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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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March 28, 2012
One day someone will write a history of this time and see how predictable it all was.   "Well of course they started meditating, Barack Obama was their president, and the shores were receding...they couldn't fake it forever."
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March 26, 2012
Navigating the social and environmental landscapes impacted by our consumption is a bit like following a single, long piece of thread through a thick forest -- there’s no sense of when and where it might end, and who knows if you’ll ever go back to...
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by Brian
March 26, 2012
This Podcast features a lecture by Robina Courtin titled "Women and Engaged Buddhism." It was given on December 12th 2011 in New York City. This is the second of a two part podcast.
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by Brian
March 26, 2012
This Podcast features a lecture by Robina Courtin titled "Women and Engaged Buddhism." It was given on December 12th 2011 in New York City. This is the first of a two part podcast.
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by Brian
March 26, 2012
This week features a lecture by Fred Cooper titled "Bridging the Two Worlds." It was recorded on January 11th, 2012 in New York City. This is the second of a two part podcast.
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by Brian
March 26, 2012
This week features a lecture by Fred Cooper titled "Bridging the Two Worlds." It was recorded on January 11th, 2012 in New York City. This is the first of a two part podcast.
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March 26, 2012
I have a friend who hates his job because it’s extremely stressful. Whenever he’s having a particularly bad day, he fantasizes about winning millions of dollars so he can leave his job and be happy. So during his lunch break he’ll go to the corner...
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March 26, 2012
The first time I heard the term "engaged Buddhism" I was immediately turned on by the idea. My punk rock sensibilities imagined bringing Buddhism to the streets. The whole image seemed at odds with itself. This was not about sitting in a cave,...
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March 26, 2012
Earth as seen from Voyager 1 from a distance of 4 billion miles away, caught in the vastness of space.
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March 24, 2012
Seeing how my investment in grievance was the very same thing that drives all the hatred and violence in the world catapulted me into a process of soul searching and inner discovery. John Welwood
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by Joren
March 22, 2012
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March 22, 2012
(follow Ethan on Facebook and Twitter)   Dear Friends, A historic event is coming up at the Interdependence Project on 4/7-4/8.  Acharya Eric Spiegel will be offering both the Refuge Vow and the Bodhisattva Vows for the first time ever to...
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March 20, 2012
The word of the day is kindness.  It's the magic ingredient for creating stress-free productivity.  Kindness is portable, fast-acting and incredibly efficient.  Got a case of the doldrums?  Feeling overwhelmed?  Depressed...
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March 19, 2012
Chogyam Trungpa said that irritation is the vanguard of basic goodness, or so I've heard from some of his students. In standard English, this means that when you find yourself irritable, you should stick with the feeling and not try to escape...
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March 19, 2012
  Nature always knows precisely what to do. Winter turns to spring, the earth rotates, day comes and night falls, dogs bark and cats meow. But we humans are the only part of nature that stumble around because we aren’t completely sure...
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March 19, 2012
Buddhism is founded on four facts about the nature of existence (the Four Noble Truths), the first fact being that everyone experiences suffering.  There is "big" suffering (sickness, pain, and loss) and then there is "ordinary" suffering,...
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March 17, 2012
I have witnessed many things this week at the Fast for Tibet hunger strike, which is being held outside of the United Nations, that have left me speechless. (Which is now on its 25th day) 
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March 17, 2012
  Because she knew who I was, I gradually came to see myself better.
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March 15, 2012
Is Steve Jobs hailed as a genius because he made us think that we are Sane for doing something that is actually in-sane?
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