Different paths up the same mountain

Imagine that you're getting ready to climb this mountain. (If you live in the Netherlands or the midwestern United States, get out your National Geographic for this one ) How are you going to get to the top You could take some climbing lessons, buy the right gear, and inch your way up one of the rocky faces. Or you could choose one of the many trails that meander up the mountain and take a leisurely hike to the summit. (Of course, you could always cheat and drive your car, but that would ruin...

Promoting the benefits of meditation

Although Western researchers have been studying the benefits of meditation for more than 50 years, three people in particular have helped popularize the practice by demonstrating how it can cause measurable improvement in a broad range of health concerns. I Herbert Benson and the Relaxation Response A cardiologist and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Benson pioneered the field of mind-body medicine with the publication of his bestseller The Relaxation Response in 1975. Based on...

Organizations and Centers

With the rapid spread of meditation in the West, centers and organizations devoted to the practice have sprung up in every major city and plenty of small towns, too Needless to say, I couldn't possibly list them all in these pages. So I offer you an annotated catalogue of major national organizations and in the case of traditions like Zen, where no centralized organization exists representative centers. If you just want something nearby and don't particularly care about style or affiliation,...