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April 23, 2012
“Regard all dharmas as dreams.” – The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind by Geshe Chekawa
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April 21, 2012
Sometimes discipline means getting your ass onto the cushion. Sometimes it means heading to the nearest couch.
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by ambika
April 20, 2012
"Another world is not only possible ... she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing" - Arundhati Roy My girlfriend posted the above quote on my Facebook wall yesterday. It gives me hope in the midst of much confusion these days. I...
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by Joren
April 19, 2012
 
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April 19, 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 18, 2012
If I choose to own hybrid cars, recycle twice as much trash as I throw out, swap out my light bulbs and faucets, and wrap my pipes and myself up in multiple layers all winter long to be a responsible energy consumer, can awareness of the damage...
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April 18, 2012
If I remain in a clam-shell of fear in my life, unwilling to be motivated by love, tolerance and a wish to be happy, I might as well just be a clam.
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April 17, 2012
It's week three of IDP's Responsible Consumption month and my fellow bloggers' posts have been entertaining and inspiring.  My pledge to refrain from using paper cups and single use plastics has been going swimmingly.  My pledge to open an...
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April 17, 2012
Sometime this week I remembered that my resolve was to not buy books until I gave away an equal number of books..in other words, there is a path to acquisition! I can get books!!!!! That just needs to rest on letting go, and creating space. This isn...
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by ellen s
April 16, 2012
Week 3 began with me still on the same roll of Bounty paper towels I started with. We haven't gone through that roll yet. Haven't started on that big six-pack in the closet. But it's not all about the paper towels, of course.
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April 16, 2012
So, it’s Week #3 of the challenge and things are going relatively well for our household. Here’s an update on what we’re doing and its impact. Water Usage
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April 15, 2012
Hi.  I'm skeptical.  Of a lot of things.  I am highly skeptical of people who do yoga.  Dreadfully skeptical of anyone who calls her/himself a Buddhist.  Rabidly skeptical of anyone who does anything I do.  Probably...
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April 14, 2012
If you do not give yourself peace, how can you share it with others? If you do not begin your peace work with yourself, where will you go to begin it? To sit, to smile, to look at things and really see them, these are the basis of peace work. Thich...
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by ambika
April 13, 2012
I just spent the morning at the Park Slope Food Coop doing my work shift in food processing (all members do work shifts), where I wore plastic gloves and placed bulk items in countless plastic bags. And this is a place that works with local farmers...
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April 12, 2012
Here at the Responsible Consumption Test Site, I've been test-driving websites and mobile apps to see how they can help us develop more mindful habits. This week, GoodGuide.com kicked my butt. 
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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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