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Hannah Davis shows off her American pride in SI

Hannah Davis has America seeing stars and stripes.<p>The 25-year-old Saint Thomas-born model dons a tiny red bikini against the nation’s flag just in time for the 4th of July.<p>Lying on her back with her legs crossed and soaking wet from head to toe, Derek Jeter’s girlfriend puts her glory on display …

7 Buddhist Teachings That Will Help You Overcome Life’s Most Difficult Challenges and Find Peace

Buddhaimonia.Growing up in the U.S. (California), almost all of my friends were either Christian or Catholic. My family wasn’t. My parents were …

Buddhism

Zen Story: All Sentient Beings

A farmer requested a Tendai priest to recite sutras for his wife, who had died. After the recitation was over the farmer asked: “Do you think my wife …

Zen

How to Love: Legendary Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on Mastering the Art of “Interbeing”

“To love without knowing how to love wounds the person we love.”<p>What does love mean, exactly? We have applied to it our finest definitions; we have examined its psychology and outlined it in philosophical frameworks; we have even devised a mathematical formula for attaining it. And yet anyone who …

Meditation

Zen Stories – DAILY ZEN

Sozan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student: “What is the most valuable thing in the world?”<p>The master replied: “The head of a dead cat.”<p>“Why …

100 Best Zen Sayings And Proverbs Of All Time

I’ve always loved the religious philosophy of Zen Buddhism, for many reasons, and one of those reasons is that just by speaking a few words, Zen …

Sam Harris on the Paradox of Meditation and How to Stretch Our Capacity for Everyday Self-Transcendence

Montaigne believed that meditation is the finest exercise of one’s mind and David Lynch uses it as an anchor of his creative integrity. Over the centuries, the ancient Eastern practice has had a variety of exports and permutations in the West, but at no point has it been more vital to our sanity …

The Scientific Case For Cold Showers

Chilly water increases blood circulation, releases endorphins, and could make you a more productive human—if you can handle it.<p>It’s 7:30 a.m. on a wintry March morning. I’m standing in my apartment’s cramped bathroom wearing little more than a towel and a determined look on my face. The shower is …

Swimming Pools

The Persistent Illusion that Prevents Personal Growth

further: feature<p>You might think that a solid, enduring self is the key to happiness and personal growth. But in fact, it’s just the opposite.<p>Let’s go …

Self-improvement

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of Michigan

The Power of Now: A Meditative Approach to Living In the Moment

There is no better time than the present. Eckhart Tolle's <i>The Power of Now</i> shows you how to move past pain, stress, and anxiety with the help of …

Mindfulness

In Defense of Boredom: 200 Years of Ideas on the Virtues of Not-Doing from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

Bertrand Russell, Søren Kierkegaard, Andrei Tarkovsky, Susan Sontag, Adam Phillips, Renata Adler, and more.<p><i>“I can excuse anything but boredom,”</i> Hedy Lamarr famously quipped. It is befitting that the woman who invented the technology that laid the foundation for wifi would provide the de facto motto …

Church of the Good Shepherd