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The Dhamma Brothers, by Damaris Williams

posted by Ellen Scordato

A guest post by Damaris Williams. On February 6, IDP premiered its first Salon night, featuring a showing of the Dhamma Brothers film. I quickly asked Ethan if I could write something about it. I hadn’t seen the movie, but […]

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Emptiness and Wallace Stevens

posted by Paul Griffin

I am interested in how emptiness shows up in Western culture, particularly in poetry, philosophy and music.  Today I wanted to take a close look at a poem by Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man,” and discuss to what degree what […]

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Seen in One City

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Just in case these hard times made you forget what joy looks like.

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Hardcore Dharma Slogs On

posted by Julia May Jonas

The other night, while discussing directing theater, my friend Peter asked about my directing process:  “so is that how you tend to work?” and I thought about it and said “you know honestly, I’m only twenty seven years old and although that […]

Writing: Meditation Action Direct

posted by Stillman Brown

Last week’s New Yorker had a great profile of novelist Ian McEwan, the guy who wrote Atonement, among other things (sorry, it’s not available for free online. Abstract here). Nestled at the very end of the piece was a quote […]

Visualization of Non-Self

posted by Patrick Groneman

Photo taken at the Canal Plastics window display.

Can a Buddhist be an Anarchist?

posted by Jerry Kolber

I’ve had many wonderful conversations over the past few years about the role of anarchism in western society (not the Anarchist Cookbook blow stuff up and call it anarchism juvenile version, I’m talking real deal anarchy that involves re-thinking the […]

Please put your conflict away

posted by omphalina

I don’t particularly like conflict. It makes me all sorts of uncomfortable. I was thinking about what Ellen Scordato wrote about sitting with her uncomfortableness in response to Emily Herzlin’s post this week. I have a very hard time sitting […]

Hat’s off, Sen. Schneiderman

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I was very encouraged to read this post in the editor’s blog of the Nation, published yesterday: Now that thirty years of deregulation and tax cuts for the wealthy have failed so spectacularly, creating an economic catastrophe in its wake, […]

Heard in One City

posted by Julia May Jonas

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body […]

Sometimes I Get Upset When Things Are New Or Different

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sometimes I get upset when things are new or different. I look like this when I get upset… When I feel upset I can say, “I need a break.” When I take a break I need to be calm. I […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

This week’s image comes to us from Mark Rifkin. “Takashi Murakami’s “Oval Buddha” presided over the 590 Atrium (at Madison and 56th Sts.) in conjunction with last year’s “© Murakami” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The other side of his […]

Two-drink MAXIMUM. Or, Dealing With the Pain of Being a Grown-Up

posted by Ethan Nichtern

You mind if I get a bit personal this week? I don’t know how to talk about Buddhist precepts and practice without it, so I’m gonna. For me, the last year and a half have been, well, hard. It’s been […]

Totally Irrelevant: Emptiness

posted by Paul Griffin

It is so silly to talk about emptiness. It’s totally irrelevant. Emptiness is not this, not that. (And both not this and not that, and neither not this nor not that.) Really, what was I thinking when I decided to […]

Understanding The Eye

posted by Patrick Groneman

” A monk … understands the eye, he understands forms, and he understands the fetter that arises dependent on both. And he also understands how the unarisen fetter arises, how the arisen fetter is abandoned, and how the abandoned fetter […]

Heard in One City

posted by cassmaster

A little Friday encouragement for all us would-be activists out there: “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” — Author Sydney Smith, qtd in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week

This Week on the I.D. Project Podcast: Dr. Miles Neale Pt. 2

posted by Ethan Nichtern

All, Dr. Neale’s great lecture on the psychodynamics of meditation is up on the Interdependence Project Podcast at this link. Also, if you like what we do in terms of blog, podcast, integral activism,  spreading mindful community, etc, would you […]

Hardcore Dharma Says it With Suttas

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last week’s Hardcore Dharma’s early sutta readings about relinquishing desire to attain enlightenment weren’t my favorites.  The idea of not wanting filled me with dread.  The thought that the enlightened response to the loss of a loved one would be […]

