5 Ways to Suffer More Successfully

5 Ways to Suffer More Successfully

“There are two ways to escape suffering in the Inferno. The first is easy: accept the inferno and become such a part of it that you can no longer see it. The second is risky and demands constant vigilance and apprehension: seek and learn to recognize who and what, in the midst of the Inferno, are not the Inferno, then help them endure, give them space.” ~ Italo Calvino Pain is a natural part of li... »

Surpassing Mentors and Escaping the Master’s Shadow

Surpassing Mentors and Escaping the Master’s Shadow

“It is good to remember that the goal of Buddhism is to create Buddhas, not Buddhists, as the goal of Christianity is to create Christs, not Christians. In the same vein, my teachings are not meant to acquire followers or imitators, but to awaken beings to eternal truth and thus to awakened life and living.” –Adyashanti Standing on the shoulders of giants is very important, but remaining stuck the... »


Delving into the Realms of Emptiness

“Just as it is known 
that an image of one’s face is seen 
depending on a mirror 
but does not really exist as a face, so the conception of “I” exists
 dependent on mind and body, 
but like the image of a face 
the “I” does not exist as its own reality at all.” – Nagarjuna What if I tell you that “I” doesn’t exist? What if I tell you “You” don’t exist? “You” and... »


“If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him”

“Like they say in Zen, when you attain Satori, nothing is left for you in that moment than to have a good laugh.” –Alan Watts The title of this article is a koan attributed to a 1st century Zen Master named Linji Yixuan. It’s obviously not meant to be taken literally, since killing is wrong. It’s a koan with shock-value, meant to jar us awake, a tool meant for self-exploration and self-interrogati... »


Vipassana ~ A Path to Self Awareness

Vipassana is the way to see things as they really are; it is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation that was rediscovered by Gautama Buddha more than 2500 years. He then taught vipassana as a way to enlightenment and a universal remedy for day-to-day problems. Vipassana saw a resurgence with S N Goenka, who after learning vipassana started teaching others in 1969. This has lead... »

The Relation Between Long Hair & Extrasensory Perception

The Relation Between Long Hair & Extrasensory Perception

We are conditioned to think that hair styling is important and how it makes a cool fashion statement. But in olden times it was a different story. An interesting find revealed that long hair in men was actually related to consciousness or the sixth sense. Does that sound alarming? Lets delve a bit more into this topic. During the Vietnam war, special forces in the war department had sent undercove... »


Buddha Boy with Divine Powers

We have written about the Buddha boy before, Ram Bahadur Bomjon who is trying to attain enlightenment by meditating with minimal food and drink for six years. But there has been a lot of criticism, a lot of praise and some unbelievable achievements by this young lad. One such ability is to alter his body temperature to suit the environment, its possible by a certain kind of meditation to keep ones... »

Buddha Painting

A Parable by Buddha on the Brave and Foolish

In the past we have covered a few of the teachings of Buddha, we also spoke about human life interpreted by Buddhism, today we have a very interesting story, I am not going to give away any part of it, continue reading. A man living near a cemetery heard one night a voice calling him from a grave. He was too timid to investigate it himself but the next day he mentioned it to a brave friend, who ma... »

Human Life Interpreted by Buddhism

Human Life Interpreted by Buddhism

Once there was a man rowing a boat down a river. Someone on the shore warned him, “Stop rowing so gaily down the swift current; there are rapids ahead and a dangerous whirlpool, and there are crocodiles and demons lying in wait in rocky caverns. You will perish if you continue.” In this short parable, “the swift current” is a life of lust; “rowing gaily” is givi... »

Buddha Stories and Lessons

Yesterday my friend Sanil who is an active member of the Soka Gakkai International, that teaches Nichiren Buddhism, a philosophy grounded in the realities of daily life told me two short stories on Buddha. The third story is one that I am not exactly sure but I heard it in the documentary Liquid Crystal Vision. So this post has three short stories on Buddha and enlightenment as well as a lovely fl... »

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