Positive Global Trends Are Overlooked By Media

Positive Global Trends Are Overlooked By Media

It is easy in these times to feel overwhelmed by the media’s skewed focus on sensationalized, negative news stories that capture our attention. However, the facts (as studied by historians and other impartial experts) show that we are living overall in the most peaceful, prosperous and progressive era in human history, for people across the planet. Check out economis Max Roser’s www.ourlworldindata.org (the visual histories on the...

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Spain and Italy Events Scheduled for Feb-March 2018

Spain and Italy Events Scheduled for Feb-March 2018

In Madrid, we will be giving a dharma talk on Feb. 22 and a daylong on Feb. 24, 2018. In Italy, we will be teaching a 2-week retreat from March 3-16, 2018. This will be our third time teaching in Europe. For detailed information, please visit our events page. This stunning drawing of Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw–drawn by talented artist and President of the “Associazione Jhāna Retreat, Buddhismo Theravāda in Italia” Andrea...

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Practice as a Balm in Difficult Times

Practice as a Balm in Difficult Times

Practice as a Balm in Stressful Times Question from a student: Recently, I have begun a very emotionally stressful period in my life.  I have been called to my meditation practice more often to try and quiet my mind. I have often in the past turned to my practice in times of stress for clarity, guidance and divine connection. During a couple of my sittings intense emotions have bubbled up mostly in the form of sadness and crying. I think my...

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Yale Neuroscience Article Investigates How Concentration Meditation Deactivates the “Me”

Yale Neuroscience Article Investigates How Concentration Meditation Deactivates the “Me”

In this article, Dr. Judson Brewer (former director of the Yale Neuroscience Clinic, and current director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness at U-Mass) and his associates summarize the research for which Tina was one of the medication subjects, as an advanced meditator. The study focuses on the activation and deactivation of the posterior cingulate cortex center (PCC) of the brain through concentration meditation. The PCC is...

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