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Do You Meditate? Who’s your Favorite Buddhist Meditation Teacher?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

If you meditate or study Buddhism, you eventually have to find a meditation teacher, either through books on meditation, Buddhist podcasts, meditation lectures, Dharma talks, or hopefully good old fashioned human contact. There are lots of great teachers out there, […]

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Hardcore Dharma sings Jenny I Got Your Number

posted by Julia May Jonas

This is a story about my friend Jenny. Jenny and I attended the Tuesday night gathering at the New York Shambhala center. Jenny’s new to Buddhism – this was the second Shambhala talk she’d ever attended.  My normal tendency would […]

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Top Ten Reasons To Start Meditating Today

posted by Jerry Kolber

“Meditate Daily” has been hovering on my to-do, someday, or maybe lists for more than ten years, since the late 1990’s.  Two years ago the universe conspired to deliver me to the doorstep of the Interdependence Project, where the clarity […]

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Is all life created equal? In memorial to two Deep Ecology Movement leaders

posted by Kirsten Firminger

The Deep Ecology movement has suffered two big losses this year with the passing of Arne Næss in January and Bill Devall at the end of June. It led me to delve more into the writings and the history of […]

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Set for the Supreme Court

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The Senate panel indeed voted to recommend to have Sonia Sotomayor confirmed. The panel voted 13-6 in favor of her. Lindsey Graham  of South Carolina was the only Republican to vote yes. Ah, Republicans are so negative these days. Cheer […]

CTRL + ALT + DELETE + MEDITATE ON THIS

posted by Emily Herzlin

It was a quiet Sunday morning, just before a thunderstorm was to break out over New York City. The sky was bright and gray at the same time, with clouds closing in over 27th Street like a camera shutter. Little […]

Merce Cunningham Is Dead

posted by Julia May Jonas

Merce Cunningham died last night.  He was 90 years old.  Groundbreaking dance and performance visionary of the 20th and 21st century, exceptional performer and theorist, Merce created art until the end, choreographing a piece this winter at Brooklyn Academy of Music […]

2-D Love?

Today’s New York Times Magazine ran a story, Love in 2-D, by Lisa Katayama about Japanese men (though women do it too) who engage in relationships with imaginary characters. She writes, “These 2-D lovers, as they are called, are a […]

Podcast: “Practice Like Your Hair is on Fire” with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

In this week’s podcast Ethan Nicthern takes us through the many obstacles to developing a regular meditation practice, how to overcome them and what the benefits are to doing so.   What are the things we tell ourselves to avoid […]

Buddhism and Addiction: What would Sid say about alcoholism?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

“They tried to make me go sit shamatha and I said ‘OM, OM, OM’”photo courtesy of indiespeaker.com What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how […]

Hardcore Dharma is Good Enough, Smart Enough and People Seem to Like It.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Did you know that: Online Dating may make people feel overwhelmed by too many options?  and Exercise provides stress relief?andKids like their dad’s aroundandStudents benefit from tutoring?and Soda is bad for you?andSo it smoking?andToo much porn? Did you know that? […]

New Jersey!

posted by Julia May Jonas

A big ole group of high New Jersey officials, including Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano were arrested this morning, for charges including corruption and money laundering.

Jon Stewart, Obama, Gates and the Birthers’ Movement

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Jon Stewart gave it to the Birthers’ Movement last night. Can we focus on something more important? And I’m not talking about today’s focus on President Obama’s Gates commentary last night. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs […]

Meditation for Caregivers: Stress, Fear and Lovingkindness

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is another post by Sharon Salzberg for the One City Blog. Sharon is one of three Buddhist lineage mentors for the Interdependence Project. She is also one of the foremost (and most awesome) Buddhist meditation teachers in America. She […]

Buddhism is The Greatest Religion in the World, If It Was A Religion

posted by Jerry Kolber

My post Freedom From Religion: Buddhism Wins Best Religion in the World Award last week set off quite a stir around these here ‘nets. Over at Paramita they offer to send an 11 month old girl to pick up the […]

La Victoire sur les Sachets – Victory on the plastic bags

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I ran into this courtesy of the unconsumption blog. It is a video called La Victoire sur les Sachets, or victory on the plastics bags. It is a short film of an African community where plastic bags are transformed from […]

I’ll Have One Order of Buddhism, Hold the Enlightenment

posted by Emily Herzlin

I’ve always had this problem called being an overachiever. I frequently have unrealistic expectations of myself, and mentally beat myself up when I fall short of these ideals. So when I first started becoming interested in Buddhism I said to […]

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Has Cancer

posted by Ellen Scordato

I love Adam Yauch! But the winds of impermanence blow cold this July day.Adam “MCA” Yauch, leader of the Beastie Boys and practicing Tibetan buddhist, has cancer — a salivary gland tumor, apparently not life-threatening — and the Beasties are […]

Meditation: “Attachment” is the Worst Failure Ever (Apologies to Republicans)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Republicans “Bombed” Google so that a top search result for worst failure ever would lead to the Obama administration site. When it comes to translation of Buddhist terms and ideas, I can think of an even more massive fail. I […]

Meditation and Yoga: Necessary Companions?

