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Striving for Pure Appropriateness

Our reading for Hardcore Dharma this week (Spectrum of Ecstasy by Ngakpa Chogyam and Khandro Dechen) included a phrase I quite liked- “pure appropriateness”. It is described as follows: We neither give too little, nor do we give too much; because […]

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Non-Dogmatic Spiritual Practice in the 21st Century_a.k.a_Jesus is My Studio Assistant

posted by Patrick Groneman

co-written by Nuala Clarke and Patrick Groneman (aka namenorg) Nuala: I was walking down the Bowery and afriend told me that the next show at The New Museum was called Youngerthan Jesus.  Got it…younger than Jesus when he died at 33 […]

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What would Sid do? I cheated on my spouse…

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do with his life, […]

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Global Warming Already Killing Thousands, Says Global Humanitarian Forum

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Make that hundreds of thousands. The Global Humanitarian Forum released a comprehensive study saying that annually, 300,000 people die from global-warming-induced catastrophes. Climate Change also already direcly affects the lives of 325 million people (seems a low number to me) […]

Dharma Art: Michelle Provenzano’s “The Five Hindrances”

posted by Stillman Brown

This is New York-based artist Michelle Provenzano‘s take on the 5 Hindrances, our topic for this week’s Hardcore Dharma class.

Ten Tips for Burgeoning Buddhists and an Open Letter to Kate Moss

posted by Julia May Jonas

    Hi Kate Moss! I hear you’re converting to Buddhism!  I’m not sure what “converting” means, but that’s cool.  Welcome.  I think your designs for Topshop are nice.  Maybe you could get Johnny Depp to come to some dharma […]

Hardcore Dharma Week 9: The 5 Hindrances (in Sweet List Form)

posted by Stillman Brown

This week’s Hardcore Dharma class was pretty straightforward: You got yer 5 Hindrances and yer three methods of dealing with em’. Git er’ done!  For background on Hardcore Dharma check out my intro post and last week’s thoughts on the […]

Prop 8: Sexual Positions for Gay Married Couples

posted by Jerry Kolber

I imagine it must have been a pretty steamy session  yesterday as the California Supreme Court all had to imagine graphic gay sexual positions (consciously or not)  as they decided whether people who engaged in those sexual positions were entitled […]

Great Recession Ending? Is Our Detox from Greed and Consumerism Over As Well?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Is the global economy’s recession ending? Some leading economists, including the often skeptical nobel prize winner Paul Krugman, believe we might just be the start of a turnaround. So, are we also done with our greed detox? (from Salon.com)

From Plastic Bags to No Take Out! The Reduce Consumption Challenge Continues…

posted by Kirsten Firminger

At the Interdependence Project, we recently concluded our one month practice of reduced consumption! [pause for applause and cheering] It was a great month of activities, including pledging to reduce our use of disposable items, making and giving away reusable […]

Skinned alive

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I was recently forwarded this piece about the fur trade in China, produced by PETA. It’s one of the most gruesome things I’ve seen in a long time. Apparently at some Chinese fur farms animals are skinned alive with the […]

Prop 8 Decision: Morally and Constitutionally Bankrupt

posted by Ethan Nichtern

With all the buzz on Sotomayor and the U.S. Supreme Court, Gay couples – and anyone who knows a gay couple – must be reeling from today’s California Supreme Court  Prop 8 Decision. Here’s a good blog about today’s latest […]

Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Bound After All

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 54 year-old judge from the Bronx, is bound for the Supreme Court  — if President Obama’s Nomination goes through during the confirmation process. Get ready for some lunacy from Mitch McConnell, for sure. Of course, Sotomayor’s […]

Susan Boyle’s 2nd Performance: Video of the Day

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Susan Boyle’s 2nd Performance on Britain’s Got Talent was another hit. Check out the youtube clip of her Semifinal song at the 2009 competition:

Buddha of the Month of May

posted by Ellen Scordato

submitted by Roger Padmakara Bygott, a One City reader from the UK:A Buddha Rupa in the Manchester Buddhist Centre. The rupa was sculpted by British Buddhist artist Chintamani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order. Roger is an amateur photographer […]

Aung San Suu Kyi Needs Your Help

posted by Ethan Nichtern

One of the cooler ladies on Earth, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been arrested for the umpteenth time, and is allegedly quite ill. Avaaz.org is petitioning the United Nations for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release, and has almost 400,000 signatures […]

A.I.: Friend or Foe?

