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A Kiss Halloween Contemplation! How Dressing Up as Paul Stanley Might Provide Access to Buddha Nature

posted by Jon Rubinstein

I’m dressing up as Paul Stanley this Halloween. My six year old son Eli’s going as Gene Simmons, and my wife, Amy, as Peter Criss. Our nine year old daughter Lily is going as Hermione Granger. As much as we […]

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Halloween Quotes: Chogyam Trungpa on Fear and Fearlessness

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan NichternWhat better time than All-Hallows’-Eve for halloween quotes about fear and fearlessness? What better teacher than Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Happy Halloween everyone! Go to the places that scare you, homies. (ugly Golden Buddha costume from buycostumes.com – […]

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Heartcore Dharma: Always (and Only) Be Cheerful

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown This week’s Heartcore Dharma discussion at the I.D. Project ended with a short contemplative meditation and discussion led by Juan-Carlos on the Lojong slogan of the week: Always Maintain Only a Joyful Mind This particular slogan, and […]

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It’s Business Time

posted by Patrick Groneman

Meditating Businessman

The Buddha at Work – “Generosity: What’s In It For Me?”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

by Jon Rubinstein Ready for some musical inspiration? How’s that for a kick in the ass? I’ve never really noticed that before, how this song is all about the virtue of generosity. Way to be mindful, Jon! As Thich Nhat […]

Hip Hop Legend The RZA Discusses Buddhism on Shambhala Sun Blog

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern From the “Never-Thought-I’d-See-The-Day” Department, Hip Hop Legend and Wu Tang Clan charter member, The RZA, was interviewed about Buddhism, Right Speech and the Heart Sutra for the Shambhala Sun blog by my good friend Rod Meade Sperry. […]

Larry Johnson Suspended for Twitter Slurs

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber This week finds Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson suspended for anti-gay Twitter slurs against a coach. Of course, he is free to say whatever he wants to whoever he wants. Twitter may find that he […]

Only 35% of Americans feel that global warming is a serious problem

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger According to new polling done by The Pew Research Center, only 35% of Americans feel that global warming is a serious problem, down from 44% of those surveyed in 2008. Only 36% feel that there is solid […]

Podcast: Natural Wakefulness Pt.2 with Crystal Gandrud

posted by Patrick Groneman

“Wakefulness is our natural state: enlightened, complete, perfect in wisdom and compassion. It’s not something outside ourselves that we need to attain or become. But it’s also true that some effort is required to get in touch with it–and that […]

DharmaWorm: Reading the Dharma

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin In Buddhism, the three avenues to understanding are study, reflection, and meditation.  To study is to listen to the teachings and to read the texts.  To reflect is to think about the material and to make it […]

Why We Meditate: Because Practice Can Cure Hangovers?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon […]

Adventures in Comparing Mind

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn Cash I was voted “most competitive” in my high school senior yearbook. I would get a 95% on a physics test and be happy with it until I saw that a friend of mine got a 97%. I […]

What would Sid do: Living with a non-meditator

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 […]

Heartcore Dharma Drawing

posted by Stillman Brown

Michelle Provenzano is a New York-based artist and I.D. Project regular who is often inspired to create drawings as part of her engagement with the Heartcore Dharma series. Here is a drawing inspired by Monday’s discussion on The Three Disciplines. 

The Buddha at Work: The Six Perfections of Highly Effective People

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Remember that awesome Loverboy song, “Working for the Weekend”? Let me refresh your memory. I’m sure it’ll brighten your day: Not bad, right? I hope you’re still with me and didn’t run out to get a perm and a headband.

Concentration Without Effort: Meditation Theory vs. Actual Practice

posted by Ethan Nichtern

By Melissa Kirsch I recently developed a mild but irksome case of writer’s block. I dreamed someone important in my career had built me a tightrope.  I like when dreams are so explicit as to require a minimum of parsing: […]

Twitteleh, Balloon Boy, and Reality Television

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber. Jerry is a media obsessed Buddhist televison producer in New York City. follow him at twitter.com/JerryKolber – or on Twitteleh. Before we get to Twitteleh, some thoughts about reality television.  When I heard about balloon boy flying […]

DharmaWorm: Reading the Dharma

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin In Buddhism, the three avenues to understanding are study, reflection, and meditation.  To study is to listen to the teachings and to read the texts.  To reflect is to think about the material and to make it […]

What are you doing on October 24th International Day of Climate Action?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger October 24, 2009 is the International Day of Climate Action. It is a global call to action to put our world on course to get back to 350 ppm. 350.org states that “350 parts per million is […]

Podcast: Guest Lecture – “Deep Abiding Change” with Purna Steinitz

posted by Patrick Groneman

“It is useless to try to willfully change ourselves. We are much too entrenched in our own habitual patterns and in maintaining physical and psychological survival. In fact, sometimes the more we focus on trying to change ourselves, the more […]

