Is this the world's happiest man? Brain scans reveal French monk found to have 'abnormally large capacity' for joy, and it could be down to meditation Brain scans reveal Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard has largest capacity for happiness ever recordedMeditation 'completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are', says 66-year-oldHe says you can do it too by learning how to let your thoughts drift By Claire Bates Published: 10:41 GMT, 31 October 2012 | Updated: 14:32 GMT, 31 October 2012 Ricard: 'Meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain' A French genetic scientist may seem like an unusual person to hold the title - but Matthieu Ricard is the world's happiest man, according to researchers. The 66-year-old turned his back on Parisian intellectual life 40 years ago and moved to India to study Buddhism. Now it seems daily meditation has had other benefits - enhancing Mr Ricard's capacity for joy. Neuroscientist Richard Davidson wired up the monk's skull with 256 sensors at the University of Wisconsin as part of research on hundreds of advanced practitioners of meditation.
The Storm Before the Calm | AngelicView AngelicView: This article in it’s entirety is shared from Neale Donald Walsch’s Facebook page. He has over 412,000 “Likes”, so I assume some people have already read it. Neale Donald Walsch is the author of the Conversations with God books, which I have posted here in Audio form for free. I have added the pictures. By the way, you can connect with me on Facebook, too! “Like” my page, “AngelicView”, or join my group, “NDE’s and OBE’s with AngelicView”. By Neale Donald Walsch Will the upheaval in which the world finds itself ever come to an end? The multiplication factor Should you accept the grandest invitation of all in this book, the invitation to step into beingness as a way of life, you may not touch the whole world, but sociologists tell us that if you are like most of us, you will touch over 10,000 people in your lifetime. And now, with Internet outreach, that number could easily be multiplied by ten. Help us, then, if it feels good for you to do so. Epilogue – An invitation from God
The logic of Buddhist philosophy – Graham Priest Western philosophers have not, on the whole, regarded Buddhist thought with much enthusiasm. As a colleague once said to me: ‘It’s all just mysticism.’ This attitude is due, in part, to ignorance. Popular now The logic of Buddhist philosophy goes beyond simple truth What happens when libertarians try to build a new society? Forget Mars’s deserts, let’s look for life in Europa’s ocean An abhorrence of contradiction has been high orthodoxy in the West for more than 2,000 years. One can hear similar sentiments, expressed with comparable ferocity, in many faculty common rooms today. Let’s start by turning back the clock. We know that the catuskoti was in the air because of certain questions that people asked the Buddha, in exchanges that come down to us in the sutras. At around the same time, 5,000km to the west in Ancient Athens, Aristotle was laying the foundations of Western logic along very different lines. Well, contemporary developments in mathematical logic show exactly how to do it.
You Are God: The True Teachings of Jesus | Culture of Awareness By Brandon West, The Mind Unleashed In this article we will explore how the true teachings of Jesus can be summed up by three little words: you are God. Some missionaries came to my house the other day and I was given the opportunity to come face to face with the religious mind, to discover their relationship to God, and to remember my own (non-voluntary) experience with religion. In such a short time though it was, it was absolutely clear that the foundational flaw of religion based off of the bible as it is primarily taught today (and in general, for the past 2000 years), is that it teaches first and foremost that we are separate from this force called God. But that is a contradiction because the bible, specifically the teachings of Jesus as I will clearly illustrate, teach that you are god, and that we are all God. So, I have taken it upon myself to convince those missionaries, and you, that you are not only equal to God, but that you are God. God Is Love But really, what is love?
