cold-reading-techniques

Cold Reading Explained

The basis of cold reading is knowledge of the goals of the people who come to a reader. Life is uncertain. Love, whether maternal or romantic love, often goes wrong. Many people crave revenge and are not aware of it. Everyone alive, it seems, is lonely. A cold reader meets needs, and is well compensated … Read more

Einstein Atheism Agnostic Humanist Scientist God Religion

By common definition, an atheist rejects all forms of religion and denies outright the existence of God. If this definition is used to weigh Albert Einstein’s belief in God or Religion, then the title of this article is clearly a misnomer. Indeed, Einsteins own words refute any allegation of his being an atheist: “I believe … Read more

buddhism

Five Precepts to remember in Buddhism

To understand Buddhists morality, one must understand one of the principles that Buddha laid out: the Five Precepts. They are the social and moral code that prevents people from destroying themselves and others and brings them closer to the path of nirvana. It helps people develop trust, respect, value, and wisdom. And it enhances them … Read more

karma

Introduction to the Karma – Buddhism

Centuries before becoming a major Buddhist concept Karma was a central theme in what we now call Hinduism. The word “karma” translates to “action” or “deed”. Thus, simply put, Karma is the sum total of one’s deeds. It’s like a bag a person carries around that contains everything one had ever done, good and bad. … Read more

The Buddhist Attitude to other Religions

Buddhists have a non-attitude towards other religions, they recognise, unlike most of the dominant religions in the world today, that there are many overlapping paths to the same goal. If you start from the knowledge that Buddhism is not actually a religion itself, and by looking deeper into Buddhist beliefs and practises, then their non-attitude … Read more

Mudra Asia

Buddhism – Introduction to Mudras

Mudras have been used in the East for thousands of years, mostly in relationship with meditation. You notice Buddhist statues and artwork have the hands placed in significant poses. Mudras are known to be used as a spiritual practice and as a part of healing ceremonies for physical and mental ailments. Mudras – Positions of … Read more

3 Main Schools of Buddhism

Buddhism doesn’t have one set of particular rules. There are three main schools of Buddhism and many branches of those trees have their own customs and beliefs as well. The three major schools that we recognize today are Mahayana, Theraveda and Vajrayan. Vajrayana – The practices in Tibet It is said that Buddhism did not … Read more

Social Welfare – A Buddhist Concept

Without social welfare Siddhartha Gautama would never have become Shakyamuni Buddha. It was through the ingrained, but not enforced it must be noted, social welfare structures of his time that allowed him to enter on the path of a Mendicant, or holy man who was wholly dependant on others for his food and clothing. Traditional … Read more

Siddhartha Gautama – Who was he?

We know him better in the West as the Buddha, but his name was Siddhartha Gautama. Like many Hindus of his time he was born into a particular station in life. A Kshatriya (Warrior/Ruler Caste) by birth, Siddhartha was a prince destined to inherit his father’s domain. Or so the king though. He loved his … Read more

Nirvana – Buddhism Introduction

Nirvana is what you call “ultimate enlightenment” which is the equivalent to Heaven in Christianity. In a sense, this is the ultimate goal for all practitioners of Buddhism. That was something I was taught as a child of a family that was born and raised Buddhist. We really don’t know if or when we can … Read more