Christianity has lost support, while more are in favor of other world religions, and atheism. It appears from the analysis presented in an upcoming anthology of SOM University of Gothenburg. Although weakened Christianity is the religion that is valued the most, 45 percent are positive. Christianity and Islam have in common is that relatively few people in Sweden are neutral to them. Atheism was the new parameter 2011, and the latest survey were 23 percent in favor of the position that there is no god. Get the news you're going to talk about in your Facebook feed - like Metro Sweden
The stress of running a startup guided founder Yunha Kim to her next idea: a mindfulness app called Simple Habit, offering five-minute audio meditations so that busy people can squeeze a little tranquility into their day.The app offers a basic wheel of audio-guided meditations for specific scenarios, like having a tough day or needing to get a good night s sleep, along with a fuller library of mindfulness content being uploaded by the teachers on its platform — divided into topics like stress, personal growth, kindness, relationships and work.The app has around 10,000 users at this nascent stage, garnering some early eyeballs after being featured by Apple on the App Store this month.It s officially launching out of beta today, joining a raft of other apps promising the convenience of guided meditation on your smartphone — e.g.But despite some well-formed and weighty competition, Kim is gunning to go big — with her aim being to build out a platform for meditation and mindfulness.It s like how Spotify consolidates all artists into one platform.
The post details the research efforts of Microsoft's research lab in Cambridge, who have been hard at work repurposing the Kinect camera accessory as a device for tracking hand and finger movements as part of a project called Handpose.The blog post details how the researchers expect the technology to be used in an office setting, to use your fingers to skip between slides in a powerpoint presentation or to hang up on a colleague over Skype, but where the technology gets really interesting is in its ability to simulate hand movement in a virtual environment.Microsoft briefly mentioned at its E3 2016 press conference that the computing power of Project Scorpio will pave the way for the company to integrate support for the Oculus Rift headset.When it comes to controllers, Sony already has the hardware with its PlayStation Move motion controllers which were originally released for the PS3.By removing the controller entirely, Handpose allows you to interact directly with the environment instead of using a controller as a proxy.Two steps forward, one step back
A Buddhist temple on the edge of Beijing is the last place you would expect to find a robot.But the monks of the Longquan Temple have a robot monk called Xian'er.Through a touch screen held on his tummy, he can answer voice commands and up to 100 questions on Buddhism.The robot is based on a cartoon character the monks created and is the subject of several best-selling books in Asia.Xian'er was built by Chinese technology companies who offered their expertise to help promote Buddhism in a high-tech way.BBC Click's Jen Copestake went to meet Xian'er and the real monks he shares the temple with.
Although Firaxis already shared information about Egypt this week which we experienced second-hand in our demo , 2K Japan has since released details about how the land of the rising sun will handle itself in Civilization VI.An iron-fisted ruler from the 13th century, Tokimune is best known for successfully leading Japan against the Mongol invasion and spreading Zen Buddhism among the Japanese nobility and warrior class.Japan s special ability in Civilization VI is called Meiji Restoration, which encourages denser cities by providing adjacency bonuses for districts built next to each other.The actual Meiji Restoration was a late 19th century consolidation of imperial power under Emperor Meiji, which allowed the pre-industrial, feudal kingdom to emerge in the 20th century as a powerful and modern nation-state.The in-game ability reflects the urbanization that always follows a transition from an agricultural to an industrial society.It s also the first ability we ve seen thus far that utilizes the new unstacked city-building, and it seems both potent and flexible.
If the rough definition of karma is what goes around, comes around then Karma Automotive picked an excellent name for its Revero luxury hybrid, the rebirth of the loved-but-flawed Fisker.After snapping up the gas-electric leftovers from Fisker s demise in early 2014, the new company has taken the wannabe Tesla rival and brought it back up to date, preserving the distinctive – and still fresh – design but revamping powertrain, tech, and more.The result is a car that, though it may look like the roughly thousand Fisker Karma examples still on the road – numbers were sapped a little by a spontaneous combustion problem, something Samsung is now experiencing with the Note 7 – is actually significantly different.Karma Automotive will build the rebranded Revero in Moreno Valley, California, counting on low-volume production and a large degree of individual involvement in the construction process to help set the hybrid apart from rivals.Like the Chevrolet Volt, it relies on electric motors – in this case two at the rear – and a gas engine that acts as a generator: that s good for an electronically-limited top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds in Sport mode.With the powertrain so set, the Revero uses both the charge in its batteries and the gas generator.
