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Bodhidharma, the Founder of Zen Buddhism

“Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything is Zen” – Bodhidharma Who Was Bodhidharma?  Often called the founder of Zen Buddhism, Bodhidharma, or Daruma as he is known in Japan, was a legendary, and semi-mythical Buddhist monk who lived during either the fifth or sixth century. …

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What Are The Buddhist Symbols

If you have some understanding of Buddhism, you will know that symbolism is a very important part of the religion.  Eight symbols in particular are extremely important in Buddhism. These symbols are called the Eight Auspicious Symbols and they help to represent the transient universe. They are also known as Ashtamangala. These symbols are at …

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Satori, Buddhist Awakening

In Japanese Zen Buddhism Satori is described as a sudden moment of awakening or realization.  Linked to the experience of Kensho, or knowing one’s true self, Satori is directly linked with the Buddhist path to enlightenment.  The Zen Buddhist scholar D.T Suzuki (1870-1966) described Satori as ‘The acquiring of a new point of view in …

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Best Meditation Benches

Meditation is a mindfulness skill that takes practice like any other. Exercising the mind is just as important as exercising the body. It takes consistent practice to perfect your style and feel comfortable searching your mind. But what if your body just isn’t cooperating? The process of meditating is straightforward and simple, right? Just close …

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49 of the Most Powerful Jon Kabat-Zinn Quotes

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the person most responsible for bringing the concepts of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation into the popular culture. Jon was born in New York City in 1944. When he was preschool age he attended the Museum of Modern Art, he believes this was a building block to choosing his professional path. In Massachusetts, …

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The Benefits of a Daily Meditation Habit

Meditation has increased in popularity in recent years and become more mainstream. The practice of mindfulness and meditation has been around for centuries and has tremendous benefits for our mental and physical health. But even if we know how beneficial meditation is, most of us don’t meditate every day because we feel too busy or …

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