Featured Articles and Journals: Ethan Nichtern

May 2, 2011
(Follow Ethan on Facebook and Twitter) Wow. The main story of fear and vengeance of the last decade ended in another violent death today. I have not much more to add to what Susan Piver said, but here are some quotes to mark the day.
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April 25, 2011
(Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) After the Earth Day Party this weekend, IDP co-hosted the great Vajrayana teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche at the Tibet House in New York City.
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April 17, 2011
It's perhaps the simplest and most obvious of all the Buddhist teachings: everything is impermanent; everything will change. Try as we might, its impossible to ignore it. Today’s heartbreaking reminder is the devastation in North...
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April 15, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) As you may know, the Huffington Post was recently sold by Arianna Huffington and other owners for $315 million to AOL. Huffington herself, a minority partner, is apparently making somewhere between $14 and $...
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April 13, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Where does your federal income tax money go?
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April 10, 2011
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April 3, 2011
The Buddhist concept of emptiness – the idea that nothing is permanent or exists independently, that there is no self – is a hard one for some people, but I find it comforting, For me, hearing that the self doesn’t exist, that we...
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April 1, 2011
Happy April Fools Day all! Have you had any good jokes played so far? Google TISP is a good April Fools' joke. I wrote a comment on my facebook and twitter feeds today, but then read this great article from Salon.com, My Month of No Snark.
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March 30, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) As I frequently participate in discussions about whether or not Buddhism is a religion, I realize that the question itself comes from an implicit frame with which I don't agree.  
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March 28, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) I was recently listening to the latest meditation podcast from our friends at Buddhist Geeks, where they interviewed Rich Fernandez, Head of Learning and Organizational Development at eBay. Rich is a...
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March 25, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) From The Onion, everyone's favorite and increasingly accurate news source, comes a beautiful quote via an editorial by a fake Justin Bieber, which could just as easily apply to all of our mind states,...
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March 21, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Do you really have to do meditation retreats to deepen your meditation practice? If I'm trying to be politically correct, I would answer: "nah, do whatever you need to. Just relax."
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March 19, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) According to Nasa, tonight's full "super moon" will be the largest since 1993, meaning the full moon is the closest to the Earth's surface in 18 years. Two analogies from Buddhism strike...
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February 6, 2011
For a meditator, it's the Super Bowl of opportunities to observe desirous attachment, which is said by some teachers to be the main cause of suffering. (It's the Buddha's Second Noble Truth, often translated as desire, greed, or plain...
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February 4, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) In order to return to a state of innocence, and in accordance with my latest Huffington Post article on Mindful Social Networking, I am going on a three day internet cleanse until Monday. As Friday should...
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January 21, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Last night, Patrick Groneman and I grabbed some falafels and hung out after work at a small place we sometimes go after meditation class at IDP on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, The Three Monkeys. It...
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January 19, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Senior Shambhala Buddhist teacher, musician/composer, father of the year 33 years straight, and futuristically intrigued David Nichtern is this week's Buddhist Geeks interview, which is consistently one...
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January 17, 2011
  Saturday would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 82nd birthday. I know some of us like to contemplate alternative histories, such as what might've happened if we'd majored in something different in college, or if Gore had...
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January 14, 2011
Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter. What does a Buddhist guy do when his aversion to sentient beings is not due to thoughts, emotions, or klesha, but is due to a misbegotten immune system response known as allergies? You can have all the metta...
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January 7, 2011
This article was original published on Psychology Today by Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, who will be coteaching Buddhism and Psychology: Does East Meet West? at IDP, which can be attended in person, or remotely. Today in the Wall Street Journal, there is...
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November 4, 2010
    The poet Gertrude Stein said that she wrote “for myself and strangers.” The rapper Jay Z inserted the line in his song “What More Can I Say,” tweaking the words slightly to, “I’m a writer...
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by Lani
October 26, 2010
I'm a Facebook fan of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Admittedly, when I first "liked" him, I did it because 1) my feed was constantly being updated with Buddhist friends I admire "liking" him 2) I love his face. No. Seriously. I...
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September 21, 2010
Thanks to Lani Rowe for this gem of a quote by the Buddha, and thanks to Lora K. for this amazing story about Cambridge, Massachusetts parking tickets recommending yoga poses and apparently even meditation postures to cope with the irritation of a...
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