Family Is, Like, Important

posted by Stillman Brown

My sister was on spring break this week and in New York for a couple of days to hang out with her older brother and get a glimpse of my decadent, rococo-esque blogger’s lifestyle. We ate out, got fancy green […]

Beating a dead horse

posted by Jerry Kolber

How to beat a dead horse. First, you must find a dead horse. Frequently these can be obtained at the end of horse races, or alternately by going out to pasture, where old horses are often put in later years. […]

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The inhibitions that obscure our buddha nature develop because we use external points of reference to define and confirm our own self-identity. The problem with this is that reference points continually change. As we try to keep up with these […]

Marriages take work

posted by omphalina

I’m getting married in June. I have therefore been doing a lot of stuff in regards to planning the wedding. However, when it comes down to it, the wedding is one day, and really what I should be preparing for […]

Amish avant-garde?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Ethan Nichtern’s post below, about how quickly we assimilate (and take for granted) new technology, brought to mind a fascinating article a friend forwarded me last week on the subject as it relates to Amish populations in the US. It’s […]

So…No More Homework?

posted by Emily Herzlin

I checked out of a hotel yesterday (actually went on vacation – woohoo!) and as I pressed the elevator button to go to the lobby, a little boy and his mom showed up. The boy let out a disappointed sigh. […]

Buddha of the Week!

posted by Ellen Scordato

reflected in New York City, on University and 11th Street. Image by IDP member and photographer Melanie Einzig

The Most Spoiled Generation Ever?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Is this generation the most spoiled generation ever? That’s what Louis CK claims – quite hilariously and poignantly – in this interview on Conan O’Brien: Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy Did you watch it? Sorry for not being able to embed […]

Now on your iPhone…Augmented Reality!

posted by Patrick Groneman

This is really insane. And this helmet here, is actually in development to implement the same Augmented Reality (AR) technologies into your full field of vision. Soon we’ll all be fighting crime in a dystopian version of Detroit as powerful […]

Totally Irrelevant: Emptiness

posted by Paul Griffin

Buddhists talk a lot about emptiness. I want to talk about it more. Trungpa said, “This seminar is on shunyata, although we are quite uncertain what shunyata actually is. It seems that shunyata means not that, not this. So we […]

This Week on the I.D. Project Podcast: Dr. Miles Neale Guest Lecture

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, by popular demand, we are  posting what is new on the Interdependence Project podcast each week. Dr. Miles Neale gave a fascinating lecture combining psychodynamic theory with Buddhist meditation practice last month.

Hardcore Dharma gets sensual with desire

posted by Julia May Jonas

I missed this weekend of Hardcore Dharma due to a performance gig, but sat down with the podcast to get an idea of what bubbled to the surface from the week’s reading of our Theravaden text In The Buddha’s Words, […]

Stillman’s Valentine’s Day Mix

posted by Stillman Brown

The other morning I was munching my usual bowl of Kashi GoLean Crunch (with added raisins) and listening to the All Songs Considered podcast from NPR. This week’s episode is Lesser-Known Love Songs, bringing together several music journalists and bloggers who […]

Heard in One City

posted by Julia May Jonas

Subhuti My hut is roofed, comfortable, free of drafts; my mind, well-centered, set free. I remain ardent. So, rain-deva. Go ahead and rain. – (Theragatha 1.1)(verse 1) Translated from Pali by Thanissaro Bhikku.  www.accessinsight.org

You Are George Bush

posted by Jerry Kolber

I once read a quote that said you cannot criticize the place or era you live in without also criticizing yourself. This seems to be a pretty decent definition of my understanding of interdependence. Believing in interdependence means that you […]

No wait

posted by omphalina

We often have to wait for others to show up.  Or wait for our turn. Or wait to get to where we are going. In this situation, I was waiting for someone to meet me – we had agreed to […]

“Great Vajradhara, Tilo, Naro . . . Ganga Metr?pa?”

