IDP Activism and Politics

21st Century Buddhism and Meditation Podcast 21st Century Buddhism, The IDP Podcast, features weekly lectures and discussions IDP Teachers, Interviews with well known authors and personalities and artful explorations of Buddhist teachings in the form of sound collages, and spoken word pieces.

Recent Guest Lectures have included: 12 Step Buddhist's Darren Littlejohn, Sharon Salzberg, Brad Warner, Acharya Arawana Hayashi, David Nichtern, Author Susan Piver, Roshi O'Hara, Acharya Eric Spiegel, Author Sera Beak, Sustainability Expert Jane Poynter, Eco-Journalist Simran Sethi, Filmmaker John Ankele, Author Daniel Goleman, 2012 Author Daniel Pinchbeck, What Would Jesus Buy's Reverend Billy, Purna Steinitz, Dr. Miles Neale, Elizabeth Reid, Chas DiCapua, Gina Sharpe, Robert Chender, David Loy, Colin Beavan a.k.a. "No Impact Man", Kyabgon Phakchok Rinpoche, Author Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, Acharya Adam Lobel, Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Acharya Fleet Maull, Michael Stone, Hozan Alan Senauke, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Lodro Rinzler

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Economics, the Environment and Enlightened Activism - Part 2 of 2 (Podcast)
Friday, January 3, 2014 - 9:59pm

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This month's podcast interview was conducted by IDP's Lineage Mentor, Dr. Miles Neale with Chris Williams, a long-time environmental activist and author.  The conversation took place in November 2013, in New York City. 

Dr. Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and the Buddhism and Psychology Lineage Mentor of the Interdependence Project.  A long time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Miles has studied in the lineage of the Dalai Lamas with renowned Buddhist scholars Robert Thurman and Joseph Loizzo, as well as Tibetan masters GelekRinpoche and Lama Zopa.


Chris Williams is a long-time environmental activist and author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (Haymarket, 2010) and contributing author to others. He is chair of the science dept at Packer Collegiate Institute and adjunct professor at Pace University in the Dept of Chemistry and Physical Science. His writings have appeared in Z Magazine, Green Left Weekly, AlternetCommonDreams, ClimateandCapitalism.com, Counterpunch, The Indypendent, Dissident Voice, International Socialist Review, Truth Out, Socialist Worker, andZNet. Professor Williams reported from Fukushima in December and January of 2012 and was a Lannan writer-in-residence in Marfa, Texas over the summer of 2012, where he began work on his second book on the Commons.  He was recently awarded a Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship to continue this work. Most recently, he reported from Warsaw for Truth-Out, on the latest round of international climate negotiations, COP 19. Recent articles can be accessed at the following links:  http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/20152-warsaw-climate-talks-go-up-in-smoke
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/20194-understanding-warsaw-capitalism-climate-change-neocolonialism

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Economics, the Environment and Enlightened Activism - Part 1 of 2 (Podcast)
Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 1:24pm

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This month's podcast interview was conducted by IDP's Lineage Mentor, Dr. Miles Neale with Chris Williams, a long-time environmental activist and author.  The conversation took place in November 2013, in New York City. 

Dr. Miles Neale is a Buddhist psychotherapist in private practice, Assistant Director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science, and the Buddhism and Psychology Lineage Mentor of the Interdependence Project.  A long time student of Tibetan Buddhism, Miles has studied in the lineage of the Dalai Lamas with renowned Buddhist scholars Robert Thurman and Joseph Loizzo, as well as Tibetan masters Gelek Rinpoche and Lama Zopa.


Chris Williams is a long-time environmental activist and author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis (Haymarket, 2010) and contributing author to others. He is chair of the science dept at Packer Collegiate Institute and adjunct professor at Pace University in the Dept of Chemistry and Physical Science. His writings have appeared in Z Magazine, Green Left Weekly, Alternet, CommonDreams, ClimateandCapitalism.com, Counterpunch, The Indypendent, Dissident Voice, International Socialist Review, Truth Out, Socialist Worker, and ZNet. Professor Williams reported from Fukushima in December and January of 2012 and was a Lannan writer-in-residence in Marfa, Texas over the summer of 2012, where he began work on his second book on the Commons.  He was recently awarded a Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship to continue this work. Most recently, he reported from Warsaw for Truth-Out, on the latest round of international climate negotiations, COP 19. Recent articles can be accessed at the following links:  http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/20152-warsaw-climate-talks-go-up-in-smoke,
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/20194-understanding-warsaw-capitalism-climate-change-neocolonialism

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Fearless Politics with Rep. Tim Ryan - Part 2 of 2
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 9:18am

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This month's podcast features Congressman Tim Ryan, the author of A Mindful Nation, who shares his experiences as a politician and meditator, and discusses what’s necessary to make contemplative practice part of everyone's life.  This lively community event was recorded in April 2013 at IDP in NYC. 

