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August 15, 2010
"I try really hard not to do the things I do"  - Jeff Bridges, on confronting resistance in creative practice  
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August 13, 2010
    "To see the sacred is not about seeing new things, it's about seeing things in a  new way" - Frank Ostaseski    
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August 13, 2010
Michel Foucalt - philosopher, historian, and cultural theorist - was widely considered one of the most important figures of the structuralist, poststructuralist and postmodern movements. And apparently he sat at least one zazen retreat. In...
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by ellen s
August 13, 2010
This past week a JetBlue flight attendant http://abcnews.go.com/US/steven-slater-jetblue-flight-attendant-bail-eme...
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August 12, 2010
  "The fact that we even know we have a mind that we can look at is a radical leap"  - Paula Green  
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August 12, 2010
There seems to be a bit of confusion on the Buddhist Studies program at IDP. Please feel free to email me directly if you have questions re: any of the below. This letter should go a long way toward clarification. First of all, you do not need to...
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August 11, 2010
"Demystify the Mystical" - Akim Funk Buddha  "Climb in my hip pocket and see what I do"  - Paco Lugaviño, in describing Roshi Bernie Glassman's method of "teaching by example"
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August 11, 2010
The quote and video today are about finding your sanity and awakening right now, not in the future. Because hey, when you get enlightened, it ain't gonna happen any other moment than the present. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is one of my...
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August 10, 2010
"If we take the attitude that we can just practice loving kindness and everything will be okay we will lose this planet."  -  Bhikkhu Bodhi, addressing the question of practice and engagement, a few minutes after leading a...
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August 10, 2010
What about us is unchanging anyway? Is there such a thing? Is impermanence permanent? What do the words basic, primordial, original, uncompounded, or ultimate even mean? Founder of Soto Zen, Dogen Zenji gets the quote of the day:  ...
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August 9, 2010
    Krishna Das is warming up for a Kirtan upstairs, and the Mother House of the Zen Peacemakers in Montague, MA is buzzing with movement and energy on this first day of the Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism.  ...
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August 9, 2010
In honor of the course I am teaching Monday nights at IDP on his famous book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, here is a quote from founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on meditation. Below, a long, quirky and funny...
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August 6, 2010
I am investigating the linguistic/visual idea of signs in the structuralist sense of the word, as well as the aspect of emptiness known as signlessness (animitta) in the Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. Thus I submit to you Thich Nhat Hanh and...
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August 6, 2010
In the past few weeks, having settled down from a July full of vacation, I have been returning to my daily meditation practice.  Well, slowly, but surely, it's coming back.  My girlfriend and I actually keep a record of our sits on...
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August 5, 2010
I'm hoping to post a daily quote and video on the Interdependence Project blog. Anything that's about meditation, Buddhism, and all of the ways we can apply mindfulness to the 21st century world, please send them to me here. Below is...
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August 4, 2010
The New York Times Magazine recently did a major profile on Anusara yoga founder John Friend. They say all press is good press. I hope that's true and my guess is it will be. Beyond Anusara, which receives at least some positive coverage in the...
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August 3, 2010
There are myriad reasons one might attend a silent meditation retreat --needing some time for inner focus, looking for space to deal with stress or confronting existential turmoil...and then there's also the food.
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August 3, 2010
My work has recently brought me in to contact with an internationally recognized fish expert who also happens to be a professional-level angler and actor. I think of myself as well-rounded but this guy puts me to shame. I know Jimmy Liao as a...
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August 3, 2010
I recently returned from a staggeringly awesome vacation with my family.
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August 3, 2010
"Meditate Daily" has been hovering on my to-do, someday, or maybe lists for more than ten years, since the late 1990's.  Three years ago the universe conspired to deliver me to the doorstep of the Interdependence Project, where...
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August 3, 2010
Recently Pat Groneman and Josh Adler lead a class studying Chogyam Trungpa's book True Perception: The Path of Dharma Art. I attended this class as an artist and meditation practitioner. After reading about Great Eastern Sun and Setting Sun...
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by ellen s
August 2, 2010
Family vacation on Cape Cod conjures up all sorts of images: lobster, lobster rolls, corn on the cob, big tables . . . just like this picture.    
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August 2, 2010
There was a thought provoking article in the New Yorker this past week about death, dying and hospice care.    
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