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 […]

Highest Kind of Happiness

These words of wisdom from Shaila Catherine express the highest kind of happiness – the happiness equanimity. Shaila Catherine is the founder and guiding teacher of Insight Meditation South Bay and author of Focused and Fearless: A Meditator’s Guide to States of Deep Joy, Calm, and Clarity. What she says about the highest kind of […]

Vipassana Meditation Day 3

The video in this article is from S. N. Goenka’s Dhamma Discourses on Vipassana Meditation Day 3. This follows after the Vipassana Meditation Day 2 and Vipassana Meditation Day 1 that we presented on June 30, 2014 and July 20, 2014, respectively. In the video from the first day, we learned that awareness of breathing […]

The Raft is Not the Shore

These words of wisdom spoken by the Buddha are still as valid today as they were 2600 years ago. He is telling us that “the raft is not the shore”. What does this have to do with our lives? The Buddha is saying that we must study the dharma, i. e., the teachings, and they should […]

No Permanent Self

One of the main teachings of the Buddha is now coming forward in the scientific community. This teaching is that there is no permanent self. Along with impermanence and nirvana, non-self is one of the three Dharma Seals. All forms of Buddhism have these Dharma Seals. When we look into impermanence, we see that everything changes. […]

Undivided Self

My good friend, Dr. Sara Kendall Gordon, L. Ac., DAOM (a.k.a. Pralaya) has recently published an article on Undivided, The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology titled, “Reconsidering Ego Death and the False Self.” Sara lives and practices in Marin County, California. Since 1993, she has maintained a private practice as an acupuncturist and herbalist. […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Buddhist Teaching of Non-Self

In a recent post on Best Meditation Videos, I asked the question, “Is there a self?” The post was inspired by a video featuring Dr. Thomas Metzinger, a philosophy professor and cognitive scientist. His answer to my questions is, “No!” The Buddhist teachings on non-self were outlined in that post. Here, we provide deeper look into the […]