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AP Photos: People in Asia and beyond welcome Lunar New Year
16 February 2018 - People in Asia and around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year on Friday with festivals, parades and temple visits to ask for blessings. This year marks the year of the dog, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese astrological chart. People in Beijing celebrated with family feasts and visits to bustling temple fairs amid the mid-winter chill. Ethnic Chinese and others around the world also marked the holiday with celebrations. (more)

Laser scanning reveals 'lost' ancient Mexican city 'had as many buildings as Manhattan'
15 February 2018 - Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate. The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a rapid succession of laser pulses at the ground from an aircraft. Now, researchers have used the technique to reveal the full extent of an ancient city in western Mexico, about a half an hour's drive from Morelia, built by rivals to the Aztecs. (more)

Traditional music returns in Syria's war torn Aleppo
14 February 2018 - Traditional musicians in Syria's Aleppo say their art is flourishing again 13 months after fighting in the city ended, as new students learn the techniques of 'Qoudud' singing. At the National Choral Institute in Aleppo, singing coach Ahmed Kedah said he has between 30 and 50 pupils, including both school children and university students. The Qoudud style has a long history in Aleppo and is famous across Syria. (more)

The good news is ... people like to read good news
12 February 2018 - A strange thing happens when you write about something going right. People take notice. They read to the end. They share it with their friends. ... Eighteen months ago, the Guardian launched a pilot project to see how readers would respond if we deliberately sought out the good things happening in the world. More than 150 pieces of journalism later ... we have proof of concept. (more)

Lasers reveal a Maya civilization so dense it blew experts' minds
3 February 2018 - They were hidden there, all this time, under the cover of tree canopies in the jungles of northern Guatemala: tens of thousands of structures built by the Maya over a millennium ago. ... But it is not only about protecting cultural treasures, Ms. Hernandez said. The project is part of a broad push to fight climate change, generate tourism dollars, and prevent illegal activities like border trafficking and deforestation in protected areas. (more)

Scientists find massive Mayan society under Guatemala jungle
2 February 2018 - Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defense works, and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala's Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought. The discoveries, which included industrial-sized agricultural fields and irrigation canals, were announced Thursday (1 February)... (more)

New technology reveals numerous ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
1 February 2018 - Thousands of previously unknown ancient Maya structures, including pyramids, palaces, and causeways, have been revealed in Guatemala following an investigation by a team of international archaeologists using ground-penetrating laser technology. The ancient Maya civilization was one of the most advanced to arise in Mesoamerica, marked by sophisticated mathematics and engineering that allowed it to spread throughout present-day Central America and southern Mexico. (more)

US: Greenwich designers see a bright start to 2018 with 'Gen-Z yellow'
30 January 2018 - There is a new color in town. Coined Gen-Z yellow, it has cast quite a glow across social media and inspired fashion and interior designers to brighten up togs and tableaus for the coming season. This sunny hue, like its older cousin, is more a spectrum of shades from canary to mustard yellow. (more)

Bosnian town's woodcarvers maintain slice of world heritage
29 January 2018 - UNESCO's decision in December 2017 to recognize the unique woodwork of Konjic as part of the world's heritage will give an extra boost to a business that was already enjoying success. It looks so simple, watching the woodcarvers of Konjic in central Bosnia. They cut the patterns into the wood so fast that the naked eye can hardly follow. For generations, they have been carving their flower and leaf patterns on every piece of furniture that the town's famous shops produce. In December last year, Konjic's woodcarving was added to the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. (more)

Covered on the catwalk: modest fashion struts its stuff in Paris
26 January 2018 - Models in brightly colored pant suits and ankle-length dresses graced a Paris catwalk this week in what organizers said was the city's first show of modest fashion that highlights styles popular with Muslim women. The event was part of the Oriental Fashion show held on the sidelines of the city's haute couture fashion week, which showcases designers from Asia and the Middle East. (more)


