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Do Nothing Meditation

by Michael W. Taft The sages of many spiritual traditions have said that the highest state of spiritual awakening is present in our minds at all times. Total enlightenment has always been there, is there now, and always will be there. In Buddhism this is referred to as the Buddha nature, in Hinduism it is called the Self. It’s funny …

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What Is the Self? An Interview with Thomas Metzinger

by Michael W. Taft Thomas Metzinger is a German philosopher. As of 2011 he holds the position of director of the theoretical philosophy group at the department of philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and is an Adjunct Fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies and on the advisory board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation. From 2008 …

DY 007 – “Enlightenment’s Evil Twin” – with guest Shinzen Young

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In this session, host Michael W. Taft and meditation teacher and neuroscience consultant Shinzen Young talk about what mindfulness teachers are getting wrong, Shinzen’s Periodic Table of Happiness Elements, informed consent for awakening, effective strategies for dealing with the Dark Night of the Soul, and the phenomenon that Shinzen calls “Enlightenment’s Evil Twin.” Learn more about Shinzen Young at Shinzen.org. …

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Nondual Meditation: One Practice of Total Awareness

There are many pathways into nondual awareness. Most forms of meditation, if you push them to their farthest limit, will take you into a nondual experience. Which one(s) will work for you is a matter of practice and experience. In this post, I’ll lead you through one practice that I’ve found works well for people who’ve done a fair amount …

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Meditation: The Cosmic Joke

by Michael W. Taft God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. The lines of the famous Serenity Prayer (written by Reinhold Niebuhr) suggest that there are two types of situations in life: those we can change and those we cannot. If we …

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DY 006 – “Pattern and Nebulosity” – with guest David Chapman

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  In this episode I talk with scientist, programmer, and author David Chapman about metarationality, emptiness and form, nihilism, tantrism, dzogchen, Keegan’s stages of development applied to meditation, vampire romance novels, and the importance of being able to switch reality tunnels. David Chapman is a writer, computer scientist, engineer, and Buddhist practitioner. He’s been practicing Vajrayana Buddhism in the Aro …

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In My Tribe: Confessions of a Post-Buddhist Dissident

by Shaun Bartone Many of us who began to practice Buddhism as adults came with certain expectations of what Buddhism was about and what it could do for us. And likewise, once we faced the reality of how Buddhism is actually practiced in the West, many of us have been severely disappointed and disillusioned. First of all, if you are …

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Just Keep Meditating: Cultivating Acceptance in Meditation Practice

by Michael W. Taft Meditation works best if you do it every day. Establishing and maintaining that kind of steady, daily practice presents a challenge, even for people with a strong motivation to sit. For example, in the past, I’ve traveled to India for meditation intensives. These trips were expensive—both in time and money—and required engineering my entire life around …

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How to Change Bad Habits using Mindfulness

by Daron Larson Last night I dreamed I drank a Diet Coke. It’s been almost two months since my last one. I know there are more scandalous habits to conquer, but if you’re paying attention using mindfulness, eroding one habit can lead to eroding others. The erosion process isn’t complex. It just requires steady repetition over a long period of …

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DY 005 – “The Great Unbundling” – with guest Vincent Horn

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In this episode I talk with mindfulness teacher and co-founder of the Buddhist Geeks project, Vincent Horn. Vince is part of new generation of teachers translating age-old wisdom into 21st century code. In this session, Vince and I discuss the radical sense of experimentation, the Great Unbundling of the Dharma, ways the mindfulness and awareness practices complement each other—which is …

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Update on Good Sex: Getting Off without Checking Out

Many of you have been asking when my book Good Sex will be available. Some of you are awaiting your pre-ordered copies. I want to thank you all for your enthusiasm and support and I have an update for you. I’ve switched publishers and the release date for my book is moving to Fall of 2017. All readings and events …

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Mindfulness And Meditation Dampen Down Inflammation Genes

by Jo Marchant for New Scientist  Meditation and tai chi don’t just calm the mind – they seem to affect our DNA too. There’s evidence that such “mind-body practices” dampen the activity of genes associated with inflammation – essentially reversing molecular damage caused by stress. Mind-body practices such as mindfulness meditation are widely claimed to protect against stress-related diseases from …

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DY 004 – “Feather Light & Paper Thin” – with guest Shinzen Young

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In this session, host Michael W. Taft and meditation teacher Shinzen Young talk about the relationship between mindfulness practice (as it is usually defined) and nondual-type practices (or non-practices, if you like), the way that focusing on the details of experience relates to focusing on awareness itself, micro-sessions & nano-nirvanas, the thinness and lightness of the screen of awareness and …