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A Handful of Leaves (is free)

posted by Greg Zwahlen

In our What are the Sutras? meditation and study classes at IDP-NYC, the free translations of early Suttas by Thanissaro Bhikkhu and others–available on Access to Insight–have been an invaluable resource. The site often provides more than one translation, which is an added […]

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Dharma Poetry: W. H. Auden, a Reflection on Haiti and Human Suffering

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin Because of the earthquake in Haiti, human suffering has been on my mind.  Today, I wanted to share a W. H. Auden poem that deals with the theme of suffering.  I haven’t written a Dharma Poetry blog […]

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Podcast: Dealing with Anger Pt. 2 with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

The Buddhist philosophical and psychological teachings include in-depth instructions on the destructive power of anger, as well as the possibility of channeling it to unvail insight and compassion. This three part series focuses on an understanding of what anger is […]

Buddhist Warfare?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

At Religion Dispatches is an article by Michael Jerryson, one of the editors of the just released book Buddhist Warfare. I haven’t read the book yet, but the article has some interesting points that are worth addressing.  Jerryson writes that the book […]

Meditating with a Baby

posted by Paul Griffin

Probably like many others, I am in the midst of my new year’s kick to meditate more.  So yesterday, I found myself diligently sitting down to meditate even though Iris, my little eight month old girl, was up and running […]

Podcast: Dealing with Anger Pt. 1 with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

The Buddhist philosophical and psychological teachings include in-depth instructions on the destructive power of anger, as well as the possibility of channeling it to unvail insight and compassion. This three part series focuses on an understanding of what anger is […]

Another cycle begins

posted by Davee Evans

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Sit Down and Rise Up – Letting Go

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Damaris Williams A little over a month ago on November 6, I and many members of the IDP community sat down for the Sit Down Rise Up 24 Hour Meditation Marathon in the window of ABC Carpet and Home. […]

The Happy Place

posted by Jerry Kolber

On a day when the Northeast is being soaked with rain and Google’s on fire with searches for the tiger woods latest update, I was thrilled to receive the latest update from my anonymous Facebook friend We Happy Now.  I […]

Dharma Poetry: Hafiz

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin In honor of Jessica Rasp‘s new four-week-long course on the 14th century mystic poet Hafiz, I’d like to share a Hafiz poem today on the ol’ blog.  Hafiz is similar to the more well-know Sufi poet Rumi.  […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato On a recent visit to San Francisco, I visited the Japanese Tea Garden and ran into this wonderful bronze buddha statue. photo courtesy mark rifkin/twi-ny.com There really was something that struck me about this statue at that […]

Recite the Heart Sutra Three Times and Watch This

posted by Patrick Groneman

Link to Heart Sutra

Heifer International for One Stop Holiday Shopping

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber. Follow Jerry on Twitter. Ethan mentioned Heifer International here on the blog a few days ago and I’ve been reading more about this fantastic organization. I wanted to offer a little more insight as to why Heifer […]

Meditation in Action: Practice Off The Cushion

posted by Paul Griffin

by Paul Griffin My partner Erin and I had a baby girl six months ago, and largely because of little Iris’s existence I’ve had more trouble getting to the cushion recently than in all my seven or so years of […]

Diamonds in the birch

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen Lately I’ve been reading Tibeto-logic, a fascinating and helpful blog by scholar Dan Martin. It was there that I discovered this interesting interview with Prof. Paul Harrison, one of the world’s leading scholars of Mahayana sutras.  

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. 

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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!

“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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rick Astley Dead? No, We’ve Been Rick-Rolled

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Rumors of Rick Astley’s Death are false, ladies and gentlemen. In fact, supposedly today has seen massive internet rumors of the deaths of George Clooney, Britney Spears, and others. Apparently Britney Spear’s fake death was due to a hacked twitter […]

Pina Bausch dies at 68

posted by Julia May Jonas

Pina Bausch died Tuesday, five short days following her cancer diagnosis. German choreographer bad-ass, founder of the groundbreaking company Tanztheater, and one the most beloved dance innovators of my generation, Pina Bausch’s death is a shock.  

