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The Quiet Coup

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There is a major piece in this month’s Atlantic Monthly on politics and our economic meltdown, available here. It’s been getting a lot of attention, as the author is a very credible voice with alarming insights. Here’s the lede: The […]

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The Couch and the Tree

posted by Emily Herzlin

I started reading this book, The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, edited by Anthony Molino. It is a compilation of essays, the first of which is titled “Psychology in Primitive Buddhism,” by Joe Tom Sun, published […]

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Watching the Facebook

posted by Ellen Scordato

Facebook, twitter, internet radio – I love all that stuff. The interconnectedness, the interdependence: I find myself fascinated by how these online communities grow and change, both in themselves and how they change us. I’m not the only one of […]

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Lydia Davis and the Buddhist Art of Fiction

posted by Paul Griffin

In my continuing project to identify instances of honest Buddhist thought appearing in Western culture, I would like to discuss the writer Lydia Davis today. Davis is a short story writer whose work blends poetry, philosophy and fiction. Many of […]

Podcast: “Crushed By Love” with Purna Steinitz Pt.2

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the podcast is part 2 of a great guest lecture by Purna Steinitz titled “Crushed by Love”.  Purna leads us through his process of “studying untruth” in our relationships and the practice of turning every poison on […]

Hardcore Dharma Chokes Up

posted by Julia May Jonas

I have a lump in my throat.  Like one gets when Dumbo visits his mom in elephant jail.*  My lump decided to visit my throat a week and a half ago and, except for a few hours of respite here […]

Photography: Meditation Action Direct (Sort Of)

posted by Stillman Brown

Jerry Kolber’s post below jives perfectly (is it blogdipity??) with my recent thoughts on a quote from one of Ian McEwan’s books about the meditative experience of writing. I wondered if writing or painting or composing or are direct routes to a […]

100 X 100

posted by Jerry Kolber

I came across a photo project by Michael Wolf, in which he photographs 100 of the residents of Hong Kong’s oldest public housing project in their apartments. Each apartment is 10 X 10, so it’s 100 people by 100 square […]

Rolling waves

posted by omphalina

Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, I am a water person. So, it is helpful to me to think about my breath as similar to waves on the shore. Just as the waves are only the tip of […]

The 12 Nid?nas: An Illustration

posted by Greg Zwahlen

This was sent around on the Shambhala listserv. I liked it, so I’m passing it along. (Note: the 12 Nid?nas are traditionally described as a process that spans three lifetimes or more. The Abhidharma-ko?a of Vasubandhu describes a scheme whereby […]

Podcast: “Crushed By Love” with Purna Steinitz Pt.1

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the podcast is a great guest lecture by Purna Steinitz titled “Crushed by Love”.  Purna leads us through his process of “studying untruth” in our relationships and the practice of turning every poison on our path into […]

Mindful Spending

posted by Emily Herzlin

I take out my wallet and hand the guy behind the counter two crisp dollar bills with barely a thought. I sip the coffee and I’m not sure if I actually even wanted it. What is the mental process involved […]

Lewis Black – angry buddha?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Comedian Lewis Black appeared at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art on March 9, part of their BRAINWAVE series, which puts famous thoughtful people and less-famous thoughtful people onstage together to provoke more thought, as far as I can tell. […]

The Dharma of Facebook

posted by Ethan Nichtern

At the writing of this post, I have 2022 friends on facebook. Are they all my friends, you might ask. Well, yes, they are all my facebook friends. Have I met them all in person? No, probably only about half. […]

Time is of the Essence

posted by idpguestblog

Like many others this week, I found myself strangely fascinated with the death of actress Natasha Richardson. Not that I was a fan per se, but I think it was more the senselessness and randomness of it that was striking. […]

A Mistake

posted by Paul Griffin

A Mistake or, In Lieu of My Regular Friday Post He wanted to change the energy, his energy. He wanted to take his frustration and irritation and, like an alchemist, turn it into flamboyance and originality. It was a small […]

Ethan and Pat are in Whole Foods

posted by Patrick Groneman

Wow

Hardcore Dharma Condenses its Heart

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last Saturday Hardcore Dharma continued its study of the Lojong by focusing on Point Four and Point Five of the mind training slogans.  Point Four is typically called “life and death,” which Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche connects with the paramita of […]

Dreaming in Buddhas

posted by Stillman Brown

If I do a session of sitting meditation in a dream does that count as my recommended daily 10-minute session? Eh? No? Dang. I ask because I’ve been dreaming a lot lately. I attribute this, in part, to sleeping more […]

Podcast: Why We Need Anger with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the IDProject Podcast Ethan leads a talk about Why We Need Anger.  You can listen to the podcast here, and check out a list of all our podcasts here, or subscribe through iTunes. If you are a […]

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

We should not forget that the mind, whatever turn that we want to give it, is very flexible. To the extent that we train ourselves, we create a habit and the mind accepts the crease that we give it. —Bokar […]

