Walking with a child or group of children is a perfect time to teach them about walking meditation… Read more
Twelve healthy long-term meditators who had been practicing Transcendental Meditation for 30 years showed a 40-50% lower brain response to pain compared to 12 healthy controls… Read more
Most days, he’d start out feeling one with the universe… Read more
Stressed HSC students are turning to relaxation strategies in a bid to overcome their anxieties… Read more
Self-Realization Fellowship celebrates 60th anniversary of ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ (The Los Angeles Times)
Yogananda’s teaching blended Christianity and the 2nd century Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a yoga school of philosophy stressing nonviolence, self-discipline, physical exercises, breath control and meditation… Read more
Milarepa: “When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”
Milarepa (1052-1135) was a great Tibetan Yogi who lived an austere life on the bare hillsides of the Himalayas, eking out an existence on donations and the few plants — principally nettles — that grow in that harsh environment. His name means “The Cotton-Clad One,” and he generally wore just a thin sheet, using the heat generated by meditation practices to keep the fierce Tibetan cold at bay.
Despite his remote living situation he attracted many disciples and visitors, and although he belonged to no school he is particularly venerated by the Tibetan Kagyus, who trace their lineage back through him.
Milarepa was a master of Mahamudra, a meditation approach that emphasizes the innate purity …
Wisdom has long been one of our best publishers of Buddhist books and it is good to see them venture into the field of literature. The twenty stories in this collection — the second in a series — are worthy and wide-ranging, although it may be noted that the Buddhism is mostly tilted towards the Zen and Tibetan traditions.
Yet the thesis proposed in the title is in danger of sinking some of the stories under its weight. Is “Buddhist fiction” written by Buddhists? Or with an explicitly Buddhist subject?
To try and delay these (potential) objections I deliberately read each story before I referred to the biographical notes …
Meditation is a time that we can quietly reflect on the methods that help us communicate the most effectively… Read more