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Buddhists Concerned About Mindfulness 'Marketing'

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 1.28.22 PMLotus News Feature by Kalinga Seneviratne

Padang Sidempuan, Indonesia: Mindfulness, the meditative practice, which has its roots in Buddhism as Vipassana Bhavana, encourages people to focus on the present, rather than on the anxieties of the past or future.

In the previous decade, however, it has become somewhat of a fad around the world. Particularly in the U.S., it is now everywhere: in schools, law firms, banks, governments, and even in the U.S. military. They are all offering mindfulness sessions to staff.

But Buddhists are worried about 'secularisation' of the practice that pays little heed to its moral and ethical aspects.

 

Indonesia: Candi Portibi – A Relic of Sumatra’s Buddhist Heritage

Lotus News Feature by Kalinga Seneviratne

CandiBahalPortibi, Sumatra. 24 Aug 2016: The great Srivijaya empire was a maritime and trading kingdom that flourished between 7th and 13th centuries spanning much of Java and Sumatra islands. It controlled the trading routes of the Straits of Malacca and established communities not only on the coastal belts but also rivers that fed into the sea. Being in the middle of the pilgrim routes between India and China, Srivijaya empire became a transit point for Buddhist pilgrims and hence developed a strong Buddhist civilization.

Thailand: Famous Buddhist Temple Massages Its Way Into Modern Healthcare Industry

Reclining Buddha

Lotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

Bangkok: 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?

Taiwan: Soldier’s Brutal Killing of Dog Creates Uproar

FeedDogLotus News Analysis – 29 June 2016

The brutal killing of a stray dog by soldiers has sparked an uproar in predominantly Buddhist Taiwan, forcing the Defence minister to issue multiple public apologies and President Tsai Ing-wen to express concern in the midst of her first official overseas trip.

Singapore: Buddhists Take The “Gospel” Music Path To Attract Youth

SadhuGroupA Lotus News Feature By Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore: Buddhist ideas and wisdom are being increasingly adopted by the West as part of a 21st century modern lifestyle, but in the East, youth are increasingly distancing themselves from their Buddhist heritage becoming “free thinkers” or even embracing Christianity from the West. A group of young Buddhist musicians from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia have now come together to reverse this trend by using music to attract youth.

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