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American Casino – Interdependence and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m a buddhist. I read the Wall Street Journal as often as I can. I don’t see how anyone interested in interdependence can ignore the WSJ. I think any buddhist interested in relieving suffering in this world of relative reality […]

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Best Buddhism and Meditation Website…Ever!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Well, of course that’s sort of a silly thing to say. That’s like saying Buddhism is the World’s Best Religion. Who would ever make such a claim? But the new Interdependence Project website is pretty great. Lots to check out […]

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Bill Moyers, Bill Maher, And Pema Chodron: Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Below is a video from Real Time with Bill Maher, where journalist Bill Moyers sends a great message to President Obama on standing up for change, and brilliantly diagnoses what’s wrong with our political system, and especially, the non-progressives in […]

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No Impact Man

posted by Paul Griffin

This month, I reviewed Colin Beavan’s book “No Impact Man: The Adventures Of A Guilty Liberal Who Attempts To Save The Planet And The Discoveries He Makes About Himself And His Way Of Life In The Process” for The Brooklyn […]

Top Five Method’s for Having an Awesome Retreat

posted by Patrick Groneman

A few weeks ago I wrote about how amazing my first week long meditation retreat was.   What I didn’t mention was the extra helpful advice about retreat practice I got in the form of a handwritten note from my friend […]

Buddhism and Sex: Would Sid have a threesome with my roommate?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

The original threesome of Buddhism: the three jewels 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 […]

Health Care Reform: An Animated Video That Breaks It Down

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Belowis a simple and awesome animation by Andy Lubershane  about Health Care Reform. The main thing it does, which progressives have so far failed to do in any coherent message, is explain why certain services (police, fire, health care, etc) […]

Buddhism For Dummies – I Don’t Think So

posted by Jerry Kolber

I recently noticed that the “For Dummies” franchise had a book called “Buddhism for Dummies”.  This made me laugh. Buddhism is a philosophy (and, in some areas of the world, a religion) full of deep-sounding expressions, lots of quiet time […]

The Third Kennedy Brother: Best Memorial (So Far) by Joe Biden

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Vice President Joe Biden crying while speaking of the third and last of the Kennedy Brothers. My favorite memorial thoughts so far. I do hope they follow Robert Byrd‘s advice and name the health care bill after Kennedy, complete with […]

Thich Nhat Hanh in Hospital with Pneumonia

posted by Ellen Scordato

Beloved Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is in Massachusetts General Hospital being treated for pneumonia. The text of his letter from the hospital and more details are available at the Oxherding and Zencast blogs. (photo from Plum Village) The […]

Remember Ted Kennedy by giving the American people real health care coverage

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Ted Kennedy died late last night. He spent his career fighting to get health care coverage for all. May his legacy be completed by passing real health care reform in the coming months as a fitting tribute to him.

Sikhs are nimble too

posted by Greg Zwahlen

In the Times “On Religion” blog this weekend was an article about a young Sikh group that meets in Manhattan. It was described as “a Sikh version of what religion scholars call the emergent movement, a growing trend toward small, nimble, […]

I Am (Not) The Blue Cheese

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past weekend I went to a homecoming party for a friend who I haven’t seen in about a year. Seeing this friend for the first time in such a long time brought up some things that made me think […]

Plus-size Glamour model & Mindfulness of Body

posted by Ellen Scordato

Glamour magazine showed a plus-size model with a belly! Stop the presses! Photo!(Click on the link to see it, because Glamour owns the photo.) This seems like an incredibly lightweight (ahem) topic for a Buddhist blog post, but returning from […]

Constant Immigrant: District 9 Review and The Lazarus Project

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This week I had the opportunity to read and see two radically different narratives about the traumas of immigration, and I thought I’d offer each a short review:  the movie was District 9 by South African Neil Blomkamp and the […]

Buddhism and Sexuality: What would Sid say about me being gay?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 he was supposed to […]

Woah Frosting!

posted by Patrick Groneman

I’ve never been so shocked by someone unveiling a cake to me as I was when last Friday my girlfriend Jen showed me the special Mandala Birthday cake she made for me. It was a delicious as it looks.  May […]

