HARDCORE ZEN The Best Textbooks on Every Subject For years, my self-education was stupid and wasteful. I learned by consuming blog posts, Wikipedia articles, classic texts, podcast episodes, popular books, video lectures, peer-reviewed papers, Teaching Company courses, and Cliff's Notes. How inefficient! I've since discovered that textbooks are usually the quickest and best way to learn new material. That's what they are designed to be, after all. But textbooks vary widely in quality. What if we could compile a list of the best textbooks on every subject? Let's do it. There have been other pages of recommended reading on Less Wrong before (and elsewhere), but this post is unique. Post the title of your favorite textbook on a given subject.You must have read at least two other textbooks on that same subject.You must briefly name the other books you've read on the subject and explain why you think your chosen textbook is superior to them. I'll start the list with three of my own recommendations... Subject: History of Western Philosophy
Misunderstanding Buddhism - Things Most People Believe About Buddhism That Are Not True Buddhists want to get enlightened so they can be blissed out all the time. And they believe in reincarnation, and if something bad happens to you it's because of something you did in a past life. And Buddhists have to be vegetarians. Everybody knows that. Unfortunately, much of what "everybody knows" about Buddhism isn't true. What follows is a kind of Un-FAQ that lists common but mistaken ideas many people in the West have about Buddhism. 1. I've read many diatribes against the Buddhist teaching that nothing exists. However, Buddhism does not teach that nothing exists. The "nothing exists" folklore mostly comes from a misunderstanding of the teaching of anatta and its Mahayana extension, shunyata. Read More: "Dependent Origination" Read More: "Madhyamika" 2. Everyone's heard the joke about what the Buddhist monk said to a hot dog vendor -- "Make me one with everything." Read More:"What Is the Self?" 3. However, there is a Buddhist doctrine of rebirth. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 11.
Signs of progress in meditation If you’re here because you’re having odd experiences in meditation, like swirling lights or your body feeling odd, I’d suggest the post I wrote on “Odd experiences in meditation.” When you’re new to meditation you often need some reassurance that you’re on the right path. Often it’s hard to tell whether you are making progress or not. Other people noticing that you are changing. One of the main signs of progress in meditation, though, is being more relaxed about making progress. Also, not all changes are noticeable in the short term. 60 Small Ways to Improve Your Life in the Next 100 Days - StumbleUpon Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to make drastic changes in order to notice an improvement in the quality of your life. At the same time, you don’t need to wait a long time in order to see the measurable results that come from taking positive action. All you have to do is take small steps, and take them consistently, for a period of 100 days. Below you’ll find 60 small ways to improve all areas of your life in the next 100 days. Home 1. Day 1: Declutter MagazinesDay 2: Declutter DVD’sDay 3: Declutter booksDay 4: Declutter kitchen appliances 2. If you take it out, put it back.If you open it, close it.If you throw it down, pick it up.If you take it off, hang it up. 3. A burnt light bulb that needs to be changed.A button that’s missing on your favorite shirt.The fact that every time you open your top kitchen cabinet all of the plastic food containers fall out. Happiness 4. 5. 6. How many times do you beat yourself up during the day? 7. Learning/Personal Development 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Blog | 21awake Posted by: Rohan Tags: Posted date: June 3, 2012 | No comment June 3, 2012 Recently in mid-May, I had the great honour of giving the opening keynote talk at the Future Everything conference in Manchester with the title of the talk being . It was a lot of fun to do and it received some lovely feedback from the tweeting attendees: So I thought it might be useful to provide an overview of what I covered...and I covered a lot! Here are the slides I used and here was my general flow & my points: I started with the story of how back in 2007 I was out in Thailand as part of a 5 month meditation sabbatical in Asia. When there I met a young novice who was amazingly similar to me - 2nd generation Sri Lankan British, the same age as me and what's more born and brought up only 10minutes drive from where I was - and there he was just embarking on the monastic path As we spoke more he inevitably asked me whether I'd ever considered also becoming a monk, and my response was very clear: It... Read the rest
William C. Wimsatt William C. Wimsatt (born May 27, 1941) is professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy, the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (previously Conceptual Foundations of Science), and the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. He is currently a Winton Professor of the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and Residential Fellow of the Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science. He specializes in the philosophy of biology, where his areas of interest include reductionism, heuristics, emergence, scientific modeling, heredity, and cultural evolution. Biography Wimsatt, as an undergraduate, began studying engineering physics at Cornell University. In 2007, he was named the Peter H. Influences Richard Lewontin, Richard Levins, Herbert A. Personal Wimsatt is the son of the late William A. Philosophy Selected publications (1972). References External links
Buddha Quotes | Dalai Lama Quotes | Zen Provebs | Lao Tzu Quotes Quotes by Buddha A jug fills drop by drop- Buddha All that we are is the result of what we have thought- Buddha An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea- Buddha Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace- Buddha Every human being is the author of his own health or disease- Buddha He is able who thinks he is able- Buddha What you think you become- Buddha Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship- Buddha Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned- Buddha I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done- BuddhaIt is better to travel well than to arrive- Buddha The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground- Buddha Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment- Buddha The way is not in the sky. Lao Tzu Quotes
Ben Serviss's Blog - In Search of Meditative Games The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company. This article originally appeared on dashjump.com. Fun in games is under attack. OK, maybe not under attack, but it’s definitely getting elbowed in the ribs. But there’s another intention that some games have been exploring off and on for years, something you can see glimpses of beneath the zoned-out zombie stare that comes from any hours-long play session: meditation. Meditation at its core is an exercise in stillness, in quieting the mind to deeply reflect on life and your place in the world. THQ and Deepak Chopra's Leela attempted to create a game experience entirely focused on meditation, with mixed results. Thankfully, there are other ways to meditate that, while maybe not as effective, are still better than not doing it at all. The Nothing Games: BYO Meditation The Focused Relaxers
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