Mindfulness is a powerful habit that can help you deal with big things, like sticking to your goals or defusing tension with your partner.It can also be useful on a daily level to improve your health, but only if you practice it.Here s one daily approach.Even if you only have a few minutes for a mindfulness check-in, divide it into these three parts to make the most of your time.The point isn t to analyze during this check-in, but just to focus and acknowledge.Emotions: How do you feel in this moment?
There are now almost half a billion people online in India, with the vast majority of Indians 400 million using mobile devices to access the internet.But when people ask the app s founder and CEO, Kavin Mittal, how the service managed to have such an impact in a short space of time, he tells them: The only way to fail is to build things that people don t want .Speaking at WIRED2016, Mittal talked up his discovery of Zen Buddhism – a school of thought emphasising the value of meditation and intuition rather than ritual worship - in making his company what it is today.What I mean by absolute truths is if the sun is shining brightly outside, it cannot be argued; that is an absolute truth, he explained.However, if I say it s cold outside, that s what we call a relative truth ; people s interpretation of the weather .To build something that is something people truly want, you have to have a very, very deep understanding of humanity; human truth.
Nobody likes being sad, angry, or heartbroken.If you want to give yourself a leg up on getting through troubling times, a simple mental reframe can help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.Ethan Nichtern, author of The Road Home and senior teacher in Shambhala Buddhism, recommends a method conceptualized by the Dalai Lama.Instead of calling anger or sadness negative emotions, you identify them as something you can overcome: a difficult emotion.As Nichtern explains, you still point to there being an emotion present, but you don t create any bias toward or away from the experience.This can dramatically change your perspective for the better.
The rare Ming Dynasty paper banknote was hidden in the wooden sculpture of a Chinese religious figure more than 600 years ago.Art experts in Australia have found a rare paper banknote from the Ming Dynasty of Imperial China hidden inside an antique wooden sculpture that was being prepared for auction.The Chinese characters on the crumpled banknote show that it was issued in the third year of the reign of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty — or 1371 in the Western calendar.The 645-year-old banknote was found hidden inside a wooden sculpture of the head of a "luohan," a religious figure from Chinese Buddhism, that may once have stood in a family or public temple, said Paul Sumner, chief executive of Mossgreen's Auctions in Melbourne, Australia, which discovered the note.See photos of the paper banknote that dates back to China's Ming Dynasty Sumner said the firm's specialist in Asian artworks, Ray Tregaskis, spotted the note wedged inside the hollow head of the sculpture as he inspected the artifact in preparation for an auction in Sydney, Australia, next month.
No compatible source was found for this video.Surviving Family Occasions with Tips From Google's Mindfulness MentorI am a skip button.If your worst critic over the holidays isn t your fitness tracker, it may be your relatives.Scientists are still trying to understand exactly how mindfulness works, but that hasn t stopped it from growing to a billion-dollar business, with meditation-teaching apps like Headspace raising over $38 million in funding.Mindfulness path from east to west began in the 1970s, when Jon Kabat-Zinn first separated the practice from its religious underpinnings: Buddhism.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a Facebook user over the holiday period that he is not an atheist, Quartz reports, despite having previously described himself as a non-believer.On December 25, Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page: "Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah from Priscilla, Max, Beast and me!"One Facebook user replied: "Aren t you an atheist?"to which Zuckerberg responded: "No.I was raised Jewish and then I went through a period where I questioned things, but now I believe religion is very important."Zuckerberg previously referred to himself as an atheist on his Facebook page for several years, according to Quartz.When Zuckerberg visited China in 2015, he prayed outside the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an."Buddhism is an amazing religion and philosophy, and I have been learning more about it over time," he said at the time.
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the world's richest menMark Zuckerberg has revealed he is no longer an atheist after years of claiming to have no faith.The Facebook founder, one of the world's richest men with a net worth of around £40 billion, said he believed religion was "very important".It comes after a year in which Zuckerberg, who was raised Jewish, met the pope and praised Buddhism.Last week, Zuckerberg posted a message on his own Facebook page wishing followers a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.In response to a comment asking if he was atheist, he said: "No.
Karl Mehta is the founder and chief executive of EdCast and the founder of Code For India.How to join the networkSetting a goal to connect with the oneness everyday through daily meditation will ultimately advance us to the next level of evolution and get us unstuck from the current level of misguidedness and selfishness in the daily optics of living, working, and achieving.Particle physics tells us that the more we closely look at an object, the less objective and more dependent that object is on the observer and behavior of other objects.This is not dissimilar to the concept of emptiness of self, in Buddhism, and surrender of ego-self to real self, in Hinduism.If we don t believe in modern science or spirituality, it is still easy to observe the interconnectedness from the globalization in business and politics.
