Featured Articles: 2010

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:
Arts and Media, Religion & Spirituality     Link
November 5, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Every other week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha were on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and...
Buddhism, Meditation Practice     Link
by ellen s
November 5, 2010
An IDP blog reader who's preparing a paper for a Business Speech Communications class asked me which books I'd recommend to someone investigating business and work from the perspective of mindfulness and Buddhism.
Meditation Practice     Link
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...
Activism and Politics     Link
by Lani
November 4, 2010
Today it is grey in NYC.  Cold wet overcast somber granite grey. This type of weather plays havoc with my emotions. So to remind me of the inescapable silver lining every present moment brings, I submit one of my beloved quotes from Thich...
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November 3, 2010
  A study done at Carnegie Mellon University revealed that the vast majority of Greenhouse Gas emissions in the American food system occur during the production of food, and that final transportation of the food only accounts for...
Activism and Politics, Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (5)     Link
November 2, 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...
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
November 2, 2010
I voted this morning, and as I delivered my ballot to the little machine, I thought – this works. This is one of the triangles of how you (I) shape society by our daily personal and collective actions. How I treat myself and others,...
Activism and Politics     Comment (3)     Link
October 29, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Every other week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha were on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
by ellen s
October 29, 2010
Western Buddhists, of course, aren't the only ones working with 21st-century Buddhism; Asian Buddhists and artists are too, albeit in an very different context. Buddhist imagery and practice have a much larger and more historically dominant...
Arts and Media     Comment (1)     Link
by Brian
October 29, 2010
This podcast features a lecture and discussion at IDP Austin with Ethan Nichtern and Dr. Michael Uebel in which they discuss self-aggression and self-loathing as it relates to Buddhist practice and philosophy.
Arts and Media     Link
October 29, 2010
"As Dogen says, people like what is not true and they don't like what is true."   - Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
Buddhism     Link
October 28, 2010
  I'm addicted to books about Buddhism; I have somewhere between one and two thousand of them. In my estimation one of the very best is Foundations of Buddhism, by Rupert Gethin.
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
October 27, 2010
While you're sitting there carefully considering your options, intellectually debating the relative merits of different ways to make the world a better place, someone a lot less in touch with their insight and compassion is busy actually doing...
Buddhism     Link
October 27, 2010
  "Play is literally an opportunity for re-creation - an opportunity to re-create yourself. When you play with abandon, you enter into the present moment."
Arts and Media     Comment (3)     Link
by Brian
October 27, 2010
This podcast features a lecture by Lara Adler titled the Energetics of Food. Lara Adler is a Holistic Health Coach, specializing in conscious, ethical eating and helping individuals bridge the gap between belief systems and practical day to day...
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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...
Buddhism     Link
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...
Buddhism, Religion & Spirituality     Comment (2)     Link
October 25, 2010
I was really lucky to get to go to UFC 121 this past Saturday with my wife and her nephew, and thanks some friendly string-pulling, we had fourth row seats right next to the cage. My wife at one point shouted, "we have better seats than Jon...
Arts and Media, Buddhism     Link
October 22, 2010
When we begin by taking care of the body and paying attention to its workings, we find ourselves focusing the mind, settling the breath, and learning much more about the nature of reality than we’d know by extroverted thinking alone. There...
Buddhism     Link
by ellen s
October 22, 2010
"There will come a day when a carrot, freshly observed, will spark a revolution." --Paul Cezanne Where's that from? A buddhist blog? An arts blog? No: an unexpected ally in the move toward awareness of interdependence in food...
Activism and Politics     Comment (1)     Link
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