Siljun Dobup | Free Practice

I had a lot of free time today so I felt like doing this. I like it because I do not know what I will be doing next. I just go from one cut to another, going with the flow. For me, this is the best meditation. For me, this is Nakaima. #iaido #katana #iaito #meditation #siljundobup

Mindfulness meditation provides opioid-free pain relief, study finds

Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body's main pain-blocking process - the natural production of opioids. Cognitive-based approaches found to reduce pain, such as hypnosis, acupuncture, distraction and even the placebo response, have been shown to work through this system. But does meditation also use opioids to reduce pain? In a study published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D.,

What is the most useful tool in your household?

Garbage bin. Contemplate on this. You can live without your TV, your phone, even your fridge. Imagine a life without a garbage bin. What's the most important thing about the garbage bin? That you must empty it every once in a while. With all the garbage and information overflow in our day to day lives, guess which organ in our bodies has effectively turned into a garbage bin? Yes, you need to empty your mind every once in a while. Relax, breathe, enjoy "being" - this is what

A Few Excerpts from The Art of Peace

The Art of Peace is a collection of lessons from the O Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of AikiDo. I consider the book my guide in life and have not memorized it, have read it multiple times and still do so whenever I feel like reading it. OK, I still read and study it, fine :-) The lessons change shape, the more I learn, the less I know, so I keep on referring to it and keep learning new stuff. You can find a pdf version of it to download on the Internet, or just buy it

Meditation Handbook

A student helping student project Meditation is Inner Astronomy. by Christopher Calder -You discover the stars, the moon, and the sun are all inside you What is Meditation? Most dictionaries define the Western (Jewish, Christian, Islamic) meaning of the word 'meditation,' but usually do not describe the Eastern (Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist) concept of meditation. The most appropriate dictionary definition I could find reads as follows. "If you meditate, you give your attent

Meditation Is Not Medicine

If you practice meditation with a certain purpose; an expectation; like a task at the end of which you will be granted eternal happiness and wealth; or to ease your daily routines; you will most probably fail and what more: you will probably lose your self confidence, your faith in yourself and start looking elsewhere for happiness. Just like a person who became overweight because of ignorance, and tries to get rid of that burden by being more ignorant and looking for that ma

Zazen is a Method not an End in itself

Ma-tsu was doing Zazen daily in his hut on Nan-yueh Mountain. Watching him one day, Huai-jang (Nanyue Huairang, Nangaku Ejo) 677-744, his master, thought, “He will become a great monk,” and inquired: “Worthy one, what are you trying to attain by sitting?” Ma-tsu replied: “I am trying to become a Buddha.” Thereupon Huai-jang picked up a piece of roof tile and began grinding it on a rock in front of him. “What are you doing, Master?” asked Ma-tsu. “I am polishing


Originally posted on May 21, 2001 In Zen they have a practice which they call shikantaza. And of course, even to call it a practice is already misleading, because it actually means "doing nothing." The literal translation of it is "just sitting." What does it mean? One way of approaching it is to realize that in everything else we do there is some kind of goal or activity. We meditate in order to become enlightened, or we go to work in order to make money, or we go out wit