Tag: Edo Shonin

The Meditation of Life

The Meditation of Life Without exception, everything that has happened in your life, every choice you have made, has brought you to where you are now. And where are you now? You are reading this blog post. Depending on your frame of mind, you…

The Winds of Change

The Winds of Change Gone, all is gone. Nothing remains. Completely alone. Silence abounds.   Nothing to fight for. No more doing. No more being. The path has been discarded.   How sublime to abide in nothingness. Seeing beyond the reach of time and…

Letting Go

Letting Go The following post is from a friend in Thailand. Roughly, the words translate as: ‘If you let go, time will heal’. This is sound advice. However, better still is not to hold on in the first place! This is the path of…

Do You Really Know Yourself?

Do You Really Know Yourself? The words ‘know thyself’ appear frequently in the work of the Greek philosopher Plato and have been used by writers and philosophers for thousands of years. But what does it mean to know oneself, why is it important, and…

Should Buddhists Celebrate Christmas?

Should Buddhists Celebrate Christmas? Our immediate response to the question of whether Buddhists should celebrate Christmas is: ‘if they feel like it’. However, we suspect that some readers might be looking for a fuller account of our view on this matter. Therefore, here are…

The Four Types of Psychologist: Ineffective, Satisfactory, Gifted and Gone Beyond

Note: The following post was written with Professor Mark Griffiths and has recently been published on PsychCentral. The full reference is: Van Gordon, W., Shonin., E., & Griffiths, MD. The Four Types of Psychologist: Ineffective, Satisfactory, Gifted, and Gone Beyond. Psych Central. Available at: http://pro.psychcentral.com/the-four-types-of-psychologist-ineffective-satisfactory-gifted-and-gone-beyond/0016491.html …

Being Too Buddhist: A Teacher-Student Dialogue

Being Too Buddhist: A Teacher-Student Dialogue Student: Are you busy? Teacher: Why? S: May I talk with you for a short while? T: Yes. S: I’ve been practising meditation for over ten years. I’ve studied the scriptures and received teachings from great meditation masters….

When Does Mindfulness Become Addictive?

When Does Mindfulness Become Addictive? Mindfulness is growing in popularity and is increasingly being used by healthcare professionals for treating mental health problems. There has also been a gradual uptake of mindfulness by a range of organisations including schools, universities, large corporations, and the…

Mindfulness for Pet Dogs

Mindfulness for Pet Dogs   Unsurprisingly, a search of the academic literature reveals that there has been little (if any) scientific investigation into whether dogs can be taught mindfulness. In fact, you would be forgiven for thinking that teaching dogs mindfulness is taking things…

Experiencing the Universal Breath: A Guided Meditation

Experiencing the Universal Breath: A Guided Meditation We recently had a paper accepted for publication in the Mindfulness in Practice section of Mindfulness. The paper is entitled ‘Experiencing the Universal Breath: A Guided Meditation’. It can be downloaded (for free) by clicking here  The…

A Big Pair of Dharma Balls

A Big Pair of Dharma Balls Today, perhaps more than ever before, it is easy to be drawn into what we call the cycle of soap-opera living. Soap-opera living is, unfortunately, rather common. A person caught up in soap-opera living is like a piece…

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