New Dharma Talk: Karma and Reincarnation

GG Episode 6 features a dharma talk I gave at Marin Sangha http://marinsangha.org/ on May 6, 2018. The talk treads on the somewhat problematic territory of karma and reincarnation as understood in the early Buddhist teachings. My interest in the actuality of karma and reincarnation is purely speculative. I do not find belief in past... Continue Reading →

GG Episode 3: Clinical use of qigong for COPD

I am so excited about this first in a series of dialogues on the clinical use of embodied contemplative interventions features Peter Payne, researcher at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, and the co-founder of Bodymind Science and creator of Bodymind Training. Long-time master qigong teacher and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Peter has been a key contributor to theoretical... Continue Reading →

GG Episode 2: Understanding the Root Causes of Violence

You can now subscribe and listen to the Groundless Ground Podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher! Though I recorded this episode over two weeks ago, the most recent horrific school shooting has once again highlighted the importance of actively working to end violence in America; especially gun violence. So this episode is timely. Listen... Continue Reading →

New Dharma Talk on Practicing Bodhicitta

Listen to a dharma talk I gave at Marin Sangha on November 5, 2017 on Bodhicitta: the dedicated, heart-felt desire to fully awaken for the benefit of all other beings. Bodhicitta reminds us that every moment is an invitation to awaken all beings by motivating ourselves to engage in other-regarding behaviors. This is how we... Continue Reading →

New NCCIH Analysis of Meditation Styles

Below is a new analysis of meditation effects from the NCCIH based upon a large 2012 survey. Meditators and Non-meditators Differ on Demographic Factors, Health Behaviors, Health Status, and Health Care Access, New Analysis Shows  A new analysis shows that meditators differed from nonmeditators on key factors, such as demographics, health behaviors, health status, and... Continue Reading →

Clair Brown’s Vision of Buddhist Economics

Clair Brown, an economist at UC Berkeley and a practicing Buddhist, has developed a holistic economic approach, where the economy delivers a high quality of life in a sustainable world. Buddhist economics integrates sustainability, equity, and compassion. While teaching her sophomore seminar at UC Berkeley, Professor Brown learned, "You don't have to be a Buddhist to... Continue Reading →

The Ultimate Rx

You can now download for free on Academia.edu The Ultimate Rx: Cutting through the delusion of self-cherishing, the chapter I authored for the newly published Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement. Chapter Abstract: Western and Buddhist psychologies acknowledge the significant role distorted self-narratives play in poor mental health. But these two disciplines hold divergent views on the... Continue Reading →

Simple Way to Break a Habit

Way to go Judson Brewer, MD, PhD! Jud is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Here he shares groundbreaking research on the possible mechanisms of action cultivated through mindfulness practice that help quell cravings of all kinds in his... Continue Reading →

Stephen Batchelor visions a secular dharma

Stephen Batchelor discusses a secular dharma based upon his interpretation of the historical Buddha's teachings found in the Pāli Canon. I think he does a fantastic job of condensing the main topics more deeply expounded upon in his terrific new book, After Buddhism, which I highly recommend. Stephen does have some very thoughtful comments about the... Continue Reading →

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