Med­i­ta­tion traps

The World of Chinese - - Cover Story -

There are many re­spectable cen­ters for spir­i­tual refuge. Un­for­tu­nately there are plenty more that would sooner take your money than soothe your soul. When choos­ing a med­i­ta­tion course, be sure to avoid any whose lit­er­a­ture men­tion:

Pay­ment: It’s a mat­ter of eti­quette to leav­ing a sum of money to the monastery as you see fit, no mat­ter the amount; it will ex­press grat­i­tude for the course and pay for your board. But if the course is priced, then some­thing is not right Acupunc­ture, which has noth­ing to do with spir­i­tu­al­ity Guoxue (国学, Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Cul­ture), an overused and rather de­val­ued term Yang­sheng (养生, health nour­ish­ment), an­other hack­neyed TCM term, with­out spe­cific mean­ing “High-end”: This in­vari­ably means the tar­get au­di­ence is prob­a­bly a par­tic­u­lar class of mon­eyed en­tre­pre­neur and the goal is just profit

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