Featured Articles: 2010 Religion & Spirituality

November 24, 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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November 24, 2010
This week I've decided to share a quote from Rumi, a 13th century Muslim Q'uran scholar and Sufi Mystic who lived in what is currently referred to as Afghanistan.  His poetry has been popular in the East (and West) for good reason....
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November 22, 2010
I've listened to the American Public Media program "Brother Thây: A Radio Pilgrimage with Thich Nhat Hanh," at least half a dozen times, and it never fails to move me. Listen to the poem he reads in Vietnamese. Even though I...
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November 15, 2010
This weekend was a real one-two punch, a real dharma smackdown. A true Buddhist cage match. Sorry, but I'm running a little confused today, after Thursday's visit to Blue Cliff Monastery, on the Bodhisattva Vow with Roshi O'Hara,...
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November 5, 2010
In a recent podcast, Tara Brach told a story about H. H. The Dalai Lama being interviewed at the Mind and Life conference:
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October 26, 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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October 21, 2010
"The only way you can endure your pain is to let it be painful." "Though it may seem that rationality is stable and emotion is unstable, the reverse is the truth. Deep emotion is much more stable than is rationality." -...
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October 20, 2010
IDP Board member and blogger Jon Rubinstein forwarded this fascinating article to me, Morals Without God from the NY Times. It reminds me of the position of Sam Harris,  wondering if it is possible to develop human ethics and wholesome...
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by Lani
October 19, 2010
Yesterday, IDP released a new and somewhat controversial T-shirt based upon the Four Reminders of (Meditation) Practice. Emblazoned across the front in bold white lettering, THIS BODY WILL BE A CORPSE’s all capitals message greets any...
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October 19, 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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October 12, 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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October 8, 2010
"A lot of people look to Buddhism as a spiritual answer to their materialistic woes. But if Buddhism is just another form of spirituality, it's as worthless as any other religion. We need something different. And Buddhism is something...
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October 5, 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 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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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 15, 2010
We walked silently, taking in the atmosphere, which was a mixture of discord and solemnity. Some people were yelling in anger, some people were crying in grief, and some people, like the police officers and sanitation workers, were just there...
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September 8, 2010
"Bearing Witness" is one of the principles of the Zen Peacemakers, it is meant to encourage non-reactivity in potentially volatile situations. When confronted with situations in which we would normally react, what happens when we look...
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September 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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August 31, 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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August 25, 2010
I've been working these past few weeks on writing a proposal for a television series about the human brain, and it's been interesting seeing how much of neruoscience relates directly to my study and practice of Buddhism.  One thing in...
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August 24, 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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August 9, 2010
    Krishna Das is warming up for a Kirtan upstairs, and the Mother House of the Zen Peacemakers in Montague, MA is buzzing with movement and energy on this first day of the Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism.  ...
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