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"There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha's name..." An anecdote from Thich Nhat Hanh

The Drum, the Bell and the Buddha: A Short Story From Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha’s name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for one hour each time. When she arrives at one …

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Off Grid Living is getting more economical, easier to do, and more aesthetically pleasing by the day. Here are 5 inspiring and affordable ways to do so.

Going Off Grid: 5 Inspiring and Affordable Ways To Live Off The Grid

The American Dream is changing – drastically. There’s a growing number of people who no longer want a big suburban house, with a white picket fence and a Cadillac in the driveway – or the burden of debt that goes along with it. These folks have realized that material possessions do not necessarily equal happiness, …

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Green tech is the future. Some really amazing things are happening in the industry. Here's the latest: 5 of the cleanest, greenest, coolest new...

The Latest in Green Tech: 5 of the Cleanest, Greenest, Coolest New Inventions

Being eco-friendly is no longer something that will happen in the future. There are numerous green tech items that have been released recently that are designed with the true namesake of technology in mind: making life better for both humans and the planet. And what better time? As we all know, the “Smart Home” is …

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Legend has it the sleep schedules of humanity's most creative are totally out of whack. But is it true? This infographic shows the sleep schedules of...

Sleep Schedules of 27 of History’s Most Creative Minds

Well, it turns out that some of history’s most creative geniuses actually weren’t as eccentric as previously thought. At least when it comes to their sleeping schedules, anyway. The popular idea of the tortured creative genius slaving away all night and basically giving no thought to their sleep hygiene in general could be somewhat of …

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At a large meditation retreat, one of the pupils is caught stealing. The story of The Pupil Who Would Be Cast Out: A Zen Tale of Right and Wrong.

The Pupil Who Would Be Cast Out: A Zen Tale of Right and Wrong

“In the kingdom of love there is no competition; there is no possessiveness or control. The more love you give away, the more love you will have.” ~ John O’Donohue In Ancient Japan there lived a great Master, Bankei, who was known across the land for his teachings. Whenever he held his meditation retreats, students …

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"Among the tens of thousands of monarchs accumulated in the files of history, the name Emperor Ashoka shines almost alone, like a star." ~ H.G. Wells

Emperor Ashoka: The Buddhist Ruler Who Banned Slavery and Animal Cruelty, and Implemented Gender Equality

“Among the tens of thousands of names of monarchs accumulated in the files of history, the name Ashoka shines almost alone, like a star.” ~ H.G. Wells Emperor Ashoka is one of the most revolutionary humans in history, yet you may never have heard of him.  He was an Indian ruler from c. 268 to …

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In “Yellow Woman & A Beauty Of The Spirit”, L. Silko recalls her childhood on the Leguna Pueblo reservation. Native Americans teach their children in a...

8 Things Pueblo Native Americans Teach Their Children That We Could All Learn A Lot From

In Leslie Marmon Silko’s essay “Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit,” (from her collection of essays by the same title), Silko recalls life lessons she learned growing up on the Leguna Pueblo reservation. As she became more involved with 1st world culture, she realized the lessons of her youth were quite contrary to …

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The self help movement appears to be a relatively recent phenomenon. Only since the 20th century has the self help craze really gained momentum. But the belief in texts and teaching to help one grow is not a new idea. What we as a society are seeing in the 20th and 21st century is merely a resurgence of a tradition going back thousands of years: Philosophy.

If You Think You’re ‘Above’ Self Help, You May Just Be an Asshole

The self help movement appears to be a relatively recent phenomenon. Only since the 20th century, with books like How to Win Friends and Influence People and Rich Dad, Poor Dad has the self help craze really gained momentum. But the belief in texts and teaching to help one grow is not a new idea. …

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These 55 Buddha quotes are taken directly from Buddhistic scripture, with no commentary, interpretation, or explanation. They speak for themselves.

55 Buddha Quotes Taken Directly From Buddhistic Scripture

Gautama Buddha’s teachings are the foundation of not only Buddhism, but all current new age spirituality. These teachings and quotations have been reinterpreted again and again in books, articles, and countless other medias. Amidst all this more recent and valuable content, its easy to lose sight of the teachings the Buddha’s followers passed down directly. …

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A quick look at some of the incredible work of Japanese artist Satoshi Tomizu, who seems to trap star systems in tiny, "Space Glass" pendants.

Japanese Artist Traps Star Systems In Tiny, “Space Glass” Pendants

Space. The final frontier…  And with those words comes, of course, an epic Netflix Nerdgasm Marathon! And rightly so. There is arguably no idea that excites humankind more than that of space travel. From the time we came to realize just what the stars in the night sky were, we played with the notion that …

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How Contemplating Your Death, Everyday, Can Lead to an Amazing Life

Here’s an absurd little factoid: At the time of this writing, public speaking is the number one fear of Americans (with heights and bugs trailing close behind) while DEATH didn’t even make the top 10. Around the world, depending on the country, the placement of both of these fears vary from list to list (with …

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Our world is built on an architecture of language. Here's 17 fascinating Greek words you've (probably) never heard before, and their beautiful meanings...

17 Fascinating (Mostly Greek) Words You’ve Never Heard Before, and Their Beautiful Meanings

Words. The building blocks of reality. How writers paint and how speakers cast spells. Capable of creating entire worlds, of climbing across millennia to fall into our minds, of making us laugh so hard that tears run down our faces, and, of course, waxing poetic with enough power that we shed tears for an altogether …

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Swami Vivekananda and Nikola Tesla were seemingly worlds apart. One a man of god, the other a physicist. Yet in 1895 they met to discuss the nature of reality...

The Inventor & The Sage: The Friendship of Swami Vivekananda and Nikola Tesla

If your knowledge of science does not extend much beyond what can be amusingly gleaned from “The Big Bang Theory”, and your familiarity with yoga is limited to the various poses mastered at a yoga class, then you might only possess a cursory knowledge (or maybe none at all) of Swami Vivekananda and Nikola Tesla. …

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Within every person both male and female energies exist. The Yin and the Yang, or in Jungian theory, the Anima and Animus, are present in...

Redefining the Divine: Balancing the Male and Female Energies

Within every person the energies of both male and female exist. The Yin and the Yang, or in Jungian theory, the Anima and Animus, are present in various proportions. Most normally, of course, the feminine energy is dominant in women, and the masculine energy is dominant in men. However, sometimes the reverse occurs, or, in rare cases, the energies may be very balanced.  Generally, the female energies are associated with traits such as receptivity, feelings, intuition, the …

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi experienced an involuntary awakening at the age of 16, travelling to the holy mountain of Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai to remain there until his death in 1950. Universally recognized as one of the greatest masters of modern times, here are 20 Ramana Maharshi quotes on...

20 Ramana Maharshi Quotes on the Nature of Reality

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was arguably one of the most esteemed Indian sages of the 20th Century. Born Venkataraman Iyer in 1879 to a middle-class family in Tiruchuli, Tamil Nadu, South India, he stands as a rarity among enlightened individuals due to his relatively minor interest in spiritual matters prior to his awakening at the age of 16. …

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We only go around in circles in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself? The Mad Hatter...

On Being Right and Doing Wrong: A Conversation Between Alice and The Mad Hatter

Alice: “Where I come from, people study what they are not good at in order to be able to do what they are good at.” Mad Hatter: “We only go around in circles in Wonderland, but we always end up where we started. Would you mind explaining yourself?” Alice: “Well, grown-ups tell us to find …

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