Featured Articles: 2010

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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September 1, 2010
Why is human generosity so selective, if it happens at all?  
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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
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September 1, 2010
  by Jerry Kolber Time for an open letter to President Obama: Dear President Obama, Dude.Seriously? WTF?!?!  
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August 31, 2010
Meditation has been getting a very good rap lately. Very good. Scientists have proven that it actually makes you happier. It is included in mental health programs. It is being taught at gyms, schools and in the workplace. It has stopped being...
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August 31, 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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August 31, 2010
An exhibition I've been dodging all summer is the Guggenheim's Haunted. In the spirit of shows I have resistance towards and should see despite such resistance I'm going to check out Haunted this Saturday (around noon if anyone is...
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August 30, 2010
Kenneth Folk and I were recently discussing how surprised we were to see the difficulty Anderson Silva had in UFC 117. “I've gotten into the habit of thinking of Silva as invincible,” Kenneth told me. I expect Georges St. Pierre to...
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August 30, 2010
(originally published in the Huffington Post) Critical theorist Slavoj Zizek has an interestingly harsh critique of Western Buddhism and the meditation tools it employs. Framing his critique in Marxist terms, he argues that Buddhism is the...
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August 27, 2010
image courtesy of the Museum of anti-alcohol posters
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August 27, 2010
"Waking up means realizing that our situation is hopeless--and wonderful. There is nothing for us to do except simply to live this second."
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August 26, 2010
On Wednesday, September 1st, Tibetan Buddhist master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be speaking at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York. The topic? The Buddhist View of Environmental Catastrophe. I'm looking forward to this talk because I...
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August 25, 2010
I've been working these past few weeks on writing a proposal for a television series about the human brain, and it's been interesting seeing how much of neruoscience relates directly to my study and practice of Buddhism.  One thing in...
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August 25, 2010
  My first two thoughts upon watching this TED video were: "Do we really need computers to close our curtains for us?" and "This would be an amazing mind training tool".   
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August 24, 2010
When the Buddha became enlightened, the first thing he handed out was the four noble truths and upon becoming a Buddhist, they are your benchmarks. 1. Life is suffering. (Doesn’t mean “life sucks,” by the way. More like,...
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August 24, 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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