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Marys Room

This short video demonstrates a controversial thought experiment used to show why reducing consciousness to a set of completely physical properties and processes fails to explain what it is to be you. What do you think? Does Mary learn something new?

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Podcast: Koan Practice.

In this podcast Zen teacher, author, and poet Henry Shukman talks with host Michael Taft about koan practice, the role of psychotherapy in spiritual practice, and the power of working in the “old way,” the path of working with Zen koans as the journey of a lifetime. Koans are something very interesting to me. And […]

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Make your practice YOUR practice.

In this excerpt from his blog Zen Embodiment, Corey discusses the process of developing a meditation practice that is intimate and personal. There is a lot to be said for picking a single form of practice (Zen, Vipassana, Yoga, mindfulness etc) and then sticking with it. Flip-flopping back and forth between different practices or cherry-picking […]

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Consciousness and the medical profession.

In a short editorial article for the journal of wellness, Dr Anoop Kumar explores the topic of consciousness as it is generally held in the medical profession. That is… a product of the interactions of material elements ( eg neurons, the brain etc). Dr Anoop writes: At first glance, the assumption of the primacy of matter may […]

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Mind at large.

Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe. The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting […]

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The Hero’s Journey.

So this movie serendipitously arose in my feed today. At first, I was going to skim right past it, pretty much because I saw the name Deepak Chopra whom I find slightly on the spiritually sketchy side….but for some reason felt compelled to take a look at it despite my biases. And you know what….it […]

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Video: Awakening with ZDoggMD and Angelo DiLullo.

In this video (2hrs 9min) ZDoggMD and Dr Angelo DiLullo discuss the topics of awakening, meditation, the nature of thought, reality and the experience of non-duality. Some pretty interesting things are discussed here… some of them align with my own experiences….others not so much. And it quickly becomes evident just how the much inherent constraints […]

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