Tim Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and is currently serving in his fifth term representing Ohio’s 17th Congressional District. He maintains a strong commitment to the economic and social well-being of his constituents in northeast Ohio. He serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as its subcommittees on Readiness and on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. He also serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus. Congressman Ryan has a daily mindfulness meditation practice and has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation. For more on Tim Ryan, please visit: http://www.amindfulnation.org/

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Fearless Politics with Rep. Tim Ryan - Part 1 of 2 (Podcast)
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 9:02am

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This month's podcast features Congressman Tim Ryan, the author of A Mindful Nation, who shares his experiences as a politician and meditator, and discusses what’s necessary to make contemplative practice part of everyone's life.  This lively community event was recorded in April 2013 at IDP in NYC. 

Tim Ryan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and is currently serving in his fifth term representing Ohio’s 17th Congressional District. He maintains a strong commitment to the economic and social well-being of his constituents in northeast Ohio. He serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as its subcommittees on Readiness and on Emerging Threats and Capabilities. He also serves as a member of the House Budget Committee and co-chairman of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus. Congressman Ryan has a daily mindfulness meditation practice and has been an outspoken advocate for promoting mindfulness as an aid to dealing with the variety of complex problems facing the nation. For more on Tim Ryan, please visit: http://www.amindfulnation.org/

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There Are No Jobs On A Dead Planet -- Interview on Fracking with David Braun (Podcast)
Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 4:52pm

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Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is a Halliburton developed natural gas drilling technology that is laying waste to our our country, as documented in the movie Gasland.

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David Braun is a co-founder of United for Action and the National Grassroots Coalition. He also is a key member of the Gasland team, and runs the grassroots campaign for both the movie Gasland and the forthcoming second installment, Gasland Part 2. Previously, he was an organizer for MoveOn.org and has worked on numerous social, environmental, and economic justice campaigns.

In this interview, David talks about the devastation fracking is causing to people, and to our environment, what it might do to New York if it's allowed to happen here, how this was allowed to happen, and what can be done about it.  

Women and Engaged Buddhism with Venerable Robina Courtin Part Two (Podcast)
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 11:29am

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Women and Engaged Buddhism with Venerable Robina Courtin Part Two

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.

Robina Courtin was born in Melbourne, Australia. Robina began studying martial arts in 1974 and moved to New York, where she studied karate. She continued her studies in Melbourne until 1976, when she attended a Tibetan Buddhist course in Queensland given by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In November 1977 Robina went to Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she was ordained. Since then, she has lived as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, traveling, teaching and bringing the Dharma to people around the world.

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Women and Engaged Buddhism with Venerable Robina Courtin Part One (Podcast)
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 11:29am

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Women and Engaged Buddhism with Venerable Robina Courtin Part One

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.

Robina Courtin was born in Melbourne, Australia. Robina began studying martial arts in 1974 and moved to New York, where she studied karate. She continued her studies in Melbourne until 1976, when she attended a Tibetan Buddhist course in Queensland given by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. In November 1977 Robina went to Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she was ordained. Since then, she has lived as a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition, traveling, teaching and bringing the Dharma to people around the world.

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Ethan Nichtern, David Loy and Michael Stone discuss Occupy Wall Street Part 02 (Podcast)
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 12:07pm

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Ethan Nichtern, David Loy and Michael Stone discuss Occupy Wall Street Part 02

This week ID Project founder Ethan Nicthern interviews David Loy and Michael Stone as they discuss the Occupy Wall Street Movement as it relates to Buddhist Practice and Philosophy. This is the second of a two part interview.

Ethan Nichtern is the founder and principle teacher for the Interdependence Project. His forthcoming book Your Emoticons Won't Save You will be released in January 2012.

 

David Loy, PhD is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher. His articles appear regularly in the Tricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals. David lectures nationally and internationally on various topics, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity.

