September 19, 2007

Healing Rage, Ask the Next President, and Breathing Space

healingrage1.jpgRuth King, author of the excellent new book Healing Rage, will be speaking at the New York Insight Meditation Center this Friday, September 28 (7–9:30pm, fee: $20) and Saturday, September 29 (10am–5pm, $40.) Register online for the Friday or Saturday session.

Also, check out Ask the Next President -- You can submit questions and rate other people's questions, then the "winning" questions will be sent to our fine presidential aspirants. This is a gig by the fine folks at Zooleo.com, who power our Q&A's. Zooleo is helmed by Soren Gordhamer, who started up the Lineage Project, which offers yoga, meditation and other awareness-based practices to at-risk and incarcerated youth in New York City (and maybe elsewhere.)

A new Theravadin meditation center opened in Mesa, Arizona -- you may have read about this on Urban Monk. It got me thinking what a proud and joyful moment it is for a sangha to be able to offer this space for practice, and how hard it is to do and how many struggle so much with it. I don't know if it's harder or easier or the same now with the real estate and mortgage markets doing whatever they're doing. Those of us who grew up in churches and synagogues might take for granted how hard it is for less established religions to find breathing space on our expensive American soil.

Also: Is the Dalai Lama overrated? An exclusive feature now playing at the Dharma-Burger Drive-Thru. And Danny Fisher has a nice post on Burma / Myanmar. Oh yeah, and one of the links on the CYM page was screwy -- here it is fixed: Thanissaro Bhikkhu on Getting into the Body (12 min. 15 sec.)

= Philip Ryan, Webmster

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soreng's picture

Phil,

Thanks for the mention and glad to be helping Tricycle with their Q&A's!

Soren

philweb's picture

Jeff- You can check out King's site (healingrage.com, the first link in the post) for more. Basically, in King's formulation, rage is long-term anger that we've lived with for a while. She refers to rage as a child within us. So her book is about understanding and healing this anger rather than silencing / repressing / disguising it, as we habitually do. It's well worth a read!

Jeff's picture

I don't know King's book. Could you elaborate on it just a little? That title "Healing Rage" could be taken a couple of different ways. Is it that she is offering a way to heal rage, or that she is advocating rage as somehow a healing emotion in itself?