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Weak desires can be removed by introspection and meditation, but strong, deep-rooted ones must be fulfilled and their fruits, sweet or bitter, tasted.

—Nisargadatta Maharaj

Photograph: Fan Ho, Approaching Shadow, 1954

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TEDxJaffa -- Professor Dorit Aharonov -- Using the scientific method for self-improvement

Professor Dorit Aharonov will talk about the ways she discovered to use scientific methods of inquiry to learn about herself and foment change in her daily life. By combining body study and movement with scientific discovery, she suggests ways to adjust our lives for the better with a scientific bent. Dorit was born in Washington DC and grew up in Haifa, Israel. She did her BSc in Physics and Mathematics summa cum laude in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she continued to do her PhD (after a break of one year at the Weizmann Institute), jointly in the Computer science and Physics departments. In her PhD she discovered ways to make quantum computers noise tolerant. After a one year postdoc in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton and one year in UC Berkeley, she joined the Hebrew University computer science department where she is now a full professor, and together with her group of students studies quantum computational processes. More generally, she is fascinated by mathematical beauty and its connection to the physical world. She received several awards for her research work. Her other passion is body-mind processes, and in particular, martial arts. For the past 18 years she has been practicing and studying Tai-Chi, Yoga and Kung-Fu, and in addition has recently become a teacher in the Feldenkreiz method of self improvement and awareness through movement. Other interests of hers include human rights, art, literature, being outdoors, hiking, inspiring <b>...</b>
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TEDxLaJolla - Eric Handler - Sparks of Inspiration

Named by Fade In Magazine as one of Hollywood's Top 100, Eric Handler was a highly respected entertainment professional for 11 years, working as a development executive at Dreamworks and as an agent at the William Morris agency. All of that was not enough and eventually Eric was led to some soul searching, which sparked the idea of Positively Positive. His Positively Positive Facebook page has garnered over a million fans in its first year, and is in the process of becoming an immersive website with uplifting messages from all walks of life, from Olympic Gold Medalists, to kids fighting for their lives, to everyday people wanting to make a difference in the world. Eric lives in Los Angeles with wife and business partner, Julie, two daughters, and two dogs. He is a successful real estate entrepreneur, a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher, and an active board member with YOGA for Youth, a nonprofit organization that provides urban youth with tools for self-discovery. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, traveling, and spending time with his family. www.positivelypositive.com www.facebook.com
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Zen and the Brain

Google Tech Talk (more below) November 8, 2010 Zen and the Brain Presented by Dr James Austin ABSTRACT What has been learned about the brain that helps understand how selfless insight-wisdom can develop on the long-term meditative path? Recent brain-imaging research clarifies the relationships between two key issues: 1) How we use both top-down and bottom-up modes of attentive processing; and 2) How we constructed an egocentric Self so strong that it so often generates suffering. Speaker Info: James H. Austin James H. Austin is Emeritus Professor of Neurology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Austin is the author of his well known book Zen and the Brain, which aims to establish links between the neurological workings of the human brain and meditation. Austin has written two sequels to it: Zen-Brain Reflections (February, 2006), and Selfless Insight (2009). He was student of the late Rinzai roshi Kobori Nanrei Sohaku.
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Shinzen Young: Deep Concentration in Formal Meditation and Daily Life (Theory and Practice)

Google Tech Talk 27 April 2010 Presented by: Shinzen Young ABSTRACT Renowed meditation teacher Shinzen Young leads a meditation session on concentration and discusses the application of the concentrated mind in daily life.
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