Featured Articles: May 2011

by ellen s
May 31, 2011
This past Memorial Day weekend, I started the job of switching out my closets from my winter items to my summer things. I store the winter stuff; I wear the summer stuff. It's a biggish job. I started to think about Peter Menzel's book...
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May 31, 2011
Sometimes Fear comes around, strong and undeniable.  He knocks on my door and this time I choose to let him in so we can talk over tea and cookies.
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May 31, 2011
Whenever I'm socializing with friends or family,  invariably some part of the conversation is devoted to complaining.  From the political, ("I'm sick of hearing about those stupid "Birthers"), to the financial (...
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May 30, 2011
So I took a fairly significant leap forward this week in my quest to identify a teacher: I approached a long-time practitioner and asked her if she would take me on as a student. I'll call this person "Lucy." I've known her for...
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May 30, 2011
My concept of “I”, “me” and “mine” give me a false sense of comfort and security. The degree to which I suffer is proportionate to how solid a sense of “me” I’m working with at any given...
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May 29, 2011
“The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – that was about the fact that the first change that takes place is in your mind. You have to change your mind before you change the way you’re living, the way you move. Gil Scott-...
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May 27, 2011
One of the most vivid metaphors for the human condition that I've come across since joining the Interdependence Project is that of the Hungry Ghost. These Tibetan deities are not fully alive and crave food to fill their enormous bloated...
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by Joren
May 26, 2011
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by Lani
May 26, 2011
This last week I was the recipient of a group email debating the merits - or lack thereof - of using certain highly charged words. Among the questionable was "terrorist" - a word, I, in particular, find somewhat of an inflammatory...
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May 26, 2011
Greetings friends! Today let's look at Guy Richards Smit's Grossmalerman! at Schroeder Romero & Shredder. Here's the show's press release:  
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May 25, 2011
We all dislike confrontation or anything that may put us in a situation that pushes our balance or our center off.  Well, I hope we dislike it, as I think there are a few individuals that do like confrontation and thrive on it as a way of...
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May 25, 2011
A few weeks ago I had the incredible opportunity to not just sit in on a screening of the new documentary about Garchen Rinpoche, but also to eat with him and several other guests before the film.
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May 25, 2011
Last week the American public was treated to an amazing amount of hype about the so-called "Rapture" predicted by a self-styled evangelical prophet named Harold Camping.
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May 25, 2011
Whether or not you beleive that human carbon output is directly linked to climate change, one fact most people would agree on is that the world is round and not flat.
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May 24, 2011
Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning, waters rising and I'm flailing about, working so hard to keep my head above water.  Feeling overwhelmed.  Anxiety.  Excitement.  Fear.  Aggravation.  The future is one big...
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May 24, 2011
  Like many people, my initial experience with meditation was solely as a relaxation technique.  I'm grateful to have learned its basic principles in my yoga classes, where we were taught to sit quietly and breathe calmly, and...
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May 24, 2011
Sometimes I question the merits of Yoga Journal Magazine. There are good ideas and inspirational sentiments to be found in this publication but it’s difficult to separate from the not always so subtle inclination of effective advertising...
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May 23, 2011
  I recently blogged about my recent withdrawal from a Zen seminary program with the Korean Zen Taego Order due to their recently revealed discriminatory policies and double standards with regard to women, gay & lesbian people, people...
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May 23, 2011
Dear Harry (can I call you that? I feel like we’ve grown pretty familiar in the last 17 years you’ve been predicting the Rapture would occur),
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May 23, 2011
This grief has been a rhythm of remembering and forgetting. I let him go only to discover, sometimes moments later, that I have somehow picked him up again, my chest caving in around him.  Did he know how much I love him?  Was he aware...
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May 21, 2011
In about an hour and forty minutes, New York is supposed to experience a catastrophe, according to some people (yep, the rapture).  Other locations in the world already hit the 6pm mark that was supposed to signal the beginning of the end of...
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May 20, 2011
Is it breaking the Hinayana discipline to smoke cigarettes?   Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. Each week in this column we look...
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May 20, 2011
Werner Herzog is the greatest living artist.  Cave of Forgotten Dreams is playing at BAM and IFC ($17?) and some theatre in Carol Gardens for $7. It's 3D. It's a documentary. 
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