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© 1995 Dharman Craig PressonAll Rights Reserved “Zen is not what you think!” -- anonymous Preface The purpose of this little book is to assure that all studentsunderstand the mechanics of Zen practice and the basic teachings ofBuddhism. Part 1: Practice Sitting, Breathing, Walking Seated meditation (J. zazen, Ch. The Sitting Posture (asana) There are several good postures for zazen: four cross-legged, onekneeling, and one using a straight chair or camp stool, as illustrated[Add illustrations of full lotus, half-lotus, sukhasana, Burmese, seiza,and chair sitting]. Breathing One may be given specific instructions by a teacher regarding theproper focus of awareness during zazen. Do not force or control the breath in any way. Walking (Kinhin) Walking meditation may be practiced between sessions of sitting.This relieves the legs of cramps and “pins and needles”, andallows one to begin the process of carrying one’s practice off thecushion and into daily activity. Part 2: Theory The Buddha The Dharma Related:  Buddhism and Buddhist schools

Buddha's World & Buddhism Hi Stumblers! Please see my spiritual newsletter My focus is not on rituals, symbolism or gods, but on the path that Buddhism points to and its vision on the nature of our every day "reality". Texts on the nature of the Buddhist path, texts on the nature of reality (see emptiness), karma, and texts on meditation. As the title suggests different Buddhist lineages are represented here. Of living teachers of Buddhism, material by Thich Nhat Hanh,the Dalai Lama has been included here, among many others. Katinka Hesselink

The Ten Biggest Mistakes Psychiatrists Make 1. Talk too much It’s not a conversation, and it’s not a debate. You are either treating their symptoms with medication, or guiding them to “treat” their own symptoms. Neither requires much talking. If the psychiatrist says more words than the patient, then the psychiatrist is the patient. Many psychiatrists talk because they feel powerless. And empathize, don’t sympathize. And enough with the tissues. I had a great mentor who taught me to begin the first session with the words, “Where would you like to begin?” 2. This is going to be controversial. I know psychiatrists are taught that careful, meticulous history taking is the cornerstone of good care. Every session should be about the patient, not about you. I’m not saying don’t get the information. Are you proud of your notes because they contain so much detailed patient information? 3. or at least make it a secondary outcome. This may seem trivial. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. All of this applies equally to soda consumption or even diet in general.

» 12 Essential Rules to Live More Like a Zen Monk “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” - Thich Nhat Hanh By Leo Babauta I’m not a Zen monk, nor will I ever become one. However, I find great inspiration in the way they try to live their lives: the simplicity of their lives, the concentration and mindfulness of every activity, the calm and peace they find in their days. You probably don’t want to become a Zen monk either, but you can live your life in a more Zen-like manner by following a few simple rules. Why live more like a Zen monk? One of my favorite Zen monks, Thich Nhat Hanh, simplified the rules in just a few words: “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” However, for those who would like a little more detail, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve discovered to work very well in my experiments with Zen-like living. “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” - Shunryu Suzuki Do one thing at a time. “Before enlightenment chop wood and carry water.

Zen Koans - AshidaKim.com 2. Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road Gudo was the emperor's teacher of his time. Nevertheless, he used to travel alone as a wandering mendicant. Once when he was on his way to Edo, the cultural and political center of the shogunate, he approached a little village named Takenaka. It was evening and a heavy rain was falling. The woman who offered him the sandals, seeing how wet he was, invited him in to remain for the night in her home. "My husband is a gambler and a drunkard," the housewife told him. "I will help him," said Gudo. When the man of the house returned about midnight, quite drunk, he bellowed: "Hey, wife, I am home. "I have something for you," said Gudo. The man was delighted. In the morning when the husband awoke he had forgotten about the previous night. "I am Gudo of Kyoto and I am going on to Edo," replied the Zen master. The man was utterly ashamed. Gudo smiled. The perception of the husband awoke as if from a dream. "If you wish," assented Gudo. The two started out.

Amazing: British Binary Mind Theorist Anthony Peake on Out of Body Experience To Our Faithful Current.com Users: Current's run has ended after eight exciting years on air and online. The Current TV staff has appreciated your interest, support, participation and unflagging loyalty over the years. Your contributions helped make Current.com a vibrant place for discussing thousands of interesting stories, and your continued viewership motivated us to keep innovating and find new ways to reflect the voice of the people. We now welcome the on-air and digital presence of Al Jazeera America, a new news network committed to reporting on and investigating real stories affecting the lives of everyday Americans in every corner of the country. You can keep up with what's new on Al Jazeera America and see this new brand of journalism for yourself at Thank you for inspiring and challenging us. – The Current TV Staff

