MeditationProNews (“MProNews”) is a weekly newsletter that explores the People, Places, Events and Trends affecting the World of Meditation and Mindfulness…

 – Quote of the Week –

“Many of us fall into the trap of expecting our teachers to be perfect. That’s our mistake, not theirs.”
— Soto Zen priest Tenku Ruff
(Story #1)

June 1, 2019

As we officially mark the beginning of Summer here in North America, there’s not a lot of news to report this week…

Our top story comes from the Buddhist magazine Lion’s Roar where Soto Zen priest Tenku Ruff gives us some much-needed advice on ‘blindly’ following anyone in a position of authority/trust…

This timely warning is punctuated by the tale of Toronto-based psychiatrist Jasjot “Tina” Chadda (Story #3) who had her licensed revoked because she abused her patients’ trust…

Other stories that made it into the #Top10 include :

  • (Story #9) -- The University of Virginia profiles its on-campus mindfulness resources...
  • (Story #6) -- A Hollywood director (via Canada) wants to stop street violence in Toronto...
  • (Story #2) -- Headspace secures partnership with the American Medical Association...

I hope you enjoy this week’s news.  Feel free to email me and share your opinion about any story…

And Stay Tuned as we continue to explore the World of Meditation together..!

 

kalu@meditationpronews.com

-- This Week's Top10 --

Notes from the Floor

The Irish Examiner publishes an essay from Dr Brendan Kelly – professor of psychiatry at Trinity College (Dublin) and author of The Doctor Who Sat For A Year.

As it’s title suggests, the book is based upon his notes and observations after challenging himself to meditate everyday for a year.

I’m sure the “365 Days Together” group on Insight Timer won’t find this feat groundbreaking. But it’s nice to get direct insight from an “average joe” who recorded his journey in realtime…

Students, Rejoice..!

The Cavalier Daily is the college-run newspaper at the University of Virginia…

This week, the Cavalier published a feature article showcasing the university’s on-campus mindfulness resources, which include the Contemplative Sciences Center and the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center…

Mind on Your Money

Entrepreneur (Asia Pacific) Magazine gives a rousing (albeit ‘light’ in substance) endorsement of using guided meditation as part of every business venture…

Fighting the Enemy Within

Although I mentioned this story in previous newsletters, I wanted to include this comprehensive press release from City University of London.

The press release goes over the basics of its “Mindfulness in the Military” study, but also includes lots of links to the actual research as well as links to the researchers involved.

He's a Bad 'Muther-Meditator'
(Shut Yo' Mouth)

If you don’t know Canadian filmmaker ‘Director X’ yet, you will soon as his movie “Superfly” hits theaters this summer…

The movie is full of laughs and 70’s nostalgia, but off-screen, Director X has a serious side-mission: To help curb street violence in his hometown of Toronto…

The Individual vs. Team...

Writing in the Harvard Business Review, Professors Lingtao YuMary and Zellmer-Bruhn tackle the issue of cultivating team mindfulness in a corporate setting.

Referring to research that they conducted in 2017, the two determine that “…team-level mindfulness is distinct, and offers distinct benefits from individual mindfulness”

Just Let Me Connect
These Wires to Your Brain...

Richard Dawson, founder and director of the UW Center for Healthy Minds, visits The Ezra Klein Show podcast to discuss what he learned from bringing the Dalai Lama and other master meditators to his lab…

Psycho--Therapist

Consider this a cautionary tale for all meditation professionals… In Toronto, Dr. Jasjot “Tina” Chadda was disciplined by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for abusing her physician/patient professional relationship.

In a Statement of Facts presented at the proceeding, Ms. Chadda, a psychotherapist, attempted to market her $5k+ meditation retreat to therapy clients.

When one client declined the offer, Dr. Chadda began to constantly bring up the subject in the middle of therapy sessions (AWKWARD..!)

Headspace Lands a BIG fish..!

The battle for meditation-tech supremacy rages on… And in this latest skirmish, Headspace secures an exclusive partnership with the coveted American Medical Association (…and its 240k+ members).

You Are Your Best Teacher

Seems like every week brings another story of a meditation teacher – often Buddhist – who has abused their position of trust and power…

So what’s a meditation student to do..?

In response to a question from a Lion’s Roar reader, Soto Zen priest and New York-based chaplain Tenku Ruff addresses the issue head-on and reminds us all to “trust your instincts” before trusting anyone else…

A Parting Thought

Since its creation in 2010, Headspace’s vision has been to improve the health and happiness of the world. An important part of the mission has always been to normalize mindfulness in medicine.”

— Dr. Megan Jones Bell, Chief Science Officer at Headspace
(Story #2)