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The role of meditation in mental health, depression, cognitive decline, delusional behavior and trauma: also, what to do when teachers fail in issues of ethics: interview with teacher Theodore Tsaousidis

By Theodore Tsaousidis / March 13, 2018 /

In a hard-hitting, frank interview, Meditation teacher Theodore Tsaousidis — a well-known meditation teacher in Ontario — discusses the role of meditation in mental illness, cognitive decline, and general health. He points out, for example that clinical depression, delusional behavior and some other mental health issues may not benefit from meditation. On the other hand,…

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Twelve syllables of Medicine Buddha’s name represent his twelve great vows: Bhaisajya-guru-vidurya-prabha-raja — recite his Holy name as a mantra

By George Jones / January 31, 2018 /

By George Jones Bhaiṣajya-guru-vaiḍūrya-prabhā-rāja This is His full name in Sanskrit, the language of the sutras. Medicine Buddha, before He attained to Highest Enlightenment, made twelve vows for the benefit of all sentient beings. These twelve vows are connected to the twelve syllables of His Full name: Bhai “The first great vow: ‘I vow that…

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Amitabha Buddha of Infinite Light: what’s in a name? His merits are so vast, the very name of Amitabha is a practice — and synonymous with compassion and happiness

By Lee Kane / January 15, 2018 /

“Manifesting himself everywhere, the Buddha of Bliss is infinite, boundless, limitless, unceasing, and of a spiritual nature.” ­— Acvaghosha “Discourse on the Awakening of Faith” “Namo Amitabha” is a praise chanted in different forms by millions — as a complete practice in itself. He is best known as the Buddha of Compassion. Sometimes he is…

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8 Rights: The Noble Eightfold Path — the Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching

By Bhodi Anjo Daishin / March 15, 2017 /

The Noble Eightfold Path distinguishes itself from many teachings in its positive, affirmative nature. Many spiritual teachings consist of “dont’s” — don’t do this, don’t do that. The Noble Eightfold Path speaks in positive, warm terms. Implied within the concept of “right” might be its opposite, “wrongs” — but Buddha taught self empowerment, not prohibitions.…

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Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

By James Porr / January 9, 2017 / Comments Off on Heart Sutra: Why it’s My Favorite Sutra

“Form is empty; emptiness is form. Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness. Likewise, feeling, discrimination, compositional factors and consciousness are empty.” TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SVAHA By Guest Contributor James Porr   Anita Mui, much beloved, sings Heart Sutra. Anita, has since passed away:  …

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Science of Meditation: Peer-reviewed studies prove there are at least 10 reasons to meditate daily, from boosting your immune system to increasing cognitive function to reduction of inflammation at the cellular level.

By Lee Kane / November 13, 2016 /

Medical professionals, scientists and psychiatrists almost universally endorse the tangible benefits of meditation. All the mechanisms for realizing these specific benefits may not be known, but the tangible and objective results certainly are. In the last few years there have been many peer-reviewed research projects, studies and reports supporting specific benefits to the simple practice…

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