Buddhism & Science

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Inspired LifeHarvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brainBy Brigid Schulte Buddhist and meditation teacher Tara Brach leads a Vipassana meditation group at the River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda. (Andrea Bruce Woodall/The Washington Post)Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and…

18 Rules Of Living

18 Rules Of Living By The Dalai Lama At the turn of this century, the Dalai Lama issued the following eighteen rules for living. Of the many problems we face today, some are natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our own making, created by misunderstanding, and can be corrected. One such type arises from the conflict of ideologies, political or religious, when…

Can Buddhism Save the Planet?

Can Buddhism Save the Planet? Buddhism may be our planet’s only real hope, say David Loy and John Stanley. They’re calling for an international gathering of Buddhist leaders to address the ecological crisis before it’s too late.     If we continue abusing the earth this way, there is no doubt that our civilization will be destroyed. This turnaround takes enlightenment, awakening. The Buddha attained individual awakening. Now we need a…

Preparation for Meditation

Preparation for Meditation     “It should be understood that solitude is within us all. If our minds are not settled, even a quiet forest would not be a congenial place. But if our minds are settled, even the heart of a busy town may be congenial. The atmosphere in which we live acts as an indirect aid to tranquillizing our minds.” Before practicing samādhi (meditaton), the qualified aspirant should give…

BENGAL AND ATISHA

BENGAL AND ATISHA by Fujita Kokan, Professor of Koyasan University of Japan I. THE SPREAD OF BUDDHISM IN BENGAL Bengal is a link between Indian culture, and the cultures of Nepal and Tibet to the north, and South-east Asia and Indonesia to the east. This article will focus on the situation of Mahayana Buddhism as a specific example of this interchange. In the period from approximately the 8th through 12th…

Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist Meditation In accordance with the statement of the second book Suttantapitaka of Buddhist holyTipitaka book. The MahasatipathanaSutta mentioned twice in the DighaNikaya’sMahaVaggaPali and MajjhimaNikaya’sMulapariyayaVagga. In addition, the Buddhist Meditation or Bhavana comes traditionally based on MahasatipathanaSutta. The Mahasatipathana has three separated words to be meaningful. Such as Maha means Great, Sati means Mindfulness and Pathana means the way. So the Mahasatipathana means ‘‘The Great of way of the mindfulness’’…

Supernormal powers (Abhiññā)

Supernormal powers (Abhiññā) When once the aspirant succeeds in cultivating the jhānas he can, without difficulty, develop the five supernormal powers (abhiññā)—namely:     Divine eye (dibbacakkhu)    Divine ear (dibbasota)    Reminiscence of past births ( pubbe nivāsānussatiñāņa)    Thought-reading (paracitta-vijāñāņa)    Various psychic powers (iddhi-vidha). Samādhi and these supernormal powers, it may be mentioned, are not essential for the attainment of arahantship, though they would undoubtedly be an asset to the possessor. There…

Preparation for Meditation

Preparation for Meditation     “It should be understood that solitude is within us all. If our minds are not settled, even a quiet forest would not be a congenial place. But if our minds are settled, even the heart of a busy town may be congenial. The atmosphere in which we live acts as an indirect aid to tranquillizing our minds.” Before practicing samādhi (meditaton), the qualified aspirant should give…

Meditation Alters Brain Structure

Meditation Alters Brain Structure Scans of Monks' Brains Show Meditation Alters Structure, Functioning -- SCIENCE JOURNAL By SHARON BEGLEY  All of the Dalai Lama's guests peered intently at the brain scan projected onto screens at either end of the room, but what different guests they were. On one side sat five neuroscientists, united in their belief that physical processes in the brain can explain all the wonders of the mind,…

Mindfulness of In and Out Breathing

Mindfulness of In and Out Breathing POSTURE At this time it is appropriate to explain how to practice mindfulness of in and out breathing. This meditation requires a specific posture. The body must be upright. It is not essential for the experienced meditator. However, it is very valuable for the beginner. First, gently close your eyes and watch the posture of your body. Keep noting the posture, having resolved to…

Meditation on Kindness (Metta Bhavana)

Meditation on Kindness (Metta Bhavana) by- Mithra Wettimuny Building a foundation One of the factors of the Noble Eightfold Path is Right Thought. Right Thought means Nekkhamma Avyapada and Avihimsa. Nekkamma means the control of the senses, the abstinence from the five strands of sense pleasures. Avyapada means abstinence from aversion and avihimsa means non-harm. Abstinence from aversion and harm effectively means the development of kindness, compassion, appreciative Joy and…

Why Meditate?

Why Meditate Pleasures of the Senses - So short lived!All beings wherever they are seek happiness. Everyone wants to escape suffering. The only difference is that the method of escape varies. In the human world, which belongs to the plane of the senses, it is normal for beings to seek the pleasures of the senses as a means to happiness. Pleasures of the senses means that pleasure derived by indulging…

Notorious Prison is turned into an oasis of peace

Notorious Prison is turned into an oasis of peace This is the story of a strong woman named Kiran Bedi, the former Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi, who strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison and turn it into an oasis of peace. This is allso the story of an ancient  Buddhist meditation technique named Vipassana, which shows people how to take control of their lives and channel…

Dhamma Well - The Four Truths of Climate Change

Dhamma Well - The Four Truths of Climate Change by Lulu Cook When we consider the ever-more-frequent headlines about large-scale devastation wrought by climate change, we see a metaphor for the human experience of suffering writ large. The epic proportions of distress caused by super-storms are like a global version of the suffering we may have felt in our own hearts as we came to the Dharma in the first…

Buddhism as a religion, philosophy, psychology and a science

Buddhism as a religion, philosophy, psychology and a science          Buddhism as a Religion To all Buddhists the question of religion and its origin, is not a metaphysical one. But a philosophical and an intellectual one. Religion is no real creed or a code of revelation or fear of the unknown fear of a supernatural being who rewards and punishes his good deeds and ill deeds. In other…
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