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Short film by Maharishi University of Management alum competes at Sundance Film Festival
14 February 2018 - As a business and digital media major at Maharishi University of Management, Andrew Runkle got swept up in the world of filmmaking early on and never looked back. He is now a successful video producer, with a short film that was screened in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Recently he produced several big-brand commercials that featured celebrity athletes, including Michael Jordan. 'I get a lot of fulfilment from seeing a project realize from start to finish - being able to bring something to life and see that come to fruition in a relatively short amount of time,' he said. (more)

Tonight: Live webcast - David Lynch, Bob Roth: 'A Conversation on Meditation, Creativity, and Life'
12 February 2018 - It's 2018, and who among us doesn't feel stressed and exhausted? Join David Lynch and Bob Roth this Monday evening, 12 Feb - on a live webcast from the Wilshire Ebell Theater in Los Angeles - as they discuss the Transcendental Meditation technique, why it works, how it differs from mindfulness and other forms of meditation, and its broader applications in our complex society. Bob Roth is Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, founded by filmmaker David Lynch, which offers Transcendental Meditation to at-risk groups including veterans with PTSD, and women and children survivors of abuse. Roth is author of the new book, Strength in Stillness. (more)

Women: Let's march onward and inward in 2018
1 February 2018 - 'Valuing and respecting women - in fact, valuing everyone - is the foundation for thriving as a society,' writes award-winning author Ann Purcell. This year, in addition to 'achieving a real balance of power between the two genders. . . . every woman can take an even more profound step by accessing the essence of her being. At the deepest level of our minds and hearts, there is an ocean of silence from which infinite nourishing power - our intelligence, creativity and dynamism - arise. . . . Many powerful women such as Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Katy Perry, and Arianna Huffington practice Transcendental Meditation. They all know that strength and the roots of harmony lie within. . . . All these women have realized the importance of diving beyond the layers of doubt, superficialities, and insecurities to a place of pure peace, joy, stillness, strength - one's inherent truth.' (more)

TM at Oregon Tails: 20 minutes morning and evening, 50 dogs all day
30 January 2018 - Jonathan Czinder hails from the midwestern USA where he grew up practising the Transcendental Meditation technique. After college he moved to Portland, Oregon where he pursued his love of working with dogs and founded the Oregon Tails Dog Ranch. 'My team and I handle about 50 dogs each day,' he says. 'Practising the TM technique has been a huge element in my work with dogs. It helps me be in the moment, and the more present I am, the greater my awareness to observe and feel out the dogs I'm working with.' With a waiting list of 100 customers, Jonathan says, 'I'm grateful to my TM practice for allowing me to clearly see what I want in life, and for instilling in me the confidence and energy to create it.' (more)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's comments to the press - Christmas, 2002
25 December 2017 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi replies to a question from the world press on the Vedic nature of Christ's words, 'Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven and all else will be added unto you.' - 25 December 2002, MERU, Netherlands. (more)

Powered by Transcendental Meditation: Artist Krista Kim and the Techism movement
13 December 2017 - Artist Krista Kim's 'canvas' is digital images of LED lights. Her 'brushes' and 'paints' various kinds of software. For inspiration she uses Transcendental Meditation to dive into the creative silence deep within. 'You just basically tap into this creative force of intelligence from where all things come, and this collective intelligence . . . you go into this deep state of bliss and then when you come out, you feel amazing, you feel like you've touched the sky.' After learning TM, 'I felt that every aspect of my life, whether it's being a mother, being an artist, being a person, just being myself, it just made everything better, brought it to a new level.' Krista feels that meditation and art are vital to creating a better world. She is a pioneer bridging the gap between art and tech: 'The more involved artists are in conversation amongst leading-edge technology innovators, the more humane the future becomes.' (more)

Dr Norman Rosenthal to be featured in free webinar: 'The Way to a Super Mind' - 8 December
8 December 2017 - This Friday, 8 December, from 1:00pm-2:00pm US ET (7:00pm-8:00pm CET) renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and bestselling author Norman Rosenthal, MD, will be featured in a webinar titled 'The Way to a Super Mind': Exploring the principles and techniques elite performers use to achieve sustained excellence. Dr Rosenthal will engage in a conversation with business executive Moe Abdou, founder of 33 Voices, on topics including: What is a Super Mind? What are the key barriers that prevent access to one's super mind? Learning to transcend thought and unconscious behaviour, and the keys to building a better brain. (more)

