August 17, 1987 |
Vivian Rankin, who was among 300 persons who took part in Harmonic Convergence rites today at the Art Museum, has a quiet moment early this morning. The 300 was a bit short of the 10,000 event organizers had hoped for, but they were there about 6 a.m. for the chanting, humming and meditating they hope will help usher in a new age of human experience. The Harmonic Convergence began yesterday and ends today.
May 5, 1995 |
In Maria Novaro's tranquil study of skirmishes on the California/Mexico border, the garden always looks more profuse on the other side. To a gringa arriving in Tijuana, the foliage and local color there are much richer than where she comes from. But to a farmer she meets and falls in love with, the U.S. side of the border is the promised land. Novaro's loose-limbed Garden of Eden is part travelogue, part meditation on the fact that whales can freely move across the border without a change in species or status, but that people can't.
October 31, 1989 |
T'ai Chi Ch'uan is a traditional Chinese movement form, intended both as a system of self-defense and an aid to meditation. It came this month to the Juniata Park Older Adult Center. Instructor Andrew Heckert gave a demonstration on Oct. 19. Twenty-one people, ages 57 and up, attended, and a 10-week workshop in T'ai Chi Ch'uan began last week. The exercises that are being taught at the workshop emphasize balance over strength, and are characterized by slow, relaxed circular movements.
April 16, 2001 |
For all of his popularity on compact disc, Estonian composer Arvo P?rt - the best known among a school of Eastern Europeans called "the holy minimalists" - is surprisingly absent from the concert hall. His 1988 hour-long setting of the St. John Passion Gospel - titled Passio - is heard live so seldom that Friday's performance by the chorus Voces Novae et Antiquae and the Rel?che ensemble at the Trinity Center for Urban Life had the buzz of an event. The crowd was youngish and artsy, no surprise since P?rt's music echoes ancient chant so popular a few years ago. Also, the music is heartily accommodated by the electronic age, its spareness lending itself to recordings made in resonant venues where the sanctimonious silences have a shot at making sense.
March 5, 2009 |
"Sometimes the only way out," says Jenny Phillips, "is in. " That's the jailhouse mantra at the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison in Bessemer, Ala. The barbed-wire-wreathed bunker resembles the cheerless pen in The Shawshank Redemption except that at Donaldson, murderers serving life terms don't break out. At least not physically. Mentally though, through a Vipassana meditation program introduced by Phillips in 2002, some Donaldson inmates are breaking the cycles of anger and revenge that got them there in the first place.
October 21, 2010 |
Zenlike in its mix of the serene and the wise, the whimsical and the jarringly odd, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is a beautiful, slow-moving meditation on life, death, and relationships that transcend time and space. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the Thai director whose experimental fusions of fiction and documentary have won a passionate following in international cinema circles, opens Uncle Boonmee with a dreamlike excursion into the woods, where a water buffalo lopes in the dark.
January 23, 2009 |
Wearing a blue hoodie, pants cut off at the knee and tan sneakers, Wendy Carroll is on the run from her own sad life. In her 20s and alone, she pulls into a drizzly Oregon town, has car problems, gets into trouble with the law, and then loses her dog, Lucy. That's about the sum of what happens in Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy , except to say that somehow, thanks to an extraordinary performance from Michelle Williams and an exceptionally deft hand from her director, this low-budget and loping little film is a genuine heartbreaker.
March 17, 2014 |
For 15 minutes a day, Tim Frazier, Penn State's senior point guard, finds a quiet place, switches on a podcast, and meditates. Along with his teammates, Frazier, the team's all-time leader in assists, has found that practicing mindfulness meditation - focusing on the breath with his eyes closed and becoming aware of his thoughts without judging them - has amped up his performance on the court. "The game moves so fast, it's hard to focus on the here and now," said Frazier, who is pretty fleet of foot himself.
August 25, 2000 |
The Coatesville Area school board unanimously agreed last night to require district schools to begin their day with a moment for meditation. Coatesville becomes the only district in Chester County with a mandatory moment for meditation. Until now, Coatesville - like several other districts - had a policy of voluntary meditation. Speaking before the vote, School Board President Ron Scott said, "It is our duty to instruct and direct our children. . . . It's very much supported by the public.
February 5, 1996 |
Several people are sitting silently on blue cushions in a third-floor room, their legs crossed, their eyes closed. It looks like they might be practicing traditional Buddhist meditation, and in a way they are. But they're not seeking enlightenment - they're students in a stress-management class. And their teacher is not a Buddhist monk - he's a doctor at Graduate Hospital. What's going on in the room is part of a revolution in the medical profession. Eastern-style meditation increasingly is being used not as alternative treatment, but as one more tool in the doctor's medical bag. "There's nothing foreign or exotic about it," says Dr. Michael Baime, chief of internal medicine at Graduate, who leads the eight-week classes in meditation.