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a quote of the month with commentary -- and of course news about
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- Book of the month
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Meditation in the news
We've collected together recent news stories concerning meditation.
Buddhist Hold Mideast Peace Key? (The Jewish Journal, LA)
While news of the Geneva accords hit the headlines, a group of Palestinians
and Israelis were trying to make a different kind of peace -- with
the help of Buddhists in southern France.
health benefits (Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Indiana)
In contrast to its religious roots, today's meditation is buoyed
less by spiritual figures than by scientific studies documenting
health benefits. ''If you go back 30 years, what was meditation?
Meditation was a thing a bunch of hippies did,'' said Doug Kruger,
regional representative for the Science of Spirituality.
thoughts (Courier & Press, Evansville, Indiana)
A funny thing happened to meditation on the way to the 21st century.
It got demystified, and in the process became acceptable to mainstream
session relieves stress (Daily Pennsylvanian)
Yesterday afternoon, several dozen students cast aside their bulkpacks
and coffee cups to escape these undeniable realities -- through
the art of meditation. Robert Mawson, a certified meditation instructor,
led the group in a 30-minute relaxation exercise in the Hamilton
College House rooftop lounge.
India's brand (Rediff, India)
Even though Buddhism shares most of its meditation techniques with
other Indic traditions, Buddhism has become positioned as a valid
research methodology for neuroscience, whereas Hinduism is plagued
with the caste, cows and curry images.
stress (Washington Times, Washington DC)
A simple repetitive mantra can have complex benefits for those who
set aside 20 minutes a day for peaceful contemplation. People who
practice transcendental meditation tick off a litany of medical
advantages attributed to its practice, but doctors generally agree
that most kinds of meditation can boost the practitioner's health.
Peaks" director urges mass meditation (Reuters, UK)
As director of such dark films as "Blue Velvet" and "Mulholland
Drive" and the television series "Twin Peaks", David Lynch seems
an unlikely leader for a world peace campaign based on mass meditation.
But for Lynch, life is bliss, and he says he wants to spread it
Science of Meditation (Psychology Today Magazine)
As an approach to life, weaving meditation seamlessly into almost
every action throughout the day seems unfamiliar to Western cultures.
Is there something we can glean from this way of life that will
improve our own? The romantic notion of quitting everything and
joining Tibetan monks on a mountaintop is not the only way to meditate.
You don't need to quit your job, give up your possessions and spend
30 years chanting. Recent research indicates that meditating brings
about dramatic effects in as little as a 10-minute session.
meditation gains popularity (India Health News)
transcendental meditation, introduced in the US by Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi after the Beatles adopted him as his guru in the sixties, is
now practised by 1.5 million Americans and its disciples are steadily
growing. Practitioners say a few minutes of meditation by reciting
any mantra is best to keep stress and tension away. They list many
medical advantages attributed to its practice, but doctors agree
that most meditation can boost one's health.
youth fancy meditation (Times of India)
They belong to the 'happening' generation, craving for all that
is 'hep and the latest'. And, they are finding a new way to face
challenges of modern life -- joining 'satsang'.
Meditation and talking to the Dalai Lama (ABC Regional, Australia)
Having spoken to Geshe Sonam Thargye, when the monks of Tibet were
in Shepparton on their "Sacred footsteps of the world tour", Breakfast
presenter Neil Meaney couldn't resist the opportunity to meet Geshe
in person and have a chat at ABC Goulburn Murray's Wodonga Studio...
Mantras and Meditation (Times of India)
Chanting of mantras and the practice of meditation are time-honoured
traditions in oriental religions like Hinduism and Buddhism. But
because of the universal validity of this practice, the Desert Fathers
adopted it and made this the starting point for the "tradition of
pure prayer" which they handed down within the Christian context.
for 'Christmas rage' (BBC)
Christmas shoppers in Manchester are being offered a remedy for
stress. The Manchester Buddhist Centre is showing a video on the
BBC Big Screen in Exchange Square giving a free lesson in meditation.
Prayer Good for Your Health? (Heritage.org)
What does the evidence show in terms of the connection between religious
practice and other characteristics of our society: poverty, welfare,
health? Also, what might be the implications of this research and
analysis, if any, for public policy?
for the holidays (Star Telegram, Texas)
I have been meditating semi-regularly now for more than a month,
and I have finally discovered how to have a truly stress-free holiday
season: GET OUT OF TOWN! Yes! If at all possible, accept an invitation
to a dear cousin's wedding and fly to a pre-arranged tropical locale,
leaving husband and son behind to sweat the yuletide details. I
feel a little guilty about this, of course. But therein lies the
beauty of meditation: It encourages practitioners to lose the useless,
negative emotions and become one … with room service.
for quiet--but joyous--celebration (Chicago tribune)
For some Zen practitioners, an all-night session of intense meditation
in honor of the Buddha's enlightenment is a virtual Buddhist boot
camp--a rigorous regimen that prepares them to rise above any challenge,
whether mental, physical or spiritual. For others, like Nabi Anita
Evans, it's a welcome respite from the other holidays' hustle and
bustle--a chance to clean the clutter from her mind and start the
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can help students aim higher (Knox News, Knoxville TN)
...every day students from kindergarten to the sixth grade take
time out of their daily lessons to meditate and pray. The result,
administrators said, is a campus of children who routinely score
well on standardized tests and cope well in daily life without the
use of prescription drugs like Ritalin.
the mind and heal the body (Alameda Times-Star, California)
Inside a church community room, beginning meditators close their
eyes, straighten their spines in their folding metal chairs and
try to rein in, for just 10 minutes, the thoughts that race like
wild horses through their minds. A woman in the back row yawns.
The woman next to her fidgets. Another student sneaks a peek. "My
mind still wanders," Jeremy Morelock, 33, says of the Buddhist meditation
class he has attended for three months in search of stress relief
and spiritual growth. "I have these imaginary conversations with
people, and then I think, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa concentrate!'"
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