Featured Articles: 2011 Activism and Politics

October 19, 2011
"The Irish Potato Famine was one of the great examples of those disasters of the modern era that are not crises of scarcity, but of distribution." - Rebecca Solnit  
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October 19, 2011
    When I was studying for my MBA, one of my professors told us something that has always stuck with me as I navigated the business world.  I paraphrase, but he said if you have to downsize your  company you’re not...
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October 18, 2011
Often when we look around at the world duality is what we see.  I can see how I am separate from you, from her, from him, from them.  But on a deeper level what we feel is that there is no separation.  There is only us.  There...
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October 17, 2011
The way protesters in NYC inter-act with the police has the potential to become a model for all the protests and occupations happening all over the globe, that's Interdependence in a nutshell.
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October 17, 2011
A man stands on a bench in Zuccotti Park on Wall Street and chants a phrase from a meeting last night: “We don't want a higher standard of living, we want a better standard of living.” He’s wearing a crisp navy blue suit and...
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October 15, 2011
It doesn't start with toppling the government, bringing down the stock exchange. It starts where you are, in your life. It starts with treating the people in your life as though they all matter, they all have value, they all deserve respect...
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October 11, 2011
Samsara is a Sanskrit word used by Buddhists to describe the cyclical nature of our own and societal suffering and dissatisfaction.  Cynicism is the belief that there's no getting out of the mess we're in.
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October 7, 2011
With all the buzz about Occupy Wall Street this week, I love even more that the heading on the IDP’s “About Us” page reads: Get Connected. Because We Already Are. The mission, as articulated under this heading, explains that the...
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October 5, 2011
People are leading yoga and meditation on Wall Street.  
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October 5, 2011
There is a lot to write about. A few weeks ago when Troy Davis was executed, I wanted to write about the death penalty, but didn’t feel I had anything substantial to offer the dialogue. It is obvious to me that 99.9% of Buddhists do not...
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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 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 13, 2011
Just had a thought I put on twitter – “Human history is a record of man overcoming – or being overcome by – anxiety brought on by feeling separate.”  That’s really all that human history is.  We’...
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September 13, 2011
“What was it like to be on one of those planes or in one of those towers?  What was it like to be steering a jet towards our own death and the deaths of thousands of others?”
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September 7, 2011
I love this video.   Writer and performaner Kate Bornstein had sexual reassignment surgery in 1986.  Her performances and writings reflect our culture's binary way of defining gender and all the suffering and confusion that it...
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September 6, 2011
The Twin Towers once exemplified freedom and American capitalism. On September 11, 2001, they were abruptly transformed into symbols of terror and tragedy. Our hearts collapsed along with those buildings that morning, as did...
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August 31, 2011
".. a woman would not commit any misdeed that her husband would consider disagreeable, even at the cost of her life." - The Buddha  
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August 10, 2011
With everything that is going on in the world today, riots on the streets of London (sounds like I heard a song about this once), the Dems and the GOP arguing about who is to blame for all our problems, and I am sure so many other countless events...
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August 10, 2011
When I hear about store windows being broken, fires being set to cars and busses, and hit and run vehicular homicide, I get pissed off.   What if I had saved up for years to open a storefront in Tottenham to support my family?  What...
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August 3, 2011
As I sit on the sidelines and watch this deficit deal get passed in Washington, I am astounded and disappointed at how the majority of us, which this plan will affect have lost their voices, and for those that it will not affect have kept quiet or...
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August 3, 2011
The NY Times is reporting that half a million children are on the verge of starvation in Somalia at the same time this Haagen Dazs sign pleads for us to "Experience Pure Indulgence"
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August 1, 2011
  I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity. I choose to live for...
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July 30, 2011
Evil exists. Overwhelmingly sad situations exist. How can we view that with compassion?
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by Brian
July 13, 2011
This week, IDP activism director Adreanna Limbach interviews Stuart Moody and Beth Terry of the Green Sangha, a San Francisco Bay Area based group working to advance spiritually grounded environmental activism. This is the third of a three part...
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by Brian
July 6, 2011
This week, IDP activism director Adreanna Limbach interviews Stuart Moody and Beth Terry of the Green Sangha, a San Francisco Bay Area based group working to advance spiritually grounded environmental activism. This is the second of a three part...
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