Featured Articles: Buddhism

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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January 8, 2014
I took the IDP Be Free pledge to be free of electronics, and chose to turn off my electronics during the dinner hour.  Here is the pledge:  
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January 7, 2014
A new study by Johns Hopkins University finds that 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day may relieve mild anxiety and depression -- as effectively as medication.
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January 6, 2014
In a recent discussion with old friends, we pondered different ways of experiencing the “self.”  One felt that the self was something true that can be found and held dear.  This could be accomplished, in her example, through painting -...
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January 6, 2014
If resisting change creates suffering, how can we address climate change in a way that is compassionate to the ecosystem and ourselves?
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January 3, 2014
We’re often being pressured to try any number detox diets, fasting programs, and master cleanses that promise to rid our bodies of toxins, shed pounds of unwanted body fat, increase our energy levels, and heighten our senses. Improved health,...
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January 1, 2014
Are you thinking about making a resolution to live more mindfully in 2014? You're in good -- and trendy -- company, according to global advertising and marketing company JWT, which named "Mindful Living" among its Top 10 trends for 2014.
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December 28, 2013
"Can you be a decent person and buy R. Kelly's Music?" the headline asks
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December 27, 2013
I'm not a big fan of the word "resolution" because there's something very rigid about it, and goal-setting in the usual sense can set you up for failure and frustration. Having an intention, however, is like planting some seeds with the...
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December 24, 2013
For most of us, this is an extremely charged time of year, emotionally and otherwise. The pressure and the expectations around Christmas and New Year’s Eve are intense enough to tempt even the most tranquil of Buddhas among us...
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December 23, 2013
  Physicists have reported the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality, Wired reports.
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December 21, 2013
Today is the Solstice, the day when the North Pole is at its maximum tilt from the sun, creating the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. I imagine that for the ancients, this marked the beginning of the new year, not some 10 days...
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December 19, 2013
(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter or visit his website) Let's face it, sometimes the holidays just…suck. Maybe that's not the most Buddhist way of saying it, but it is how it feels. Even more than in past years,...
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December 18, 2013
 Ven. Robina Courtin says that anger is “the response to when attachment doesn’t get what it wants.” Surprised was I, then, to find that this applies to cats as well as humans.
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December 16, 2013
This time of year can be extremely challenging for many of us. There's all kinds of pressure and expectations in the air. Strained family relationships often come to a head, and memories of past holidays have a way of creeping their way back into...
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December 16, 2013
If you’ve never made your own snowman, you’ve seen someone else do it, either on television, or in person. If you’ve never made a snowman, you’ve made a sandcastle, or seen someone do that.
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December 16, 2013
Many platitudes about the holidays focus on the joy of giving.  Of course, ideas become platitudes by being generally true or at least by being generally accepted as true.  As a parent, I gain a great deal of joy from watching my children...
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December 16, 2013
The first truth of Buddhism is that suffering is inevitable. There's birth, old age, sickness, and death -- and Instagram. Actually, according to a New York Times article, "The  Agony of Instagram," the photo-sharing app is related to the...
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December 14, 2013
Whatever holiday spirit is, I'm not feeling it.
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December 13, 2013
Loneliness has always been the most terrifying and unacceptable emotion for me to sit with. For most of my life I’ve had this nagging sense that somehow I’m just not really understood or connected enough, and therefore not complete enough because...
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