Quote of the Week 378 - Core Teaching of Buddhism
The core teaching of Buddhism is to help people become less self-centered and learn how to give love to others.
--Lama Surya Dass, as quoted in Spirituality and Health magazine, September/October 2017 issue
Meditation (Click your selection, scroll down to view it)
- Audio Link: A Foundation for a Fruitful Meditation Practice: Science of Breath/Pranayama/Relaxation - Theory and Practice
- Meditation Basics - Expanded Version
- Meditation Basics - Condensed Version
- Mantra Meditation Basics
- Nada Meditation - Anahata/The Unstruck Sound
- Jewish Yoga Meditation
- Hebrew Mantras
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Two
- Hebrew Mantras, Part Three
- Hebrew Mantras - Adonai Hineni
- Healing Meditation: Ruach El Shaddai/Breath of Balance
- Meditating, Eating and Sleeping
- Shortcuts to Spiritual Development?
- Audio Link: Guided Meditation - I Am and Empty Shell, Therefore I Am Full; A Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis
- Guided Meditation: The Stage
- Guided Meditation: I Am an Empty Shell, Therefore I Am Full; A Meditation on Emptiness and Dark Luminescence Based on the Opening Lines of Genesis
- Guided Meditation: The Rod, The Staff, and The Star
- Torah-Veda Meditation Class Site
- Interspiritual Contemplative Group
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bibliography/Book Review; Hesse, Herman, Siddartha, et al.
Hesse, Herman, Siddartha, et al.
I first read Siddartha halfway through my senior year in high school in 1969. Hesse was popular among the intellectual, introspective, inquiring, question-and-challenge-authority, hippie-leaning crowd of the day, and so I jumped in. This is the first book I ever read related to Eastern spirituality, and as such, it served as my entry portal to this other world. The beautiful, simple poetic prose of this little book, inspired by legends of the life of the young Buddha, had a deep impact on me. I was “high on life” for about a month after reading this book. In ensuing years, I read several of Hesse’s other books, including Steppenwolf (had to read the book that the rock band lifted for its name! – quite an extraordinary, mind-blowing book that got me to appreciate Mozart in ways that I never would have otherwise), Damian, Journey to the East, Magister Ludi/The Glass Bead Game and maybe some others.
Oddly enough, it was a course on the great religions of the world that I was required to take at my first college, a conservative establishment bastion, Lafayette, in Easton, PA, the following year, that firmly pushed me through the entry portal revealed by Hesse. I couldn’t care less about the Western religions we studied, but I was quite enthralled with all of the Eastern religions, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. This study inspired me to reconsider my earlier atheistic/agnostic rejection of God based upon what I was taught in Hebrew school, in light of other alternative perspectives on spirituality and God. The floodgate was soon about to be opened wide upon my transfer from Lafayette College to the ultra-liberal Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH.