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Across cultures and time, people have discovered benefits to their health and well-being from contemplative practices, such as meditation and prayer.

Contemplative practices of some form are found in all of the major faith traditions. Scientists are only now beginning to understand how meditation produces positive effects. It is easy to start a contemplative practice, and with time and practice you may find that the benefits are transforming.

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Zen Bite: Weird Enlightenment

When people find out that I am a Zen Buddhist priest they often say, “Cool, man, you need to meet my friend — he’s a hippie too.”


Zen Bite: Stinky Zen

Zen Buddhists refer to enlightenment as being on top of a 100 foot pole. It is a wonderful metaphor that conveys clarity, wisdom and life above the normal strife of humanity.


Zen Bite: The Road to Enlightenment

Everywhere you look there is a book, tape, DVD, course or workshop you can take to get “Enlightened.”

Zen Bite: In Tough Economic Times

The team at This Emotional Life asked me to address a post they received from their Facebook fan page:

Zen Bite: Why Zen?

People often ask “Why Zen?  Is it relevant in today’s world?”


Practicing Mindfulness

One of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


That juicy state of happiness

 Your browser does not support the video tag. For Alanis Morissette, happiness is a temporary but "juicy" state.

Meditation and kindness

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette explains how meditation makes her a kinder and more loving person.

A survivor’s story

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Michelle, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, struggles with the changes in her life. In addition to...

Positive and negative stress

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky explains that stress in the form of stimulation is a positive force...

Remembering to exhale

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Dr. Michael Baime, director of the University of Pennsylvania Program for Stress Management, tells us...

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