Tom Bergeron, dancing with the stars and relaxing with Transcendental Meditation
25 November 2017 - For American TV host Tom Bergeron the art of staying sane in Hollywood is no different than staying sane anywhere. Today the host of popular shows such as America's Funniest Home Videos and Dancing with the Stars is the epitome of calm and cool. In the early 1980s, acknowledging a major anger management issue, he signed up to learn Transcendental Meditation, and his rage has been under control ever since. In addition, decades of TM practice have helped him become the king of 'off the cuff' on television. 'I trust that because of the practice, because of the investment of time and mental energy into being present, that I'm going . . . to somehow know how to roll with whatever happens . . . That you are not constantly at the beck and call of any regrets you might have about what happened in the past or unnecessary fears and anxiety.' (more)

Katy Perry: 'Transcendental Meditation changed my life'
10 November 2017 - 'I start the day with Transcendental Meditation. It puts me in the best mood . . . It's the only time my mind gets absolute rest.' A recent interview revealed why Katy Perry has made TM her 'go-to tool for rest and relaxation.' Excerpts from 'a conversation with Katy Perry' include how she has raised awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans and how TM can help returning soldiers heal. In the past, Katy asked fans not to bring any presents to her birthday celebration, but instead to make a donation to the David Lynch Foundation that teaches TM to those most in need, such as veterans, inner-city kids, survivors of domestic violence or the homeless. (more)

Researching the convergence of architecture and neurobiology
30 October 2017 - Maharishi University of Management alumnus David Navarrete has been involved in research collaborations with health institutions around the world to study the effect that an interior architectural design has on the occupant's physiology. He is director of research initiatives and content development at a business in Fairfield, Iowa called Sky Factory. The company creates beautiful architectural illusions of sky and nature, installed in ceilings and windows, that help people feel more connected to nature. A 2017 multidisciplinary study conducted at Texas Tech University earned him and his colleagues a Certification of Research Excellence by the Environmental Design Research Associations. David is also a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, and says, 'In architecture and healthcare everyone is looking at the powerful way the environment affects people's experience . . . If you can experience the deepest level of your own internal environment . . . You bring empathy and receptiveness into the world, tapping more of your creativity and happiness.' (more)


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For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name
4 September 2017 - Chinese millennials with a dim view of their career and marriage prospects can wallow in despair with a range of teas such as 'achieved-absolutely-nothing black tea', and 'my-ex's-life-is-better-than-mine fruit tea'. While the drink names at the Sung chain of tea stalls are tongue-in-cheek, the sentiment they reflect is serious: a significant number of young Chinese with high expectations have become discouraged and embrace an attitude known on social media as 'sang', after a Chinese character associated with the word 'funeral' that describes being dispirited. It's a reaction to cut-throat competition for good jobs in an economy that isn't as robust as it was a few years ago and when home-ownership -- long seen as a near-requirement for marriage in China -- is increasingly unattainable in major cities as apartment prices have soared. While 'sang' can be a pose or affectation, despondency among a segment of educated young people is a genuine concern for President Xi Jinping and his government, which prizes stability. ... The average starting salary for college graduates dropped by 16 percent this year to 4,014 yuan ($608) per month amid intensifying competition for jobs as a record 8 million graduate from Chinese universities -- nearly ten times the number in 1997. (more)

Key radical Islamist groups in Bangladesh
3 July 2016 - The hostage crisis at a restaurant in Bangladesh's capital that left 28 dead, including 20 hostages and six militants, has focused attention on the radical Islamist attacks occurring in the moderate, mostly Muslim country in the past few years. Most have been claimed by the Islamic State group or by al-Qaida's local branch, but the government vehemently denies these transnational jihadi groups have any presence in the country. Instead, the government blames domestic militants and its political opponents of trying to destabilize the country. Authorities have cracked down on extremist groups by banning them from operating and arresting many of their members. The opposition parties deny the allegation that they're involved. A look at some of the main Islamic political parties and radical groups in the country: (more)