The 3 Best Bits of Advice the Buddha Ever Gave - Mrs. Mindfulness The Buddha was a wellspring of wisdom and clarity. He gave so many wonderful, clear and concise teachings. Here are my favourite three bits of advice that he ever gave to his disciples… 1.“Peace comes from within. Buddha states here, clearly and succinctly, the core teaching of every spiritual tradition in the history of this planet. He taught that happiness, peace and true well-being can only ever come from within- and guess what, modern science has now caught up with this ancient wisdom and shown it to be true. Seeking happiness, love and peace in external things is fruitless, frustrating and keeps you distracted from the joy that is already within you. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy the world, but just don’t expect to find lasting wholeness in ‘things’ or ‘out there’. 2. In other words, practice mindfulness. Sadly, so many of us live our days as if they were a means to an end. If we’re not fully present in life, we literally miss out on it! 3. This is good advice indeed. Love Melli
Self Love Isn't Selfish > Ann Albers My dear friends, we love you so very much, Self love is not selfish dear ones! Self love is an acknowledgment of the beautiful Divine love that creates you, a state of living in truth, a life in which you say, "Yes," to God, "Yes" to self, "Yes" to the universe. It is a state of being in which you acknowledge the fact that you were created by a Love so pure and powerful that you could not possibly be flawed in any way. You are having human experiences. You are learning, growing, and sometimes, in your human terms (not ours) failing. Dear ones, in our eyes you cannot ever diminish the truth of your being! God Bless You! -- The Angels Message From Ann Self love doesn't come easy to those of us who were raised in the martry-is-holiest culture. However, after working with the angels for years, I realize that each of us receives different direction from the Divine and very few are called to martyrdom. Some people serve through conventional service - serving the pool, counseling, healing, etc.
Everything the Buddha Ever Taught in 2 Words. When asked to sum the Buddha’s teachings up in one phrase, Suzuki Roshi simply said, “Everything changes.” Everyone and their mom knows, at least intellectually, that the whole of creation is in a state of endless revolution. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, “No same man could walk through the same river twice, as the man and the river have since changed.” Impermanence is the very nature of life. In fact, change is just another word for living—“to live” means “to change.” But few people go through life truly conscious of this fact. Alan Watts used to compare life to music. The point of Life is Life, to participate in the melody. The only way to participate in the melody is through simple awareness. It is not enough to enjoy the music. The ego derives a sense of identity or meaning from its interactions with “other.” These interactions produce vouchers, which the ego tries to collect and preserve. The ego is the ultimate hoarder. Things change. An open mind is a sane mind.
untitled 31 Zen Buddhist Sayings Posted by Sofo Some of my favorite Zen Buddhist sayings: “To cry and not be carried away by tears, to laugh and not be carried away by laughter, is the way.” “Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water. After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.” “The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark.” “Sitting quietly doing nothing, spring comes, grass grows of itself.” “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” “When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back.” “To study the way of the Buddha is to study oneself. “The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.” “What is inexpressible is inexhaustible in its use.” “Therefore the Three Realms are only mind.” “In the scenery of spring, nothing is better, nothing worse; The flowering branches are; some long, some short.” “One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.” “When I eat, I eat; when I sleep, I sleep.”
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra The Law of Pure Potentiality Take time to be silent, to just BE. Meditate for 30 minutes twice a day. The Law of Giving and Receiving Today bring whoever you encounter a gift: a compliment or flower. The Law of Karma Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind. The Law of Least Effort Accept people, situations, and events as they occur. The Law of Intention and Desire Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. The Law of Detachment Allow yourself and others the freedom to be who they are. The Law of Dharma Seek your higher Self. I use the seven laws and it has change my life. Download This Now This information was taken from
Putting the Dalai Lama's Lessons to the Test | Leon Stuparich Overwhelmingly, people say they love the Dalai Lama because of his integrity. But what does that mean? And how can we live in the same way? When I shot a documentary on the Dalai Lama, the people I interviewed about his message constantly expressed how honest and truthful he is. My first morning back from my 2-week long pilgrimage for peace, I am buying morning coffees when I realize: I messed up. Photo Credit: Leon Stuparich I wanted seeing my kids to be the first thing I did when I returned. As I walk to my regular coffee cart, I find myself walking slower than usual. Maybe it's the contrast of walking this route before and after the pilgrimage, maybe it's the act of spending money again. As I stand in the queue for coffee, I realize that the explanation that "we're pilgrims on a penniless journey" is no longer required. Your story is your ego. The story of the penniless pilgrim is one we created by going on the 200 mile walk. So, what makes up a whole person? Do what you say.