Dharma Poetry: Gary Synder’s “Riprap”

posted by Paul Griffin

As I look out my window and pray for a cessation of this rain, I am packing for a weekend of camping in upstate New York.  I am eagerly awaiting the smells of the woods, the wet grass, the burning […]

Michael Jackson Dies After Possible Heart Attack

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson is Dead,  after going into cardiac arrest. Michael Jackson, like him or hate him, might be the biggest icon of Generation X. Ever. Everybody dies, even Michael Jackson dies. Death is real, it comes […]

Can a bunny be enlightened? I give you the Buddha Bunny…

posted by Kirsten Firminger

This year at the Burning Man Project, a 20 foot bunny is going to seek enlightenment. How do I know this? Well, last year I contributed a leaf to a New York based multi-media art project I thought was cool […]

In Review: Adi Shankaracharya

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I recently rented “Adi Shankaracharya,” the first and only movie made entirely in Sanskrit. It’s a biopic of Shankara, an 8th century Hindu saint who was perhaps the most important exponent of Advaita Vedanta (a Hindu tradition).I can’t say the […]

Podcast: “Contemplative Prayer in Christianity” Part 2 with Father Thomas Ryan

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the ID Project podcast is Part 2  Father Thomas Ryan‘s Guest Lecture at the ID Project. Part 1 contrained an outline and history of a form of Christian Contemplative Meditation known as Lectio Divina (“Active Listening”).  In […]

The Strange Institution of Death

posted by Stillman Brown

Last weekend I attended my very first funeral for the son of close family friends. His death, at ten years old, was a tragedy. While his passing wasn’t unexpected – he had been sick with several different types of cancer […]

Norman Fischer’s Plan B

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Zoketsu Norman Fischer, a senior dharma teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center, has an interesting article in the latest issue of Buddhadharma magazine (a portion of which is available online). In the article he states that as a teacher, he has […]

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings July 13 & Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

So the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor are set for July 13. Let the projections begin! There are lots of projections out there, but the most mystifying yet illuminating may well be this one, sent to me for this week’s […]

Dharma Poetry: Stephen Dunn

posted by Paul Griffin

If you haven’t read Stephen Dunn, and you like your poetry, pick up his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Different Hours and enjoy.  I find myself returning to this slim volume time and again. While the entire book is enchanting in its […]

Dharma Art: Michelle Provenzano’s “Brain Friend”

posted by Stillman Brown

Inspired by our Hardcore Dharma discussion from week 10 on the 3 Marks of Existence, Michelle Provenzano, a New York-based artist and meditator, created this drawing called “Brain Friend.”.

Podcast: “Contemplative Prayer in Christianity” with Father Thomas Ryan

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the ID Project podcast is Part 1 of an inspiring Guest Lecture by Father Thomas Ryan. In it, he leads our community through a form of Christian Contemplative Meditation known as Lectio Divina (“Active Listening”).  He also […]

Words as Walls

posted by Jerry Kolber

Today I got news that one of the documentary projects I’ve been trying to get financing for will likely get both financing and distribution, and collaboration from the perfect partner. Great news, and my initial reaction was energetic excitement. Within […]

1 in 11 Americans meditates?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

According to an article yesterday in USA Today, meditation, “once thought of as an esoteric, mystical pursuit . . . is going mainstream.” One might argue that if it’s in USA Today, it already is mainstream, but in any case. . […]

What I Did For Love – The 2009 Tony Awards

posted by Emily Herzlin

For many theatre devotees, this past Sunday was the dramatic equivalent of the Superbowl – the Tony Awards. When I was younger I got so excited for the evening and watched it on TV with my family, but in past […]

David Carradine and the lure of the East

posted by Ellen Scordato

As has been noted, actor David Carradine died recently, in Thailand, under circumstances suggesting an autoerotic asphyxiation accident. There. That’s about it. (photo by Jano Rohleder) Lead singer of INXS, Michael Hutchence, died similarly 12 years ago, in Sydney, Australia. […]

The Search for David Carradine’s Death Photo

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The world continues to mourn one of the pseudo-masters of eastern spirituality, David Carradine, in our culture’s peculiar way: we are dying to see the Carradine hanging photo. Thai Rath, a local paper, has supposedly published a Carradine death photo, […]

Everyday Superheros and Wrathful Buddhas

posted by Ellen Scordato

The superhero lives! Maybe even down your block.The costumed superhero is a peculiarly American fantasy. But it’s not a fantasy anymore. As CNN reports, everyday citizens who want to help their communities are putting on tights and masks to do […]

