Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other by a person who had subsequently taken his own life. The students were then asked to distinguish between the genuine notes and the fake ones.

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Buddhism as a “Science of the Mind”

Putting aside for the moment the more “spiritual” aspects of Buddhist teaching, neuro and cognitive science have been paying close attention to meditation for some time now. While such studies are a source of controversy in the scientific community, there is increasing consensus that the sustained practice of meditation can permanently change the structure of the brain and improve attentional capacity.

Buddhism is not a collection of views. It is a practice to help us eliminate wrong views.  – Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Buddha's Teaching. 

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The Hero’s Journey: Follow Your Bliss and Doors Will Open

In the 70s, when I first heard the phrase “follow your bliss,” popularized by mythologist Joseph Campbell, it immediately hooked my attention. In college, while studying the ancient wisdom teachings of the Upanishads, I heard the word “bliss” used frequently but never really stopped to consider what it meant in practical terms.

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The Way A Man Penetrates the World

Stop hoping for a completion of anything in life. Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done. It won’t. As life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.

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