Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
Welcome to our latest newsletter. As usual, we bring you a round-up of the latest international news on meditation as well as news of Wildmind's meditation courses.
Since this is traditionally a time for giving and for thinking of those less fortunate than ourselves, we'd like to highlight Wildmind's "Buddhism Behind Bars" project. To find out how you can help inmates who are reforming their lives through meditation, see below.
In this issue:
- Wildmind's online courses
- Meditation in the news
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- New material on Wildmind
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
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Meditation in the News
Nov 30 Dalai Lama gets meditation lesson (Wired). The Dalai Lama was in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, meeting with President Bush, giving a public talk on the subject of global peace -- and learning about meditation from Western scientists.
Nov 29 Prep school practices meditation (News 14, Carolina). "Stress management empowers students and fosters self-control."
Nov 29 Finding my religion (San Francisco Chronicle).
Buddhist teacher and author Jack Kornfield on mindfulness, happiness and his own spiritual journey
Nov 29 Fruit of Christian meditation (The News Today, Philippines). There are various approaches to Christian meditation but the goal and fruit of it is a maturing in the love of God and neighbors.
Nov 29 Science of meditation (The Coloradoan). The ancient practice of meditation may change the brain in a way that helps boost attention, according to studies out recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Nov 28 Western-style meditation may have benefits (Quad-City Times, Iowa). Meditation appears to produce structural changes in the brain — even in over-scheduled Americans.
Nov 24 Regular meditation slows the ageing brain drain (Australian Doctor). You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to benefit from meditation — researchers have found changes in the brain’s physical structure among typical working Westerners who fit regular meditation into their daily routine.
Nov 22 Dean to greet Dalai Lama (Belfast Telegraph). Dalai Lama to meet local Christian clergy and other faith leaders at a special public service of meditation at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast.
Nov 22 Ulster peace bid by Dalai Lama (Belfast Telegraph). The Dalai Lama has paid a warm tribute to the reconciliation work of the Corrymeela Community at the start of a three-day visit to Ulster.
Nov 21 The power of Om (Boston Globe).
Meditation research is coming of age, as neuroscientists measure its surprising benefits
Nov 17 Clearing up facts about transcendental Meditation (Oregon Daily Emerald). Vice President for the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace challenges earlier article.
Nov 16 Meditation makes rheumatoid arthritis easier to bear (MedPage Today). Meditation can ease the physical and psychological impacts of rheumatoid arthritis, a small randomized study suggests.
Nov 16 Meditation May Alter Brain, Delay Aging (Fox News). Early research suggests that daily meditation can alter the physical structure of the brain and may even slow brain deterioration related to aging.
Nov 15 Meditation: Brain booster? (My DNA). According to a study published in the November issue of NeuroReport, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that certain areas of the cerebral cortex - the outer portion of the brain - are thicker in people who meditate regularly.
Nov 14 Studies: Meditation, light exercise boost brain (NBC4i, Ohio). Scientists believe meditation and light exercise could help maintain good brain health.
Nov 14 Meditation can be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis patients (New Kerala, India). Meditation which has proved to be a great stress buster can also reduce some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Nov 14 Meditation can boost your gray matter (MSNBC). ‘Buddhist Insight’ practitioners build thicker cortical regions
Nov 14 Dalai Lama says science, Buddhism share goals (Newsday).
The Dalai Lama urges collaboration with neuroscientists on contemplation and its effects on the brain
Nov 13 (USA Today). Say 'om': Meditation may aid in brain function. The ancient practice of meditation may change the brain in a way that helps boost attention, according to studies out Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Nov 12 Ulster visit by Dalai Lama to celebrate Corrymeela anniversary (The Belfast Telegraph, Northern Ireland). The Dalai Lama, one of the world's foremost religious leaders, is scheduled to visit Northern Ireland later this month
Nov 12 Christians seek peace through meditation (Toledo Blade, Ohio). Every Thursday evening, a small group gathers at Pilgrim United Church of Christ for an hour of serious quiet time.
The goal? To escape the distractions of daily life and tune in to God through meditation.
Nov 11 The links between the Dalai Lama and neuroscience (National Public Radio). The Dalai Lama will present a lecture to the world's largest group of brain scientists this weekend.
Nov 11 Researchers say meditation benefits chronic stress (AXcess News). Meditation, which brings about mental calm and focus, alleviates "adventitious" suffering.
Nov 10 Dalai Lama brings message of nonviolence on campus visit (Stanford University News). Just before addressing the sold-out crowd for the mass meditation and teaching event in Maples Pavilion on Friday morning, the Dalai Lama endeared himself to the approximately 7,000 students, worshippers and other eager guests with one simple gesture—he took off his shoes.
Nov 10 Free your mind (The Washington Examiner, D.C.). Nearly a hundred Library of Congress employees packed a small conference room Monday, giving up their lunch hour to sit straight in their chairs, relax their hands and let go of their preoccupations.
Nov 10 Meditation can increase the brain's grey matter (Daily News Central, Las Vegas). Meditation has been linked to structural changes in areas of the brain that are important for sensory, cognitive and emotional processing, according to research published in the November issue of NeuroReport.
Nov 10 Meditation movement lacks proper credentials (Oregon Daily Emerald). "We don’t dispute the fact that meditation in general can be calming and beneficial. Yet we raise questions consumers should seriously consider before purchasing this commodity as a means to attain peace."
Nov 9 Dalai Lama focuses on science, not politics, during Washington visit (VOA). Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he is trying to keep the focus of his trip to Washington on scientific, not political, matters.
Nov 8 Buddhist temple in Catlett reaches out to county neighbors (Fauquier Times-Democrat, Virginia). For the fifth year, members of Wat Lao Buddhavong offered thanks to the residents of Fauquier County.
Nov 8 900 scientists protest Dalai Lama’s lecture on meditation (WebIndia123). More than 900 scientists have signed a petition to prevent the Dalai Lama from presenting a lecture on meditation as an antidote to stress and tension in Washington.
Nov 6 For a Week, D.C. focuses on meditation (Washington Post). Susan Green is a lawyer who specializes in resolving disputes through mediation rather than in court. The District resident also meditates four evenings a week, and she is convinced that the spiritual practice has improved her conflict resolution skills.
Nov 5 Lynch is spreading the gospel of meditation (Seattle Post Intelligencer). You may not think of quirky director David Lynch as a poster boy for mellow, but his tone grows rapturous when he speaks of the bliss he has found through 32 years of transcendental Meditation.
Nov 5 Pushed to the extreme (The Standard, Hong Kong). The Falun Gong's recent court victory in Hong Kong put it in the spotlight once again. But it is no nearer acceptance by mainland authorities.
Nov 4 Health center to offer lessons in meditation (Portland State University vanguard). ‘Mindfulness Meditation’ to be offered winter term at no extra charge
Nov 4 Silver River Institute brings meditation to the fast pace folk (Canton JOurnal, Mass.) "In western culture, most people run around like chickens with their heads cut off, losing touch with what's important."
Nov 4 Thousands join Dalai Lama for Stanford meditation (Mercury News, California). The Dalai Lama held a mass meditation session before throngs of people at the Maples Pavilion this morning
Nov 3 Meditating on the mind (San Mateo County Times, California).
Science, spirituality merge for Dalai Lama's Stanford visit.
Nov 3 transcending Meditation (The Daily Californian). If you didn't know that David Lynch followed the Maharishi School of transcendental Meditation, then you will soon.