Behind the counter: Meet Sister Jenna from the Meditation Museum

August 22, 2012

Tamika Smith, Patch: In the heart of the bustling downtown sits a place that’s home to people of many cultures who find relaxation beyond its doors.

The Meditation Museum, located at 8236 Georgia Ave., provides a place for people of diverse cultures to attend courses on meditation and stress management.

Over the past decade, the director of the center—Jenna Mahraj, who is known as “Sister Jenna”—travelled the world spreading her positive message to more than 80 countries, including India, Egypt, Korea, Japan, Greece, and Italy.

Patch sat down with Sister Jenna to chat about her accomplishments and goals for working inside of the museum.

Patch: …

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Is meditation a religion?

With 100,000 people in Washington this week for a major meditative Buddhist ceremony, a question arises: Is meditation a religion?

As On Faith explored last week, millions in the West, including many Kalachakra participants, have adapted Buddhist practices such as mindfulness, meditation or study of the Dalai Lama’s teachings, without taking on the full trappings of orthodox Tibetan Buddhism.

And meditation is booming in this country. The National Institutes of Health’s most recent data shows 9.4 percent of Americans meditated in the last year. That’s up from 7.6 percent five years earlier.

One of the region’s biggest meditation groups, the Insight Meditation…

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