Dharma Poetry: Rilke and Rodin

posted by Paul Griffin

Rilke, like Rumi or Gibran, wrote almost exclusively about the spirit.  Or course I feel in over my head trying to say something new and insightful about Rilke’s works–“A god can do it.  But tell me how a man / […]

JD Salinger sues JD California for Phony Sequel to Catcher in the Rye

posted by Julia May Jonas

  JD Salinger is suing pseudonymous John David California for penning an unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye.  The 90-year-old reclusive author, currently living in New Hampshire, objects to California’s projection in which Holden Caulfield, at 76 years old, […]

Non-Dogmatic Spiritual Practice in the 21st Century_a.k.a_Jesus is My Studio Assistant

posted by Patrick Groneman

co-written by Nuala Clarke and Patrick Groneman (aka namenorg) Nuala: I was walking down the Bowery and afriend told me that the next show at The New Museum was called Youngerthan Jesus.  Got it…younger than Jesus when he died at 33 […]

Susan Boyle’s 2nd Performance: Video of the Day

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Susan Boyle’s 2nd Performance on Britain’s Got Talent was another hit. Check out the youtube clip of her Semifinal song at the 2009 competition:

Buddha of the Month of May

posted by Ellen Scordato

submitted by Roger Padmakara Bygott, a One City reader from the UK:A Buddha Rupa in the Manchester Buddhist Centre. The rupa was sculpted by British Buddhist artist Chintamani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order. Roger is an amateur photographer […]

A.I.: Friend or Foe?

John Markoff’s article in The New York Times today, The Coming Superbrain, looks at the potentialities and risks of developing “self-aware and superhuman” machines. What ensues is the usual debate between those who believe that this type of artificial intelligence (A.I.) is the […]

Ego Joke

posted by Patrick Groneman

Wow! And you can buy it on a t-shirt too!  Thnx Jen

Dharma Art: Michelle Provenzano’s “The 3 Yanas”

posted by Stillman Brown

Each week, New York-based artist Michelle Provenzano creates a drawing based on our weekly discussion at Hardcore Dharma. Here is her work inspired by the teaching on the 3 Yanas. 

Dharma Poetry: Mark Strand

posted by Paul Griffin

The fundamental thesis of the dharma poetry series is as follows: Many poets have long been expressing the dharma through their chosen medium of poetry.  Now that’s a grand statement, full of big words like “poets” and “dharma” and “poetry,” […]

Video of the Day: John Cage and True Zen

posted by Ethan Nichtern

John Cage, Zen student of D.T. Suzuki, wrote the following piece.Brilliant display of orchestral meditation, or too gimmicky and easy to achieve?

Podcast : “Fame, Success and Other Illusions” with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

In this week’s podcast Ethan leads a discussion on how the Buddha’s teachings of the 8 Traps of Hope and Fear (Tradionally called The 8 Wordly Concerns) relate to our daily battles with success and failure.  How do we try […]

Do Human Hearts Carry Memories?

posted by Patrick Groneman

I found this series of videos on Heart Transplant recipients who retained memories from the late anonymous donors whose heart they carry.  The series starts with more emotional “homecoming” type stories but soon moves into some hard science that points […]

Dharma Poetry: Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

posted by Paul Griffin

What a joy to spend time with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s poetry!  A student of mine canceled this afternoon, so I had the good fortune of having a few free hours to sit on my balcony–which, incidentally, my girlfriend has recently […]

Coming Out Buddhist

posted by Jerry Kolber

When I came out to my parents in my early 20’s, it was not a big deal. I’d known I liked guys for a while, and had mainly waited because A) I was still sleeping with girls AND guys  and […]

Reif Larsen Gets Sympathetic Joy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Jealousy strikes us all in different ways. Sympathetic joy, (mudita for those of you pali/sanskrit geeks) refers to a  a series of  guided meditations offered by the Buddhist tradition to overcome the insidious human poison of envy. I have found […]

Video of the Day: Twitter, Flutter, and Attention Deficit Society

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A hilarious send-up of attention deficit society brought to you by Slate and “Flutter“ I really like the phrase “Attention Deficit Society.” 

