Featured Articles: Buddhism

February 8, 2014
I'm intrigued by the idea of self-compassion, as described by Sharon Salzberg in "Real Happiness at Work." It feels foreign and exotic to me, like something people do in some remote land just discovered by intrepid explorers. Shangri-la, maybe --...
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February 7, 2014
Once the Buddha was walking through a village when he encountered an angry man who got in his face and began yelling at him, saying things like “You have no right to be teaching others, you’re just a big fake and just as confused as everyone else!”...
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February 5, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the marvelous actor who died recently with bags of heroin around him, was interviewed about a year ago by Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum. The topic was happiness, and it's poignant, almost painful, to listen to now.
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February 5, 2014
I am so loving Sharon Salzberg’s new book Real Happiness at Work, which I agreed to read, put into practice, and blog about for the next month.  This week’s focus was on understanding how gathering our scattered mind through practicing...
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February 4, 2014
When I tell people I work as the Executive Director at The Interdependence Project, a meditation and dharma center, most think I must have the most stress-free job in the world.  Unfortunately, running a busy non-profit with 2.5 employees in...
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February 4, 2014
An invitation to blog in promotion of Sharon Salzberg's latest book release inspires me to investigate my own perceptions of work, which can be limiting, and also shift to be liberating. 
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February 3, 2014
Does Buddhism have a goth side? Take a look at Buddhist Hell, Buddhist vampires, thigh bone trumpets played in charnel grounds, and decide for yourself.
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February 3, 2014
In Sharon Salzberg's new book, Real Happiness at Work, the first chapter is about balance. She discusses several dimensions to balance, but one that I find fascinating is equanimity.  Equanimity is considered one of the four Heavenly Abodes in...
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February 2, 2014
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of press these days, with a lot of new science coming out and people wanting to find sanity in an increasingly complex world.  We should not be surprised, then, if the press begin to make hyperbolic...
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January 31, 2014
A few years ago I was talking with someone who was about to embark on a street retreat. A street retreat is a safe and guided event in which a group of people pretend to be homeless for a few days — begging for money, finding a way to feed...
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January 27, 2014
In my last post, I discussed how people use media (music, TV, video games, Internet, etc.) to modify their moods and as coping strategies.  On the one hand, both of these uses seem positive and beneficial, at least when used mindfully.
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January 27, 2014
The current issue of Time magazine promotes coverage of "The Mindful Revolution: The science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture." The story itself is behind a paywall -- you can read the opening anecdote about the author...
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January 25, 2014
Pope Francis this week praised the Internet for the “immense possibilities” it offers to encounter people from different backgrounds; he also warned that the obsessive desire to stay connected can  isolate people from their friends and family.
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January 20, 2014
In this interview with Oprah Winfrey,  Thich Nhat Hahn recalls a breakfast meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. He was late arriving, but King kept the food warm for him.  Hahn told King that the people of Vietnam regarded him as a...
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January 20, 2014
This month we're discussing mindful consumption, specifically examining our habits around electronics. I study the media's effects on people and have heard people talk about media being an "addiction" for almost 20 years.  There are some really...
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January 18, 2014
When you're making a change in attitude or behavior, you can -- as Tina Turner says -- do it nice and easy, or nice and rough. That's true whether you're singing "Proud Mary" or vowing to spend an hour without electronics for Responsible...
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January 17, 2014
Mindfulness practice provides opportunity to watch my reactions and try to give space to my son as he shares a painful story.
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January 15, 2014
Is mindfulness better than mind wandering?  Maybe yes, and maybe no…. it really depends.  
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January 14, 2014
Jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry by Harvard. He'll be delivering six lectures, not on poetry per se but telling stories from his personal history, including the interplay between creativity and Buddhism...
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January 13, 2014
I wasn't sure if I wanted to teach meditation when I handed in my application for IDP's Yearlong Teacher Training & Dharma Immersion Program. I knew I loved IDP, that Ethan Nichtern is a skilled teacher, and that I wanted to learn more for the...
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January 13, 2014
I have a graduate student who is pursuing her PhD in Apparel Marketing, and is particularly interested in considering the relations between mindfulness, self-compassion, and consumption of luxury brands.  We're interested in several things. One...
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January 11, 2014
January Is IDP Responsible eConsumption Month, and I've been observing it by not turning on electronic devices during the first hour I'm awake. The experience has been as different as the days.
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January 10, 2014
As a young boy I prayed to God every night, begging him to transform me into a superhero. I was very specific with this request and told him I’d settle for just two superpowers: the ability to fly and superhuman strength. Why? Because I was 10...
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January 9, 2014
Here is a question that was sent to me by one of the community members: In Tibetan Buddhism, it seems a Teacher (Guru) -- Student relation is very important. It seems almost impossible for a student to go throughthe path without finding his/her own...
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