We forget that the process of getting there is equally important. Everything is a dharma teaching… Read more
The march, officially known as the Gandhi-Merton Pilgrimage for Peace and Non-Violence, was organized by the Louisville-based group Interfaith Paths to Peace, which promotes nonviolent approaches to conflicts… Read more
practiced Buddhist meditators deploy their brains with exceptional skill. Drawing on 2,500 years of mental technology—techniques for paying careful attention to the workings of their own minds—they develop expertise in controlling the flow of their mental life, avoiding the emotional squalls that often compel us to take personal feelings oh, so personally, and clearing new channels for awareness, calm, compassion and joy. Their example holds the possibility that we can all choose to modulate our moods, regulate our emotions and increase cognitive capacity … Read more
You don’t need to quit your job, give up your possessions and spend 30 years chanting. Recent research indicates that meditating brings about dramatic effects in as little as a 10-minute session. Several studies have demonstrated that subjects who meditated for a short time showed increased alpha waves (the relaxed brain waves) and decreased anxiety and depression… Read more
Visiting in the 90s, I heard U Pandita speak at IMS during a three-month retreat. His key image was a dying tree, its water supply cut off. It was actually a recommendation: remove the causes of kilesa (unwholesome reaction), and kill the kilesa tree. I found the image upsetting. Yet I was impressed with the man.
Kate Wheeler, who edits this new book, calls Sayadaw “a Buddhist version of fire and brimstone.” His style is certainly hard-hitting. Indeed, without the funny anecdotes in her preface showing his sincerity and depth of insight, one could take offence at Sayadaw’s moral injunctions, even dismiss him as simplistic: but one would be quite wrong.
What makes this book …
“The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove”
There are some things in life we can change. There are some things in life we cannot change. Knowing which is which is the key to our wellbeing.
Dr. Johnson was not a man to mince his words, and offers us one of his typically bracing edicts. It may strike us at first as being somewhat of an overstatement to suggest that desiring to change something other than ourselves …
Transcendental meditation, a relaxation technique, may decrease blood pressure and reduce insulin resistance among patients with coronary heart disease… Read more
Includes techniques for meditation, focus, and relaxation that have helped the Olympic Athletes, U.S. Armed Forces, Microsoft, AT&T, and numerous individuals… Read more
Reflection meditation is valuable for your teens to learn too – aiding them to calmly work out sticky situations… Read More