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Buddhist Quote of the Day: Thich Nhat Hanh Says Do Your Dishes Before You Change The World

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern This is one of my all-time favorites quotes, and we discussed it in the Meditation in Everyday Life course last week, part of the awesome Way of Shambhala curriculum. It always brings me back to Earth […]

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Would Sid eat meat?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Unlike Sid, Lodro’s dog Tillie is a big fan of the turkey 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 […]

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2009: What Would Jesus Buy? Heifer International?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern (for more about IDP, visit the Interdependence Project‘s main website) Welcome to the day of the year with the strangest name: Black Friday 2009. Next comes Cyber Monday 2009. The name feels like an apocalypse, or […]

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Thanksgiving Quotes: The Dalai Lama on Precious Human Life

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern (Something to contemplate while basting turkey or tofurkey) A Precious Human Life Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, […]

The Buddha at Work – “Take Your Cushion to Work Day”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Throughout this week, while everyone’s minds were on the upcoming holiday and the four day weekend, I found myself slightly distracted, trying to figure how to address the next of the Six Paramitas and how it applies […]

Can You Give Thanks for Enough? …the Real Thanksgiving

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber, IDP, follow me on Twitter . For more about the IDP check out The Intderdependence Project website As talk turns to turkey, pilgrims, stuffing, and Black Friday, I offer you the best and most accurate children’s Thanksgivingpresentation […]

Me, myself, and I and I

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen I’ve always been fascinated by multiple personality disorder (or dissociative identity disorder, as it is now properly called). My fascination increased a couple of years ago when I read a rather lurid book called The Myth of […]

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato Thanksgiving, a particularly American holiday, is coming up on Thursday. What are we giving thanks for? What am I grateful for? What are you grateful for? These kinds of questions get asked a lot around this time […]

Gaga For Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” With Meaning

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern(for more information on the Interdependence Project, visit http://theidproject.org) I’ll admit it, I’ve been listening to Lady Gaga this last week. Her new album The Fame Monster is out today. Call it a Bad Romance, and call me […]

Going on Retreat, Leaving the iPhone

posted by Evelyn Cash

In one week, I’ll be heading to the Atlanta Soto Zen Centerto sit my first 7 day retreat in honor of Rohatsu, the Japanese Buddhistholiday commemorating the Buddha’s enlightenment.  My plan is to pack light, no checked luggage,just a backpack […]

What would Sid do: My underage son is drinking

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 with his life, […]

“Getting To Yes” – Unintentionally Mindful?

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown I had a fight with a close friend last week, one of those wrenching, existential blowouts where you argue each other in to a kind of hysteria of extreme positions and begin asking yourself, “who is this […]

Every Buddhist household needs one

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans When I saw this clock created by artist Bertrand Planes, I thought every Buddhist household needs one. I’d put mine right by the door, so I couldn’t miss it as I left for work each morning. It’s […]

The Buddha at Work – The Joy of Effort!

posted by Jon Rubinstein

How amazing is Stevie Wonder? Check out this performance from 1973. I like to imagine myself watching this at age 3, but chances are I was watching Sesame Street. So what in the heck does this have to do with […]

Dharma Poetry: Octavio Paz

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin The tantric teachings on the subtle or energetic body were an aspect of the dharma to which I responded very strongly when I first discovered Buddhism.  Why?  Two reasons.  First, I found that I basically lived my […]

The Charter for Compassion: Karen Armstrong’s Vision

posted by Jon Rubinstein

by Jon Rubinstein I’ve been writing elsewhere about the Charter for Compassion which launched on November 12. The Charter is the fulfillment of Karen Armstrong‘s 2008 Ted prize and comes from Armstrong’s observation that every religion, without exception, shares a […]

Women In Buddhism: The Thai Nun Controversy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Rafi Santo, Director of the Interdependence Project‘s Integral Activism Program In an unprecedented historical act, Ajahn Brahm (full name: Ajahn Brahmavamso), a senior monk in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravadin Buddhism, conducted a full ordination at his Australian […]

Back to the Basics: The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path

posted by Evelyn Cash

By Evelyn Cash Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking a step back and revisiting some of the very basic teachings of the Buddha.  I think it can be helpful from time to time to go back and reconsider […]

What would Sid do: Trust and Forgiveness in Buddhism

posted by Ethan Nichtern

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, […]

“Sit Down Rise Up” From Behind the Lens

posted by Stillman Brown

Volunteer (and One City blogger) Paul Griffin with the streets to himself at dawn By Stillman Brown For 24 hours last Friday and Saturday volunteers from the ID Project sat in the large display windows at ABC Carpet & Home […]

Shopping For a Spiritual Practice: Intro to Zen

posted by Patrick Groneman

by Patrick Groneman Last weekend I continued my search for a spiritual practice by taking part in the Zen Mountain Monastery’s “Intro to Zen Training” Retreat, a weekend toe dipping into the Mountain and Rivers Order manifestation of Soto and […]

The Buddha at Work – Smackdown Against Anger – “All We Need is Just a Little Patience”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

In a shocking twist, I’m not going to post the Guns ‘n Roses video here. The lyrics just don’t have that much to do with what we’re talking about. We’ve been discussing the Six Paramitas, as they’re called in the […]

