Featured Articles and Journals: Activism and Politics

February 24, 2017
The other night, I tried to turn off my computer but the white circle in the center of my screen kept spinning for several minutes. Was it stuck, “loading”? Or, like me, had it been reading The New York Times too much and not exercising? If you’ve...
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by Ngejung
January 19, 2017
One of the most useful teachings I've ever heard in Buddhism was through a story told by Sharon Salzberg, related to me by our teacher and executive director Kim Brown. During Sharon's first visit to India, she was confronted by a purse-snatching...
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September 12, 2016
We received this message today from our dear teacher and friend, Zen Peacemaker Venerable Pannavati, leader of Heartwood Refuge: "From Sept 17-24 we are taking a trip to camp with the indigen
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July 19, 2016
Recent news of killings and shootings in the U.S., and terrorist acts abroad have created a lot of discussion about the causes and conditions which allow violence to occur.  Some suggest that mental illness is the cause, others suggest that...
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July 15, 2016
When bad things happen -- as they do with blinding regularity these days -- along w
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November 17, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monk and author, Matthieu Ricard, was visiting his home town in Aix-les-Bains, in France, for a conference when the Paris attacks occurred last week.  Ricard, a scientist who holds a PhD in molecular genetics, has written and...
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October 29, 2015
One of the benefits of meditation is that you become less reactive. You cultivate the ability to rest in a calm, clear space so that you can choose how to respond rather than habitually hitting back.
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October 15, 2015
In our culture, we place a high emphasis on intellectual learning. Yet our personal growth seems to depend on how we translate what we read and hear into some deeper, possibly wordless understanding. Even Suzuki Roshi once said about his own (...
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September 30, 2015
In southern Arizona, where I live, many people think that it’s illegal to give exhausted desert travelers water, food, and shelter. Go ahead and re-read that first sentence.
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September 4, 2015
How do you love someone who is scared and who scares you? I was reminded of this question, posed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book "Open Heart, Open Mind," this week as I watched the Internet react to what we might term "difficult people" in our metta...
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August 31, 2015
Back in June, at the beginning of the summer, IDP decided to offer a weekly Metta/Lovingkindness Meditation practice, on Fridays from 6-7pm. When planning the offering, I wondered if anyone would attend - sometimes it's quiet during the summer,...
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August 19, 2015
Philadelphia -- long known as the City of Brotherly Love but more (in)famous recently as the city that destroyed a robot that had traveled safely throughout Canada and parts of  Europe -- will hold a Day of Kindness on Oct. 27 to honor the...
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August 12, 2015
The bully of years gone by, who stole lunch money or taunted kids about their weight, now seems quaint. Today’s bully has gone digital and is much more empowered because of it. Cyberbullying is the official name for this brand of teasing, and while...
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July 27, 2015
Director of SCPS Leroy Smith helps a member of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at a July 18th rally in Columbia, South Carolina.  Photo by @robgodfrey via Twitter. 
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July 21, 2015
The racially motivated massacre in Charleston last month was the turning point for me.  Looking at the images of the nine innocent people slaughtered at the hands of a white supremacist man really sent chills up my spine.
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June 20, 2015
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?   -The Dhammapada
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June 5, 2015
An article in today's Guardian reports that Thai brand strategist Sirikul Laukaikul is offering corporate clients "karma marketing" tools; a way to promote their produc
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May 12, 2015
It's been a few weeks since the Nepalese earthquake struck, devastating the country, killing over 8,000 people and injuring ~20,000.  Today another powerful quake hit, bringing even more destruction and chaos.   As a result of these...
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May 3, 2015
The charge of "depraved heart murder" was filed against one of the Baltimore police officers accused in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. That's an odd term for most of us: "Depraved heart."
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April 25, 2015
Update 4/26:  Shantideva Meditation Center is offering a special Medicine Buddha Puja at Jewel Heart in NYC on Tuesday, 4/27, to offer prayers for those affected by the earthquake. 
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April 17, 2015
On his three-month tour of the U.S., His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has often used the environment -- and the threats it faces from human misuse -- as an avenue for Buddhist teachings.
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March 24, 2015
  Excerpted from A New Buddhist Path by David R. Loy. PATH We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
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March 10, 2015
Excerpted from The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.
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January 30, 2015
This post’s posting is attempted through a mobile platform on my phone -- a first for me. I normally work off a laptop, for which I may be holding a burial service. Upon reaching for it to write this post, I dropped it approximately six feet onto a...
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