Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

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Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Postby Madushka » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:06 am

Former American president Bill Clinton has taken his exercise regime to spiritual heights – by learning the art of Buddhist meditation to help him relax.

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The politician, 65, has recently taken up a healthier life-style including becoming vegan after a string of heart problems over the years.

And in his latest bid to improve his well-being, the Democrat has hired his own personal Buddhist monk to help him learn how to meditate properly.

Radaronline quoted a source as saying: ‘Ever since his heart scare, Bill has looked for ways to help him relax.

‘He has a hectic life, he travels a lot on business as an ambassador for the U.S. and needs something to keep him sane.

‘Meditation offers him that, he has a mantra that he likes to chant and after every session he feels transformed and full of positive energy.

‘It’s definitely doing him the world of good – he feels fitter and stronger than ever.’

In February 2004, Clinton was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City after complaining of chest pains.
He needed to have two coronary stents implanted in his heart and a few months later in September underwent quadruple bypass surgery.

In 2010 he then had a clogged artery reopened – his second hert op in just five years – and announced he was giving up his diet of American fast food such as burgers, fries and deep-fried chicken to go vegan.

His strict diet consists of lots of fresh vegetables and fruit but he admits he still occasionally eats fish.

Source : http://www.thebuddhism.net/2013/01/10/b ... editation/

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Re: Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Postby Awarewolf » Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:38 am

Wonderful news, someone as powerful as him would have a great say from a modern western perspective about buddhism and health care, the ties between mindfulness and the body, etc.
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Re: Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Postby gendun » Tue Jan 15, 2013 2:34 pm

Really ? A somewhat ambivalent association I would have thought.
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Re: Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Postby Anagarika » Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:32 pm

In the west, it sometimes takes a health scare, or a loss, or a period of transition or suffering to switch on Buddhist teachings. It's really great news that someone like former Pres. Clinton might be an ambassador for Dhamma principles and Buddhist meditation.

So many times we wonder what the next years will hold for Buddhism. Will it become an unrecognizable new-agey commercialized entity, or will it fade away? With so many serious practitioners, new and experienced, Pres. Clinton being one very popular one of them, the Buddhadhamma might be in for a good long ride.
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Re: Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Postby Benjamin » Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:17 pm

Any info on the monk or his tradition? I'd be curious to know if he( Clinton) has been practicing dzogchen, vipassana, zazen, etc.
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Re: Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Postby bazzaman » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:02 am

Benjamin wrote:Any info on the monk or his tradition? I'd be curious to know if he( Clinton) has been practicing dzogchen, vipassana, zazen, etc.


He tried anapannasati once... but he didn't inhale.
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Re: Bill Clinton Turns To The Art Of Buddhist Meditation

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Jan 16, 2013 5:59 am

bazzaman wrote:
Benjamin wrote:Any info on the monk or his tradition? I'd be curious to know if he( Clinton) has been practicing dzogchen, vipassana, zazen, etc.


He tried anapannasati once... but he didn't inhale.


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