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Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
Welcome to our latest newsletter.
As ever, we bring you a roundup of recent news-stories about meditation,
a book recommendation, a quote of the month with commentary -- and
of course news about Wildmind's forthcoming online meditation courses.
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In this issue:
- Bodhipaksa's new CD now available!
- Wildmind in German and French and more
- Meditation in the news
- Give $1 to Wildmind
- Our online courses
- Book of the month
- Quote of the month
Bodhipaksa's new CD now available!
"Calm, impressive, and effective."
-- Gerhard Riemann, Random House publishers.
We're very excited to announce the arrival of Bodhipaksa's
new guided meditation CD, which will be available in early April
and which you can order
"Guided Meditations for Relaxation, Acceptance,
and Insight" ( known as "Guided Meditations II" for
short) contains two meditations taught on Bodhipaksa's stress reduction
The first of these gentle exercises is a deep relaxation
meditation called a "body scan", where the attention is
systematically guided around an exploration of the body in order
to bring about progressive relaxation in every muscle.
The second exercise is a meditation for developing
acceptance, where we practice the art of welcoming rather than resisting
uncomfortable experiences in order to change our relationship to
them, so that we can come to the insight that our experiences, whether
pleasant or unpleasant, are not an inherent part of our personalities.
Wildmind in German...
We're pleased to announce that Goldmann-Arkana, Random House's
Body, Mind, and Spirit division in Germany, plans to bring out both
of our guided meditation CDs (including the new title) in German-language
And if you're a French speaker you'll no doubt be interested to
know that some of our meditation instruction is now available on
the web in French at http://france.wildmind.org.
Chinese, Spanish, German, and Polish versions will also be launched
over the next two years, as part of our mission to promote awareness
and compassionate values through the practice of meditation -- worldwide.
Meditation in the news
Here are last month's news stories concerning meditation, from
meditation finding acceptance -- and controversy -- in schools,
to meditation being used as a sentence for a convicted criminal.
Lama a hit before setting foot in Canada (C-News, Canada)
His Toronto event will be held at SkyDome and in Vancouver, tickets
for two spiritual teaching events held in a 4,000-seat auditorium
were snapped up in 20 minutes.
meditation (Valley Morning Star, Texas)
Community members practice path to peaceful living
to reflect called religion (Charlotte Observer, North Carolina)
What started as an unheralded effort to open Cabarrus County's first
charter school became a battle this month after local residents
raised questions about the school's plans to teach transcendental
take to meditation (Hobart Mercury, Australia)
Meditation classes for children are gaining popularity in Tasmania
as young people look for tools to combat stress.
moments of mindfulness (Financial Express - New Delhi, India)
"Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold." The Irish poet WB Yeats
wrote these evocative lines a hundred years ago, and although written
in a different context, they are resonant of what life feels like
much of the time today. Things fall apart with frightening regularity
under the pressure of time shortages, money woes, broken relationships.
The unstable centre cannot hold. The result is frustration and despair.
Let Buddha In? Infusing Therapy With the Eastern Spirit (Washington
Post -- registration required)
Tara Brach tells the story of a meditation student who came to her
enraged after a class in which Brach had discussed forgiveness.
"Her husband, she had found out, had been having numerous affairs.
She said, 'Tara, how can I forgive him? I want to kill him.' The
first thing I said was, 'Don't bother trying right now. This isn't
the time to try to forgive him.' "
distanced from Buddhist roots (Toronto Star)
Not so long ago, the practice of meditation was considered something
exotic or eccentric. Not anymore. In recent years, it has definitely
moved into the mainstream of Western culture. Everyone from neuroscientists
to sociologists, educators and medical researchers is seriously
investigating its effects and benefits.
is building to Buddhist monastery (San Diego Union tribune)
About 200 residents have signed petitions against a Buddhist monastery
and meditation center proposed for a hillside above the San Luis
Rey Downs Country Club.
