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Wildmind offers a range of online courses on meditation, practice in daily life, and Buddhism.
Starting Apr 2, 2007:
The Path of Mindfulness and Love (4 weeks)
Change Your Mind (4 weeks)
Awakening the Heart (4 weeks)
Entering the Path of Insight (4 weeks)
Practice in Daily Life and Buddhism Courses
Mindfulness in Daily Life (4 weeks)
A student writes:
"I especially valued the very personalized comments and suggestions from Sunada, something I could not get from books or recordings, and possibly not even from a face-to-face class, where questions and responses need to be matched to the group."
- Julie, UK
In Service to Others
For many of us, working for the good of others is a natural expression of our spiritual values and aspirations. This month we explore the spiritual dimension of service, whether pursued as a profession or otherwise.
First up is an article by best-selling author Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. on the transformative nature of serving others. Our Quote of the Month and Book Review are both on Thich Nhat Hanh -- Sunada reflects on what is mindfulness in the presence of others, and Lokapala reviews the book Keeping the Peace, a set of essays about working in public service professions.
We also proudly announce Wildmind's first ever Meditation News Podcast, featuring Bodhipaksa, Sunada, host Hilary Niles, and guest Candradasa from FreeBuddhistAudio.com. Then there's a new monthly addition: a Meditation Q&A, in which Sunada addresses a question raised by a student from a recent Wildmind meditation course.
Please note too, that our next round of online courses in Meditation and Buddhism kick off on Monday, April 2. See the sidebar for more details.
In This Issue:
- Helping, Fixing or Serving?
- Wildmind's First Meditation News Podcast
- Meditation Q&A
- Quote of the Month: Thich Nhat Hanh
- Book review: Keeping the Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Yoga/Meditation Communication Competence Survey
- Meditation in the News: Top 5 Stories From Last Month
Helping, Fixing or Serving?
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller, Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal, writes about the transformative act of serving others, and how it differs from fixing and helping. According to Dr. Remen, "Fixing and helping create a distance between people, but we cannot serve at a distance. We can only serve that to which we are profoundly connected."
Wildmind's First Meditation News Podcast
Here's something we're really excited about -- our first-ever meditation news podcast! This month we bring you interviews with Dr. Amy Salzman, organizer of a recent conference on Mindfulness-Based Education, and Cliff Jones, blogger extraordinaire and winner of two of this year's "Blogisattva Awards."
A student asks: "Sometimes when scanning my body during mindfulness practice, I come across some pain or discomfort. Do I try to stay with it until it goes away? And if it doesn't go away, do I move on?"
Starting this month, we bring you a recent exchange between an online student and Sunada, who teaches Wildmind's meditation courses. Many consider this one-on-one feedback the most valuable part of their experience. See the sidebar for details of upcoming classes.
Quote of the Month
"The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Sunada reflects on what it means to be mindful in the presence of others, and how the simple act of being completely open with another person can be the best way to serve them.
Keeping the Peace: Mindfulness and Public Service by Thich Nhat Hanh. (Parallax Press, 2005. Paperback, $12.00).
This collection of essays explores the nature of serving others through professions such as police, probation, social work, counseling, and prison work. Lokapala found Thich Nhat Hanh's main message to be spot on -- that the work of transforming others' lives must begin with oneself. But he also wondered if some of the teachings were unrealistic when applied to certain populations like hardened prisoners.
Yoga/Meditation Communication Competence Survey
Students from an Applied Research class at Arkansas State University are doing a survey on Communication Competence: Yoga/Meditation. This online survey seeks to evaluate the importance of communication competence among yoga and meditation practitioners. Participation is totally voluntary, and all results are completely anonymous and confidential. By participating, you consent for them to use your responses in their research project. If you have any questions, email the research team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respond to Communication Competence survey
Meditation in the News:
Top Five Stories of Last Month
For a complete, categorized, and searchable listing of news stories concerning meditation, visit our news database.
TOP STORY IN SCIENCE
Paying attention to not paying attention (Yahoo News) 19 Mar. Mainstream psychology hasn't paid much attention to this common mental habit. But a spate of new studies is chipping away at its mysteries and scientists say the topic is beginning to gain visibility. Read more
TOP STORY IN HEALTH
Meditation 'fools the brain' in a threatening world (SignOnSanDiego.com) 6 Mar. Thanks to cutting-edge technologies like functional MRI scans, neuroscientists can look inside the brain to see if meditation actually produces physical change. Although they're still not sure how meditation works, research is beginning to show that, in fact, it does. Read more
TOP STORY IN SOCIETY
Era of war pinches a place devoted to peace (Boston Globe) 5 Mar. The Peace Abbey has been put on the selling block for $5.5 million. Its director, Lewis Randa, cites a plummeting drop in donations that he links to the abbey's visible protests against the Iraq war. Read more
TOP STORY IN PEOPLE
Testing Vietnam's religious resolve (BBC News) 15 Mar. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen master, peace activist and bestselling author, is on his second trip back to Vietnam since 1966, when he went to the United States to call for an end to the war in his homeland. Read more
TOP STORY IN ARTS
Movie Review: 'Into Great Silence' (Los Angeles Times) 9 Mar. "Into Great Silence" is a transcendent, transporting experience, a trance movie that casts a major league spell by going deeply into a monastic world that lives largely without words. Read more
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