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Between May13-20, I took a trip to Sevastopol, on the Black Sea. It is at the center of the controversy and sanctions against Russia these days. I was interested to see for myself what is going on there, especially in light of the historical connection between that city, and Sebastopol, Sonoma County, which is named […]

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Walking the Path of the Zen Masters of China

Introduction On January 21st, 2014, I gave a talk to a group of monks at Wat Suan Dok, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They are students at a University associated with the temple, Wat Suan Dok. These monks come from Nepal, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Lao. After I gave my presentation, there was a question and answer […]

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Review of the Classic Zen Koan Compendium Entangling Vines

Koan Study Books There are a number of books that contain Koans, which are meditation training stories used in Zen practice. The idea of Koan came from China and was called in Chinese Gong An, or Public Case, as in a court case. Koans (the Japanese pronunciation) bring out a particular facet of reality or […]

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Mental Traps– A Quiz That’ll Change How You Think

Hey! A thousand light bulbs lit up in my head when this eye-opening test brought me face-to-face with my past. More specifically, the parts of my childhood that, as it turns out, have been quietly blocking my ability to earn, achieve and grow at my highest potential. It’s kinda funny, you know? I’ve invested years of […]

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Help Yourself

Breathe Consciously–Help Yourself   Seems strange, doesn’t it? Are you wondering how one deep breath can help yourself? The answer lies not in the biological functioning of the breath, but in its ability to focus attention, to bring mind and body into sync and release the present from concerns over the past or future. And […]

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Achieve Prosperity through Gratitude

  Appreciation Journal: Attracting Abundance And Prosperity By Expressing Gratitude And Thankfulness   Keeping an appreciation journal can be a crucial part of attracting abundance and prosperity. So how do we practice Gratitude? By acknowledging all the occasions, things, and people you value, you will rapidly get out of the “whining” mode and right into […]

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