John Markoff’s article in The New York Times today, The Coming Superbrain, looks at the potentialities and risks of developing “self-aware and superhuman” machines. What ensues is the usual debate between those who believe that this type of artificial intelligence (A.I.) is the […]

Ego Joke

posted by Patrick Groneman

Wow! And you can buy it on a t-shirt too!  Thnx Jen

Dharma Art: Michelle Provenzano’s “The 3 Yanas”

posted by Stillman Brown

Each week, New York-based artist Michelle Provenzano creates a drawing based on our weekly discussion at Hardcore Dharma. Here is her work inspired by the teaching on the 3 Yanas. 

What would Sid do? Waking up next to a stranger…

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do with his life, […]

The Bible Bill? 2010 Should be the Year of the Constitution, Congressman

posted by Ethan Nichtern

According to Politico, A  Republican Congressman from Georgia, Paul Broun , wants to pass a Bible Bill To declare 2010 the “Year of the Bible.” Nothing against the good book, but legislatively 2010 should not be the year of this […]

Dharma Poetry: Mark Strand

posted by Paul Griffin

The fundamental thesis of the dharma poetry series is as follows: Many poets have long been expressing the dharma through their chosen medium of poetry.  Now that’s a grand statement, full of big words like “poets” and “dharma” and “poetry,” […]

Did You See The Cheney Speech? Watching The Bizarro-Buddha in Action

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Did you watch the Cheney Speech today? Pop Quiz: What’s bigger, Cheney’s lies or the new Beyonce Ego video? Well, since Ego is ultimately non-existent, I’ll have to go with the lies is (thankfully, oh so very very thankfully) former […]

In Search of Lost Time: Attending to Distraction and the Meaning of Mindful

posted by Julia May Jonas

A couple of months ago I was tripping about blithely with my gentleman friend in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn when the stream of conversation turned, as it invariably does, to the mental causality of the cruel mistress called Internet.  “You know,” I […]

Video of the Day: John Cage and True Zen

posted by Ethan Nichtern

John Cage, Zen student of D.T. Suzuki, wrote the following piece.Brilliant display of orchestral meditation, or too gimmicky and easy to achieve?

Hardcore Dharma Week 8: The 3 Yanas, or Cultivating “Healthy Revulsion,” or Buddhist Barf Bags

posted by Stillman Brown

As we sat to practice last night, below the yoga studio the Bowery was teeming with rush hour traffic and every third driver seemed to be leaning on their horn in frustration and hurry. My first thought was, “I’m glad […]

Walking the Plank

posted by Jerry Kolber

There is no shortage of evidence that the earth is burning, flooding, asphyxiating and dying.  9 out of 10 dentists agree that something has to be done or our children (or their children) will inherit a planet that cannot support […]

Podcast : “Fame, Success and Other Illusions” with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

In this week’s podcast Ethan leads a discussion on how the Buddha’s teachings of the 8 Traps of Hope and Fear (Tradionally called The 8 Wordly Concerns) relate to our daily battles with success and failure.  How do we try […]

Missing Link Found? Was Reincarnation Just Early Buddhism’s Explanation for Genetic Evolution?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The purported fossil missing link found this morning of 47 million year old Darwinius Masillae is causing a stir. Some people think it’s the key to understanding our entire human evolution, some are not so sure. I just like the […]

Can we prevent global warming by meditating?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Image courtesy / MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Global warming, already high on the list of major problems, is much worse than we thought according to a new study by MIT. The image you […]

This is Your Mind on Five Wisdoms

posted by Greg Zwahlen

When I studied urban planning in grad school, one of my strongest interests was in the ways buildings affect how people feel, as a result of both their individual appearances and of the way they’re massed around open space or […]

Leonard Cohen live!

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sunday night my husband and I saw famed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He’s what he looks like: And here’s what he looked like from my seat: That show was fantastic! Well, […]

Oh, Cheesus! On Hallucination and Other Spiritual Traps

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A woman from Preston Hollow, Texas, Sara Bell, claims she saw Jesus Christ in A Cheeto, and named it Cheesus Christ. Cheetos, anyone?

Paging Dr. House!

posted by Emily Herzlin

The train clamored on down past 86th Street. The weather had finally started to clear up after a long stint of rainy days and yet I had chosen to take the subway rather than the more scenic bus to get […]

Pattabhi Jois is Dead

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A yoga legend, Pattabhi Jois, just passed away. He was 93 years old, and was an icon in the yoga community, and especially the ashtanga yoga community of which he is considered the modern founder. (image from ashtanganews.com)

Do Human Hearts Carry Memories?

posted by Patrick Groneman

I found this series of videos on Heart Transplant recipients who retained memories from the late anonymous donors whose heart they carry.  The series starts with more emotional “homecoming” type stories but soon moves into some hard science that points […]

