All Journal Entries by Lani

by Lani
July 26, 2013
IDP member Angela Russo writes from China, where she is currently doing fieldwork, to share some of her experience with practice as she travels. Due to poor Internet connectivity, I am posting this on her behalf.
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by Lani
April 25, 2013
so crisp. the dot stands but when dissected as start it blurs indistinct points of beginnings middles, ends trace linear your nose...disappears even in-between lies to lovers needing her measurably t/here.
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by Lani
March 21, 2013
A little over a month ago, an IDP member and friend posted an invitation to a street retreat. What does one do on a street retreat?
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by Lani
March 7, 2013
(Photo: Mari Griffin) I did not recognize you as fear Deep vibrating abyssI did not recognize you as fearI did not recognize you as fearBecause your power has the births of many stars in its belly
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by Lani
February 28, 2013
"When we become lost in desire, we are put firmly into the framework of linear time. We become focused on getting what we do not yet have, or on keeping what we do have. We become oriented toward the future. To be caught in this concept of linear...
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by Lani
February 21, 2013
My last two blog contributions were morning ruminations. This one is a bit earlier…or later I suppose. As I am writing this, it is Wednesday evening and all is quiet. The pup and wife are in bed, and I am up ruminating. Ruminating about meaning and...
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by Lani
February 14, 2013
It's been a strange morning. A searching through Rumi quotes to send to loved ones in observance of Valentines. And a heartbreaking encounter made more so by the stories I've piled upon it. Simply stated, Lani's spent the bulk of this morning...
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by Lani
January 31, 2013
This morning I received a strange gift from the universe.
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by Lani
August 20, 2012
IDP would like to start to encourage those who want to meditate in public (explicitly representing IDP) to do so.
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by Lani
February 25, 2012
oh man my loves. this has not been an easy road for me this time. so many emotions. a body that just broke down and said "guess what? you're going to listen to me or i quit." it's been great though. because. it's been a steady stream of a...
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by Lani
February 10, 2012
Greeting love bugs. It's week two of Sharon's 28 Day Meditation Challenge, and this week we're getting into the body - Body scans, walking meditation and body sensation exercises.
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by Lani
February 3, 2012
I suppose I could plausibly say that I am one of the poster children for "Real Happiness." When Shambhala Sun wrote their featured piece last year on Sharon Salzberg's celebrated new book, my photo was right smack up there near the beginning...
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by Lani
September 15, 2011
"Some Westerners have misinterpreted the second-turning teachings on shunyata as nihilistic. If all things are empty, it is mistakenly thought, then nothing has any value and everything is finally meaningless. Why bother to be a decent...
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by Lani
September 8, 2011
Hello dear ones,
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by Lani
September 2, 2011
I think that relationships are tricky. Lovely, certainly and vital, yes, but tricky. For most relationships have stories - stories of shared experience and expectation. This is normal and, frankly, human. The roles within which we are embedded -...
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by Lani
August 25, 2011
The Internet is a pretty magical place. Yes, there are problems - of addiction and procrastination, of distraction and dilly dallying. But. Within reason. It's a preeeettty magical place. And yesterday I was turned onto a new site that -...
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by Lani
August 18, 2011
Lojong - Abandon any hope of fruition. For what are achievements really? What and who from do we hope to distinguish ourselves by them? Happy Thursday loves.
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by Lani
August 4, 2011
it is ceaselessly curious to myself that i am entangled within the academic world of political science and yet have done everything in my power to change its traditional contours of legitimate inquiry. notably i've been invested in religion,...
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by Lani
July 28, 2011
Perhaps the most touching blog I've been gifted in a long long time (Thank you JM). Please read the WHOLE THING. Trust me. I wouldn't lead you astray. From the Brave Girls Club - "We Must See Past What It Seems":
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by Lani
July 21, 2011
For St. Augustine, habit is "that thing which we have once it is added to us." One way to think of this in more Buddhistese is a manufacturing of the solidity of the self (for Augustine, more like prideful self aggrandizement) through...
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by Lani
July 14, 2011
Abby and I got a new puppy. He's terribly cute. He's also like a 3 year old. Actually, a one year old - no real language comprehension, no potty training and I'm sure every moment is either terribly confusing or rapturously alive for...
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by Lani
July 7, 2011
Imma break it down for you. My body is tired and tight and I ran waaaaaay too much not to stretch while I was in Provincetown with my love. Unfortunately, I didn't stretch. Well, I didn't stretch sufficiently. Now I'm in pain, tight,...
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by Lani
June 30, 2011
"Hatred, jealousy and excessive attachment cause suffering and agitation. I feel that, again, it is compassion that can help you overcome these to move into a calm state of mind. Compassion is not being kind to your friend. That is attachment...
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by Lani
June 29, 2011
last week was my girl's 25th birthday. it was riotous fun at the neighborhood gay bar for karaoke night. abby completely outdid herself, and sang her face off. amazing. i completely outdid myself also and drank to wiiiin. and the next day,...
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by Lani
June 16, 2011
  An interesting excerpt from Shambahla Sun (Wisdom 2.0) this month. Not sure wisdom (maybe understanding?) is precisely the right term, but good to know that the intelligence that it takes to do something and the intelligence...
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