All Journal Entries by KimberlyBrown

November 25, 2014
All day I’ve been considering what is an appropriate statement for me to make about last night’s announcement that a grand jury has failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown.   Some would say that I should...
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August 13, 2014
Let's just say you were walking with a dear friend, a stranger, and an enemy, and a group of armed criminals stop you by force.  They ask you to choose one person among you to be killed by them.  Which one would you choose?
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August 5, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August.
Buddhism, Meditation Practice     Link
August 1, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August. 
Buddhism, Meditation Practice     Link
July 21, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August. 
June 30, 2014
Lately, I've been reading more and more Facebook updates and Huff Post-type articles urging people to "do what you love" and "live your dream".  Considering it's an incredibly difficult economic time and the U.S. has a 6.3% unemployment rate (...
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June 25, 2014
Amnesty International's new campaign to bring awareness to torture included altered photos of HH the Dalai Lama, Karl Lagerfeld, and Iggy Pop.  However, it's been so distressing to many to see His Holiness represented as a beaten and bruised...
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June 23, 2014
A recent article in The Atlantic magazine reports that kindness is the quality most necessary to create and sustain a happy relationship.  Of course this seems obvious - everyone has an aversion to unkindness - but in practice it's not easy to...
Buddhism, Science & Technology     Link
June 18, 2014
Three seemingly disparate celebrities have lent their images and their names to a new campaign by Amnesty International to stop torture around the globe. 
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June 12, 2014
Actor Steve Buscemi, a meditator who studies with Pema Chodron, discusses the dharma with a Tibetan nun in this delightful episode of his web series. 
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April 28, 2014
The New York Times philosophy blog, The Stone, posted an interesting interview yesterday with Buddhist philosopher Jay L.
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March 11, 2014
Many people confuse kindness and love with co-dependency and giving-in, and fear that being kind would mean allowing others to hurt or harm you or others.  The reality is that wisdom leads to discernment, which means that kindness is used in...
Buddhism     Link
February 4, 2014
When I tell people I work as the Executive Director at The Interdependence Project, a meditation and dharma center, most think I must have the most stress-free job in the world.  Unfortunately, running a busy non-profit with 2.5 employees in...
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January 18, 2014
Lovely interview with IDP teacher, Kate Johnson, discussing her experience on a three-month retreat.     
January 7, 2014
Monks Without Borders, a new organization in Japan, has been founded to unite all Buddhists around the world to address social and economic issues.  Rather than focus on the differences between Buddhist sects, Monks Without Borders, supported...
January 1, 2014
January is IDP's Responsible eConsumption Month                                 ...
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December 13, 2013
Living far away from IDP I sometimes struggle with the idea of membership or donating to an organization that's so far away, knowing I can't participate in many of the events or programs. There's this common perception that 'charity begins at home...
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November 28, 2013
Practice the Path of the Bodhisattva with IDP this holiday season! Generate Gratitude Daily!   Every day, from today through January 1, we'll be posting our list of what we're thankful for in the comments section below.   
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October 28, 2013
Eat, a Brooklyn restaurant in Greenpoint, has been offering a silent, prix fixe menu on Sundays at 8pm since August.   They serve four courses, and talking is forbidden by customers and staff until after the meal is completed.  The...
Activism and Politics, Meditation Practice, Nutrition & Body Wellness     Link
September 11, 2013
  I’m not here to teach you a new identity. I’m not even here to take away any of your identities. I support you in discovering, how it is you are formulating yourself, and what occurs if you are willing to stop that formulation.
Meditation Practice     Comment (3)     Link
August 1, 2013
IDP's month-long Metta Meditation Marathon begins today.   Ethan* and I came up with the idea in June, as a way for our community to connect with each other during August, a time when many are traveling and on vacation.   For 30...
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July 30, 2013
The Huffington Post has a fun article today about Ven. Robina Courtin, the dynamic and popular Tibetan Buddhist teacher. (Worth it just to see an old photo of Robina in a hippie caftan and headband.)  Ven. Robina often speaks of her youth in...
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June 7, 2013
Two years ago,  Kelsang Wangmo became the first female Tibetan "Geshe", or professor, which IDP celebrated in this blog post.  Today, 27 more women are taking the <
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May 22, 2013
A Song on the Six Perfections* by Milarepa For generosity, nothing to do,
Other than stop fixating on self. For morality, nothing to do,
Other than stop being dishonest. For patience, nothing to do,
Other than not fear what is ultimately true. For...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
April 24, 2013
Following last week's article on the dearth of female teachers in Tibetan Buddhism, it's wonderful to read today's story in the Telegraph, in which the Dalai Lama reiterates his publicly stated support for women leaders and the possibility of a...
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