Every now and then, when the world’s a bit much to take, some people take to church. Some people meditate. Some people chant. I play cards. There’s something about the rhythm of a game of solitaire that wonderfully clears the mind of whatever came before it. When I put down those cards, I’m ready to [...]
I have been boarded up in the basement of my home for 4 days straight now. I’ve been eating nothing but Ramen noodles and Cheezits, and drinking condensation on the pipes in this dark hole. The advertisers await outside, moaning, looking for a way in.
One calls out to me, telling me that if I [...]
Pier1 stores across the United States are selling mass-produced statues of frogs, cats, and turtles that appear to be meditating, holding postures typically associated with Hindu or Buddhist sages. Who would buy one of these statues? Where would they put the statue, and for what purpose?
Rick Hanson has created a Buddha’s Brain App, which promises to deliver enlightenment for the low, low price of $4.99. [...]
Ram Bomjon, aka Palden Dorje aka Dharma Sanga aka Tamang Tulku Rimpoche, was said to be an enlightened Buddha Boy. More recently, however, he’s been holding people prisoner and physically attacking anybody who challenges his authority. [...]
One meditation technique calls for the practitioner to recite a phrase with relaxing associations as a kind of personal mantra, in rhythm with a slow pace of breathing. The mantra is thought or softly spoken during an exhalation that lasts for the duration of 5 heartbeats.
A phrase that I’ve tried with this technique is: [...]
Supporters of Ram Bomjon are now claiming that the so-called Buddha Boy has been meditating for six years straight without eating, drinking, or moving, even though photographs and video document his frequent movements and vigorous activities. [...]
Can you plan ahead to meditate on the present moment? [...]
Do you remember the hubbub and hullaballoo this spring over claims that Prahlad Jani, an 83 year-old man of India, went for 15 days straight without eating a thing while under strict scientific supervision? Why, the scientists observing Prahlad Jani say he didn’t even take a single drink of water!
Of course, it’s turned out [...]
They say that if we meditate, or pray, or just even concentrate our thoughts, about something we want, we’re more likely to get that. Well, if that’s true, how come gamblers don’t break the House? [...]
I have been inspired to engage in a meditation marathon, just like Ram Bomjon did. I will not eat. I will not drink. I will not move at all. [...]