Buddhist mindfulness and tennis practice

Speaking Tree: Although Serbian Novak Djokovic was beaten at the Wimbledon finals by local star Andy Murray, I’m sure his Buddhist practice helped him to view the upset philosophically.

After all, Djokovic seems to spend a good amount of time meditating, Buddhist style. During Wimbledon, he has been spotted meditating at a Buddhist center in Wimbledon village. In his words, “It’s very calm and quiet, obviously. During these two weeks of hectic Grand Slam atmosphere, there is huge amount of pressure and stress, so you need to have a place where you can switch off and recharge your batteries.”

The temple is a …

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Is meditation Buddhism booming or fading…part I

April 29, 2013

Lewis Richmond, Speaking Tree: I have often written that we are approaching the 50 year mark of Buddhist meditation practice in America. In many ways this style of Buddhism has become well established and familiar to the mainstream culture. Meditation, dharma teachers, retreat centers and monasteries, as well as some core terms (dharma, karma, mindfulness, zazen, bodhisattva and metta, to name a few) have become well known and understood. The influx of Tibetan Lamas has provided a fresh Asian presence to a scene that otherwise is increasingly westernized.

But from another point of view it may seem as though all this activity is…

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