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Eastern Philosophy

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

James Napoli | Posted 05.26.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

You need to see inanimate objects discussing the meaning of life. This series of videos features inanimate objects discussing the meaning of life. Talk about a win-win.

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

James Napoli | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

Have you ever gotten to a point in your life where you feel like the old paradigms just aren't cutting it? Have you entertained the thought that maybe "all is vanity and striving after wind"?

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

James Napoli | Posted 05.07.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

Does all suffering come from desire? What is desire, anyway? What would we be without it? The debate continues in this, the second installment of an ongoing philosophical discussion among three strangely-vocal inanimate objects.

Rock, Paper, Scissors: A Dialogue on Who We Are

James Napoli | Posted 04.30.2012 | Healthy Living
James Napoli

This is a genuine inquiry into the nature of life, desire, suffering and happiness. I hope you will enjoy taking this philosophical journey with the three most neurotic, supposedly non-sentient beings in the universe.

Ubuntu: Applying African Philosophy in Building Community

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.06.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The philosophy of Ubuntu derives from a Nguni word, ubuntu meaning "the quality of being human." Ubuntu manifests itself through various human acts, clearly visible in social, political, and economic situations, as well as among family.

New Year's Resolution: A Confucian View

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

The point of a resolution is the establishment of a goal and the commitment to that goal. We want to be a better person whatever our religious or non-religious persuasion and we make a resolution to pursue ways to fulfill that goal.

'Tis The Season -- With Confucius

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

And so, in turning toward Confucius we will look for what he believed to be that highest ideal of which he felt each and every person was capable. Such an ideal was captured for Confucius in the term chün tzu, Noble Person.

West Meets East: Confucius And Bertrund Russell

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Could the Confucian perspective on learning be the reason for Russell's great admiration of Chinese thought after his visit to China in the early 20th century?

Who Was Confucius And Why Does It Matter?

Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D. | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Rodney L. Taylor, Ph.D.

We need to understand that in the centuries following Confucus' death, his teachings became the official ideology of the Chinese state, a position held with virtually no break into the 20th century.

'Flow' Experiences: The Secret To Ultimate Happiness?

Lance P. Hickey, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lance P. Hickey, Ph.D.

There are moments in which your mind becomes so entirely absorbed in the activity that you "forget yourself" and begin to act effortlessly, with a heightened sense of awareness of the here and now.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Vaishali | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vaishali

The Eastern philosophy makes perfect sense for anyone who has ever noticed that no matter what you may do or ingest in your physical body, what works for one person may not work equally for another.

Buddhist Backlash: Stephen Batchelor Braves The Storm

James Rotondi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Rotondi

Stephen Batchelor does not look like a man at the center of a storm. But the calm, bespectacled 57-year-old Englishman is in the eye of a hurricane of...

The Buddha's Five Protections - Part 1

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

The Buddha spoke about five ways to protect ourselves and our practice. Here I'll write about he first two of these, and continue with the rest next week.

Chasing The Spirit Through Song

Krishna Das | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Krishna Das

We are always who we are. We are not what we do. These practices give us the strength to love totally and completely. But we have to to create pathways for the love to flow to our own hearts.

One Who Protects The Truth Will Be Protected By It

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

There is a saying, "One who protects the dhamma, the truth, will be protected by it." Sometimes this concept of protection is a little difficult for us to understand.

Buddhism: Between Desire and Emptiness

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

The middle way is a view of life that avoids the extreme of misguided grasping, and it avoids the despair and nihilism born from the mistaken belief that nothing matters, that all is meaningless.

Buddhism: Between Overindulgence And Self-Hatred

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sharon Salzberg

For us the question becomes, can we find that place in the middle of these extremes, neither fruitlessly clinging to transient experiences, nor working from a place of self-hatred?

Cosmic Justice Comes to Fox

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Philip Goldberg

What is the significance of a show requiring viewers to buy-in to karma and reincarnation? To me, it indicates that society's notion of cosmic justice is undergoing a seismic shift.

What The Buddha Would Say To Sarah Palin

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

At the moment, Palin is touring the country to promote her book, which has a very large number of words in it, but not all of them are necessarily either true or kind.