Dharma Literature: Reincarnation, Karma, and Ken Grimwood’s “Replay”

posted by Paul Griffin

Reincarnation as a theme does not lend itself easily to discussion or literary treatment.  So where does one turn in our culture for discourse on that difficult philosophical subject?  Many, if not most, of the Buddhists I know are perfectly […]

Hardcore Dharma: Gambling on Happiness, Betting With Lojong.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last week I didn’t post because my computer broke.  It’s fixed now.  I won’t go into details – talking about your computer breakdown/revival is like telling someone your dream, extremely interesting for you, extremely boring for them.  However last week, […]

Young. Black. Buddhist. Woman… In Kansas?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is a guest post for the One City Blog. —–Evelyn Cash is a Soto Zen and Vipassana meditation practitioner living in Wichita, Kansas. She works as an engineer. —– No matter how you slice it, I am definitely in […]

In the Times today . .

posted by Greg Zwahlen

An interesting piece by Robert Wright about his first experience with a Vipassana retreat, and his anticipation of the second one he will shortly undertake. .  . . I attended my first and only silent meditation retreat. It was just […]

Greening our amusement (parks)

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Kirsten & her very enthusiastic husband getting ready to ride another roller coaster My husband is what you would call a roller coaster enthusiast. By the end of this roller coaster riding season, he will have ridden 218 different roller […]

10 Of the Best Websites for Buddhism

posted by Jerry Kolber

I wake up early every morning, meditate, make coffee, write a bit and usually check out a few sites online. Besides the Interdependence Project One City blog, which I humbly submit manages to have a more relevant, lively, and consistent […]

Podcast: “The Mindful Leader” with Michael Carroll Part 2

posted by Patrick Groneman

“Let the greatness infuse every detail” – Michael Carroll This week on the ID Project Podcast we have Part 2 of a very lively Guest Lecture by Michael Carroll.   Michael is author of Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader […]

Public displays of meditation

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I’ve never done anything like this . . .  

The Five Fabulous Behaviors

posted by Emily Herzlin

“The world that we live in is fabulous. It is utterly workable.”  – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, The Sanity We are Born With The current discussion on Buddhism and Psychology going on at the ID Project has been centered around Chogyam […]

Buddha of the Month

posted by Ellen Scordato

This month there’s two BoMs! Two friends of mine, who don’t know each other, just ran into one another in Bangkok on their peripatetic ways. This walking buddha is posted in their honor.Fotograf / Photographer: Heinrich Damm  I just returned […]

What would Sid do: sometimes the sangha are just jerks

posted by Lodro Rinzler

photo courtesy of hollywoodtoday.net. Yes, really. 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 […]

Dharma Philosophy: Emerson’s “Circles”

posted by Paul Griffin

Emerson’s essay “Circles” is a wonderful piece of dharmic writing.  The essay, a short twelve pages of meandering and profound prose, is a meditation on religion and time and the natural world.  In short, Emerson discusses a view of reality […]

Podcast: “The Mindful Leader” with Michael Carroll Part 1

posted by Patrick Groneman

“Confidence and vulnerability are the exact same thing” – Michael Carroll This week on the ID Project Podcast we have Part 1 of a very lively Guest Lecture by Michael Carroll.   Michael is author of Awake at Work and The […]

Want to lose weight? Eat mindfully.

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Photo courtesy of Kirsten FirmingerIn a new research article being published in this month’s Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Alan Kristal and colleagues found that people who eat mindfully (defined as those were aware of why they ate […]

Secularizing Buddhism–Making it Accessible or Stripping the Roots?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A Guest Post for the One City Blog by Vince Horn of Buddhist Geeks (Full Bio Below). It’s a very common and hip thing today to want to make Buddhism secular.  Many very worthwhile organizations and movements have this as their guiding […]

5 Reasons My Dharma is Better Than Your Dharma

posted by Jerry Kolber

I’ve been putting this off for a while, but since yesterday’s conversation here with Buddhist Geeks Vince Horn pretty much started a blazing meteor shower of comments, it’s time to come out and say it – my dharma is better […]

Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 3 More Years

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Burma’s fake leaders had Burma’s rightful leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, sentenced to three more years in prison. At least the sentence was commuted to more house arrest. Damn. I hope Obama makes a statement about this. But he might […]

When in Limbo, Hit the Cushion

posted by Emily Herzlin

I find that during periods of major change in my life, the notion of a daily meditation practice is met with a mental aversion so strong that even looking at my meditation cushion ready and waiting for me in the […]

Shopping For a Spiritual Practice – Insight Meditation Retreat

posted by Patrick Groneman

(photo courtesy of Doug Olsen) This past week I endeavored on my first ever week-long meditation retreat in the beautiful and inspiring Massachussettes Landscape at the Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center.   The most consistent question I have been asked by […]

Is Facebook Making Us Paranoid?

The journal CyberPsychology & Behavior recently published the results of an interesting (though somewhat unsurprising) study entitled “More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?” The short answer is yes- increased Facebook usage can contribute to […]

Taking Climate Change Seriously

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A growing number of policy makers are starting to consider Global Warming and Climate Change nothing less than a national security threat, according to an article in the New York Times today. (photo from unicef.org)

Right Livelihood: Would Sid do it for the money?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 he was supposed to […]

Dharma Literature: Flannery O’Conner

posted by Paul Griffin

As a devotee of religious literature, I recently read Flannery O’Conner’s novel Wise Blood, and I realized that I increasingly read everything though a kind of dharmic lens.  Meaning, even if a book isn’t particularly dharmic, I find a way […]

What do you read Hardcore Dharma? Words, words words.

posted by Julia May Jonas

My favorite aspects of Buddhism were not brought forth by SickestBuddhistgate and the winding rhetoric of comments that followed.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy getting down with analysis.  I do. But I’m not fond of when awareness practitioners […]

Practice Check-in

posted by Jerry Kolber

I thought it might be useful to share a quick check-in on my own personal practice. Lately I’ve had plenty of opportunities for distracting thoughts, which is just great for practicing meditation.  I mean, if you want to hone your […]

Setting sail for the plastic vortex

posted by Kirsten Firminger

As reported by the Mercury News, Project Kaisei researchers have sailed to collect data about the Great Pacific Garbage patch (or plastic vortex), which is created by plastic debris and other trash brought together by ocean currents. Some scientists estimate […]

Buddhist Meditation, Global Warming, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

posted by Ethan Nichtern

How can mindful people do something about Global Warming and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? What does Buddhist Meditation have to do with healing the planet? Interdependence Project and One City‘s very own Jerry Kolber was published today over at […]

The Sickest Buddhist (Video Removed), Lululemon and Spiritual Materialism: So Overrated

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So Arj Barker of the great HBO show Flight of the Conchords (well, Season one was great at least) made this send-up of meditation students and people who practice yoga for all the wrong reasons.  (UPDATE: The Video is now […]

Buddhism and Baseball

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m practicing lovingkindness meditation as part of Hardcore Dharma’s investigation of three specific meditation practices. Specifically, I’ve been following the very explicit directions in Sharon Salzburg‘s* classic book, Lovingkindness. But I’ve been applying them to baseball. Specifically, the New York […]

Is This Week’s New York Times Modern Love Written By a Buddhist Lady?

posted by Julia May Jonas

Saturday my friend and I had a discussion about what is really meant by the oft-ill translated Buddhist statement:  Life is Suffering.  This week in The New York Times Modern Love column , author Laura A. Monson I think gives a […]

Followers of Thich Nhat Hanh Face Trouble in Vietnam

The Associated Press is reporting that Buddhist monks at nuns at the Bat Nha monastery in central Vietnam are being ordered to leave by Communist authorities. According to reports, telephone, power and water have been shut off and the monastery […]

Buddhism and the Environment: Is Mindfulness Meditation Enough?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I had the honor to be interviewed about Buddhism and Ecology by Rod Meade Sperry at the Shambhala Sun Blog last week. Check out the audio interview at the above hotlink. Also check out Rod’s great website, The Worst Horse […]

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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 conference — named after his book of the same nam

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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 impermanence on my mind recently. I've talked about it her

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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 revolution based on authentic action. A social movemen

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