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  • 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 »
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    Buddha Buzz: Steve Jobs's Death and Dharma Paid Member

    "The moments of our life are not expendable,And the [possible] circumstances of death are beyond imaginationIf you do not achieve an undaunted confident security now,What point is there in your being alive, O living creature?" —Padmasambhava, from the Tibetan Book of the Dead. “Almost everything—all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure—these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” —Steve Jobs’s Stanford Commencement Address. More »
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    Buddha Buzz: Honesty, neuroscience, and a sparrow stuck in duct tape Paid Member

    Honesty takes balls. At least that's Adam Genkaki Fisher, teacher at Black Moon Zendo in Northhampton, Mass., tells us on his blog genkaku-again. In his recent post "real and manufactured courage," Fisher recounts the Zen tale of a samurai warrior who acts like he has just finished a fine meal, when in truth he hasn't eaten for days. More »
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    Ethical Wisdom: An interview with Mark Matousek Paid Member

    Mark Matousek is a Tricycle contributing editor. His new book, Ethical Wisdom: What Makes Us Good, is now available in bookstores. More »
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    The Brains of Buddhist Monks Paid Member

    Buddhism and the brain is a hot topic these days. Here's a recent BBC News report on meditation and the brains of Buddhist monks: More »
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    Meditation makes you a more rational decision maker Paid Member

    According to a recent study conducted by researchers in Canada and the US, meditation can actually reprogram the brain to make more rational--and less emotional--decisions. Via USA Today: More »