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September 20, 2013
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September 19, 2013
Profiling of any kind leads to a divided nation. In light of recent discussions linking Aaron Alexis' Buddhism/meditation practice and mental illness, I share my experiences with all in hopes that we can transform evil instead of creating more.
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September 18, 2013
Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people Monday at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard, was reportedly a meditator who lived for a time at a Buddhist Center in Texas. That fact was featured prominently in news stories about Alexis because it's so contrary to the...
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September 16, 2013
Dear IDPeeps near and far, On behalf of the IDP Blog, we hope you had a splendid summer! A lot has been going on here at the Interdependence Project. We'll just name a few highlights, because if we mentioned them all, you'd be here all day:
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by Paul S
September 16, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. I thought it was time to clear up for myself what chanting-based Nichiren...
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September 14, 2013
I'm writing this on September 14, 2013. I’m sitting in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, on a break from a weekend meditation and dharma retreat. One hour ago before writing this, at 1:16 p.m., I turned 30. And the contemplation began...
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September 13, 2013
  One day a student asked Zen Master Man Gong, "Where is Buddha's teaching?" "Right in front of you," Man Gong replied.
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September 12, 2013
I had a difficult time making and posting this video because I wasn't happy with myself for the approach I was taking with my son, Oliver.  But shooting together provided a safe forum in which we were able to talk gently, for the first time in...
Buddhism, Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (19)     Link
by Paul S
September 10, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. I thought it was time to clear up for myself what chanting-based Nichiren...
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September 9, 2013
Did you ever realize that everything going on in your mind, every thought, feeling, sensation, everything you are aware of, is in fact  happening only in your private internal world?
Buddhism     Link
September 9, 2013
At my meditation group last night, we discussed “letting go” in the context of painful memories, anger, disappointment, frustration, and injury.  I found myself intrigued by what seem to be two different meanings – a conventional cultural one...
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September 9, 2013
A small study by researchers at the University of Oregon found that mindfulness meditation may help smokers cut back.
Meditation Practice, Nutrition & Body Wellness, Science & Technology     Comment (1)     Link
September 7, 2013
Buddhists are supposed to be placid, right?
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September 6, 2013
 
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September 5, 2013
Witnessing my teacher lead a class while crying, I am inspired by the self-compassion and bravery she displays in opening to us and proving what it means to be human.
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September 5, 2013
  The other day my son, my greatest teacher as I’ve mentioned before, was having a tantrum. He’s only 18 months old so he’s entitled. Out of curiosity I offered him some instruction on following the breath. It seemed pointless given a...
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September 4, 2013
For part of July and August I traveled throughout China and Tibet for my work with the Tibetan Village Project, a non-political, non-governmental organization I've recently begun working for. I’ve been meaning to write about my experience (adding to...
Buddhism, Events, Meditation Practice, Religion & Spirituality     Link
by Paul S
September 4, 2013
Sometimes we Westerners can get caught up in conflating Buddhism with sitting meditation, and then we become dismissive of other ways of practicing as if they are sub-par. In my view, Buddhism is a journey of cultivating the heart, and towards that...
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September 4, 2013
  While prepping the syllabus for my  fall online course via Interdependence Project, The Journey of Relationships, I came across this quote from the Karmapa (head of a major Tibetan Buddhist lineage) on his Facebook page...
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September 2, 2013
Today is Labor Day in the US, which can be seen as a celebration of interdependence.
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August 31, 2013
Today is the last day of IDP's Heavy Metta Month, in which members of the community committed to practicing lovingkindness meditation for every day in the month of August. Time to move on. Or not.
Buddhism, Meditation Practice, Science & Technology     Link
August 30, 2013
Have a safe and restful holiday weekend everyone. The beauty of a meditation practice is you can take it wherever you go. IDP lineage mentor teacher, Sharon Salzberg, says, "If you're breathing, you can be meditating."
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August 29, 2013
A difficult exercise with my meditation teacher shows me the powerfully healing gift of practicing equanimity, for ourselves and for others.
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August 28, 2013
As August draws to a close, here are some of my thoughts and observations on attempting a more disciplined metta practice this month.
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