While studying Buddhism and practicing meditation feel rather natural to me, integrating a yoga practice continues to be a struggle. Living in New York, there are a dizzying number of options when it comes to selecting a yoga class and, […]

Podcast: “How Karma Works: The 12 Nidanas” with Juan-Carlos Castro

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the ID Project Podcast, Juan Carlos-Castro takes us through the 12 Nidanas, a structure in Buddhist Philosophy that helps us to understand the “links in the chain of conditioned co-production”, or put another way, the structure of […]

Buddhism and Dating: Would Sid sleep with a Republican?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

photo courtesy of barackobuddha.com What would Sid do? 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 […]

Did Meditation Produce The World’s Happiest Man? Daniel Goleman on Mingyur Rinpoche

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A great blog post in the New York Times by Buddhist author Daniel Goleman about the young Tibetan master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who has been dubbed the happiest man in the world (apparently it’s no longer fellow Buddhist Matthieu Ricard). […]

HeyJhana HoJhana

posted by Julia May Jonas

My experience of meditation lately feels like this: 1. Stabilize on breath.  Having been doing lots of work on concentration lately, I feel like I’m getting to the point where instead of trying to pin down my attention on the breath, […]

Obama Throws Like A Girl? What Year is This?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey Baseball Fans: Some people are saying President Obama throws like a girl after his all-star game pitch last night. I couldn’t tell; the camera work was horrible. Was Obama booed? Everything I saw reported thunderous applause. And btw, when […]

Freedom From Religion: Buddhism Wins Best Religion in the World Award

posted by Jerry Kolber

In light of the ongoing Freedom From Religion Foundationcase, I found this news item interesting. Linda Moulin | 15.07.2009 | 16:55 Tribune de Geneve   In advance of their annual Leading Figure award to areligious figure who has done the […]

Back to the Sack + Green Apple Festival volunteers = Successful day of action

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It may not be the new Harry Potter movie, but I’m still very excited to share with you some of the video footage that resulted from IDP‘s highly successful Back to the Sack day of action which was one of […]

T?ran?tha on Padmasambhava’s lotus-birth

posted by Greg Zwahlen

According to Tibetan tradition, the eighth-century yogin Padmasambhava was born as an eight-year-old child on a lotus blossom in Lake Dhanakosha. His name, in fact, literally means “Lotus Born.” This is what the early 17th-century Tibetan historian T?ran?tha had to […]

Pain relief! Cursing vs Tonglen

posted by Ellen Scordato

Wow, my friends and I must be pretty pain-free according to this msnbc article: “Stub your toe? Say ‘Sh#!’ You’ll feel better” Everybody wants to avoid pain, but no one can. That’s not even a particularly Buddhist insight. Living beings […]

Sharon Salzberg: Buddhism and Art – “The 8 Train”

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is a guest post by Sharon Salzberg for the One City Blog. Sharon is one of three Buddhist lineage mentors for the Interdependence Project. She is also one of the foremost (and most awesome) Buddhist meditation teachers in America. […]

Money Magazine: Best Places To Live – HERE is #1

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Money Magazine just revealed Money Magazine: Best Places to Live.  It’s a strange list for 2009. Tops is…drumroll…Louisville, CO. Um…ok. Warren, NJ is #6! Great! Whatever you say. I thought #1 was Brooklyn. What is the point of these top […]

Dharma Poetry: Anne Waldman

posted by Paul Griffin

Anne Waldman is a towering beat generation poet.  She is the co-founder of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute and she is currently the director of the Writing and Poetics program there.  In her work, […]

Buddhism, Meditation, Psychology, and Therapy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Are you interested in Buddhist meditation and its link to psychology, therapy, healing arts, and a contemporary understanding of the mind? What might Carl Jung say about Buddhism or guided meditation? Would Pema Chodron and Freud get into a ballroom […]

Are You Sure?

