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Buddhist leaders: sign to raise awareness of the psychological, spiritual, and moral effects of climate change

by Justin Whitaker, Patheos, March 2, 2015

Salem, Oregon (USA) -- International Transformational Resilience CoalitionThe Resource Innovation Group (TRIG), a non-profit organization affiliated with the Sustainability Institute at Willamette University, has asked faith leaders to join a “Call to Action for U.S. and World Leaders to Proactively Address the Adverse Psychological and Social Impacts of Climate Disruption.”


1,000 year-old mummified monk reveals more of his secrets

By James Rogers, Fox News, February 23, 2015

The Hague, Holland -- A 1,000-year old mummified monk hidden inside a statue of Buddha has revealed more of his secrets.


Fourth and fifth graders who did mindfulness exercises had 15% better math scores than their peers

by Mandy Oaklander, Time Magazine, Jan. 26, 2015

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress, protect your heart, shorten migraines and possibly even extend life. But a new trial published in the journal Developmental Psychology suggests that the effects are also powerful in kids as young as 9 - so much so that improving mindfulness showed to improve everything from social skills to math scores.


Mindfulness: Stealth Buddhist Strategy for Mainstreaming Meditation?

by Dr. Candy Gunther Brown, The Huffington Post, Dec 2, 2014

San Francisco, CA (USA) -- Mindfulness has become mainstream. Hospitals and prisons offer "Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction," public schools teach students to put their "MindUP," and Google trains employees to "Search Inside Yourself."


The Buddhist Jataka Stories and the DSM based Mental Disorders

by Ruwan M Jayatunge M.D., LankaWeb, September 28th, 2014

That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane.” - Erich Fromm

Colombo, Sri Lanka -- The Jataka stories or Jataka tales are a voluminous body of folklore concerned with previous births of the Buddha which is based as a collection of five hundred and fifty stories. Originally it comprise of 547 poems, arranged roughly by increasing number of verses. According to archaeological and literary evidence, the Jataka stories were compiled in the period, the 3rd Century B.C. to the 5th Century A.D. The Khuddaka Nikaya contains 550 stories the Buddha told of his previous lifetimes as an aspiring Bodhisattva or a person who is compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity in Mahayana Buddhism.


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