Quote of the Day: Civil Disobedience

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Civildisobediencebecomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. Anda citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption andlawlessness…Everycitizen is responsible for every act of his government…Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty […]

Credit Card Debt: Legislation or Personal Solutions?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

It is no secret that millions of Americans experience massive amounts of credit card debt , especially college students. I remember in the mid 90’s, my college allowed (invited?) credit card companies to set up shop and sign students up […]

Dharma Poetry: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

posted by Paul Griffin

What a joy to spend time with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s poetry!  A student of mine canceled this afternoon, so I had the good fortune of having a few free hours to sit on my balcony–which, incidentally, my girlfriend has recently […]

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings July 13 & Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

So the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor are set for July 13. Let the projections begin! There are lots of projections out there, but the most mystifying yet illuminating may well be this one, sent to me for this week’s […]

Hardcore Dharma Week 7: Sharon Salzberg Rocks the House!

posted by Stillman Brown

“[Mindfulness] is like walking on a tightrope, [either grasp at something or push away] and you lose your balance and fall… and inevitably what we land on is another tightrope, another opportunity for mindfulness.”  -Sharon Salzberg Last night’s Hardcore Dharma […]

Coming Out Buddhist

posted by Jerry Kolber

When I came out to my parents in my early 20’s, it was not a big deal. I’d known I liked guys for a while, and had mainly waited because A) I was still sleeping with girls AND guys  and […]

Meditators have bigger brains

posted by Kirsten Firminger

New research using MRI scans from UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging shows evidence that meditators have larger brains than a control group of non-meditators. The lead author of the journal article, Eileen Luders summarizes,”We know that people who consistently meditate […]

Flexible names, fluid world

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Emily’s post this morning reminded me of an article I encountered in Slate a couple of weeks ago about Chinese names and the prevalance of the use of English names in China. The author, Huan Hsu, writes that they have become de […]

Reif Larsen Gets Sympathetic Joy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Jealousy strikes us all in different ways. Sympathetic joy, (mudita for those of you pali/sanskrit geeks) refers to a  a series of  guided meditations offered by the Buddhist tradition to overcome the insidious human poison of envy. I have found […]

Video of the Day: Twitter, Flutter, and Attention Deficit Society

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A hilarious send-up of attention deficit society brought to you by Slate and “Flutter“ I really like the phrase “Attention Deficit Society.” 

Oh I’m Still The Top, Alright

posted by Emily Herzlin

So apparently, after 12 fantastic years, I am no longer #1. “Emily” has lost its spot as the most popular name for girls. Now it’s Emma. Whatever.

Buddha of the Month

posted by Ellen Scordato

Welcome to Buddha of the Month, a (roughly) monthly post that features images of the Buddha in contemporary art, popular culture, fine art – or wherever the tathagata catches our fancy. This one’s by seminal video artist Nam June Paik: […]

Podcast “Wisdom of No Exit” with Jessica Rasp

posted by Patrick Groneman

The topic for our open Monday discussions this month all center around Pema Chodron’s book Comfortable with Uncertainty.  Jessica Rasp recently led a class on “The Wisdom of No Exit” and kicked things off with an except from a great […]

The Story of Stuff Sweeps The Nation

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Very happy that this piece in Huffington Post ran about The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard’s instructional video and work on responsible consumption.

Worst Comparison Ever? Or, The Stereotyping of Smart

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So there’s a growing trend comparing Barack Obama to Spock.

To What Extent Can Buddhism Help With Depression?

After reading Daphne Merkin’s A Journey Through Darkness in today’s New York Times Magazine, I was left contemplating Buddhist viewpoints on treating depression. It’s no secret that many people are drawn to the dharma during difficult times- seeking relief from despair and anxiety. Each week there […]

Painting as an Act of Compassion

posted by Patrick Groneman

Co-Written by Nuala Clarke and Patrick Groneman “Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought…Painting is…the mind realizing itself in color and space.”  – Robert Motherwell  On Friday May 1st, the […]

Dharma Poetry: Philip Appleman’s O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie

posted by Paul Griffin

I was on the train, reading poetry, when I stumbled upon a delightful Philip Appleman poem that I thought simply must be included in the dharma poetry series.  Yes, indeed!  The poem begins as follows: O Karma, Dharma, pudding and […]

Hardcore Dharma is Your Density…I Mean Your Destiny

posted by Julia May Jonas

For the next five weeks, I, in tandem with the ID Project Intermediate Hardcore Dharma class, will examine and explore teachings about the five wisdom energies.  The five wisdom energies, (Buddha, Vajra, Ratna, Padma & Karma), relate to qualities or […]

Star Trek: I’m So Frackin’ Excited!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Yup Yup. James T. Kirk and Spock have found the fountain of youth. 11th time’s the charm.

