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Mudita Forum is now at Google Groups

Check out the new Mudita Forum, if you think you might be interested. The purpose of Mudita Forum is to provide a stimulating, thoughtful environment for discussing Eastern consciousness-raising practices — such as meditation, mindfulness, and the cultivation of presence — while using Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism as a basic philosophical frame-of-reference. The old group got lost when I was changing servers a couple years ago, but recently I've been contacted by new people wishing to join. My hope for the new group is that it will be much like the old one: low-volume, high-quality, and stimulating on many levels. I sent invites ...

Concentration Through Letting Go

January 25, 2007  ·  Category: Adyashanti, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum

I just had the following exchange with a Mudita Forum member who had this question about Adyashanti's True Meditation (previously discussed here). Like I mentioned, my main concern was that I was having a hard time understanding how his approach would help me with my goal. I did enjoy reading his work though. I've always wrestled with the concept of greater concentration through letting go. How do you let go and let things just be? Is concentration not a skill? I want to give his CD a go and see what happens. To which ...

Mudita Forum Is Now Active Again

January 6, 2007  ·  Category: Mudita Forum

After many months of inactivity, we've resurrected Mudita Forum. Thomas Gramstad has been kind enough to volunteer to moderate. From the list's description: Mudita Forum is a moderated discussion group for individuals with an interest both in Ayn Rand's ideas (such as her philosophy of Objectivism) and in the consciousness-raising practices associated with Eastern thinking. Purpose The purpose of Mudita Forum is to provide a stimulating, thoughtful environment for discussing Eastern consciousness-raising practices—such as meditation, mindfulness, and the cultivation of presence—while using Objectivism as a basic philosophical frame-of-reference. Who Should Subscribe If you are interested in Objectivism and in Eastern ideas, we'd love to have you ...

On Lovingkindness and Happiness

July 5, 2005  ·  Category: Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum, Personal

Mudita Forum has begun a chapter-by-chapter discussion of Sharon Salzberg's book Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness, which discusses the Buddhist practice of lovingkindness (or metta, in Pali). Below is a posting I wrote on the subject, in response to Damian's question "Has anyone else had experience with metta meditation that they'd care to share?" I should mention that I'm somewhat reluctant to post this topic on my blog. I expect that some Objectivists will be repulsed. And that's a downright shame, in my mind, as lovingkindness meditation one of the most concrete examples I've found of a technology for ...

Buddhism Meets Capitalism

September 22, 2004  ·  Category: Buddhism, Mudita Forum, Politics

On Mudita Forum, Ross Barlow points out this interesting article: GANGHWA ISLAND, South Korea -- An hour's drive to the west from Seoul, an enterprising businessman talks about plans for his homegrown businesses. In 1997, he opened up a steam bathhouse, and in his restaurant, he uses the plants from a nearby lotus field for tea and for naengmyeon, or cold noodles. He's even thinking of creating a lotus patty and brewing lotus makgeolli, the traditional rice wine. This entrepreneur doesn't sport a dark suit or a tie, or even hair. Instead, the Venerable Seongwon wears gray robes as the head monk ...

Mind Identification

November 22, 2003  ·  Category: Buddhism, Eckhart Tolle, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum

Just posted to Mudita Forum in response to David Axel's excellent kick-off essay for chapter three in our topical discussion of The Power of Now: I greatly enjoyed David Axel's kickoff essay for chapter three. I'm particularly glad he brings up the subject of "mind identification," as I find this to be one of Eckhart's most important, and yet most challenging, ideas to understand and apply fully. David writes: As much as I agree with Tolle's recommendation that we "disidentify" from what he calls "mind," I nevertheless remain unwilling to disown my mind or to treat it as anything less ...

You Are Not Your Mind

November 9, 2003  ·  Category: Buddhism, Eckhart Tolle, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum

Just posted to Mudita Forum: My thanks to Mark for his spirited kick-off essay introducing Chapter 1 in our discussion of The Power of Now. In some ways, this chapter is a tour-de-force of challenging ideas. Here is my personalized summary of some of the key points from the chapter: * Enlightenment is not a superhuman accomplishment, but rather a natural state of "felt connectedness with Being." * The experience of Being provides the basis of the spiritual life; however, Being is not something supernatural, but rather the supremely natural: existence itself, prior to being differentiated, by the mind, into existents. * Being can ...

Eckhart Tolle Discussion

September 21, 2003  ·  Category: Eckhart Tolle, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum

I just posted the following to Mudita Forum. I'm pleased by the growth of this forum and I'm happy that our membership—and the interest in the topics we discuss—has grown beyond dyed-in-the-wool Rand admirers. I expect this to make our discussions even more interesting and fruitful. As listowner, I'd like to express my pleasure at having the Zen meditation teachers Craig Richards and, now, Michael McAlister in our group. I appreciate their ability to bring the fresh Zen perspective to our discussions and dialogues. Ultimately, whether we agree or disagree on the topics we discuss is less ...

How to Meditate

May 7, 2003  ·  Category: Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum

In recent months, several people have asked me how to get started with meditation. Below is an essay I wrote on the subject for Mudita Forum. If you would like to print out this essay, you'll probably find the printable version of "How to Meditate" more suitable. The purpose of meditation is to strengthen your mind. Most people think of consciousness as something we “just do,” but conscious awareness can be strengthened just as a muscle can be strengthened; and meditation provides a workout for your mind. Through meditation, many people find they can make their attention more stable, strong, and ...

Buddhism and Awareness

March 30, 2003  ·  Category: Buddhism, Meditation, Mindfulness, Mudita Forum, Objectivism

Our topical discussion of Wake Up to Your Life over at Mudita Forum is going remarkably well. I'm especially impressed by Andrew Schwartz's kickoff essay on Chapter 3 ("Cultivating Attention"), which elegantly lays out a number of ideas to which any Rand admirer worth his weight in dog-eared paperbacks should pay attention. Here's an excerpt: Finally, Buddhism includes a sophisticated psychological understanding of barriers to attention, and, viewing attention as a skill, includes sophisticated tools and methods for dismantling these barriers and achieving greater attention over time. The tradition has a sophisticated conceptualization of how experience leads to complex conditioned habit patterns that ...