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Happiness is a skill. It's actually something that can be cultivated. Everything we've learned about the brain suggests it's no different than learning the violin... if you practice, you'll get better at it.  ~Dr. Richard Davidson Compassion and lovingkindness are inherent qualities of every...
The Secular Buddhist Studies Program (“SBSP”) at The Interdependence Project offers a comprehensive, multi-lineage Buddhist foundation, incorporating the fundamental practices of meditation, psychology, philosophy, ethics, and their application in the lives of 21st century practitioners. Composed...
“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without." The Buddha Join us every Sunday from 3pm - 5pm for meditation instruction and sitting practice led by members of the IDP Teaching Staff.   Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced meditators, this...
Looking for Study at Home? Click here No Class 4/20/15 "Your problem is how you are going to spend this one and precious life you have been issued. Whether you’re going to spend it trying to look good and creating the illusion that you have power over circumstances, or whether you are going to...
Looking for the Study at Home course? Click here Whether you’re new to Zen Buddhism or a seasoned practitioner, this four week series is designed to provide an overview of traditional Zen practices.   Most 21st Century Zen lineages are not concerned with dogma, beliefs, or outdated rules of...
Interested in Home Study? Register here. Note: All IDP courses are available to drop-in for a single class, but purchasing the entire series offers a discounted per-class rate.  Full series registration includes access to readings, audio, and discussion board.  Buddhism is...
Looking for Study at Home? Click here Note: All IDP courses are available to drop-in for a single class, but purchasing the entire series is a discounted per-class rate. Full series registration includes access to readings, audio, and discussion board.  Following the framework of the classic...
Looking for the Study at Home course? Click here.   Note: All IDP courses are available to drop-in for a single class, but purchasing the entire series offers a discounted per-class rate.  Full series registration includes access to readings, audio, and discussion board....
Please join us for a special evening with guest teacher Amma Thanasanti.  A Theravadan nun since 1991, she was ordained as a Bhikkhuni at Aranya Bodhi Forest Hermitage, in the historic first dual Theravada Bhikkhuni ordination to be conducted in North America, and took Bodhisattva Vows with...
“You are the world expert on your life, your body, and your mind, or at least you are in the best position to become that expert if you observe carefully. Part of the adventure of meditation is to use yourself as a laboratory to find out who you are and what you are capable of doing.” – Jon ...
This unique class has been developed to provide children and their parents opportunities to explore the concept and practice of mindfulness through a variety of experiential activities. Research has shown that mindfulness techniques benefit children as well as adults by enhancing concentration,...
Please join us for meditation and a teach-in on the campaign for fair wages -- a push initiated by fast food workers in the US that has blossomed into a global movement for economic justice.We will learn about the history and values behind this movement, work together to articulate its relationship...

Featured Events

Wed, 3/4/2015, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Interested in Home Study? Register here.
Sun, 3/8/2015, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without." The Buddha
Mon, 3/9/2015, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Looking for Study at Home? Click here Note: All IDP courses are available to drop-in for a single class, but purchasing the entire series is a...

Blog

My Terrible, Horrible, Wonderful Night February 28
I had plans last night to go into the city and meet a dear friend to see a very special performance. So many things went wrong that I could easily...
3 Buddhistic Business Lessons from Harper Reed February 27
“I like that Chicago is a 'flyover' city,” said Harper Reed, former Chief Technical Officer at Threadless and Obama For America, now humbly billing...
Giving a Great Gift: Renunciation and the 5th Precept as a Practice in Generosity February 27
When I teach meditation to beginners, I usually tell them that the act of closing our eyes is powerful, because we’re setting an intention to let go...

Podcasts & Videos

Intention Setting Ceremony Part 1 February 3
"Whatever we're doing could be done with one intention. That intention is that we want to wake up,...
Podcast Vulnerability and Authenticity - An Evening with Susan Piver - Part 2 of 2 December 17
Developing a more receptive relationship to all of our experience allows us to manifest what is...
Vulnerability and Authenticity - An Evening with Susan Piver - Part 1 of 2 December 1
Developing a more receptive relationship to all of our experience allows us to manifest what is...

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