and research are done, it’s becoming clear that this cumulative exhaustion is also a possible cause of many other apparently unrelated problems, such as obesity, cancer, allergies, heart disease, colds, and […]
  • Riding the Storm During Meditation

    rogero
    24 May 2015 | 2:44 am
    In the early ‘80’s a friend of mine began practicing a popular form of meditation being propagated by a famous Indian guru and his followers. This group had centers all over the world and my friend had been paying a lot of money to be taught a method which entailed focusing one’s attention on a […]
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    Jay N. Forrest

  • 009 The Pros and Cons of Atheism

    Jay N. Forrest
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    What are the pros and cons of atheism? Atheism is the lack of belief in a god or gods. It holds that there are no good reasons to think that God exists. Without rational justification, it is wrong to accept a claim. Atheists value science, evidence, and reason. But atheism answers only one question, should […]
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

    Jay N. Forrest
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    I don’t have all the answers. If there is one thing I am good at it is changing my mind. My thinking is constantly striving for a greater understanding of things. But changing your mind is hardly appreciated. Although I can see the evolution of my thinking, many people see only indecision and a lack […]
  • Debating the God Question

    Jay N. Forrest
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    Before you can really debate the God question you must first define the word God. Until this is defined, you cannot have a debate. You cannot even have an intelligent conversation. The Deist god, the Pantheist god, and the Christian God are very different. Even among Christians, God is defined in a multitude of ways. […]
  • 008 How to Know the Truth

    Jay N. Forrest
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    How can we know the truth? How can we know that what we believe is true? Truth is the correspondence between thought and reality. When what you think matches with what reality really is, you have truth. Beliefs come in systems, these systems are known as worldviews. According to The American Heritage Dictionary, a worldview […]
  • Scientific Pantheism

    Jay N. Forrest
    17 Jun 2015 | 8:49 am
    Scientific Pantheism is the belief that the universe, as revealed by science, is sacred and is worthy of the deepest reverence. It holds that science tells us what exists and how it works, but Pantheism tells us what it means, its value, and our emotional, ethical, and spiritual relationship to it. Pantheism is from two […]
 
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    Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living

  • Gay Marriage - ALARMING!

    Dan Garner
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:13 am
    I'm sure today's ruling by The Supreme Court, that it is unconstitutional to ban gay marriage, is alarming to some.  After all, what will become of this country or this world if our governments stop meddling in our personal affairs?  What will become of our children if we don't shame them from a very young age for being "different"?  It sends shivers up and down my spine to think that someone with beliefs other than my own will be treated fairly under the law.It's not a question of whether you agree with gay marriage.  It's a question of whether you believe in a person's…
  • Your Intention?

    Dan Garner
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    "You are a selfish asshole and I hate you!"OR"That was rude and really hurt my feelings.  I'm very hurt right now so please leave me alone."Stop, breathe, and separate yourself from your emotions before responding.  What is your intention?Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living
  • Contribution and Seth Godin's Blog

    Dan Garner
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Someone very close to me asked me yesterday, "What can we do to contribute, to make a difference?"  I rambled off a few things but didn't really give a clear answer.  I wasn't sure how to put my answer in words but here goes.  Perhaps the most important contributions we can make are not the big things, but the way we live our lives everyday and how we treat others.  We don't have to be on the evening news to contribute.  The examples we set, the way we treat those around us, the encouragement we offer, the smiles we give - these are the ways we…
  • Playing it Safe

    Dan Garner
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:10 am
    If you are participating in a marathon it might be a good idea to hold back a little in the beginning.  Few can run full-out for 26 miles.  There are times when it is best to be safe and keep a little in reserve. If you are out to win a sprint or are out to set a record in the high vault  then a different strategy may be in order. It would make little sense to hold back when jumping a deep ravine or running for your life. The same is true in our personal and business lives.  I think most people's default strategy is to hold back and play it safe.  Be sure which type…
  • When it counts

    Dan Garner
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    I try to be kind and I'm a pretty nice guy most of the time.  If things are going well, I'd say I'm a pretty nice guy.  I love making people smile and when they smile, I smile.  If we agree on something I light up and get excited.  When my job is going well, when the bills are all paid, and things are generally good - then I'm a pretty nice guy.  I'm a pretty nice guy except when it counts.  When the chips are down, if someone is mean or upset with me then I get scared and I'm an ASS.  If you lash out at me, chances are I'm going to lash…
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    Zen Beginnings

  • A Real-Life Lesson About Yoga

    Michelle
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” ― Amit Ray On January 2, 1999 I walked into my bedroom, plopped on the bed that I shared with my then-boyfriend, and prayed intently to God. With tears streaming down my face I looked up to the ceiling. “I […]
  • 5 Signs You Should Invest in Natural Sunscreen

    Michelle
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Now that summer almost here, and has possibly already arrived in some countries, it’s time to take a hard look at how to protect oneself from the harmful affects of the sun. Here is a another guest post from Theresa DeGregory, owner of Terra Andre’ Skin Care Products and Licensed Clinical Aestetician/Aromatherapist. She and I […]
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Ignore Perfection

    Michelle
    11 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    I was six years old when I first learned of astrological signs. I came across the horoscope section of the New York Daily News and the words, “If you are a Virgo, you are a perfectionist,” seemed to have leapt off the page. The message rang loud and clear, and wreaked of truth. Even as […]
  • 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 […]
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    Full Contact Enlightenment

  • Confessions….