Buddhist Geeks - Download free podcast episodes by Personal Life Media on iTunes. 7 Lessons From the World’s Greatest Minds photo by karlequin Have you ever wished you could go back in time and have a conversation with one of the greatest minds in history? Well, you can’t sorry, they’re dead. Unless of course you’re clairaudient, be my guest. But for the rest of us, we can still refer to the words they left behind. Even though these great teachers have passed on, their words still live, and in them their wisdom. 1. “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” - Lawrence J. In order for us to achieve our dreams, we must have a vision of our goals. Action: Visualize a life of your wildest dreams. 2. “It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson The best way to learn something is to dive right in to it. Action: You must define your fears in order to conquer them. 3. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Our thoughts determine our reality. 4. Action: Realize that happiness is a choice. 5.

Photograph of Zen garden of Saiho-ji Temple (known as Kokedera – Moss Temple), Kyoto, Japan photo www.phototravels.net Zen garden of Saiho-ji Temple (known as Kokedera – Moss Temple), Kyoto, Japan Photo Ref. No: garden-v-179 All images are copyrighted by Frantisek Staud See other photographs in Frantisek Staud's Photo Gallery How to do Zazen - Seated Meditation Video Hi, I am Patrick and today we are talking about Zazen and how to do it. Meditation isn't just for buddhas or monks; it's for everybody that can be done at almost any time. So let's get started. When you sit, you are going to want to elevate your pelvis. As you sit, you want to have a stable base as possible. And finally, classic full-lotus posture. Most important physical component of meditation is the spine. Another thing to look out for is the shoulders. Zazen can be done from anywhere between 15 minutes to one hour. The idea of the zazen is to have a clear empty mind without chattering thought. Like a monkey you are constantly climbing from tree to tree, the mind meets some random thoughts or random thought. I am only half as serious with these actions and things. But the only difference between him and us is that we keep our mental chatter locked up inside our skulls, this is the gift of meditation. But at times you will be so wrapped inside your thoughts, you will feel like this.

kaleidoskop.swf from narod.ru - StumbleUpon I. The Chilbolton 'Arecibo message' Formation By Paul Vigay ( R.I.P. ) and Alexander Light On Tuesday 21st August 2001 two new c... I. The Chilbolton 'Arecibo message' Formation By Paul Vigay (R.I.P.) and Alexander Light On Tuesday 21st August 2001 two new crop formations were reported near Chilbolton radio telescope in Hampshire, UK. One represented a 'human face' and the other resembled a radio transmission that SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) sent from the Arecibo radio telescope in 1974. After speaking to witnesses, it would appear that the 'Arecibo' formation was created on August 20th. The Arecibo message "First, I will give some background to the original message sent from Arecibo, back in 1974. The message was actually transmitted on November 16th 1974 and consisted of 1679 pulses of binary code (0's and 1's) - which took a little under three minutes to transmit. Why 1679 digits? The original binary code is shown in figure 1. Binary coding What does it all mean?

Buddhism Vaults : Dalai Lama's Heart Sutra Talk, May 2001, SF Bay Area, California, Day 1 of 3. by Dave Evans Day 2Day 3 Introduction Today I was fortunate enough to sneak out of work for a few hours to hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama began a lecture on the Heart Sutra. Please forgive my spelling, my crutch... er, spell checker is not working currently. Tickets for the three day class were $150. His Holiness started this morning talking about the diversity of religions and then even the diversity of views within buddhism. I want to point out that these are just my notes of H.H.' I missed some of the afternoon session, couldn't sneak out of work for the whole thing, but I'll summarize as much detail as I have. The shoreline stage was decorated with a large backdrop picture of the palace in Lhasa, with a small decorated throne like chair in front for the fourteenth Dalai Lama to sit on. He started his lecture in English. The majority of people, His Holiness believes, are not part of a faith religion currently. Why is there diversity between many religion's philosophical bases? Read Day 2Read Day 3

How I Was Able to Ace Exams Without Studying | zen habits Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Scott Young of ScottYoung.com. In high school, I rarely studied. Despite that, I graduated second in my class. Recently I had to write a law exam worth 100% of my final grade. Right now, I’m guessing most of you think I’m just an arrogant jerk. Why do Some People Learn Quickly? The fact is most of my feats are relatively mundane. The story isn’t about how great I am (I’m certainly not) or even about the fantastic accomplishments of other learners. It’s this different strategy, not just blind luck and arrogance, that separates rapid learners from those who struggle. Most sources say that the difference in IQ scores across a group is roughly half genes and half environment. However, despite those gifts, if rapid learners had a different strategy for learning than ordinary students, wouldn’t you want to know what it was? Rote memorization is based on the theory that if you look at information enough times it will magically be stored inside your head.

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