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McCain Accuses Obama of Being a Robot

posted by Jerry Kolber

I could not resist writing a little political parody for today’s post. So here you go. – Jerry Kolber McCain Accuses Obama of Being “A Robot” CNN – October 31, 2008 – Ohio: Sen. John McCain stepped up his rhetoric […]

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Happy Halloween

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A bit of campaign literature on All Hallow’s Eve!

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Hardcore Dharma: My other vehicle is the Mahayana*

posted by Julia May Jonas

This past Saturday at Hardcore Dharma we settled atop our cushions to discuss one lens through which to view the Buddhist path, the three yanas (vehicles).  Descriptive of Tibetan Buddhism, the three yanas are the Hinayana (literally translated as the […]

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A Slight Difference in Tone

posted by Stillman Brown

I’m guessing about 30% of you saw Barack Obama’s half-hour infomercial last night. It’s worth watching as an example of the gentlest, most inviting, come-in-and-have-a-freshly-baked-cookie political propaganda that has ever been created in the history of political propaganda. But propaganda […]

Integral Activism / Back to the Sack Meeting Round Up

posted by omphalina

Hi everyone, We had a great integral activism/back to the sack meeting this past Sunday. Along with our normal meditation practice and status updates, we did a talking and listening exercise around the discussion of term limits in NYC. It […]

Grocery Stores and the GOP

posted by Emily Herzlin

To begin with, a shameless plug. Now, down to the nitty gritty. I rarely get nightmares anymore; I’m so tired these days that once I zonk out, I’m out for the night and my dreams are lost to the hours. […]

An Economics of Community

posted by Greg Zwahlen

This is the last of three related posts about the possibility of a broad rethinking of what progressive economic policy should look like, informed by For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future, […]

What Happens November 5th?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Because I’m so preoccupied with what happens on November 4th, and then the One City Walk on November 8th (to raise much needed funds for our Integral Activism program), I don’t have time for a massive post. But needless to […]

Synecdoche, NY

posted by idpguestblog

What to say about the new Charlie Kaufman film Synecdoche, NY? The friend I went to go see it with said it was “a downer” and a movie she didn’t think she’d ever feel the need to see again. I […]

Hardcore Dharma: Anything I can do I can do better.

posted by Julia May Jonas

When I was 12 I did not fill my journals with interpersonal accounts of boys I liked.  Unlike many of my artsy girlfriends, I did not scrawl flight of fancy stories or purplish sexual fantasies.  Unlike the conventionally romantic girls […]

Is Obama modeling a vision of youth engagement via its Xbox campaign ads?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Guest post by Rafi Santo, via HolyMeatballs.org A couple of weeks back I came across a fascinating post on the blog GamePolitics. It reported that a player of the game Burnout, on Xbox Live, had seen and taken a screen […]

Andrew Sullivan on Blogging

posted by Stillman Brown

The Atlantic has (finally) brought back the informal video podcast discussions between two of my very favorite bloggers, Andrew Sullivan and Marc Ambinder. Sullivan, as you may know, ranks among the most-visited single-author blogs in the galaxy and Ambinder, as […]

Integral Activism/Back to the Sack Meeting this Sunday!

posted by omphalina

Quick Reminder: We are going to have our monthly Integral Activism/Back to Sack meeting this Sunday October 26, 2008 from 12 to 2pm at the Lila Center (302 Bowery, 3rd Floor). We are going to be talking about some of […]

Falling in Love with Fall

posted by Emily Herzlin

The good news: I went thirteen months without consuming a cup of coffee. The sort of bad news: tonight I drank a cup of coffee for the first time in thirteen months. How did I accomplish this? you may ask. […]

The Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness in Economics

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Following up on last week’s post, I wanted to highlight a chapter in For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future, by economist Herman E. Daly and a philosopher-theologian John B. Cobb Jr., […]

Barack Obama, Buddha, and the Hero’s Journey

posted by Jerry Kolber

The hero myth is found in every culture throughout the world, throughout the millenia. The process of call to adventure, initiation, wandering in the mythological woods, conquering evil, and returning home with knowledge to help the community is the basic […]

About Insight Meditation

posted by Ellen Scordato

A guest post by Leon Liu, aka Freestone I went to listen to the talk given by Sharon Salzberg at IDP. From the talk, I can see how the insight meditation can work. Here I want to talk a little […]

The subject and object, parts 1 and 2, by Leon Liu

posted by Ellen Scordato

by guest blogger Leon Liu aka Freestone the following posts are related to lectures and discussion at the IDP on Monday nights and the Saturday hardcore dharma classes thanks Leon! THE SUBJECT AND OBJECT, PART ONE The The moment you […]

Hardcore Dharma: The Right Stuff.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Saturday, October 11: Subject: Right Action The 5-7 class at Hardcore Dharma this week took place under the darkening skies of early autumn. Long-sleeved and cross-legged we discussed Sila, Right Action or Conduct, the third aspect of the second category […]

