Randy Houseman

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Meditation, Life, and the Good Sit

<i>(I spent the winter of 2012 in silence on a self-guided retreat at the Forest Refuge, a Buddhist meditation center in rural Massachusetts. This is the second entry of a twice-monthly blog exploring daily life in the silence, and how intensive retreats offer a compass for everyday life).</i><p>I have my …

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The Disappearance of Self in Japan

You're drifting in a rowboat on a quiet pond. Another boat bumps against your own and jolts you out of your self-forgetfulness.<p>You stand up in a rage, and start berating the negligent rower in the other boat. Then you notice that it's empty. There's no one to blame (save circumstance or the current …

Japan

Physicist David Bohm and Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti on Love, Intelligence, and How to Transcend the Wall of Being

“One cannot accumulate love.”<p>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,” Carl Sagan wrote in his meditation on science and spirituality, “we will have failed.”<p>Between April and September of 1980, as Sagan’s <i>Cosmos</i> was making its debut and …

Tearing Me Up

The Food Lab: Foolproof Onion Rings

Here's another exclusive excerpt from my book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. I hope you enjoy it.<p>The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science<p>$30.91from Amazon<p>At their physical core, onion rings couldn't be more different from fried fish. But at their philosophical core, …

Onions

This concept from Zen Buddhism will help you let go of beliefs that are holding you back

A buddhist statue. Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri<p>I played baseball for 17 years of my life. During that time, I had many different coaches and I began to notice repeating patterns among them. <br>Coaches tend to come up through a certain system. New coaches will often land their first job as an assistant …

Self-improvement

Trailblazing Physicist David Bohm and Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard on How We Shape What We Call Reality

“Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe… What we believe determines what we take to be true.”<p>We never see the world exactly as it is — our entire experience of it is filtered through the screen of our longings and our fears, onto which project the …

John Cage on Human Nature, Constructive Anarchy, and How Silence Helps Us Enlarge Each Other’s Goodness

“It is essential that we be convinced of the goodness of human nature, and we must act as though people are good.”<p>Legendary composer, writer, artist, and Zen Buddhism scholar <b>John Cage</b> (September 5, 1912–August 12, 1992), who pioneered the aesthetics of silence, was animated by a rich inner life and …

Bertrand Russell

Is There Anything Spiritual About Mindfulness?

These days mindfulness is the buzzword. Celebrities such as Goldie Hawn, Richard Gere and Tina Turner have been some of it's strongest proponents. Mindfulness seems to be embraced in the west, more as a practice and discipline rather than as a religion, although its origin is in Buddhism. <i>But does</i> …

Meditation

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

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Easy Pad Thai Noodles Recipe from Phuket, Thailand

• Place chopped chicken in a bowl and toss with soy sauce (1.5 Tbsp). Set aside. Combine 'Pad Thai Sauce' ingredients together in a cup, stirring to …

14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014

There’s a lot of music out there and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where we come in. From Nashville to Portland to Sweden — we …

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

A savage journey to the heart of the American dream<p>We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I …

Wildlight - Twirl Me (Invisible Light Project Remix)