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Positive Global Trends Are Overlooked By Media

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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 bottom right are excellent), and also www.humanprogress.org which aggregates data from the World Bank,...

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Spain and Italy Events Scheduled for Feb-March 2018

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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 Magoni–captures the Sayadaw beautifully.

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Practice as a Balm in Difficult Times

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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 breathing when starting those sittings was a bit shallow and as the breathing deepened the emotion...

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

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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 thought by some to be the center of the sense of self within the brain. Especially interesting is their...

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Korean and Italian Versions of Practicing the Jhanas

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Korean and Italian Versions of Practicing the Jhanas

Practicing the Jhanas is now available in Korean and Italian, as well as English. We appreciate the beauty of the Korean cover, shown here.

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Awakening Buddhist Women Feature Tina

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Awakening Buddhist Women Feature Tina

Awakening Buddhist Women featured Tina in their Dec. 14 blog. The post is an overview of an article on Tina in Nonduality Magazine. To read the blog post, or view the Awakening Buddhist Women website, click here.

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Second Italy Retreat Held Aug. 2015

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Second Italy Retreat Held Aug. 2015

This 1-week retreat included 35 retreatants from 11 countries, including Italy of course, as well as Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Sweden. Many thanks to the organizers, Andrea S. and Andrea M. as well as our translator, Victoria. (photo is of part of the group) Here is a hotlink to learn more about this retreat: http://www.jhanaretreat.com/index-en.html.  

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Italian Newspaper Interview on Meditation

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Italian Newspaper Interview on Meditation

As part of our teaching in Italy in August 2015, an Italian newspaper ran the following interview of us about meditation and its benefits. Italian Newspaper article interview on meditation. We later recorded this 6-minute audio transcript of the article, at this hotlink on Dharma Seed. Audio Transcript of Italian Newspaper Article. This is a great introduction to meditation, available in an abbreviated...

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Join us on the Insight Timer! Awakening Dharma Samatha Meditation Group

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Join us on the Insight Timer! Awakening Dharma Samatha Meditation Group

We now have a virtual sitting group on the Insight Timer! The Insight Timer is a great app for timing your meditations. You can select the time you want, and choose from several beautiful meditation bells that will ring at the time(s) you set. Best of all, you can see who you are meditating with from around the world! The basic version of the app is free, and there is a small fee for the full app. Our group is called the “Awakening Dharma Samatha Meditation” group, which you can find in the “groups” area. All are...

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First Month-long Retreat Held at Cloud Mountain

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First Month-long Retreat Held at Cloud Mountain

We held our first month-long (27-day) retreat from Sept. 6-Oct. 3,2014, at Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, Washington. We had 37 participants from 8 countries around the world. It was a deep and profound experience, for us as well as the yogis who attended. One of our criteria was that all accommodations would be singles, which worked out well for the participants. We have decided to offer another month-long retreat in 2017–look for information soon.

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