by Robert Purser Guardian edited by O Society June 14, 2019 Mindfulness went mainstream, with celebrity endorsement from Oprah Winfrey and Goldie Hawn. Meditation coaches, monks and neuroscientists went to Davos to impart the finer points to CEOs attending the World Economic Forum. The founders of the mindfulness movement have grown evangelical. Prophesying that its … Continue reading The Mindfulness Scam – Capitalist Spirituality
by Chogyam Trungpa edited by O Society June 10, 2019 Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism (PDF) Introduction Although most of my students were sincere in their aspiration to walk on the spiritual path, they brought to it a great deal of confusion, misunderstanding and expectation. Therefore, I found it necessary to present to my students an overview of the … Continue reading Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Stress and Shittiness edited by Marmalade and O Society What causes heart disease – Part 63 by Malcolm Kendrick To keep this simple, and stripping terminology down things down to basics, the concept I am trying to capture, and the word that I am going to use, here to describe the factor that can affect entire … Continue reading Psychosocial Stress, Shit-Life Syndrome, Dukkha, and the Parable of the Poisoned Arrow
Discovering your capacity for lovingkindness by Sharon Saltzberg Radiant Mindedited by O Society May 25, 2019 In metta meditation, we direct lovingkindness toward ourselves and then, in a sequence of expansion, towards somebody we love already. Somebody we are neutral towards. Somebody we have difficulty with. And ultimately toward all beings everywhere without distinction.In vipassana meditation, we … Continue reading What is Mettā Meditation?
by Lin Qiqing Sixth Tone edited by O Society May 23, 2019 https://youtu.be/FumyvVOVbaY SHAANXI, Northwest China — On a misty winter’s afternoon, about an hour’s drive from the ancient city of Xi’an and a muddy 30-minute trek through the Zhongnan Mountains, we finally reach the secluded Beiji Temple. The building has clearly seen better days. … Continue reading The Hermit Culture Living On China’s Misty Mountains
Red Dust edited by O Society May 21, 2019 The world of red dust. This is an expression found in ancient Chinese Chan (禪) and Taoist (道教) poetry (sometimes simply “dust”). It is a vivid image and a sharp metaphor–have you ever driven down a dusty dirt road? Imagine now villages, towns, and cities with nothing … Continue reading Red Dust
By Bhante Henepola Gunaratana Tricycle The distinction between Vipassana meditation and other styles of meditation is crucial and needs to be fully understood. Buddhism addresses two major types of meditation. They are different mental skills, modes of functioning or qualities of consciousness. In Pali, the original language of Theravada literature, they are called Vipassana and Samatha. … Continue reading What Exactly Is Vipassana Meditation?