Featured Articles: September 2010

by Brian
September 30, 2010
ID Project founder Ethan Nichtern interviews author and and buddhist teacher Susan Piver. This is the second of a two part interview. Susan Piver has been a meditation practitioner since 1995, studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the Shambhala...
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September 30, 2010
  While I am not formally a librarian of any sort, over the last few years I've compiled a fairly substantial cache of information (general interest and academic literature both) about every aspect of the many various Buddhist...
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September 29, 2010
We had such an amazing discussion in class this week about the nature of time. Is it really real and objectively measurable? Is it sort of real? Is it an illusion? Here are two quotes from two lions of literature, Jorge Luis Borges (via IDPer...
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September 29, 2010
  This is when I feel like I am out in space, with no safety points or guideposts to help me, but it is also the space where I am given the opportunity to really let go of my suffering and move more freely in the world.
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September 29, 2010
by Jerry Kolber Been slowly (very slowly) making my way through the ESV Study Bible - read the Bible when I was in Hebrew school in the 80's (the whole thing - Old + New) but did it quickly and with the impatience and grok of a sexually...
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by Brian
September 28, 2010
ID Project founder Ethan Nichtern interviews author and and buddhist teacher Susan Piver. This is the first of a two part interview. Susan Piver has been a meditation practitioner since 1995, studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the Shambhala...
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September 27, 2010
Boy, I could use some equanimity right about now. After a lovely retreat weekend at the ID Project, combined with my son's birthday festivities and the joys of UFC 119, I'm back at work and my head is spinning. That's my current...
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September 24, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and dating?...
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September 24, 2010
"Perhaps the biggest tragedy in our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns." - Tara Brach
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by ellen s
September 23, 2010
What's a sukkah? This week of Succoth (or Sukkot) 2010, New York City parks are hosting wooden structures with see-thru roofs. Some traditional; some not so much. What's up?
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September 23, 2010
There was an interview with Robert Spellman on Buddhist Geeks recently (BG #187, for those keeping score), and the inevitable subject of language arose, or rather, it arose inadvertently, as it often does in these matters. Like many of my...
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September 22, 2010
Even Lady Gaga couldn't get the two supposedly moderate Senators from Maine to vote to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell in the US military. Talk about a bad romance. Personally speaking, my view of the politics of those of us who profess...
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September 22, 2010
Some people stared, some people didn't think twice about our presence, some people praised us -- and some asked who we were praising.
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September 22, 2010
Okay, I know, where to buy glasses online doesn't seem like an obvious Buddhist blog post. But with my trusty Moscots nearing the end of their useful less, I started thinking "there must be some cheap or discount eyeglass options, rather...
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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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by Brian
September 21, 2010
IDP Outreach Director Lani Rowe, and IDP Board Member Ellen Scordado interview Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel at the Shambhala Mountain Center during a week-long Sangha Retreat. Adam co-taught with Acharya Pema Chödrön and...
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September 21, 2010
Take a 2,600-year-old spiritual tradition from Asia and drop it into the blender of postmodern American consumer culture. Add science and multiculturalism to taste, and mix at Internet speed. This is 21st-Century Buddhism -- a weekly blog for the...
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September 20, 2010
Want some real non-conformity? Try getting off the "me" plan. Try seeing your work, your travel, and your everyday life as being in the service of others.  
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September 20, 2010
Greed is good. This is a cultural axiom which you are neither allowed to dispute or directly flaunt, but it is nonetheless taken as a given. The assumption is embedded (totally unscientifically) in most Economics 101 classes you might encounter at...
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September 17, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and dating?...
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by ellen s
September 17, 2010
I'm a Buddhist and I love fiction. Yes I do. This month has been rich with books for me -- not all that surprising because I do work in book publishing, after all, but the shelves have seemed particularly bounteous lately.
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September 16, 2010
"Caring for others is the basis for worldly success. This is the secret we don't learn in school. If somebody tells us, we don't believe it. We think it must be some kind of joke. How could thinking about others possibly bring me...
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September 16, 2010
  While I am not formally a librarian of any sort, over the last few years I've compiled a fairly substantial cache of information (general interest and academic literature both) about every aspect of the many various Buddhist...
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