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Wholeness and the End of Suffering

“Life is suffering” … so declared the Buddha more than 2500 year ago. No truer than this is what we are witnessing in the world today. War, widespread depression and mental illness, mass refugee movements, poverty,…

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The Fabric Of Reality

The Hebrew bible opens with the following passage in the book of Genesis: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the…

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Complementarity: Approaching Reality Through Paradoxes

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.”  ― Niels Bohr Sometimes when we run into complexity in the world, we react…

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Top Down/Bottom Up in Biology

Why did the universe get complex? This remarkable panel discussion between three leading biologists is a feast of discoveries and ideas about the nature of life. The focus is on how complex structures develop, in particular…

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Love is a Practice

Love is an energy, a Shakti, that calls us to unify ourselves internally, merge body and soul, and form a relationship with another being. There are many forms of love: the kind of love we have…

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In the Morning I Remember

Here is a beautiful prayer composed by Adi Shankara around the 8th century. These three verses, meant to be recited in the early morning, are a beautiful and touching summary of the heart of Advaita. I have chosen…

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The Linguistic Demon of Space-Time

Time and space are one of the greatest conundrums of both science and philosophy, and have been so since we began to think about them self-reflectively. Many, especially in physics, see space-time as an objective thing,…

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Are Emotions Hard-Wired or Constructed?

There’s a scene in the movie Star Trek III where Spock, a logical and rational Vulcan, is relearning how to be himself after having his mind transferred back into his body. His training involves answering rapid-fire…

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