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October 7, 2013
This week’s New York Times includes an opinion piece by Psychiatrist Anna Fels, titled Great Betrayals.  In it she discusses how the discovery of secrets in our personal relationships “bring on tumultuous crises,” which are usually much worse...
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October 4, 2013
Traditional meditation texts sometimes describe the unmeditated state as "monkey mind." But for the last week I've been sitting with my new kitten, and I feel like I'm seeing my mind manifested. The kitten is all over the place -- chasing a piece of...
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October 4, 2013
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October 4, 2013
  I’m making a grave error by committing these words to a blog post, because the very act of doing so implies that my words alone can help you. I fear that you might hold onto these words which would be a huge mistake, because words that are...
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October 2, 2013
The day after watching my paternal grandmother die, I started cooking. A lot. After losing both of my grandmothers in the span of a few months this summer, it was the only thing I could think to do. It was the only thing that comforted me....
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October 2, 2013
The mind’s natural instinct is to think, weave webs, build edifices, poke and prod and coax and scream. Some of that mental noise is helpful in making sense of the millions of stimuli that bombard you every day. The mind is always planning and...
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September 30, 2013
I’ve been waiting for October 1st for a long time.
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September 29, 2013
There's a story I read in this book called Meditation in Action by Chögyam Trungpa (1970,
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September 28, 2013
There's a six-minute video of Louis C.K. on the Conan O'Brien Show explaining why he won't buy his daughter a smartphone that's making the rounds among Buddhist types, people who usually share quotes from the Dalai Lama and pictures of nature. Why?...
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September 26, 2013
"Bill De Blasio Will Meditate Your Parking Ticket Away," a headline on Gothamist says. Intriguing -- but thoroughly incorrect -- and full of mocking stereotypes (those solidified perceptions make for easy shorthand).
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September 25, 2013
What do you wish you had known about love when you were 20 years old? This was the question that popped up in my inbox a few days ago, thanks to the Radical Self Love Letters from Gala Darling (I love this woman!).
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September 23, 2013
As a scientist, one of the major things that attracted me to Buddhism was its empirical approach.  Buddha exhorted people not to believe anything simply on faith, but to test it for themselves.
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September 22, 2013
I recently experienced a devastating disappointment. The content doesn’t matter, just that I let Hope fly, and she flew far, and then down she came.
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September 21, 2013
Buddhist meditation is a way of working with your mind, which means that whatever is is your mind is going to come into your awareness. That's how you learn to work with it. But if what's in your mind is threatening? What if your investigation into...
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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...
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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?
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