Featured Articles: September 2011

September 30, 2011
Since my post last week about my current struggle with formal meditation I’ve been thinking a lot about other ways to practice, and live my practice, off the cushion.
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by Brian
September 29, 2011
This week, ID Project founder Ethan Nicthern interviews Tiffany Shlain.
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by Joren
September 29, 2011
 
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September 28, 2011
        When a tree falls in the woods and no one is around, does it still make a sound?  Here's the thing, whether the tree made a noise or not, whether someone heard it or not, it doesn’t matter.  ...
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September 28, 2011
Dalai Lama 2.0.  Livestreaming this weekend from Dharamsala, India From his website:
Arts and Media, Buddhism, Religion & Spirituality     Link
September 27, 2011
I have only been in one fight. It was in the third grade. I don’t recall what the impetus was but it ended up in a war of words between me and another boy on the basketball court. I remember deciding to hit him but when I went to strike...
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September 26, 2011
  The way we usually go about being happy reminds me of someone in a cash-grabbing machine: we approach the whole matter as if there’s only a finite amount of happiness out there that we’d better grab as quickly as possible...
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September 26, 2011
  Jack Kornfield, in A Path With Heart: Many people come to spiritual practice hoping to skip over their sorrows and wounds, the difficult areas of their lives. They hope to rise above them and enter a spiritual realm full of divine...
Buddhism     Comment (5)     Link
September 24, 2011
If people, throughout their lives, were seen as human beings with the same needs as other human beings, fewer heinous crimes would be committed. Taking the long view, treating people as human beings would probably do a lot more to reduce crime...
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September 23, 2011
Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. Each time in this column we look at what it might be like if a fictional Siddhartha was on his spiritual...
Buddhism, Science & Technology     Comment (1)     Link
September 23, 2011
Okay. So here’s the honest truth…my meditation practice stinks.
Buddhism, Meditation Practice     Comment (11)     Link
by Joren
September 22, 2011
 
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September 22, 2011
The strangest thing happened to me during a recent sit. I had had some bad dreams the night before, the kind that really go to the heart of my particular brand of suffering, and as I settled onto the cushion for my morning meditation I asked...
Meditation Practice     Comment (4)     Link
September 21, 2011
What is abstruse, subtle, deep, hard to see, going against the flow — those delighting in passion, cloaked in the mass of darkness, won't see. Today I looked at the Olympic mountains and I felt so happy to be here in Seattle.
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September 21, 2011
As humans how do we measure our growth?  Some may count it through wealth, while others may do it through material goods, although as a race we may view it through our countless technological advancements.  But as humans how much have...
Meditation Practice     Comment (2)     Link
September 21, 2011
“....At Castagna we see product as a cycle of abundance: when you eat it you become part of the cycle, and if it has been artfully prepared you can taste it, feel it, smell it, hear it, see it, and we hope understand it.” - Matthew...
Arts and Media, Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (1)     Link
September 20, 2011
"The answers I got to “Why Make Art?” from the New York Art World seemed to be money, fame, admiration and an entrance into the coveted canon of “Western Art History.”  
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September 19, 2011
  Ironically, what fuels all of our misery-inducing behaviors is an underlying desire for happiness. All of us wish to be safe, to be happy, to be healthy, and to have an easeful life experience. Even those people that seem bent on making...
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September 19, 2011
  Recently, my life has had many changes, which have created difficulties and upset.  My instinctive method of dealing with such struggles is to ignore and resist them.
Buddhism     Comment (3)     Link
September 18, 2011
(Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Amongst the ongoing fears of plague, peak oil, and drastic climate change which adorn our era (and at the timely tail end of a lingering cough and cold), I saw Steven Soderbergh's new movie Contagion...
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September 17, 2011
Taken together, these studies show that the value of a meditation practice is almost quantifiable, on a societal level if not an individual one. Meditation practice = reduced stress = lower health care costs.  
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September 16, 2011
“Life is a process of becoming. Where people fail is that they wish to erect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” - Anaïs Nin
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by Brian
September 15, 2011
ID Project member Brian Naas interviews Gil Fronsdal on the Evolution of American Buddhism. This is the second of a two part interview.
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by Lani
September 15, 2011
"Some Westerners have misinterpreted the second-turning teachings on shunyata as nihilistic. If all things are empty, it is mistakenly thought, then nothing has any value and everything is finally meaningless. Why bother to be a decent...
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