Hostage crisis leaves 28 dead in Bangladesh diplomatic zone
2 July 2016 - The dramatic, 10-hour hostage crisis that gripped Bangladesh's diplomatic zone ended Saturday morning with at least 28 dead, including six of the attackers, as commandos raided the popular restaurant where heavily armed attackers were holding dozens of foreigners and Bangladeshis prisoner while hurling bombs and engaging in a gunbattle with security forces. The victims included 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, and two Bangladeshi police officers. The attack marks an escalation in militant violence that has hit the traditionally moderate Muslim-majority nation with increasing frequency in recent months, with the extremists demanding the secular government set up Islamic rule. (more)

U.S. families struggling with teens' phone addiction: report
3 May 2016 - Half of teenagers in the United States feel addicted to their mobile phones, with most checking the devices at least every hour and feeling pressured to respond immediately to messages, a survey released on Tuesday found. The majority of parents concurred. The findings from the nonprofit group Common Sense Media, which focuses on the effects of media and technology on children, highlighted the tension such close ties to devices can cause, with it disrupting driving, homework, and other time together. 'It is causing daily conflict in homes,' Common Sense Media's founder and CEO James Steyer said in a statement. (more)

Retaking Syria's Palmyra reveals more shattered antiquities
28 March 2016 - The recapture of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group has brought new revelations of the destruction wreaked by the extremists, who decapitated priceless statues and smashed or looted artifacts in the city's museum. Experts say they need time to assess the full extent of damage in Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site which once attracted tens of thousands of tourists every year. The Sunni extremist group, which has imposed a violent interpretation of Islamic law across the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq, claims ancient relics promote idolatry. But it is also believed to have profited from looted antiquities. (more)

'Here we go again' -- Americans' lament after Oregon shooting
2 October 2015 - The news from Oregon was grim enough in isolation -- nine people shot dead at a community college. For many Americans it was all the sadder as a reminder of how frequent, how depressingly routine, mass shootings have become -- in malls, at churches, and so often at schools and colleges. (more)

Horrific stampede at hajj in Saudi Arabia kills 717 pilgrims
24 September 2015 - A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades. At least 863 pilgrims were injured in the crush, said the Saudi civil defense directorate, which provided the death toll. The tragedy struck as Muslims around the world marked the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday. It was the second major disaster during this year's hajj season. Two survivors interviewed by The Associated Press said the disaster began when one wave of pilgrims found themselves heading into a mass of people going in another direction. (more)

Unsupervised teens more likely to use tobacco, pot, and alcohol
18 September 2015 - A small U.S. study appears to confirm adult fears that teens who spend more than the average amount of unsupervised time 'hanging out' with peers have higher odds of smoking cigarettes and marijuana and drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, greater than average involvement in structured school and after-school activities did not seem to offer a protective effect. Organized time, such as arts classes at school, religious activities outside school, or community volunteer work had a very modest protective effect. (more)

Islamic State magazine blasts Muslims fleeing to Europe as sinners
10 September 2015 - Hundreds of thousands of people have fled wars in the Middle East this year, often from areas seized or threatened by Islamic State militants. They have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe on flimsy boats that have sometimes capsized, killing hundreds, in one of the biggest waves of migration since World War Two. Most of the refugees come from Syria, Iraq, and Libya -- states ravaged by conflict frequently involving Islamic State. But the magazine of Islamic State, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria where some 10 million people live, said those who leave its domain were committing a 'major sin'. (more)

UN: Satellite images show Temple of Bel in Syria 'destroyed'
31 August 2015 - A satellite image on Monday shows that the main building of the ancient Temple of Bel in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been destroyed, a United Nations agency said. The image was taken a day after a massive explosion was set off near the 2,000-year-old temple in the city occupied by Islamic State militants. It stood out among the ruins not far from the colonnades of Palmyra, which is affectionately known by Syrians as the 'Bride of the Desert.' Palmyra was an important caravan city of the Roman Empire, linking it to India, China, and Persia. Before the outbreak of Syria's conflict in March 2011, the UNESCO site was one of the top tourist attractions in the Middle East. (more)

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