Soothing Videos for Ya’ll

posted by Stillman Brown

My apologies to the One City community, I got caught up watching the final debate last night and neglected to pen something substantive for this AM. It was fun to watch McCain turn himself into the Incredible Edible Angry Old […]

How not to talk to seniors: like they are deaf and stupid

posted by sarahnyc

I miss my paternal grandparents. They were fantastic. I spent a lot of time with them growing up. Perhaps that’s why I have such a special fondness for the Greatest Generation. My super cool grandfather back in the day: Members […]

Back to the Sack: Does banning plastic bags lose American jobs?

posted by omphalina

In doing research for the Back to the Sack project, I have been running across a wide variety of arguments against banning plastic bags. The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article about the dangers of reusable shopping bags. And […]

Snapshot of Young Women Voters

posted by Emily Herzlin

In preparation for an article I’m working on, I e-mailed about 50 female college students and asked them these questions: 1) Are you voting in the 2008 election? Why or why not? 2) What are the issues that matter the […]

Politics, Economics, and “that which makes life worthwhile”

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I don’t have much of a background in economics, having only taken a few survey courses in grad school, but it always seemed apparent to me that the discipline as a whole makes dubious fundamental and unexamined assumptions about human […]

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posted by Ethan Nichtern

Happy October 13, y’all. My message for the day is no matter how f-cked up the past, it forms the causal basis for our present existence. Which means loathing the past is a very sneaky and peculiar form of Self-Hatred. […]

It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

posted by Jerry Kolber

When David Nichtern spoke with the IDP earlier this year, he called his lecture It’s The End of The World  As We Know It And I Feel Fine.  Whether he was borrowing an REM title or just trying to scare […]

Ode to Being Poor

posted by idpguestblog

Friday night I had the opportunity to attend a talk sponsored by the Omega Institute on “Buddhist Psychology for the West”. The stars of Buddhist psychology were there- Mark Epstein, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Being that I’m studying psych., […]

Cultivating Courage

posted by cassmaster

Before the refuge ceremony last Saturday, Acharya Eric Spiegel talked with us about the meaning of refuge vows for lay practitioners. How do we “take refuge” if we’re not shaving our heads and joining a monastery? Stillman covered a lot […]

Refuge Vow Reax

posted by Stillman Brown

Last Thursday I wrote about my anxiety leading up to the ID Project’s “Becoming a Buddhist” retreat, where Acharya Eric Spiegel would administer the Refuge Vow to those of us who felt ready to officially declare our intention to study […]

Back to the Sack: Plastic Bag News

posted by omphalina

Just a reminder that we are not alone in our quest: “As of October 1, 2008, IKEA will no longer be offering plastic or paper bags at any of its US stores. The offering will only be reusable. With the […]

As Pieces of Cloud Dissolve in Sunlight

posted by Emily Herzlin

This week I had the impulse to e-mail the One City bloggers and ask someone to take my spot this week since I wouldn’t be able to do my post, leaving out the details of why. About to click send […]

Back to the Isolation Tank?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

A few years ago I left my office in the Flatiron building at the end of the workday, walked a few blocks down 23rd Street, and arrived at a small apartment where I took off all of my clothes and […]

Why We Should Pay People to Drive Hybrids

posted by Jerry Kolber

Driving back from Vermont today I was considering how strange it is that automotive technology is so primitive.  If all the other familiar technologies in our lives had stopped at the maturity level of gas powered cars, we would be […]

A Quick Thank You

posted by idpguestblog

I’m on my way out to celebrate my birthday, but I didn’t want my turn to pass without acknowledging the Buddhist refuge vow ceremony many of us at the ID Project took park in yesterday. I wanted to thank Acharya Spiegel for […]

Divine Providence: text messages Sarah Palin did not send

posted by cassmaster

Providence can be defined as understanding, intent, and action. Maybe omniscience and foresight. I’m no Calvinist so I can’t really say for sure, but Divine Providence, apparently, can also smile and dance. I found this out this morning at five […]

Hardcore Dharma: You got to lie to me, baby.

posted by Julia May Jonas

I had a funny experience today. Unable to write my post on Wednesday due to a busy day of theater-related stuff, I decided that, after going to bed at 2am I would wake at 6:30 this morning and spend an […]

On Commitment

posted by Stillman Brown

I am commitment averse. I’m not a hopeless case – I can still show up to meetings and maintain a long-term relationship and care for a puppy, etc., but I often have trouble sticking to the broader commitments in my […]

Interdependence at the micro-level: intersubjectivity

posted by sarahnyc

Ethan talks a lot about interdependence at what might be called the macro level, for example, in terms of food production and consumption. So what’s the micro level? Have you ever noticed that people pick up the attitudes, preferences and […]

The perpetual undercurrents of sexism in the workplace

posted by eva

My friend works for an Art PR firm, so she does things like promote up and coming museums and exhibitions. She is savvy and completely up to date on all the goings on in the art world. Recently, she was […]

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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 ...

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