sentence you to: tea (The Times, London)
Standing in the Santa Fe Municipal Court listening to the judge
hand down her sentence, Megan Rodriguez thought that she must be
on Candid Camera. After pleading guilty to one charge of domestic
abuse (hurling a lamp at her boyfriend), Rodriguez, 19, was sentenced
to a Japanese tea ceremony, t'ai chi classes, acupuncture and 12
weeks of meditation.
of peace in a turbulent world (Times Union, Albany, NY)
When members of several religious denominations floated the idea
of creating an interfaith prayer and meditation room during construction
of the new terminal at the Albany International Airport several
years ago, planners weren't sure the notion would fly.
for God (The Globe and Mail, Toronto)
Only something extraordinary could entice the Carmelite nuns of
Montreal to break their vow of silence and venture out of the cloister,
Anne McIlroy says. They have joined forces with science to look
for a concrete sign from God -- inside the human brain
the mind, treat the body (Courier-Journal, Kentucky)
Meditation is gaining support for relieving stress and easing symptoms.
Meditation Cuts School Stress (KSL TV, Utah)
A University of Michigan study shows two ten-minute meditation sessions
per day in a public school setting reduces stress in children and
monk's big Inland plans (Press Enterprise, California)
Nguyen Dat wants Warner Springs meditation center to become one
of the largest monasteries in California. (Registration required).
Buddhism: the new religion
of choice for 30-somethings (Sunday Herald, Scotland)
WHEN the Dalai Lama visits Scotland this summer he will find fertile
ground for his teachings. Experts believe the number of Buddhists
in the country has risen past the 10,000 mark and is growing. The
Glasgow Buddhist Centre has had to set up waiting lists for its
meditation classes, informal Buddhist meditation and teaching groups
have sprung up across the land and the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery,
in Dumfries, is expanding to accommodate the increase in visitor
discipline, grades as SWAHA pupils Meditate (trinidad Express)
School employs non-religious meditation and yoga to assist students
in controlling their tempers and dealing with stressful situations.
Promotes Power Of Meditation (News Channel 10, Rhode Island)
Mindfulness Can Combat Stress, Anxiety, Illness.
Up to Happiness (Psychology Today Magazine)
One reason we have so much trouble attaining happiness is that we
don't even know what it is. We keep trying to annihilate anxiety
and other disturbances. But happiness has more to do with broadening
your perspective, says a ground-breaking psychiatrist who blends
Western and Eastern thinking.
Falun Gong Torture Deaths in China in 3 Months (Scoop, New Zealand)
Labor camps routinely release practitioners on the brink of death
to avoid responsibility; most die days after release.
Gave Up A Life Of Riches With My Millionaire Love To Live In A Buddhist
Hut (Daily Record, Scotland)
As a Buddhist nun, Kelsang Machig leads a simple life. She shaves
her hair, doesn't wear any make-up and doesn't have many material
possessions. She's celibate, teetotal and loves to spend time on
her own in empty huts meditating. A far cry from the life she could
have had if she hadn't chosen to become ordained.
the Heck Out of Your "Self" (Beliefnet.com)
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman explains the value in 'realizing
all over again (CricInfoIndia)
Interview with Indian cricket star, Ajay Ratra. "...Meditation
is essential for keepers. I joined an institution for meditation
which I visit whenever I'm in Faridabad. It has helped me deal with
and control my thoughts in adverse conditions..."
I Learned to Love Meditation (Yoga Journal)
Cautiously relinquishing her reservations about meditation, a Vermont
writer signs up for a nine-day silent retreat.
Online Dating Service for Buddhists Debuts (Buddhist News Network)
In a sign of the times, Buddhists now have their own online dating
site. Launched in February, DharmaDate, at www.dharmadate.com, aims
to bring together Buddhist laypeople from around the world for friendship,
dating and marriage.
and the art of good business (Sydney Morning Herald, Australia)
Buy Phan and Ter's book now - not because it's flawless (it's not)
- but because its Zen Buddhist path to business and management/leadership
will be the next big thing for touchy-feely weekends and MBA curricula.
The book could easily have been named "Feng Shui For Your Business",
or "Goodbye Western Aggro, Hello Eastern Calm" but neither are as
sexy or saleable as dotZEN.