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Nonduality teacher Jeff Foster offers an alternative perspective on meditation. Jeff describes meditation not as a ‘doing’, a process, a state or a goal to reach, but as an effortless noticing and welcoming of present experience. Ultimately, meditation is not something you do – but who you already are – the vast open space of consciousness, already intimate with all form.

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 video is from the film, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which consists of two parts: 1st part: “A Way of Life” and 2nd part: “The Great Liberation”. This video is the second part. Here’s a description of the film: Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rupert Spira, teacher of Advaita or Non-duality, describes the belief in the separation of knowing and being as the fundamental cause of suffering or unhappiness. Here he points out how this apparent separation can be dissolved and thus put an end to suffering. Transcript: Cause of Suffering The cause of suffering is the belief, and […]

Sara Lazar, PhD, a neuroscientist in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School.  gives a presentation on her research findings relating to the meditation effects on the brain. Highlights of the presentation: Scientific research has validated the benefits of meditation, including: Decreased stress Reduced symptoms associated […]

This film, Quiet Mind: Meditation in Real Life, introduces Zen Buddhism and features Soto Zen roshi Norman Fischer, founder and spiritual director of the Everyday Zen Foundation, which is dedicated to expressing Zen Buddhist teachings in contemporary form. Highlights and excerpts from the video: Zen Buddhism Norman Fischer: “When you sit, you notice that every […]

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