Dear Wildmind Subscriber,
In this month's issue, we bring you our usual monthly round-up of the latest international news on meditation. You'll read how meditation is being practiced in schools -- even Catholic schools -- as well as being applied in healthcare and to relieve stress amongst lawyers and brides-to-be.
We also are delighted to announce a special offer for the next twenty people who sign up for our Life Member program.
We also bring you a book reviews and our usual quote of the month and commentary.
In this issue:
- Life Membership Special Offer!
- Summer course schedule
- Meditation in the news
- Buddhism Behind Bars project
- Support our translation project
- Quote of the month
- Book of the month
Life Membership Special Offer!
Life membership of Wildmind's courses on sale for $100 to the next twenty people to sign up
While signing up for Wildmind courses gives access for only the time that the course is running, our Life Membership program offers unrestricted access to all of Wildmind's course materials -- for life.
The next twenty people who sign up for our Life Member program will get a special rate of $100 (normally $195).
This program currently includes four meditation courses, although we plan to add another course within the next year. The courses included are:
- The Path of Mindfulness and Love
- Change Your Mind
- Opening the Heart
- The Path of Insight Meditation
Our Life Member program includes those courses set up by Wildmind's staff, and not courses set up by outside teachers. The program includes 24/7 access to our course content and to a discussion forum, but does not include personal guidance from a teacher. This program is ideal for self-directed students.
To sign up for this limited special offer -- applicable only to the next twenty people who sign up -- click here.
Summer Course Schedule
We're having a break for retreats over the summer, but our normal course schedule resumes in August and details can be found in the column to the left. Two new courses, led by Saccanama, will be launched in September.
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.
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. The series continues with the following two courses taught by Saccanama:
Saccanama's teaching style 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.
Online meditation courses. 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.
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Meditation in the News
June 24 Hiking: Take a silent walk and get in touch (The Conway Daily Sun) Many people have the opportunity to do some kind of walking meditation.
June 24 Soothing saffron for thin blue line (The Sydney Morning Herald) The Venerable Ban Ruo sees no conflict between his faith's position of non-violence and ministering to front-line police.
June 23 Bully-proof mantra (Townsville Bulletin) Eleven thousand Catholic school students from the North are learning to meditate in a world-first project to counter stress and schoolyard violence.
June 22 Meditation for life (Tenerife News) It is a way of incorporating a meditative state into your everyday existence and therefore reaping the benefits that meditation brings - relaxation and improved health - every moment of everyday.
June 21 Meditation for stressed out brides (wedlok.com) It helped her calm down and get some perspective so we could come up with some creative solutions.
June 19 Town mixed on plans for 'peace palaces' (The Wichita Eagle) The transcendental Meditation movement wants to build the World Capital of Peace in Smith Center.
June 19 MSU researches spirituality, health (The State News) Imagine getting a prescription for two hours of meditation.
June 17 Mindful meditation (Evansville Courier & Press) Local practitioners find Buddhist method brings profound peace and change to life.
June 12 Breathe your way to a stress-free life (InsideBayArea.com) It's much easier to accept all situations without feeling hassled. If you feel bad or stressed, you know that within the next minute or the next hour, things change.
June 12 Meditation may help heart patients (The Washington Post) Heart disease patients who practiced meditation for four months showed slight improvements in blood pressure and insulin levels.
June 12 Tai chi's benefits include improved muscle mass and tone, increased stamina (The Daily Times) Research has shown tai chi is a useful as a form of exercise that may improve posture, balance, muscle mass and tone, flexibility, stamina, and strength in older adults.
June 8 Yoga stretches research in new directions (CancerWise) The meditation component is very important before we implement any kind of movement in the classes for the study.
June 6 Yoga in bed (CBS News) The DVD features everything from easy-to-master physical poses to meditation practices.
June 5 Meditation in schools? (TheBostonChannel.com) Eastern philosophy gains acceptance in Bay State.
June 5 Yoga helps maintain proper life balance (uticaOD.com) Study: Meditation and the subsequent decrease in stress levels were found to be effective in healping patients free themselves from abusive substances.
June 4 Yoga benefits breast cancer patients (TechNewsWorld) Women going through treatment for breast cancer felt better when they tried yoga, according to one of the first scientific studies of its kind.
June 4 Buddhists gather to open Cleveland's mind (The Plain Dealer) Cleveland's first "Change Your Mind Day" was a success, said Dean Williams, a Willoughby businessman and Buddhist teacher.
June 4 Balance and control (The Villages Daily Sun) Tai chi is about breathing, balance control and meditative movements.
June 4 Peace is his focus, his dream (St. Petersburg Times) It's not what's in the past, it's what you do in everyday life.
June 3 Meditation: a tool for coping with modern life (RedOrbit) Meditation isn't an esoteric practice; it's a necessary survival skill.
June 2 Lawyers contemplate a new practice: meditation (Yahoo! Finance) A fair number of lawyers and others connected to the legal world embrace meditation.