Featured Articles: 2010

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 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...
Arts and Media, Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
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
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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September 7, 2010
Today feels like a good day to discuss rebirth. I've never been able to consider (beyond useful psychological metaphor) the reincarnation that occurs across lifetimes. There's really no way to posit unless you have some kind of cross-...
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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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September 6, 2010
My heart breaks for Cee-Lo. Have you heard this song? Poor baby! I know there are more skillful ways for him to handle his pain, but after you hear it, there's no arguing--he's hurting!  
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September 6, 2010
Here in New York, many people rush about almost continually, and it’s a common complaint that “I don’t have enough time!”  Of course there are others of us who have too much time on our hands, and either of these...
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
September 3, 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...
Buddhism     Comment (3)     Link
by ellen s
September 3, 2010
What a retreat! Ane Pema Chodron, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, and Acharya Adam Lobel just spent a week at Sangha Retreat, with 200 attendees, many from the Shambhala Buddhist community, teaching in Colorado. I was there. Hard not to be spiritually...
Meditation Practice     Comment (4)     Link
September 3, 2010
"We have many wasy to cope with life, many ways to worship comfort and and pleasantness. All are based on the same thing: the fear of encountering any kind of unpleasantness. If we must have absolutely order and control, it's because we...
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September 2, 2010
David Mitchell is one of my favorite novelists, and I am currently finishing his latest, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Mitchell often writes about quasi-Buddhist themes, and this line (slightly rearranged because it occurs in dialogue),...
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September 2, 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 traditions, and a...
Buddhism     Comment (4)     Link
September 1, 2010
Why is human generosity so selective, if it happens at all?  
Activism and Politics, Buddhism     Comment (4)     Link
September 1, 2010
I sit among finely placed tabletops.  There is an LCD screen playing eco-facts along the eco-wall.   Arugala, the spicy warrior, is smothered by the vague oils and sting of Dijon Vinaigrette
Activism and Politics, Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (2)     Link
September 1, 2010
  by Jerry Kolber Time for an open letter to President Obama: Dear President Obama, Dude.Seriously? WTF?!?!  
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