Thursday, February 7, 2008


The death of Maharishi brought me back to Thailand in 1996, a year that my sister & I decided to practice Hinduism. We even persuaded my mom to come to the temple with us.
I don't know why did we stop going. I think I was at the age of searching for something I could hold on to (can't speak for my sister). I remembered that in the late 1997, I started to read bible & went to the mass. Then I stopped going again (I'm a poster child for quitters).
Anyway, I read the Daily Kos & NY Times today & found out that Maharishi was the owner of an organization worth $300 millions(University, books, DVD, real estate etc.) The organization based in Fairfield, Iowa. The weird thing is, it was the biggest contributor of Ron Paul Campaign!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The abstract

My husband and I collaborated on the mindfulness research. We just submitted abstract to the International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology Conference (University of Bremen, Germany). Read our abstract below
Mindfulness in Thailand: A Phenomenological Analysis

In recent years Western psychology has developed a burgeoning interest in mindfulness. Although preliminary evidence supports the efficacy of several mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression), there are subtle though important distinctions between contemporary Western and the traditional Buddhist operationalizations of mindfulness. Relatedely, Baer (2003) cautions that current mindfulness-based interventions risk overlooking important elements of the long tradition from which mindfulness meditation originates, and Kabat-Zinn (2003) warns that if the prevailing kinds of mindfulness research and theorizing are continued exclusively, they may prove limiting, distorting, and ethnocentric. Therefore, in this presentation the first author, a native Thai Buddhist woman, explores the differences between the nature and function of her culturally inculcated Theravada Buddhist mindfulness and contemporary Western psychotherapeutic mindfulness. In the second part of the presentation we review the results of a study in which we assessed Western mindfulness in 24 Thai Theravada Buddhist monks using self-report measures of mindfulness developed in the US. In providing support for our hypotheses, the quantitative results revealed that the monks had equivalent (and on some subscales lower) levels of Western mindfulness relative to American college students with no meditation experience, and the qualitative results suggest that the monks conceptualized mindfulness in different terms than in the West. Implications for future mindfulness research and therapy practice are addressed.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Siamese Buckaroo for Obama

In 2004 while working for the Kerry-Edwards campaign in New Hampshire. My husband & I knew that we would win in New Hampshire but Kerry would not win the election. The campaign were not very well organized & Kerry did not established enough trust for Americans. This year it took me a while to decide who I want to volunteer for. After I finished reading Barack Obama's book "Dreams From My Father" and listen to the debates. I made a decision.
I want change.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

My letter to the Village Voice

Response from The NY Times Public Editor
Dear Ms. Christopher,
Thank you for writing. I will make sure the appropriate person sees your message.
Michael McElroy
Office of the Public Editor
The New York Times

I haven't heard anything since then so I decided to send the article to the Village Voice.

Dear Mr. Harkavy:
I wrote this letter and article to the NY Times in response to their biased article about Thailand & Thai elephants. They did not publish the article. I was wondering if the Village Voice would consider publishing the article. I believe it is a very important issue that I would like to disseminate. Thank you so much.