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The Powerful Chinese Meditation of Silent Illumination

Silent illumination is a Buddhist practice that can be traced back not only to Huineng (638–713), the sixth patriarch of Chan, and other Chinese …

Meditation

Osho Reveals the Most Simple Strategy to Settle a Busy Mind and Live in the Present Moment

Modern day life can be tough. There are exams to ace, bills to pay, diapers to change, and annoying co-workers to contend with. And unfortunately, we …

Meditation

China threatens to cut sales of iPhones and US cars if 'naive' Trump pursues trade war

President-elect ‘will be condemned for his recklessness, ignorance and incompetence’ if he imposes tariffs, says Communist party-controlled paper<p>US president-elect Donald Trump would be a “naive” fool to launch an all-out trade war against China, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has …

China

The tumultuous 2016 campaign is in a sudden limbo

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The most dramatic and unpredictable presidential election in decades is suddenly slipping into a strange state of suspended animation.<p>Donald Trump and his team, facing widening deficits in the polls, insist the Republican nominee can still win. But he and his allies seem to be …

Government

How to Meditate?

Most people know that meditation is good for us, and that it is a highly recommended health and wellbeing, as well as spiritual, practice. Many people however, miss out on the many benefits of regular meditation only because...they don't know how to meditate.<p>This process remains mysterious and …

Black History Month reading list: the best books this February

From rediscovered greats by Octavia Butler to the sixth novel from a prodigious talent, there’s a lot to get excited about this month<p>What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi<p>It’s hard to believe, but What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours is Helen Oyeyemi’s sixth book and she is still only 31. The …

Books

10 most important things in advertising

Viant CEO Tim Vanderhook Michael Seto/Business Insider<p>Good morning. Here's everything you need to know in the world of advertising today.<p><b>1. The CEO of Myspace told us why he just sold the company to Time Inc.</b> On Thursday Time Inc. announced it was acquiring the social network's parent company Viant.<p>…

How To Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets To Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Mindfulness

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Understanding the Mind

The most important habit I’ve formed in the last 10 years of forming habits is meditation. Hands down, bar none.<p>Meditation has helped me to form all …

Astronauts grow their first flower in space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly can brag about having a green thumb all day long, and we wouldn't mind at all. He's earned that right by successfully growing the first flower in space after the zinnia plants the ISS crew planted almost died. The astronauts started growing zinnias late last year, but a …

Is bacon dangerous? The science behind food trends

Is fat really bad for you? Should we consume less salt? And what’s wrong with gluten, anyway? A science writer and a consultant cardiologist separate fact from fiction<p><b>The great diet food con</b><p>Have you ever wondered why people on diets seem to be on and off them forever? Or why it’s really only people …

Nutrition

White House outlines gun control moves

<i>Watch President Barack Obama with CNN's Anderson Cooper this Thursday, January 7 at 8 p.m. ET for a town hall meeting on guns in America.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> The Obama administration will announce a series of executive actions on Tuesday to combat gun violence in the U.S.<p>Among other things, the actions would …

Guns

Republican debate: Rubio and Cruz vie to eclipse 'chaos candidate' Trump

Candidates go head to head on immigration, surveillance and foreign policy Jeb Bush calls Trump ‘chaos candidate’ who would be ‘chaos president’ Republican presidential debate – as it happened<p>The Republican party’s next-generation candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz went head-to-head on immigration …

Government

Donald Trump: Ban all Muslim travel to U.S.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump called Monday for barring all Muslims from entering the United States.<p>"Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on," a …

Donald Trump

ISIS video threatens New York City; mayor says city won't be intimidated

<b>(CNN) —</b> A video released by ISIS on Thursday threatens new attacks in France, Italy, the United States and beyond.<p>The video features two suspected ISIS fighters threatening to blow up the White House and launch more attacks on Paris. One fighter mentions a "conquest of Rome."<p>The Vatican's St. …

Terrorism

After attacks in Paris, governors refuse to accept Syrian refugees

WASHINGTON -- At least 24 governors, expressing fears about terrorism, are taking action — through executive order, a request to federal officials or some other means — to prevent Syrian refugees from settling in their states.<p>Their stand in the name of public safety began Sunday and escalated …

Terrorism

The Most Ambitious Effort Yet To Abolish The Death Penalty Is Already Happening

Derided this spring as “guerrilla warfare” by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the death penalty abolition movement is coming out into the open. The 8th Amendment Project’s leaders talk with BuzzFeed News about why — and how they plan to win.<p>Henderson Hill and Rob Smith are the odd couple …

Eighth Amendment

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Artificial Intelligence

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Queen Elizabeth II

The Wrong Way to Legalize Marijuana?

Ohio may be on the brink of creating America’s first marijuana ‘monopoly.’<p>On the surface, Ian James sounds like any other idealistic marijuana advocate: He’s critical of the war on drugs, he touts the economic and tax benefits of legalization and uses the familiar rebuttal against the “think of the …

Cannabis

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Teaching

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Yoga And Meditation Shown To Drastically Reduce Hospital Visits

New research finds that mindfulness practices have the potential to slash health care costs.<p>Yoga and meditation can be great ways to relax and quiet the mind, and a growing body of research has shown that these mindfulness practices may even be effective for treating physical and mental health …

Health Care

The Pre-Terrorists Among Us

Is it possible to stop terrorism before it happens?<p>Philip K. Dick’s <i>The Minority Report</i> is a short story about a dystopian future in which there are “no major crimes,” but a mass of imprisoned “would-be criminals.” This is thanks to “Precrime,” a criminal-justice agency whose preventive efforts are …