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Meditation Isn't Enough: A Buddhist Perspective on Suicide

The Buddhist Channel, Aug 20, 2014

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- The news of Robin Williams' passing is shocking and touching so many of us. I was waiting for a friend at a bar when I first heard. All around me people erupted in a variety of emotional reactions as the word quickly spread. In the time since, a common reaction has been deep sadness, often paired with a sentiment of "I never thought someone like him would kill themselves."


Mind Your Health: Using Mindfulness to Heal Your Body

By Therese J. Borchard, Associate Editor, PsychCentral.com, July 12, 2014

Los Angeles, CA (USA) -- Scientist and meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn includes in his pages of “Full Catastrophe Living” a horrifying story that speaks powerfully about the mind-body connection.


What Buddhism and Psychotherapy Are Learning From Each Other

by David Loy, The Huffington Post, Jul 2, 2014

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light,but by making the darkness conscious. -- Carl Jung

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Whenever Buddhism has spread to another culture, it has interacted with the belief systems of that culture, resulting in the development of something new. Today the main site of interaction within the West is not Judeo-Christianity but psychology, a conversation that has led to innovative types of psychotherapy and, most recently, to the extraordinary success of the mindfulness movement.


Walk of hope for amputees

by Majorie Chiew, The Star, June 20, 2014

A Thai orthopaedic surgeon has devoted his life to making free prosthetic limbs for poor amputees.

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia -- WHEN he was a young lad, Assoc Prof Dr Therdchai Jivacate loved to read about air raids and aeroplanes. He imagined that one day he would take off to conquer the skies as an air force pilot. But his parents disapproved of this. They drilled some sense into Therdchai, the second of five children. Their words sank in and set him thinking about his future.


Perth's Buddhist community prays for MH370

by Amy McNeilage, Sydney Morning Herald, March 30, 2014

Ahead of hundreds of family members potentially descending on Perth to grieve, a Buddhist prayer ceremony was held at Fo Guang Shan Temple on Sunday for missing flight MH370.

Perth, Australia -- The anguished relatives of those on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight are mostly thousands of miles from where the search for the wreckage is under way off the coast of Western Australia.


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