Oh I’m Still The Top, Alright

posted by Emily Herzlin

So apparently, after 12 fantastic years, I am no longer #1. “Emily” has lost its spot as the most popular name for girls. Now it’s Emma. Whatever.

Buddha of the Month

posted by Ellen Scordato

Welcome to Buddha of the Month, a (roughly) monthly post that features images of the Buddha in contemporary art, popular culture, fine art – or wherever the tathagata catches our fancy. This one’s by seminal video artist Nam June Paik: […]

Podcast “Wisdom of No Exit” with Jessica Rasp

posted by Patrick Groneman

The topic for our open Monday discussions this month all center around Pema Chodron’s book Comfortable with Uncertainty.  Jessica Rasp recently led a class on “The Wisdom of No Exit” and kicked things off with an except from a great […]

Worst Comparison Ever? Or, The Stereotyping of Smart

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So there’s a growing trend comparing Barack Obama to Spock.

Painting as an Act of Compassion

posted by Patrick Groneman

Co-Written by Nuala Clarke and Patrick Groneman “Painting is a medium in which the mind can actualize itself; it is a medium of thought…Painting is…the mind realizing itself in color and space.”  – Robert Motherwell  On Friday May 1st, the […]

Dharma Poetry: Philip Appleman’s O Karma, Dharma, pudding and pie

posted by Paul Griffin

I was on the train, reading poetry, when I stumbled upon a delightful Philip Appleman poem that I thought simply must be included in the dharma poetry series.  Yes, indeed!  The poem begins as follows: O Karma, Dharma, pudding and […]

Star Trek: I’m So Frackin’ Excited!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Yup Yup. James T. Kirk and Spock have found the fountain of youth. 11th time’s the charm.

Across generations of mothers

posted by Kirsten Firminger

It amazes me when I think about how interconnected mothers and daughters are and how we shape each other over generations. As I look at the path of my life, I realize that I would have never have gotten to […]

Podcast: “No Fear of Fear” with Juan-Carlos Castro

posted by Patrick Groneman

That Hope and Fear image that Ethan included in his last post was designed by IDP Teacher Juan-Carlos Castro to accompany his talk called “No Fear of Fear”, which addresses the fear of space and tactics of avoiding space. Lucky […]

Who Needs a Horizon?

posted by Patrick Groneman

This Here and There Map is a really interesting integration of intuitive and analytical map experience.  You can easily locate yourself within your immediate surroundings as well as look off to the horizon and see your potential destinations…so cool.  This […]

Melting Eyescream

posted by Patrick Groneman

Dharma Poetry: Allen Ginsberg’s Wichita Vortex Sutra

posted by Paul Griffin

Allen Ginsberg is arguably the most well-known Buddhist poet.  Famously, he met Chogyam Trungpa on the streets of New York–as they were vying for the same cab.  They shared the cab and discovered during the trip that they were both […]

Go Jerry!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out our very own Jerry Kolber, Buddhist filmmaker extraordinaire, interviewed on Cnn.com today. Embedded video from CNN Video

Podcast: “Logic vs. Feeling” with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

What dynamic exists between our logical mind and our intuitive mind?  What practices can we develop to more mindfully navigate our concepts and experience? In this week’s Podcast “Logic vs. Feeling”, Ethan leads a discussion to explore some of these […]

One City Blog is Officially Launched on Beliefnet!

posted by Patrick Groneman

Dear All One City Readers, Our blog has officially moved over to Beliefnet! To get there follow: http://onecityblog.com Let’s continue all the great discussions over there! Direct URL is: http://blog.beliefnet.com/onecity/

Zen and Psychoanalysis

posted by idpguestblog

There’s an interesting article in the New York Times Magazine today entitled Enlightenment Therapy chronicling a Zen Master’s  journey through psychoanalysis. It gets at an interesting dilemma- the way the experience of non-self can be used in the service of repression and avoidance.  The author, […]

Lay on Me

posted by Patrick Groneman

Action!

posted by Patrick Groneman

The Activism wing of the ID Project went Fast and Furious Full Throttle this weekend during our Day of Practice in Action on Sunday.  There was some Furiously Fun Sewing, Petitioning and Street Theater going on.  This is the Full […]

Hardcore Dharma: A Staggering Discourse of Conceptual Magnitude (or HCD, What Have You Done for Me Lately?)

posted by Julia May Jonas

What Hardcore Dharma discussed last week:* The 5 Skandhas. What they are: 1. Form 2. Feeling 3. Perceptions 4. Mental Formations and 5. Consciousness. What they mean: Forget sugar, spice, slugs or snails.  These aggregates, boys and girls, are what we are made of.  They’re […]

Commecial Break

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber posting off schedule but this one made me think of the IDP immediately. Courtesy of ALRDesign.com blog ; can you imagine a US bank making this commercial? And no that is not Bea Arthur.

