It really is so simple and yet so profound most people don’t get it – often even meditators or Buddhists of long standing just don’t get it. But it is simple, so very, very simple.
Head on over to the forums at http://www.vipassanaforum.net/ and sign up. You will learn a simple non-sectarian, scientifically backed meditation technique (with no bells and whistles) and get it in a short time.
If you have ever thought about meditating, you’ve wasted you’re time …. so get on your butt and do it instead.
Not as easy a question to answer as to ask, in every country Buddhism has visited, it has mutated or taken on local customs in some way. However in coming to the west it has also been subject to rational empiricism, which is the stance the Buddha taught to take.
As a western Buddhist I still received my grounding in Dhamma from Her Eminence Khandro Mindroling Rinpoche – a Tibetan teacher, and also from Kobun Chino Roshi (deceased) – who came from Japan and lived in America.
Now I take most of my teachings from the Pali canon, having reverted to a somewhat Therevadan stance on the purity of these teachings, whilst always being aware they were carried as an oral tradition for some few hundred years before being inscribed.
The Buddha’s teachings are quite explicit. To follow his path is to follow your breath and body until you still your mind. It is not to focus on the nose or mouth – this comes from a misunderstanding – but to “fully face” the object of meditation – at first the whole body breathing experience and sensation in the body, which one is to relax.
The neurological basis of this is simple. By sending a signal to the brain via the Vagus nerve, one of ten Cranial nerves and one that directly enters the brain stem near the fight/flight mechanisms of your lower brain, you tell the mind:
EVERYTHING IS OK!
And eventually the mind believes it. The endless, inane, babble and chatter of your own mind stops and, one day – if you are doing it right - something seemingly magic starts happening. You start to feel quite blissful. The Buddha said, “Enraptured with bliss” and “with a bliss not borne of the body”. He described four material states of bliss and four immaterial. The first four are essential to fully attaining the meditative fruit of “insight” or “Vipassana”. This fruit is one of the conditions of extinguishing the final remnants of the three root poisons and attaining the goal.
On the way you act with compassion, kindness, generosity, honesty and do right by those you meet on the way.
The goal is hard to attain but possible for everyone who tries hard enough, develops their insight, uses it wisely to hone their meditation, does not get hung up on anything, including views of the path or the goal .. and practices hard at meditation, with discipline and awareness yet with a relaxed and upright body.
That’s how I do it. I’m not exactly a meditation master (yet?) but I teach the basics and get good feedback. Don’t know why people write books on the subject to be honest. People need feedback.
Vitamin D – The Cost To The NHS of Epidemic Deficiency And The Overwhelming Case For Supplementation.
From Cancer Research UK
The Government’s view
Professor Mike Richards, National Cancer Director, kicked off the session. He acknowledged that the UK spends less on healthcare as a whole than many other European countries. On top of this, we spend proportionally less on cancer care than many of our EU counterparts.
According to the latest figures, around 5 per cent of the NHS spend is on cancer, equating to around £76 per head each year in England ….
Clearly there is a need to increase spend in the NHS on cancer – particularly when the demographics and new advances in cancer drugs are taken into account. As the population ages, cancer is getting more common – Professor Richards commented that the incidence of the disease is increasing at a rate of around 1.5 per cent each year. This means there will inevitably be more people needing cancer care services.
And with great strides in cancer research, many new drugs and diagnostic tests are coming through – offering new hope to people touched by cancer – but at a price. On top of this, the NHS needs to consider the increasing cost of follow up care for cancer survivors (’survivorship care’) – as more and more people survive cancer.
So cancer care costs are certain to increase in the future, and these will need to be met through boosting spending and efficiency in the NHS.
Compare the £76 per head spent on Cancer alone by the NHS to the cost of effective supplementation with Vitamin D3 – approximately £10 per head, per annum.
Now factor in Diabetes:
The NHS is spending £1m an hour, 10% of its yearly budget, treating diabetes and its complications, according to a new report.
Despite advances in detection and treatment, incidence of the disease – which causes heart attacks, stokes and blindness – is spiralling.
GPs are still missing telltale symptoms which mean the disease may remain undetected for many years until irreversible damage has been done, said campaigning charity Diabetes UK.
Some 2.3million people in the UK are already diagnosed but the charity estimated the number of diagnosed and “hidden” diabetics will top 4million by 2025.
The report also revealed one in 10 people in hospital in the UK have diabetes and 60% of inpatients with diabetes have been admitted as emergencies. The total cost to the NHS equates to £9bn-a-year.
Source: The Guardian.
This is another £140 per head of the UK population on diabetes …
Now factor in heart disease .. allergies .. influenza treatment and deaths …. parkinsons .. multiple sclerosis …
How about depression? – another £140 per head UK population per annum. from the estimated cost in 2000:
The total cost of adult depression was estimated at over £9 billion
Source: Imperial College
So we can spend £10 per year on D3 supplements per head of the UK population and reduce NHS spending by say 75% of these amounts (conservatively) – meaning a saving of £271 per head per annum on Cancer, Diabetes and Depression alone. Cancer, diabetes and depression and Schizophrenia are pretty much unknown at the equator.
This amounts to a saving to the NHS potentially of £17.6 billion per annum at a cost of around £650 million for appropriate D3 supplementation and testing …. that’s quite a sum.
Are you getting the picture as to why the Pharma industry is deliberately overplaying the dangers of Vitamin D supplementation?
They can’t patent Vitamin D and they stand to stand to lose an awful lot of money if people are healthy.
Vitamin D – what is healthy? Not what your doctor is likely to tell you – unless your doctor is ahead of the curve. To prevent 75% of Breast and Colon Cancer University of California recommend >40ng/ml or 100nmol/L and 50 – 70 ng/ml is optimal (125 – 175 nmol/L) – look at the presentation for the scientific research behind this.