This one is hot off the presses - the dateline on this over at The Atlantic is about 20 minutes ago. The Atlantic, IMHO, vies with The New Yorker as the current preeminent publisher of top feature writing. And Olga Khazan has a pretty impressive track record. So, reading this is on my to do list. After grading, course planning, Refuge business meeting prepping, etc. In the meantime, if you get a chance, tell me what you think.
From the website:
This was the first of two meditation sessions of the Kadampa Buddhism class I attended this week near my house in Northern Virginia, and I did not reach nirvana. Since we were in a major city, occasional sirens outside blasted through the quiet, and since this was a church basement, people were laughing and talking in the hallways. One guy wandered in to ask if this was an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The more we focused on our breath, the teacher assured us, the more these distractions would fade away.
Read more at The Atlantic.
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