Featured Articles and Journals: Activism and Politics

December 3, 2013
Our times demand that we utilize the whole of our human potential in order to solve personal and global problems.  The future demands training in the entirety of our innate capacity – what I am calling “creative intelligence,” and the...
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December 2, 2013
Recently, IDP announced that January is Responsible eConsumption month and issued a challenge: For one hour each day for the first ten days of January, put down your electronic devices and be present with what you're doing, joining thousands of...
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November 30, 2013
I am a feminist. And a Buddhist. If I were to make a Venn diagram of my identities these two would have a lot of overlap.
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November 26, 2013
Could there be a link between meditation practice and the shifting of corporate concerns to align with the greater good? Can coaching based on introspection and meditation programs delivered in the business world impact the probability to act...
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November 25, 2013
Good morning (or whatever aspect of day you are experiencing).
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November 24, 2013
Earlier this month, The New Yorker online interviewed Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche while he was getting ready to speak at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.  The Sakyong is the leader of the Shambhala tradition, which believes in the inherent...
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November 23, 2013
Actor and progressive activist 
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November 11, 2013
As you may know, this weekend Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche visited New York City.
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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...
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October 14, 2013
Lack of trust is a very difficult thing to live with. When I first came to this path, I didn’t trust most things, and if I did trust something or someone, I didn’t trust that thing or person fully. I didn't feel safe, so I couldn't build trust.
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September 30, 2013
I’ve been waiting for October 1st for a long time.
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September 26, 2013
"Bill De Blasio Will Meditate Your Parking Ticket Away," a headline on Gothamist says. Intriguing -- but thoroughly incorrect -- and full of mocking stereotypes (those solidified perceptions make for easy shorthand).
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September 19, 2013
Profiling of any kind leads to a divided nation. In light of recent discussions linking Aaron Alexis' Buddhism/meditation practice and mental illness, I share my experiences with all in hopes that we can transform evil instead of creating more.
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September 18, 2013
Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people Monday at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard, was reportedly a meditator who lived for a time at a Buddhist Center in Texas. That fact was featured prominently in news stories about Alexis because it's so contrary to the...
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by Paul S
September 16, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. I thought it was time to clear up for myself what chanting-based Nichiren...
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by Paul S
September 10, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. I thought it was time to clear up for myself what chanting-based Nichiren...
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September 7, 2013
Buddhists are supposed to be placid, right?
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by Paul S
August 27, 2013
I have to say that I cringe a little when I hear White Buddhists talk about "ethnic" Buddhist traditions.  Sure, every large religious or philosophical tradition can stray from core tenets over time, or the connection to those tenets can be...
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August 26, 2013
Can all beings be happy? Isn’t there some kind of winner-loser scenario in place to prevent that? Don’t beings eat other beings?
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August 26, 2013
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, marked by Martin Luther King Jr.s "Dream" speech. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King called for an end to racism in the U.S. and described his...
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August 19, 2013
Friends, sometimes it is better for something to speak for itself rather than bear the burden of my commentary, so I've copied the following (on good will) and cited it below.
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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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July 26, 2013
There's  a moment in the first episode of Netflix's new original series Orange Is The New Black where the requisite wise Buddhist women's prison inmate "Yoga Jones" explains to new inmate Piper Chapman that she should treat her experience of...
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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...
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July 21, 2013
Metta, one and all! May you be happy, healthy, safe, and at ease! Also, guess what? Come on, guess. If you need a hint, take a look at the title. Now, guess. That’s right! We now have an IDP – Pets group on Facebook.
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