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 [...]

April 2015

Quiet Meditation: Letting Go of Self-Doubt.

By | 2016-10-14T07:52:05+00:00 April 3rd, 2015|Advanced Meditation, blog, Featured, Interfaith, Wellness|

  By Nina Rubin No matter how much hipster font is used, how many hashtags I see, I still can't help but feel left out. Like most people who wake up and check social media, I'm bombarded with well-designed memes, inspirational stories, personal words of affirmation, Deepak Chopra's exquisite mantras and other social media trends [...]

January 2015

How Can One Hand Clap? Comparing Buddhist Practices.

By | 2016-10-14T07:52:59+00:00 January 20th, 2015|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Featured|

  By Daniel Scharpenburg "Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." ~ Dr. Seuss Buddhism is an umbrella term that describes several different beliefs and practices that are designed to bring us closer to enlightenment. "What is enlightenment?" is a question beyond the scope of this article, but I'll just say it's [...]

December 2014

The Grace of Meditation.

By | 2016-10-14T07:53:08+00:00 December 30th, 2014|Advanced Meditation, blog, Buddhism, Interfaith|

  By Andrew Peers In his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1973) the young monk Chogyam Trungpa, friend of fellow Trappist monk and writer Thomas Merton, wrote about the dangers of what he called ‘spiritual materialism.' The materialism of the economy appears to drive souls together in a collection of separate units [...]