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What makes us change?

posted by omphalina

One of my good friends may be losing her job due to lay-offs. She will find out in the next few weeks. She has said that if she just makes it through this (economic crisis) and pays off her debt, […]

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Foundations of Buddhism

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I’m addicted to books about Buddhism; I have somewhere between two and three hundred of them. In my estimation one of the very best is Foundations of Buddhism, by Rupert Gethin. It’s a relatively short book that nonetheless manages to […]

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Thoughts from a JuBu, part 1

posted by Emily Herzlin

Last week I posted a few facts about Jewish Buddhists and realized it was not nearly enough. I’d like to begin with the first installment of a series of posts on the topic of the Jewish/Buddhist connection. Hanukkah was this […]

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Get yer slogan on

posted by Ellen Scordato

An old favorite for the new year. sign up for a daily email at the Lojong site http://lojongmindtraining.com/Commentary.aspx?author=2&proverb=9 Everyday, get an email with one of the 59 lojong slogans, with commentary by one of seven teachers, from Jamgon Kontrul to […]

The Abstract Nature of Reality

posted by Patrick Groneman

Okay … so what do you think this is a painting of? Boxes? An Arm? a Fence?

Merry Christmas, Buddha!

posted by cassmaster

Here’s a quick link to pocketsimon’s latest buddhamachine — a special Christmas edition.  I’ve never been one to meditate with far-out music playing in the background (unless you count all that smoking-pot-while-staring-at-the-ceiling-listening-to-records I did in college as meditation), but I do like […]

Hardcore Christmas: Let Nothing You Dismay.

posted by Julia May Jonas

For an hour and a half of December 24th, in between overstuffed dinners, toffee coated pistachios and fireside gatherings spent arguing immigration policy/ornament placement, I attended a United Church of Christ Christmas Eve service.  Although I don’t believe in God, […]

A little more to do with mental health

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There was a book review in this past Sunday’s New York Times called “Still Crazy After All These Years.” The book reviewed is American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States (great review title, no?). The review seemed […]

The Dharma and The Dreidel

posted by Emily Herzlin

In honor of Hanukkah, here are some fun facts about BUJUs! A BUJU (or JUBU) is someone of Jewish decent (cultural or religious) who has a serious interest in, has converted to, or practices Buddhism. According to MyJewishLearning.com: Charles T. […]

American Girl

posted by Ellen Scordato

Last week I went Christmas shopping for my 7-year-old niece. Her mom and my mom had list of things she wanted from American Girl, (which is, in case you haven’t heard, “a premiere lifestyle brand that offers a variety of […]

Ain’t It the Truth, Though?

posted by Stillman Brown

From Sinfest, by Tatsuya Ishida. 

Sex Trafficking and the New Abolitionists

posted by idpguestblog

Last weekend I attended a talk, moderated by Gloria Steinem, entitled “Sex Trafficking and the New Abolitionists” (video available here). Her panel consisted of Rachel Lloyd, Executive Director of GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) and Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of […]

Owning Ourselves: a Dharma Reading of A Mercy

posted by cassmaster

In her latest novel, A Mercy, Toni Morrison answers longing with self-possession.  Florens, a slave all her life, is dangerously in love with a blacksmith — a never-enslaved African from Benin who has come to her owner’s homestead to build […]

Hardcore Dharma: Acting Like a Buddhist

posted by Julia May Jonas

Growing up, acting was the only activity that sustained my existence.  Mother recounts that at ten I told her rehearsals were the only events I looked forward to in life.  Even as a kid, I remember feeling that performing was one […]

Beating the Winter Blues with Meditation

posted by Stillman Brown

Two of my friends have Seasonal Affective Disorder. One has been diagnosed by a doctor and sits next to harshly bright lamp for twenty minutes every morning before getting on the subway to go to work, which, in my mind, […]

Back to the Sack Success!

posted by omphalina

Wonderful news!  Gov. Paterson has passed the statewide plastic bag recycling bill with an amendment which leaves New York City’s more progressive law in effect. As City Council Speaker Christine Quinn states: “This is a truly great win for our […]

Exchanging self for other (with high tech help)

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The other day I came across (thanks to Eva) an interesting piece in the New York Times titled Standing in Someone Else’s Shoes, Almost for Real. The article details the work of Swedish neuroscientists who’ve made it possible, using goggles […]

