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Fine. Fuck you. Hit the Cushion.

posted by Stillman Brown

Stillman Brown is not impressed with your fireworks. I recently entered a state of amorous crush (crushiness?) and this passage from Pema Chodron’s book The Places That Scare You made me squirm with uncomfortable self-recognition. She is talking about the […]

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NY Times Causes IDP Blogger’s Eyes to Explode

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sorry to post out of turn, but this was in today’s New York Times: 10 Things to Scratch from your Worry List. “For most of the year, it is the duty of the press to scour the known universe looking […]

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Integral Activism: Plastic Bag Action Needed Now!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

From Rafi Santo of the Integral Activism Team: For those that weren’t able to make it to this Sunday’s meeting, we have an incredible opportunity to take action on our Back to the Sack: No More Plastic Bags initiative this […]

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How do you say “Oy Vey” in Swedish?

posted by Emily Herzlin

This video isn’t new, it’s from about a year ago, but in celebration of having successfully assembled all my new IKEA furniture (which is an adventure in patience and commitment and, well, splinters), I thought I’d post this. Mark Malkoff, […]

Wideos! Water Walk

posted by theidproject

Proust as dathün?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

This was in the works before Ethan Nichtern’s recent allusion to Proust, but I think it’s an appropriate follow-up. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, dathün is the word for a month-long session of practice in retreat. In the Shambhala community […]

Eco-Warriors and a Remodeled Overton Window

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Have you seen Al Gore’s July 17 Speech saying “The Survival of the United States as we know it is at stake?” Also, do you know who Simran Sethi is? The blogosphere has been talking about how this speech has […]

(un)Mindful Friday Silliness

posted by Stillman Brown

Hi all, Stillman here. My thoughts on last week’s retreat at at Karme Choling will be up early next week. In the meantime, bounce with my mans Bert & Ernie. Word.

Do Portlanders use fewer bags or just feel more guilt?

posted by sarahnyc

At tonight’s ID Project Portland meeting Davee Evans wrapped up his month long series of talks about how our meditation practice influences our consumption choices. During the discussion the inevitable issue of plastic bags came up. We all agreed that […]

Reproducing the status quo: “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education”

posted by sarahnyc

Well, as cassmaster said, we’ve been chatting via email about our mutual interest in that thing we’re not supposed to talk about in America: the class system and the myth of meritocracy. So I’ll follow up her post on this […]

Turnabout is Fair Play?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Courtesy of Vanity Fair: Not nearly as offensive (no racist stereotypes – they’d have to have McCain in a Klan outfit to even come close), but what do you think?

Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bedbugs Vote Republican

posted by Emily Herzlin

AKA: How Bedbugs Ruined my Low Impact Consumption Month.

Coney Island is breaking my heart

posted by Greg Zwahlen

In the course of my graduate work in urban planning, I spent a lot of time analyzing Coney Island and working with the City (the Coney Island Development Corporation) on a comprehensive redevelopment plan for it. I enjoyed it greatly—I […]

Proust, Buddha, Fiction and Heartbreaking Memory

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Our weeklong meditation retreat went great. Happy to report that Stillman Brown did in fact attain enlightenment Friday morning. He is now accepting disciples via comments to this post (I am his secretary, as his being is now too ethereal […]

Wideos! The Quantum Apocalypse

posted by theidproject

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that “heat of the moment” moment, and other thoughts on anger

posted by Emily Herzlin

Not to sound repetitive, but I’ve been thinking a lot about anger lately. At the retreat last month we talked about feelings of anger towards others. But what about anger that is directed AT us, from someone else other than […]

online video about consumption: The Story of Stuff

posted by sarahnyc

I watched a 20-minute video today called The Story of Stuff about American consumption habits and how they affect our lives and the world. It’s fast paced, designed to be amusing and easy to digest, and packs a lot of […]

The provocative world of Williamsburg hipsters

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The Williamsburg Hipster. In Buddhist epistemological terms, it’s an example of a “generally characterized phenomena”—a general concept, in other words. And judging by the reactions it provokes in certain quarters of the blogosphere (and elsewhere), for many people it’s a […]

There REALLY are NO Words – A Call To Action

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Above is this week’s cover of the New Yorker. This is the worst magazine cover I have seen in my lifetime. They claim it is satire, but I can’t see it. No matter who you want to be president, no […]

Meditating through psychological paralysis

posted by cassmaster

Cassie’s post this week has had me thinking a lot about meditating through difficult times… and the guts it takes to blog about it, too. I’m low on sharing vulnerability, but I’m going to take a line from Cassie — […]

I Have 7 Days to Get Enlightened

posted by Stillman Brown

Stillman Brown is on vaca-, uh, retreat. Tomorrow I embark upon my first meditation retreat, at Karme Choling in Vermont, with my kid sister and the fearless and jovial Ethan Nichtern. A familiar mixture of anxiety and innocuous, bubbling excitement […]

There Are No Words

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Sorry for the interruption, but I had to post this. Here’s how our President left the G-8 summit today, according to Telegraph, a UK paper: “The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate […]

Book clubs and community

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I’m very much an enthusiast for localism. Lately I’ve been interested in local book clubs, and thanks in large part to meetup.com I’m now juggling no less than three. In theory, at least. All in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, near my home. […]

Wall-E: The anti-robot.

posted by Emily Herzlin

SPOILER ALERT!!! I might as well play it safe and let you know ahead of time that there may be some unintentional spoilers in this post. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and you’re concerned about not getting […]

Texas Beauty and Low-Impact Check In

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, just got back from Marfa, Texas. Here’s a little Southwestern Magritte for you. How is Low-Impact month treating you? Mine is going all right, though we certainly did a bunch of driving around Texas this weekend. Haven’t used […]

The First Noble Truth. In Finnish.

posted by Ellen Scordato

The First Noble Truth the Buddha Taught: Life Is Suffering Well, not exactly. When some people first hear or read that, their first impression of Buddhism might be that it’s dour and sad. No gleam of light, no humor, just […]

Happy Fourth of July!

posted by cassmaster

Happy Fourth of July Originally uploaded by seth_holladay Revolution is patriotic. So are fireworks! Here’s a map of where they’ll be in NYC tonight. And here’s a cool set of 4th of July photos on Slate.

proposed ban on plastic bags in Portland

posted by sarahnyc

Greetings from The ID Project Portland. Now that it’s Low Impact Consumption month, I wanted to find out the status of super-cool Portland City Commissioner and Mayor-Elect Sam Adams‘ proposed ban on plastic bags, which got a decent amount of […]

In Defense of Obama Idealism

posted by Stillman Brown

Stillman Brown’s blood pressure is peaking. This week’s Talk of the Town is by George Packer, who is consistently one of the finest reporters working today, and he writes about Obama’s need to re-define his message on Iraq to match […]

Low Impact Month Starts Today!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Just a reminder to start (or stop) your low-impact engines. Click the logo above for some helpful resources. No More Plastic Bags Y’all! We are going Back To The Sack!

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The Buddha at Work - "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
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Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face
This week I'm curating a guest post from Jonathan Mead, a friend who inspires by living life on his own terms and sharing what he can with others.  To quote from Jonathan's own site, Illuminated Mind: "The reason for everything: To create a ...

posted 12:32:23pm Jan. 27, 2010 | read full post »

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