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What the Dalai Lama and Patch Adams Have in Common: Laughter, and Compassion, the Best Medicine

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 1, 2017 / 1 Comment

If you laugh when you are ill, you feel better. (Mom always said, “Laughter is the best medicine.) If you laugh in the face of sadness, you transform grief. If you giggle at your own stupidity, you learn wisdom.

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Mokugyo: Drumming for a Wakeful Mind with the Wooden Fish Drum’s Unique Sound

By Lee Kane, Editor / April 29, 2017 / 0 Comments

We use a drum in meditation to keep us wakeful, mindful, alert. At the same time, the stimulating sound, entirely unique in percussion, has a trance-like effect, allowing something of an altered state of meditation.

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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

By Lee Kane, Editor / March 11, 2017 / 5 Comments

Burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. It is proven to alleviate anxiety or depression.

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Karma is Not Fate: Why Karma is Empowering

By Lee Kane, Editor / February 15, 2017 / 3 Comments

Karma is not a “thou shalt not” approach to spirituality. Buddha taught that negative karma can be overcome.

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Meditation Techniques for People With Unsettled Monkey Minds

By Lee Kane, Editor / January 16, 2017 / 1 Comment

Coping with the Monkey Mind — a meditation term indicating an “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; fanciful; inconstant; confused; indecisive; uncontrollable” mind — is one of the biggest obstacles to meditation and mindfulness practice in Buddhism. The monkey mind disturbs peaceful reflection and creates endless obstacles to mindfulness practice, and, although it sounds contradictory, mindfulness can…

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The Emptiness of Prayer—Who Do We Pray To? “You and the Buddha are not separate realities.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

By Lee Kane, Editor / January 13, 2017 / 1 Comment

“The one who bows and the one who is bowed to are both, by nature, empty,” – a one-line “prayer” widely used by Buddhists around the world.

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Random Acts of Kindness Creates Good Karma. Mindful Acts of Kindness Refines Practice.

By Lee Kane, Editor / January 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Kindness, in my view, is also one of the most important elements of mindfulness practice.

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Lama Tsongkhapa: A Short, Powerful Practice Helps Bring Compassion, Wisdom, Good Fortune, and Healing

By Lee Kane, Editor / December 23, 2016 / 1 Comment

“In my opinion, having the opportunity to practice the guru yoga of the great holy being Lama Tsongkhapa, is more fortunate than having the chance to receive and practice other Dharma teachings,” wrote Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in the book Guru Yoga. “After I pass away and my pure doctrine is absent, You will appear as…

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Purify Karma and Accumulate Merit with Mandala

By Lee Kane, Editor / November 28, 2016 / 4 Comments

Mandala set offerings is a practice that combines the best of meditation, mantra, purification and offerings in one very powerful act, and many teachers, as early as the great Lama Tsong Khapa, advocate this critical practice as a daily essential.

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Knowledge is not Wisdom —— and Other Lessons of the Fool: the Ultimate Mindful Wisdom of Child-Mind and Simplicity

By Lee Kane, Editor / August 26, 2016 / 0 Comments

In some ways, the pursuit of mindfulness is also the pursuit of the inner child, the innocence, the here and now…

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Rebirth Part 2: Is There Scientific Evidence of Rebirth?

By Lee Kane, Editor / October 2, 2015 / 22 Comments

The concept of reincarnation and rebirth has successfully captivated human beings over the ages. Although the terms “Reincarnation” and “Rebirth” are often used inter-changeably, there is a significant difference between the two concepts. Reincarnation is normally understood to be the assumption of another body by a permanent self or a “soul”. According to this doctrine, after…

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Rebirth, Part 1: Is There Evidence of Rebirth or Reincarnation?

By Lee Kane, Editor / September 29, 2015 / 8 Comments

Is there proof that of reincarnation? Many noted psychiatrists and scientists claim that there is, some of which were widely published in Medical Journals.

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