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39 graduate students enrolled in counseling courses participated in an experiment designed to learn if practicing zazen could assist counselors to improve their empathic abilities. Experimental Ss, who volunteered for meditation, practiced zazen 30 min. each weekday over 4 wk. Of 2 control groups, which did not meditate, 1 consisted also of volunteers for zazen and 1 of meditation refusers. Tests of affective sensitivity (empathy), of openness to experience, and of self-actualization were administered to all Ss before and after treatment. Experimental Ss improved their empathic abilities significantly; control Ss did not. The effect is greatest in persons with low initial abilities. Both openness to experience and self-actualization are positively related to empathic ability. Depth of concentration reached in zazen is positively related to openness to experience

Simon Baron-Cohen, expert in autism and developmental psychopathology, has always wanted to isolate and understand the factors that cause people to treat others as if they were mere objects. In this book he proposes a radical shift, turning the focus away from evil and on to the central factor, empathy. Unlike the concept of evil, he argues, empathy has real explanatory power. Putting empathy under the microscope he explores four new ideas: firstly, that we all lie somewhere on an empathy spectrum, from high to low, from six degrees to zero degrees. Secondly, that deep within the brain lies the 'empathy circuit'. How this circuit functions determines where we lie on the empathy spectrum. Thirdly, that empathy is not only something we learn but that there are also genes associated with empathy. And fourthly, while a lack of empathy leads to mostly negative results, is it always negative? Full of original research, "Zero Degrees of Empathy" presents a new way of understanding what it is that leads individuals down negative paths, and challenges all of us to consider replacing the idea of evil with the idea of empathy-erosion.

In The Zero Marginal Cost Society, New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin describes how the emerging Internet of Things is speeding us to an era of nearly free goods and services, precipitating the meteoric rise of a global Collaborative Commons and the eclipse of capitalism.Rifkin uncovers a paradox at the heart of capitalism that has propelled it to greatness but is now taking it to its death—the inherent entrepreneurial dynamism of competitive markets that drives productivity up and marginal costs down, enabling businesses to reduce the price of their goods and services in order to win over consumers and market share. (Marginal cost is the cost of producing additional units of a good or service, if fixed costs are not counted.) While economists have always welcomed a reduction in marginal cost, they never anticipated the possibility of a technological revolution that might bring marginal costs to near zero, making goods and services priceless, nearly free, and abundant, and no longer subject to market forces.

This week I talk all about improving, expanding, and deepening your mindfulness meditation practice. From major general advice for your practice as a whole, to technical tips for improving your sessions and deepening your practice, to simple ways you can improve or expand your practice today.

<p>The Garland of the Enlightened Mind, the Advice that Condenses the Meaning of Oral Instructions (Zhal gdams dmar khrid don bsdus thugs kyi phreng ba) is contained in Condensing the Realization of the Spiritual Teacher (Bla ma dgongs ‘dus), which is a collection of Nyingma treasure revelations. It was revealed by Sangyé Lingpa in 1364. This edition was reproduced from Düjom Rinpoché's set of xylographic prints. The blocks from which the tracings were made were probably carved at Gajé (Sga rje) monastery in Khams.</p>

Zhuangzi and Henry David Thoreau share a critical interest in the relations between wandering, nature, and experience. Their attitudes toward nature provide a basis for their views of human well-being, which in turn inform their attitudes toward language, society, and politics. Both celebrate nature as a source of constant novelty, change, and nourishing life. These values clash against social conformity and political homogeneity. For both Zhuangzi and Thoreau, how we experience life is already constitutive of human well-being. Wandering thus provides a unique vision of freedom, one that binds experience, nature, and social-political criticism.

