Featured Articles: February 2011

February 28, 2011
I get that we're called upon to extend lovingkindness to all beings without discrimination. This looks great on paper and I agree (at least theoretically), but there are some people that make this pretty damned challenging to put into practice...
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February 27, 2011
How do we know when we're safe with a teacher? lessons from a recent scandal involving a vaunted Buddhist teacher may point the way.
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February 27, 2011
You see it, or hear it, or feel it, or know it:  the suffering of others.  It is right there in front of you.  Do something about it! It saddens me with I see the ethics of Buddhism deflate like someone surreptitiously letting the...
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February 25, 2011
Waking up next to a strange bedfellow? There's gotta be a compassionate way out of this one...   Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a...
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February 25, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) I thought it was good to take a moment to talk about Buddhist perspectives on working with emotions. The three quotes below come from three of my personal teachers, beginning with my main teacher Sakyong...
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by Joren
February 24, 2011
 
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by Lani
February 24, 2011
One of my not so guilty pleasures is the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and, in particular, its riveting new series Our America with Lisa Ling. Oh my does Lisa Ling BRING IT. Pursuing the stories often ignored by the main stream media (MSM), in...
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February 24, 2011
  When did Buddhist publications start sounding like Cosmo?
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February 24, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) IDP Lineage Mentor, Buddhist teacher, and author Sharon Salzberg, who will teach one of our core meditation retreats this Spring, was interviewed on ABC last week, and has been receiving a lot of good press...
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February 23, 2011
It’s hard to tell this story, my story, without falling into a Lifetime Movie or Oprah like structure. As uplifting and reassuring as “overcoming the odds” stories can be, I find them problematic for many reasons. So to the best...
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February 23, 2011
As a Buddhist UFC fan who's now in the MMA business, I check my thinking. Isn't ahmisa fundamental to Buddhism? Am I furthering violence in an interdependent world? A few thoughts:
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by Brian
February 22, 2011
This podcast features an interview with Susan Piver and Natalie Goldberg in which they discuss writing and its relationship to Dharma practice. Natalie Goldberg is a poet, teacher, and the author of eleven books, including her classic Writing...
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February 22, 2011
In almost every dharma talk I've ever heard at any number of meditation or yoga centers I've visited in New York, one place keeps popping up as the location most notorious for inspiring a complete lack of presence: the New York City subway...
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by Lani
February 22, 2011
One of IDP's community members is working on some pretty interesting stuff on empathy and neurology and I was lucky enough to have Patrick Groneman turn me onto her site. I'll be mining this site for many future posts, but this week I was...
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February 22, 2011
Josh Smith is high on my list of top ten favorite living artists (the list includes Tauba Auerbach, Wade Guyton, Seth Price, Albert Oehlen, Christian Marclay, Thomas Ruff, etc.) and I went into this show like it was the second coming.
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February 22, 2011
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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February 21, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Over the weekend, while rereading the posthumously published  Smile at Fear by Chogyam Trungpa, I noticed something that I hadn't noticed before - Trungpa Rinpoche made reference in passing to...
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February 20, 2011
  The Buddha had no idea how increasingly important Right Speech was going to be some 2,500 years after he first prescribed the Noble Eightfold Path. 
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February 20, 2011
It seems like the blog has been heavy with mostly-naked women this week. My Facebook news feed has had me doing double-takes -- is this post from IDP or shewired? (Shewired.com is my source of lesbian-oriented entertainment news. Check it out.)...
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February 19, 2011
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Following the nonviolent revolution in Egypt, as well as the underreported massive teacher protests in Wisconsin, several friends have forwarded me articles that reintroduce the work of Gene Sharp, an...
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February 18, 2011
A first-hand account of what not to do after your proposal
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February 18, 2011
There's been a lot of talk about this show and the other show by Bradley at Gavin Brown's. I saw the Canada show but not the GBE show. Some people think it's a big trick, others think it's terrible. What do you think?
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by Joren
February 17, 2011
    Captivating is something she had no intention of doing
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