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Mindfulness & Spirituality. Love, kindness, compassion, liberation from suffering and health are core human concerns religions and spiritual traditions all over the world have focused on since the beginning of human civilization.

Mindfulness & Spirituality

We have always known that those themes ‘are good for us’, that they are good medicine for a humanity in pain. What is utterly new in our present times, is the fact that we now have a new and powerful ally in humanity’s road towards wisdom. The mindfulness disciplines of subjective experience (meditation, psychotherapy) have converged and shaken hands with the mindfulness discipline of the objective world – science. We now live in an extraordinary time, where the neurosciences, genetics, modern psychology, anthropology, physics and mathematics have converged to shed new light on spiritual insights. The neurosciences can now back up the claim that compassion and kindness are at the heart of health and wellbeing, which in turn are at the heart of spiritual fulfillment.


Consciousness. Mummified 200-year-old monk found in Mongolia in 'very deep meditation', Buddhist academic claims. A Buddhist academic has said a 200-year-old mummified monk discovered in Mongolia may not be dead but in a "very deep meditation".

Mummified 200-year-old monk found in Mongolia in 'very deep meditation', Buddhist academic claims

The preserved body was discovered in the lotus position, covered in animal hide, last week in the Songinokhairkhan district, close to the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. Forensic examinations are being carried out on the remains, which investigators believe belong to a man who may have been a Lama, or a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism. Now, an expert has claimed the monk may have been in a rare spiritual state known as "tukdam". Thích Nhất Hạnh.

Thích Nhất Hạnh (/ˈtɪk ˈnjʌt ˈhʌn/; Vietnamese: [tʰǐk ɲɜ̌t hɐ̂ʔɲ]; born as Nguyen Xuan Bao [1] on October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

He lives in Plum Village in the Dordogne region in the south of France,[2] travelling internationally to give retreats and talks. He coined the term "Engaged Buddhism" in his book Vietnam: Lotus in a Sea of Fire.[3] A long-term exile, he was given permission to make his first return trip to Vietnam in 2005.[4] Nhất Hạnh has published more than 100 books, including more than 40 in English. He is active in the peace movement, promoting nonviolent solutions to conflict[5] and he also refrains from animal product consumption as a means of nonviolence towards non-human animals.[6][7] Biography[edit] Buddha hall of the Từ Hiếu Pagoda. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh: only love can save us from climate change. Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world's leading spiritual teachers, is a man at great peace even as he predicts the possible collapse of civilisation within 100 years as a result of runaway climate change.

Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh: only love can save us from climate change

The 86-year-old Vietnamese monk, who has hundreds of thousands of followers around the world, believes the reason most people are not responding to the threat of global warming, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, is that they are unable to save themselves from their own personal suffering, never mind worry about the plight of Mother Earth. Thay, as he is known, says it is possible to be at peace if you pierce through our false reality, which is based on the idea of life and death, to touch the ultimate dimension in Buddhist thinking, in which energy cannot be created or destroyed. Look beyond fear "Our perception of time may help," Thay told me in his modest home in Plum Village monastery near Bordeaux. Confront the truth "They want to get busy in order to forget. Williams Kabat Zinn. Want to be happy? SLOW DOWN.

In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria.

Want to be happy? SLOW DOWN

A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness. In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully.

An edited version of the conversation, moderated by TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz, follows. First, Pico Iyer on how he became taken with the idea of staying still: Guy Raz (left), Pico Iyer (center), and Matthieu Ricard (right) discuss mindfulness and the importance of being still at TED Global 2014. And so I left all that behind.