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Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:59

Diane: Meditation @ Work

Diane is one of the founding members of a group of business and community leaders in Australia called ‘Practical Wisdom’ and has herself been on the board of a number of large Australian public companies for over 15 years.

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This video features Sogyal Rinpoche “hot off the press” from his Easter Retreat at Haileybury College in the UK. At his playfully provocative, incredibly pithy and insightful best, he is teaching children and adults the key points of meditation practice.  Best would be to find your cushion and then press play, but you do not want to miss this one!

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Here’s more from my What Meditation Really Is Skype with Vincent Horn, co-founder of Buddhist Geeks. We discuss first how technology can support contemplative practice. In the second video we speak about some of the exciting challenges and opportunities when bringing scientists and contemplatives together in the same room. Enjoy!

 

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Recently, I spent almost 90 minutes on skype speaking with Vincent Horn, co-founder of Buddhist Geeks. The Buddhist Geeks podcasts are wildly popular and all kinds of unusual topics are covered through interviews of Buddhist meditators, teachers, scholars and all kinds of other fascinating people. So, I asked Vincent if we could turn the tables and have him be the subject of an interview. He readily agreed.

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Watch this WhatMeditationReallyIs.com interview with Arturo Behar, an Engineering Director at Facebook, on the opportunity for mindfulness, compassion and empathy in social media and the necessity for developing tools within Facebook for enabling it. This interview took place between sessions at Wisdom 2.0.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012 10:02

How we manifest the universe

I was writing about the the role of consciousness in quantum phsyics lately. Here is what Deepak Chopra has to say about how the conscious observer manifests the universe that he then experiences. It's an interesting mix of Buddhist and Western scientific approaches, I especially like the quote from Eugene Wigner (Nobel laureate in 1963): "It is not possible to formulate the laws of Quantum Mechanics in a fully consistant way without reference to consciousness.
I only hope this does not end up to become some "Chopra meets The Secret"...

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I got this interview with U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan for our WhatMeditationReallyIs.com blog. Representative Ryan, a big believer in the benefits of meditation, is advocating for making mindfulness a part of the lives of everyday Americans. He has a new book coming out on the 27th of March called “A Mindful Nation”. Tim is doing great things in congress to bring mindfulness, meditation and emotional intelligence into society, including finding funding for Linda Lantieri’s (who I blogged about here) program with school children.
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Roshi Joan Halifax kindly gave this interview to me from the floor of the Wisdom 2.0 conference. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Zen Center, a Buddhist monastery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author. Roshi is also a great human being. Enjoy the video!

 

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I attended Wisdom 2.0 a pretty unusual conference in Silicon Valley California. The conference founded by Soren Grodhamer brings together Spiritual Teachers (mostly Buddhist) with people working in the Tech industry and explores the possible intersection between the two. The conference, at a hotel in Redwood Shores, consisted of two days of presentations interspersed with a bit of meditation and then, for two more days, there was an “unconference”, which took place on the  Google campus (really fun), where participants could get together in smaller groups and explore topics of their own choosing.

Overall, this was pretty cool. Bringing together key people from the mindfulness, meditation and compassion world like Roshi Joan Halifax, Eckhard Tolle, John Kabat-Zinn, Jim Doty and Thupten Jinba with scientists and technologists to discuss bringing together the best of the world’s ancient wisdom traditions and modern technology to help people is a great idea and something that most likely could only happen in this part of California.

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In this video, Sogyal Rinpoche explains that we are usually lost in the appearance of mind, our thoughts and emotions, instead of recognizing the essence or nature of mind. Essentially, we are turned in the wrong direction. This is the root of suffering and dissatisfaction. But by turning our attention to the essence of mind itself and learning how to simply be, we can find true contentment.

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