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Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh explains what Nirvana is. According to him, Nirvana is the freedom from wrong ideas and perceptions and that views of any kind, such as birth and death, coming and going, being and non-being, do not represent reality. Transcript: The sacred texts say that […]

Pema Chödrön, an ordained nun in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, talks about the importance of meditation in order to develop self-compassion and consequently true compassion for other beings. Transcript: I think you just keep in mind, that if you want to, as your life goes on, be more and more able to help […]

What is the Self? This video offers a brief overview of the new findings from a wide range of scientific disciplines about what it means to be human. Modern science gives us descriptions of the mechanisms our brain needs to construct what we call the self, and this illusionary image of ourselves as separate beings […]

Mark Robert Waldman, Associate Fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind, University of Pennsylvania, reveals current research on the effects of meditation on universal, positive ideas on the brain. He currently conducts research with Andrew Newberg, MD, on the neurological correlates of beliefs, morality, compassion, meditation, religious experiences, and spiritual practices. Mark is […]

Clear, step-by-step instructions on the basics of classical Zen meditation. Here are the instructions from the video: To begin, you will need a quiet room, comfortable clothes, and a cushion. 1. Choosing Your Position Sit on the forward third of your cushion. The lower body will form a tripod – knees on the ground and […]

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 […]

Catherine Kerr, PhD, renowned expert on neuroscience and meditation, presents her research findings on why mindfulness meditation begins by focusing on the breath, and how mindfulness-based somatic awareness (cultivated through attention to breath, body sensations) changes the brain. Excerpts: Mindfulness is a secular form of meditation that is being portrayed in health care settings all […]

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson PhD explains how mindfulness meditation can strengthen our brains and has particular relevance as people age. This presentation was recorded at the Greater Good Science Center in UC Berkeley as part of the Science of a Meaningful Life Series. Transcript: How many of you meditate at least once a year? Once a […]

Neuroscientist Zoran Josipovic explains what happens in the brain during three types of meditation: subject-oriented, object-oriented, and nondual awareness. In his research, Zoran discovered that, depending on the focus of the meditation, different structures of the brain are activated. Transcript: One thing that we can notice is that different meditation techniques have different effects on […]

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