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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 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 […]

David Nichtern, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, presents a basic introduction to the practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Instructions from the video: [Mindfulness meditation] is a wonderful and ancient remedy for the stress and anxiety of modern life. It can help us develop strength, clarity, […]

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 […]

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