Study Shows Loving-kindness Meditation Reduces Racial Bias
28/11/2015 11:37 (GMT+7)
New research conducted at Britain’s University of Sussex has shown that a single session of just seven minutes of loving-kindness meditation—the Buddhist practice of cultivating unconditional love and compassion for oneself and other sentient beings—is effective at reducing racial prejudice in the practitioner.
Mindfulness in the mainstream: an old solution to modern problems
22/10/2015 11:38 (GMT+7)
London, UK - The Attlee Room in parliament will fall quiet on Tuesday to hear one of the country’s leading meditation teachers explain the basics of the 2,400-year-old tradition of mindfulness.

Rubin Museum of Art Hosts Sharon Salzberg
11/08/2015 20:42 (GMT+7)
New York City’s Rubin Museum of Art will host a series of sessions by Buddhist author Sharon Salzberg and other teachers from the New York Insight Meditation Center in August and September to teach mindfulness and discuss the relationship between meditation and art.
Thai Buddhist Group Plans Dharma Camp for International Students
30/07/2015 15:44 (GMT+7)
The Young Buddhists Association of Thailand (YBAT), which has been actively promoting Buddhist meditation for more than six decades, plans to hold its second annual camp for international students in August, aiming to present Dharma teachings in a manner more accessible to young people who are new to meditation.

Why a Buddhist Monk Doesn't Need an App to Meditate and Why You Do
25/07/2015 21:47 (GMT+7)
A few years ago I traveled to Nepal to hike in the Himalayas, learn a bit more about myself and about the world from the Buddhist spiritual teachers.
Commemorating the Centenary of the Birth of Vipassana Meditation Master Munindraji
18/07/2015 10:11 (GMT+7)
“Whatever you are doing, everything should be done mindfully, dynamically, with totality, completeness, thoroughness. Then it becomes meditation, meaningful, purposeful. It is not thinking, but experiencing from moment to moment, living from moment to moment, without clinging, without condemning, without judging, without evaluating, without comparing, without selecting, without criticizing—choiceless awareness.” - Munindraji (1915–2003) (Knaster 2010, 1)

Becoming a Buddhist in America
15/06/2015 11:40 (GMT+7)
At 9,000 feet in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, surrounded by long-haired hippies chanting, praying, singing, smoking marijuana, ringing bells, and waving vajras, I was born. Although my parents were not Buddhist in the traditional sense of having formally committed to the sources of Refuge as the supreme truth, they gave me the name Dorje. Dorje as a name is highly symbolic, with many levels of meaning in the Tibetan language. It is Tibetan for the word vajra, or the thunderbolt symbol held by the Hindu god Indra.
Don’t Rush Past the Suffering
07/04/2015 21:01 (GMT+7)
Suffering—we are all familiar with this term, and if we have lived for more than a few short months, we are also familiar with this feeling. The idea of suffering is one of the main principles in Buddhist philosophy; it is at the core of its truth and path. In the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha taught about suffering and freedom from suffering. Most practitioners know about the Truth of Suffering, yet sadly, want to skip past it. We repeat the familiar mantra of, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Four Noble Truths, I’ve got it, give me an initiation or a mantra to use.”

Mindfulness Meditation Reduces Age and Race Bias
18/01/2015 21:14 (GMT+7)
Over the last two months, America has struggled with its identity concerning racial and religious prejudice, highlighted by a national dialogue over the killings of several unarmed ethnic minorities by police officers. Currently, in relation to the Charlie Hebdo shootings, the world is looking at how society and the individuals within it bring prejudices into their relationships. Much light has been shed in the last decade on the benefits of Buddhist-derived mindfulness meditation and its application in a wide range of mental and physical health conditions. In a timely fashion, on 24 November 2014 researchers at Central Michigan University released the findings of a study on the effects of mindfulness meditation on preconceived out-group bias.
Meditation is fine, but what about the Buddhism behind it?
04/09/2014 09:52 (GMT+7)
London, UK -- Just when you thought it was safe to close your eyes, there has been recent warnings from psychiatrists on the adverse effects of mindfulness meditation. As well as evidence of underqualified teachers, there have been rare cases of depersonalisation, where people feel an out-of-body experience.

