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SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

posted by Patrick Groneman

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Hardcore Dharma believes in nothing.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last Saturday Hardcore Dharma wrapped up its study of Zen Mind: Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki A contentious read!  Some folks loved its experiential wisdom (I certainly found reading the book to be a mindfulness practice in and of itself, requiring […]

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Chronicle of a Doomed Industry Foretold

posted by Stillman Brown

According to journalists newspapers are dying. Now, many journalists work at newspapers, creating a potential conflict-of-interest, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt. Dailies in small cities are nearly disappeared and formerly great papers like the Baltimore […]

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A Clown and a Fawcett

posted by Jerry Kolber

Two gems from our pop culture vaults that I’ve come across in my internet trawlings (thanks Paul R). Both make me think that either commercials were a lot more transparent in their intentions thirty years ago, or the American people […]

Asking ourselves questions

posted by omphalina

I am going to start out this post with some questions we ask ourselves: What is my intention? What is my behavior? What is my role in the problem/suffering? What is my attachment to the goal? How much do I […]

And then there’s our genes

posted by Greg Zwahlen

A couple of weeks ago the New York Times Magazine published a feature article about the emerging field of behavioral genetics. The following passages stood out to me:

To Blame or Not to Blame…our Parents

posted by Emily Herzlin

Dr. Miles Neale, contemplative psychotherapist, visited the ID Project last Monday. He talked to us about the relationship between meditation and the psychoanalytic method of therapy, but one of the most interesting aspects of the evening for me was the […]

on the DL

posted by Ellen Scordato

DL = the Dalai Lama, whose upcoming visit to NYC does seem to be a bit on the downlow.  I’ve asked a bunch of young buddhists and other interested folks, and most have no idea he’s coming round again. He’ll […]

Being Casual and Being Sloppy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So it was a busy first week for the Obama administration. Some people on the left, like the ever Obama-phobic Paul Krugman as well as One City’s own Master of Dharmic Ceremonies GZA, think the economic stimulus package and President […]

Being aware of the means with which we construct our reality

posted by Patrick Groneman

This Photo was on the cover of the NYTimes this past Thursday morning. Photographer Doug Mills captured “a moment” of other people capturing “a moment”.  In doing so he helps us understand the means by which our collective consciousness is […]

Eight years later and a whole new set of hopes

posted by cassmaster

With Barack Obama’s approval rating at 73%, and a public confident that he’ll deliver all the change we need, I can’t help but be reminded of another time progressives were so hopeful — or so shockingly disappointed: a little more […]

Hardcore Dharma Is. And Is Not. And Therefore Also Is.

posted by Julia May Jonas

“Sometimes we talk about our clothing; sometimes we talk about our body.  But neither body nor clothing is actually we ourselves.  We ourselves are the big activity.  We are just expressing the smallest particle of the big activity,that is all.  […]

Is “Smart Power” a Compassionate Foreign Policy?

posted by Stillman Brown

Hendrik Hertzberg’s Talk of the Town piece on the Obama administration’s new direction in foreign policy as iterated by Hillary Clinton during her Senate confirmation hearings caught my eye. He writes:     Thesis: Hard Power. The kind fetishized by […]

Seeing what happens when you upgrade to the latest flat screen

posted by omphalina

The Inaugural Speech: first thoughts

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I know everyone is thrilled about the inauguration; I certainly am. I don’t mean to throw any cold water on it, but I nonetheless thought I’d take a second look at the inaugural address, with which I was underwhelmed. The […]

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. . . . We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. —Dr. Martin Luther […]

The Content of Our Nation’s Character

posted by Emily Herzlin

I saw this article in Sunday’s section of the Herald, the local Long Island newspaper I grew up reading. The article recalls a historic event in Rockville Centre, my hometown. On March 26, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke […]

Lost in the supermarket

posted by Ellen Scordato

Supermarkets! Whether Waldbaums, Stew Leonards, ShopRite, Whole Foods, or Hong Kong Supermarket, they inevitably fill me with a combination of revulsion, compassion and philosophy. Having just emerged relative unscathed from a recent trip, I thought of my favorite piece about […]

Buddhism and Battlestar

posted by Davee Evans

Ethan has encouraged me or maybe even teased me a couple times to blog Buddhism themes in the sci-fi TV show Battlestar Galactica, and clearly it’s something he thinks about too. Ok, maybe I should accept my nerdy karma and […]

Accidental Humor?

posted by Stillman Brown

In a typical Something Big’s Coming Up I Wonder What Cute Things Kids Have To Say About It They’re So Cute-type move, The New York Times has collected letters written by children to Barack Obama in advance of inauguration day. […]

