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White House Hosts Its First Vesak

On May 26, the White House for the first time hosted a celebration of Vesak, a holiday commemorating the Buddha’s birthday, death, and enlightenment. The event—organized by Wangmo Dixey, president of the International Buddhist Association of America—featured a candle lighting with Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff and prayers by leaders from three major Buddhist traditions. The […]

By Alison Spiegel

amazon meditation booth

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Amazon Tells Tired Workers to Meditate

In a new initiative, Amazon is inviting employees to calm their minds while their bodies are worked to the bone. The company, widely criticized for its grueling working conditions, has installed meditation kiosks in its warehouses where employees can watch videos of guided meditations and other “easy-to-follow well-being activities,” a press release said. If you […]

By Alison Spiegel

dhammakaya temple record

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Temple Sets Record with 330,000 Candles

Monks at a temple on the outskirts of Bangkok lit 330,000 candles on Earth Day 2021, setting the Guinness World Record for largest burning image, according to Agence France-Presse. The candles, arranged around the Dhammakaya Temple’s central shrine, depicted a world map, a meditating figure, and the event’s slogan: “Cleanse the Mind, Cleanse the World.” […]

By Amanda Lim Patton

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