Meditation: HereNowNeverNowhere
29/03/2014 23:28 (GMT+7)
March 21 -- What miracle product gives you happiness, compassion, and perhaps more surprisingly, toned abs, a fulfilling sex life, and a healthy bank balance? The answer will amaze you. It's the same product that connects the Dalai Lama and Rupert Murdoch; meditation.
Here's Why The New David Jones Chairman Turned To Buddhism And Meditation
12/03/2014 20:22 (GMT+7)
Gordon Cairns, former Lion Nathan boss and new chairman of David Jones, has a reputation as a ruthlessly efficient executive.

Meditation Enhancing the Lives of Children
10/03/2014 21:38 (GMT+7)
In various parts of Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand, the three major Theravada countries, children participate in meditation sessions guided by Buddhist monks and lay masters. A BBC report in 2013 reports that one million children took part in a meditation session at Phra Dhammakaya in Bangkok. In countries and regions where Mahayana Buddhism is practiced, children are also taught meditation by monks and lay teachers. For example, many sessions of meditation for children have been conducted at Wang Fat Ching She and Plum Village in Hong Kong. The number of children participating in these sessions is on the rise.
Mindfulness meditation may improve decision making
13/02/2014 22:36 (GMT+7)
Feb 12 -- One 15-minute focused-breathing meditation may help people make smarter choices, according to new research from researchers at INSEAD and The Wharton School. The findings are published in the February issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Bible-belt Buddhist convert 'no superhero'
02/02/2014 22:13 (GMT+7)
Stockholm, Sweden -- Raised with evening prayers, Martin became a vegetarian atheist before finding Buddhism. The most common misconception? That he's a monk, or that he has "tricks to not feeling bad".
The Practice of Mindfulness
30/01/2014 18:42 (GMT+7)
The meditation method taught by the Buddha is called Satipatthana or mindfulness meditation. This simple but profound technique removes greed, hatred and delusion by the application of systematic and sustained mindfulness to one’s own mental and physical processes.

And breathe ... Goldie Hawn and a monk bring meditation to Davos
24/01/2014 12:25 (GMT+7)
January 23 - Eyes closed tight, the delegates of the World Economic Forum in Davos have queued devotedly for half an hour for this early morning session.
Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic
21/01/2014 17:37 (GMT+7)
New York, USA - Columbia University Press is pleased to announce the publication in paperback of "Meditations of a Buddhist Skeptic: A Manifesto for the Mind Sciences and Contemplative Practice" by B. Alan Wallace.Renowned Buddhist philosopher B. Alan Wallace reasserts the power of shamatha and vipashyana, traditional Buddhist meditations, to clarify the mind's role in the natural world.

Is meditation the new antidepressant? Mindfulness practice may be more effective than drugs for anxiety, depression
14/01/2014 23:04 (GMT+7)
January 13 - Oh, no. Incense. There’s a juice bar in the lobby and bhangra music playing, too. It feels like I’ve stepped into some kind of space warp. Outside, London. Inside … well, it’s hard to describe. Because, as I step further into the Light Centre, a “natural health” studio offering everything from acupuncture to yoga, it becomes clear that its clientele is as far from the yogurt-knitting crowd as it’s possible to get.
Is meditation the best medicine?
03/01/2014 11:32 (GMT+7)
January 03 - Millions of people in 'the developed world' visit therapists for all sorts of emotional and psychological problems they find difficulty in coping with by themselves. People who visit psychiatrists are usually very quickly diagnosed with some form of psychosis and treated with a mixture of cognitive therapies and antipsychotic medications. Various health insurance schemes around the world have greatly encouraged this growing practice.

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