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Monthly Archives: January 2020

China Coronavirus: Update on 1/29/2020

bottlemage-m-20_15802940354691. The latest clinical report on 2019-nCoV: 99 patients from Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital published in the medical journal Lancet shows a mortality rate of 11%. “That was much higher than expected,” Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, public health scientist at Harvard. “I’ll be honest – as an epidemiologist, I’m really deeply worried about this new coronavirus outbreak.” Read more of this post

Dharma’s Dark Side – Sexual Abuse & Tibetan Buddhist Leaders

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Sogyal Rinpoche

On January 17, a headline in the Washington Post announced “Famed Buddhist nun Pema Chodron retires, cites handling of sexual misconduct allegations against her group’s leader.”

One of the best-known interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, Chodron is an influential teacher who has published a number of popular books including “When Things Fall Apart.” The group she publicly retired from is Shambhala, the global Buddhist and mindfulness organization founded by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Shambhala is one of the largest western Buddhist movements with more than 200 meditation centers around the world. Read more of this post

The Doors – A Reminiscence with Drummer John Densmore

600px-The_Doors_1968In 2012 “Breakn’ a Sweat” was heralded as a new song by The Doors, their first since 1972. The surviving members of one of the greatest, most influential bands of our time collaborated with DJ/producer Skrillex for a song featured in the documentary “ReGeneration,” about fusing music from disparate genres. Read more of this post