New imaging technology makes it possible for scientists to document the brain activity of Buddhist monks. Read more
When we look at the world around us, with its many serious problems, including poverty, injustice, war, overpopulation, and environmental degradation, it’s all too easy to become either angry and frustrated on the one hand or passive and despondent on the other. But not only are these responses ineffective at bringing about change, they are also part of the problem to begin with.
In order to bring about positive change in the world we need not only engagement with the outer world, but also engagement with our inner world. If we want to see greater awareness in the world, we have to cultivate awareness. If we want to see greater harmony and less strife we …
In the crowd of streetwise San Franciscans lining up for needle exchange, he stands out: a 52-year-old gay Buddhist monk, lean and sinewy in his bright yellow and red robes, chatting amicably with the men and women in line while swapping clean syringes for the dirty ones he collects. Read more
It’s a common practice to burn incense for ceremonies, rituals and meditation – but which ingredients are the best to use to promote this meditative state? Read more
"I knew I had been avoiding my next level of writing as I walked into the funky mountain hideaway near Winter Park in September. And that’s exactly why I went to the Rocky Mountain Contemplative Writing Retreat." Read more
“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” AnaÃƒÂ¯s Nin
It’s easy to think of a spiritual life as being somehow “elsewhere” or as being something that we can only aspire to in the future. But a true sense of spirituality comes from looking deeply into our present-moment experience and seeing more truly than we currently do.
When we sit to meditate we don’t try to escape who we are, rather we learn to be comfortable with being who we are. Living deeply, in the context of meditation, means unlearning our habits of craving, aversion, and delusion: habits which prevent us from acknowledging our experience fully.
In practical terms, this means opening …
Conference addresses western medicine and society’s embrace of meditation. Read more
Dalai Lama will join acclaimed speakers from the scientific and contemplative communities to discuss science and clinical applications of meditation. Read more