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Ajiro: Vegetarian ‘shojin ryori’ in a Buddhist temple complex

by J.J. O'Donoghue, The Japan Times, Nov 11, 2016

Kyoto, Japan -- I ate my lunch at Ajiro in the company of a bewildered farmer with a comical Donald Trump-like mop of hair. But looks were the least of his concern; rather it was a bull that had got the better of him, escaping from the herd and hightailing it to the hills. Luckily he finally found the animal hiding behind a rock, lassoed him and triumphantly led him back to the herd. Was there something in my miso soup you might be wondering?

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A Buddhist monk at Salesforce’s tech conference showed me a great way to reduce stress

by Eugene Kim, Business Insider, Oct. 6, 2016

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is big on meditation. He not only practices “mindfulness” sessions a few times a week, he’s also built meditation rooms in Salesforce’s new office buildings to encourage his employees to do it as well.

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What Are You Practising Mindfulness For?

by Shen Shi'an, The Buddhist Channel, Sept 9, 2016

Mindfulness, I declare…  is helpful everywhere.
– Sakyamuni Buddha

Singapore -- In recent years, cultivation of mindfulness has become all the craze, portrayed as an indispensable life skill. Of course, as the Buddha put it, mindfulness is ever useful, crucial for leading a happy and fulfilling life. With the market now saturated with many workshops and even retreats of sorts, advertised to impart mindfulness, is it ‘the more the merrier’?

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Famous Buddhist Temple Massages Its Way Into Modern Healthcare Industry

By Kalinga Seneviratne, Lotus News Network, June 10, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- Wat Po temple in Bangkok is better known for the huge reclining Buddha statue, which attracts millions of tourists each year. Some also quietly walk into the air-conditioned massage clinic inside the monastery premises to try out an “authentic” Thai massage wondering what has the temple and Buddhism got to do with massage?

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Monk Brings a Sobering Message of Moderation to Sustainable Brands

by Jen Boynton, Triplepundit.com, Jun 8, 2016

Bangkok, Thailand -- On the opening night of the 2016 Sustainable Brands conference, the venerable Phra Anil Sakya, buddhist monk and professor at Mahamakut Buddhist University, took to the stage. He came to share an important reminder with a group of sustainability professionals who were quite literally wiggling in their seats waiting for the networking happy hour to begin. Moderation should rule all our actions, Dr. Phra said. He pointed to capitalism as the root of our problem:

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