Emancipation From What? The Concept Of Freedom In Classical Ch'an Buddhism
15/06/2012 04:34 (GMT+7)
This essay attempts to articulate an understanding of the goal of freedom' in classical Gh'an Buddhism by setting concerns for 'liberation' in relation to the kinds of authority and regulated structure characteristic of Sung dynasty Ch'an monasteries.
Mindfulness (Sati): A Clear Awareness Of Consciousness
15/06/2012 04:37 (GMT+7)
According to the Pali-Vietnamese Dictionary, Sati or Mindfulness is Sammasati (p)—Samyaksmrti (skt). In fact, Right remembrance (Sati), the seventh of the eightfold noble path, means remembering correctly and thinking correctly. The looking or contemplating on the body and the spirit in such a way as to remain ardent, self-possessed and mindful. Right remembrance means looking on the body and spirit in such a way as to remain ardent, self-possessed and mindful, having overcome both hankering and dejection. With the eightfold noble path, right mindfulness means the one-pointedness of the mind. 

Wisdom of Meditation
04/01/2013 21:23 (GMT+7)
From beginningless time we have been building, reinforcing and storing these habits in the alaya consciousness. They can be broken through, however, by getting used to positive habits in the practice of meditation. This will allow us to experience the nature of our mind, our Buddhanature, which has always been pure.
At Home In Our Bodies
10/01/2013 09:57 (GMT+7)
Can Buddhist practice liberate us from the prison of physical pain? How can meditation help when medicine falls short? Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D., professor emeritus of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, speaks to these questions as a longtime practitioner of Buddhist meditation and hatha yoga, and as a pioneer in the use of mindfulness to treat chronic pain and illness. More than 13,000 people have visited the world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic that Kabat-Zinn established in 1979 at the UMass Medical Center, and the eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program—described in Kabat-Zinn's bestseller Full Catastrophe Living—is now also offered at some two hundred other medical facilities worldwide. 

Advice on the Benefits of Prayer Wheels
14/01/2013 18:45 (GMT+7)
If someone with AIDS, cancer or some other disease meditated like this and every day, for as many hours as possible, there would definitely be some effect. I know quite a few people who have completely recovered from terminal cancer through meditation.
My first encounter with Buddhism at Tushita Meditation Centre
18/01/2013 10:58 (GMT+7)
Ruta Vilkaite, a volunteer journalist at the Tibet Post International, describes her ten-day stay at the Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamshala, northern India.

Awareness THE KEY TO LIVING IN BALANCE
05/02/2013 09:43 (GMT+7)
Everyone has experienced moments of awakening when time seems to stop and you are suddenly aware of every movement, every sound, every thought. Awareness, says Osho, is the key to being self-directed, centered, and free in every aspect of our lives.
Meditation – key to understanding the Dhamma
21/03/2013 22:05 (GMT+7)
If we wish to get favorable results from meditation we should be willing to do it carefully. We mentioned earlier the nature that has to arise in the individual in order to perform that meditation in an orderly manner and carefully. From where should that individual start? He must accept the preaching of the Buddha. He must accept the Dhamma preached by the Buddha. Such a person will practise Dhamma and meditation carefully. He will be clever enough to practise Dhamma and meditation in an orderly manner.

How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores
10/04/2013 20:46 (GMT+7)
Mindfulness meditation, the ancient and flourishing practice that increases awareness of random thoughts and redirects attention to the present moment, has been used to manage stress, depression and even chronic pain. But can it improve test scores?
Freeing the Mind
23/04/2013 23:41 (GMT+7)
Mind occupies the pre-eminent place in Buddhism, for everything that one says or does first arises in the mind as a thought. To have a well-trained mind is indeed to possess a treasure. When a person trains the mind, turns inward to examine and cleanse his own mind, he will find therein a vast storehouse of happiness. Real happiness is a quality of the mind which has to be sought and found in the mind. 

The Four Foundations of Mindfulness
16/05/2013 11:51 (GMT+7)
Meditation on the thirty-two parts of the body
16/05/2013 11:51 (GMT+7)
This meditation has a special place in the Dharma. It is one of very few subjects of meditation which contain both a tranquillity aspect and an insight aspect. As well, it is a very useful practical meditation, providing a powerful antidote to the hindrance of lust.

10 Things Meditation Does for your Health
05/07/2013 12:33 (GMT+7)
Unlike what many think, meditation is much more than just a religious practice, in fact it has many benefits for your emotional and physical health.
Meditation
20/07/2013 17:02 (GMT+7)
The difference between thinking and meditation is that in thinking generally we have no definite object or too many objects, but in meditation we think of a definite object chosen by our will; that is why meditation is a real constructive practice of thinking. It is by meditation that we develop our power of seeing the object as it is, otherwise we many see only the appearance of the object without knowing anything of its nature. That is why meditation is very necessary; it purifies the thoughts, otherwise they are mixed up with many things, especially with ignorance.

Meditation leads to an effective use of the brain
01/08/2013 08:42 (GMT+7)
Are you always rushing from one place to the next? Do you often eat without really tasting the food? If you do, then listen up: part of your brain may be in overdrive, acting as though you're being chased by a predator. Not only is it not doing you any good, it's also making you function inefficiently.
How To Practise Mindfulness Of The Breathing
19/08/2013 11:15 (GMT+7)
I Adapt your daily life so as to be conducive to practising mindfulness of the breathing Lead an uncomplicated life — reduce or eliminate unnecessary activities such as eating, working, traveling, and social functions. Don’t worry about losing friends; some old friends may move away, but you will gain new good friends (kalyanamitta).

Meditation As Mind Healing
23/08/2013 10:46 (GMT+7)
In the 1970s, Dr. Herbert Benson, a cardiac physician of the Harvard Medical School, did a study on a group of people who practice transcendental meditation (TM). The group, confining themselves twice daily for half an hour per session in a quiet room, sat with their eyes closed and mentally recited a mantra. Dr. Benson noticed that during the practice, the heart rate and breathing of these people became slower.
REWIRING THE BRAIN: Mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in 8 weeks
24/08/2013 11:59 (GMT+7)
General-led study shows changes over time in areas associated with awareness, empathy, stress among others.

Wellington Week of Meditation
26/08/2013 15:03 (GMT+7)
The Diamond Way Buddhist Centre in Wellington will host a meditation and lecture course with Buddhist teachers Florinda & Guido Czeija, starting Thursday 5th September. The programme includes lectures by Buddhist teachers, questions & answers and guided meditation sessions. This is a unique opportunity to listen to Buddhist teachings presented from a secular perspective.

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