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Mindfulness Matters

Mindfulness Matters

N is for Nirvana

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Here is an excerpt from “N is for Nirvana”

Nirvana is one of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in Buddhism. It literally means “blown out,” as when the flame of a candle has been extinguished. Because of its usage in popular culture, nirvana is often imagined to be a transcendent reality—an ultimate existence that is more real than our ordinary lives. It is true that nirvana is a state quite different than our normal state of experience, but the idea has been blown somewhat out of proportion in popular culture. The Buddha chose the metaphorical term “nirvana” to describe his enlightenment, not as an otherworldly transcendent experience, but as the final extinction of the fires of suffering in himself.

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I is for Intention

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Here is an excerpt from I is for INTENTION:

Intention is an important mental factor that accompanies every waking moment. It moves us toward objects of perception and plants the seed of future action. Intention asks the question, “What is my aim here?” Attention, a close relative of intention, keeps us focused on that aim as we work toward it. If we don’t bring awareness to what we are doing in the moment, we will be pushed hither and thither by conditions. Having a firm intention, setting clearly defined aims for our practice, helps us to keep our attention on task.

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Available right now from Wisdom Publications and wherever books are sold on September 22nd!

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M is for Mind

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

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Here is an excerpt from “M is for Mind”

There is no one steering this mind. We don’t own the mind and the mind is not who we are, even though our identity seems to reside there. The mind is an ever-flowing process, much of which happens outside of our awareness. Somehow consciousness arises out of this ceaseless flow of energy and information. Neither philosopher nor neuroscientist can tell us exactly what consciousness is. The mind is complex, powerful, and mostly hidden from our view. There is no little version of you residing in the mind pulling levers and pushing buttons, like the Wizard of Oz, to make the show go. Our sense of identity emerges out of these mysterious processes. When we don’t try to own this flow, we can be in a state of peace. When we mistakenly have the sense that we stand apart from it, that peace is disturbed. It’s not your mind. It’s the mind. Mindful attention can help you operate this mind to the best of its abilities.

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Arnie Kozak, Mindfulness A to Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now

Available right now from Wisdom Publications and wherever books are sold on September 22nd!

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Everything Essential Buddhism Book

posted by Dr. Arnie Kozak

E-Essential Buddhism.inddI was recently on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV in Vermont. We spoke about the Buddha and Buddhism themes that are covered in my new book, The Everything Essential Buddhism Book. It’s always a pleasure to talk with mark and a touch of sadness to know that he is retiring from his show after 25 years. It’s another reminder of impermanence and how things are always changing! You can listen to the show here.

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I also recently wrote a gallery piece for Beliefnet on Ten Essential Lessons from Buddhism that has been featured on the main site. You can read that here.

The Everything Essential Buddhism Book is a nice introductory primer on all things Buddha and Buddhism, updated for the times we live in and flourished with my sometimes irreverent perspectives. If you or someone you know would like to know more about this potentially life transforming philosophy, psychology, or religion (it can be one or the other or all three!), you’ll find this book valuable.

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I’ve been familiar with Buddhism for over thirty years now and I try to live my life like a buddha (that is, one who has awakened). It’s a work in progress and while I often fail to be Buddha-like in every situation, the aspiration remains. While I don’t have a formal affiliation with any Buddhist camps (I consider myself to be a secular Buddhist, if we insist on a title), making the teachings of the Buddha–particularly mindfulness–is another intention that I have. This, as well as my other books, helps to fulfill this aspiration.

 

 

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