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Health Care Reform: Government is Good and Chuck Grassley is a Predator

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern The gentleman to your left seems not to like his job much at all. Maybe we should help him find a new one. As the Senate Finance Committee debated the Public Option‘s inclusion in the Health Care […]

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Buddhism is Not A Religion Part 3: The Truth Shall Set You Free

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber is an award-winning film and TV producer and writer and is on the board of directors of The Interdependence Project.  Past projects include Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The Eden Myth, and Inked.  Upcoming projects include Bank […]

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Adventures in learning how we buy less – Part 1: The start of my journey

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger I am finally collecting data for my dissertation. It is focused on people living in New York City who have voluntarily chosen to buy less. I launched the survey last Thursday and I am already amazed at […]

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“Nones” to go Buddhist? Andrew Sullivan and the God and Country Blog

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen The US News and World Report God and Country blog reported last week that a recent Trinity College survey found that in the next twenty years, the percentage of Americans who report “no religion” may increase from […]

Thich Nhat Hanh monks ejected from Vietnamese monastery

posted by Ellen Scordato

Nonviolent followers of Vietnamese Zen teacher and world-renowned author Thich Nhat Hahn were violently ejected from the Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong province in Vietnam on Sunday. The monks’ ejection followed months of tension. (photo AFP)

The Comfort of Wherever You Are

posted by Stillman Brown

by Stillman Brown I wasn’t able to make it to last night’s Heartcore Dharma class on “Aspiring and Entering Bodhicitta,” so I thought I’d blog about something more personal. Several weeks ago, the partner of a good friend of mine was […]

Yom Kippur 2009: Atonement – Karma isn’t Just a Buddhist Thing

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern As your typical half-jew, half-protestant, God-loving agnostic and Buddhist practitioner, I wanted to wish everyone a very fruitful Yom Kippur 2009. Someone mentioned to me that they think atonement and fasting, seem un-Buddhist, because of the possibility […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Pema Chodron on Tea Boys, Race Riots, and World War III

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A good Buddhist quote on how annoying people can turn into bitter enemies, and how Buddhism uses the “tea boy” analogy to keep your enemies as close as you can. “The story goes that Atisha was told that the people […]

Pop Zen or The Branding of Buddhism: Remix

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn Cash A few weeks ago, Jerry Kolber wrote an article on this blog about the Branding of Buddhism.  His piece presented an intriguing argument for branding and popularizing Buddhism in order to make the Buddha’s valuable teachings available […]

What would Sid do: Buddhism and abortion

posted by Lodro Rinzler

by Lodro Rinzler    Angulimal, photo courtesy of shunya.net 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 […]

Dharma Poetry: Jane Hirshfield

posted by Paul Griffin

A few weeks ago I blogged about Tyler Doherty, a fine contemporary Buddhist poet, and Gary Gach of Tricycle Magazine posted a comment.  I looked Gary up and found out that he hosts a lively Haiku Corner blog at Tricycle’s […]

Envisioning a Dzong

posted by Davee Evans

an actual dzong. photo by miles_lane by Davee Evans Some things poignantly remind me that I’ve just moved back to San Francisco — a city that I so dearly love — like cold, foggy evenings; bells ringing from street cars; or discovering […]

Why We Meditate: It’s Cheaper Than Adderall

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern This November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon in the window displays of ABC Carpet & Home, […]

Buddhism is Not a Religion: The God Problem

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber I am going to continue exploring where I left off last week with my question:  is Buddhism a religion or a way to approach living?  The ONLY reason I think this question matters is that the ideas […]

Dalai Lama in Memphis: Fist Bump is the New Namaste

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern According to the Associated Press, the interim Mayor of Memphis, Myron Lowery concocted a new way to greet His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Fist Bump! Yes, that’s right. He also said “Hello, Dalai.” Apparently his Holiness was […]

Making our voices heard: A week of taking action on Climate Change

posted by Kirsten Firminger

European leaders are saying that Americans do not have the will to take action on Climate Change. They are highly concerned that we will (again) ruin the efforts being made to set “legally binding and internationally enforceable targets for reductions […]

Coldplay ‘s Chris Martin to Teach Jay-Z Yoga?

posted by Patrick Groneman

Jay-Z ‘s got ’99 problems’ but a stanky yoga mat ain’t one. Jay’s been opening for the UK based band Coldplay the past month and has noticed the flexible on stage presence of Lead Singer Chris Martin: ‘Chris hasn’t tried […]

Autumn Quotes About Fall: Chogyam Trungpa on the Natural Hierarchy of Four Seasons

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Happy Autumn! Enjoy this quote about fall from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala: “The Four Seasons have a natural hierarchy of restriction, openness, celebration, practicality–and then restriction again. We could talk about the functioning of governments or any organization, […]

