7 Great Eastern Philosophy Teachers & Their Teachings

It’s difficult to pinpoint the core differences between Eastern and Western philosophy. There are those that divide the types of philosophy based on the simple notion of their geographical location. Others make mention of their focus on parts (or lack thereof) of a whole. This isn’t a debate of Western vs Eastern philosophy. Rather, what we’d… [Read More]

What is Taoism?

Though most may not know it, Taoism is one of the main systems of thought underpinning traditional Chinese religion, philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics. The historical importance of Taoism in China cannot be understated, even though the current communist rulers are loath to admit it. "Tao" is quite a difficult term to translate, and is… [Read More]

The Concept of Time in Hinduism

Most religions have their own sense of history and perhaps predictions of human destiny. Hinduism also has it’s history, but Hinduism also has something else: It’s own unique sense of time and cosmology. It is not just about human destiny, but the destiny of the universe. Where Westerners tend to think of time as a… [Read More]

The Spirituality of Jade

Jade is the national gemstone of China and has been known to the Chinese since prehistoric times. There are two varieties of jade known as nephrite jade and jadeite (sometimes known as imperial jade). Interestingly, nephrite jade has a structure similar to quartz crystals. Both nephrite jade and jadeite come in green, although other natural… [Read More]

Buddhism and Psychic Experiences

Where Christianity has become the dominant religion of the West, the East has been (an largely remains) dominated by it’s own forms of spirituality. Early in the development of the Christian church certain leaders determined that anything remotely ‘psychic’ or ‘paranormal’ was to be considered questionable, if not downright evil. Unless, of course, such psychic… [Read More]

Ayurveda: Restore your Balance Naturally

Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine dating back several thousands of years with origins in India. Ayurveda principles are becoming more widely recognized and accepted by the mainstream population in the West. Renowned physician and author Deepak Chopra is one of its best known advocates. ‘Ayurveda’ roughly translates to "Knowledge of Life." The concept… [Read More]

What’s Ahead in the Chinese Year of the Horse?

On February 4, 2014, the Year of the Snake winds its way into history, and makes way for the Year of the Horse. Chinese New Year is the start of spring and so it is very apt and quite auspicious that this particular horse is of the element of wood, and its color is green…. [Read More]

Namaste: Etymology and Meanings

Namaste (pronounced Naa-ma-stay) is a greeting in the Hindi language from India. The ‘namaste’ greeting has become popular in recent years, especially among the New Age thinkers in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. In the West, the namaste greeting is often associated with the spirituality of India – and it can mean anything… [Read More]