Posts Tagged ‘ Buddhism ’

The Fourth state of mind : neurobiology of meditation. [Part I]

Aug 31st, 2011 | By

In the last few decades, a neurological understanding of the meditative process has been slowly emerging. It started with some simple observations of what happens when one progressively reaches deeper stages of meditation. Although we remain wakeful, in progressively deeper stages of meditation, fundamental changes start happening in our body and brain. Most striking of

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The pitfalls of positive thinking: a mindful perspective

Aug 4th, 2011 | By

If we browse the self-help section of any bookstore, the vast overwhelming number of self-help manuals and publications promote positive thinking, the product of a million-dollar industry that essentially tells us to turn our negative self-images into positive ones in the pursuit of success. Intrinsically there is nothing wrong with this concept, except that positive

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‘Why me ?’ : Dealing with self-pity from a Buddhist perspective

Jun 26th, 2011 | By

Bad things happening to good people, and good things happening to bad people can seem at times paradoxical for those of us who believe in some sort of a natural justice system that’s inbuilt in the way our universe works. After all, it might seem that the only reason for staying moral and righteous is

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The circumstances leading to the birth of ‘Yoga’ (Book Excerpt)

Jun 20th, 2011 | By

Around 800-500 B.C. in India, there is evidence that growing discontent with Vedic ritualism led to the development of the Aranyakas and the Upanishads, a way of thought and philosophy leading to a fundamental shift from ritual worship of multiple Gods to some of the most profound questions about Man’s relationship with the cosmos. This

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Siddhartha : Herman Hesse

Jun 20th, 2011 | By

SIDDHARTHA by HERMAN HESSE (1922) Type : Novella Suitable for age group : 16 + Hesse’s 12-chapter novel on a Hindu contemporary of The Buddha explores the totality of enlightenment that can only be gained through personal experience. In a later lecture Hesse explained : “Buddha’s way to salvation has often been criticized and doubted,

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