Featured Articles: Buddhism

November 21, 2012
Selections from the The IDP Community Daily Gratitude Journals and the IDP Twitter feed (#IDPGratitude)
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November 21, 2012
I am sharing this article today with a rather short commentary for such a complex topic. May this conversation join the ongoing dialogue and spark more well-intentioned conversation about racism.
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November 21, 2012
Just over a week ago, I started posting a Community Gratitude Journal each day under the "Journal" section of the blog, inspired by Kim B's lovely post on gratitude,
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November 20, 2012
  “Reality is always kinder than the stories we tell about it.” - Byron Katie Can you imagine understanding, even loving, someone who belongs to a group of people responsible for killing your father, brother, or best friend? Can you...
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November 19, 2012
  There are two kinds of confidence: the kind you pump up and the kind to which you wake up. Conditional confidence comes from some kind of credential. If I read a book about cooking, I'm confident I know something about cooking. If I get...
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November 19, 2012
Last year, I posted the below article to the IDP blog, at the conclusion of my participation in our first year-long Immersion Training program.   Since then, my path has continued to unfold before me and reveal itself in ways obvious and...
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November 19, 2012
When I was young, I vaguely remember seeing something on television from the 1960s of some young people handing out free food.  It was a soup, or porridge of some kind, and they were doling it out in bowls to whoever was hungry.  It may...
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November 17, 2012
  Meditation can change your life and your very sense of who you are.  There is a reason it has been around for thousands of years and practiced by people from all walks of life and all parts of the globe.  There is a common myth...
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November 17, 2012
Life's like that sometimes. We encounter obstacles -- or create obstacles in our minds -- and the frustration we feel becomes the obstacle. But if you can relax into it, look at what's happening in the moment, sometimes it just eases.
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November 16, 2012
Daily Sit invites you to practice meditation with a live online community. Inspired by "Sitting Project," a daily meditation piece, Kim Brown and I thought it would be supportive to the community to offer an online interactive presence for...
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November 16, 2012
I’ve come to understand that now is not the right time for me to be a big help or provide big service.
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November 15, 2012
Monday morning, November the fifth. My thirty-fifth birthday. My 3-year-old son, Oscar, woke early that morning. After feeding him a quick bowl of flaked corn cereal with hemp milk, I whooshed him into his sweater and rain boots and out the door. In...
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November 14, 2012
“There are beings everywhere. That is the problem” Ponlop Rinpoche said when I saw him speak a few months ago. We mistakenly think that our experience and our comfort in each moment are more important than that of others. At times I notice that I am...
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November 13, 2012
In the book My Stroke of Insight, brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor explains that the natural life span of an emotion—the average time it takes for it to move through the nervous system and body—is only a minute and a half, a mere ninety...
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November 12, 2012
  We live in a world that emphasizes results, rewards, and winning. If we buy something at a store we get our rewards card swiped in order to accumulate points that lead to a future benefit. Many of us get up early in the morning in order to...
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November 12, 2012
My neighbor has a great big dog. It's a little smaller than a horse. You can't go outside with a dog like that without training it first. Otherwise, it'll just pull you down the street, terrifying every man, woman, and child along the way. Our minds...
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November 12, 2012
  "Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others." Cicero
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November 9, 2012
Beings are numberless, I vow to save them Desires are inexhaustible, I vow to end them Dharma gates are boundless, I vow to enter them Buddha's way is unsurpassable, I vow to become it. -- The Four Vows of the Bodhisattva
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November 7, 2012
In Hawaii, Democrat Mazie Hirono beat former Gov. Linda Lingle on Tuesday, making Hirono the first Buddhist in the Senate.
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November 4, 2012
I had just walked across the Williamsburg Bridge.  Some other people walking across the bridge said the blackened city skyline looked cool.  I declined to entertain this idea, only saying I had never seen my city like this,...
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November 3, 2012
The Chöd practice, which seeks to feed rather than fight what appears to be the 'enemy,' offers a much needed new paradigm for today's world that promotes compassion and integration instead of polarization.” Lama Tsultrim Allione
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November 2, 2012
If right now, as in right this second, were to launch itself into this text, it would talk about meditation, and it would talk about disaster. It would talk about anger, and it would talk about giving. It would talk about anxiety, and it would talk...
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by Joren
November 1, 2012
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November 1, 2012
I am not so naive as to think we can just will away a tragedy with optimism and a sunny disposition. What struck the East Coast of the United States this week was devastating. As a New Yorker, I was heart-broken to see my city torn asunder once...
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November 1, 2012
Not all that long ago our Seattle IDP group discussed the Buddha’s teachings of the Noble Eight-Fold Path.  Having just breezed through these texts over the years, I was grateful to finally sit down and really put some effort into seeing what...
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