Jeff Bridges enjoys meditation

August 19, 2011

The American actor tries to find time to relax every day. He enjoys meditating as it’s the one time he can completely clear his mind and not worry about what is going on around him.

“I skipped today because I got up late, but it’s very effective for me. It’s good to block out external stimulus for a set amount of time because, for one thing, it enhances the experience when you are stimulated by something,” he explained.

“It brings dynamics into your life. If you allow yourself to stop, you also realise how much stimulus is coming from within you.”

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Taking your practice on to the streets

August 10, 2010

The image of meditators remaining aloof from the world, caught up in examining the metaphorical fluff in their mental bellybuttons, still lingers on despite the fact that many practitioners are deeply involved in social actions like feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, teaching prison inmates, and working to solve environmental issues.

Hopefully the first-ever Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism, organized by the Zen Peacemakers, will help put the myth of the disengaged meditator to rest, especially since the event’s speakers include some big names from the world of Buddhism (and beyond).

Starting Monday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 14, influential pioneers of Western Socially Engaged Buddhism will speak and engage conversations

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