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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ken Wilber, founder of the Integral Institute, leads participants through a process of stripping the mind of objects and resting in the ever-present subjective sense of I-Amness. Excerpts: The simple recognition of I-Amness is an infallible recognition of ever-present awareness, of ever-present Big Mind. And if you are aware of your own I-Amness right now, […]

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 […]

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation, describes¬† the benefits of meditation practice on the mind, brain and body. One of the main points he discusses is how meditation actually makes changes in the brain structurally, in a process that is known in neuroscience as neuroplasticity. Excerpts from the video: “Meditation can transform […]

Genpo Roshi: Big Mind and Sitting Meditation In this video, Genpo Roshi, the developer of the Big Mind process, answers questions from practitioners. One of the questions is how the Big Mind fits into a sitting meditation practice, such as zazen. Roshi explains that the two practices are like two wings that need to be […]

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