The ultimate truth is fearless

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen Over the last few days our friend Waylon Lewis, editor at elephant journal, blogged about allegations he had recently discovered about Chogyam Trungpa. Waylon was convinced they were false, and suggested that a reference to it on Wikipedia, be deleted […]

Buddhist Leader Karmapa: “Video war games satiate my feelings of aggression”

posted by Patrick Groneman

Today is The International Day of Peace! The Karmapa recently shared one of his methods for avoiding aggression … by playing video games! “All of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, displeased emotions and we need to figure out […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

B-B-B-Buddha of the week! A lovely wheatpaste piece up on Bogart Street, inBushwick, part ofBrooklyn, it’sBuddha! Thanks to IDP member Patrick Groneman for this photo. Would be great if the wheatpaste artist came forth too — spread it around!

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Economist Jared Bernstein on Hell and Heaven

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Since the last quote provoked a surprising discussion, here’s another from Economist Jared Bernstein, Chief Economic Adviser to  Vice President Joseph Biden, and apparently, a fan of Buddhism. His book was given to me by Senator Eric Schneiderman, recently honored […]

Music and Meditation

posted by Evelyn Cash

Music has a lot of power.  It can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can bring back memories long forgotten and it can help you create new ones.  I love music and my tastes are about as […]

What would Sid do about my party-hardy neighbor?

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 Poetry: Robert Creeley

posted by Paul Griffin

I am sitting here thumbing through Robert Creeley’s Selected Poems, 1945-2005.  There is much song and delight in these lines.  And love.  Creeley’s an old crooner.  Because of my dharma poetry series, I am also, of course, searching–rather narrowly, I […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: What Kind of Karma Do You Drive?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“There is another issue that has important implications for how Buddhism will adapt to a more global role in the future. Karma has been used to rationalize racism, caste, economic oppression, birth handicaps and everything else. Taken literally, karma justifies […]

Buddhism is Not A Religion Pt. 1: Buddhists on a Plane

posted by Jerry Kolber

In today’s post I’m going to continue explaining why Buddhism, despite there being religious organizations called Buddhism, is not inherently a religion and is a technique and way of living that is applicable to anyone, EVEN IF they choose to […]

Podcast: Reflections on 21st Century Dharma with Ethan Nichtern, Julia May Jonas and The Buddhist Geeks

posted by Patrick Groneman

One City Bloggers Ethan Nichtern and Julia May Jonas recently teamed up with Buddhist Geeks Vince Horn and Ryan Oelke to discuss the state of the Dharma in the 21st Century.   Some of you may remember Vince’s guest post on […]

What should we do when our tap water is not safe?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

If you have not yet read the article on America’s Toxic Waters published by the New York Times this week, may I suggest you check it out. While I have been reading about concerns with our water supply more and […]

Meditation at war

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Time magazine, along with a number of other news outlets, ran a profile recently about a program called “Warrior Mind Training” being used by the U.S. Army to “train its 1.1 million soldiers in the art of mental toughness.” The Defense […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

Buddha of the week, courtesy of Dharma Dave S, Maloneki, and boingboing.net Pears grown in the shape of a buddha. Whoa!

Monday Night Heartcore Dharma: Bodhisattvas Have More Fun

posted by Stillman Brown

“We can practice as Bodhisattvas in one moment and practice as devils in the next moment…We can have characteristics of the Bodhisattva at any time.”  -Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Last night saw the launch of a new Heartcore Dharma Ongoing […]

“Crushed by Love” Transcript Available, Purna to Return to IDP

posted by Patrick Groneman

A few months ago Triumurti community founder Purna Steinitz delivered a rare public talk at the IDP on the topic of practice in relationships.  Since then “Crushed by Love” has been one of the most downloaded episodes of the IDP […]

Ego-Check: Kanye West Out of Control at 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Question of the Day: I came across this interesting piece about the 2009 MTV VMA’s last night: Kanye West took the mic out of the hands of Taylor Swift as she was accepting an award, and went on a massive […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Joy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“There is something suspect about our inability to enjoy anything.” -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Pioneer of contemporary Buddhism and meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche was my parents’ teacher and my teacher’s parent (figure out that lineage […]

The Best Laid Plans

posted by Evelyn Cash

My husband and I have a motto that we try to keep in mind when ever we go on a trip: “Don’t let the plans get in the way of the journey.” It’s a line from an episode of the […]

What would Sid do: is it okay to masturbate?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

photo shot by the author in williamsburg, nyc 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 […]

A Buddhist 9-11 commemoration

posted by Greg Zwahlen

If you’re in New York City tonight and would like to commemorate 9-11 in a Buddhist fashion, Rev. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki will be releasing paper lanterns off of Pier 40. The Reuters FaithWorld blog has the story. I’ve always found the […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: 9/11 Quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Remembering September 11th today. A 9/11 Quote for us to meditate upon: “Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. […]

