We know about the Buddha’s life chiefly through legends, written down several centuries after he lived. Born Siddhartha Gautama in present-day Nepal, he was a prince who lived an opulent life, shielded by his father, King Suddhodana, from the world’s travails. Read more



I’ll never forget my first meditation. I felt so still and peaceful, yet I felt a heightened alertness as well. It was probably the longest I had ever sat still—quiet and settled—in my whole life; it was only 20 minutes! Afterwards, I felt a huge weight had been lifted from me. Read more


ON A FRESH MORNING IN EARLY JULY, a 28-year-old man sets out on foot from his home on the southwest coast of England. A writer, he loves walking, traversing the countryside for days at a time. On this excursion, he and his sister are heading up the scenic Wye River Valley, just across the border in Wales, with its many low, forest-blanketed hills. Read more


Born in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson traveled outside her home village only a few times, outside of Massachusetts but once. After the age of 42, she rarely left her house and yard. She never married. She deliberately chose a life of Read more


More than 3,000 Buddhist monks in 100 monasteries throughout Southeast Asia have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, as a result of the work by a revered Japanese Buddhist monk, Reverend Koji Oshima, who is a longtime TM practitioner and certified TM teacher. According to Rev. Oshima, the Buddhist monks appreciate the… Read more


In the early 1970s, Maharishi held several month-long summer courses in the Science of Creative Intelligence on U.S. university campuses, which were attended by thousands of meditating participants. A highlight of the courses was the question-and-answer sessions… Read more


Albert Einstein is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. The totality of his work converges into one supreme goal: to understand the unity underlying nature’s diversity. Read more


Zhuangzi, also known as Chuang Tzu, is esteemed alongside Laozi as one of the founders of Daoism in China. His writings also influenced the growth of Chinese Buddhism. Read more


Rumi – “I have passed beyond all thoughts”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. April 10, 2011

Rumi has been described as “the most popular poet in America” — a Muslim teacher and scholar who lived 800 years ago in a far corner of the world. Jalál al-dín Mahammud Rúmí is considered the greatest poet in the Persian language and one of the greatest in world literature. Read more

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Plato – “And this state of the soul is called wisdom”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. March 20, 2011
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Plato was his nickname. His real name was Aristocles. He was reportedly called Plato, which means broad, by his wrestling coach, due to his broad shoulders or possibly his wrestling style.
Plato was born to an aristocratic family, with his father’s lineage stretching back to the early kings of Athens. He was about 19 when he met Socrates and become his devoted student. Read more

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“The kingdom of God is within you”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. December 6, 2010

Jesus was once asked when the kingdom of God would come. The kingdom of God, he replied, is not something people will be able to see and point to. Then came these striking words: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) Read more

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Henry David Thoreau – “We become like a still lake of purest crystal”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. October 27, 2010
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Henry David Thoreau was 28 when he went to Walden Pond, seek¬ing spiritual regeneration through harmony with nature. He lived there for two years and two months, in a cabin he built himself, reading, writing, and studying the surrounding woodland life. Read more

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. September 27, 2010

In 1836, an essay entitled Nature was published anonymously. It created a great stir, especially among college students, who formed clubs to discuss it. The essay marked the beginning of a movement that came to be called American Transcendentalism and influenced the entire nation — an influence we continue to feel today. Read more

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The yoga sutra and deep meditation

by Thomas Egenes Ph.D. August 29, 2010

While yoga is generally understood in America to be a diverse array of bending and stretching exercises that originated in India, the word yoga has a much wider connotation, and includes sitting with the eyes closed in silent, deep meditation. In India, yoga is a state of mind, not just an exercise for the body. Read more

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Walt Whitman – “The luminousness of real vision”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. August 24, 2010
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Walt Whitman left school at eleven and worked at a variety of trades — he was a printer, a teacher, a newspaper writer and editor, a stationer, and a real estate speculator. One never would have guessed he was destined to become America’s seer. Read more

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson – “A state of transcendent wonder”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. June 25, 2010
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If 19th-century England had anything resembling a rock star, it was Alfred, Lord Tennyson. He was one of the most popular and exciting poets of his era, with a riveting stage presence. He remains one of the English language’s most popular poets to this day. Read more

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Helen Keller – “I feel the flame of eternity in my soul”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. May 17, 2010
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Though blind and deaf from the age of two, Helen Keller graduated with honors from Radcliffe College — the first blind and deaf person to earn a college degree. She devoted her life, through lecturing and writing books, to social reform. Read more

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Laozi – “His mind becomes as vast and immeasurable as the night sky”

by Craig Pearson, Ph.D. April 8, 2010

The wise seer Laozi lived in the capital city and served as the keeper of the archives at the royal court. As a man of great wisdom, he attracted many people, who gathered around him and considered him their teacher. But he was not pleased by the moral decay of the city and the kingdom. So he decided to leave. Read more

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Maharishi: A rare glimpse into the message of meditation from 40 years ago

by Bob Roth April 8, 2010
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There are literally tens of thousands of hours of audiotape and videotape footage of Maharishi speaking: on the unbounded nature of human consciousness, on the wide-ranging benefits and subtle mechanics of the Transcendental Meditation technique, on the unity of life that underlies within both man and nature. Read more

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