Hardcore Dharma Week 6: How Many Windows Can Your Monkey Watch?

posted by Stillman Brown

The official answer: One. Just one. I’ll explain. (If you’re wondering what Hardcore Dharma is, check out my introductory post).  Last night we concluded our discussion of the Eightfold Path by talking about the third sub-division of the path: samadhi, […]

I Buried Paul: From the Desk of Minimofo

posted by Jerry Kolber

From the desk of: MiniMoFo Re: volution Sitting on his cushion at 6:12AM, thoughts began flooding in.  “Need to call Barry”.  “Need to pay storage bill.” “Need to write post for IDP.”  “Should start running again.” Don’t attach; don’t push away; observe.  He started […]

Across generations of mothers

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It amazes me when I think about how interconnected mothers and daughters are and how we shape each other over generations. As I look at the path of my life, I realize that I would have never have gotten to […]

Podcast: “No Fear of Fear” with Juan-Carlos Castro

posted by Patrick Groneman

That Hope and Fear image that Ethan included in his last post was designed by IDP Teacher Juan-Carlos Castro to accompany his talk called “No Fear of Fear”, which addresses the fear of space and tactics of avoiding space. Lucky […]

Hope and Fear: Swine Flu Edition

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out this awesome graphic composed by I.D. Project’s  very own Juan Carlos Castro: So, turns out – according to U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, that Swine Flu is less severe than feared.

Who Needs a Horizon?

posted by Patrick Groneman

This Here and There Map is a really interesting integration of intuitive and analytical map experience.  You can easily locate yourself within your immediate surroundings as well as look off to the horizon and see your potential destinations…so cool.  This […]

Holland Holla

posted by Greg Zwahlen

This past Sunday the New York Times Magazine had an interesting article by Russell Shorto, an American expat living in the Netherlands, in which he provides a nuanced description of a society whose more humane version of capitalism the United […]

Hello Dalai!

posted by Julia May Jonas

A recent article in The Times Union discusses the impending complexity of choosing the successor to the 14th Dalai Lama: For more than six centuries, the next Dalai Lama has been chosen by regents who, it is said, through omens and portents found the deceased […]

The Curse of the Older Sibling

posted by Emily Herzlin

Recently I’ve found myself with the urge to take better care of myself. Eating healthier, exercising more, going to bed earlier, sticking to my meditation practice. I’m not worrying about catching the swine flu, this isn’t a totally neurotic thing. […]

Interdependence and Waste Management; or, the Destroilet

posted by Ellen Scordato

The eco-yoga toilet post here a few days ago made me think. About interdependence. About my childhood. About the Destroilet.

Dharma Punx Numero Uno, Noah Levine

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out the nice spread in the Los Angeles Times today about the work of my friend Noah Levine, Dharma Punx Founder and Buddhist Teacher. (Photo from Los Angeles Times Article) What do you think of Noah?

If You’re Going To Slam Buddhism, Get Your Facts Straight

posted by Stillman Brown

In a recent post entitled “Up From Buddhism,” Andrew Sullivan quotes a journalist and a blogger who have a less than favorable view of our tradition:  From 2003, John Horgan explains why he gave up on Buddhism: …what troubles me most […]

Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice

Despite my best intentions, I still have days when I miss my meditation practice. I’m on point for a while and then something happens- I’m busy with school, going out and getting in too late, etc.- that I lose the […]

Suddenly Sonia: Is Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court-bound?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx-born New York City native, is a federal Appeals court judge, a 54-year-old Hispanic woman, a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton who received her law degree from Yale, and a potential Supreme Court nominee. The name […]

The Interdependence of Corporations

posted by Stillman Brown

Matthew Yglesias is one of my favorite bloggers, a sharp wit, and a dyed-in-the-wool progressive. He has a great post (via Tyler Cowen) about how our notions of corporate nationality (i.e., Apple is an essentially American company, even though very little of […]

Um…How is this Related to Yoga?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out the new…um…eco…um…yoga…um…toilet…um…sink.

Melting Eyescream

posted by Patrick Groneman

Dharma Poetry: Allen Ginsberg’s Wichita Vortex Sutra

posted by Paul Griffin

Allen Ginsberg is arguably the most well-known Buddhist poet.  Famously, he met Chogyam Trungpa on the streets of New York–as they were vying for the same cab.  They shared the cab and discovered during the trip that they were both […]

Buddha as Businessman?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I found this lecture interesting, and Gregory Schopen’s tie is amazing.

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