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Nonduality teacher Rupert Spira offers pointing-out instructions in response to a student’s inquiry about her frustration after 40 years of seeking, and not achieving, enlightenment–something that majority of us can probably relate to. Transcript: STUDENT: It’s just a frustration I have doing this sort of thing for 40 years now, and not being awake. A […]

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, presents the latest findings from neuroscience on how meditation practice changes the brain, and offers fresh insight into concepts like mindfulness and suffering. Here’s Part 2 of the video: Highlights as transcribed from the presentation: Experiential Self vs. Conceptual Self The mind’s habit of carefully constructing and then rigidly defending a sense […]

Howard Martin from the Institute of HeartMath presents scientific research regarding heart intelligence, and how our thoughts and emotions create patterns of coherence or incoherence in our electromagnetic energy field and possibly influence the earth’s own geomagnetic field in positive or negative ways. Transcript: It’s an honor and privilege to be here in my home […]

Shinzen Young, a Vipassana (mindfulness) teacher, answers a question on how self-inquiry relates to mindfulness practice. One might initially look at these as two different approaches in meditation, but Shinzen explains elegantly the symmetry between them. Transcript: Someone wrote in asking, “How does self-inquiry relate to mindfulness practice?” It’s a really interesting question. In a […]

Pema Chodron, a Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, describes the Tonglen meditation practice. In tonglen (also tonglin), one visualizes taking onto oneself the suffering of others on the in-breath, and on the out-breath giving happiness and success to all sentient beings. This practice helps to reduce selfish attachment, develop and […]

Nonduality teacher Rupert Spira talks about the difference between meditation as an activity of the mind and meditation as the abiding in the true nature of the self as pure awareness. Transcript: We normally consider that meditation is some kind of activity of the mind. It’s a focusing of the mind, usually on a mantra […]

Using an early model of the Mind Mirror EEG machine, Ken Wilber shows the different types of brainwave patterns that correlate to various states of awareness and meditation. Both the demonstration and voiceover narration are done by Ken Wilber, Transcript: Hello, everybody. This is a small portable EEG, electroencephalograph. What it shows is brainwave activity, […]

This teaching is taken from “Immovable Wisdom” written by Takuan, the Japanese Zen Buddhist Master. Takuan Soho (1573-1645) was a master of calligraphy, painting, gardening, martial arts, and the teacher of the Shogun Iemitsu, Yagyu Tajima-no-Kami (founder of Japan’s greatest swordsmanship school) and Miyamoto Musashi (author of The Book of Five Rings). Transcript: “Where should […]

Dr. Deepak Chopra briefly explains one of the health benefits of meditation in slowing down the aging process. He cites the work of Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, a cell biologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2009 for her co-discovery of an enzyme called the telomerase. This enzyme influences the length of […]

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