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Detailed instruction on how to sit zazen (seated meditation) in various positions – full lotus, cross legged, using a chair; also tips on breathing and how to go into and out of meditation periods. Zen Meditation instruction is provided by Yokoji Zen Mountain Center, a Zen Buddhist Training Center located in the Southern California mountains. […]

Dharma Punx in New York City finds connection between Buddhism and punk rock ideology. In this CBS News interview Dr. Jon LaPook talks with teacher Josh Korda about how the punk movement finds a home in the ancient spiritual tradition. A few excerpts from the interview: “Both punks and Buddhism have an enormous questioning of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nonduality teacher Adyashanti addresses the central teaching of the Buddha, which is the idea of “self.” He invites a direct investigation and experience of who we really are: what is it that we identify as the “self” and does it really exist? Transcript: Up until you see beyond it, everything is dominated by one’s self, […]

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