Featured Articles: 2010

November 17, 2010
Receiving a gift of food, shelter, a Mercedes Benz -- there can be as much rejection of the world as when one is stingy with their change. Graciously receiving a gift is as much an act of opening as giving one is.
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November 17, 2010
Yes, it is. And in honor of National Unfriend Day I'm going to tell you exactly how the internet is lying to you. It is lying because it is promising you endless satisfaction of all your desires - if you feel it, want it, wonder it, want to...
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by Brian
November 17, 2010
In his essay, Instructions for the Cook, Zen Master Dogen encourages us to use all the ingredients of our life. Koshin Paley Elliso explores Zen Master Dogen's discussion with a cook eight hundred years ago in China and how it is both...
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by Lani
November 16, 2010
Last weekend I faced an ethical dilemma. It has not yet been fully resolved. My girlfriend and I found the most adorable Shih Tzu puppy at a puppy store in the West Village. Yes. A puppy store.
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November 16, 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 15, 2010
I had the awesome opportunity to moderate the panel discussion at the kickoff of the Rebel Buddha tour with book author Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Roshi Enkyo O’Hara, and Mitra Mark Power. The topic: “What is American Buddhism?...
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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 12, 2010
According to a new study, it turns out that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. That's a pretty amazingly simple discovery, but the study demonstrates that our happiness level is less based on what we are doing than how simply we are engaged...
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November 12, 2010
Here they are, fresh from my visit to Blue Cliff Monastery yesterday!            
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by ellen s
November 12, 2010
Tho' the IDP leads a robust existence in the digital realm (thousands worldwide listen to our podcasts, read the blog, and participate in home-study courses) we are physical as well, with more than 200 local members who donate monthly and...
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by Lani
November 11, 2010
Today is Veterans Day. I come from a long line of veterans. My brother served recently in Iraq for the Marines, while we grew up in an Air Force family where moving every 3-4 years was commonplace (hello Oklahoma! hello California! hello South...
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November 10, 2010
Roshi Enkyo O'Hara (IDP lineage mentor and Soto Zen teacher extraordinaire) is going to be teaching on and offering the Bodhisattva Vow  this weekend at IDP. The Bodhisattva Vow is basically what crazy people do. We vow to completely...
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November 10, 2010
The colors dance, yellow is yellow, and green is green, and they become a new color when they mix, and that new color dances with another -- and it goes on...and on...  
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November 10, 2010
As I practiced mindfulness of my body recently in preparation for my morning practice, I experienced a profound wave of gratitude for sensation - what felt good, what felt "not good", the ability to stand there at all and feel my body...
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by Brian
November 10, 2010
This podcast features a lecture by Tomas Sander titled "Western Emptiness and Joyful Freedom." It was recorded on October 14th, 2010, in NYC.  
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by Lani
November 9, 2010
...a whole lotta brilliance on suffering, beauty and the body. Thank you Being!
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by Lani
November 9, 2010
by IDP Member, Hal Lanse
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November 9, 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 8, 2010
How often do you really listen without filtering? Unmitigated, unprocessed listening — no labeling, no judgments, no interpreting — is something very rare. Most of the time you're probably judging, criticizing and filtering...
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November 8, 2010
Thanks to the New York Times for introducing me to this one, another great by the great Mary Oliver, published on Sunday, 11/7, under "Poems for Fall." Lines Written in the Days of Growing Darkness
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November 8, 2010
I've been thinking about aging a lot recently. I don't mean growing elderly (though of course that is a period of aging unlike any other). From the perspective of Buddhist teachings, aging is any period of life change, any period where you...
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by Brian
November 8, 2010
This podcast features a lecture by Joseph Mauricio titled "Opening the Present: Receiving the Gift of (Your) Life."
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November 7, 2010
While there is poverty in New York, there is quite a bit of privilege here too.  Often privilege does not acknowledge itself; it quietly lifts some people through life in a manner that makes living easier.  
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