Featured Articles: December 2010

December 30, 2010
  I’ve been so consumed with rehearsing a play of late that I feared my practice was being short-changed. My usual regimen of daily sits and studying had become more of a catch-as-catch-can affair (especially with the holidays and...
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by Lani
December 30, 2010
If you haven't read the Time article on Zuckerberg, here's another interesting quote. Are friendships the primarly way you navigate through the world?
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December 28, 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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December 28, 2010
I made a Top Ten Shows of 2010 list as a response to Jerry Saltz's Top Ten list he posted in New York Magazine and reposted on his Facebook page. Why not?
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by Lani
December 23, 2010
I just read a fascinating article on Mark Zuckerberg for Time Magazine's Person of the Year 2010: One of the interests Zuckerberg lists on his Facebook page is "Eliminating Desire."
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December 21, 2010
by Jerry Kolber Though I've been circling around Buddhism for nearly two decades, and committed to a daily practice and actively participating at IDP for more than three years, I've yet to take the Buddhist refuge vows. These vows, which...
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December 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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by Lani
December 20, 2010
On Saturday in the NYTimes, Nicholas Kristoph writes, "So what would your aunt prefer as a holiday gift — another Mariah Carey CD, or the knowledge that she’s sending a little girl in Haiti to school for a year?" He follows...
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by ellen s
December 17, 2010
Two amazing gallery shows in NYC are running right now, showcasing the diversity of art from traditional Eastern Buddhist cultures, and how Buddhist art changes depending on the society that contains it. (And they're cheap! One's always...
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by Lani
December 16, 2010
From Vivian Diller in the Huffigton Post: Beauty is in the "I" of the beholder. Mirrors reflect an image that tells us superficially what we look like. Gaze at yourself and go beyond, past your reflection, and perceive who you are as a...
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December 15, 2010
 
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by Lani
December 14, 2010
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by Brian
December 14, 2010
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by ellen s
December 10, 2010
A quick nudge today: go see Saint Misbehavin' at the IFC in New York City if you can. A documentary biography of Wavy Gravy, born Hugh Romney, a clown, activist, commune leader, Woodstock veteran, and more-or-less awesome dude. I knew...
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December 10, 2010
"The problem with being busy is that it is based on ignorance—not realizing that by keeping your mind occupied constantly you are actually not giving yourself a chance."  
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by Lani
December 9, 2010
With some sporadic days of frigid weather, NYC had - up until now - a fairly warm autumn and beginning winter. No longer. Bundled head to toe and wearing a super thick hoodie and winter coat, I was still a bit cold walking outside this morning....
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December 7, 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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by Brian
December 7, 2010
This podcast features an interview between IDP Member Kate Johnson and Spring Washam. They discuss their personal practice, and how race plays a role in American Buddhist communities.
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by Lani
December 7, 2010
Last Friday my dear girlfriend lost her job. It was a fairly hostile and abusive working environment...and so...really...it was a good thing. But no work = waaaay less income, and so in a move of solidarity I convinced her that this was a perfect...
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December 7, 2010
I find myself at one of those "holy shit" moments of my life, where certain critical beliefs I've had for ages are being exposed to me as fraudulent, and I'm having to choose whether to cling to them with desperation, or to let them fall away and...
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December 6, 2010
File this under: "Fairly-obvious-but-pretty-cool-anyway": According to a big NPR story making the rounds, breathing, and focusing on your breath, is really good for you. Check it out. I am quite happy that the health benefits and...
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