Featured Articles: 2010

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." -...
Buddhism, Religion & Spirituality     Link
by Brian
October 21, 2010
This week's Podcast features an interview with ID Project Founder Ethan Nichtern and Michael Stone, leader of the Center of Gravity Sangha. This is the second of a two part interview.
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October 21, 2010
    I was reading a piece by Thich Nhat Hahn about emptiness, which got me thinking about being filled up, which got me thinking about a gas station just on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. (Occasionally there is...
Meditation Practice     Comment (1)     Link
by Lani
October 21, 2010
Looking over the comments analyzing the impact of IDP's new "This Body Will Be A Corpse" T-shirt, the overriding concern of many revolves around its alleged ostentatious presentation that may very well inflict more damage on others...
Buddhism     Comment (32)     Link
October 21, 2010
Over the years, I’ve found it increasingly frustrating that Yoga is continually reduced to “a body practice” and Buddhism “a mind practice.” This makes no sense at all. Anyone who has practiced deeply in both...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
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...
Religion & Spirituality     Comment (4)     Link
October 20, 2010
  Knowing that I am a product of my environment as much as I am a steward of it, these reminders are a way for me come back to the present and relate with reality as it is currently unfolding.
Arts and Media, Buddhism     Comment (11)     Link
October 19, 2010
 
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by Brian
October 19, 2010
This week's Podcast features an interview with ID Project Founder Ethan Nichtern and Michael Stone, leader of the Center of Gravity Sangha. This is the first of a two part interview.
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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 18, 2010
I was quite moved by Tim Jackon's recent Ted talk, called Tim Jackson's Economic Reality Check. Jackson is a prominent economist and the author of Prosperity Without Growth.
Activism and Politics, Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
October 18, 2010
Are you going to the Rally to Restore Sanity? I don't think Jon Stewart is reading Chogyam Trungpa, but it does seem to be a big event. Relatedly, have you read Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article on the illusion that social media can...
Activism and Politics     Comment (11)     Link
by Lani
October 18, 2010
by IDP member Sarah Cooke Okay, so here’s the buzz on a major recent development in my life.  In July, I completed my MFA in Creative Writing, focusing mainly in poetry.  My degree is from Naropa University, an amazing...
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October 15, 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 (1)     Link
October 15, 2010
"A smile is compassionate action. Yelling at some ass-wipe to knock it off can also be an expression of compassion. Both kinds of compassionate action take a lot of care. A smile at the wrong time can be as devastating as a fist in the face...
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
by ellen s
October 14, 2010
According to a recent post, winning is for losers. So what do I mean, "the dharma books are winning"? They are winning the battle for space in my apartment and on my bookshelves, that's certain. I gazed hopelessly at my piles of...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
October 14, 2010
A few years ago an essay was published entitled On Bullshit, by Princeton philosophy professor Harry G. Frankfurt, which does a splendid job elucidating the particular qualities of bullshit. The distinguishing characteristic of bullshit,...
Arts and Media, Buddhism     Comment (9)     Link
by Lani
October 14, 2010
I just recently found out about a brilliant upcoming lecture series at the Rubin Museum of Art on Talk About Nothing featuring the illustrious likes of Laurie Anderson, Bill Viola and Karen Armstrong. Not a tad bit ironically, its producer, Tim...
Arts and Media     Comment (1)     Link
October 13, 2010
I'm reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. It's a pretty compelling and personal look from a highly successful young novelist at the ethical choices he makes with regards to non-human sentient beings. Lisa Simpson, by the way,...
Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (15)     Link
October 13, 2010
This week I've come down with the flu.  Not the sniffle sniffle, sneeze, sneeze flu -- but rather the kind of flu that just makes you feel tired and wobbly whenever you try to move.   The prescription from doctors and friends...eat...
Arts and Media, Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (3)     Link
October 13, 2010
Winning is for suckers.  Winning is for people who haven't realized there's no such thing as winning.  Stop trying to win. Start being willing to lose.  Losing is where it's at.  Learn to love the
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
by Brian
October 12, 2010
This week's podcast features a guest lecture by Robert Chodo Campbell titled "Empowered Generosity." Robert Chodo Campbell, is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He serves on...
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by Lani
October 12, 2010
Daily Quote: "I always thought that if I kept searching and exploring, I'd discover who I truly was," said Speth from his Wrigleyville efficiency. "Well, I looked deep into the innermost recesses of my soul, I plumbed the...
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