11 Tricks for the Beginning Meditator

The hardest part of becoming a meditator is the beginning, because your distractions are at their strongest and your mental power at its weakest. Here are 11 tricks that I learned in my journey that helped me develop a regular practice and superboost my meditation. Instead of a long meditation, do short ones several times... Continue Reading →


6 Tips to Avoid Cults & Abusive Teachers

Previously, I had written about how Buddhism is not a religion. However, many sects have taken on religious trappings. Even worse, many "Buddhist" teachers manipulate the Dharma to serve their own twisted egos, such sexual abuse of students at the hands of Mt. Baldy Zen Center's Joshu Sasaki, Triratna founder Sangharakshita, and Osel Tendzin of Vajradhatu. Worst of... Continue Reading →

What is Spirituality Really About?

In the modern day, our understanding of spirituality usually takes two forms. First is the traditional faith-based type that tries to understand the workings and intent of a higher power and how to attain a favorable afterlife. Second is the New Age obsession with esoteric topics such as meditation, yoga, chakras, and the third eye.... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Okja on Netflix

Okja, the latest movie produced by Netflix and directed by Bong Joon-Ho of Snowpiercer fame, tells the story of a giant pig and her best friend. For the past ten years, the "super-pig" Okja has grown up in the forested mountains of South Korea with her caretaker, a young girl named Mija. Life in the forest... Continue Reading →

What is Karma?

One of the Four Noble Truths in Buddhism is the law of karma, which is Sanskrit for "action." Many people are familiar with this concept as “what goes around comes around," but this is still an elementary viewpoint. Here are two ways we can look at karma to gain a deeper understanding. Karma as an inertial... Continue Reading →

9 Reasons Why Buddhism Isn’t A Religion

Buddhism is not a religion, but an experiential philosophy. It consists of a moral code, a philosophical view, and a set of meditative practices based upon the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (480 BCE - 400 BCE), also known as the Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha. While it’s true that many branches have taken on religious... Continue Reading →

Esoteric meanings in Genesis

In the Hebrew and Christian Bible, the first book of Genesis depicts God creating the world and mankind. Many faithful believe this to be a true depiction of real ontological existence. However, it actually contains a deeply esoteric description of the mind whose true meaning can be known to advanced spiritual practitioners. Today, we will explain these... Continue Reading →

Brain Science: What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is one of the biggest buzzwords that is penetrating the Western culture today. From old hippies, to millennial New Agers, to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and even to the military, it seems like everyone can't stop talking about the benefits of mindfulness--reduced stress, decreased anxiety, and increased emotional well-being. But what does... Continue Reading →

What does it mean to be enlightened?

In popular culture, we often think that the point of Buddhism is to gain enlightenment. But what exactly does that mean? The word "enlightenment" evokes the European historical period that emphasized reason, science, and political and social progressivism. However, enlightenment in Buddhism has very little to do with this notion. This is due to a... Continue Reading →

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