Eminent French author Victor Hugo is best known for his Romantic writings, with his first novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame cementing his place in the literary canon.He wasn't just a literary genius, though.As Google celebrates Hugo 's life and work with a Doodle, here are some lesser known facts about Victor Hugo and how he created Jean Valjean.A unique way to cure writer's blockWhen Hugo had a mental block and couldn't think of what words should follow when he next put pen to paper the famed author had an unusual trick.Hugo became a saint four decades after his death in a Vietnamese religion that fuses Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, and others.
A clothing brand has set itself the onerous challenge of neutralizing one of the biggest taboos in fashion by shearing associations of Nazi Germany away from the swastika symbol.The hooked cross symbol has been off-limits to all but the most ardent neo-Nazis since 1945 but KA Design believe that the time is now right to return the symbol to its religious roots as a sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Odinism.To sway perceptions the fashion house has published a series of its Swastika-range of T-shirts, jumpers and hoodies emblazoned on a rainbow background with the words ‘Peace’ and Zen’ displayed prominently, presumably to head-off any misunderstandings down the pub.Speaking to Dazed KA Designs wrote: “We really like the symbol in its shape and aesthetics, and we would love to share the beauty of this symbol detached from the hatred associated with it.This project only represents the first step of our ‘master plan’, and we are excited about what the future will give us.“We want to promote love and peace to remind everyone that mankind can be better that what it currently is and was in the past.
Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to enlightenment?It was sometime between the 1950s, when Zen Buddhism seeped into the beat generation, and the early 21st century, when mindfulness meditation seeped into Wall Street and Silicon Valley.And “space is like a rock because it is empty.” Fast forward half a century, and hedge fund manager David Ford, in an interview with Bloomberg News, was summarizing the benefits of meditation this way: “I react to volatile markets much more calmly now.” Buddhist practice, once seen as subversive and countercultural, now looked like a capitalist tool.It had gone from deepening your insight to sharpening your edge.Most of today’s meditators aren’t following the guidance of the Bloomberg News headline that accompanied Ford’s quote: “To Make a Killing on Wall Street, Start Meditating.” Still, the past decade’s wave of interest in mindfulness meditation has had a utilitarian air.First, because goals like stress reduction are so clear, attainable, and gratifying, many people now sing the praises of meditation—which deeply annoys some people who don’t.
Above: A 'robot priest' wearing a Buddhist robe chants sutras at it beats a wooden fish during its demonstration at Life Ending Industry EXPO 2017 in Tokyo, Japan August 23, 2017.(Reuters) — A Japanese company has introduced a new role for SoftBank’s humanoid robot “Pepper” — a Buddhist priest for hire at funerals.Chanting sutras in a computerized voice while tapping a drum, the robot was on display on Wednesday at a funeral industry fair — the Life Ending Industry Expo — in Tokyo.Nissei Eco, an unlisted plastic molding maker, wrote the chanting software for “Pepper”, which was introduced by SoftBank Group in 2014.With Japan’s population ageing and shrinking, many Buddhist priests receive less financial support from their communities, prompting some to find part-time work outside their temple duties, said Michio Inamura, Nissei’s executive adviser.The funeral robot could step in when a priest was not available, he said.
Robots have been accused of taking people's jobs and stealing sexual partners.Now, they could also be used to give humans their last rites.A Japanese company has found a new role for Softbank's Pepper robot: a Buddhist priest-for-hire.Plastics manufacturer Nissei Eco has trained Pepper to read scriptures, chant prayers and tap drums as part of a funeral ceremony.The company uses the four-foot tall humanoid Pepper, which to date has been put to work as a family robot, in nursing homes and as a bank assistant.The robot debuted at a "Life Ending Expo" in Tokyo, where Pepper was dressed in ceremonial robes for the funeral industry.
After working in the home, as an assistant at various stores, and as a waiter, SoftBank’s humanoid robot Pepper is adding Buddhist priest to the list of careers the robot can take on.Pepper can chant sutras in a computerized voice while hitting a drum, reports Reuters, as detailed at the creepily-named Life Ending Industry Expo in Tokyo.The company Nissei Eco wrote the software for the Buddhist chants and said because of Japan’s shrinking and aging population, Buddhists priests weren’t getting as much monetary support from the community and have to work other jobs away from temple to make ends meet.Pepper’s abilities were developed so it could hold funerals when there weren’t any Buddhist priests readily available.That, and using a robot is much cheaper — about $350 compared to $2,200 for a human priest, if you don’t value genuine human sentiments for the loss of your loved ones.While the intention may be good, the execution is not so.
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