Featured Articles and Journals: Ethan Nichtern

September 13, 2012
His Holiness The Dalai Lama, on his facebook page, wrote the following provocative quote:
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September 11, 2012
May the causes of violence, both internal and external, cease on Earth. 11 years later, this day still feels important, even if the importance has the quieter tone of a memory you've started to take for granted and pull out of your mental pocket to...
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September 2, 2012
  (follow Ethan on facebook and twitter) I always consider Labor Day and the beginning of September to be a more pragmatic and realistic New Year’s occasion than whatever happens in January. In fact, many people who question our...
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August 30, 2012
(Follow Ethan on facebook and twitter)   Hi, all. We are hoping you had a wonderful summer and are excited to announce our Fall 2012 offerings of exceptional online classes, retreats, lectures, and our continuing Transformational Activism...
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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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July 22, 2012
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter)I am thinking of Aurora, Colorado today. I am guessing, as Roger Ebert suggested in his Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, that some people will call for a reduction in movie violence. Ebert seems to think this...
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July 21, 2012
How can I respond to tragic events thousands of miles away?
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July 11, 2012
I am feeling moved to respond to Kimberly Brown's piece about the experience of going to the Berkshires for a summer trip and coming back to New York City. THAT exact moment of returning to the city -- beautifully described in Ethan's novella -- is...
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July 1, 2012
                The first annual Compassion Day is Friday, July 6th.  It's also His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 77th birthday.  Created by the FPMT (the Federation for the Preservation of the Mahayana...
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April 2, 2012
by Kimberly Brown (follow Kim on Twitter)     Human beings have arrived at a time when we really need to think deeply. We have all kinds of ease and assets in our environment, creating the right kind of conditions to practice dharma....
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March 22, 2012
(follow Ethan on Facebook and Twitter)   Dear Friends, A historic event is coming up at the Interdependence Project on 4/7-4/8.  Acharya Eric Spiegel will be offering both the Refuge Vow and the Bodhisattva Vows for the first time ever to...
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January 30, 2012
One thing I have heard a few times on Krista Tippet's show on NPR called On Being is that happiness is a practice. This idea inspires me and gives me hope that we can all be happy. It also highlights the fact that our society is confused about how...
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January 29, 2012
  Follow Ethan on (Facebook or Twitter) My new book, Your Emoticons Won't Save You, came out with a very limited release on my website as a print copy and as an ebook. We had very few advanced readers, so I'm just starting to...
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December 26, 2011
At New Year's celebrations throughout the world, people recognize and say goodbye to the past, and welcome the renewal and promise of a new year.  Each new year holds the possibility of a fresh beginning for everyone, and reminds us that...
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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).
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December 12, 2011
Yesterday, along with 18 other IDP students, I became a graduate of the Teacher Training Program.  This was a year-long intensive immersion experience which took place over six weekend retreats, along with lots of studying and...
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November 17, 2011
"...the root meaning of the word radical is just that...the root or origin of something. To be radical is therefore to go to the root of something. Radical is a method or approach to "knowing"...going beyond surface manifestations...
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October 30, 2011
(Follow Ethan on Facebook and Twitter) I wanted to share a fairly simple observation from teaching this week, related to the meditation practices that focus on the development of compassion, such as metta and tonglen. It's interesting that...
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August 17, 2011
I’ve been a “serious” meditator for a little over a year now. And it took me an entire frenzied year of consistent practice, globe trotting to exotic spiritual destinations, studying with a Tibetan lama, and amassing an enormous...
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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 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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July 16, 2011
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July 2, 2011
The things you want to say speak volumes when you can’t say them.
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June 3, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook and Twitter) I saw Terrence Malick’s new movie, “The Tree of Life” this past weekend. It transported me to a truly unique style of cinematographic narrative, and felt like a true evocation of the way...
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