    Tanya McGinnity
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    I like a Dave Matthews Band song. I have been crying more in the past 6 months in my entire lifetime and it feels amazing. Really. I’ve been doing a lot of self massage with tennis balls on my upper shoulders. Can’t recommend this enough. I am quite adept at keeping bamboo alive. My first boyfriend’s name was Praveen and he was awesome. We played with Hot Wheels during recess. Remember the cool little car suitcase for carrying dinky cars? I often have nightmares about flooding. Since my older dog passed, my younger pug has now been licking me all the time. Legs. Arms. Feet.
  • Random Linkage: Is it June Already?

    Tanya McGinnity
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Holy heck it’s June already! Are you feeling it? I hope wherever you are that the sun is shining on your pretty face and you have a nice cold drink chilling beside you. May you all be free from harm. Let it be known that long ago I once almost killed my cousin and I by impaling us on a metal fence post by driving an ATV into a wire fence. This image above really resonates with me. I do hope nobody was harmed in the making of it and think that some videos should come with a disclaimer saying the person only merely suffered a bit of mild anxiety over motorbikes and fences since the…
  • “A Puppy’s Path to Nirvana” by Deke, The Dharma Dog

    Tanya McGinnity
    31 May 2015 | 2:19 pm
    As a self-professed dog person (nothing against cats over here folks), I’m quite excited to hear about the new book A Puppy’s Path to Nirvana from Deke, The Dharma Dog. It’s a 29-lesson ebook, with Deke speaking throughout, explaining Buddha’s view of the world, his basic doctrines and practices, Buddhism’s early growth, and its development into a world religion. All of this is done in a fun and engaging way. This sweet golden retriever will in his words – speak to, and with, and about, many of the major figures in American Buddhism. I speak continually about my…
  • Resting…. Resting… 1-2-3

    Tanya McGinnity
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I had a mindblowingly glorious weekend friends. My dear, beloved teacher, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche gave teachings in my adopted home of Montreal this past Friday and Saturday. We were all thrilled to have him back on the East Coast! It was the first time I as able to see him IRL so I was filled with all the emotions. Excitement. Fear. Joy. Panic. Peace. Awe. Goofiness. Dread. Regret. Did I say joy? It was all in there. It’s funny how the mind can get caught up in all of the story lines. Expectations. Fears. And then – poof – the letting go happens and we realize we’re…
  • A break from book reviewing

    Tanya McGinnity
    11 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    I’m reading more than ever, but not the kind of books I’ve been traditionally spending time with. For a while I was spending time reading and commenting on the latest Buddhist reads circling around the publishing world. It was enjoyable and I was able to satisfy my love of reading this way. Then some realizations started to hit me. Am I reading books that fulfill me? What is my intention or purpose in reading/reviewing so many books? Is this a goal-oriented behavior at play? So I’m now letting go. A digital pile has started of books that I won’t be reviewing. I’m…
 
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    Cross River Meditation Center

  • The Lakkhana Sutta, Mindfulness of Actions

    John Haspel
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    Content Copyright 2014 John Haspel CrossRiverMeditation.com The Anguttara Nikaya is one of five major collections in the Sutta Pitaka. The Sutta Pitaka is one of the three sections of the Pali canon and contain the preserved original teachings of the Buddha. An article on the authenticity of the Pali Canon is linked below. The Anguttara Nikaya is organized according to numerical content. Anguttara 3.2 (The book of threes, chapter two) is the Lakkhana Sutta - the sutta on mindfulness of actions. This short Sutta is a teaching on the importance of Right Action, the fourth factor of the…
  • Fear, Meditation, Anatta Talk

    John Haspel
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Content Copyright 2014 John Haspel CrossRiverMeditation.com This Dhamma talk was recorded at our Tuesday evening Dhamma class in Frenchtown New Jersey on June 23, 2015 and it includes sangha Q&A and discussion. Fear arising during meditation, particularly shamatha-vipassana meditation, is a subject that comes up often. When meditation is practiced within the framework of the Eightfold Path the context of the Four Noble Truths brings understanding and guidance. Fear occursin meditation and as life unfolds from the ego-self’s need to establish and maintain its attachments to objects,…
  • The Brahma Viharas Talk 2

    John Haspel
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Content Copyright 2014 John Haspel CrossRiverMeditation.com Greeting friends, the Buddha teaches that there are four perfected mind states or Brahma Viharas, perfected abodes. These are enduring mind states developed through the Eightfold Path as well as qualities of mind to develop. These perfected mind states are: Love or loving-kindness (Pali: Metta) Compassion (Pali: Karuna) Unselfish Joy (Pali: Mudita) Equanimity (Pali: Upekkha) Included in this talk is sangha discussion and q@A. The talk concludes with an introduction to a shamatha-vipassana meditation session. I hope you find benefit…
  • Fear, Meditation, Anatta

    John Haspel
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Content Copyright 2014 John Haspel CrossRiverMeditation.com Fear arising during meditation, particularly shamatha-vipassana meditation, is a subject that comes up often. When meditation is practiced within the framework of the Eightfold Path the context of the Four Noble Truths brings understanding and guidance. The First Noble Truth is the noble truth of dukkha (stress, disappointment): “Sickness, aging, death is stressful. Separation from what is desired is stressful. Association with what is loathed is stressful. Not getting what is desired is stressful. In short the five-clinging…
  • The Kalama Sutta Talk 2

    John Haspel
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Content Copyright 2014 John Haspel CrossRiverMeditation.com This talk was presented at our Tuesday evening Dhamma class on June 16 2015 in Frenchtown New Jersey. The Kalama Sutta was presented to a group of townsfolk who had become confused by the various teachers who had come and gone, all claiming to teach the one true Dhamma. They asked the Buddha how could they know who they should follow. The Buddha responded “do not go by other’s accounts, or by legends or traditions. Do not follow scriptures (later developed texts) or logical conjecture (conditioned thinking). Do not form…
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