Fourteen Verses on Meditation

These Fourteen Verses on Meditation were written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and translated from Vietnamese by ChanCo, Maple Village May 2016. I want to express my gratitude to ChanCo who wrote regarding the translation, In my translation, I have considered that these verses are verses of practice so I have tried to make […]

Empty of What?

When Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh talks about the Buddhist concept of emptiness, he always asks the question, “Empty of what?” Much of the time the answer is “Empty of a separate existence.” This means that nothing exists in isolation without interaction with everything else. If something did, we would never be able to access […]

Should we be Afraid of Emptiness?

Should we be afraid of emptiness? If you think so, you may be incorrect. Just think about it. Pick up any piece of paper. It could be a newspaper or a piece of paper that you use to take notes on. What do you see in this piece of paper? Some people will say, “It […]

Meditation Practices: How Do They Affect The Brain?

This Google Talk by Dr. Philippe Goldin of Stanford University is titled, “Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation.” It is about meditation practices: how do they affect the brain? Dr. Goldin spent six years in India and Nepal studying meditation and languages. In his talk, he examined the effect of mindfulness meditation practice on brain function. He […]

Wisdom and Compassion

Wisdom and compassion are the cornerstones of Buddha’s teachings. Wisdom includes the teaching of emptiness. Compassion includes the teaching of interbeing or interdependence and altruism based on the insight of interbeing. What do we mean by emptiness? When you say that something is empty, you must ask, “Empty of what?” Take that mug on the […]

Emptiness, Interbeing And Reality

This video is entitled, “Where Science and Buddhism Meet: Emptiness, Interconnectivity and the Nature of Reality” by Gerald Penilla. I have changed the name to “Emptiness, Interbeing and Reality” to demonstrate the importance of the insights of emptiness and interbeing and how they relate to the nature of reality. If you have followed my rantings […]

Is There A Self?

This video came to me from a good friend, Bhikku Samahita, a monk in Sri Lanka. Every day, he sends me daily emails on Buddhist topics. The speaker in this Ted Talk is Dr. Thomas Metzinger, a German philosopher and cognitive scientist. He talks about the self-model theory of subjectivity and demonstrates that there is no […]

Thich Nhat Hanh Speaks On Emptiness

This is one of the most beautiful videos on this site! Most of the images are time elapsed photographs of beautiful flowers. You see the flowers opening up and closing. You see the dandelion seeds floating around the field. You see flowers blooming and seeds flying through the air. How beautiful! Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh […]

Many Types of Mindfulness Meditation

In this article, I am going to review Dr. Philippe Goldin‘s Google Talk from March 1, 2008. I have already posted the video as Meditation Practices: How Do They Affect The Brain? My purpose in this article is to extract one of the slides from the video and expand on it from the point of view […]

Lincoln And Enlightened Leadership

This week’s Words of Wisdom chosen by Lama Surya Das is about the movie, Lincoln. The movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Jackie Earle Haley, Tommy Lee Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and was directed by Steven Spielberg. I’ve heard that Sally Field gained a lot of weight to play the part of Mrs. Lincoln. Lincoln’s struggle to […]