Week 4 of Hardcore Dharma: Keep Yourself Warm

posted by Stillman Brown

A line from the Thich Nhat Hanh reading for tonight about Right Action caught my eye: “Loneliness cannot be alleviated just by the coming together of two bodies, unless there is good communication, understanding, and loving kindness,” (The Heart of […]

Does Mindful Always Mean Polite?

posted by Jerry Kolber

Sunday’s day of Activism turned out to be an incredible experience, making new friends, seeing new faces at the IDP (shout out: Team Timberland!), making tons of amazing bags, doing hilarious street theater, and gathering signatures and handing out pledge […]

Tapping the source

posted by omphalina

For my responsible consumption month pledge, I am not using any take-out beverages – soda, water, coffee, etc… I have found my reusable aluminum bottle to be one of the best purchases I have made so that I can have […]

Podcast: “Studying Untruth” with Jessica Rasp

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the IDP Podcast, Jessica Rasp leads a talk about “Studying Untruth” as it relates to Daniel Goleman’s idea of “Destructive Emotions”.  You can download a podcast of the talk here.  Get a full list of our podcasts […]

“Upside down” world

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I like this map.

Top “Green” Chef?

posted by Emily Herzlin

Maureen Dowd’s last article in Sunday’s Times got me thinking… We all know it’s great to eat locally grown food and to cook your own meals, and I wonder: Are restaurants bad for the environment? I did some research and […]

Integral Activism Sunday – pix!

posted by Ellen Scordato

Check out the Bagmonster, Patrick Groneman, and more IDP folks as they engage in some Integral Activism, Sunday April 19, in downtown NYC. It’s Responsible Consumption Month at the IDP. Ck it out! Photos courtesy Melanie Einzig. Thanks, Melanie!

We Are Moving to Beliefnet

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey One City Readers and I.D. Project Community, This is your heads up that within the next week or two, we will be launching the One City Blog on Beliefnet.com, a much larger spiritual website.

Obama and immigration reform

posted by Greg Zwahlen

A guest post by Lauren Bulfin. Friends of mine who have followed Obama’s misadventures with the economic stimulus package, have taken to asking me: “How is Obama different from any other president we’ve had? I thought he was about change.” […]

Lexus: Reinventing Awareness or Dulling it?

posted by Patrick Groneman

From the fine print:

Dharma in Poetry

posted by Paul Griffin

The dharma is elusive. It speaks to us so plainly, then turns, shifts in its seat, and to me, seems complex again. In principle, the essential ideas are straightforward: keep it real, let things be what they are, be kind. […]

Week 3 of Hardcore Dharma: Is Comedy Right Speech?

posted by Stillman Brown

[UPDATED] If you’re just tuning in, check out posts on week 1 and week 2. Apologies to the Hardcore crew. I wasn’t able to be at Hardcore Dharma last night. My excuse is legit but excuses aren’t very hardcore. Recalling […]

Birthday Buddhism

posted by Julia May Jonas

Today is my birthday. I am 28. Hurray! Two years ago today, when I turned 26, my sweet, loving friends, who cater to my youngest child it’s my BIRTHDAY ridiculousness far more than they should, spent the day with me. […]

The Hipster Chute

posted by Jerry Kolber

Woke up cold, coffee on my mind. Still dark out but the kind of neverdark that passes for dark in Manhattan. Fucks with your mind not ever seeing stars, but that’s another story about the homeland for some other time. […]

A month of Responsible Consumption practice

posted by omphalina

Starting this Friday – April 17, 2009,  the Interdependence Project is going to be practicing 30 days of responsible consumption. (If you are in the NYC area, please come to our Kick Off Party – see here for more info.) […]

Podcast: “When Things Fall Apart” with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week’s podcast is a discussion led by Ethan on the theme of Pema Chodron’s Book “When Things Fall Apart”.   The talk was Recorded in New York City on March 23, 2009. You can download a podcast of the […]

Thank you internet

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Over the last few days the internet has allowed me to be in contact with people I probably would not otherwise have reached. I appreciate it! Here’s a rundown.

