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The Monk and the Fly

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Guru Busters

Following article is abridged from : http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/this_world/3813469.stm Relevant to tomorrows meeting and discussion on the role of leadership, particularly gurus, in religion and spirituality, the article comments on India’s most famous Avatar Sai Baba. Buddhism too of course, is not … Continue reading

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The Rule for Depression

Thanks Rex, for this… THE RULES for DEPRESSION 1. Try to be PERFECT. 2. Be very critical of any mistakes or failures you might make. 3. Do what you SHOULD do, even if it is not what you want to … Continue reading

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Disaster Advice

Following the quake, tsunami and nuclear problems in Japan, the question is raised what advice does Buddhism have for the distraught? The answer might be considered somewhat discouraging. As far as Buddhism is concerned, there is no ‘explanation’ that will … Continue reading

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Podcast 2….

Hopefully everyone knows the Bangkok Podcast site : http://www.bangkokpodcast.com/ Tony and Greg have been producing this podcast for nearly a year already, with great response. Already over 1000 fans on facebook : http://www.facebook.com/bangkokpodcast This weeks show interviews Phra Pandit, talking … Continue reading

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Buddhist approach to health … video blog

Tony (who many of you will know well) together with Loyd, has started a video blog on ‘A Buddhist Approach to Health’. They’ll be looking at some of the connections between mind and body – how can mental development aid your health… Here … Continue reading

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Buddhism and the Blues

Here is a recent article from http://www.psychologytoday.com/ on Buddhism …. as with most ‘pop’ articles it is not terribly in depth or that accurate in some of the comments. Nonetheless it is indicative of the popularity of Buddhism as it creeps … Continue reading

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Report: Nudge

Book Review: Nudge Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein This is not a self help book, and it is not about Buddhism.It was the ‘best book of the year’ for both … Continue reading

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Careful what you feel

A recent report from Yale looked into the influence of your haptic environment on decision making. ‘Haptic’ for the uninitiated means the tactile sensation. Things are judged rough/smooth, heavy/light, hard/soft etc. through your haptic sense. In one test passers by were asked … Continue reading

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The Nitty Gritty on Monks

Tony and Greg over at Bangkok Podcast have an especially interesting guest joining them this week, giving “the nitty gritty” on life as a monk … so they say. Click here for the full podcast. Actually, all the podcasts they … Continue reading

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………, ……… and Death

Old Age, Sickness and Death The story goes that the Buddha lived in three palaces, one for each season, and never travelled outside. In the palaces he was given every comfort, and wanted for nothing. The reason he was so … Continue reading

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Gross studies of National Happiness

The Kingdom of Bhutan is not known for many things; hydroelectric power that it sells to India, and a population that in a creepy kind of cultural zoo, was ‘protected’ from the outside world for many decades. It also popularised … Continue reading

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Daydreaming makes you Unhappy

Thanks Steve, for this curius article ….. Spacing Out Half the Day Makes People Unhappy in Harvard Study By Elizabeth Lopatto – Nov 12, 2010 2:00 AM GMT+0700 Thu Nov 11 19:00:00 GMT 2010 People spend almost half of their … Continue reading

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Overcoming addiction, monastic style

The weekly ‘Bangkok Podcast’ this week interviews Paul Garrigan – who after many years as a hopeless alcoholic overcame his addiction at Thailand’s famous temple Wat Tham Krabok. This is a ‘last attempt’ place for overcoming addiction of many kinds, and has … Continue reading

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The Good Side of Wrong Speech

The fabulous Annals of Improbable Research has awarded some research into the emotional benefits of wrong speech – specifically swearing. Does shouting about your pain lessen it? In fact, psychologists (and others) have long noted that things hurt less if … Continue reading

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Is Wrong Speech ever Right?

Precepts are only precepts, and not absolute commandments. They are supposed to generate mindfulness and consciousness of your actions. Speech is the most difficult to control actually, and everyone finds themselves falling short on this one. Are there times when it … Continue reading

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Five Regrets of the Dying

The following inspirational email has been going around lately. The topic is one we practise in Buddhism – mindfulness of you own mortality. Such recollection is supposed to help order your priorities, not make you depressed. If you have ever faced … Continue reading

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Super Superstition

Foreigners to Thailand often describe the ‘Buddhism’ here as a curious mix of superstition, animism and Buddhism, with the feeling that it is not ‘real’ Buddhism, but something tainted or corrupted. The view is not exactly wrong. But there is … Continue reading

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Another reason to Meet and Eat!

Note, the Buddha made his monks commit to ‘frequent and regular assembly’ even in the forests – talking with friends and companions on the Path is considered to be a huge blessing and boost to your meditation practise. Feeling down? … Continue reading

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Drifting Attention

The new movie Inception is the talk of the town at present. It raises the question – how do you know you are really here, really conscious – maybe you just think you are. To a meditator this is old … Continue reading

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Pale Blue Dot

  It’s the twentieth anniversary of the famous “pale blue dot” photo – Earth as seen from Voyager 1 while on the edge of our solar system (approximately 3,762,136,324 miles from home). Voyager 1 was leaving the solar system, and … Continue reading

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Karmic intervention

Is this luck (and good or bad luck?), is it Karma, is it divine/non-divine intervention?  American woman wins lottery for a fourth time An American woman has been named the luckiest lottery winner in the world after scooping her fourth … Continue reading

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Cyber monks – Ven Pannyavaro

http://www.buddhanet.net/mag_surf.htm   Should Monks Surf the Internet? Should monks surf the Internet? Is spreading the Dhamma electronically sacrilegious? Is a computer just a glorified typewriter or tablet? It is not as if Buddhists are any more technophobic than any other … Continue reading

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A Case for Ritual

An article a few weeks back looked at the role of the placebo in giving treatments. One finding it reported was that when a real drug was given initially, and then placebo pills given afterwards, the placebo effect was enhanced. … Continue reading

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Living in the Now

Is the goal of Buddhism some kind of ‘living in the now’ ? Eckhart Tolle and others seem to suggest so, and the practise of mindfulness is always ‘now’ centered, by means of keeping the mind in the present moment. But … Continue reading

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