Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
In this month's issue, we bring you our usual monthly round-up of the latest international news on meditation -- including stories about meditation's effectiveness in dealing with depression, anxiety ... and driving!
We are also delighted to announce some long-awaited new courses on Wildmind, including one course on Buddhism and another on Mindfulness in Daily Life. We'll be announcing more courses later this year. We also bring you two book reviews and well as our usual quote of the month and commentary.
In this issue:
- New online courses from Wildmind!
- Our new policy: courses by donation
- Meditation in the news
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
- CD of the month
New online courses on Wildmind
We're delighted to tell you that we're expanding our course offerings, with a new course on Mindfulness in Daily Life, led by Saddhamala, and Living the Skillful Life, one of three courses exploring the Buddhist symbol known as the Wheel of Life, designed and taught by Saccanama.
May 15 for four weeks: Mindfulness in Daily Life is a guide to bringing more awareness into your everyday activities. The course includes weekly guided meditations, practical exercises to bring more clarity and mindfulness into your daily schedule, a discussion forum, and personal guidance and feedback from Saddhamala, who has a reputation as a gentle and compassionate teacher.
May 15 for eight weeks: Living the Skillful Life is the first in a series exploring the key Buddhist teachings symbolized by the image known as the Wheel of Life. This course explores the nature of Buddhist psychology and Buddhist ethics and provides tools for compassionate living. It is taught by Saccanama. Saccanama's course material is characterized by both depth and clarity.
If you practice meditation and want to know more about Buddhism, or even if you are just curious to find out what Buddhism really has to say, then this course is ideal for you.
May 1 for four weeks: Sunada continues to offer our own four-week courses, including our introduction to meditation, The Path of Mindfulness and Love, which provides a systematic introduction to the anapanasati (mindfulness of breathing) and metta bhavana (development of lovingkindness) practices. Sunada also teaches our courses for students already familar with these practices: Change
Your Mind, Awakening
the Heart, and Entering
the Path of Insight.These are all four week courses.
sure you book
your place now.
Sunada is an experienced teacher who has been meditating for over ten years. Having established her own practice while working full-time in high tech and then in arts administration, she understands the challenges of balancing a meditation practice with a busy life.
About our courses
All of our courses offer a content-rich and interactive experience,
with online readings, multimedia content such as guided meditations in MP3 or RealAudio
format that you can download to your computer, a discussion forum,
and personal guidance 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 new policy: courses by donation
We've decided to make our courses available by donation. traditionally, Buddhist monks and nuns went from door to door, where householders would donate food to help support them. And the monks and nuns would practice meditation and give teachings. The alms that householders were giving were not regarded as "payment" for the teachings they received.
We think that an "economy" based on mutual giving is a beautiful ideal and we've decided to emulate that. So now, rather than having fixed charges for our courses we have suggested donations, based on how much it costs to support a teacher and the infrastucture that we need in order to teach. Generally, for a four-week course this comes to $90, while for an eight-week course it's about $150.
Students are free to give more or less, depending on their circumstances. We're going to try this policy on an experimental basis for a few months and see how it goes!
Meditation in the News
Apr 22 In faith and in peace (Philadelphia Inquirer) Members of the Lilac Breeze Sangha meditation group seek internal peace and presence of mind.
Apr 21 Tackle stress the Tibetan way (Vancouver 24 hours) Ancient strategies for dealing with stress are as relevant now as they were centuries ago.
Apr 20 Meditation and anxiety (San Francisco Bay Times) Anxiety is an anticipatory response—it's always about the future. [Meditation] train[s] our minds to focus on the present.
Apr 20 Seminar leaders call meditation key for schools (Colorado Springs Gazette) Organizers hope the educators will encourage their districts to consider TM programs.
Apr 19 The way of oneness (The Boston Globe) It's a journey occurring more frequently among African-Americans as some Buddhist communities nationally begin working on diversifying their membership.
Apr 19 Watching the brain switch off 'self' (EurekAlert) Everybody has experienced a sense of "losing oneself" in an activity--whether a movie, sport, sex, or meditation.
Apr 17 At first a doubter, but now a believer in meditation (Marin Independent Journal) Many years before I had learned to meditate; that is, to make my mind as "still as the flame of a candle in a windless place."
Apr 15 Calm amidst chaos (Toronto Star) Meditation can be a modern remedy for the ills of contemporary life in a culture obsessed with winning, doing and accumulating.
Apr 15 Dalai Lama seeks to improve image of Islam in U.S. (San Francisco Chronicle) The enemy is not out there, the enemy is within. How we see religion is in our mind. But religion itself is the truth: peace and harmony.
Apr 13 Social worker uses meditation therapy (WFSB Channel 3) In search of a method to treat her clients' depression, Elizabeth Hale-Rose has reached back some 2,500 years.
Apr 11 Meditate, aid heart and mood (The Arizona Republic) People who meditate regularly may find that the practice yields many subtle benefits.
Apr 10 Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on this moment (Chicago Enterprise-Record) Meditation doesn't mean going after the good things and getting away from the bad. It means coming to terms with things as they are.
Apr 10 Buddhist brings message of inner calm to Ridgewood (North Jersey Media Group) Self-absorption prevents us from connecting with what is the incredible reality of our lives.
Apr 9 Stress relief through meditation gains focus (The Boston Globe) Ancient meditation techniques are finding new appeal among employees who have grown tired of the frazzled, pressured tenor of work today.
Apr 9 Getting into our minds (CBS News) We're talking about something that's universal. Paying attention, and awareness are universal capacities of human beings.
Apr 8 Small town finds Yogi's disciples 'not so scary' (The Kansas City Star) Their commonality seems to be they like this meditation method for dealing with stresses in their life.
Apr 7 Spirituality can soothe body and soul (HealthDay News) Wherever your spirituality or a positive outlook on life comes from, research indicates there are real health benefits.
Apr 5 Dalai Lama and researchers collaborate in mix of meditation and neuroscience (San Diego Union-tribune) Neuroscientist Fred Gage took a leap of faith and flew to India to present a lecture to the Dalai Lama.
Apr 4 Meditation and mindfulness: tools for controlling unhealthy eating habits (The Medical Post) For patients with out-of-control eating habits, meditation training may be more effective than nutritional advice.
Apr 3 AM meditation calms drivers (The Patiot Ledger) On the Fore River Bridge, turn the dial to 1610 AM for a few minutes of relaxation via meditation therapy.