You Lie Obama, and Joe Wilson is Your Pre-Existing Condition

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“You Lie,” Obama. Would any congressman dare to disrespect President Bush this way, even though he actually lied in front of congress many times? Hey guys, remember WMD? I can’t imagine so. Joe Wilson of South Carolina called the president […]

President Takes Bill Moyers’ Advice: Obama’s Speech on Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I especially loved the end of President Obama’s speech last night. I am not sure if Obama saw Bill Moyers on Real Time with Bill Maher, or watched Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, but he did  speak verbatim of Health […]

Getttin’ Busy Gettin’ Quiet

posted by Julia May Jonas

Autumn, siren of red and gold, harbinger of tweed and velvet jackets, of renewed promises and vigor, clear sun-ed autumn you come to us once again.  You have come Autumn, shoving the margarita out of our hand and replacing it […]

The Branding of Buddhism

posted by Jerry Kolber

One thing that the Buddhist community doesn’t seem to think about very much is branding.  Gasp! Branding and Buddhism? I’m sure some Buddhists would find this hideously inappropriate, and they may be right.  But, following up on my post two […]

Recycling can be fun!

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I am currently on my honeymoon in Australia (yay!). As I have previously mentioned in my blog about greening amusement parks, my husband is a roller coaster enthusiast. This (of course) means that we have been riding some roller coasters […]

Young People Meditate to Deal with Facebook Stress

posted by Patrick Groneman

A recent Boston Globe article points to a trend of young adults turning to Meditation as a means of dealing with the speed up of life that comes from becoming an adult in the age of the internet: “At a […]

Update: President Obama’s School Speech vs. Reagan’s ’88 School Speech

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Via Daily Kos, a parent in Ohio sent this note to school with their daughter regarding Obama’s school speech. I wish my mom would’ve written permission slips like this for me: “Despite the warnings of right-wing radio hosts, and fullycognizant […]

Dances With Skunks: My Summer Dathun

posted by Stillman Brown

Folks who’ve been to Karme Choling, Shambhala’s retreat center in the Green Mountains, agree that it’s a pretty special place. After all the striving and frustration and noise of daily life, it’s extraordinary to find yourself in a spacious, verdant […]

Happy Labor Day: Buddhist Quote on Relaxation

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Take it easy today, ladies and gentlemen, before the fall madness gets into full swing, before Obama’s Speech Wednesday on Health Care Reform, before we all die sooner than we think. Relax. That’s really the point (or one point) of […]

Dharma Poetry: Tyler Doherty

posted by Paul Griffin

          Big nasty-looking blue-black hornet    with obscene dangly stingerweaves in & out          of rusted white Chevy’s dented                                       front grill–         pancake flat back tire tilts the rig        cobwebs around the plough                                                             (10:50 am) […]

Facebook Status goes Viral On Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I just opened my Facebook page today and got bombarded with friend after friend who had posted the following to their facebook status: “Ethan Nichtern believes that no one should die because they cannot afford health care, and nobody should […]

Dharma Arts and Dance

posted by Ellen Scordato

Silvery wading pools! Dance! People in the trees! . Queens, New York: center for dharma arts Buddhism and the arts: From Zen calligraphy to the compositions of John Cage and Meredith Monk, to the Beasties and Lou Reed, dharma and […]

Zen and the Art of the Scam

posted by Evelyn Cash

Last Saturday, I fell victim to one of the oldest scams in the book.  A young man came to my door working on a “contest” and looking for my help.  He said that in order for him to gain points […]

Ben & Jerry’s Hubby Hubby: Gay Marriage and The Americone Dream

posted by Ethan Nichtern

In honor of the passage of Vermont’s same-sex marriage law, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that for 30 days (only in Vermont), “Chubby Hubby” ice cream will be sold as “Hubby Hubby.” Stephen Colbert‘s Americone Dream could not be reached […]

Health Care, Blue Dogs, Town Hall, Obama – Haiku Contest!

posted by Jerry Kolber

This week’s entry began as a long angry article about the scarcity-and-fear-based argument against universal health care and making sure that all humans in the United States are able to be healthy.  It ended as a western-form Haiku that would […]

Tracking our trash

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I think this is so cool. MIT is conducting a research project which involves inserting “smart” chips into objects that become trash, which are then tracked in order to learn where all our trash goes. As they state on their […]

September Quotes: Summer is Impermanent, So Is Thich Nhat Hanh’s Pneumonia

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This September Quote is attributed to the great master Thich Nhat Hanh (who has been discharged from the hospital, awesome!)

Questions from A Yoga Newbie

posted by Emily Herzlin

A question for meditators and yoga practitioners: As a meditator, I’ve wanted to get into yoga for a long time now. I finally went to my first real yoga class at OM Yoga, a center located near Union Square in […]

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