 

Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, dharma teacher, yoga teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. He leads Centre of Gravity Sangha, a thriving community in Toronto.He also maintains a dedicated workshop and retreat schedule in communities internationally. You can visit his website at www.centreofgravity.org

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Dharmic Plastic Bag Activism: A conversation between Adreanna Limbach, Stuart Moody and Beth Terry Part 3 (Podcast)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 11:42am

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Dharmic Plastic Bag Activism: A conversation between Adreanna Limbach, Stuart Moody and Beth Terry Part 3

This week, IDP activism director Adreanna Limbach interviews Stuart Moody and Beth Terry of the Green Sangha, a San Francisco Bay Area based group working to advance spiritually grounded environmental activism. This is the third of a three part interview.

Stuart Moody received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at USF. As an experienced somatic educator, he teaches yoga and co-directs teacher training for the Bay Area education group Young Imaginations.

With Green Sangha, Stuart initiated the Rethinking Plastics Campaign in Marin County, which has been a major force in raising civic awareness of the plague of plastic pollution.  

Beth Terry blogs at myplasticfreelife.com about ways to reduce plastic waste and plastic consumption. On her blog, she tracks her own plastic waste each month, ever seeking to decrease its amount, and writes about the plastic-free alternatives she finds.

Beth is a board member of Green Sangha, an adviser to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and a contributing editor to BlogHer, the web site for women who blog.

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Dharmic Plastic Bag Activism: A conversation between Adreanna Limbach, Stuart Moody and Beth Terry Part 2 (Podcast)
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 8:24pm

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Dharmic Plastic Bag Activism: A conversation between Adreanna Limbach, Stuart Moody and Beth Terry Part 2

This week, IDP activism director Adreanna Limbach interviews Stuart Moody and Beth Terry of the Green Sangha, a San Francisco Bay Area based group working to advance spiritually grounded environmental activism. This is the second of a three part interview.

Stuart Moody received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at USF. As an experienced somatic educator, he teaches yoga and co-directs teacher training for the Bay Area education group Young Imaginations.

With Green Sangha, Stuart initiated the Rethinking Plastics Campaign in Marin County, which has been a major force in raising civic awareness of the plague of plastic pollution.  

Beth Terry blogs at myplasticfreelife.com about ways to reduce plastic waste and plastic consumption. On her blog, she tracks her own plastic waste each month, ever seeking to decrease its amount, and writes about the plastic-free alternatives she finds.

Beth is a board member of Green Sangha, an adviser to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and a contributing editor to BlogHer, the web site for women who blog.

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Dharmic Plastic Bag Activism: A conversation between Adreanna Limbach, Stuart Moody and Beth Terry Part 1 (Podcast)
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 6:52pm

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Dharmic Plastic Bag Activism: A conversation between Adreanna Limbach, Stuart Moody and Beth Terry Part 1

This week, IDP activism director Adreanna Limbach interviews Stuart Moody and Beth Terry of the Green Sangha, a San Francisco Bay Area based group working to advance spiritually grounded environmental activism. This is the first of a three part interview.

Stuart Moody received a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology at USF. As an experienced somatic educator, he teaches yoga and co-directs teacher training for the Bay Area education group Young Imaginations.

 

With Green Sangha, Stuart initiated the Rethinking Plastics Campaign in Marin County, which has been a major force in raising civic awareness of the plague of plastic pollution.  

 

Beth Terry blogs at myplasticfreelife.com about ways to reduce plastic waste and plastic consumption. On her blog, she tracks her own plastic waste each month, ever seeking to decrease its amount, and writes about the plastic-free alternatives she finds.

 

Beth is a board member of Green Sangha, an adviser to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and a contributing editor to BlogHer, the web site for women who blog.

 

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Interview with Michael Carey and Kinloch C Walpole Part 2 (Podcast)
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 10:32pm

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Interview with Michael Carey and Kinloch C Walpole Part 2

This week, IDP Prison Project Coordinator Michael Carey interviews Kinloch C Walpole Abbot of the Gateless Gate Zen Center in Gainesville Florida. They discuss Kinloch's involvement with the prison population including his work facilitating meditation while inside prison as well as facilitating reentry after prison. Michael also speaks with members of Abbot Walpole's program about their experiences inside and out of prison. This is the second of a two part interview.

Michael Carey is the coordinator for the IDP's Prison Project.  He is the director of the College Initiative, a non-profit reentry education organization that supports formerly incarcerated people in their pursuit of higher education. 

