Featured Articles: 2011 Meditation Practice

December 23, 2011
Like last week, my post today is the little piece of Pema Chödrön wisdom I serendipitously opened to as a new part of my daily practice. At the beginning of this weekend especially, I very much like the notion of remembering to pause...
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December 22, 2011
the past is pulling me back and the present pushing me forward Contemplations on Occupy Seattle, I often feel that I have so little to offer to the movement. I am not as brave or steadfast or selfless as so many of you. I want to share some...
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December 18, 2011
(Follow Ethan on facebook and twitter) I was moved to read this story about Pancho Ramos Stierle, the meditator arrested at Occupy Oakland, who also faced the possibility of deportation after his arrest. This picture of him and a friend being...
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December 17, 2011
You better not pout. You better not cry. You better not shout, I'm telling you why. It's unacceptable.
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December 16, 2011
I’ve started a new practice. Each day I randomly open Pema Chödrön’s book Comfortable With Uncertainty and read the teaching I’ve landed upon. The book is a compilation of 108 short teachings – little reminders...
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December 15, 2011
Understanding Buddhism involves studying its texts, which range from bizarre or outdated to intense, poetic, profound and silly; looking at it’s transformation as it traveled throughout Asia and to the West; considering how teachings have...
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December 15, 2011
  Today is today. It is not tomorrow and it is not yesterday. This moment is this moment. It is not an hour from now nor an hour ago. As you read this, you are reading this.
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December 12, 2011
  A clay Buddha cannot pass through water.   A wooden Buddha cannot pass through fire.   A metal Buddha cannot pass through a furnace.   - Case 96: Joshu’s Three Turning Words   When we have too...
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December 10, 2011
The greatest gift you can give or receive is to know that you are enough. Good enough, bad enough, pretty enough, valuable enough -- and that the others in your life also are enough, just as they are.
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December 9, 2011
by Patrick Groneman (Follow Patrick on Twitter) Origianally Posted on the Huffington Post (12/9/2011)
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December 1, 2011
What is holding you back anyway? One answer to this question for all of us is DOUBT, one of the fabulous Five Hindrances that slow us, stop us and also serve as teachers on the path. Here is how doubt works for me. I doubt myself. I doubt...
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November 23, 2011
I am so happy about starting up the Seattle Interdependence Project. I imagine a space where people can come to learn to work with their minds as I did a few years ago at IDP NYC. I am excited to be able to share this with the city that has...
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November 19, 2011
What if, instead of merely accepting the inevitable truth that everyone will die, we saw them as already dead? Does that subtle shift make a difference?  
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November 18, 2011
In order to feel compassion for other people, we have to feel compassion for ourselves. In particular, to care about people who are fearful, angry, jealous, overpowered by addictions of all kinds, arrogant, proud, miserly, selfish, mean, you have...
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November 17, 2011
"...the root meaning of the word radical is just that...the root or origin of something. To be radical is therefore to go to the root of something. Radical is a method or approach to "knowing"...going beyond surface manifestations...
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November 7, 2011
Last week I did not sit meditation. Not once. Okay, I just lied. I led a 5 minute silence before a meeting but in my mind that does not count. Therefore, last week I was a bad girl.
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November 5, 2011
"Nowadays, people think that if you have a Guru you would spend a great deal of time with them and they would be in your business constantly, but generally you receive instruction and then you go practice. At some point you check in or you...
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November 4, 2011
It’s quoted on coffee cups and bumper stickers everywhere because, of course, Mahatma Gandhi was right. Social justice starts with being the change you want to see in the world.
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November 2, 2011
Looking through Thich Nhat Hanh’s  The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, I found this section at the back that I had not previously read. “Of course, you have the right to suffer, but as practitioners, you do not have the...
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October 30, 2011
(Follow Ethan on Facebook and Twitter) I wanted to share a fairly simple observation from teaching this week, related to the meditation practices that focus on the development of compassion, such as metta and tonglen. It's interesting that...
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October 27, 2011
Photographer Peter Seidler has posted a series of portaits taken before and after meditation practitioners participated in a Dathun, a month long meditation retreat. He wrote about his process and shares several of the images on the...
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October 20, 2011
I am thinking very simply about midfulness right now and trying not to get to wrapped up in my usual inclination toward story spinning.
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October 19, 2011
I spent ten days in New York and worried for almost the entire time. I worried and the worry multiplied like beads of condensation in a sealed terrarium. When I arrived, I felt tired and I worried about relaxing. I also worried about my homework...
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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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