All Journal Entries by Lodro Rinzler

December 16, 2014
It’s that time of year. Self-reflection is at an all time high and our minds are naturally drawn to what we want to keep, discard, or create as a new year dawns. It may also be a time of both greater activity (celebrations, shopping, visitors,...
Buddhism, Meditation Practice     Link
October 1, 2014
Wherever we are, we have the ability to be present. On the meditation cushion, we can be present with the physical sensation of our breathing. Off the meditation cushion, we can be present with the people we encounter, our morning commute, the food...
Meditation Practice     Link
September 10, 2014
When I was seven years old, my first-grade teacher asked everyone to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. I remember walking around my classroom during parent-teacher night with the room plastered with drawings, learning all about my...
Buddhism     Link
October 15, 2013
Book Excerpt from 'Walk Like a Buddha' by Lodro Rinzler Q: How do Buddhists reconcile with the idea that psychopaths (aka sociopaths, like Hitler, Manson, Bundy), may not be born with basic goodness, thereby shattering the tenet that all beings are...
Buddhism     Link
July 22, 2013
At this moment I’m flying to Chicago for the one year anniversary of the death of one of my best friends, Alex Okrent. It’s a rough day, one which echoes back to this date in 2012 when Alex collapsed in the Obama campaign headquarters from heart...
Activism and Politics     Link
June 5, 2013
Q: How do I explain Buddhism to my religiously conservative parents? I remember being in a bar one night and a newer meditator asked me about coming out to their parents as a Buddhist. "You make it sound like you're telling them you're gay," I said...
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June 28, 2012
Ten years ago, when I was an undergrad, I felt alone. I was known for two things around campus: the first was being a “hardcore” Buddhist and the second always being up for going out on the town with friends. I would drink, have sex, and do a lot of...
Buddhism     Comment (7)     Link
June 7, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new column where I will take a quote from music and flesh out how it can relate to living a life of mindfulness and compassion. Have a suggested lyric? Send it over. -- “My boy builds coffins he makes them all dayBut it's...
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May 17, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new column where I will take a quote from music and flesh out how it can relate to living a life of mindfulness and compassion. Have a suggested lyric? Send it over. -- Your head will collapse If there's nothing in it And...
Buddhism     Link
May 2, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new weekly column where I will take a quote from hip-hop and occasionally other forms of music and interpret how it can relate to living a life of mindfulness and compassion. Have a suggested lyric? Send it over. -- “I've...
Buddhism     Comment (17)     Link
April 26, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new weekly column where I will take a quote from hip-hop and occasionally other forms of music and interpret how it can relate to living a life of mindfulness and compassion. Have a suggested lyric? Send it over. --
Arts and Media, Buddhism     Comment (14)     Link
April 18, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new WEEKLY (yes, I’m back to writing weekly for IDP) column where I will take a quote from hip-hop and occasionally other forms of music and interpret, ironically, how it relates to living a life of mindfulness and...
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
April 12, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new WEEKLY (yes, I’m back to writing weekly for IDP) column where I will take a quote from hip-hop and occasionally other forms of music and interpret, ironically, how it relates to living a life of mindfulness and...
Buddhism     Comment (4)     Link
March 7, 2012
Unfortunately, the historical Buddha never delivered a “How to Call out a Cheater” sermon. He did ask us to explore his teachings on topics like compassion and see how we can best apply them to our situations.
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
February 12, 2012
This morning I woke up and read an email from someone I have never met. It began, “Dear Lordo – you are a hipster f#ggot bitch.”
Buddhism     Comment (15)     Link
January 31, 2012
When I was seven years old, my First Grade teacher asked everyone to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. I remember walking around my classroom, learning all about my classmates’ long-term aspirations. Not surprisingly for this Manhattan...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
January 12, 2012
Wanting to be in love is natural to the human experience. We all want to love. We love love. However, its highs are dizzying, its lows traumatic enough that we want to rid them from our memory. It almost seems counterintuitive to try to reach...
Buddhism     Comment (3)     Link
December 26, 2011
Is it possible to be a Buddhist but still venture into the realms of "crazy town": sex, drugs, and alcohol?  
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
December 17, 2011
Recently my dear friend Ethan Nichtern and I were talking about my new book, The Buddha Walks into a Bar… (coming soon to a bookstore or Amazon near you).
Buddhism     Comment (5)     Link
November 19, 2011
What happens when you break up but you're still in love with your ex?  
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
October 29, 2011
3 keys to finding contentment in the midst of your everyday life.  
Buddhism     Link
October 14, 2011
Should you call your ex? Let's look at your motivation and the Four Gates of Speech...  
Buddhism     Comment (5)     Link
October 14, 2011
Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. Each time in this column we look at what it might be like if a fictional Siddhartha was on his spiritual...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
September 23, 2011
Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. Each time in this column we look at what it might be like if a fictional Siddhartha was on his spiritual...
Buddhism, Science & Technology     Comment (1)     Link
June 24, 2011
My girlfriend and I got into a fight last night because she says I’m a slob and that meditators should be more “mindful” of their living quarters. What would Sid say about that? – Messy Jessie
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