Just keep dancing in outerspace while I play this sweet guitar riff

posted by Patrick Groneman

Delta 1 by Ron Hays Not to get all new-agey electro boogie spirit crystal dance in the cosmic wavepool on you, but yeah: This video was made using the Paik-Abe videosynthesizer, which is a magnificent structure all on its own: […]

Can corporations be ethical?

posted by omphalina

Research by the Ethisphere Institute featured on the Miller-McCune website has recently shown that the banks that are asking for money to bail them out were also the banks that have the lowest scores on measures of business ethics. In […]

Buddhist Monks Say Twitter Can Lead to Happiness

posted by Jerry Kolber

I am not making up that headline. In the same week that I began my own 140 Twitter-post journey to explain why Twitter was the next step in the de-personalization of over-noisification of the very tiny (yet very consumptive) subset […]

Late Indian siddhas, and other intriguing possibilities

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There are a lot of things I find interesting about this article, titled “Buddhaguptanatha and the Late Survival of the Siddha Tradition in India,” by David Templeton. Usually, when reading about the history of Indian Buddhism,

Seen in One City: Is The Dana (Generosity) Model Spreading?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Couldn’t embed this great CNN video interview about a donation-based restaurant in Ohio that is doing just fine with no set prices on their menu, but Watch It Here and then check back for discussion. What do you think? Could […]

Kale Chips and Roasted Chickpeas

posted by Emily Herzlin

The dials on my oven don’t have numbers on them – I suppose that over the years before I came to inhabit this apartment they have simply faded off. Sadly, this kept me from using my oven as much as […]

Podcast: “Practice and Money: A Path Through the Insanity” Part 2 with Acharya Eric Spiegel

posted by Patrick Groneman

You can now download Part 2 of Acharya Speigel’s talk on “Practice and Money: A Path Through the Insanity”. Having worked on Wall Street for 22 years, Acharya Spiegel has a unique insight into our current economic crisis. He teaches […]

One Taste? Really? Isn’t that a little too tongue in …

posted by Julia May Jonas

Zeitgeist indicator The New York Times Styles Section has lately been fairly awesome in covering two subjects near and dear to my heart: mindfulness and female sexuality.  (Although in both cases – it’s kind of lame to call them ‘styles’.  […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

Apparently holding a mala, this smiling buddha figure was photographed by Fred Gates, who noted: “This is a wind-up toy that walks while it ‘listens’ to headphones (rock…ROCK!). It was a gift, but when my friend’s 3-year old wanted it […]

Seen in One City: Signs and Signlessness

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The below video of Alex Gopher’s “The Child,” sent in by One City reader and I.D. Project homie DMC, is a perfect illustration of the following Thich Nhat Hanh quote: “Where should we look to find the world of no […]

Agent Dale Cooper

posted by Paul Griffin

Twin Peak’s Agent Dale Cooper is my favorite Buddhist character is Western culture. Here is the scene in which Agent Cooper uses the “Tibetan method” in order to figure out who exactly out of a group of suspects is in […]

Video-Remix Heaven! ThruYOU and constructing the self

posted by Patrick Groneman

Kutiman, an Israeli musician and producer, cut together a bunch of “bedroom musician” videos from You Tube for a project he’s calling Thru YOU.  It is strikingly complete and mature for the internet mash-up meme, and it avoids coming across […]

Hardcore Dharma Eats It

posted by Julia May Jonas

Each week two-three members of Hardcore Dharma do a presentation about our assigned readings.  Last week’s selection in Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was about Point Three of the Lojong Slogans: Transformation of Bad Circumstances.  Some of the most […]

Podcast: “Practice and Money: A Path Through the Insanity” a Guest Lecture by Acharya Eric Spiegel

posted by Patrick Groneman

Worried about the recession and how money relates to your practice?  We get some tips from NY Shambala Center’s Master Teacher Eric Spiegel as a part of our Sit Down, Rise Up Guest Lecture Series. Having worked on Wall Street […]

Reality TV: Still Annoying

posted by Stillman Brown

My roommate loves The Bachelor and American Idol. And America’s Next Top Model. And Hell’s Kitchen. And True Beauty. In fact, she loves most reality TV and I have to admit her enthusiasm is rubbing off on me in trace […]

We’re now on Twitter

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Follow the blog here, if you like that kind of thing.

