Featured Articles: 2010

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 20, 2010
Want some real non-conformity? Try getting off the "me" plan. Try seeing your work, your travel, and your everyday life as being in the service of others.  
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September 20, 2010
Greed is good. This is a cultural axiom which you are neither allowed to dispute or directly flaunt, but it is nonetheless taken as a given. The assumption is embedded (totally unscientifically) in most Economics 101 classes you might encounter at...
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September 17, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and dating?...
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by ellen s
September 17, 2010
I'm a Buddhist and I love fiction. Yes I do. This month has been rich with books for me -- not all that surprising because I do work in book publishing, after all, but the shelves have seemed particularly bounteous lately.
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September 16, 2010
"Caring for others is the basis for worldly success. This is the secret we don't learn in school. If somebody tells us, we don't believe it. We think it must be some kind of joke. How could thinking about others possibly bring me...
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September 16, 2010
  While I am not formally a librarian of any sort, over the last few years I've compiled a fairly substantial cache of information (general interest and academic literature both) about every aspect of the many various Buddhist...
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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 15, 2010
The overwhelming opinion at Saturday's 9/11 rallies is that putting a mosque so near the former World Trade Center footprint is too close, too soon. Though I believe deeply that our freedom of religion exists for exactly these sort of...
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by Brian
September 14, 2010
  ID Project Founder Ethan Nichtern leads a discussion on the Buddhist Studies Program he's developed at the Interdependence Project, how it fits into the history of Buddhism and some of the logistics involved in navigating a...
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September 14, 2010
This week no back story, no links or info beyond the artist's name, the painting's descriptive information (title, year, materials, and dimensions), where the painting is presently on display and as usual the standard info on Great Eastern...
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September 13, 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 10, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and dating?...
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by ellen s
September 10, 2010
Near the San Francisco airport, around 6 p.m. last night, in San Bruno, fire engulfed a neighborhood of homes. Apparently, a Pacific Gas and Electric line ruptured, shooting fireballs into the air, actually melting cars, destroying dozens of homes...
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September 10, 2010
"Each of us has a variety of habitual tactics for avoiding life as it is." - Pema Chödrön, The Places that Scare You
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September 9, 2010
Joshua Adler and Patrick Groneman took time at the Symposium for Socially Engaged Western Buddhism to speak with some of the participants and panelists about the socially engaged work that they are practicing, what drives them to do this work, and...
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September 9, 2010
This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which senior Insight Meditation teacher Gina Sharpe shared when she guest lectured at IDP this year, reminds me what is making me so wary about participating in politics these days. When the current...
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September 9, 2010
  Last week I took a short break to Maine, spending a few nights in a lovely house atop a shallow cove. Across the water there was a smattering of orange and red foliage, and it was explained that trees start to drop their leaves when the...
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September 9, 2010
A friend and colleague tells me she's set the intention to get up early and do yoga before coming to work three days a week, inspired by my ability to remain calm as those around us lose their heads and throw them at one another. I'm...
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September 8, 2010
At what point do we start to get overly concerned with future and past? This quote from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf caught our attention today. At what point is the innocence of the present moment lost to the anxious fixation on future and...
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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 8, 2010
by Jerry Kolber One of the things you'll notice both as a result of regular seated meditation practice, as well as living the embodiment of the eight-fold path, is that using euphemisms can start to feel somewhat non-Buddhisty.  But...
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