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Thousands of Buddhist monks in Asia learn Transcendental Meditation
by Bob Roth
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31 October 2011
More than 3,000 Buddhist monks in 100 monasteries throughout Southeast Asia have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique, as a result of the work by a revered Japanese Buddhist monk, Reverend Koji Oshima, who is a longtime TM practitioner and certified TM teacher.
According to Rev. Oshima, the Buddhist monks appreciate the simplicity, effortlessness, and profound experience of transcendence, which is gained almost immediately after starting the TM practice. Rev. Oshima adds that transcendence provides the natural basis for the monks' subsequent prayers and practices.
During Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's many tours of Asian countries, he often visited monasteries and spoke personally to many Buddhist leaders. One prominent monk in Sri Lanka, who is now the leader, or ''Shan Kara,'' of one the three streams of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, has been instrumental in encouraging monks throughout the country to take TM instruction from Reverend Oshima.
Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka beginning their day with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique
Reverend Oshima said the younger monks are especially inspired by Maharishi's integration of modern and ancient knowledge. ''They were particularly interested in the Unified Field chart, illustrating how the Unified Field of Natural Law, as described by modern quantum physics, is experienced directly during TM practice as the field of transcendental consciousness, the field of Absolute Being.''
Young students practicing the TM technique as part of their
daily routine at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand
Reverend Oshima has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Maharishi University for the significant contributions he has made to society by promoting the experience of Nirvana—the spiritual foundation for the achievement of the goals of Buddhism. Through Reverend Oshima's travels and teaching of the Transcendental Meditation technique he has helped enliven the knowledge and direct experience of Absolute Being in the lives of thousands of Buddhist monks—an influence that helps heighten the peace, happiness and sustainable progress of these monasteries and the world around them.
Reverend Koji Oshima (center) with students who
have learned the Transcendental Meditation technique
at a monastery in Thailand
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