How Toxic We Are

In Buddhism, among various practices, well-known are these five precepts. By keeping them, the practitioners are supposed to achieve peace in their minds and lives: Abstention from killing living beingsAbstention from theftAbstention from sexual misconductAbstention from falsehoodAbstention from intoxication Each of them looks so common. Everyone knows that we should refrain from these ethical misconducts. … Continue reading How Toxic We Are

Breathing, the Third Eye

There are various kinds of meditation in Buddhism. Well-known is a sitting meditation called Zazen (座禅) in Japanese. Sitting straight, we focus on subtle movements of breathing in and out, noticing our diaphragm. Traditionally, we call this breathing technique Zuisokukan (随息観). Zui (随) means to follow. Soku (息) for breathing, and Kan (観) for observing … Continue reading Breathing, the Third Eye

Wind Blows, Water Flows

The Eightfold Path has eight practices. These are Right View, Right Resolve, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. And the last two practices are more for meditation. Right Mindfulness is well-known. So-called mindfulness meditation has become part of the mainstream practice for stress management and quality of life. … Continue reading Wind Blows, Water Flows