Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Eastern Wisdom

Interested in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, etc. or does any "ism" sound like trouble? You may be surprised. Many believe them to be science or philosophy rather than religion. Either way, these paths are quite diverse, rich, and extensive as they are the result of six thousand years of study. It would seem foolish to ignore such a vast realm of practice and wisdom.

The core of Eastern philosophy rests in meditation, both calm abiding and insight or inquiry. There is a Sanity File just for meditation, but you may access it directly here. Feel free to conduct your own inquiry through the internet, books, meetings, and other ways as you prefer. Unfortunately parts of these paths have become corrupted and misunderstood over the centuries for various reasons, but the essence of them remains clear, pure, and very beneficial.

Some of us have been lucky enough study and meditate with many humble and wise people for study and have a had great experience. We are fortunate to have many study groups in our area and we read books and magazines often. Some of us have also been fortunate enough to see Pema Codron, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama in person multiple times.

What clicks for you is as always a personal preference, so it may take awhile to find a path, group, or teacher that really speaks to you, but we have found it broadened our spiritual perspective infinitely.  For more on Thich Nhat Hanh click here, for Pema Chodron here, the Dalai Lama here, a YouTube here, his books here.

For fans of the "Super Powers" you can see Buddhist ones here.

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