free buddhist audio : community : exploring the new fba website The new Free Buddhist Audio website is here, and aside from a sleek new look, it’s packed to the gills with new features! We’ve worked very hard to make FBA 2.0 more interactive and user-friendly, and to provide even more to our community. Here’s a run-down of some of the exciting additions to our service: FBA Members Area Our Community section connects FBA users with each other and provides access to unreleased content with: * Exclusive sneak-peek previews of future audio releases. * Members-only access to unreleased archive recordings. * Create your own FBA profile – Change your personal settings and add a profile picture. * Online chat and messaging – talk live with other members and the Free Buddhist Audio team online. You can set up your own FBA profile, or log in to Free Buddhist Audio’s members section using your Facebook account. Enhanced Search Options Audio talks and text are now divided into intuitive sections for ease of browsing. New Audio Interface Social Connection
Buddhism and the Brain Credit: Flickr user eschipul Over the last few decades many Buddhists and quite a few neuroscientists have examined Buddhism and neuroscience, with both groups reporting overlap. I’m sorry to say I have been privately dismissive. But science isn’t supposed to care about preconceived notions. Despite my doubts, neurology and neuroscience do not appear to profoundly contradict Buddhist thought. Buddhists say pretty much the same thing. When considering a Buddhist contemplating his soul, one is immediately struck by a disconnect between religious teaching and perception. Mr. Although I despaired, I comforted myself by looking at the overlying cortex. The next day Mr. One year later he came back to the office with an odd request. When we consider our language, it seems unified and indivisible. Consider how easily Buddhism accepts what happened to Mr. Both Buddhism and neuroscience converge on a similar point of view: The way it feels isn’t how it is. How did Buddhism get so much right?
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. Buddhist Quotes and Saying Here is a short write up on Buddhist/Buddhism quotes. Explore more information on Buddhist quotes and sayings. In the following lines, we have mentioned some famous Buddhist quotes and sayings by Buddha … Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds. You only lose what you cling to. Fill your mind with compassion.
www.dharmaoverground.org - Home The Dharma Overground is a resource for the support of hardcore meditation practice. It is a place where everything related to the support of practice may flourish, including where to go on retreats, what techniques may lead to what, an in depth look at the maps of possible states and stages , discussions about how to determine what experience was what, and in general anything that has to do with actually practicing rather than what typically occurs in standard meditation circles. Here you will find a robust and variable community of people with a wide range of experience levels, perspectives and interests, though all loosely bound by the same basic principles of empowering, helpful, engaged dharma and exploration of the possibilities of the mind. In general our basic principles and attitudes favor: There are lots of ways up the mountain, and many interesting skills and insights to develop using many traditions and paths. Finding your way around this site
Buddhist Geeks - Download free podcast episodes by Personal Life Media on iTunes. 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
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.
Mahasi Noting Mahasi Sayadaw began a revolution in insight practice in the mid 1900's in Burma with a technique called "noting" that is based on numerous texts, among them a sutta in the Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha called #111 One by One as They Occurred (Annupada Sutta), and #10 The Foundations of Mindfulness (Satipatthana Sutta). His classic text "Practical Insight Meditation" is available many places and provides key instructions as well as a good basic map of insight territory. It is a very simple technique in its instructions, and but its astounding power to produce direct insights should not be underestimated. It was and is the foundation technique of many of the members of the DhO, though most have used many other techniques as well. The basic instructions are to make a quiet, simple mental note of all sensations that arise, concentrating generally on the breath when sitting and the feet when walking.
Meditation May Protect Your Brain | Miller-McCune Online For thousands of years, Buddhist meditators have claimed that the simple act of sitting down and following their breath while letting go of intrusive thoughts can free one from the entanglements of neurotic suffering. Now, scientists are using cutting-edge scanning technology to watch the meditating mind at work. They are finding that regular meditation has a measurable effect on a variety of brain structures related to attention — an example of what is known as neuroplasticity, where the brain physically changes in response to an intentional exercise. A team of Emory University scientists reported in early September that experienced Zen meditators were much better than control subjects at dropping extraneous thoughts and returning to the breath. The same researchers reported last year that longtime meditators don’t lose gray matter in their brains with age the way most people do, suggesting that meditation may have a neuro-protective effect. Where does all this lead?
Buddhists Against Reincarnation Learning Meditation Home Page Buddhist vegetarianism In Buddhism, the views on vegetarianism vary between different schools of thought. According to Theravada, the Buddha allowed his monks to eat pork, chicken and beef if the monk was aware that the animal was not killed on their behalf. Theravada also believes that the Buddha allowed the monks to choose a vegetarian diet, but only prohibited them from eating human, elephant, horse, dog, cat, lion, tiger, bear, leopard, and slug flesh. According to Theravada, the Buddha did not prohibit any kind of meat-eating for his lay followers. In Vajrayana, the act of eating meat is not always prohibited. The Mahayana schools generally recommend a vegetarian diet, for some believe that the Buddha insisted that his followers should not eat the flesh of any sentient being. Monks of the Mahayana traditions that follow the Brama Net Sutra are forbidden by their vows from eating flesh of any kind. Views of different schools Theravada View Mahayana view Theravada Mahayana