I was craving a little dharma reading the other day and picked Thich Nhat Hanh’s Teachings on Love off my book shelf. I’ve also recently started dating someone, so I thought it might provide a little preventative care and help […]

Podcast: “Understanding Karma” with Crystal Gandrud

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the ID Project Podcast Crystal Gandrud takes us past many of the common misconceptions surrounding the Buddhist Definition of Karma to a deeper understanding that reveals important connections between the concepts of interdependence, non-self and Karma. You […]

What would Sid do: would Sid pick someone up at a bar?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

“You ladies come here often?” 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 […]

Hardcore Dharma does not exist.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Before the Buddha became all Bodhi, he did Shamatha and sustained Samadhi.  But much like Einstein took Newtonian physics one step further or the Beatles improved on Elvis, the Buddha saw that something good could be made better.  The problem […]

Massachusetts Attorney General Coakley Sues US Over Same Sex Marriage

posted by Jerry Kolber

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley just sued the US Federal Government challenging the euphemistically named Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), claiming that it is unconstitutional because it denies insurance, health care, and other rights to gay and lesbian couples in […]

I would rather laugh than cry to get through this crisis

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Global warming is a serious thing. There is much that needs to be done – so much, that it is hard to even know where to start. Everyday I learn about something new that needs to be fixed. Another crisis […]

Contemplating the uncontemplatable?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Recently the New York Times “Happy Days” blog ran a piece by Tim Kreider, who was stabbed in the throat fourteen years ago. He writes: After my unsuccessful murder I wasn’t unhappy for an entire year. . . . I’m […]

Obama vs. Palin 2012? Roger Stone Thinks Maybe. Eugene Robinson and Sane People, Not So Much

posted by Ethan Nichtern

According to Republican Strategist Roger Stone, Palin did the right thing on Friday if she wants to run for President in 2012. Meanwhile, on Fox News, Palin got hammered. Yes, I said Fox News slammed her. A Republican running for […]

Setting the Stage

posted by Emily Herzlin

I’m in the midst of searching for a new apartment in New York City, a task I do not look forward to. In the back of my mind is the dream that one day I could make a separate space […]

Buddha of the Month

posted by Ellen Scordato

From more than 700 images of buddha contributed to the Lens Culture site, this is labeled Ellen’s Buddha © Seth Laderman 2007I’ve never met or heard of Seth, but I clicked on the image because it looked like it had […]

Podcast: “Space is Grace” with Jessica Rasp

posted by Patrick Groneman

Inspired by reading the life story of Yogi Ransuratkumar and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche‘s “Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior“, Jessica Rasp takes us on a journey into an insight from a recent solitary retreat, encapsulated in the phrase “Space is […]

Would Sid ever bartend? Buddhism, bars, and depression

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Not only would Sid bartend but he would also play in fountains with umbrellas What would Sid do?Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual […]

Dharma Discourse: Plato

posted by Paul Griffin

Teacher: What’s on your mind?Student: Well, many things.T: What would you like to talk about?S: The view.  I would like to talk about the view. T:  Okay.S:  You see, I studied a lot of Western philosophy in college, so whenever […]

Shopping For a Spiritual Practice – Episode 1 – Shambhala Training

posted by Patrick Groneman

I’ve just rolled my cart down aisle five at the spiritual supermarket under the sign that reads “Mind Training and Contemplative Based Spiritual Practices”.  After sitting regularly for over two years I’m ready to get down with the masters of […]

Hardcore Dharma Makes Metaphors

posted by Julia May Jonas

Here’s a story. My mother is a retired church organist and choir director.  Growing up, my participation in religious life was fairly required.  When I was about ten or eleven, the church had a charismatic youth minister, a wiry, fierce, Princeton-seminary-educated […]

Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and Celebrity Death Culture

posted by Jerry Kolber

With the internet abuzz this week trying to get the first/latest/best look at Michael Jackson‘s body, Farah Fawcett‘s funeral, and Mr. Jackson’s financial papers, it may finally be time to talk about celebrity death culture here at the Interdependence Project […]

What will hitting the magic number 60 mean for global warming?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It is official. With the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling in favor of Al Franken, the Democrats will have reached the filibuster-proof magical number of 60 senate seats. Franken will likely be sworn in early next week in time to jump […]

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If a zen master were sitting next to the chief technical officer of Twitter, what would they talk about? That sounds like a hypothetical overheared at a bar in San Francisco. But this weekend I saw the very thing at Soren Gordhamer's Wisdom 2.0 ...

posted 1:43:19pm May. 01, 2010 | read full post »

The Buddha at Work - "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
"The only true wisdom consists of knowing that you know nothing." - Alex Winter, as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"That's us, dude!" - Keanu Reeves, as Ted "Theodore" LoganWhoa! Excellent! I've had ...

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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 ...

posted 12:32:23pm Jan. 27, 2010 | read full post »

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