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    Tool Kit: Lungs Paid Member

    First on the list of items in the Buddha's tool kit is a pair of lungs. You may experience lapses in mindfulness many times during a single period of meditation, but the lungs remain faithful to their appointed task. This is why Buddhist teachers have always advised their students to cultivate awareness of the breath. At moments of stress or uncertainty the breath is always there, rising and falling. These same movements have been the intimate companions of all the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the past. As Soen Nakagawa Roshi used to say, "We are members of one nose-hole society." The lungs function naturally. There is no need to do anything special when you breathe. Nevertheless, it may be helpful to begin meditating by clearing the lungs fully, just as you would clear your throat before speaking or wipe the dust from a tabletop before sitting down to work. More »
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    What Does Being A Buddhist Mean To You? Paid Member

    Ravi RavindraProfessor of Comparative Religion and Physics at Dalhousie UniversityHalifax, Canada In a certain way, psychologically and socially, we humans clone ourselves. Look at teenagers, they all wish to be the same way, to imitate each other. That to me is a more serious issue—how our propaganda, our social-psychological manipulation through the media, actually makes people behave as if they were clones. Work in this field can't really be stopped. This research will be carried on underground—in much the same way that chemical warfare technology and nuclear research have been. There are people with enough knowledge to do this all over the world. Enough knowledge, but maybe not enough conscience. Like the Buddha himself said, we are all driven by fear and desire. More »
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    What Does Being a Buddhist Mean to You? Paid Member

    Venerable Daehaeng Sunim Daehaeng Sunim is a famous healer. Born in 1926, she suffered great difficulties under the Japanese occupation of her country. She was ordained in her twenties and spent many years deep in the mountains practicing meditation. During this time she developed healing powers.  "My mind and the mind of a patient are not two. It is similar to electricity; one needs two coils to make light. In the same way, the mind of the patient and my mind combine together so there is energy. Who can we say heals whom? Because the two minds resemble the thread and the lamp that need to touch each other and combine to make light, when there is contact, automatically light comes. For this reason neither side can say they did it. More »
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    The Science of Enlightenment: The Buddha's Answer to Darwin and God Paid Member

    Why is Buddhism closer to science than other religions? The Buddha taught that everything has causes and that only understanding can yield spiritual freedom. Since the Buddha saw that nothing is unchanging, the “Supreme Scientist” rejected the idea of divine creation. He insisted that faith without knowledge cannot make one free and advised his students to examine everything, especially his own words; to rely on their own reason and experience, not on authorities; and to pursue happiness by practicing what they knew to be true. More »