Um…Are We Screwed?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Most Scientists say yes. Check Here. What’s the use in thinking this way? Are we really screwed, or do human beings just love having an apocalypse complex? Maybe I should just take the day off and go swimming…

Holy Moses!

posted by Emily Herzlin

An Imagined Dialogue about Passover Characters: MOSES and EMILY (AKA Emily Herzlin) Please note: I am not schizophrenic, just a little bit eccentric. This is what happens when I let my inner dialogue play out. Or maybe I’ve just been […]

From Zero to Zenventy: Wax off, wax on practice

posted by Ellen Scordato

Recently I spent four days on a Zen* retreat at the wonderful Southern Dharma Center (SDC). Pretty serious. Four-plus hours a day of zazen; silence for three-and-a-half of those days; and hour of silent work practice every day. Gong at […]

The Interdependent President…Or Just Like Bush?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

On the heels of Michelle Obama being equated to a great Bodhisattva on Huffpo, The President’s weekly address uses the language of Interdependence more than any speech I’ve ever heard by any US President. Check it Out in the video […]

The Practice of Finding Space

posted by idpguestblog

A goal I’ve been working with lately is cultivating a feeling of spaciousness. It’s a theme that seems to be emerging in many aspects of my life- whether in the readings for Hardcore Dharma or one of my psychology classes to conversations […]

Buddhist for Passover

posted by Greg Zwahlen

A guest post by Lauren Bulfin. After years of neglecting Jewish traditions, at best using the religious holidays as an excuse to socialize with friends, my mother decided, for reasons beyond my comprehension, that 2009 was the year to hold […]

Michelle Obama: The Essence of Maitri?

posted by Patrick Groneman

From a Huffpost article by Ed and Deb Shapiro: Michelle Obama’s combination of honesty and kindness is the essence of maitri–a Sanskrit word that means unconditional friendship with oneself, and from there the feeling of unconditional friendship with all others. […]

Eldorado to the Moon

posted by Patrick Groneman

Perhaps my excitement over finding Mike Nesmith videos shows my youth, but what’s not exciting about Astrounauts dancing on the hood of a pink eldorado that is flying over the moon?  And how about how amazing that song is?  It’s […]

Seen in One City: Beautiful Rituals

posted by Ethan Nichtern

My favorite Buddhism-studying, Judaism-propagating, skateboarding, NYC-former-hip-hop kid Evan Rock leads about 60 of his hipster friends through the Passover Seder on 2nd night of Passover. I love ritual, even though the story of Passover is quite a wrathful one.

Hardcore Dharma: The 12 Nidanas

posted by Julia May Jonas

TF, good little yupster/slave to her body that she is, needs her yoga.  TF was sick and busy and wasn’t able to get to yoga for about a week and a half, (which, since TF prefers to go 3 to […]

Week 2: Hardcore Dharma at the Annoy Ourselves Project

posted by Stillman Brown

Last night was the second meeting of the new Hardcore Dharma class, which critics have already hailed as a commercial and critical success. Since our first class books have been purchased and (incomprehensible) sutras puzzled over. We began by reviewing […]

Symbolic gestures – earth hour 2009

posted by omphalina

Maybe I am just a crab, but I found the whole concept of “Earth Hour” to be ridiculous. For those of you who may have missed it, Earth Hour was an event that happened March 28, 2009 where businesses, governments, […]

Podcast: Q and A with Brad Warner

posted by Patrick Groneman

On March 25 Brad Warner stopped by the Interdependence Project to discuss topics from his new book Zen Warpped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. After telling us a bit of his personal history he lead us in a very interesting […]

The jury-rigged, symphonic human brain

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Last month there was an unbearably sad story in the Washington Post magazine, about parents who forgot their kids in cars with fatal consequences. Read it here.

Seen in One City: You’ve Already Lost

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Go Iowa, Go Vermont. From Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal: Oh, by the way, I do weddings.

