During the past month, Newsweek, New York Magazine, and many other U.S. mainstream journals and TV news programs have had prominent stories about Buddhism coming to the West This is at least in part a result of Bernardo Bertolucci's film Little Buddha. At the American Booksellers Association annual meeting in Los Angeles in May, attended by 40,000 people, Arnie was asked to give an hour-long presentation on "Mindfulness in the Workplace," including sitting meditation, walking meditation, and a real Dharma discussion on practice in daily life. Mindfulness in the workplace is the theme of this issue, including Thay's reflections on the art of living mindfully and others' insights into the realms of business, medicine, and education. We also present responses to the past two issues of The Mindfulness Bell about cultural and spiritual roots, and several articles about ways that meditation has helped readers deal with trauma.
We hope you enjoy this issue, and we look forward to receiving and publishing your insights and experiences of mindful living in our Fall edition.
—Therese Fitzgerald, Carole Melkonian, and Arnie Kotler