A Journey into Right Livelihood with Etsy

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Handmade crafts marketplace Etsy‘s blog The Storque highlights one of their vendors, Zeke, who recycles glass bottles and makes them into glasses, carafes, and planters. Zeke seems like a great example of living Right Livelihood. To Zeke, Right Livelihood is […]

The Power of Coincidence

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber, special to the Herald, author: Three Dollar Dinner Over the past few weeks I have been incredibly aware of co-incidents.  The power of coincidence seems to be playing a large role in my life and I am […]

Patriotic Veteran’s Day Quotes: The Buddha on War

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern I thought this was a good patriotic quote for Veterans Day: For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: Hatred ceases by love alone, this is an eternal law. -The DhammapadaSayings of the Buddha My […]

A minute of silence

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen I don’t mean to take anything away from U.S. war veterans, but I think this quote from Kurt Vonnegut (in Breakfast of Champions) is apt this morning: When I was a boy, all the people of all […]

Building and safeguarding Buddhism in the West

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen  People study meditation and Buddhism for all sorts of reasons, with varying levels of interest. That said, it seems safe to say that the vast majority have modest aspirations for it, modest levels of interest in it, […]

Meditation Marathon: Dealing with Distraction

posted by Paul Griffin

I sat the graveyard shift at the meditation marathon.  The 3 am drunkards definitely served as mara-demon quality distractions.  Reminded me of Milarepa meditating in his cave:

Meditation Marathon and the Inextricability of Disco and Tonglen

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato SO much to say about the Interdependence Project 24-hour meditation marathon in the windows of ABC Carpet & Home, a high-end home furnishings store in Manhattan, this weekend. My angle here: Was this anything more than a […]

Sit Down Rise Up: Come Say Hello!

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown If you live in New York, take a stroll by ABC Home and Carpet at Broadway and 19th St. before tomorrow at 7PM to lend your support (or just say hi) to the ID Project’s Sit Down […]

What would Sid do: Working with fear

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: Guest Lecture – “Buddhism and Shamanism: Working with Energy” with Robert Chender

posted by Patrick Groneman

Robert Chender has been a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala tradition for many years, and is also a student and practitioner of certain shamanic traditions, including the Munay-ki initiations of the Inca shamanic tradition.  In this talk he explores […]

Medical Marijuana and Tantra

posted by Davee Evans

from Davee Evans The recent shift in medical marijuana policy reminded me of the infrequent and yet ongoing conversation about Buddhism and drugs. I recently read a paper published at Erowid, titled Psychoactive Plants in Tantric Buddhism, specifically discussing cannabis […]

The Buddha at Work – “Ethics, Shmethics, So Long as I Get Paid.”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Often in business, we are confronted with shortcuts, with opportunities to bend our integrity just a little bit, in order to enrich ourselves. This might mean financially, or taking credit where it isn’t due, or avoiding a difficult situation we […]

Why We Meditate: Sittin’ In The Morning Sun, Sittin’ When The Evening Come

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern This is the last installment of “Why We Meditate” before the 24 Hour Meditation Marathon. On Friday and Saturday, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest […]

Buddhism is Not a Religion Part 5: Why I Sit

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber Jerry is a writer and producer of film and TV based in NYC. His site about how to cook cheap delicious organic meals is at www.ThreeDollarDinner.com.It’s hard to believe in Judaism and also believe in Christianity, but […]

Meditating, In Public, on Broadway For 24 Hours. No, I Am Not David Blaine

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern This Friday 7pm, Until Saturday 7pm, The Interdependence Project is putting on what promises to be a very cool event. We are meditating, as a group, for 24 hours straight, in the storefront windows of this place, […]

Meditate New York!

posted by Ellen Scordato

Closely following on Greg Zwahlen’s excellent post, “Why I am not a Tibetan Buddhist ” with its thoughtful look at the panorama of Buddhist traditions available to practitioners in the USA today comes Meditate NYC, an opportunity to sample the […]

Stimulus dollars at work: Greening homes for the winter

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger One of my favorite magazines, GOOD, put up this great video looking at the intersection of green job creation, what happened to some of the federal stimulus money, helping the environment through reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and […]

Why I am not a “Tibetan Buddhist” (anymore)

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen If you’ve received meditation instruction at a Shambhala center, or at an Insight Meditation Center, a zendo, or the ID project, the very first thing you probably learned was that it is possible to look directly into […]

DharmaPoetry: Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin As music director of the Milarepa Children’s Chorus, I thought it was about time I shared a poem, a doha, by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche that my kids sing in the chorus.  What is the Milarepa Children’s […]

Bill W. and Buddha: Connections Between Meditation and the Twelve Steps of AA

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Rosemary McGinn I’ve always wanted to eavesdrop on a conversation between Siddhartha Gautama and Bill Wilson (the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous). I think they’d get along great: Both of these men found paths out of suffering in their own […]

Mindfulness and the Brain

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn Cash For those of us who can’t get enough articles detailing the science behind mindfulness and how it affects the brain, here is a recent article from Psychology Today: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness.  I know I personally love […]

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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 ...

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