October 30, 2008

Talks resume between Dharamsala and Beijing: "Low Expectations"

Talks are resuming between envoys of the Dalai Lama and Beijing. So far from giving up, the Dalai Lama is soldiering on. He says, " “I have faith and trust in the Chinese people; however, my faith and trust in the Chinese government is diminishing."

Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundaton is sponsoring a fusion of Western and Eastern healing at Beth Israel Hospital in New York:

On Wednesday, Dr. Shulkin, who had never done yoga before, joined Ms. Karan and about 60 Beth Israel employees on the floor of her late husband’s West Village art studio for an hour of yoga poses, finishing off with “om” and the recorded sound of bells.

“They didn’t teach us that in medical school,” Dr. Shulkin said afterward, still sitting barefoot on his black mat, swearing he had put his BlackBerry on “meditation mode” and had not checked it. Asked if the yoga had worked, he formed his answer carefully: “I think the personal touch and the personal attention to a patient absolutely works.”

Meeting with Bodhisattva is playing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the Next Wave Festival and looks very cool.

And speaking of cool, Noah Levine has a column on The Huffington Post, according to Molly De Shong at Shambhala SunSpace. Noah writes:

Against the Stream is more than just another blog about Buddhism. It is a manifesto and field guide for the front lines of the revolution. It is the culmination of almost two decades of meditative dissonance from the next generation of Buddhists in the West. It is a call to awakening for the sleeping masses.

Wake up: the revolution has already begun; it started 2,500 years ago, when Sid (Siddhartha Gautama, Sid for short) emerged victorious over suffering in the battle with his own mind. But, as most things tend to be with time, the spiritual revolution that Sid started, which we now call Buddhism, has been co-opted by the very aspects of humanity that Sid was trying to dismantle. The causes of suffering and confusion in the form of greed, hatred, and delusion have continued to corrupt the masses and have even crept into the teachings of this revolutionary path.

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