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Disclaimer: If you don’t have any familiarity with Naropa and Marpa, this post will probably be very boring. Fair warning, and apologies in advance. As Buddhism was first transmitted to the West, most students had little information about it other […]

Does the New Pepsi Logo Irritate You Too?

posted by Stillman Brown

Via Andrew Sullivan and created by Lawrence Yang , a response to the new logo being shoved in our faces everywhere (literally, like, carpet-bombed into our brains): Find it here.

The Buddhist and the Banker: A Love Story

posted by Emily Herzlin

One day a girl in her early twenties who was interested in her mind came upon a man in a Zegna suit and a Brioni tie. Hoping he would turn into a frog (or anything besides a banker), she kissed […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

If you see Buddha in the road, kill him. Or at least take a photo? thanks to Stillman for this “Chocolate Buddha with Gold Flecks, given to him by a foodie friend” (and to some tasty dharma burgers over the […]

Does Anyone, EVER, Need To Make More Than $500,000 A Year? No, Seriously.

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I have to admit, the constant news of greed, ignorance, and a total disregard for interdependence—which seems to keep trickling down from the upper echelons of our society like some slapstick nightmare—is giving me one good old-fashioned case of populist […]

Damn You Internet!

posted by idpguestblog

I’ve been absent from the blogosphere as of late. First, my computer crashed…and no I hadn’t backed up recently. Yes, I know that’s stupid. Lucky for me, my roommate works at a computer consulting firm and he took it in […]

You are the Center of the Mandala

posted by Patrick Groneman

In this video, philosopher and ethnobotonist, Terence McKenna discusses the relationship between individual consciousness and cultural systems with a simple and approachable vocabulary.  He advises us to keep the self as “the final arbiter” in a way not unlike the […]

How to cook collard greens

posted by cassmaster

Earlier this winter I decided to learn a new hobby: cooking. Nothing too fancy or involved; just regular meals that were healthier and cheaper than the restaurant food I’d been living on. And, as an added bonus, greener, because homecooked […]

Haddhcoe Dhamma: The Lost Sutta

posted by Julia May Jonas

A lost sutta, composed in a singularly rare dialogue form, recently found, preserved in amber, in a heretofore undiscovered catacomb of Nalanda University.  Buddha: Verily I ask you, excellent Julia May Jonas, if you knew old age and death were […]

How is Your Practice?

posted by Stillman Brown

Very well, dear reader, thank you. I’ve been focusing exclusively on mindfulness-of-the-body-breathing practice for the past few months. It’s the first practice I had instruction in and, since I began practicing regularly two years ago, it’s been my bedrock technique. […]

Child of Illusion

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is making the rounds. I love this kid. Welcome to samsara, amigo. Hold on tight.

You are not your khakis

posted by omphalina

“I’m breaking my attachment to physical power and possessions because only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit” ~Tyler Durden – Fight Club While I chastise myself not being more imaginative than quoting Fight Club, […]

You’ve Got Bale

posted by Jerry Kolber

I just listened to the tape of Christian Bale yelling for four minutes at a DP who walked into the middle of a scene on the set of the new Terminator, apparently not for the first time. Bale feels that […]

Which is it, guys?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

In “Mindfulness Defined” (available free here), Thanissaro Bhikkhu writes: “The Buddha discovered that the way you attend to things is determined by what you see as important—the questions you bring to the practice, the problems you want the practice to […]

Green(er) Jewelry

posted by Emily Herzlin

I love jewelry. Is it necessary? No. But I enjoy wearing jewelry that I feel personally connected to as an expression of my identity (wow, how many examples of attachment can you find in that sentence?) Take a look at […]

No one can remain Forever Young

posted by Ellen Scordato

If you missed Bob Dylan selling a song for a Pepsi ad, you can see it all here: Did this bother any Dylan fans out there? It forever changes my experience of that song; to paraphrase Heraclitus about the river, […]

Conscious Culture Alert: Slumdog Millionaire and the Fake Interconnectedness of Globalization

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So now that Slumdog Millionaire has been nominated for Best Picture I can really ask this question: Did anyone else think it was a horribly manipulative movie?

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