Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
In this month's issue, we bring you our usual round-up of the latest international news on meditation. What's remarkable about this set of stories is how as a whole, they are a barometer of how much meditation is becoming an accepted part of our culture. You'll read about meditation in schools, its role in different contemporary faiths, how it serves as one man's inspiration for dance, and other diverse stories reflecting many different realms of our everyday modern lives.
We also bring you a review of a book by Thich Nhat Hanh on the Zen response to terrorism, as well as our usual quote of the month.
In this issue:
- Wildmind's meditation courses
- Meditation in the news
- Our new policy: courses by donation
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
- Book review: Thich Nhat Hanh on terrorism
Our next online meditation courses start Monday, May 29.
Meditating has been shown in clinical studies to boost the cerebral cortex, to slow the brain's aging, to improve the body's ability to fight disease, and to promote feelings of wellbeing.
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
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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 March online courses will be led by Sunada, 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.
Our next online meditation courses -- for all
levels from beginners onwards -- start Monday, May 29. Make
sure you book
your place now.
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
May 23 Everything is interconnected - meditation for reflection (BellaOnline) We see variety in the world; different looking people and objects. But, going a little deeper within each form on the physical level, we find all are made up of atoms.
May 23 Find peace with Warwick Buddhists (Leamington Spa-Courier) Lessons in the useful art of meditation are also on offer, which can help in everyday life.
May 22 Exercise in pain relief (Swindon Advertiser) More than 5,000 years of Chinese medicine and meditation has come to help relieve arthritis pain.
May 22 Disease opens door to meditation (The Warrnambool Standard) A complete life overhaul came as she found a new spiritual calling towards the calming technique of meditation.
May 21 Lin draws on human spirit for inspiration (CNN.com) Lin began experimenting with the dance form, drawing ideas and inspiration from areas such as Asian folklore, the art of meditation and the discipline of Tai Chi.
May 21 Calming the mind (Gilroy Dispatch) trapped upside down in his car after it flipped over on a slippery Hecker Pass Road in Gilroy in April, John Martinu did the only thing he could think to do under the circumstances: He practiced his Buddhist meditation exercises.
May 20 Meditation has a role in our faiths (The Kansas City Star) It turns out meditation is one of those techniques or traditions that crosses all kinds of religious lines.
May 19 Cultivating a quiet mind (Star tribune) A Minneapolis Buddhist center advocates meditation as the best way to understand and help oneself and others.
May 19 Lodge's lovely setting is part of cancer treatment (Newhouse News Service) Western doctors now incorporate the Eastern therapies of acupuncture and meditation, even at such traditional facilities as Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
May 17 Buddhist spectrum (Daily News Online) From meditation arises wisdom. Without meditation wisdom wanes.
May 16 Meditation brings calm in medical storm (Burlington Free Press) Through the use of meditation you can reach a point where you feel pain but you don't suffer.
May 16 Yoga lessons for Hyderabad jail inmates (IBN Live) Prison Smart, the yoga programme aimed at stress management and rehabilitation training of the prisoners has been introduced in the Central Prison of Cheralapalli.
May 16 Large NCI grant will test the effect of Tibetan yoga on women with breast cancer (Medical News Today) A large randomized trial will compare Tibetan yoga versus simple stretching or usual care in women who will also be undergoing chemotherapy.
May 13 Nourish the soul (Gilroy Dispatch) Everyday life at the monastery involves rituals of meditation, meals, and the upkeep of the grounds and buildings.
May 11 Unable to talk about Katrina, kids draw (The Boston Globe) Shaffer (trained in stress relaxation, art therapy, music therapy and meditation) says they start out with a fresh perspective on their existence, which is gratitude for being alive.
May 10 The hidden side of happiness (Psychology Today) The phenomenon is akin to what Zen Buddhists strive to attain in meditation or what people report about religious rapture.
May 10 Meditation, peace of mind (Tenerife News) All types of meditation have a similar goal: to relax the mind, change and control negative thought patterns and to improve awareness of ourselves and others.
May 9 In Karma we trust (eMedia Wire) "We're taking a risk," says Bodhipaksa, director of Wildmind, "but we feel it's important for these classes to be available to anyone, regardless of how much money they have."
May 8 Lessons on meditation from spiritual masters old and new (Catholic News Service) The author is a "disciple of Jesus" whose spirituality has been nourished by the practice of mindfulness meditation and the teachings of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
May 8 Meditating brains (ScienCentral News) Certain areas of the cortex -- the outer layer of the brain that contains our thinking, reasoning and decision-making functions -- were significantly thicker in meditators.
May 7 Your guide to yoga (Asbury Park Press) Let go of stress and anxiety by making the mind-body connection.
May 6 Conference promotes meditation in school (The Boston Globe) To sit quietly in a deep rest for 20 minutes at the start and end of the school day allows the brain to tap into a reservoir of energy and intelligence.
May 6 Meditation improves mental health (SooNews) The best way to avoid [depression] relapse isn't medication, but meditation.
May 5 Students learn to relax with weekly meditation classes (News Shopper) Some pupils are already showing signs of increased concentration in class.
May 4 Preksha meditation can cure heart diseases (Ludhiana Newsline) Strong scientific evidence was provided for the efficacy of Jain method of preksha meditation and preksha yoga in managing heart diseases.
May 3 treatment options, from medicine to meditation (The Seattle Times) The practice of transcendental meditation has worked wonders for some children [with ADHD].
May 3 Health benefits of meditation (Mathaba.net) No longer just for Buddhist monks and New-Age types, meditation is now appealing to mainstream business professionals, medical doctors and even health care companies.
May 2 Visual meditation (myss.com) An on-line meditation video developed by Caroline Myss, Ph.D.
May 2 At one with dual devotion (Los Angeles Times) `JuBus' blend the communal rituals of Judaism with the quiet solitude of Buddhism.
May 1 The Yoga of Sound (Vision Magazine) A large part of our consciousness revolves around sound and music.
May 1 TIME honors UW professor (The Badger Herald) Davidson's research led to the groundbreaking discovery that activities like meditation could in fact "train" the mind to react to situations with positive emotions.