Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
Welcome to our latest newsletter. As usual, we bring you a round-up of the latest international news on meditation -- from the USA Olympic luge team using meditation to hone their skills to the bizarre behavior of the founder of the transcendental Meditation movement -- as well as news of Wildmind's meditation courses. And now that our summer break is over, we return to having a monthly book review and quote of the month, with commentary by Bodhipaksa. Enjoy!
In this issue:
- Our next online meditation courses start Tuesday, September 6.
- Meditation in the news
- Support our translation project
Our next online meditation courses start next Tuesday, September 6.
Meditating has been shown in clinical studies to improve both mental and physical health. If you've ever been curious to find out more about
meditation's powerful potential for reducing stress, staying healthy,
and for encouraging conscious relaxation, sign up for one of our
These four-week courses offer a content-rich experience and interactive experience,
with online readings, guided meditations in MP3 and RealAudio
format that you can download to your computer, a discussion forum,
and personal attention in your online journal. And you have access
to all these things 24/7.
Our courses are suitable for anyone from complete beginners to
more experienced practitioners. You'll learn powerful techniques
for reducing stress and developing patience, relaxation, and calmness
in a friendly and supportive environment.
Our September courses will be led by Sinhendra,
an accomplished teacher who is part of the team at Dharmavastu
Buddhist Study Center in northwest England. Sinhendra has a background in theatre arts, and has done
post-graduate study in the history of ideas.
Our next online meditation courses -- from all
levels from beginners onwards -- start Tuesday, Sep 6. Make
sure you book
your place now.
Meditation in the News
Aug 30 Prisoners soothed by meditation (ic South London)
Prisoners at Her Majesty's Prison, Brixton, have been keeping calm with a Buddhist monk's relaxation classes.
Aug 29 Meditation effective for chronic pain: study (CTV, Canada)
Canadian doctors have presented a study that shows promising results for using meditation to treat chronic pain.
Aug 26 Peace Park closing for 'Peace Palace' (WHO TV, Des Moines, Iowa)
Sculpture park will be replaced by a 12-thousand-square-foot building in which transcendental meditation and other classes will be taught.
Aug 26 A shrine way to treat a house (The Scotsman, Edinburgh)
A million-pound building campaign was launched by the Scottish Thai community last May to construct Edinburgh's first custom-built Thai Buddhist temple.
Aug 25 USA Luge looks for the edge with both traditional and non-traditional off-season training (Press Box)
As off-season training for the upcoming 2005-06 luge racing season and February’s Olympic Winter Games begin to wind down, the U.S. luge team has been combining traditional and non-traditional programs into its daily fitness routines.
Aug 22 Peace at a price (Statesman-Journal, Oregon)
transcendental Meditation is hailed by some as life changing, but others warn those interested to give it some thought.
Aug 21 In Search of the spiritual (Newsweek)
Move over, politics. Americans are looking for personal, ecstatic experiences of God, and, according to our poll, they don't much care what the neighbors are doing.
Aug 18 The town that lost its guru (The Independent, UK)
This week, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ordered his disciples to stop teaching in Britain. But where does that leave the little bit of Lancashire where meditation ruled?
Aug 15 Sit down, close your eyes and think about breathing (The Scotsman)
"Maybe it was the relaxing voice of my teacher Kalyanavaca talking me through the meditation process, or the incense wafting around me, but my hour-long introduction to meditation at The Edinburgh Buddhist Centre was certainly restorative."
Aug 15 Beatles' guru farewells Britain with a sting (The Age, Australia)
40 years after he first turned the Beatles on to transcendental meditation at his Indian ashram, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has ordered his followers to stop teaching his advanced meditation and levitation techniques in Britain.
Aug 13 'Metrotherapy' tackles fear of attack (WebIndia123)
A course of meditation has been introduced to help commuters in London overcome their fear of terrorism after July's subway and bus attacks.
Aug 10 Virgin Atlantic develops its inflight 'Meditainment' program for passengers (travel Daily News)
'Relaxation and Sleep' is a 55 minute programme that helps passengers relax into a perfect sleep. The new visual programme has been produced for Virgin Atlantic's inflight entertainment system by Meditainment Ltd, which specialises in guided meditation experiences.
Aug 10 Stressed-out suburbanites say 'ahh' to ancient art of meditation (Star-Telegram, Texas)
Two decades ago, mention meditation and what popped into most minds was an image of monks sitting cross-legged on cushions, murmuring "ohm" for hours. If that's still your image, it's time for an attitude adjustment.
Aug 7 A momentous journey on a totally grounded plane (Miami Herald)
As a set of techniques, yoga was developed in India by spiritual seekers. The yogic path includes a code of ethics, breathing exercises, and techniques for meditation and concentration.
Aug 4 Meditation probably not what you think it is (Naples Daily News, Florida)
The term meditation is bandied about quite freely these days. As the link between the mind and body is more thoroughly explored, this ancient wisdom is deshrouded from the mystery of ages and brought into modern light.
Aug 3 Can You Didge It? (Metro Pulse, Knoxville, Tennessee)
Meditation, didgeridoos go hand in hand
Aug 2 Lynch's foundation touts 'om' schooling (Chicago tribune)
Is director David Lynch "om" to something? The longtime practitioner of transcendental Meditation has formed a foundation to encourage schools to use the technique to boost students' brain power.
Aug 1 Inner Awareness : Centering prayer is like meditation (INQ7, Philippines)
Centering prayer, “consists of choosing a sacred word, like God, Lord, Jesus, Abba and Father and sitting comfortably, focusing the mind on the word, taking care to banish extraneous ideas or disturbances.”
Aug 1 Lynch promotes meditation for schoolchildren (Zap2it, USA)
David Lynch, auteur of disturbing fare such as "Blue Velvet" and "Twin Peaks," would like to instruct children to achieve peaceful contemplation.
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