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    Can meditation be bad for you? Paid Member

    Newspapers and magazines are full of stories about the positive effects of meditation practice, so it was only a matter of time before we'd begin reading about about its perils. The Vancouver Sun's Douglas Todd writes today that New York psychoanalyst Micheal Eigen and philosopher Ken Wilbur, both meditators, express concern about meditation's potential ill effects. Can contemplative practice feed our narcissism and mask serious problems? Can it cut us off from our feelings and cause us to lose touch with others? After reading Eigen's book, The Psychoanalytic Mystic (1998), the Vancouver Sun's Douglas Todd has been inspired to ask: More »
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    Norman Fischer: "For the Time Being" Paid Member

    The New York Times hosts a blog called "Happy Days," and Buddhists have been turning up there lately. This isn't surprising. As the Times explains, it's about the "search for contentment": The severe economic downturn has forced many people to reassess their values and the ways they act on them in their daily lives. For some, the pursuit of happiness, sanity, or even survival, has been transformed. Happy Days is a discussion about the search for contentment in its many forms — economic, emotional, physical, spiritual — and the stories of those striving to come to terms with the lives they lead. More »
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    What's the fastest-growing religion in Britain's jails? Paid Member

    You guessed it, Buddhism. While Buddhists make up only 0.26% of the general population, they're 2% of the prison population, and their numbers have increased eightfold over the past decade. Buddhism's growth in Britain's prison system now outstrips that of Muslims, whose numbers have merely doubled. According to the Telegraph, some institutions and prison hospitals "have opened shrines known as Buddha Groves in their grounds," and a nationwide network of prison chaplains have plenty to keep them busy. While the overall numbers may seem small compared with the vast prison population in the United States, the percentage increase in the number of Buddhist inmates is significant. From the Telegraph: More »
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    Video of the magnificent Leshan Buddha Paid Member

    Many thanks to Sharon Saw, who posted the following comment to my earlier post on the Leshan Buddha ("Where is the largest stone carved Buddha in the world?"). Take a look, the footage is great and gives you an idea of how magnificent this millennium-old Chinese homage to Maitreya Buddha truly is: yeah.. there’s a cool youtube video of HE Tsem Tulku Rinpoche at Leshan…there are 2 parts, here’s part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7DczsOQdz4 and part 2 is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORb_T-aijP0 More »
  • Growing support for Tibet in China Paid Member

    According to a report by the Associated Press, there is growing support for Tibet in China. Speaking today of the estimated 4,000 Tibetans imprisoned in the wake of last year's anti-Chinese riots in Lhasa, the Dalai Lama, quoted in the report, claims that sympathy for Tibet is growing: "Many Chinese are showing solidarity with us," the Dalai Lama said in a hockey arena in Lausanne, where he was giving two days of public teachings on Buddhism to up to 6,000 spectators. More »
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    A Buddhist's Guide to Twitter Paid Member

    As someone slow to embrace the Twitter phenomenon, I've approached the site with great caution, and perhaps a touch of suspicion. I often wondered if I could use Twitter without falling victim to my ego and shamelessly indulging in detailing the ins-and-outs of my day, giving a digital voice to my inner monologue. Determined not to be the last person on earth who wasn't "tweeting," I did some research and found the advice of Soren Gordhamer especially helpful. In a recent Huffington Post blog post "If the Buddha Used Twitter..." Gordhamer suggests 5 ways in which the Buddha might have approached Twitter, reminding us that it's not what we tweet but how we live away from our online worlds that really matters: More »