Zindel Segal: Promises and pitfalls of increasing MBCT’s public health significance. Dr. Zindel Segal is the Distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a Senior Scientist in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

You Can Count on Animals to Make Yoga Fun!What could be more fun for kids than to hop like a frog, slither like a snake, and roar like a lion—all while learning an empowering, healthy life skill? Zoo Zen: A Yoga Story for Kids is a delightful pose-along adventure for children ages four to eight. Young readers will join our heroine Lyla as she learns ten yoga poses from her friends at the zoo, receiving helpful tips along the way from each animal she encounters. Using rhyming and counting to make memorization easier, here is an imaginative book that combines the benefits of yoga with kids’ natural love for animals to create a magical learning journey that parents and kids can enjoy together. Ages 4–8

Mercury sulfides are used in Ayurvedic medicines, Tibetan medicines, and Chinese medicines for thousands of years and are still used today. Cinnabar (α-HgS) and metacinnabar (β-HgS) are different from mercury chloride (HgCl2) and methylmercury (MeHg) in their disposition and toxicity. Whether such scenario applies to weanling and aged animals is not known. To address this question, weanling (21d) and aged (450d) rats were orally given Zuotai (54% β-HgS, 30mg/kg), HgS (α-HgS, 30mg/kg), HgCl2 (34.6mg/kg), or MeHg (MeHgCl, 3.2mg/kg) for 7days. Accumulation of Hg in kidney and liver, and the toxicity-sensitive gene expressions were examined. Animal body weight gain was decreased by HgCl2 and to a lesser extent by MeHg, but unaltered after Zuotai and HgS. HgCl2 and MeHg produced dramatic tissue Hg accumulation, increased kidney (kim-1 and Ngal) and liver (Ho-1) injury-sensitive gene expressions, but such changes are absent or mild after Zuotai and HgS. Aged rats were more susceptible than weanling rats to Hg toxicity. To examine roles of transporters in Hg accumulation, transporter gene expressions were examined. The expression of renal uptake transporters Oat1, Oct2, and Oatp4c1 and hepatic Oatp2 was decreased, while the expression of renal efflux transporter Mrp2, Mrp4 and Mdr1b was increased following HgCl2 and MeHg, but unaffected by Zuotai and HgS. Thus, Zuotai and HgS differ from HgCl2 and MeHg in producing tissue Hg accumulation and toxicity, and aged rats are more susceptible than weanling rats. Transporter expression could be adaptive means to reduce tissue Hg burden.

Unsere Gesundheit und unser Wohlergehen stehen auf dem Spiel, wenn es uns nicht gelingt, in dieser aus den Fugen geratenen Welt wieder zur Besinnung zu kommen, als Individuen und als menschliche Gemeinschaft. Dies ist die zentrale These des bekannten Verhaltensmediziners und Meditationslehrers Prof. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, dessen Programm der „Stressbewältigung durch die Praxis der Achtsamkeit“ (MBSR) weltweit in immer mehr Universitätskliniken, Krankenhäusern, Gesundheitszentren, aber auch in wirtschaftlichen und politischen Institutionen erfolgreich praktiziert wird.Wir haben weitgehend den Kontakt verloren zur wahren Wirklichkeit dessen, was wir in unserer Tiefe und in allen unseren Möglichkeiten sind; ebenso zu unserem Körper und zu den „Körperschaften“ unserer gesellschaftlichen und politischen Institutionen. Diese Entfremdung von dem, was wirklich ist, macht uns und unsere Gesellschaft auf die Dauer krank. Das Tor, durch das wir erneuten Zugang zu unserem inneren Potential, zu unserem Körper, unseren Gefühlen, unseren Mitmenschen und unseren Organisationen gewinnen können, ist das unserer Sinne – und zu denen zählt der Autor aus buddhistischer Sicht auch den denkenden Geist. Der Königsweg zu dieser Belebung der Weisheit der Sinne ist die Achtsamkeit. Ihre heilsame Kraft ist in der buddhistischen Meditationspraxis seit zweieinhalb Jahrtausenden erforscht, erprobt und angewendet worden. Dieses Buch zeigt, wie wir mit Hilfe dieser Praxis wieder zur Besinnung kommen und mit allen Sinnen zu einem gesunden und erfüllten Leben in der Gemeinschaft finden können.

The article presents the origin of the rGyud bzhi, a book of Tibetan medicine in reference to the views of Zurkharwa Lodro Gyalpo, a physician of the 16th century. Gyalpo stated that rGyud bzhi was expounded by Buddha who had epistemological explanations and reasoning. However, Gyalpo marks a break in his life when he turn to the party that supported that rGyud bzhi is an original Tibetan treatise.

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