Jordan Peterson's take on the origins of the Buddha

In this short video, he compares the outset of Buddhism with the biblical garden.

  • During this class, Jordan Peterson describes how overprotective parenting led to the creation of Buddhism.
  • Peterson compares the Buddhist origin myth with the story of Eden.
  • Both tales deal with the onset of consciousness and mortality and therefore are universal in appeal.
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  • Practicing self-compassion is shown to reduce arousal and increase parasympathetic activation in a new study.
  • Feeling comfortable in your skin leads to higher-order emotions, such as empathy and compassion.
  • Buddha realized this millennia ago when prescribing compassion as the path to self-realization.
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9 weird and terrifying monsters from Japanese mythology

From animated umbrellas to polite-but-violent turtle-people, Japan's folklore contains some extremely creative monsters.

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  • Compared to Japan's menagerie of creatures, Western folklore can feel a little drab.
  • The collection of yōkai—supernatural beasts or spirits—has a staggering amount of variety.
  • Although there are many more creative folkloric creatures, here are nine that caught our attention.
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Philosopher Alan Watts on the difference between money and wealth

What would you do if money was no object?

  • Philosopher, Alan Watts believed we too easily mistake the symbolic for the real.
  • If money was no object, we'd seek what we truly desire.
  • Watts believed we can only have so much ostentatious consumption.
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10 powerful quotes to inspire your meditation practice

Sometimes doing nothing means everything.

TORONTO, ON- Kevin Kwok demonstrates meditation techniques in a meditation pod at Mindset Gym. Sean Finnell led Kevin through a five minute meditation for photos. (Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
  • Meditation can have a profound impact in reducing anxiety and stress.
  • While there are many ways to meditate, the ability to sustain your attention on one thing for a period of time is the foundation of them all.
  • The more you practice, the more results you get, though quality of time is more important than quantity
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