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In this issue:
- Meditation in the news
- Give $1 to Wildmind
- Our online courses
- Preorder Bodhipaksa's new book!
- Wildmind's CD still #1.
- Book of the month
- Quote of the month
Meditation in the news
We've been busy collecting together recent news stories about meditation.
You can see our full index of news stories here.
to be expelled over Falungong link
Thai immigration police are preparing to deport a Swedish follower
of the Falungong religious sect on suspicion she planned to stage
a protest during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
| 05/01/03 |
brain at prayer
Ever since he was five years old, Andrew Newberg has been asking
himself the big questions - why are we here? Is there a God? How
big is the Universe? Now as a neurologist and radiologist, Dr Newberg
is still asking big questions about how the mind and brain work
| 04/28/03 | (
Alternative Realaudio version )
focus minds on mechanics of meditation
For decades, open-minded Westerners - patients and doctors alike
- have been touting the medical benefits of meditation. It has been
shown to lower blood pressure, heart rate and respiration; to reduce
anxiety, anger, hostility and mild to moderate depression; to help
alleviate insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, hot flashes and infertility;
and to relieve some types of pain, most notably tension headaches.
| 04/28/03 |
monk in the lab (An article by the Dalai Lama)
"I believe that there are practical ways for us as individuals
to curb our dangerous impulses -- impulses that collectively can
lead to war and mass violence. As evidence I have not only my spiritual
practice and the understanding of human existence based on Buddhist
teachings, but now also the work of scientists."
| 04/27/03 |
Benefits of Meditation (Psychology Today Magazine)
The brain waves of meditators show why they're healthier. Neuroscientists
have found that meditators shift their brain activity to different
areas of the cortex--brain waves in the stress-prone right frontal
cortex move to the calmer left frontal cortex. In other words, they
were calmer and happier than before.
| 04/24/03 |
Monks Use Meditation to Quit Smoking
Cambodia's Buddhist monks, dragged last year into the front
line of the southeast Asian nation's fight against smoking, are
proving surprisingly adept at kicking the habit, campaigners said
Three credits, three 50-minute classes weekly...inner peace? Not
quite, but if you take ASIAN 277: Meditation in Indian Culture,
you will at least be introduced to the concept of meditation.
| 04/23/03 |
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Path of Mindfulness and Love"
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Order Bodhipaksa's New Book from Amazon!
A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditation is now available from
Amazon.co.uk at a price of £11.99. This edition is not available
in stores in the US. However...
Amazon.co.uk is happy to ship books to the US and elsewhere in
the world at a reasonable rate, so wherever you are you'll be able
to order the book in advance and have it delivered to your door.
Click on the image or title to go to Amazon.co.uk so that you can
buy your copy (although it'd make a great gift as well!).
Wildmind's CD still #1!
Bodhipaksa's popular CD of guided meditations is Amazon.com's best-selling
guided meditation title for the second month running. Of course
you don't have to go to Amazon to purchase it -- you can buy it
Book of the month
by Ayya Khema (Paperback,
Ayya Khema, who died recently, was one of the foremost Western
meditation teachers. Her teaching style is accessible while at the
same time coming from deep experience of meditation and Buddhist
practice. In this groundbreaking book, taken from teachings given
on meditation retreats, she gently and skillfully guides readers
through the meditative path, showing how to develop calmness and
concentration. There aren't many books on meditation that are likely
to become modern classics, but this is one of them.
Ayya Khema wrote twenty-five books in English and German on meditation
and the Buddha's teachings; her books have been translated into
seven other languages. During her extraordinary lifetime she established
several Buddhist practice centers around the world, including Wat
Buddha Dhamma in Australia, the International Buddhist Women's Center
and Nun's Island in Sri Lanka, and Buddha-Haus and Metta Vihara
If you want to buy
this book from Amazon.com, click on the cover or title above. To
purchase from Amazon.co.uk, click here.
Quote of the month
"To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental
noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe. I call
it stillness, but it is a jewel with many facets: that stillness
is also joy, and it is love."
Stillness. The word may suggest passivity, but as Tolle's quotation
suggests, this is far from being the truth. Stillness is not a lack
of activity but a lack of reactivity.
When we react, our mind acts in a knee-jerk way to situations that
we find ourselves in. We're generally unaware of just how reactive
our minds are until we sit down to meditate. As we try to keep our
awareness on the sensations of the breathing, we find that the mind
starts to wander. With rapid succession we play out mini-dramas
of conflict and desire, fear and doubt, longing and loathing. This
is what Tolle calls "mental noise". One thought leads
to another and another -- seemingly uncontrollably -- until at some
point we "wake up" and realize that we've been completely
It's these moments of "waking up" that are so important
in meditation. In those moments we are temporarily free from the
torrent of thoughts, and we can choose to bring the mind back to
the breath once more.
Over time the mind starts to become more still, calmer. Over time
we become better at spotting when the mind is getting caught up
in habitual reactions, and are better able to let go of those thoughts
in order to experience the present moment.
Initially, the stillness we experience may simply bring a sense
of relief from the stresses brought about by the reactive mind,
but in time -- as we learn to appreciate the present moment -- we
find that calmness is positively joyful. This joy, as Tolle points
out, is a gift. It's something that affects not just us but also
the people around us. Our own calmness reminds others that they
too have a choice not to get caught up in their own reactive tendencies.
That stillness leads also to love. When we're caught up in our
own inner dramas we're not really able to be fully aware of the
people around us. Instead we're self-absorbed. By stilling the mind
we're able to respond more fully to other people's concerns. We're
able to empathize, and to have a genuine concern for others' well
So stillness is not inactivity. It's a lack of reactivity, and
it's the basis for both joy and love. When we learn to meditate
we not only benefit ourselves; we give a gift to everyone who encounters
Copyright © 2003, Bodhipaksa.