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Occupy Buddhism. Marx’s Revenge When the Dalai Lama announced his Marxist leanings last summer in Minneapolis, the only surprise was how surprising it was.

Occupy Buddhism

The blogosphere was once again astir with this nonrevelation, which came by way of an Indian-born Tibetan journalist, Tsering Namgyal, who had tagged along when the Dalai Lama held a nearly three-hour meeting with 150 Chinese students. Namgyal, a Mandarin-speaking reporter living and studying in Minneapolis, had posted online that the Dalai Lama surprised his young audience when he volunteered that “as far as sociopolitical beliefs are concerned, I consider myself a Marxist.” Namgyal’s post explained that a student had asked about the apparent contradiction between the Dalai Lama’s economic philosophy and Marx’s critique of religion. His Holiness said when he was in China in 1954–55, the Communist Party of China was really wonderful, and the Party members were really dedicated to the service of the people. » Letting Go of Attachment, from A to Zen.

“Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.”

» Letting Go of Attachment, from A to Zen

~Dalai Lama Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha. If there’s one thing we all have in common it’s that we want to feel happy; and on the other side of that coin, we want to avoid hurting. Yet we consistently put ourselves in situations that set us up for pain. Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto. President Obama, I oppose your appointment of Michael Taylor, a former VP and lobbyist for Monsanto, the widely criticized genetically modified (GM) food multinational, as senior advisor to the commissioner at the FDA.

Tell Obama to Cease FDA Ties to Monsanto

Taylor is the same person who as a high-ranking official at the FDA in the 1990s promoted allowing genetically modified organisms into the U.S. food supply without undergoing a single test to determine their safety or risks. This is a travesty. Taylor was in charge of policy for Monsanto's now-discredited GM bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which is opposed by many medical and hospital organizations. The hour of meditation question and answer index. Is there a certain hour in the morning that is most conducive to meditation?

The hour of meditation question and answer index

The very best time to meditate is between three and four o'clock in the morning. This is the Brahma Muhurta, the Hour of God. No matter what your standard is, even if you are a complete beginner, you will encounter very little resistance if you meditate at this time. The Westerner who goes to bed at twelve o'clock or one o'clock cannot expect to be able to meditate at three or four o'clock. If you want to meditate at four o'clock, you should go to bed by nine or ten the previous evening. Nicolas Notovitch. Nicolas Notovitch Nikolaj Aleksandrovič Notovič, known as Nicolas Notovitch (born 1858) was a Russian aristocrat, Cossack officer, spy[1][2] and journalist.

Nicolas Notovitch

Notovitch is known for his 1887 book claiming that during his unknown years, Jesus left Galilee for India and studied with Buddhists and Hindus there before returning to Judea.[3][4] Notovitch's claim was based on a document he said he had seen at the Hemis Monastery while he stayed there, but later confessed to having fabricated his evidence.[5][6] Modern scholars view Notovitch's accounts of the travels of Jesus to India a hoax which includes major inconsistencies.[6][7] Notovitch also wrote some political books on the role of Russia in war.[8][9] Life of Saint Issa[edit] Outline of the book[edit]

Ten Mindful Ways to Use Social Media. 20 Ways to Get Good Karma - By The Dalai Lama. Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD: 6 Practical Meditation Tips. Meditation is the art of focusing on a single point, your quiet place within.

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD: 6 Practical Meditation Tips

Of the thousands of thoughts going through your mind every day, each one of them trying to grab your attention. Meditation helps you calm them down, and then you can focus on what really matters. In addition, meditation can be a reminder that all the feelings, emotions, thoughts and behaviors are originating from you and your view of life, not so much the other way around. Research backing the many benefits of meditation is strong. Meditation can help people physically, emotionally and mentally. Buddhist Monastery Directory. The 9 Epiphanies That Shifted My Perspective Forever. By David Over the years I’ve learned dozens of little tricks and insights for making life more fulfilling.

The 9 Epiphanies That Shifted My Perspective Forever

They’ve added up to a significant improvement in the ease and quality of my day-to-day life. But the major breakthroughs have come from a handful of insights that completely rocked my world and redefined reality forever. The world now seems to be a completely different one than the one I lived in about ten years ago, when I started looking into the mechanics of quality of life. 9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” - Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk Post written by Leo Babauta.

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better

Are you simply moving through your day, without fully living?