When trying to learn about recent advances in scientific understanding of meditation and how it affects our brain and consequently our emotional well-being, Daniel Goleman and Professor Richard Davidson are the two guys who I would want to have explain it all to me. And there is a fabulous cd or mp3 down load from More Than Sound Productions called “Training the Brain: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence” which is a conversation between Dan and Richard on just that topic.

Published in Meditation Blog
Monday, 01 October 2012 08:55

Contemplative practice and modern science

Daniel Goleman talks about the intersection of traditional contemplative practice and modern science.

Published in Daniel Goleman
Monday, 24 September 2012 19:52

The Michael Imperioli Interview

Erric and Michael Imperioli (best known for his award winning portrayal of the mobster Christopher Moltisanti on the Sopranos) talk about the impact that meditation practice has had on Michael’s life and in particular his work.

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Monday, 24 September 2012 19:43

AWAKE - Amsterdam 2012

Here is the entire video, 111 minutes worth, of Sogyal Rinpoche's public teaching at AWAKE 2012 in Amsterdam.

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Monday, 24 September 2012 15:53

What Meditation Really Is

Robert Thurman talks about how important it is not to just leave your practice behind as you leave the cushion.


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Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:55

The Michael Imperioli Interview

A dedicated Buddhist meditator, Michael Imperioli is probably much better known for his acting work, especially for his award winning portrayal of the mobster Christopher Moltisanti on the Sopranos.  I ran into him at a talk by Sogyal Rinpoche last June in Queens, New York.

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The teachings on the posture in meditation not only give instructions about our physical posture, but also include advice on our inner posture. There is a reason for this. In meditation, openness of both our body and mind and heart are very important.

I have found it very helpful for my practice to reflect on what is really meant by “inner posture”. In the teachings, this aspect of the posture is often described as the posture of our mind. Why? Because it is about our attitude. It is about how we look at ourselves, both our true nature and our relative condition. Another way of explaining the inner posture is that it is the feeling and atmosphere with which we practice.


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Sunday, 19 August 2012 09:58

Sogyal Rinpoche @ AWAKE 2012 on Video

By popular request, here is the entire video, 111 minutes worth,  of Sogyal Rinpoche's teaching at AWAKE 2012 in Amsterdam. It's great, don't miss it. And if you were there, see it again.

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As in previous years, I was fortunate enough to attend the Mind & Life Summer Research Institute. At this summer school, a group of scientists and practitioners get together to discuss on-going research into the nature of contemplative practice, and future avenues. What is quite special is that we do not only discuss contemplative practices (such as yoga and meditation) but also practise them ourselves. Every morning starts with yoga and meditation, and every evening ends with it as well. Participants observe silence between the evening meditation and morning meditation. We even have one full day of practice, which is an absolutely interesting experience: in addition to talking about how we can study contemplative practice scientifically, we also get to study ourselves in our own portable laboratory.

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Compassion fatigue? It's an Interesting phrase, one that's used daily when describing what healthcare practitioners encounter when they burnout or experience loss of empathy while caring for others. And even though it's used a lot, I'm not sure that it really makes sense.

Just for the heck of it, I did a Google® search for the keywords "compassion fatigue in nurses" and came up with 110,000 links...110,000! Oh my gosh, you’d think that we’re all suffering from burnout, which can’t be possible…or, is it?!
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