Saturday, 5 April 2014

"Bold Journeys": Rangoon's IMC in the 1950s



A popular show in the 1950s was called Bold Journeys, and appeared on the American TV station CBS. In this, television personalities visited lesser-known spots of the world and described their experiences there to the viewers back home. In 1957, Marion Picks spent one month in Burma. After she returned, she reported on the culture, the people, the food, and other curiosities. She also had the extremely good fortune of meditating 10 days under the instruction of Sayagyi U Ba Khin at International Meditation Centre (IMC). While here she was also able to meet Burma's first president, Sao Shwe Thaike, a supporter of the center. She discusses her experiences in learning this Buddhist meditation with the host of the program after having returned to the US. This is a short clip from the 30 minute show.