Featured Articles and Journals: Arts and Media

February 25, 2014
Harold Ramis, who died Monday, was the calm center of antic comedies including "Ghostbusters," "Animal House," and "Groundhog Day," That's no accident -- he was a practicing Zen Buddhist.
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February 25, 2014
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The...
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February 22, 2014
You have opportunities every day to step beyond your role at work and act like a whole human being, offer a helping hand, learn the skill outside your scope of work, allow yourself to be helped by others. This will make your life more humane and...
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February 20, 2014
This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the...
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February 18, 2014
At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, a panel of Google executives speaking about corporate mindfulness was disrupted by protestors who accuse the company of "appropriating the language of counterculture and Buddhism" while...
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February 13, 2014
School shootings. Devastating storms. Never-ending political scandals. Fear, disgust, and mental anguish are the “new normal.” Life these days is difficult, and you can see the impact on people’s behavior.
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February 8, 2014
I'm intrigued by the idea of self-compassion, as described by Sharon Salzberg in "Real Happiness at Work." It feels foreign and exotic to me, like something people do in some remote land just discovered by intrepid explorers. Shangri-la, maybe --...
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February 5, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the marvelous actor who died recently with bags of heroin around him, was interviewed about a year ago by Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum. The topic was happiness, and it's poignant, almost painful, to listen to now.
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February 5, 2014
I am so loving Sharon Salzberg’s new book Real Happiness at Work, which I agreed to read, put into practice, and blog about for the next month.  This week’s focus was on understanding how gathering our scattered mind through practicing...
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February 4, 2014
An invitation to blog in promotion of Sharon Salzberg's latest book release inspires me to investigate my own perceptions of work, which can be limiting, and also shift to be liberating. 
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January 29, 2014
Pete Seeger, who passed away on Monday at 94, left this world a better place.  What more could anyone hope to have said of his/her life?  I never met Pete Seeger, but from childhood through to this moment I have been influenced, charmed...
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January 27, 2014
The current issue of Time magazine promotes coverage of "The Mindful Revolution: The science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture." The story itself is behind a paywall -- you can read the opening anecdote about the author...
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January 22, 2014
Around the first few months of waking up from my near death experience in late 2010, I used to share with some friends: 
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January 20, 2014
In this interview with Oprah Winfrey,  Thich Nhat Hahn recalls a breakfast meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. He was late arriving, but King kept the food warm for him.  Hahn told King that the people of Vietnam regarded him as a...
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January 18, 2014
When you're making a change in attitude or behavior, you can -- as Tina Turner says -- do it nice and easy, or nice and rough. That's true whether you're singing "Proud Mary" or vowing to spend an hour without electronics for Responsible...
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January 15, 2014
Is mindfulness better than mind wandering?  Maybe yes, and maybe no…. it really depends.  
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January 14, 2014
Jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry by Harvard. He'll be delivering six lectures, not on poetry per se but telling stories from his personal history, including the interplay between creativity and Buddhism...
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January 8, 2014
I took the IDP Be Free pledge to be free of electronics, and chose to turn off my electronics during the dinner hour.  Here is the pledge:  
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January 4, 2014
January is IDP's Responsible eConsumption Month, and there's a challenge to turn off your electronics for an hour a day. For me, the challenge is where can I find that hour?
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December 28, 2013
"Can you be a decent person and buy R. Kelly's Music?" the headline asks
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December 16, 2013
If you’ve never made your own snowman, you’ve seen someone else do it, either on television, or in person. If you’ve never made a snowman, you’ve made a sandcastle, or seen someone do that.
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December 16, 2013
The first truth of Buddhism is that suffering is inevitable. There's birth, old age, sickness, and death -- and Instagram. Actually, according to a New York Times article, "The  Agony of Instagram," the photo-sharing app is related to the...
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December 13, 2013
Putting my head in the mouth of a dragon is how I embraced my 45th birthday this past September. I am that kind of woman. This particular "dragon" takes the form of speaking in front of a group of people and/or performing.
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December 13, 2013
This past weekend I had the incredible opportunity to study with the Venerable Robina Courtin at Tibet House. Though her identity (always an interesting and slippery thing from a Buddhist point of view) is as that of a former radical lesbian...
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December 10, 2013
Are you as surprised as I was to realize that December 5 was the 4th Annual Compassion Research Day at Facebook?  Who knew that the social network has been heavily investing in studying and applying Emotional Intelligence to its platform?...
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