Profile

Cover photo
Mark W. Gura
Works at Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism
Lives in Atlanta, GA
1,228 followers|77,850 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
Oh the humanity... This is excellent.
3
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
Carolinas Secular Conference 2015

http://www.carolinassecularassociation.org/ca…/2015-speakers
Come have Fun with us at the Carolina’s Secular Conference in Myrtle
Beach, October 2-4, 2015 and see these great speakers:

Sarah Morehead, Herb Silverman. Mark and Shanon Nebo, Chris Johnson, Steven Hewett, Mark W. Gura, Mandisa Thomas, Stephan Goodwin, Abby Hafer, Jennifer Taylor, Callie Wright, Callie Wright, Rebecca Hale, Charone Pagett, Teresa MacBain, Teresa MacBain, Shelley Segal, Bo Bennett, Bobby Cary.
1
颜山's profile photo
颜山
 
HI friend, you can give me to share the outside world? Thank you!
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
"Deepak Chopra mad about being called an evolution denialist, and to disprove the accusation, he fires back with a whole long letter full of misconceptions about evolution..."

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2015/07/29/edgy-deepak-chopra-makes-a-fool-of-himself-again/

"Quantum" exchange between Chopra and Harris, regarding Chopra's woo: exchange between Deepak and Harris? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09UmufmfSLc
Oh, joy. Deepak Chopra is mad about being called an evolution denialist, and to disprove the accusation, he fires back with a whole long letter full of misconceptions about evolution. As usual, he ...
6
Tlalane Julia Masoeu Tlalane Julia Masoeu's profile photoMichael Silk's profile photo
2 comments
 
He should let go a little, the brain shrinks as we get older? 
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
How much meditation does it take to change your brain and relieve stress?
2
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
A video for the organization Planet Purpose, about utilizing meditation techniques such as mindfulness meditation and vipassana, and finding meaning and purpose in life, without succumbing to faith in God(s), gurus, pseudoscience, or the supernatural.


Take the www.21daypurposechallenge.org
1
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
First Western Buddhist monk, circa 1850's. Traveled around the world, was an atheist, freethinker and anti-theist, criticized religion/Christianity, was tried and persecuted for doing so, was lost to history, and  has now been found!  
5
2
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
Chicago area TV Channel 17 interview: We talked about spirituality and meditation not needing pseudoscience, faith in God(s), gurus, and the supernatural.
2
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
1,228 people
Joseph C. Kreps's profile photo
Calin Radulescu's profile photo
Valerie Bridges's profile photo
Boiler Cover's profile photo
Eric R. Schiller's profile photo
Ethan Spier's profile photo
Yow Wen's profile photo
International Book Promotion's profile photo
Toni Rakestraw's profile photo

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
Thanks for the share Raechel. As I've traveled around the world over the years, I noticed this phenomenon. I wrote/talked about it within the "Blind Faith Vaccine" work. I later learned that Richard Dawkins had written about it too, so it's great to see a video that shows the geographic nature of religion.

From Blind Faith Vaccine: "We are heavily influenced by our culture and environment. This is the main reason why the current majority of people in the Middle East are Muslim, in India, Hindu, and in the Americas, Christian. If you’d grown up in Pakistan, you would probably have become a Muslim, just as you would have probably become a Hindu had you been born in Bombay. If so, where is the free will in that? Does the happenstance of your birthplace so change your outlook that you become like your neighbors?

These are important considerations. Our religious and philosophical outlook affects almost every aspect of our lives. Richard Dawkins coined the words ‘viruses of the mind’ and others later expounded upon this concept.(59) What if failure to choose our own path in life is the epitome of blind faith, a psychological virus instilled in us when we were children through cultural-religious programming at home, school and in the community, before we had a chance to mature and learn to think critically?"
3
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
"If a picture paints a thousand words, these pieces are Molotov cocktails for the mind." See more here:

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/the_sad_truth_nauseatingly_profound_illustrations_of_what_the_world_is_turn
13
3
srikanth laal's profile photo
 
Nice
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
The #1 Predictor of success? "We’ve evolved to put people in our ingroup and outgroup. The process is a byproduct of our evolutionary history where we lived in small groups and strangers we didn’t know well weren’t to be trusted." But multiple, peer-reviewed studies show that, ingroups are "polarized echo chambers. simply being in an open network instead of a closed one is the best predictor of career success."

Also, "the paradoxical interplay of two seemingly opposite qualities; maniacal focus and insatiable curiosity..." [May be our most important qualities, as they lead to everything else.] 

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/08/the-no-1-predictor-of-career-success-according-to-network-science/#ixzz3izaW0eVg
In December of 2013, I interviewed one of the world’s top network scientists, Ron Burt. During it, he shared a chart that completely flipped my understanding of success.
1
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
11
Add a comment...

Mark W. Gura

Shared publicly  - 
 
Coming out of the closet--As a Secular Buddhist... No more supernatural BS for me... No God(s), gurus, or pseudoscience.

http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/secular-buddhism-and-the-quest-for-a-lived-ethics
Secular Buddhism offers a path that is encompassing, humanistic, and pragmatic, without being sectarian.
9
1
Mark W. Gura's profile photoM. Rochecouste's profile photo
3 comments
 
+Mark W. Gura​ I have no personal convictions per se, yet there is enough qualitative evidence from great masters stating rebirth is a fact. The Dalai Lama for instance. Just because it can't be quantified doesn't mean it isn't so.
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
1,228 people
Joseph C. Kreps's profile photo
Calin Radulescu's profile photo
Valerie Bridges's profile photo
Boiler Cover's profile photo
Eric R. Schiller's profile photo
Ethan Spier's profile photo
Yow Wen's profile photo
International Book Promotion's profile photo
Toni Rakestraw's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Executive Director of the Atheist Alliance of America, Exec. Dir. Association of Secular Buddhism, Author, TV and Radio Host, Media Spokesperson for the Atlanta Coalition of Reason/ United Coalition of Reason ,
Skills
Executive Director, Author, Vipassana, Mindfulness Meditation, Secular Meditation, Author, TV and Radio Host, Atheism, Skeptic
Employment
  • Association of Mindfulness Meditation and Secular Buddhism
    Executive Director, 2015 - present
  • Atheist Alliance of America
    Executive Director, 2016 - present
  • Vipassana/Mindfulness Meditator
    Meditator, 1994 - present
  • Author
    Author, 2012 - present
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Story
Tagline
TV and Radio Host | Author | Executive Director of the Association of Secular Buddhism | Key Note Speaker | Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Introduction
Executive Director of Atheist Alliance of America | Exec. Dir  the Association of Secular Buddhism | TV and Radio Host | Author |  | Key Note Speaker | Mindfulness Meditation/vipassana practitioner
-------------------------------------------------
Mark W. Gura promotes mindfulness meditation and defining one's own meaning in life free from faith in God(s), gurus and supernatural beliefs. For more information visit www.MarkWgura.com 
-------------------------------------------------
Mark is a proponent of Secular Buddhism, which makes no supernatural claims and advocates only those practices that are consistent with or corroborated by reason and the best science available. 
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Atlanta, GA
Contact Information
Home
Address
www.MarkWGura.com