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The Best Science Online – Stay Informed!

  2022   Tracking the most relevant and interesting stories from all the branches of science.   Offering up-to-date lists of the best sources for science information on the web.   Best Science Blog Lists Webby Awards  Geek Wrapped Feedspot   Best Science Websites List by Real Clear Science Nature Magazine Science Magazine Livescience New […]

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Zen Buddhist Meditation

  Zen Buddhist Meditation   While there are a number of schools of Zen, this article will focus on the Japanese Soto sect teaching of shikantaza, or “just sitting” method of meditation, probably the most straight-forward example of Zen Buddhist meditation.   Early Zen in Japan   Buddhism spread from China to Korea in the […]

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Chinese Chan Buddhist Meditation

  Zuo Chan, Sitting Meditation   The first Chinese people to become interested in Buddhism were Daoists. These Daoists became the first converts to Buddhism in China. Over the next couple of centuries Sanskrit Buddhist works on meditation, enlightenment and the path of the bodhisattva were translated into Chinese. Chinese mystics adopted and adapted Buddhism […]

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Buddhist Insight Meditation

  The Buddha: Siddhartha Gautama   The Buddha’s meditation is a way of life, a religion, rooted in the simple act of sitting calmly and being awake to reality. The Buddha was born Prince Siddhartha Gautama probably in the sixth century BCE into the Shakya clan, which is why he is sometimes referred to as […]

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Virgins and Philosophers: Early Proto-Monasticism (Inside Monastic Culture Part II)

  Read “The Solitaries: Inside Monastic Culture Part I”   Roman Religious Colleges   The Vestal Virgins of ancient Rome, formed in the seventh century BCE, were the world’s first known cenobitic proto-monastics and their Atrium Vestiae, or House of the Vestal Virgins, was the first proto-monastic house. The Vestal Virgins, a part of the […]

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Power of the Mind 2: Visualization and the Mind

 Page 2 … Read Page 1   CONTENTS PART 2: Studying and Professional Skill Building | Mnemonics | The Memory Palace | Artistic Creativity | Enlightenment | The Universal Person | Archetypes | Inner Alchemy | Spirituality | Meditation, Mental Health and Enlightenment | Mindfulness Meditation CONTENTS PART 3: The Nervous System and Immunity | Neuroendocrinology | Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology | Stress, Adrenaline and Homeostasis | How […]

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Meditation, the Art of Life Part V: The Science of Meditation

  A Working Definition of Illumination Meditation   Meditation is defined as a focusing of awareness, confining the attention to a single thing, bringing the mind to a state of tranquility and clarity. There are many kinds of meditation developed all over the world for various purposes. In this article we will focus primarily on […]

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