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Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on Bowing

“By bowing we are giving up ourselves. To give up ourselves means to give up our dualistic ideas. …Usually to bow means to pay our respects to something which is more worthy of respect and ourselves. But when you bow to Buddha you should have no idea of Buddha, you should just become one with Buddha, you are already Buddha himself. When you become one with Buddha, one with everything that exists, you find the true meaning of being. When you forget all your dualistic ideas, everything becomes your teacher, and everything can be the object of worship.”
– “In your practice you should except everything as it is, giving to each thing the same respect given to a Buddha. Here there is Buddhahood. Then Buddha bows to Buddha, and you bow to yourself. This is the true bow. If you do not have this firm conviction of big mind in your practice, your bow will be dualistic. When you are just yourself, you bow to yourself in it’s true sense, and you are one with everything. Only when you are you yourself can you bow to everything in its true sense. …Bow with this spirit and all the precepts, all the teachings are yours, and you will possess everything within your big mind.”

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

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A Buddhist Monk Shows “Unheard Of” Brain Activity During Meditation

Source: A Buddhist Monk Shows “Unheard Of” Brain Activity During Meditation · The Mind Unleashed

Aug 7, 2013

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.” ―Voltaire

The first part of this article was written by: Rachel Nuwer,

Matthieu Ricard, a 66-year old Tibetan monk and geneticist, produces brain gamma waves—linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory—never before reported in neuroscience, leading researchers to conclude that Ricard is the world’s happiest man. The secret to his success in achieving bliss? Meditation, he claims.

“Meditating is like lifting weights or exercising for the mind”, Ricard told the Daily News. “Anyone can be happy by simply training their brain”, he says.

To quantify just how happy Ricard is, neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin attached 256 sensors to the monk’s skull. When he meditated on compassion, the researchers were shocked to see that Ricard’s brian produces a level of gamma waves off the charts. He also demonstrated excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, meaning he has an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity, the researchers say.

During the same study, the neuroscientists also peeked into the minds of other monks. They found that long-term practitioners—those who have engaged in more than 50,000 rounds of meditation—showed significant changes in their brain function, although that those with only three weeks of 20-minute meditation per day also demonstrated some change.

To spread the word on achieving happiness and enlightenment, Ricard authored Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. Proceeds from the book go towards over 100 humanitarian projects.

“Try sincerely to check, to investigate,” he explained to the Daily News. “That’s what Buddhism has been trying to unravel — the mechanism of happiness and suffering. It is a science of the mind.”

In the video below, David Lynch explains Consciousness, Creativity and benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM)

One of the greatest American filmmakers, television director, visual artist and musician is David Lynch. Lynch is an advocate of the use of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in bringing peace to the world. His passion to help students learn the TM techniques has launched the David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and Peace.

In this video, David Lynch answers a couple of questions on his understanding of how TM can affect creativity and overall learning and expansion of the human mind.

When we finally know we are dying

When we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings.


Source: Meditate! | Great Middle Way

June 19, 2017

13327396_1727813734174722_8594400825495450700_nThe perfect teaching of the Buddha is not accomplished through mere study.

Dharma without meditation is like dying of thirst while being helplessly carried away by a great river.

Dharma without meditation is like supplying many beings with food and drink, and starving oneself to death.

Dharma without meditation is like dying of a stomach ailment while possessing all the specific remedies.

Dharma without meditation is like counting huge numbers of jewels in treasure stores, without obtaining even one for oneself.

Dharma without meditation is like being born in the court of a royal palace, surrounded by pleasures, without getting any food or drink.

Dharma without meditation is like being a blind artist who paints a picture in the middle of a crowded market, unable to see it oneself.

Dharma without meditation is like being a boatman who takes many people safely across a big lake in which one drowns.

Dharma without meditation is like announcing at a crossroads all the most wonderful things without obtaining any for oneself.

―Flower Arrayed Tree Sutra


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