Featured Articles: Buddhism

September 10, 2012
From the Sakkapanha Sutta: 2.2 Sakka asked, ‘What gives rise to jealousy and avarice? What is their origin, how are they born, how do they arise? Owing to the presence of what do they arose, owing to the absence of what do they arise?’ The...
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September 10, 2012
“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in...
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September 8, 2012
Loneliness hurts -- not just psychologically.  Elders who report feeling lonely have an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and depression. Meditation helps.
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September 7, 2012
When I contemplate whether or not I believe in the idea of rebirth or reincarnation, something arises within me that makes me believe that it is not the answer to the question “Does reincarnation exist?” but the exploration of the question that is...
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September 6, 2012
  In the photo above, John holds his 19 year-old dog, Schoep.  He regularly takes Schoep to Lake Superior and cradles him in the water until he falls asleep, as the cool and buoyant water soothes Schoep's arthritic pain.
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September 5, 2012
Michelle Obama's speech was inspiring. I encourage you to watch it. I like her. I might even say I love her, but in her passionate descriptions of her father’s struggles, Mr. Obama’s upbringing, and her and her husband’s very typical (and also rare...
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September 5, 2012
... We have turned into very unnatural beings. But with all our difficulties, we have an opportunity open to us that no other animal has. A cat is the Wonder; but the cat doesn't know that, it just lives it.* But as human beings we have the capacity...
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September 3, 2012
After about five years of meditating like my life depended on it, I hit a wall. For the past two months, getting my butt on the cushion has been a struggle and a constant internal negotiation process. Summer felt good. Life felt good. Samsara...
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September 3, 2012
When we sit in meditation, having a firm tripod of support enables us to be upright and practice for longer periods of time. The posture inspires us to sit firmly on our seat with our buttocks planted firmly on the chair or cushion, and our knees...
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September 3, 2012
(follow Kimberly on Facebook or Twitter) Steve Jobs is now a type of warrior-philosopher deva, living in a mystical palace near his old offices at Apple headquarters in California. 
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September 2, 2012
  (follow Ethan on facebook and twitter) I always consider Labor Day and the beginning of September to be a more pragmatic and realistic New Year’s occasion than whatever happens in January. In fact, many people who question our...
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September 1, 2012
A lot of us have chairs that talk to us, but our chairs are internal. They provide a spot for the inner critic,  the committee that makes us question our buddhahood.
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August 30, 2012
(Follow Ethan on facebook and twitter)   Hi, all. We are hoping you had a wonderful summer and are excited to announce our Fall 2012 offerings of exceptional online classes, retreats, lectures, and our continuing Transformational Activism...
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August 29, 2012
When nothing is special, everything can be. -- Charlotte Joko Beck
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August 27, 2012
"Until we have reached a decision to place our faith in something much greater than our own ego, there is really no point in trying to work with a teacher." -Dzigar Kongtrul  
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August 27, 2012
"I can't even breathe the air without the help of other beings.."
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August 24, 2012
I’m going to share with you a relaxation exercise that I do after yoga sometimes that can help you relax after yoga or whenever you want. Lie on your back with your arms at your side, palms facing the ceiling. Relax your hips, neck, back, and the...
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by Joren
August 23, 2012
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August 22, 2012
“Wisdom doesn’t look like one thing.” DPR This is easy to forget. Today it looks like structure and ferocity. Tomorrow it may look soft and vulnerable.  It may look like what naturally arises, but it may also be the opposing force to what seems...
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August 21, 2012
My earliest memories of being happy are of playing in the ocean. When our family began going to Cape Cod in the summer, the low piney woods, high dunes, and wide sweep of white sand felt like a true home. We spent hours at the beach, diving into the...
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by Lani
August 20, 2012
IDP would like to start to encourage those who want to meditate in public (explicitly representing IDP) to do so.
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by Ngejung
August 17, 2012
  I started volunteering for the Interdependence Project out of a desire to help an organization that has helped me so much. IDP was my first exposure to Buddhism; last year, on my daily hour-long drive from Brooklyn to my college in...
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August 17, 2012
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."Muhammad Ali
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August 16, 2012
"The Mindful Activist" is a monthly blog where I attempt to share what I experience as my Buddhist practice converges with my political and social interests. If any fellow "activists" (also called engaged citizens, bodhisattvas, or humans) want to...
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by Joren
August 16, 2012
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