Mindfulness

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    Buddha Buzz: Yue-yue, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and an Anonymous Monk Paid Member

    Our first Buddha Buzz item this week was brought to my attention by a Tweet from the blogger behind American Buddhist Perspective, Justin Whitaker. It's about a photo that recently struck a chord with China and the world, of an anonymous monk praying over the dead body of a man in a Chinese train station: More »
  • Occupy the Moment: A 99¢ Book for the 99% Paid Member

    Rick Heller, editor of the online magazine The New Humanism, self-identified secular Buddhist, and Occupy Boston activist, recently released the eBook, Occupy the Moment: A Mindful Path to a New Economy. It combines Buddhist teachings with neuroscience to frame a discussion of mindful activism and the Occupy movement. Heller specifically focuses on the three poisons—greed, hatred, and delusion—and how an understanding of all of them, and in particular, greed, can shape how we go about changing society for the better. From Occupy the Moment's introduction: More »
  • Buddha Buzz: Mindfulness for Doctors, Meditation's Downfalls, and the Avian Flu Paid Member

    A sobering article out of the NY Times this week called “As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows.” From the article: Hospitals and doctors’ offices, hoping to curb medical error, have invested heavily to put computers, smartphones and other devices into the hands of medical staff for instant access to patient data, drug information and case studies. More »
  • Mindfulness Exercise: This Person Could Die Tonight Paid Member

    We are currently reading Jan Chozen Bays's How to Train a Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness at the Tricycle Book Club. Each week in November, Bays will present us with a new mindfulness exercise that relates to the theme of gratitude. The fourth and final exercise is posted below. Give it a try and then join us at the discussion to tell us how it goes. Pick up a copy of the book here. More »
  • Deeper Lessons: Gratitude for the Body Paid Member

    We're reading Jan Chozen Bays's How to Train a Wild Elephant at the Tricycle Book Club. At the beginning of this week we posted one of the mindfulness practices from the book, "Gratitude for the Body," and today we're following-up with the "Deeper Lessons" to be learned from that exercise. If you have questions or comments for Jan Chozen Bays please join the discussion!Deeper Lessons More »
  • Faith in Technology: Are Buddhism and meditation the same thing? Paid Member

    If you read just one article in the current issue of Tricycle, make it "Living Buddhism" by Dharmavidya David Brazier.* The author raises serious questions about Buddhist practice in the West. In adopting a technological model of Buddhist practice do we risk isolating meditation techniques from a bigger picture? Are we reinforcing the very isolation and self-absorption that it is the job of Buddhism, and religion in general, to counter? Here's an excerpt from the article: More »