The Power of Koans to Destroy Conceptual Thinking and Provoke Enlightenment

According to Zen philosophy, there are two sides of reality: the phenomenal one and the essential one. Our phenomenal reality is the one we are most familiar with. It consists of everything that we sense (what we see, hear, touch, … Continue reading

Existential Silliness: A Refreshing Perspective on Depression and Life’s Absurdities

Life is too complicated and too confusing for any one mind to fully grasp it. It’s even more complicated and confusing if you suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, or mood disorders – which often make you feel that you have … Continue reading

Effective Altruism vs. Feel Good Altruism: How to Make a Bigger Difference in the World

Many of us have a desire to do good in the world but we don’t quite know how to do it. If a charity advocate comes to your door or approaches you on the street, you may be compelled to … Continue reading

How Culture Influences Our Minds in Profound Ways We Don’t Even Realize

Culture plays a big role in how we see the world, how we think about it, and how we act in it. A person born into one culture can end up with a very different type of mindset than a … Continue reading

What Stands in the Way Becomes the Way: A New Perspective for Overcoming Obstacles

“What stands in the way becomes the way.” Marcus Aurelius Encountering new obstacles in life is inevitable. Whether it’s in our work, relationships, health, or personal goals, life is always changing – and with that brings new situations we too … Continue reading