Kinloch C. Walpole is the abbot of the Gateless Gate Zen Center in Gainesville, Florida. Trained in Zen under the instruction of Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton), he is the dharma heir of Zen Master Seung Sahn. Abbot Walpole lives at the Center year round and is very active in its day-to-day activities, making him highly accessible to students. He has developed a distinctive program of study that embraces every aspect of daily life.

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Interview with Michael Carey and Kinloch C Walpole Part 1 (Podcast)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 10:44pm

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Interview with Michael Carey and KC Wapole Part 1

This week, IDP Prison Project Coordinator Michael Carey interviews Kinloch C Walpole Abbot of the Gateless Gate Zen Center in Gainesville Florida. They discuss Kinloch's involvement with the prison population including his work faciliting meditation while inside prison as well as facilitating reentry after prison. Michael also speaks with members of Abbot Walpole's program about their experiences inside and out of prison. This is the first of a two part interview.

Michael Carey is the coordinator for the IDP's Prison Project.  He is the director of the College Initiative, a non-profit reentry education organization that supports formerly incarcerated peopl in their pursuit of higher education. 

Kinloch C. Walpole is the abbot of the Gateless Gate Zen Center in Gainesville, Florida. Trained in Zen under the instruction of Zen Master Bon Haeng (Mark Houghton), he is the dharma heir of Zen Master Seung Sahn. Abbot Walpole lives at the Center year round and is very active in its day-to-day activities, making him highly accessible to students. He has developed a distinctive program of study that embraces every aspect of daily life.

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About the Interdependence Project (Video)
Monday, March 7, 2011 - 5:36pm

Interview with Acharya Fleet Maul Part 1 (Podcast)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 6:52pm

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Interview with Acharya Fleet Maul Part 1

This week on the ID Project Podcast, IDP Prison Project Coordinator Michael Carey Interviews Acharya Fleet Maull.  They discuss the current state of the prison system in the United States, Fleet's experience as a dharma practitioner while inside prison, and the challenges of re-entering society after prison. This is the first of a two part interview.

Fleet is a longtime student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and founded Prison Dharma Network in 1989 while serving a 14.5 year sentence for drug smuggling.  He led a twice weekly meditation group in the prison chapel for 14 years and wrote "Dharma in Hell," a book that chronicles his experiences in prison.  He is an Acharya in the Shambhala Buddhist Community and is a Sensei and dharma successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman in the Zen Peacemaker Order and a senior priest in the Soto Zen tradition.

Michael Carey is the coordinator for the IDP's Prison Project.  He is the director of the College Initiative, a non-profit reentry education organization that supports formerly incarcerated peopl in their pursuit of higher education.

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"Exploring the Four Dignities: The Contentment of the Tiger" with Lodro Rinzler (Podcast)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 8:41pm

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"Exploring the Four Dignities: The Contentment of the Tiger" with Lodro Rinzler

Lodro Rinzler is a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. He currently serves as the Development Officer for Shambhala International and Interim Director of the New York Shambhala Center. Lodro’s column, What Would Sid Do, appears in the Huffington Post and on the IDP blog each week and he is currently working on a book for Shambhala Publications.

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"Western Emptiness and Joyful Freedom" with Tomas Sander (Podcast)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 11:53pm

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"Western Emptiness and Joyful Freedom" with Tomas Sander

This podcast features a lecture by Tomas Sander titled "Western Emptiness and Joyful Freedom." It was recorded on October 14th, 2010, in NYC.
 
The Buddhist emptiness teachings are considered key for attaining liberation from suffering. Yet their difficulty has made them less accessible than they could be. This class will show how Western resources can assist the Western student in understanding emptiness. We will also look at some of the radical implications of the emptiness teachings for us today and show through an example how studying emptiness can foster joy, lightness, compassion, and freedom.
 
Tomas Sander is a Buddhist practitioner since 2002. He has studied mostly in the Tibetan tradition and received teachings from Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and other Tibetan masters. With Greg Goode he has been studying Buddhist philosophy and its soteriological applications, which is one of his main interests today. Tomas grew up in Germany, holds a doctoral degree in mathematics and works as a research scientist in the computer industry.

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Video from Sit Down, Rise Up Meditation Marathon 2009 (Video)
Friday, August 20, 2010 - 2:14pm

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