Nothing is everlasting, so every little thing is treasured. Right here’s a choice of some happenings—fleeting or in any other case—within the Buddhist world this week and subsequent.
Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 4 Extra Years in Jail
On Monday, Myanmar’s deposed civilian chief Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four more years in prison, on high of the two years she had previously been given for costs of incitement and non-compliance with COVID-19 restrictions in the course of the 2020 election marketing campaign. This time, the navy charged Suu Kyi for the possession of walkie-talkies and for violating COVID-19 restrictions when she didn’t put on a face masks when strolling by means of a crowd of supporters, despite the fact that she was carrying a face protect. Based on the New York Instances, Amnesty Worldwide mentioned that the walkie-talkie possession costs “counsel the navy is determined for a pretext to embark on a witch-hunt and intimidate anybody who challenges them.”
72-12 months-Previous Thai Monk Nears the Finish of a 1,500-Kilometer Barefoot Trek
Luang Ta Bun Chuen, a 72-year-old Thai monk, is nearing the top of a 1,500-kilometer barefoot pilgrimage across Thailand from Phuket to his dwelling province of Nakhon Phanom. The monk arrived in Nakhon Ratchasima province on Tuesday morning, the place folks had waited on the roadside to obtain his blessing. These ready described Luang Ta Bun Chuen as a monk who was dedicated to doing good deeds and had renounced all materials possessions—solely accepting items of water throughout his journey. In accordance with the Buddhist monastic code, Luang Ta Bun Chuen undertakes a pilgrimage yearly.
Buddhists Pilgrims in Japan Take a look at Use of a Robotic Go well with That Assists Strolling
Buddhist pilgrims in Zentsuji, Japan not too long ago examined a new robotic exoskeleton called Walk Mate to see if the gear may assist spiritual pilgrims traversing tough terrain. Based on Yoshihiro Miyake, a biophysics professor on the Tokyo Institute of Expertise who created the mechanical exoskeleton, the Stroll Mate can add energy to an individual’s limbs in sync with their tempo and gait by means of a management system on the again and motors on the shoulders and waist. The outside strolling experiment befell in mid-December on a sloped highway that connects the Mandaraji and Shusshakaji temples alongside the “henro” pilgrimage route, which traces the footsteps of Kobo Daishi (774-835). A priest at Zentsuji temple described the go well with as a “fashionable technological model of the strolling stick,” and a pilgrim in her 50s who climbed a 500-meter slope within the go well with known as the know-how “marvelous.” “I used to be anxious about my weak proper knee, however I may stroll similar to wholesome folks do,” she mentioned.
Psychotherapist Mark Epstein’s New E-book Comes Out
Psychotherapist Mark Epstein’s new guide, The Zen of Therapy: Uncovering a Hidden Kindness in Life, got here out on Tuesday. The guide traces a yr of remedy classes and the Buddhist themes that come up. Epstein also appeared on Tricycle Talks, Tricycle’s month-to-month podcast that includes main voices within the modern Buddhist world, this week. Take heed to the episode under.
January 14-17: Dharma Facilities—together with the Zen Studies Society in New York, the Winding Path Sangha in Iowa, and the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts—host on-line retreats honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
January 26: Sharon Salzberg and the Holistic Life Basis host a workshop titled “Mindfulness for Households” the place they’ll educate easy, enjoyable strategies that you should use along with your youngsters—within the second—to launch stress and troublesome feelings whereas selling leisure and resilience. Register here.
January 31: To conclude Tricycle Meditation Month, meditation instructor Myoshin Kelley hosts a dwell Q&A at 1 pm ET the place contributors can ask any questions they’ve about their meditation apply. Register here.
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