The Underpaid Buddhist-Inspired Freelancer

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber been freelancing in the world of TV and writing for a while now, and he (YES Jerry Kolber is a HE!) gets one question a lot from friends: “How do you bid properly for a freelance job?” Props […]

Don’t read this blog

posted by omphalina

For the last two weeks I have been in self-imposed internet exile while I worked on finishing my first complete draft of my dissertation proposal. I set my personal email address to its vacation setting, letting everyone know that I […]

Sects & Sectarianism

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I came across this today. It’s a very well researched essay, available for free, about the evolution of different sects and ordination lineages in early Buddhism. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but it had some interesting tidbits. For one,

BREAKING: Dalai Lama Talks Very Tough on China

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Bit of breaking news: The Dalai Lama just laid down possibly his strongest rhetoric ever against China, saying Tibet is “Hell on Earth” under the occupation. Well, actually, he doesn’t quite say that, but the NY Times alarmist headline makes […]

Stupid/Brilliant: Setting the Record Straight

posted by Emily Herzlin

Okay guys, watch out – it’s gonna get personal. I’ve been thinking a lot about Judith Warner’s article in the New York Times and would like to add some more thoughts to our discussion. I worry sometimes…not sometimes, often…about emotional […]

Book Chatter: Rich Brother, Rich Sister, by Robert T. and Emi Kiyosake

posted by Ellen Scordato

Dual autobiography of a brother and sister: the brother is Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author on personal finance (getting rich), the sister is Emi Kiyosaki, aka Bhikshuni Tenzin Kacho, an ordained buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. Sister has a masters […]

This Week’s Podcast: Buddhism: Religion or Science of the Mind?

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week’s Podcast from the IDProject is a group discussion lead by Juan-Carlos on the topic of whether Buddhism should be considered a religion or just a philosophical mind science.  Sparkling GIF Buddha approves of our discussion.  Check it out […]

The New (Baby)Face of the Republican Party

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Move over Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Steele. You’ve been replaced by a smaller, faster, much cuter model of Terminator. See below for video of Jonathan Krohn, the (just-turned) 14 year-old Wunderkind of the Republican Party, rocking […]

Desiring Desire

posted by idpguestblog

Maybe it’s the spring like weather this weekend that’s jolted me out of my winter doldrums, but I’ve noticed a subtle shift…a desire creeping in. Upon further investigation, I realized that it’s not so much a desire for anything in […]

The Joe Pyne Show – Seen in One City

posted by Jerry Kolber

It’s not Jerry Kolber’s regular posting time, but I couldn’t resist posting these two clips. A wise man in Miami pointed me to the Joe Pyne show which ran nationally through the 50’s & 60’s. Both of these clips seem […]

Reflection and Refractions

posted by Patrick Groneman

Photo of a Bushwick storefront.

Buddhism in Western Culture

posted by Paul Griffin

Last week, I wrote about Wallace Stevens’s poem “The Snow Man”, arguing that Stevens was writing about shunyata. My real and abiding fascination with this kind of investigation is looking at representation of the Buddhist view—emptiness, interconnectedness, mindfulness, etc.—as they […]

Pema Chodron Gets Props on the Front Page of NYTimes.com

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Read Judith Warner’s Article Here Not sure how I feel about it…

Hardcore Dharma is mad as hell and yet resigns itself to taking it more.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Lately I’ve been feeling kind of crazy mad.  I’m mad at my roommate, at my parents, at everyone in a five foot radius of me at my job. I’m semi-annoyed at this friend  (how come you never write on MY […]

An Indian in Dachau

posted by Jerry Kolber

No, it’s not a new Elie Wiesel book. This is what happens when one particular Indian woman goes to modern day Dachau.

Heard in One City

posted by Greg Zwahlen

RP: Sometimes people think that Buddhism should somehow resolve all our problems. It’s more that the path will bring those issues out. It’s when we deny them or ignore them or cover them up with a veneer of spirituality—that’s the […]

This Week on The IDProject Podcast: Karma and Materialism with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week’s Podcast from the IDProject is a talk with Ethan on Karma and Materialism, check it out here.  <—- This is an image of a textile sculpture by artist Barbara Schulman titled “An Artifact of Materialism”.  She carefully sewed […]

Picking on Shambhala Sun

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The other day I got a solicitation from Shambhala Sun magazine. It included a series of “True or False” questions designed to intrigue the solicitee, one of which was: Playing rock is a profound spiritual path. A: True. Any activity […]

Seen in One City

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is damn damn brilliant and simply executed, if you didn’t see it yet:

Right Action, Right Effort, Right Snooze

posted by Emily Herzlin

At 9:30pm on any given Tuesday night, what I’d really like to do most in the world is watch just one more episode of House or Six Feet Under. However, lately I’ve been trying my very best to restrain myself. […]

Keep Your Enemies Close, and Your Near Enemies Closer

posted by Ethan Nichtern

One of my favorite ideas from Buddhist psychology has always been the “near-enemy.” The idea of the “near-enemy” is that for every beneficial habit or more enlightened quality that we might develop in our mind, there is a devious, and […]

Meditation

posted by Patrick Groneman

Image by Artist/Musician Kevin Bewersdorf. (click for a larger version).  He is also is a contributor to the Spirit Surfers, a group blog that is a collection of abstract digital collages which use the internet as source material.  I’m a […]

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