Friday, April 9, 2010

Memento Mori:No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know

photo by marguerita

Mettā meditation is considered a good way to calm down a distraught mind by people who consider it to be an antidote to anger.

According to them, someone who has cultivated mettā will not be

easily angered and can quickly subdue anger that arises, being more

caring, more loving, and more likely to love unconditionally.

Recent neurological studies have shown that compassion meditation

can increase one's capabilities for empathy by changing activity in

brain areas such as the temporal parietal juncture and the insula, and

increase the subject's ability to understand the mental and emotional

states of others[8] as well as deal more effectively with external


Zen is a school of Mahāyāna Buddhism, translated from the Chinese word 禅 Chán to Japanese. This word is in turn derived from the Sanskritdhyāna, which means "meditation" (see Etymology below).

Zen emphasizes experiential prajñā, particularly as realized in the form of meditation, in the attainment of enlightenment.

As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct, experiential realization through meditation and dharma practice.

The establishment of Zen is traditionally credited to be in China, the Shaolin Temple, by the South Indian Pallava prince-turned-monk Bodhidharma, who came to China to teach a "special transmission outside scriptures"

which "did not stand upon words". The emergence of Zen as a distinct

school of Buddhism was first documented in China in the 7th century AD. It is thought to have developed as an amalgam of various currents in Mahāyāna Buddhist thought—among them the Yogācāra and Mādhyamaka philosophies and the Prajñāpāramitā literature—and of local traditions in China, particularly Taoism and Huáyán Buddhism. From China Zen subsequently spread south to Vietnam, and east to Korea and Japan.

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