Featured Articles: Buddhism

August 8, 2013
  I can no longer pretend to be young. How do I know this? Simple. I threw my back out doing something routine, and a week later, I’m still in pain.
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August 5, 2013
I went on a retreat this weekend, and one of the practices was a metta (loving-kindness) guided meditation.  The instructions included repeating certain phrases, first about myself, then about my family, then a close friend, then a stranger,...
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August 5, 2013
George Saunders, a creative writing professor at Syracuse University, gave a commencement speech with a simple message: Be kind. After it was printed last week in the New York Times, the speech went viral, demonstrating that people are aching to...
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August 3, 2013
Metta, the first of the Buddha's Four Immeasurable Qualities, is a Pali word generally translated as lovingkindness (or loving-kindness). Why isn't it just love? What's kindness got to do with it?
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August 2, 2013
  One day a group of the Buddha’s monks were practicing meditation in the forest when suddenly they began to see these creepy-looking tree creatures gyrating about and making spooky sounds. It scared the hell out of them, so they went to their...
by Joren
August 2, 2013
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August 1, 2013
IDP's month-long Metta Meditation Marathon begins today.   Ethan* and I came up with the idea in June, as a way for our community to connect with each other during August, a time when many are traveling and on vacation.   For 30...
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August 1, 2013
Welcome to IDP's Metta Month, where members of the community commit to practicing metta (lovingkindness) every day in August. That means sending out good wishes to yourself, your loved ones, and the world at large. What's in it for you?
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July 30, 2013
The Huffington Post has a fun article today about Ven. Robina Courtin, the dynamic and popular Tibetan Buddhist teacher. (Worth it just to see an old photo of Robina in a hippie caftan and headband.)  Ven. Robina often speaks of her youth in...
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July 29, 2013
A month-long invitation to join The Interdepence Project's 'Lovingkindness' practice causes me to question my ability to live accordingly.  When I make space for the practice, I realize that I, and we, very much are.
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July 29, 2013
Inquiry into the death of influential Buddhist Meditation, Master Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, crashes my computer and sheds light on the human condition.
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July 29, 2013
I enjoy visiting New York City, a city famed for its cynicism.  In fact, being a New Yorker is largely equated with being a cynic.  Cynicism is not confined to one group of people, however.  In fact, it often seems that cynicism is...
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July 27, 2013
Maybe you've heard people say that they don't need to do sitting meditation because they do other things that have meditative qualities. "My yoga is my meditation," they say, or running or music or knitting or any repetitive activity.
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July 26, 2013
  There is a neurological condition called Alice in Wonderland syndrome that adversely affects the way things are perceived. People who suffer from this syndrome may perceive parts of their body as somehow misshapen or much larger or smaller...
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by Lani
July 26, 2013
IDP member Angela Russo writes from China, where she is currently doing fieldwork, to share some of her experience with practice as she travels. Due to poor Internet connectivity, I am posting this on her behalf.
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July 25, 2013
The title of this post is absolutely, 100% guaranteed true. Metta is coming to New York, and he’s bringing world peace with him. Don’t believe me? Look it up yourself.
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July 24, 2013
  Chris Lemig spent twenty-three years of his life in the dark closet of addiction and self-hatred. After coming out as being gay in 2007, he discovered the teachings of the Buddha and never looked back. He shares his inspiring story of...
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July 23, 2013
Something amazing happened to me. It was a very small event, but an event that is disappearing from our world, growing extinct. Because of how much it moved and surprised me, I find that I can't stop thinking about it. And so, I write this blog...
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July 22, 2013
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is offering indulgences for “virtual” participants of the upcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro — but there's a hitch.
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July 21, 2013
Metta, one and all! May you be happy, healthy, safe, and at ease! Also, guess what? Come on, guess. If you need a hint, take a look at the title. Now, guess. That’s right! We now have an IDP – Pets group on Facebook.
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July 20, 2013
In this week's installment of the online-only class on Buddhist basics, Ethan Nichtern and Sharon Salzberg talk about the importance of the view. The Buddha included Right View as the first factor on the Eight-fold Path to liberation from suffering.
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July 15, 2013
I was recently in France and Spain, trying pathetically to speak at least the bare minimum of niceties in each country’s language.  This brought me face-to-face with some of the differences in phrasing, and potentially some differences in...
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July 15, 2013
War begins when we harden our hearts, and we harden them easily -- in minor ways and then in serious, major ways, such as hatred and prejudice -- whenever we feel uncomfortable. It's so sad, really, because our motivation in hardening our hearts is...
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