Aug 23 Meditate
the stress away (Press-Telegram, Los Angeles)
David Perrin couldn't let go of his anxious thoughts. If he dealt with a cranky guest at the hotel where he works, the encounter weighed on him for the rest of the day. Now when that happens, he just says, "Om."
Aug 19 China
detains Buddhist, U.S. group says (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
A Chinese Buddhist leader was detained and some of his American followers dragged away when they tried to hold a ceremony at a temple in northern China that they had paid to renovate, according to members of the group. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday protested to China over the "mistreatment of American citizens" and sought assurances that the spiritual leader, Yu Tianjian, would be treated fairly.
Aug 18 More
on meditation and Zen Master Thich Thanh Tu (Fort Wayne
My own halting attempts to meditate had begun about six months ago after I stumbled across a meditation manual in, of all places, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reference library. Several days a week I would enter my den in my sweat suit (or whatever clothes I happened to be wearing that morning), shut off the computer and find the comfortable chair in the corner of our den. But on a recent evening at Quang Chieu Zen Monastery, the nuns would have none of that.
Aug 18 Substance
abuse treated with yoga and acupuncture (Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
Four days a week, Lori McLaughlin waits patiently in a small room, five needles sticking in each ear. Within five minutes, her fidgeting stops and she smiles. "It doesn't hurt," she said. "I sleep better. I can relax. And I don't feel like I have to find $10 so I can go out and buy drugs. Not anymore." McLaughlin is a regular at acupuncture drug treatment, or acu-detox, sessions offered by the nonprofit Tarrant Council on Alcoholism& Drug Abuse. She also participates in a new, complementary program, yoga for beginners.
Aug 17 Madonna's
"Peace Room" raises questions about meditation
(Religion News Service)
The Sun Newspaper in the UK reports that Madonna has asked that a special "peace room" be constructed backstage at the Manchester News Arena in advance of her two concert appearances there. The soundproof area is reportedly needed "so she can meditate and go into a trance before going on stage." The room walls must be draped in green sheeting and have soft cushions on the floor. It quotes "an insider" as saying: "She doesn't want to hear a pin drop and it needs to be green -- the colour most conducive to meditation."
Aug 16 Dialing
up emptiness (Sacramento Bee, California)
Back in the '70s, many of us devoted ourselves to "being in the moment" and "living in the present." To achieve this end, we meditated, we did yoga, we sought a simpler life. And it felt good. The idea was that whatever it is that we are doing right now is as important as anything past or future. Our life has meaning and is rewarding to the extent that we can focus on each task we perform as we are performing it, each thought as we are thinking it, each emotion as we are feeling it.
Aug 16 Look
back at anger (BBC)
If there's one emotion you are supposed to keep bottled up, it's anger - which means big business for anyone giving lessons to those who find it difficult to control themselves. But is anger as bad as it's made out to be?
Aug 15 Nothing
doing (San Francisco Chronicle)
A number of years ago, feeling more stressed out than usual, I signed up for a meditation class. On the first night, sitting cross-legged on the floor with several dozen other seekers of peace, I listened as an elderly Buddhist monk told us to close our eyes and think about absolutely nothing. I tried, and for about half a second I almost had it.
Aug 15 Learning
the Robes: 11-year-old devotes summers to sampling the monastic
life (Anchorage Daily News, Alaska)
Five minutes ago, Oni Malamon had his hair shaved clean off for the third summer in a row. He sat on his heels on a towel in the basement of Wat Dhamma Bhavana Buddhist Center, a Thai Buddhist temple on a suburban street in South Anchorage. His eyes were squeezed shut, one cracking open periodically to watch two monks' orange robes as they spread shaving cream over his head.
Aug 15 The
nuns' life: enlightenment without TV (Star-Telegram, Texas)
Inside the new temple, the floors are covered by lush gray carpet, the walls painted a vivid yellow, but the focal point, of course, is the huge statue of Buddha at the head of the room, surrounded by flowers, fruit offerings and a fluorescent halo (behind the statue's head).
Aug 14 Alternative
therapies seeing a new revival (Khaleej Times - Dubai,United
With the mainstream medicines offering only a little hope in some cases, a good number of people have been taking recourse to alternative therapies to revive their health. Ancient therapies, such as yoga, acupuncture, feng shui, aromatherapy and colour therapy are seeing a new revival amongst people, with many trying these to increase their sense of well-being.
Aug 13 Meditation
center denied 'Om' in Graham (Bradford County Telegraph,
In what might be a first in the history of zoning, a meditation center will not be built in Graham - not because neighboring property owners feared disruption by the center, but because the property owners, themselves, felt they would cause too much racket for those in search of peace and quiet.
Aug 12 Pittman's
race against the clock (Sidney Morning Herald, Australia)
Jana Pittman has bypassed modern technology and is relying on new-age techniques in her bid to make the starting line in Athens. For months Pittman has practised meditation; now it is a significant weapon in her fight to overcome a knee injury, and subsequent surgery, and compete in the Olympic 400-metre hurdles heats on August 21.
Aug 9 Iowa
town booms on Eastern ways (Washington Post)
When Eric Schwartz decided to move his financial services business from Silver Spring here to southeastern Iowa so he could join other practitioners of transcendental Meditation in 1992, he worried that clients and colleagues might think he was a little crazy. "Some people think TM [transcendental Meditation] is some kind of cult or devil worship," he said. "I thought it might be negative for my business, that customers would freak out."
Aug 6 Retreat
from my retreat (National Public Radio )
A year ago this week, Ted Rose abandoned his New York City urban life and headed for the American West. He lives year-round at the Shambhala Mountain Center in the Colorado Rockies. In part three of a week-long series, he talks about how he sometimes needs a retreat from his retreat.
Aug 5 Witness
to a cremation (National Public Radio )
When commentator Ted Rose moved from New York City to the Shambhala Mountain Center, a Buddhist retreat in the Colorado Rockies, people talked about the meditation schedules and the communal eating. No one mentioned the center's open-air crematorium.
Aug 3 Buddhism
and the 12 Steps (Beliefnet)
Both Buddhist practice and 12-Step programs encourage followers to have faith in their own experience.
Aug 3 Awareness
in every sip (Beliefnet)
'Mindful drinkers' say alcohol in moderation can illuminate the mind. But some Buddhists get more than a buzz.
Aug 1 Minnesotan's
quest leads to the path of Zen (Minnesota Star tribune)
His own unfolding life has led Steve Hagen from his hometown of Duluth to a path of spiritual questioning and the study of Zen Buddhism. He founded Dharma Field Zen Center, a meditation and learning center in Minneapolis, and has written a best-selling book on Buddhism. And he's part of the first generation of American Zen teachers. In his books, the Zen teacher tries to dispel misunderstandings about Buddhism. He also tries to help people understand how their thinking can lead to difficulties such as longing and loathing, and suggests ways to avoid those ways of thinking.