Idiot compassion and panhandling

posted by Greg Zwahlen

The late Buddhist master Chogyam Trungpa described a dynamic he called “idiot compassion” as follows: Idiot compassion .  .stems from not having enough courage to say no. . . .In order that your compassion doesn’t become idiot compassion, you have […]

The Balloon Boy Story: Suffering Exemplified

posted by Stillman Brown

The Balloon Boy story – a Colorado family released a UFO-like weather balloon and pretended their son was aboard to garner media attention – has gotten weirder and weirder since it’s inception as a relatively mundane Child In Crisis news […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Meditation in Everyday Life

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Greetings from the Shambhala Sangha Retreat in gorgeous Vermont, where I am acting as a meditation instructor under the awesome mind-heart training, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the coolest Buddhist teacher this side of the Himalayas, in my humble […]

Kiva: Micro-Loans Can Make a Big Difference

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn Cash I really don’t watch much TV anymore.  When I want to catch up on the shows I’m interested in, I turn to Hulu.  A few weeks ago, began noticing ads on Hulu for a website called “Kiva” […]

Dharma Poetry: Mahmoud Darwish

posted by Paul Griffin

Here is the dharma poem of the week, a wonderful poem by Mahmoud Darwish. I Was Not With Me Staring at the ceiling, resting my face on my hand, like some- body stealing up on a fresh idea, or lying […]

Buddhism and activism: How would Sid produce social change?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 […]

Podcast: Natural Wakefulness with Juan Carlos Castro

posted by Patrick Groneman

“Wakefulness is our natural state: enlightened, complete, perfect in wisdom and compassion. It’s not something outside ourselves that we need to attain or become. But it’s also true that some effort is required to get in touch with it–and that […]

Enlightenment without retreat?

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans How about a year off? NY designer Stefan Sagmeister does this every seven years. He shuts his design firm, and heads off to work on personal projects for creative renewal. Watch his views on taking time off […]

The Buddha at Work: Right Speech in the Movie Business

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Jon Rubinstein I’m a talent and literary manager. Recently, a problem was brought to my attention regarding an upcoming release. So we all got on the phone–movie studio executives, publicists, agents, and myself–to discuss the situation and see if […]

Senate Committee Passes Health Care Reform Bill

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber What the hell happened to health care reform? It turns out that not only is Barack Obama not some sort of savior, messiah, or angel, as his post-election pre-office halo seemed to suggest, he is also not […]

Buddhism’s Notorious B.I.G.

posted by Patrick Groneman

by Patrick Groneman See it’s all about the cheddar, nobody do it better. “Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news” – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Propaganda flashback – The US Government wants YOU to conserve

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger According to the United States government (during World War II), it is your patriotic duty to waste less and recycle more. All of these propaganda advertising images are courtesy of Duke University’s Ad*Access digital image database. Click […]

Spiritual Warrior Death in Sweat Lodge in Sedona, Arizona

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato This past weekend I clicked thru on a link in a tweet from a buddhist poster, and discovered what led to several articles about the sad deaths of two people at the Spiritual Warrior in Sedona, Arizona, […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Do You Need To Be A Vegetarian To Practice Meditation and Yoga Properly?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Both yoga and Buddhist meditation philosophy ask practitioners to refrain from the act of killing – whether directly or indirectly – as much as possible. In the American yoga communities I am part of, vegetarianism is fairly […]

Heartcore Dharma: Obstacles to Generosity

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown The first part of last night’s Heartcore Dharma class at the Interdependence Project was spent discussing dana, or the quality and practice of generosity. This got me thinking about one aspect of generosity with which I have shamefully […]

Learning to Sit Down and Shut Up

posted by Evelyn Cash

The truth is, I’m an accidental Soto Zen Buddhist.  When I initially learned to meditate, I had little interest in sticking to any particular tradition.  I liked to call myself a “non-denominational” Buddhist and didn’t really see a need to […]

Dalai Lama Talks To Wolf Blitzer About Apparent Snub From Fellow Nobel Winner Obama (Video)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Nobel Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, about his apparent brush-off from the newest Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Barack Obama. The Dalai Lama, in the fashion of embodying peace, was quite gracious. […]

Thich Nhat Hanh Day 2: Nourish Obama and Eat Mindfully

posted by Patrick Groneman

by Patrick Groneman I too, was lucky enough to get tickets to see a very timely talk by Zen Monk Thich Nhat Hanh today in New York City.  He spoke of the importance of building peaceful and compassionate communities, just […]

Thich Nhat Hanh: A Day of Mindfulness

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin I’ve just returned from a day of mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh.  This wonderful daylong program at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan was sponsored by the Omega Institute.  The focus of TNH or Thay’s message was building […]

