Buddhist writer and teacher survives plane crash in Burma

January 7, 2013

New York Post: Allan Lokos, world-renowned founder of the Community Meditation Center on the Upper West Side, was among the survivors of a horrific plane crash in Burma on Christmas Day.

Lokos and his wife, Susanna Weiss, who run the CMC on Columbus Avenue, were vacationing in Myanmar and were seated near the back of the Air Bagan flight from Mandalay to Heho Airport, en route to tourist destination Inle Lake. The plane carrying 71 passengers crash-landed in dense fog in a rice field and burst into flames, killing two.

Weiss broke a lower vertebrae in her back during the impact, and Lokos, 72, has …

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Can patience co-exist with technology?

April 12, 2012

Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy, Chicago Tribune: In a world where a new laptop already seems slow, one wonders whether our ever-faster technology is creating a pervasive culture of impatience.

Allan Lokos, who teaches patience as founder of The Community Meditation Center in New York and author of “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living” (Tarcher), thinks that’s not the case. Rather, technology offers more opportunities to be impatient — but those are also opportunities to build patience.

Technology is external, Lokos says, while the feeling of impatience is internal, he says: “The person who experiences impatience easily is going to experience it in every traffic …

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