All Journal Entries by KimberlyBrown

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. 
Activism and Politics     Link
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. 
Arts and Media, Buddhism, Meditation Practice     Comment (1)     Link
April 28, 2014
The New York Times philosophy blog, The Stone, posted an interesting interview yesterday with Buddhist philosopher Jay L.
Buddhism     Link
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...
Buddhism, Meditation Practice     Comment (2)     Link
January 18, 2014
Lovely interview with IDP teacher, Kate Johnson, discussing her experience on a three-month retreat.     
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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                                 ...
Meditation Practice     Link
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...
Community News     Link
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.   
Buddhism, Community News, Meditation Practice     Comment (97)     Link
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...
Buddhism, Community News, Meditation Practice     Comment (1)     Link
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...
Activism and Politics, Buddhism     Comment (4)     Link
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 <
Activism and Politics, Buddhism     Comment (4)     Link
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...
Activism and Politics, Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
April 23, 2013
The Guardian newspaper reports that a hospital in England has installed a quiet room designed by ambient music pioneer Brian Eno.  It's being offered as a place to help patients relax, and doctors plan to monitor people who use the room to see...
Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (8)     Link
April 15, 2013
Today in the Huffington Post, author Michaela Haas has a wonderful article asking why there isn't a female Dalai Lama and what is being done to address the sexism underlying the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.  Like many women studying in this...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
February 19, 2013
The Interdependence Project offers three ways to interact on our website: via the IDP Blog, through personal Journals, and on comments to both the Blog and Journal entries.   Please read the below policies before posting material on our...
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February 13, 2013
Dear IDP Community,As our online presence continues to grow, it's important that everyone understands The Interdependence Project website policy.  We offer three ways to interact with us online: via the official Blog, through personal Journals...
Community News     Comment (2)     Link
December 2, 2012
I was planning to write a post today about holiday gift-giving and how we're all under so much pressure to buy presents that we forget what it's like to be generous.  Except on Saturday I started to feel pain around my right eye.  I...
Buddhism, Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (26)     Link
November 30, 2012
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the popular Tibetan teacher who abruptly became a wandering yogi in August 2011 to the surprise of his teachers, family and community and had not been heard from since, has indicated in a letter this week that he "is in very...
Buddhism, Community News     Comment (2)     Link
November 26, 2012
This is what you shall do:
Activism and Politics, Buddhism, Religion & Spirituality     Comment (3)     Link

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