Self-Generating Art that Lasts “Forever”

posted by Patrick Groneman

Who loves technology?  Humans do. “Forever is a large videowall installation of endless animations responding to an ever changing soundtrack. The bespoke generative design system at the heart of Forever will spawn unique audio-visual films every day, forever.” [vodpod id=Groupvideo.1966709&w=425&h=350&fv=clip_id%3D2705718%26server%3Dvimeo.com%26autoplay%3D0%26fullscreen%3D1%26md5%3D0%26show_portrait%3D0%26show_title%3D0%26show_byline%3D0%26context%3Duser%3A92422%26context_id%3D%26force_embed%3D0%26multimoog%3D%26color%3D00ADEF] more […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

To Make Routine A Stimulus

Hardcore Dharma: Beginning all over again

posted by Julia May Jonas

Saturday January 10th, midst a splattering of snow, Hardcore Dharma recommenced for a second, subsequent term.  This time around we’ll be working book by book as opposed to subject by subject.  Like last time, we’ll be reading texts from the […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“When you find it difficult to stop your mind while you are sitting and when you are still trying to stop your mind, this is the stage of “form is emptiness and emptiness is form.”  But while you are practicing […]

A Lyrical Bit

posted by Stillman Brown

I took a walk through Central Park yesterday as twilight was falling, the trees like black coral against a sky that was silver at the horizon and powder blue if I looked straight up. I started south from the Met […]

Tell me about your life

posted by omphalina

Like many of the people I know, my life is excessively busy. I am always talking about how I don’t have time for things. I have a long list of things to do, emails to respond to, people to call […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

The individual nature of our experience is caused by our pre-existing views and prejudices.  We distort whatever information we receive by means of our sense organs, just as the suface of the lake is distorted by the elements.  If we […]

Penguin escape

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Here’s some compassion engendering afternoon viewing.

Eloping from the Moment

posted by Emily Herzlin

To elope, in the learning method of Applied Behavior Analysis (and probably others that I’m not aware of), means to run away as an escape. When I first heard this word used that way, I thought it was strange. I’ve […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“While other people were publishing or working, I, on the contrary, devoted three years of travel to forgetting all that I had learnt with my head.  This unlearning was slow and difficult; it was of more use to me than […]

The World in a Grain of Sand, or Buddhist-flavored Pop

posted by Ellen Scordato

Buddhist philosophy and pop culture – ever the twain shall meet. The chittamatra, or Mind-Only school of Buddhism is indeed a trippy one. The idea, nagging suspicion, or paranoid fear that maybe the whole world is just an emanation of […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“In meditation we let boredom itself be an object of interest to explore.  When it arises, feel the boredom.  Note it, feel its texture, its energy, the pains and tension in it, the resistances to it.  Look directly at the […]

Creating a “Spacious Meadow”

posted by idpguestblog

Last night, as I was staring at my lap top trying to think of something to write for this week’s post, a friend and I started chatting on g-chat. It was just the usual small talk, until I mentioned I […]

Bloom

posted by Patrick Groneman

A new app for the iPhone by Ambient Musician and Producer Brian Eno.

Buddhist Merch

posted by cassmaster

My question for you dharma warriors: this is a good thing, right? The more mainstream yoga and Buddhist imagery gets, the more peaceful the world becomes …right?

Escalators and Perforation: The Dharma of Nicholson Baker

posted by Julia May Jonas

One of my greatest pleasures over the holiday break I recently enjoyed, long and luxurious due to the placement of Christmas on a Thursday, (although I think when I was in elementary school I calculated the longest break occurs when […]

One City Blog: ’08 Was a Good Year

posted by Stillman Brown

It’s been quite a year here at the One City blog and while the nature of the internet (and the blogosphere in particular) is to worship the very latest meme, news cycle, or cute animal picture, I feel a little […]

Practicing awareness: Minding my plastics

posted by omphalina

Plastic is made to be very durable. While physical structure of plastic breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, it is unclear when, if ever, that plastic biodegrades – which basically is another way of saying that plastic may last […]

In the Spirit of a More Peaceful 2009

posted by Emily Herzlin

The world recently celebrated the poet Rumi’s 801st birthday. Rumi, a Sufi mystic poet from the 13th Century, preached tolerance, compassion, and love above all else. While traditional Sufism leans towards religious language (referring often to God and prayer), I […]

Kids These Days

posted by Patrick Groneman

The “Stop, Drop and Roll”

posted by idpguestblog

I was playing cards with some friends last night and catching up- I don’t know what it is about card games, but they often turn into mini therapy sessions. Maybe it’s that everyone is a bit preoccupied so it’s easier […]

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