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Understanding Dependent Co-Arising is critical to Buddhist practice: The Great Causes Discourse Maha-nidana Sutta

In almost any "Buddhist" philosophical argument — for instance, "why should I meditate?" or "Is there a soul?" or "what happens after death?" or even, "what is the true nature of self?" — the impeccable logic of Dependent ...
Incense is a form of honor and worship in Buddhism and other religions

Scientific Buddhist: Why Incense is More Than Just a Pleasant Backdrop to Meditation; Research Reveals Brain Health Benefits

"Many religious traditions have contended that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too." — Science Daily [1] I'm addicted to incense. I use it in the morning. ...

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.

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 ...

Research: “High levels of meat consumption is a major societal problem” — New Significant Data Shows That News Coverage of the Issue Strongly Influences Consumers to “Reduce” or “Eliminate” Meat.

New research indicates that more news reporting and communication on the environmental and health issues associated with meat production, could reduce overall consumption on average by 6.5%. Since 18% of Global Climate Emissions are a direct result of ...

Research Indicates Meditation May be As Effective as Medicine for Depression (JAMA Psychiatry Journal): Taking a Buddhist Approach to Mental Health

Guest Contributor Anne Green* "Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy appears efficacious as a treatment for relapse prevention for those with recurrent depression, particularly those with more pronounced residual symptoms." — JAMA Psychiatry Journal, Meta analysis report from randomized trials By ...

Prominent Scientists Declare “All Non Human Animals… Are Conscious Beings.” The Dalai Lama Protests Chicken Slaughter. An Orangutan Won Non-Human Rights Over Zoo Keeper. What Do the Teachers Say About Non-Human Compassion?

A prominent international group of cognitive neuroscientists and other experts made a strong declaration, endorsed by Stephen Hawking, affirming that all "nonhuman animals... including octopuses" are sentient and feel emotions such as fear and happiness. In Argentina, an ...

Science: Research Proves Vajrayana Meditation Techniques Involving Deity Visualization Improve Cognitive Performance and May Be Promising For Degenerative Brain Disorders

Science, and in particular the medical profession, has long accepted the positive benefits of many forms or meditation. Many studies across decades of research have proven meditation is simply good for the body—and your health. A new study ...

Vegetarianism Should be a Global Priority: New Research from World Resources Institute Demonstrates Devastating Environmental Impact of Meat Industry

Yet another well-researched report reinforces the devastating environmental impact of the meat industry — as we previously reported in Buddha Weekly, in our feature "Five Ways Vegetarianism Could Save the World." At the time we published the story a ...

Drumming for mindfulness and healing: a simple way to calm the mind, remove stress and heal. Studies show drum meditation supports treatments of cancer, Parkinsons and depression.

Psychology and science have identified both drumming and mindfulness meditation as helpful therapy for everything from stress to memory loss to supportive cancer care. This is not new science. Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, we have known about ...

“Designer Dharma” or “Dharma-Lite”—What the teachers say about picking and choosing Buddhist core beliefs such as rebirth and karma

" The eightfold path is often represented as a wheel with eight spokes. Pick a wheel with just one or two and it won't take you very far." — Mark Vernon [13] "Some traditional Buddhist teachers tend to ...

What the Teachers Say About Emptiness: Removing “Lazy Nihilism” from Shunyata — or “How Deep the Rabbit Hole goes” and “How Big is the Moon?”

What do big moons, lazy nihilists and rabbit holes have to do with Shunyata? Yesterday I read a feature on Space.com which became the inspiration of this feature: "The 'Big Moon' Illusion May All Be in Your Head," by ...

Buddhism Could Now Be the 2nd Largest Spiritual Path with 1.6 Billion or 22% of the World’s Population According to Some Recent Studies

Buddhism has never been a "propagation" spirituality. Actively seeking out "converts" is discouraged for the most part. Individual spirituality is emphasized more than group activities. Some people don't even think of Buddhism as a "religion"—certainly not an organized ...