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20 Enlightening Quotes From a Japanese Zen Master That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Ever heard of Kodo Sawaki? If not, then you’re in for a treat of wisdom today.<p>Kodo Sawaki is considered to be one of the most significant Zen masters …

Meditation

17 Profound Quotes From an Ancient Zen Master That Will Make You Think Deeply About Life

Among the most important texts of Zen literature, the Lin-Chi lu details the insights and exploits of the great ninth century Chinese Zen master …

This 'bank for the poor' could hold the key to ending poverty and inequality

In 2016, Oxfam estimated that the total wealth of 99 per cent of the global population was barely equivalent to the wealth of the top one per cent - …

Income Inequality

Steve Jobs and the Rediscovery of Zen

Five years ago, on October 5, 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs lost his battle with cancer. Among the millions mourning the death of this unique …

Meditation

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This research has left me levitating with excitement. I'm dumbfounded by what positive psychology can do. But this is taking it to a whole new level. <i>What Marcel, tell us!</i><p>OK, here's the scoop. Shawn Achor, Harvard-trained happiness researcher and <i>New York Times</i> best-selling author of <i>The Happiness</i> …

Happiness

10 High-Fat Foods You Should Be Eating More Of, According To Nutritionists

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that fat is back. Not only does this once-feared macronutrient help keep you fuller longer than anything "fat-free" ever could, but it's linked to everything from reduced belly fat to improved heart health to superior cognitive function—depending on …

Nutrition

Lost? 3 Ways To Find Yourself

A wise teacher once told me that the only guarantee in life is that everything will change, and the only permanent relationship you will ever have is with your mind, breath, and body.<p>I was sitting in a large open aired wooden pagoda in the jungles of Sri Lanka, the year after the tsunami. A college …

Yoga

Would LSD Make Bar Mitzvahs Great Again?

Human history is rife with precedent for using drugs to achieve spiritual and moral growth, and there's no scientific reason the modern Jew can't get in on the action.<p>My bar mitzvah was a lovely affair. I remember standing at the <i>bima</i><i>,</i> singing from the Torah in ancient Hebrew as my beaming parents …

Religion

Election blindness: It’s the end of the world economy as we know it — and we feel fine

Our myopic focus on Trump and Clinton has blinded us to a looming debt crisis and a global economy on the precipice<p>As the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund convene this week in Washington for their annual meeting, there is growing evidence that the post-World War II global consensus …

Economics

Time Might Only Exist in Your Head, Say Physicists

Universal time doesn’t add up.<p>Out of all the pressures we face in our everyday lives, there’s no denying that the nature of time has the most …

Physics

A Scientist Finds Salvation

A Canadian reader, Jan, introduces a new spiritual practice, Falun Gong, to our ongoing series. He’s been a practitioner for 16 years and “came into my spiritual path in a most unexpected way”:<p>I grew up as a Catholic, though really only in the most basic sense of the word. Early on I tried to be a …

Time I

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If Voting Made Any Difference, They Wouldn't Let Us Do It

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."--Joseph Stalin, dictator of the Soviet Union<p>No, America, you don't have to vote.<p>In fact, vote or don't vote, the police state will continue to trample us underfoot.<p>Devil or deliverer, the candidate who …

Political Science

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”<p>The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea …

Plato Questioned Whether the Beauty of Math Could Makes Us Better People

This is the second diablog* with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. RNG is a philosopher, novelist, certified MacArthur “genius,” winner of a National …

PLATO

12 Inspirational Quotes From Dalai Lama On How To Live A Good Life

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, celebrated his 81st birthday Wednesday.<p>The Buddhist leader marked the occasion with a birthday celebration at the Drepung Monastery in Karnataka, India.<p>From his humble beginnings as a child of farmers in northeastern Tibet to his exile in Dharamsala, …

Mindfulness

Why am I not finding the blog post? Reshaping INDIHOPE

<b>Disclaimer</b><p>Dear Reader, if you have come across here from a different blog post, then it means the blog that you are looking for is no longer …

7 Quotes to Stop You from Worrying About Things You Can’t Control

<i>Letting go of control… and being OK with it.</i>That is one of the greatest struggles many of us deal with on a daily basis, myself included.Because …

Down Syndrome

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene

I am a bad Buddhist. I don’t meditate every day, and some weeks, I feel lucky if I find the time to meditate at all. I go to zendo in rare spurts, a …

Climate Change

The Supreme Contemplation

One of the best ways to prepare for death is to acknowledge that we really are going to die. We’re falling in the dark and have no idea when we’ll …

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …

Mindfulness

A Mind Like a Clear Pool

The great strength of the Buddha-dharma is its <i>practice</i>. It is incredible what this wonderful practice can bring about. When I hear the teachings of …

The 3-Second Pause that Can Save a Morning and Spare Some Pain

<i>by Rachel Macy Stafford</i><i>“Do every act of your life as though it were the very last act of your life.”<br>– Marcus Aurelius</i>It was my children’s first day …

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Is Free Will An Illusion?

The nature of the self presents a persistent dilemma. The Vaisheshika school, beginning in third century BCE India, argues that god created the world …

The Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness: 8 Helpful Tips

May 27, 2016 by Justin Whitaker<p>A guest post from Janet Miller<p>You don’t have to be a Buddhist (or a hippy) to practice mindfulness, and you don’t have …

The Mindfulness of the Buddha

As secular mindfulness continues to expand into many layers of our society, from psychotherapy offices and schools to corporations and the military, …

Meditation

Israeli politics bears comparison with end of Weimar Germany and rise of fascism

Racist bills in the Knesset strongly resemble laws adopted by the Reichstag in the early days of the Nazi regime<p>Wed, May 25, 2016, 00:32<p>‘Please don’t …

Israel

A New Solar Cell Converts The Sun’s Heat Into Usable Energy

This could double the amount of power that solar panels produce<p>The sun gives us so much, providing both lighting and heating for our planet. We try to take advantage of this constant stream of power by using solar panels to convert light into electrical energy. It's a bright idea. But, could we be …