What Is Worth Clinging To?

Bhikkhu Samahita has a lot of Buddha’s teachings on his main website, http://What-Buddha-Said.net. He also sends out a daily email with much of the same material. His email a couple of days ago raised the question in my mind, “What is worth clinging to?” As you may know, clinging is one of the causes of […]

8 Stages Of Mental Mastery

The Buddha taught the 8 stages of mental mastery. What are these 8 stages of mental mastery? Beginning with familiar objects on one’s own body, one visualizes small objects such as a tooth, a scar, or a sore, as if they were external objects. One does not judge whether the object is beautiful or ugly […]

6 Things Uniting in Harmony

The 6 things uniting in harmony to be remembered were spoken by the Buddha. These came to me in an email from Bhikkhu Samahita The Blessed Buddha once said: These six things are to be remembered in order to unite any community in harmony: Which six? Friendly Behavior both in public & in private. Friendly […]

How To Give

During this week of talking about the 6 paramitas, Bhikkhu Samahita sent me an email with the subject line, “How to give with good and Joyous Result 🙂 .” You may recall that generosity is the first paramita. This what he sent: There might be the case, where one gives wealth, but without joy! Then, […]

The Problem Of Consciousness

The problem of consciousness is probably the most difficult problem in biology, physics, and mathematics today. This video features Dr. Christof Koch, a professor of biology and engineering at Caltech and author of Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist. He is also the Chief Scientific Officer for the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, […]

Quantum Entanglement Is The Source Of Interbeing

This short video shows how quantum entanglement is the source of interbeing. Quantum entanglement means that two particles are interconnected in such a way that if you do something to one of them, the same thing happens to the other. This is well explained in the video. Interbeing is a term coined by Zen Master […]

What Should We Talk About?

My dharma buddy, Bhikkhu Samahita, sent me an interesting email over the weekend. He basically answered the question, “What should we talk about?” Naturally, he was coming from the point of view of what the Buddha said. Not being one skilled in the art of small talk, I welcomed his words of wisdom. He writes […]

Samsara And The Realms Of Existence

This video came to me courtesy of my friend, Bhikkhu Samahita. He lives as a monk in Sri Lanka and sends me emails everyday. This one is about samsara and the realms of existence. Samsara refers to the Buddhist concept of our ordinary life as humans in a world of various activities that keep our […]

The Second Mindfulness Training

The second mindfulness training of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh states, Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to cultivate loving kindness and learn ways to work for the well-being of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am committed to practice generosity by sharing my time, energy, and […]

Reincarnation May Be For Real!

In the Buddha’s teachings, reincarnation is assumed to be certain. The legends talk about Buddha’s past lives and how he had been a Buddha in the past. While many doubt that reincarnation is possible, reincarnation may be for real! My friend, Bhikkhu Samahita, is a monk living in Sri Lanka. He sends me emails about […]