Friday, February 24, 2006

Scientists Protest Against Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama was in Washington to give a speech on meditation and neuroscience at the society for neuroscience's annual meeting. Some scientists were up in arms about having such a person at their meeting. They even went so far as to set up an online petition, others are boycotting the event or withholding their conference papers.
Buddha On The Brain
"The protesters complain that the Tibetan leader isn't qualified to speak about brain science. They fret that he'll draw media attention away from important findings presented at the conference. Worst of all, his presence muddles the distinction between objective inquiry and faith." wired
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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Malaysia And Spiritual tourism

Malaysia has realized how important their spiritual diversity is to the country's economy with the amount of tourists that visit their religious sites throughout the country. Their incoming Tourism Minister is now targeting this market with a more focused attempt on spiritual tourism.
Malaysia's next attraction: Spiritual tourism
"KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (eTurboNews) -- Tourism Malaysia has taken the cue from interest shown by foreign visitors in religious diversity by embarking on an intensive campaign to promote spiritual tourism (or religious circuit)." travelvideo
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Tony Robbins Motivational Lie?

Well Steve Salerno author of "SHAM: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless."
Certainly gives one of Americas most famous self-help guru's Tony Robbins as well as a few other inspirational guru's a negative opinion on what they have tried to achieve with their approach to getting people thinking and staying positive.
Self-helps big lie
"EVER SINCE the United States began weaning itself off the sociological junk food of victimization and its culture of blame, the pop-psychology menu increasingly has been flavored by an antithetical concept - empowerment - that can be summarized as: Believe it, achieve it." latimes
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Calls To Boycott 'Da Vinci Code' film

A prominent Catholic priest has asked for Catholics everywhere to boycott the film The Da Vinci Code, which is soon to be released. He says that Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code is offensive, sacrilegious, blasphemous and historically inaccurate, as well as incredulous.
Prominent priest: Boycott 'Da Vinci Code' film
"A prominent Catholic priest is calling for Catholics to boycott the upcoming feature film version of Dan Brown's popular novel "The Da Vinci Code."Father John Trigilio, president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, EWTN contributor and author of four books, has provided me with the following (slightly edited) statement:"I am asking my parishioners and Catholics everywhere to boycott the film and any of its advertising sponsors." opinioneditorials
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Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code Pulled Apart

An interview on beliefnet talks about the bestselling novel by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code. Bart Ehrman is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, In the interview Ehrman unwraps the truth and points out the errors of The DA Vinci Code.
Unpacking 'The Code'
"I liked "The Da Vinci Code" as a work of fiction. But the thing that troubled me is that the fiction is allegedly based on historical fact. Dan Brown begins the book by laying out what he calls historical facts, and he includes the statement that all descriptions of art, architecture, sacred rituals, and documents are factual." beliefnet
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Monday, February 20, 2006

C.S. Lewis Probably Unhappy With Disney

Would C.S. Lewis been happy with the way Disney portrayed his famous book Series "The Chronicles of Narnia," Anita Torres Fish has an article in the Edmond Sun about why she thinks through her research, Lewis wouldn't have been happy with the film based on his novels.
Author probably not pleased with Disney
"Anyone who has actively researched the life of C.S. Lewis undoubtedly knows he was a multifaceted and vivid writer with strong convictions, and a specific purpose when it came to his literary works. Perhaps that explains why the series "The Chronicles of Narnia," now more than 50 years old, have never been out of print." Edmondsun
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The Celestine Prophecy The Movie

Here's a site that gives quite a bit of detail about the up and coming movie "The Celestine Prophecy", based on the best selling novel by James Redfield. It has information on the movie, author, cast and crew. I know im looking forward to it.
The Celestine Prophecy
"Based on James Redfield's worldwide best-selling novel, The Celestine Prophecy is a spiritual adventure film chronicling the discovery of ancient scrolls in the rainforests of Peru." shamansoft
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Deepak Chopra And Nuclear Bombs

Deepak Chopra gives his views on Iran and the cat- and- mouse game their playing with the rest of the world on their nuclear policies. He gives his view on how he thinks the whole issue on nuclear disarmament should occur(some would see it as controversial). I personally like his view, to have peace we all have to lead by example and that is to disarm now our own countries of nuclear weapons.
A-Bombs for Everyone...What Can We Do?
"The fact that a renegade state is going to acquire the bomb panics Europe and the U.S., who seem to pick and choose which Third World country deserves to go nuclear. India and Pakistan, yes, Iran and North Korea, no." intentblog
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Deepak Chopra On Hate

Here's a great article written by Deepak Chopra on how to overcome the feeling of being hated by someone else. Chopra shows us that there are some simple basic steps we can take so we don't get effected as much by other people's actions and views.
What To Do When You're Hated
"Americans aren't used to being hated, and although we recognize with embarrassment the "ugly American" stereotype, we feel as if we should be loved and respected anyway. Yet here we are. The Muslim world is inflamed with hatred against us." intentblog
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Friday, February 17, 2006

Turning Peace Into A Consumer Trend

Deepak Chopra and Ubiquity Brands CEO Jeff Dunn have united to bring about a new concept for world peace. Chopra has proposed marketing peace around the globe instead of war, which unfortunately a lot of the worlds governments do.
How to Repositon a Brand Called 'Peace'
"The way holistic visionary Deepak Chopra sees it, peace has long been losing the marketing battle with war. War gets major federal funding, Army recruiting ads, and a nationally televised infomercial in the State of the Union address. Peace gets local news coverage of angry mobs waving signs." newyorkmetro
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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Experiences With The Divine

Here's and article on divine experiences that everyday people have. It tells stories of peoples experiences when divine intervention happens and how it can change their lives.
Evidence of Divine Assistance
"The vast majority of people believe in angels or a divine source of assistance. Enthusiasts often reveal dramatic stories of divine intervention that have clearly affected them at a deep level. One such story I heard recently brings tears to my eyes every time I think of it".
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Angels What Are they?Who are they?

For centuries humans have been fascinated by angels. Here is an article that explains some of the questions people most commonly ask.
Are Angels Male or Female?
I often receive emails asking, "Please tell me what my angel looks like." Often the questioner has been listening to someone on radio or TV describe their "vision" of angels surrounding members of the audience. Can people really see angels around a person?Beliefnet
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Friday, February 10, 2006

Tibetans Visit Dalai Lama

China has taken a few small steps towards creating a more peaceful working relationship with the Dalai Lama, by allowing 200 Chinese nationals to attend a prayer meeting with the exiled Dalai Lama in India. China has also been issuing more visas to Tibetans and ethnic Chinese over the past couple years, allowing followers to pursue their spirituality through Buddhism in India.
China lets 200 Tibetans visit Dalai Lama
"Despite that, the majority of Tibetans loyal to the Dalai Lama, instead of Beijing, continue to be denied passports. Last November the Dalai Lama said talks with Beijing so far had done little to ease a "very repressive" atmosphere in Tibet." Telegraph

Here's a couple Dalai Lama quotes..
"Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful."
Dalai Lama
"It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance."
Dalai Lama

Also, here's part of a prayer by His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet..
Humble sentient beings, tormented by sufferings without cease, Completely suppressed by seemingly endless and terribly intense, negative deeds, May all their fears from unbearable war, famine, and disease be pacified, To freely breathe an ocean of happiness and well-being.
And particularly the pious people of the Land of Snows who, through various means, Are mercilessly destroyed by barbaric hordes on the side of darkness, Kindly let the power of your compassion arise, To quickly stem the flow of blood and tears.
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