Meditation Practice

Getting Unpoor

While there is poverty in New York, there is quite a bit of privilege here too.  Often privilege does not acknowledge itself; it quietly lifts some people through life in a manner that makes living easier.  

What Would Sid Do: Kindness & Discernment in Dealing with an Ex

Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Every other week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha were on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and dating? How would he handle stress in the workplace? "What Would Sid Do?" is devoted to taking an honest look at what we as meditators face in the modern world.

Afternoon Brain Death vs Awake at Work: Best Books on Buddhist Practice at Work

An IDP blog reader who's preparing a paper for a Business Speech Communications class asked me which books I'd recommend to someone investigating business and work from the perspective of mindfulness and Buddhism.

Fill ‘er Up: Unleaded Dependent Origination


I was reading a piece by Thich Nhat Hahn about emptiness, which got me thinking about being filled up, which got me thinking about a gas station just on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge. (Occasionally there is logic to the meanderings of the mind, but... back to the gas station.)

Day Passage

When one day
Hitching up its suspenders
Is surprised at the
And that day thinks
Careful careful
Days like this

And next day
Comes around
And thinks
Careful careful
Days like this

But equipped with
Remembers that it
Thought that yesterday
And further thinks

The Buddha at Work - "Stop Getting Things Done"

“I think the core obstacle we face in modern... 21st century in most of the developed countries, especially in the west, is... busyness.... and lack of having the wisdom to prioritize.... I think that's one of the obstacles we face. We do so many things, we keep ourselves busy with so many things happening in our life, but if you really look at them, some of those things are really not necessary...."

- Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, from a recent ID Project podcast interview by Ethan Nichtern

What Do You Mean Give My Merit Away?

Dear Interdependence Project Teachers,

I don’t know where I picked up this crazy idea to dedicate the merit of my practice to something or someone.  Well, that’s a bit of a lie; it was definitely from one or all of the teachers at IDP.  I started saying it after my meditation some unknown time ago, but I don’t know when, or why, or how, and I blame you for it.  Picking up this habit is like picking up the nervous tick of someone sitting beside you on the train.

Sitting some zazen and Sex, Sin, and Zen review

Few things attract me to a book more than opening it and realizing, "Hey, I was there!"

That's what happened when I sat down with Brad Warner's latest title, Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between.


The Buddha at Work - "Duly Noted: Getting My Ass Kicked By Meditation"

Kenneth Folk has me noting, noting, noting, and when I tell him I'm having trouble noting he tells me to note that too.


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