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What is a Koan ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Koans are the special short questions of spiritual masters in the Chan and Zen traditions. (Chinese Chan became Japanese Zen). Some seventeen hundred...

Buddhist Priest Invites Same-Sex Couples To Marry At His Temple

HuffPost Japan | Sara Elkamel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Religion

Same-sex marriages are not legal in Japan. However, there is a Japanese Buddhist temple where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and member...

The Stoic Two-Step Program for Better Living

William Irvine | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
William Irvine

Many blog postings consist of tips on how to improve aspects of your life -- how to avoid procrastinating, perhaps, or how to lose ten pounds. These ...

Who Are You Avoiding?

William Irvine | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
William Irvine

Why don't we want to be alone with our thoughts? Presumably because it puts us face to face with someone we want desperately to avoid, namely, ourselves.

Please Meditate: Need More Brain? (VIDEO)

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 06.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Olivia Rosewood

Zazen is traditionally practiced sitting on a zafu pillow or bench in cross-legged full lotus with erect posture of spine and zero slouching. Part of the traditional character of zen is that it can require mental and physical discipline.

This Year's Books You Should Have Read

| Emily Temple | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

From Flavorwire: Unfortunately, hundreds of great books come out every year to little or no critical attention, a fate that is perhaps unavoidable ...