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February 5, 2016
The body the body the body. The breath the breath the breath.   How do you speak to yourself? What did you say just now? How did you say it? Who is speaking and why?
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by ellen s
February 3, 2016
"The art of beginning again": Sharon's instruction has never felt more gently apropos than this month, this time around in the 28-Day Real Happiness challenge. I'm beginning this 28-day practice cycle again, one I've done a few times before. The...
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February 2, 2016
Meditation practice feels a lot like the movie Groundhog Day.  Everytime I sit down to focus it's the same thing, over and over again; my attention is on my breath, then I get distracted by a sound, a memory, a plan, or a fantasy.  The...
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February 1, 2016
I choose to believe that all beings are part of a single organism. We are all part of a humming, sometimes thriving, sometimes aching ecosystem. Hurting those whom I consider “others” slows down the entire operation and wounds him whom I consider “...
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January 4, 2016
For the new year, I was asked to write a letter to my Zen teacher, requesting him to continue teaching for another year. I’ve never done anything like this, so I copied the suggested wording (which I actually really liked, formal though it was) and...
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December 18, 2015
As a kid, I always looked forward to Hanukkah (what kid doesn't want to eat fried potato pancakes and get eight presents and money is made out of chocolate?) But it wasn't until this year that the holiday deeply resonated with me.
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December 3, 2015
Seven years ago, I developed a mysterious chronic pain in my upper body that had me unable to type, hold a piece of paper, and relegated to the cool wooden floor of my girlfriend’s apartment for hours a day. I was 26, unable to work, and learning to...
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November 23, 2015
Welcome to our 4th Annual Gratitude Journal!  From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, the IDP community posts our gratitude daily in the comments section below. 
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November 17, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monk and author, Matthieu Ricard, was visiting his home town in Aix-les-Bains, in France, for a conference when the Paris attacks occurred last week.  Ricard, a scientist who holds a PhD in molecular genetics, has written and...
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November 16, 2015
This was what I felt needed to be said during a retreat I led this past weekend: 
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November 4, 2015
“Wounds still fresh, [my leg] isn’t quite ready to bear my weight. I typically walk with a brisk pace, but today my stride is necessarily deliberate…”  —Jamie Zimmerman
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November 3, 2015
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a popular Tibetan teacher who has written several best-selling books and is the leader of the
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November 2, 2015
To be born on this earth is to have the whole thing. From the beginning there are precise distinctions between things, but the whole thing is yourself. That is how it started. When we become deeply involved in precise discrimination between things...
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October 29, 2015
One of the benefits of meditation is that you become less reactive. You cultivate the ability to rest in a calm, clear space so that you can choose how to respond rather than habitually hitting back.
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October 26, 2015
Eric Ripert, chef and owner of Le Bernadin, a famous NYC Michelin-rated restaurant, said recently: I have applied good principles of Buddhism with the employees of Le Bernardin . . . [and] in the way of having more simplistic presentations than...
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October 20, 2015
Laurie Anderson and her deceased husband, Lou Reed, were both students of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Yongey Mingur Rinpoche.  IDP Blog Writer, Nancy Thompson wrote a wonderful post here, describing how they used their Buddhist practice...
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October 15, 2015
In our culture, we place a high emphasis on intellectual learning. Yet our personal growth seems to depend on how we translate what we read and hear into some deeper, possibly wordless understanding. Even Suzuki Roshi once said about his own (...
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October 7, 2015
It has never been more difficult to live in the moment. Many of us have lives so full of activities that we can hardly catch our breaths. We work long hours, sometimes on weekends, and have hectic lives at home. When we do get a free minute, our...
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October 5, 2015
The person I call “Bernie” consists of many parts—limbs, organs, tissues, bones, and cells. If my right hand is gashed, my entire body will spring into action. My brain will think of ways to get care for my injured hand. My feet will take me to the...
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September 30, 2015
In southern Arizona, where I live, many people think that it’s illegal to give exhausted desert travelers water, food, and shelter. Go ahead and re-read that first sentence.
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September 23, 2015
Headspace received $30 million in funding this week to expand their services.  In one press release, they were described as a "leading digital health and wellness media brand", though most of us know Headspace as a mindfulness app, and...
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September 19, 2015
"It's a meditation," the dance instructor says, coaxing me to relax and follow him in the tango.
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September 4, 2015
How do you love someone who is scared and who scares you? I was reminded of this question, posed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book "Open Heart, Open Mind," this week as I watched the Internet react to what we might term "difficult people" in our metta...
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