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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction: Buddhism in Disguise?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a group program created by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn with the purpose of assisting patients with pain and a range of conditions and life issues that are difficult to treat in the traditional hospital setting. … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Nagarjuna’s Teachings

Nagarjuna, who founded the Middle Way School of Buddhist philosophy, reasoned that everything, without exception, is empty. Through his writings translated by Garfield, he attempts to convince his audience of his ideas on permanence and essence: that all things equally … Continue reading

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Fastening the Mind like an Elephant

In Theragatha 5.9, the author uses an extended metaphor in which he compares meditation to the caging of an elephant. This effectively describes the path to achieving ┼Ťamatha, which is known as the Buddhist practice of calming the mind. The … Continue reading

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