Rare phenomenon: Once every 3000 years this flower appears!

Udumbara flower phenomenon A recent Telegraph (March 2010) article, Rare Buddhist flower found under nun’s washing machine reported the appearance of the rare “Udumbara? flower, which according to Buddhist scripture blossoms every 3000 years before the coming of the next Buddha or Tathagata (which by the way can also mean the essential Buddha nature found …

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New Year’s Eve: Are you feeling the pain of rejection?

Social rejection leads to physical pain Association for Psychological Science Are your “hurt feelings?, “broken hearts? or the pain of social rejection triggered by the festivities of this holiday season, making you feel actual physical pain? According to a study in TRENDS in Cognitive Sciences, Why rejection hurts: a common neural alarm system for physical …

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Halloween history: The myth of the Jack-o-lantern and spooky lights

Jack-o’-lantern from the early 20th century How did the custom of carving pumpkins with frightening faces become a part of our Halloween festivities? For centuries, stories of the mysterious Jack-o’-lantern are recorded in folkloric anecdotes from dozens of cultures around the world: Stories of mysterious lights that drift about at night and scare travelers until …

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