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Four Kinds of Intelligence for Optimal Mental Health and Balance

A Mindfulness Workshop with Dr. B. Alan Wallace Sat 1st – Sun 2nd June Top Studio, Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA Click here to register The principal meaning of “mindfulness” in English stems from the verb “to mind,” as in “bearing in mind” (e.g. “children, mind your ...
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama – How to be a Buddhist in Todays World

His Holiness the Dalai Lama – How to be a Buddhist in Todays World

How to Be a Buddhist in Today’s World Religion now faces three main challenges: communism, science and consumerism. By The Dalai Lama Wall Street Journal July 6, 2017 Once people adopt a religion, they should practice it sincerely. Truly believing in God, Buddha, Allah or Shiva should inspire one to be ...
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Dzogchen day with Alan Wallace, London, 3rd Sept 2017

A Summary of the View, Meditation, and Conduct During this one-day workshop, Dr Alan Wallace will give an oral transmission and commentary to a core Dzogchen composed by the late Yangthang Rinpoche, one of the great vidyādharas, or realized Dzogchen masters of recent times. rawing from his great learning and ...
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Study group meeting, 10th December 2016

Study group meeting, 10th December 2016

Summary of study group meeting on 10th December, 2016 The meeting began with a silent 24-minute meditation and then we all said a few words on what we wanted to bring to the meeting and our hopes for what we might take away from it.  Several people spoke of how ...
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Why practice?

Why practice?

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Four Applications of Mindfulness: retreat with Alan Wallace, UK, 2017

Registration is open for the Four Applications of Mindfulness, a silent residential retreat led by Dr Alan Wallace at Lampeter Campus, Trinity St David, University of Wales from the 24th August (7pm) to the 31st August (9am), 2017. For more information and to book, please click here ...
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How America Lost Track of the Good Life – and Where to Find It Now

For decades, we’ve been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.  An article by –by Sarah van Gelder, syndicated from Yes ...
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The Case Against Reality

Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman explains why perception of an independent reality are all illusions. As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it—or when we find ourselves ...
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Just Breathe – Confirming Meditation’s Benefits

Just Breathe – Confirming Meditation’s Benefits

Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation’s Benefits June 20, 2012 • By Michael Haederle • For original article in Pacific Standard online magazine: click here Plenty of followers swear by meditation to cure a long list of ails. But how does it work? Neuroscientist Clifford Saron, of the University of California, Davis, ...
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Neil Crofts: Meditation Is The New Golf

Neil Crofts: Meditation Is The New Golf

Steve Jobs was a committed Zen Buddhist. Apple, AstraZeneca, Comcast, Deutsche Bank, Google, Heinz, Hughes, McKinsey, Nortel Networks, Proctor & Gamble, Raytheon, Texas Instruments, Unilever and Yahoo are all reported to use mindfulness meditation by www.london-meditation.co.uk. Chade-Meng Tan, one of the early Google Engineers has written a book published on ...
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HH Dalai Lama Wins Templeton Prize

HH Dalai Lama Wins Templeton Prize

Dalai Lama Wins Templeton Prize For Work On Science, Religion Article By: Chris Herlinger Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) The Dalai Lama is best known for his commitment to Tibetan autonomy from China and his message of spirituality, nonviolence and peace that has made him a best-selling author and ...
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Eclecticism or Liberation? – By Elizabeth West

Eclecticism or Liberation? – By Elizabeth West

(This Article was first published in ‘Running Tide’. The Magazine of the Amida Trust., April 2006) The word ‘Eclectic’ has unfortunately become one of those words that religious people use to beat each other over the head with! The dictionary definition tells us that it means ‘selecting from various styles, ...
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Iceberg Buddhism – By Jim Pym

Iceberg Buddhism – By Jim Pym

I have been wondering about the Buddhism that is represented by the BCN. Is it a holistic view, or is it what I call ‘Iceberg Buddhism’, that is, a Buddhism that only represents the heights and most pure philosophical and practical aspects – the peak of the iceberg – ignoring ...
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Emptiness and God – By Elizabeth West

Emptiness and God – By Elizabeth West

It has been my intention to write some reflections on this subject for a long time. The idea that Reality is non-dual is often spoken of as the perennial philosophy. It is also the experience of mystics of all traditions and now scientists are beginning to talk in the same ...
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Buddha and God – By Jim Pym

Buddha and God – By Jim Pym

For many years, even before writing, You Don’t Have To Sit on the Floor, I have been feeling that Western Buddhists need to clarify their relationship with God (whether they are believers or not). Having been a Buddhist for some 40 years, and having come to Buddhism after rejecting Christianity, ...
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The Orthodox Christ – By Fr. Maximus Lavriotes

The Orthodox Christ – By Fr. Maximus Lavriotes

Church-historians admit that the Orthodox Christ is more than slightly different from the Christ of the mainstream Christian traditions, even that of the so-called “orthodox churches”. He is the all-encompassing Christ, who embraces within His universal Body saints and sinners alike. Church membership never mattered to Him; neither faith, nor ...
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Is Buddhism Really Nontheistic?  –  By B. Alan Wallace

Is Buddhism Really Nontheistic? – By B. Alan Wallace

Buddhism is commonly distinguished on doctrinal grounds from monotheistic and polytheistic religions by the fact that it refutes the existence of a divine Creator, and indeed there is ample textual evidence in early Buddhist, Mahayana, and Vajrayana treatises to support this claim. However, a careful analysis of Vajrayana Buddhist cosmogony, ...
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The Ultimate Common Ground – By B. Alan Wallace

The Ultimate Common Ground – By B. Alan Wallace

(This is an edited transcription of an answer that Alan Wallace gave to a question about his approach to the common ground in all religions. I feel this answer gives a great introduction to his new book ‘Mind in the Balance’, details of which are at the end of this ...
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Spiritual Awakening, A Global Vision – By John Hetherington

Spiritual Awakening, A Global Vision – By John Hetherington

Introduction What is your expectation for the future – is it optimistic or pessimistic? Consider that question personally and globally, as you read on. Ask yourself how you react to the questions raised here. Do they excite or scare you? In writing this, I am distilling much recent reading and ...
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Prayer of The Heart –  By Mother Mary

Prayer of The Heart – By Mother Mary

A journey into the Eastern Orthodox tradition of Hesychia Imagine a woman walking down a leafy Essex lane near an Orthodox monastery. A monk comes out of his caravan hermitage, and the woman sensing his presence turns around and lifts her arm to wave a greeting. The monk smiles and ...
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Imagine Within You, Without You – By B. Alan Wallace

Imagine Within You, Without You – By B. Alan Wallace

(This Article was first published in: Tricycle – The Buddhist Review, Winter 2009) I have been drawn to the practice of shamatha from the time I was first introduced to it, in Dharamsala, India, in the early nineteen-seventies. I was immediately intrigued by the possibility of using the methods of shamatha ...
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The Cave Of The Heart – By Mother Mary

The Cave Of The Heart – By Mother Mary

The Mind in the Eastern Orthodox tradition of Hesychast contemplative prayer. For an introduction to Hesychast prayer see Mother Mary’s previous article, ‘Prayer of the Heart’ in the Newsletter, February 2010 [click here]. In many religions the mountain is a powerful spiritual symbol that reaches upwards to a summit that ...
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Natural Solutions To Depression

Natural Solutions To Depression

The World Health Organisation has forecasted that by 2020 depression will rival heart disease as the health disorder with the highest disease burden in the world. Coupled to this forecast, today around a third of all Americans and 40 percent of all Europeans could be classified as mentally ill, with ...
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