Posts Tagged ‘Buddhism’

Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard: The Happiest Man in the World

November 16, 2010

I was intrigued by Matthieu Ricard‘s Buddhist-flavored thoughts on the art of happiness. Plus, it’s the first time I’ve seen a Buddhist monk quote Ayn Rand! Here is the Q&A article by Justine van der Leun of AOL Health.

Matthieu Ricard

Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard claims you can practice your way to happiness, and he should know: After MRI scans showed that he experienced extreme levels of positive emotions and few negative ones, he became known as “the happiest man in the world.” Trained as a cell biologist in France, Ricard moved to the Himalayas in 1972 to study Buddhism. He’s now a translator, a photographer and the Dalai Lama‘s (more…)

The Dalai Lama Teaches the Four Noble Truths

August 3, 2009
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The Dalai Lama


How does an ordinary person become a buddha? According to Buddhism, enlightenment is achieved by embracing the Four Noble Truths:

1. Life means suffering

2. The origin of suffering is attachment

3. The cessation of suffering is attainable

4. The path to the cessation of suffering




These six hours of video, filmed over two days in July 1996 at the Barbican Theater in London,  mark the first time His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has taught the Four Noble Truths in such detail in the West. Click here to purchase this video set from Amazon.com.


THE DALAI LAMA TEACHES THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS (1 OF 4)


THE DALAI LAMA TEACHES THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS (2 OF 4)

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Margaret—Brave Soldier, Brave Soul

July 23, 2009
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Donald Schnell and Marilyn Diamond

Donald Schnell told me a moving story about a very brave woman for my book, Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything. Here are excerpts from his story, beginning with his bio.

Schnell authored The Initiation, a memoir of his encounter in India with Babaji, the legendary deathless guru. With his wife, Marilyn Diamond (coauthor of Fit for Life), Schnell coauthored Fitonics for Life, which offers a comprehensive program for total wellness. He took the name Prema Baba Swamiji after being initiated as a swami in India in 1997. Click here to visit his website.

I met Margaret in a Black History night class at Fayetteville State University. She needed the credit for the nursing degree she was working toward. We were both stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, proud members of the 82nd Airborne. She was twenty-four, five years older than me, a divorced, African-American mother of two—four-year-old Joe and five-year-old “Little Maggie.”

Nobody messed with Margaret. She was a (more…)