“Happiness is possible,” Thich Nhat Hanh reassuringly begins the three-CD audiobook You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment.
I arrive back from two months in India and twenty days of Vipassana insight meditation retreat, where I was practicing mindfulness, and waiting for me on my doorstep is a copy of Thich Nhat Hanh’s You Are Here.
It promises to offer simple and effective practices for cultivating mindfulness. Perfect, I think to myself as I try to maintain the few remaining grains of equanimity I had cultivated back in India.
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Title: You Are Here
Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
Read by: Lloyd James
I remember that “wow” moment when I first read Thich Nhat Hanh’s now-classic The Miracle of Mindfulness, in which he outlines, very simply and with a sense of authenticity, powerful and effective methods of bringing mindfulness practice into daily life, such as washing the dishes as if they were sacred objects, and eating mindfully.
That “wow,” was uttered repeatedly, in with an even greater degree or reverence and appreciation, while I was reading How to Train a Wild Elephant, which is a worthy successor to Thich Nhat Hanh’s earlier work, taking the teaching of mindfulness practice to a new level.
I had heard of Jan Chozen Bays, mainly in the context of quotations … Read more »
Ten minutes of meditation before a meeting could significantly improve its outcome, according to research by the Kyoto Convention Bureau.
A group of 20 did five separate exercises – including memory, language, comprehension and listening tests – on two separate occasions, 12 days apart.
Before the first session there was no preparation, but before the second participants each did a 10-minute meditation exercise.
The study found that after the second session delegates showed an average improvement of 12.5% in completing the tasks.
The largest individual improvement across all the tasks was 21%, while the smallest individual improvement was 2%.
Reverend Matsuyama, a Zen Buddhist priest, who…
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As they say, the more you do it, the more it happens. No one may relate to this better than Zen master Miao Tsan. If you have ever experienced a “Zen moment,” you can perhaps imagine how Tsan must feel, since he made a habit of these moments that now comprise his existence.
Master Tsan, the abbot of Vairocana Zen Monastery in California, who spent 20 years as a monk searching for enlightenment, teaches internationally through lectures and guided meditations that religious institutions and traditions only allow for harmful patterns that distract us from the universal truth.
He relates the idea in his book Just Use This Mind: Follow the Universal Truth of Oneness of … Read more »
The emotional undertow of aging, I think, is a feeling of loss — Loss of youth, loss of dreams, loss of possibility.This quality is what used to be referred to as mid-life crisis. Other phrases have come into vogue now — such as the cheery “60 is the new 40” — but the undertow of such homilies is still loss. Is there some way out of this sense of loss, some fresh point of view that assuages the pain of it? Actually, there is. Aging is not a matter of years — forty, sixty, eighty — but of life process. Everything is aging, all the time. We age from our first breath. The problem is
If asked about the Zen Buddhist Temple on Packard Street in Ann Arbor, most people would probably think of the wall that separates the temple from the street.
“The wall is there not to separate us from the rest of the town,” said senior member Catherine Brown of Ann Arbor.
It serves, instead, as noise barrier. Silence plays a key role in a Zen Buddhist service.
Upon entering the temple, those in attendance sit in quiet meditation for about 20 minutes. This is repeated at the end of service.
Meditation is integral to the Zen Buddhist belief system. Meditation is how Siddharta Gautama reached enlightenment to become the first Buddha, according to tradition.
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Minh Cong Nguyen has found a home for his displaced Buddhist congregation – this time outside of Rankin County.
Nguyen opened a Zen Center last month on Terry Road, just south of U.S. 80, which will house meditation classes and worship services.
He holds worship services on Sunday for Buddhists as well as meditation classes for everyone.
“Westerners are invited,” the monk said of the free classes he will start holding on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The first is Saturday.
Americans live a stressed-out lifestyle, and these two-hour sessions give people a mental break, he said.
“Our minds are like a computer,” he said. “You keep putting too much information in it. Meditation is the … Read more »
Buddhist nuns and volunteers at the Buddha Mind Monastery are creating a walking meditation trail along the religious center’s expansive east Oklahoma City site
With the pioneering spirit of their adopted state, a group of Buddhist nuns is forging a path through a new frontier.
That untamed land is right outside their doors at the Buddha Mind Monastery, 5916 S Anderson Road.
The nuns and a determined group of volunteers are creating a walking meditation trail throughout and along the perimeter of the monastery’s sprawling 40 acres in far east Oklahoma City.
Jian Jian Shih, a nun at the monastery, said the new trail is the first of many changes at the site. Dirtwork … Read more »
Originating in China, Zen Buddhism took hold in Japan in the late 12th century.
Unlike more traditional factions of Buddhism, Zen fosters the belief that enlightenment can be gained through meditation and intuition instead of blind devotion and dogma. It advocates achieving a balance between appreciating the beauty of our natural, physical world, while freeing oneself from the earthly preoccupations that inhibit the path toward nirvana.
This delicate balance has long been fodder for the creation of art. And for local artist Fumino Hora, it’s the basis for her latest body of work, “The Way of Samsara,” which currently comprises an installation-style exhibit in the Hodge Gallery at Pittsburgh Glass Center.
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Living without pain may not require potent drugs, according to a new study published in the medical journal Pain — all you need is a cushion, a quiet corner and maybe a mantra.
Previous research has found that people who practice Zen meditation are less sensitive to pain. For the new study, researchers at the University of Montreal aimed to figure out why. They exposed 13 Zen masters and 13 comparable non-practitioners to equal degrees of painful heat while measuring their brain activity in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner.
The meditators reported feeling less pain than the control group did. What’s more, the Zen group reported feelings of pain at levels below what … Read more »