News Round Up w/e 23rd January 2021
News and snippets from Zen cyber-space
Thailand’s Bhikkhunis Want Recognition and Respect. In a country with only a few hundred female monks in the Theravada branch of Buddhism, the lifestyle is quietly radical.
Dalai Lama offers his congratulations to President Joe Biden. This morning, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote to President Biden to offer profound congratulations on his becoming President of the United States of America.
The Science of Meditation: What We Know and What We Don’t. While people have believed for thousands of years that meditation works, the search for scientific proof is just beginning. The team at Greater Good Science Center assesses the current state of the evidence — what we do, don’t, and might know.
On Leaving the Sangha. Sangha is where we bash into each other and begin to smooth off each other’s rough edges. It’s where we have many mirrors held up for us, so we can catch sight of ourselves with all our beautiful strengths and our beautiful flaws from many different angles.
Bare Awareness or Bare Attention. In Western Buddhism, we sometimes use meditation terms too loosely, without really understanding what they mean. A case in point would be the terms “bare awareness” or “bare attention,” which can confuse would-be meditators, depending on how or by whom they have been taught.
India Promotes Post-pandemic Train Travel to Buddhist Heritage Sites. As India begins the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination program, tourism officials have placed train travel to key Buddhist sites at the top of their agenda.
‘Journey to the West’: The Buddhist Reimagination of China. The Nirvana Route: How early encounters between India, China and Southeast Asia shaped Asian civilization.
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