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April 12, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new WEEKLY (yes, I’m back to writing weekly for IDP) column where I will take a quote from hip-hop and occasionally other forms of music and interpret, ironically, how it relates to living a life of mindfulness and...
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April 11, 2012
It's a thing, a rag-in-waiting, a curiosity. It's not lasting happiness, not love, not liberation. Failing to see that leads to suffering.
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April 11, 2012
  It’s not at all unusual to first come around to practice because none of the usual methods for dealing with life seem to work on a long-term basis; relationships have their ups and downs, jobs come and go, money comes in and money goes out,...
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April 11, 2012
Part of my Buddhist practice lately has been an effort to step out of the world of unverified allegations, or taking things in  "good faith", and looking more closely at the facts of my own experience.
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April 10, 2012
Alright, here we go... week 2 of responsible consumption month.  Paper cups used: 0 Yay! Credit Unions joined: 0 Boo! Kindness practiced: lots
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April 10, 2012
I love to read. My first meditation retreats, in India, weren’t completely silent – there were silent days and silent periods – but in any event, I liked the idea of silence. There was a strict guideline though about not reading. That was to keep us...
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April 9, 2012
Last week, I convened a family meeting in order to discuss how to respond to the IDP challenge. With my not-old-enough-for-elementary-school-yet kids seated around the table, I explained that we are going to spend a month “using things less” (or “...
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by ellen s
April 9, 2012
Ah consuming fewer paper towels was going great. I had gotten thru the week and the ample white roll was as plump as ever. It was surprisingly easy how just asking myself, "Do I need to use this?" reduced consumption, and fairly painlessly, too....
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April 7, 2012
Experiencing something as unpleasant is neither a judgment of myself nor the situation. It's just how it is.
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by ambika
April 6, 2012
Back in 2010 when there was the awful BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico I started to think about how much plastic I use regularly, and just how very dependent upon oil we all are right now. Plastic seems to be everywhere, and is so ingrained in my...
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April 5, 2012
As a mindful consumption practice, I'm limiting my diet to foods that humans have eaten for thousands of years. Following Michael Pollan's Food Rules, I imagine my great-grandmother pushing a cart beside me in the grocery aisle. The blue...
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April 5, 2012
More than one person has remarked how our son has a very mature face for a six-week old. Indeed, he can be a pensive, studious baby, and often looks like he’s tackling the great questions of the universe. His mother remarked this morning that he...
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April 4, 2012
So the question is: What do I want? Is it something clothes can give me?
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April 4, 2012
..[T]his month, my effort is simply to do the homework, to do my best to avoid GM foods and see how it goes.   What extra planning is needed?  What foods should I avoid?
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April 3, 2012
For IDP's Responsible Consumption Month we are committing to working mindfully with the momentum of our consumption habits and each choose specific areas of focus.  Here is my pledge:
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April 3, 2012
I live in a house in Barre, Massachusetts, and also stay in a little sublet apartment in NYC in the times that I am there. Both are piled high with books – books I’ve read and don’t want to give up, more often books I’ve bought I intend to someday...
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April 2, 2012
By Jonathan S. Kaplan, Ph.D.
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by ellen s
April 2, 2012
Responsible Consumption: I've done this before. Two years ago, I committed to using fewer plastic bags as part of the IDP's earliest awareness efforts based around community practice. We pledged to stop or reduce our use of the ubiquitous plastic...
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April 2, 2012
I won't be online for a few weeks because I am going on a dathun, which is a month-long meditation retreat.
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April 2, 2012
by Kimberly Brown (follow Kim on Twitter)     Human beings have arrived at a time when we really need to think deeply. We have all kinds of ease and assets in our environment, creating the right kind of conditions to practice dharma....
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April 2, 2012
Before I took the refuge vow in 2009, I asked Ethan if he thought that I should do it. I was hoping he would tell me what to do. He did discuss the issue with me, but he would not tell me what to do. I did take the vow and have never regretted...
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March 31, 2012
We must not be cowed or intimidated by the weight of authority or traditions if we are to be enriched by them rather than be oppressed by them. Christina Feldman
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March 28, 2012
In Rebel Buddha Ponlop Rinpoche talks about “spiritual questions”, these questions that are always under the surface, questions that we may ignore, questions we will ask and answer alone. He says we will know we have found the answer when it has not...
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