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Thought control.

Is it just me, or is the world sleepwalking to national suicide, as Mark Steyn once eloquently put it? Last issue we brought you the story of Mind Control, an Eastern religious conditioning system known as "Mindfulness" which is sweeping the world. More significantly, it is sweeping into schools in New Zealand, America, Australia, the UK and Canada.

How could that be, if it is religious?, you ask. Ah, that's the thing. The organizers tell journalists 'It is not religious', and the media repeat the mantra in a kind of Star Wars-y 'These are not the droids you're looking for' way.

There are some letters in this issue about Mindfulness, and they can speak for themselves, but the reality is that Mindfulness is as Buddhist as the Dalai Lama. Schmuck journalists--'repeaters' rather than 'reporters'--only say it is 'not religious' because they don't actually understand religion and they certainly don't understand Eastern meditation.

Mindfulness is the western name. In the east it is known, among other things as Vipassana. "The mindfulness practice can be difficult if not downright painful, especially at the beginning," says Shinzen Young, a Vipassana teacher. "By way of compensation it equips the meditator with a systematic procedure that will transform any ordinary experience of daily life into a profound contact with one's spiritual source."

Here in New Zealand, Mindfulness also falls under the Buddhist brand 'Insight Meditation", and practitioner Stephen Batchelor has called mindfulness 'the hub' of Buddhism, because when practiced often it creates a way of approaching everyday life:

"Mindfulness and concentration, are in fact the hub of the buddhist wheel if you like, but to remember that a hub only has any function if it is connected with spokes to a rim. I think for many buddhists, unfortunately, their practice seems to resemble a hub in isolation, in other words they may be very proficient in doing certain spiritual techniques and exercises but it seem to make little qualitative difference or link into how you actually live your life in its totality.

"So my call really would be to suggest expanding the notion of practice, recovering the notion of it being an ongoing way of life that embraces all parts of ourselves and at the same time recognising that that way of life is founded in a moment-to-moment exercise of mindfulness and awareness that somehow sustains it, enlivens it and grounds it."

All of which is why plans to force schoolchildren to do mindfulness meditation daily is nothing more than indoctrinating children into a Buddhist mindset so that they will be far more open to it later in life.

Children do not have the ability to give informed consent, especially when the programmes are backed by the authority of school and teachers, and where parents are being lied to and told there are no religious features to the meditation to a Buddhist the very point of meditation goes to the heart of that religion.

It is time for parents to make their voices heard, and give their kids a chance to bypass compulsory Vipassana indoctrination.

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Author:Wishart, Ian; Wishart, Heidi
Publication:Investigate HIS
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Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Dec 1, 2015
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