Currents

The Real You

by Alan Watts

ALAN WATTS WAS BORN in London in January of 1915, around the start of the First World War From a young age, he became fascinated with the arts of the Far East and the works of Lafcadio Hern, Christmas Humphreys, and D.T. Suzuki. By the age of fourteen, his writing on Eastern themes was published […]

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

SHUNRYU SUZUKI ROSHI was a Japanese Zen priest who belonged to the Soto lineage. Roshi arrived in San Francisco in 1959 at the age of fifty-four. Already a respected Zen master in Japan, he was impressed by the seriousness and quality of “beginner’s mind” among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided […]

“Do not pursue the past. Do not usher in the future. Rest evenly with present awareness” —Tibetan meditation instruction. It was 1972, and Gary Weber, a 29-year old materials science PhD student at Penn State University, had a problem with his brain. It kept generating thoughts! – continuously, oppressively – a stream of neurotic concerns about […]

The Happiest Man on Earth is a Buddhist Monk. According scientists, he is the world’s happiest man. His level of mind control is astonishing and the upbeat impulses in his brain are off the scale. Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researchers at the University […]

Thicker Brain Sections Tied to Spirituality For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain, a new study hints. Parts of the brain’s outer layer, the cortex, were thicker in high-risk study participants who said religion or spirituality was “important” to them versus those […]