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January 2017

Yes, Those Weird Experiences During Meditation are Normal (& They’re Called Nyams)

By | 2017-01-13T08:31:11+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Advanced Meditation, blog, Featured, Striding Through The Universe|

Strange experiences will most likely occur if you practice for a long time.   By Daniel Scharpenburg The Tibetan Master Jamgon Kongtrul described various experiences that can come up during our meditation practice. These are temporary experiences that come up sometimes and we can see them as sort of a roadmap for our awakening. [...]

December 2016

Opening the Sky Door: Introduction to Vipassana Meditation

By | 2016-12-31T16:36:34+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

Vipassana is what makes you aware of the potential for enlightenment. It is dwelling in enlightenment, without the small self, the ego.   By Daniel Scharpenburg When people talk about meditation they're usually talking about one kind---Shamatha, or concentration meditation. Vipassana, or Insight Meditation is another kind that's often done alongside Shamatha. Shamatha provides [...]

November 2016

Authentic Spirituality Means Connecting with Our Ordinary, Mundane Life.

By | 2016-11-15T08:58:46+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

We must turn toward our body and our life as the proper and only possible arena for authentic spiritual development—as the only place where our path can unfold and as the only possible true access point for our genuine realization.   By Reginald A. Ray, Ph.D. My principal meditation teacher was Chögyam Trungpa [...]

January 2016

December 2015

Without a Teacher: Do I Need a Teacher to Be Buddhist?

By | 2016-10-14T07:49:09+00:00 December 9th, 2015|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By John Pendall   Like most red-blooded Americans, I am quite stubborn when it comes to what I perceive as subjugation. This stubbornness has led me from Zen teacher to Zen teacher, usually dispersed with periods of lackluster practice and cognitive dissonance in between. But it is entirely possible to practice Buddhism without a [...]

September 2015

August 2015

Being Present: A Monumental Shift in Perception.

By | 2016-10-14T07:50:28+00:00 August 16th, 2015|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured, Wellness|

By Heidi Bourne   “I want this…I don’t want that.”  How often this goes through our minds and drives our actions. We are masters of perpetually seeking what we like and rejecting what we don’t like. If we could pause long enough to see what’s right in front of us---really check it out, we may [...]

The Buddha, Meditation and the Brain: Mind Changing, Brain Changing Mind {Part 2}.

By | 2016-10-14T07:50:33+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Empower Me, Featured|

By Rick Hanson See Part 1 here. Brain and body benefits of meditation The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is a brain region that is ground zero for a lot of very important functions. For one, it's the part of the brain that manages what's called "effortful attention," which is basically paying attention in a deliberate [...]

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