Category: Advanced Meditation

Quiet Meditation: Letting Go of Self-Doubt.

  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 such as Man Crush Monday, Transformation Tuesday, Woman Crush Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Flashback Friday, Sunday Funday. Somedays, all this positivity just gets on my nerves. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty happy person. I wake up cheerful and upbeat 90% of the time,...

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Hairy Alice in Wonderland: A Trip Down the Meditation Rabbit Hole.

By Andrew Peers Woke up this morning, put my body and mind on and stood up. Opening the window for some fresh air, I bend through the knees a couple of times with arms stretched out at chest level. “Anda… one, anda two, anda… in, anda out… and in…and to hell with this!” The fresh air is still a bit too fresh for pyjamas, so the window is quickly closed again. Then I set my white Anglo-Irish butt down on the meditation cushion. It fits like a porcelain cup on a saucer. Next, the search for the breath. Not...

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How Can One Hand Clap? Comparing Buddhist Practices.

  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 the unleashing of the full human spiritual potential. The Buddha taught a few methods for cultivating insight, and his followers taught a lot more. I’m writing about two significant methods that are used in Ch’an (or Zen) teachings. The Gong An (or Koan) is...

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The Grace of Meditation.

  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 that forget the social dimension of society. Zen is no exception and often seems annexed by psychology, in turn annexed by the market. What can’t be measured, what you can’t explain, what can’t be conformed to and what does not serve a doubtless very...

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