When engaging in meditation practice, we should feel it to be as natural as eating, breathing and defecating. It should not become a specialized or formal event, bloated with seriousness and solemnity. We should realize that meditation transcends effort, practice, aims, goals and the duality of liberation and non-liberation. Meditation is always ideal; there is no need to correct anything. Since everything that arises is simply the play of mind as such, there is no unsatisfactory meditation and no need to judge thoughts as good or bad.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (via lazyyogi)
wildcat2030:

Economic success ‘drives language extinction’ -Economic development is driving the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.  - A study has found that minority languages in the most developed parts of the world, including North America, Europe and Australia, are most at threat. The research is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The researchers say that efforts to protect these languages need to be focused on these areas. Lead author Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge, said: “World languages are now rapidly being lost. This is a very serious situation. “We wanted to know how the extinction is distributed globally and what are the main drivers of this.” Vanishing voices Dr Amano, who usually looks at extinction rates in animals, said that about 25% of languages around the world were under threat. The researchers found that the more successful a country was economically, the more rapidly its languages were being lost. They said that in North America, languages such as Upper Tanana, were now spoken by fewer than 25 people in Alaska, and were at risk of vanishing forever. In Europe, languages such as Ume Sami in Scandinavia or Auvergnat in France are fading fast. Dr Amano said: “As economies develop, one language often comes to dominate a nation’s political and educational spheres. “People are forced to adopt the dominant language or risk being left out in the cold - economically and politically.” The team also found that languages in the Himalayas are at risk, such as Bahing in Nepal, which has an estimated eight speakers. In the tropics, too, voices are disappearing. “These countries are experiencing rapid economic growth, so in the near future these languages will face risk of extinction.” The scientists call for conservation efforts to focus on these regions. Dr Amano said that work undertaken to protect languages such as Welsh in the UK was a good example a successful strategy. (via BBC News - Economic success ‘drives language extinction’)

wildcat2030:

Economic success ‘drives language extinction’
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Economic development is driving the extinction of some languages, scientists believe.
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A study has found that minority languages in the most developed parts of the world, including North America, Europe and Australia, are most at threat. The research is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The researchers say that efforts to protect these languages need to be focused on these areas. Lead author Tatsuya Amano, from the University of Cambridge, said: “World languages are now rapidly being lost. This is a very serious situation. “We wanted to know how the extinction is distributed globally and what are the main drivers of this.” Vanishing voices Dr Amano, who usually looks at extinction rates in animals, said that about 25% of languages around the world were under threat. The researchers found that the more successful a country was economically, the more rapidly its languages were being lost. They said that in North America, languages such as Upper Tanana, were now spoken by fewer than 25 people in Alaska, and were at risk of vanishing forever. In Europe, languages such as Ume Sami in Scandinavia or Auvergnat in France are fading fast. Dr Amano said: “As economies develop, one language often comes to dominate a nation’s political and educational spheres. “People are forced to adopt the dominant language or risk being left out in the cold - economically and politically.” The team also found that languages in the Himalayas are at risk, such as Bahing in Nepal, which has an estimated eight speakers. In the tropics, too, voices are disappearing. “These countries are experiencing rapid economic growth, so in the near future these languages will face risk of extinction.” The scientists call for conservation efforts to focus on these regions. Dr Amano said that work undertaken to protect languages such as Welsh in the UK was a good example a successful strategy. (via BBC News - Economic success ‘drives language extinction’)

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tvpartyorchestra:

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All are mere words, of what use are they to you? You are entangled in the web of verbal definitions and formulations. Go beyond your concepts and ideas; in the silence of desire and thought the truth is found.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (via lazyyogi)

myinkstainedheart:

Carve me a portion of your heart
that part that is mine and mine alone
and in return I will carve my love
for you on bricks, rock and stone

or in a song, a string of verses composed.
But will I love you once and only then?
More than hundred years pass this pact
for every time this is read, I will love you again.