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  • The biology of mindfulness Paid Member

    In a new interview with The New Humanism's editor Rick Heller, Daniel Siegel (above) lays out the neurological fundamentals of smelling a rose, the mental architecture of a mirage—and of always wanting a new toy (just not the iPhone 4). He has taken a particular interest in understanding how past experience conditions our perceptions, and he describes himself to Heller this way: More »
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    Shady Buddha Paid Member

    I took this picture in the office of my boss, James Shaheen. (There was probably an important meeting going on and my thumbs were too tired to keep playing Trenches.) He has a lovely Buddha on his windowsill that caught the light nicely beneath this shady tree, er, plant. More »
  • Bonnie Myotai Treace on Generosity and Attention Paid Member

    Week 2 of Bonnie Myotai Treace's Tricycle Retreat begins today. In this week's talk she elaborates on last week's theme of generosity and introduces the theme of attention. While stressing the importance of attention in practice she tells a story of a Japanese Emperor that visited a Zen master asking for a great teaching.  In response to the Emperor's request the master painted a calligraphy of the character for 'attention.' The Emperor thanked him but stated he was looking for more of a teaching than one simple character. Upon being asked to elaborate on this teaching, the master's response was simply to once again paint the character on another piece of paper and hand it to him.  This apparently went on for quite some time.  Eventually the Emperor saw that this repetitive action WAS the great teaching—that one must come back to attention again and again and again. More »
  • Spanish soccer star Puyol takes keen interest in Buddhism Paid Member

    Spanish striker Carles Puyol has a keen interest in Tibetan Buddhism, according to phayul.com. The soccer star, who plays for Barcelona, met the Dalai Lama when His Holiness visited that city. With Spain's World Cup victory yesterday, we can expect Puyol to be in the news in coming weeks, and no doubt we'll learn more. Puyol's friend Ven. Wangchen told the Voice of America that "Puyol's interest in Tibetan culture and Buddhism started after reading Sogyal Rinpoche’s book, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which helped him deal with death of a family member." Wangchen adds that Puyol "has a Tibetan tattoo on his left arm which reads 'Power is inside the Mind. More »
  • Vesak in Iraq (a bit late) Paid Member

    "A little bit late but thought this was a nice article!" That's how the Buddhist Military Sangha introduces an article about the first US Army Vesak celebration, written by one of their own—Sgt. Michael Carden. Vesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. It was celebrated this year on May 27. Presiding over the ceremonies was the Army's first Buddhist chaplain, 1st Lt. Thomas Dyer, blogged about here before. More »
  • The Obon Festival, honoring the dead, and the last of the Japantowns Paid Member

    The Obon Festival is a Japanese Buddhist three-day observance during which families honor their deceased ancestors. According to scholar and Shin priest Alfred Bloom, The Obon observance has deep roots in Asian ancestor cults from India to Japan. It is based on the legend of the monk Mogallana's rescue of his mother from the hell of hungry ghosts. The story dramatizes the son's anxiety for his mother's welfare after her death and how it was resolved through Buddhist practice. Practicing meditation, Mogallana gained spiritual insight and vision, which enabled him to see his mother's true condition. He then asked the Buddha how to free her from her suffering. More »