Thoughts from a JuBu, Part 2: Passover

posted by Emily Herzlin

Last year at my dad’s Passover seder, I made more than my fair share of comments about how out of touch I felt the Haggadah we were using was. For the non-Jewish Buddhists out there, a Haggadah is the special […]

Hardcore Dharma is the Best Buddhist

posted by Julia May Jonas

In 1994, Mary Pipher penned the classic psychology-porn book Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls.  Thus identified, many an angsty adolescent girl (myself included/higlighted) in the mid-90’s pored over this tome, gleefully fantasizing about developing the dramatic psychosis […]

Week 1: Hardcore Dharma is a Go

posted by Stillman Brown

“The Buddha didn’t care about malas or incense – he was interested in how the mind works.” -Ethan  For the next nine weeks, Wednesday night at the Interdependence Project will be a teeming morass of Buddhist teaching and inquiry called […]

The Heart Sutra

posted by Jerry Kolber

Not sure what to say this week, the only thing really on my mind besides writing a cookbook is that my good friend died on Thursday. She was 35 and had been battling cancer for a bit and was supposed […]

This is awful sweet

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Kirsten Firminger is off today.

Podcast: A Tantric Approach to Generosity

posted by Patrick Groneman

What happens when you open your hand let things flow?  Ethan explores the Tantric approach to Generosity in this week’s podcast available for download here.  You can get our full list of podcasts here, or subscribe via iTunes. If you […]

The Quiet Coup

posted by Greg Zwahlen

There is a major piece in this month’s Atlantic Monthly on politics and our economic meltdown, available here. It’s been getting a lot of attention, as the author is a very credible voice with alarming insights. Here’s the lede: The […]

The Couch and the Tree

posted by Emily Herzlin

I started reading this book, The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, edited by Anthony Molino. It is a compilation of essays, the first of which is titled “Psychology in Primitive Buddhism,” by Joe Tom Sun, published […]

Watching the Facebook

posted by Ellen Scordato

Facebook, twitter, internet radio – I love all that stuff. The interconnectedness, the interdependence: I find myself fascinated by how these online communities grow and change, both in themselves and how they change us. I’m not the only one of […]

Lydia Davis and the Buddhist Art of Fiction

posted by Paul Griffin

In my continuing project to identify instances of honest Buddhist thought appearing in Western culture, I would like to discuss the writer Lydia Davis today. Davis is a short story writer whose work blends poetry, philosophy and fiction. Many of […]

Podcast: “Crushed By Love” with Purna Steinitz Pt.2

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the podcast is part 2 of a great guest lecture by Purna Steinitz titled “Crushed by Love”.  Purna leads us through his process of “studying untruth” in our relationships and the practice of turning every poison on […]

Hardcore Dharma Chokes Up

posted by Julia May Jonas

I have a lump in my throat.  Like one gets when Dumbo visits his mom in elephant jail.*  My lump decided to visit my throat a week and a half ago and, except for a few hours of respite here […]

Photography: Meditation Action Direct (Sort Of)

posted by Stillman Brown

Jerry Kolber’s post below jives perfectly (is it blogdipity??) with my recent thoughts on a quote from one of Ian McEwan’s books about the meditative experience of writing. I wondered if writing or painting or composing or are direct routes to a […]

100 X 100

posted by Jerry Kolber

I came across a photo project by Michael Wolf, in which he photographs 100 of the residents of Hong Kong’s oldest public housing project in their apartments. Each apartment is 10 X 10, so it’s 100 people by 100 square […]

Rolling waves

posted by omphalina

Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, I am a water person. So, it is helpful to me to think about my breath as similar to waves on the shore. Just as the waves are only the tip of […]

The 12 Nid?nas: An Illustration

posted by Greg Zwahlen

This was sent around on the Shambhala listserv. I liked it, so I’m passing it along. (Note: the 12 Nid?nas are traditionally described as a process that spans three lifetimes or more. The Abhidharma-ko?a of Vasubandhu describes a scheme whereby […]

Podcast: “Crushed By Love” with Purna Steinitz Pt.1

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the podcast is a great guest lecture by Purna Steinitz titled “Crushed by Love”.  Purna leads us through his process of “studying untruth” in our relationships and the practice of turning every poison on our path into […]

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