Planet Slayer and The Lorax

posted by Emily Herzlin

I might be behind on the literature front, but a coworker just pointed me in the direction of a Dr. Seuss book called The Lorax. I picked it up at the Strand, and it’s this environmentally conscious children’s book about […]

Weekly Dedication of Merit: Steven Strogatz

posted by Patrick Groneman

“I hope that we, as a species, will get to be as fully capable of dealing with interconnectedness as the interconnected things we are creating.” Steven Strogatz is a Mathematician who “describes how natural and sociocultural complexity resolves into vast […]

stuff that sounds buddhist. but isn’t.

posted by Ellen Scordato

This past Saturday, before my usual 1o:30 yoga class, the teacher read this quote: “Begin the morning by saying to yourself, ‘I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by […]

Wrathful Compassion or Act of Aggression?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

We report, you decide.

I’ll Take an Order of Compassion with a Side of Lovingkindness

posted by idpguestblog

Something crazy happened on Tuesday evening. I was riding the subway home with a friend from class and there was this paranoid girl (a teenager) yelling at people for looking at her. No one was looking at her…of course. My […]

Did the Buddha drink green tea?

posted by cassmaster

Sometimes, in the mornings, I make tea before I meditate. Then I wonder if I should practice first, and drink the tea later (when it’s not so hot), or do something else, drink the tea, and then meditate. I’m a […]

Hardcore Dharma: The 9 Stages of Shamatha

posted by Julia May Jonas

On Saturday, December 7th we discussed the nine stages of Shamatha. Acording to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: “These nine stages are a map of the meditative process.  The first four stages—placement, continual placement, repeated placement and close placement—have to do with […]

Impermanence in Action: Economy Edition

posted by Stillman Brown

During the Presidential campaign, Barack Obama talked a lot about average folks struggling to get by: a teacher keeping up with mortgage payments while sending their kid to college, or a skilled machinist in Ohio who saw his job shipped […]

REPOST: Ponytail “Beg Waves”

posted by Patrick Groneman

click to watch ponytail-“beg-waves” Music by Ponytail Video by Michael Guidetti and David Berezin

What’s wrong with just recycling?

posted by omphalina

I remember about 7 years ago when one of my friends first said to me “why bother recycling? It’s not going to fix anything.” I was flabbergasted. What do you mean? I’ve been told for most of my life to […]

FOX Reality TV Show…With a Hint of Wisdom?

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past Saturday morning I woke up but hadn’t really woken up yet, so I went to the website www.Hulu.com (a perfectly legal site) to catch up on some of the episodes of The Office that I’ve missed (GOD I […]

A Maxim I do rather like

posted by Greg Zwahlen

A few weeks back I posted a quote from Mark Twain that I found provocative. This week, an exploration of a quote I came across a few years ago: I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s […]

Can Romantic Love Last?

posted by idpguestblog

I was scrolling through the psychology news in my Google Reader last night and came across a study finding that “some people are as giddy as teenagers in love, even after two decades of marriage.”  Researchers at the Albert Einstein College […]

The death of publishing? Read more blogs.

posted by cassmaster

By now the world has heard about Black Wednesday: the largest number of layoffs in book publishing announced in a single day, with Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt cutting hundreds of jobs, and the Doubleday group being cut […]

Hardcore Dharma: Neither truck nor series of tubes

posted by Julia May Jonas

The Saturday before Thanksgiving Hardcore Dharma gathered under the tutelage of the lovely, sore-footed Jessica to discuss two sets of triplicates in Buddhist teachings: the three dharma seals and the three doors of liberation. The Three Dharma Seals (according to […]

Back to the Sack – Deadline Dec. 12th

posted by omphalina

Plastic bags are a hot topic of discussion this week. The Wonkster column in the Gotham Gazette reports that Gov. Patterson has until Dec. 12th to sign or veto New York State’s plastic bag recycling bill (which undermines the stronger […]

The Wheels on the Bus Go…Oh, Hell No

posted by Emily Herzlin

Every day I take the M15 Limited bus up 1st Avenue to work. I like this bus. It stops just a couple blocks away from my apartment, and drops me off only a few steps from the school I work […]

Individuality and dharma

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There was a passage in Julia May Jonas’s recent post that brought to mind a book I like called Buddhist Practice on Western Ground: Reconciling Eastern Ideals and Western Psychology, by a psychologist and longtime practitioner of Buddhism named Harvey […]

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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 ...

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