Conservative Christian group launches campaign against “Buddhist meditation” in public schools

children in meditationThe American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a conservative Christian watchdog group, has launched a legal campaign to fight what it calls “Buddhist meditation” in American public schools. The group takes issue with the secular mindfulness programs that have been implemented in some schools, in which audio recordings guide students through stress-reduction practices. The organization says that mindfulness practices “equate to Buddhism.”
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Meditation in Public Schools: Pro or Con?

Mindfulness can help students – and teachers – to be calm in the classroom. Here, we watch one video explaining the ins and outs of meditation in class. Adults discuss the benefits and pitfalls while students navigate stress and negative thoughts. Plus: Explore three ways to bring mindfulness to the classroom.

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The “Buddhist pop song” that took sixth at Eurovision


On Saturday, an Italian song about the emptiness of Western consumer culture came sixth at Europe’s wildly popular song competition, Eurovision. Occidentali’s Karma, by Francesco Gabbani, was Italy’s entry to the contest, and while the song (which is flush with Buddhist references) didn’t win, it was a hit with critics. The song was the most watched music video of the contest and was chosen as a favourite by fans and the press.

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Buddhism scripture teachers struggling to keep up with demand from state schools

New South Wales public schools are struggling to keep up with demand for Buddhism scripture teachers. Buddhist Council of New South Wales chairman Brian White said there were more than 3,000 public school students across the state studying Buddhism, and the number was growing rapidly.

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