Obama Nobel Peace Prize For What? Rachel Maddow Explains While Thich Nhat Hanh Embodies Peace

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern All day yesterday, many of us, myself included, were saying to ourselves, they gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize, For What? On the day that our President was awarded arguably the most hopeful award that exists on […]

Buddhism and Alcohol: What would Sid drink?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

image courtesy of the Museum of anti-alcohol posters 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, […]

Baby Practice: Being A Mindful Buddhist Father

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin I am attending the Thich Nhat Hanh program this Saturday at the Beacon Theater in New York City.  I’ll be sure to report back tomorrow, Saturday, with a blog entry on what goes down (the schedule calls […]

Committee Awards Barack Obama Nobel Peace Prize for 2009: First Sitting President Since Woodrow Wilson To Win

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Hope renewed? The Nobel Committee in Norway has awarded President Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. According to the Washington Post, the award was given “for his work to improve international diplomacy and rid the […]

Letterman. Mitterrand. What about your guru?

posted by Davee Evans

from Davee Evans Sex is in the news again, surprise surprise. I’m hearing nightly about David Letterman‘s confession of romantic affairs, and recently rehashing Frederic Mitterrand‘s prior sexual purchases as well. The latter, according to the AP, stemming from his […]

Why We Meditate: To Be Less of A Jerk

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon […]

Will Artificial Intelligence Be Compassion Machines?

posted by Patrick Groneman

by Patrick Groneman The top thinkers in the world of Future Study, Transhumanism and advanced computer programming recently descended upon the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan for the Singularity Conference to discuss all things Artificial Intelligence.  The question on everyone’s […]

Health Insurance and the Public Option

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber is a writer, filmmaker and television producer based in New York City. His personal site is at www.JerryKolber.com and you can follow him on Twitter. Past projects include Inked and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and he […]

Obama, The Dalai Lama, and The GOP: Are Republicans the Defenders of Tibet and Human Rights?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern File this under world turned upside down–or under political opportunism–depending on your viewpoint. According to The Hill, Republican lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for failing to support Tibetan rights and human rights in general by not […]

Sailing the plastic vortex: Video highlights

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger Following up on my previous post, Setting sail for the plastic vortex, which focuses on Project Kaisei researchers who are studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, I found that they have posted up some great new videos […]

The Dalai Lama isn’t being “real?”

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen Foreign Policy published an article not long ago by Wen Liao called Why the Dalai Lama Needs to Get Real.  Liao writes: Advocates of Tibetan rights are disappointed that Barack Obama has chosen not to meet with the […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Dealing With Emotions

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is one of the finest Tibetan Buddhist teachers in America, in my humble opinion. Funnier than most comedians and sharper than most scholars, I would encourage you to check him out. Somebody buy this […]

What Book Would You Grab on a Sinking Ship?

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown A quick Heartcore Dharma update: In case you missed it, last night Acharya Eric Spiegel rocked the Interdependence Project in New York with a guest lecture on the Bodhisattva vow. Be sure to check the ID Project […]

Vampires, Zombies, Buddhism and the Undead

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato Pop culture thermometer: Cold. Deathly cold. Cold and dead is hot. Zombieland was the top-grossing movie this past weekend. . Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was one of the near-moribund book publishing industry’s few runaway success stories last […]

Obama Postpones (Avoids?) Meeting With Dalai Lama: Change We No Longer Believe In?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern According to the Washington Post, President Obama has postponed meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama until after a summit with Chinese Leader Hu Jintao. The Post claims this is an attempt to avoid ruffling feathers and […]

The Death Knell of “Funeral Buddhism” in Japan

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn CashI came across this story yesterday from the Buddhist Channel reporting that as the religion dies in Japan, Buddhist priests are resorting to desperate measures to try and regain followers.  The priests are trying everything from anime DVDs […]

What would Sid do: 7 steps that make for a “good Buddhist”

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 […]

Dharma Poetry: William Blake

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin I attended a meditation retreat with my teacher Reggie Ray last weekend at the Tibet House in New York City.  Reggie Ray is a wonderful and gentle dharma teacher who was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche […]

Finding a job, sitting in the woods

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans What kind of livelihood works best for a contemplative practice? To afford more meditation retreat time, I switched from full time employment to freelancing; and over the last four years my plan has partially succeeded, but it’s […]

Why We Meditate: Because Alan Grayson, Kanye West, and Joe Wilson Don’t (Yet?)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon […]

October Quotes: (A Buddhist?) Walt Whitman on a Spiritual America

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern An October Quote to start the month. Question Number One: What does a Spiritual America look like, and is there a difference between “spiritual” and “religious?” Question Number Two: Was Walt Whitman America’s First Buddhist? Or just […]

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Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face
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