In this issue of Inquiring Mind, we see the dharma meet the drama, in many cases making for a much happier third act.
We celebrate our anniversary with a retrospective of some of our favorite Mind moments.
Interview with Jon Kabat-Zinn: Bringing Mindfulness into the Mainstream of America
By Barbara Gates, Wes Nisker
Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work shows that, no matter what the context, skillfully taught mindfulness meditation can be a source of health and happiness and insight to all who practice, whether the Buddha comes along for the ride or not.
Interview with Danielle Levi Alvares: Reducción de Estrés / Mindfulness in the Inner City
By Carol Wilson, Steven V. Smith
Danielle Alvares worked with the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Clinic to create an inner-city pilot program taught in Spanish.
George Mumford, in collaboration with Jon Kabat-Zinn, developed meditation programs for substance abuse units in Massachusetts prisons.
Barbara Gates gives us a Joycean run through the mean streets of her own mind.
Jack Kornfield reports on the Western Buddhist teachers’ meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India, with an introduction by Kate Lila Wheeler.
Judith Stronach offers a fascinating account of a political mediation group whose unique tactics are inspired by meditation practice.
Yvonne Rand describes the use of an old Japanese Buddhist ritual in helping people cope with the trauma of abortion.
A dharma daddy’s dilemma: James Baraz explores the challenges he encounters teaching non-violence to his son.
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Andy Olendzki turns to the history of Buddhism in China for perspective on what’s happening in the West.
Wes Nisker shares his humorous take on new-age therapies, cures, health fads and consciousness-raising techniques.