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Deepak Chopra explains how to meditate properly using the mantra in a way that leads to experience of pure awareness–without thought and without mantra. The emphasis is not to force anything to happen. Transcript: It’s very important to understand the mechanics of meditation, because most people don’t do it right. They think you have to […]

Genpo Roshi walks participants through a mini-version of the Big Mind process for a taste of how the technique works. Genpo Roshi (Dennis Merzel), an American Zen teacher, developed the “Big Mind Process” as a specific technique that merges Western psychological techniques (specifically Voice Dialogue therapy) with Buddhist conceptions of self and mind. Big Mind […]

In this guided meditation, Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche gives simple instructions for bringing awareness to the body, sensory experience, surroundings, space, and awareness itself. The main point of the practice is to fully embrace the present moment with mindfulness and awareness. Meditation instructions as transcribed from the video: Please keep your spine […]

Quantum physicist and educator John Hagelin PhD, presents research findings on the effects of meditation on the brain and intelligence, and advocates for meditation as a method of promoting a host of positive benefits, from relaxation to increased creativity. Transcript from the video: What we’re talking about is the effect on the brain. And here […]

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, […]

This is a concise, clear overview of the Zen practice.  The short clip is from the documentary The Zen Mind by Empty Mind Films. Click here to watch the full movie. Excerpts: A great Zen master called Tozan once wrote: “The blue mountain is the father of the white cloud. The white cloud is the […]

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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