- Vipassana and Alabama’s highest-security prison:
To date, 430 inmates have gone through the Donaldson Vipassana meditation program, the only one of its kind in North America. There’s a waiting list for the quarterly sessions, and the state wants to expand the offering to its women’s prison.
- Yoga in the NBA:
… there are the Los Angeles Clippers, a long-moribund franchise which isn’t often associated with progressiveness. Yet that’s exactly what they are when the subject falls on yoga in the NBA. For the past eight years, they’ve employed yoga instructor Kent Katich to work their players through yoga sessions, with Katich gradually becoming more involved with players’ training regimens each season. Even though he’s not listed on the staff directory on the Clippers’ website, he travels with the team and is on the court pregame to help warm up players.
- Hollywood A-Lister Paul Haggis vs. the Church of Scientology: The Church Of Scientology, Fact-Checked
I was in a cult for thirty-four years. Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t.
Also check out the Fresh Air interview with Lawrence Wright, the reporter who wrote the cover story on Haggis for the New Yorker:
- Tolerating the Intolerant: This BBC Heart and Soul report on religious tensions in Britain caught me off guard. I had no idea groups like the ones described, are active in the UK.
… one of the groups behind the blasphemy law in Pakistan is also active in the UK. The religious extremists are accused of spreading a hate message against members of other Islamic sects who they regard as infidels