5 Minute Introduction • What is Buddhism? Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world. The word comes from 'budhi', 'to awaken'. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was himself awakened (enlightened) at the age of 35. • Is Buddhism a Religion? To many, Buddhism goes beyond religion and is more of a philosophy or 'way of life'. Basics of Buddhism The Four Noble Truths The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha's teachings, though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.
Beyond Ishtar: The Tradition of Eggs at Easter Photo by Willow Gardeners. CC, click on image for license and information. Eggs occupy a special status during Easter observances. They’re symbols of rebirth and renewal—life bursts forth from this otherwise plain, inanimate object that gives no hint as to what it contains. The Seven Shamanic Levels of Consciousness Preface Although formerly only known by shamans, I present this knowledge now to spiritual seekers and for the benefit of mankind.In 1989 I met a Hungarian Shaman, Joska Soos, in Antwerp, Belgium, who helped people with his private "shamanizations" and classes. Over the years I learned a lot, with new information about shamanism I had never read about in any literature.
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Theory of Knowledge » Theories of Perception On a straightforward view, we directly perceive the world as it is. The way that things look, feel, smell, taste, and sound is the way that they are. We see colours, for example, because the world is coloured. This view of perception is called, somewhat dismissively, naive realism. An Introduction to Buddhism An Introduction to Buddhism To do no evil; To cultivate good; To purify one's mind: 20 Spiritual Quotes From Eckhart Tolle I find great peace by reading spiritual quotes. It’s very soothing to glimpse into your inner self for perspective. Today I wanted to share my favorite quotes from spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle Theory and History of the Noosphere The Noosphere - literally, “mind-sphere” or Earth’s mental sheathe - is a word and concept jointly coined by Édouard Le Roy, French philosopher and student of Henri Bergson, Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Russian geochemist, Vladimir Vernadsky, in Paris, 1926. At the root of the primary definition of noosphere is a dual perception: that life on Earth is a unity constituting a whole system known as the biosphere; and that the mind or consciousness of life - the Earth’s thinking layer - constitutes a unity that is discontinuous but coextensive with the entire system of life on Earth, inclusive of its inorganic support systems. A third critical premise arising from the first two is that the noosphere defines the inevitable next stage of terrestrial evolution, which will subsume and transform the biosphere. How this evolutionary shift might occur is at the crux of the experiment, Noosphere II. 1.
Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch Feels 'Hopeful' About Cancer Treatment Three months since he revealed he was suffering from cancer of the salivary gland, Beastie Boy Adam Yauch wrote in a message to fans this week that after undergoing treatment and surgery, he's feeling healthy. Yauch, 45, said he just returned from a trip to Dharamsala, India, where he had traveled to see some Tibetan doctors and ended up attending a three-day teaching from Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. "I'm feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that I've beaten this thing, but of course time will tell," wrote Yauch, who recently underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his left parotid (salivary) gland. "I'm taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of the Tibetan doctors I've been eating a vegan/organic diet, which surprisingly enough was harder to do in India than it is now that I'm back home. Here I can just shop for the right food and cook ... a lot easier than depending on restaurants."