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Eastern Philosophy

Buddha's Tooth, a Book

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

I recommend a book that's somewhat about a mislaid molar of the historical Buddha. A mislaid molar, a tooth, found and duly deemed a dusty dentine rel...

The Irony of Western Individualism

Julian Baggini | Posted 11.25.2016 | World
Julian Baggini

The idea that "the self is an illusion" has become the bien pensant common sense of the day in many educated circles in the West. I think this is profoundly misguided, but I can see why it seems so compelling. In the English language, nouns label things while verbs label the things that they do. If you mistook this linguistic quirk for a deep philosophical truth then you would of course conclude that the self doesn't exist, because there is no single thing that "I" or "you" refers to. That is because on close examination "I" turns out to be a verb disguised as a noun.

Others Have It Better Than Me -- Your Weekly Mindfresh Moment

Chiyoko Osborne | Posted 11.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Chiyoko Osborne

Jealousy simmered inside me. A flame of frustration at the utter unfairness in life flashed in my mind for a moment.

New Artist Reviews: Mystic Pete

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.06.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Blending elements from pop, electronic dance music, world music, and spooky Halloween verbiage, Mystic Pete has created a truly one-of-a-kind sound that has not yet, and might never be, mimicked.

Eastern And Western Philosophers Have Their Rap Showdown, Finally

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 07.07.2015 | Comedy

Even great men of ideas have to fight for their street cred sometimes. Famous Eastern and Western philosophers clash in a rap throwdown that is roc...

Don Draper and the Nones

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.22.2016 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

What do those two events -- a poll of religious identification and the climax of an iconic period drama -- have in common? In a very real sense, that last glimpse of Don prefigures the rise of the SBNRs.

Introduction to Kundalini: The Yoga of Awareness

James McCrae | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
James McCrae

Today's polished yoga centers and Bikram studios are only the latest incarnation of a tradition that has adapted to fit changing cultures for thousands of years. Nations have risen and fallen. Religions have come and gone. The apple of ideas has passed from Eve to Newton to Jobs. But yoga, in some form or another, has remained.

Carolyn Gregoire

5 Ways Modern Science Is Embracing Ancient Indian Wisdom | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.16.2014 | Science

The embrace of Eastern philosophy and mysticism in the West has a long history, from the writings of "the first American yogi" Henry David Thoreau, to...

This Great Eastern Philosopher Reminds Us Of The Pleasure Of Simplicity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

In the West, we have a vague sense that poetry is good for our ‘souls’, making us sensitive and wiser. Yet we don’t always know how this should ...

Mindfulness in Everyday Life: The Space Around Thoughts -- Mind the Gap

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 09.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Life. Running here and there. Preoccupied with this and that. Swept away by one thought or another. We barely have time enough to notice time pass...

From Prophet to Profit: A Woman's Business Weapon

Caryn Chow | Posted 02.07.2014 | Small Business
Caryn Chow

My grandmother raised four kids, and became a single parent when my grandfather passed on and my younger uncle was a tender 14. Learning to become profitable was not something she even thought about. She was "savvy" before savvy was a "business" household name.

Rumi and Emerson: A Bridge Between the West and the Muslim World

Craig Considine | Posted 10.14.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

Jalalud'din Rumi and Ralph Waldo Emerson's love for everyone and everything, regardless of who or what they were, shows that non-Muslims and Muslims are not as different as many people imagine.

Confucius Say, 'YOLO!'

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The goal is the fulfillment of a life of learning such that one comes to accord with the Way of Heaven, not in some eschatological point beyond life, but within one's life itself. And what of the afterlife? Simply of no concern and thus no articulation.

The Global Citizen Forum

Isha Judd | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Isha Judd

By focusing on the common source inherent in each individual, instead of on the differences that separate us, we can begin to transform the world around us from the inside out.

Cultivating the Pefection of Wisdom

Tenzin Norbu | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Tenzin Norbu

Wisdom is the Bodhisattva perfection that brings true and lasting happiness as well as the end of all suffering. With the attainment of this virtue, a Bodhisattva becomes a fully-enlightened being. He or she knows, from experience, the complete path to enlightenment.

Winter Solstice: A Confucian View

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Where world religions are often seen to incorporate the metaphor of darkness and light, little has been considered of a Confucian view of darkness and light or the nadir of light at Winter Solstice.

I'm With Stupid: Mastering the Physically Impossible Yoga Pretzel

Todd Hartley | Posted 12.05.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I went to a yoga class for the first time in my life the other day, and if you knew me, you'd already be laughing. I'm not exactly the yoga type.

The Simple Life: Confucius As Taoist?

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

As with every religious tradition, there are often stereotypes that frequently belie the subtlety or complexity of a worldview to the detriment of a full understanding of its teachings and practices.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- The Season Finale

James Napoli | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

So, you think you're enlightened? So did our three intrepid inanimate objects at the end of our previous episode. But if you don't stay conscious, enl...

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- Part Nine

James Napoli | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

You are not alone in your quest for enlightenment. The three most neurotic inanimate objects in the universe are on the same quest. And in the latest...

Mindful in the Modern Age of Technology

Vaishali | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living

Mindfulness at its best rests in the present moment without an agenda. It is pure awareness minus the tyranny of the intellect.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- Part Eight

James Napoli | Posted 07.08.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

So, you often find yourself wondering about why we are all here and what it all means. Well, you are not alone.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- Part Seven

James Napoli | Posted 06.30.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

In this episode, the discussion branches off into art and creativity. Surely the desire to express ourselves cannot be excluded from any argument about the purpose of existence?

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- Part Six

James Napoli | Posted 06.16.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

All this time, you have secretly known exactly what you need. And that is to watch inanimate objects discuss the meaning of existence.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue -- Part Five

James Napoli | Posted 06.05.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

When you are seeking inner peace, sometimes nothing else will do but to watch a rock, a piece of paper and a pair of scissors discuss the meaning of life.