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A little Friday encouragement for all us would-be activists out there: “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.” — Author Sydney Smith, qtd in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week

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How to cook collard greens

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Earlier this winter I decided to learn a new hobby: cooking. Nothing too fancy or involved; just regular meals that were healthier and cheaper than the restaurant food I’d been living on. And, as an added bonus, greener, because homecooked […]

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Eight years later and a whole new set of hopes

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With Barack Obama’s approval rating at 73%, and a public confident that he’ll deliver all the change we need, I can’t help but be reminded of another time progressives were so hopeful — or so shockingly disappointed: a little more […]

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Buddhist Merch

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My question for you dharma warriors: this is a good thing, right? The more mainstream yoga and Buddhist imagery gets, the more peaceful the world becomes …right?

Merry Christmas, Buddha!

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Here’s a quick link to pocketsimon’s latest buddhamachine — a special Christmas edition.  I’ve never been one to meditate with far-out music playing in the background (unless you count all that smoking-pot-while-staring-at-the-ceiling-listening-to-records I did in college as meditation), but I do like […]

Owning Ourselves: a Dharma Reading of A Mercy

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In her latest novel, A Mercy, Toni Morrison answers longing with self-possession.  Florens, a slave all her life, is dangerously in love with a blacksmith — a never-enslaved African from Benin who has come to her owner’s homestead to build […]

Did the Buddha drink green tea?

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Sometimes, in the mornings, I make tea before I meditate. Then I wonder if I should practice first, and drink the tea later (when it’s not so hot), or do something else, drink the tea, and then meditate. I’m a […]

The death of publishing? Read more blogs.

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By now the world has heard about Black Wednesday: the largest number of layoffs in book publishing announced in a single day, with Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt cutting hundreds of jobs, and the Doubleday group being cut […]

Wisdom: a book trailer, and some sage advice

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I’m not sure whether book trailers really do much to help sales, but they’re a fun concept, and some of them can be great. Here’s one promoting Andrew Zuckerman’s new photography book, “Wisdom.” It’s a collection of sage advice — […]

Getting Religulous: is religion really so wrong?

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Bill Maher’s new movie about the perils of major world religions isn’t especially hopeful. But if you need a little break from all the good feelings of hope and change going around right now (or maybe just a break from […]

Cultivating Courage

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Before the refuge ceremony last Saturday, Acharya Eric Spiegel talked with us about the meaning of refuge vows for lay practitioners. How do we “take refuge” if we’re not shaving our heads and joining a monastery? Stillman covered a lot […]

Divine Providence: text messages Sarah Palin did not send

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Providence can be defined as understanding, intent, and action. Maybe omniscience and foresight. I’m no Calvinist so I can’t really say for sure, but Divine Providence, apparently, can also smile and dance. I found this out this morning at five […]

Sometimes, happiness can be bought

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Three things that made me happy this week: 1. Black Mountain at the Williamsburg Music Hall ($16) 2. Ninjasonik at Lit ($6) 3. Thanks to the Brooklyn Bike Slug, this sweet new ride:

Eat Local? Whatever

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A few readers of the One City blog brought up a great point last week in response to my post about organic food, one that I think merits discussion of its own: is “eating local” even more important that eating […]

Is buying organic worth the extra $$?

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This summer I resolved to save a little money by cooking meals at home instead of going out all the time. Breakfast was easy: Cheerios, soymilk, banana, done. But when it came time to shop for meals at the grocery […]

Can a nation share bad karma?

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Reading international news these days can make anyone anxious or upset: a war in Iraq that’s dragging on for years, a new war between Russia and Georgia that could get even worse, a war in Afghanistan no one’s talking about, […]

East Coast vs. West Coast

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After a beautiful week in Seattle and Portland, visiting friends and participating in the PNWA writers’ conference (so many manuscripts! so little time!), I’ve started having day-dreams about moving west. One week isn’t much to base an opinion on, but […]

Meditating through psychological paralysis

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Cassie’s post this week has had me thinking a lot about meditating through difficult times… and the guts it takes to blog about it, too. I’m low on sharing vulnerability, but I’m going to take a line from Cassie — […]

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July Originally uploaded by seth_holladay Revolution is patriotic. So are fireworks! Here’s a map of where they’ll be in NYC tonight. And here’s a cool set of 4th of July photos on Slate.

Hey plastic bag monster: What about trash bags?

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Leah Ingram has a great post up on her blog today discussing the merits of biodegradable trash bags. Do they work? Are they worth it? A quick check of Amazon.com tells me they cost around 50 cents a bag, compared […]

Happy first day of summer!

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If you find yourself strangely sad, with inexplicable urges to overeat and overspend, it might be the fear of death that’s getting you down. According to a study publicized a few weeks ago in the New Scientist, “research demonstrates that […]

Happy Juneteenth, everyone

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Here’s your daily lesson in U.S. history: On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers in Galveston, Texas declared an end to the Civil War and read aloud a general order freeing the quarter-million slaves residing in the state. “Juneteenth” has come […]

Mingyur Rinpoche’s “Science of Happiness:” Buddhism, brain scans, and quantum physics collide

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The paperback edition of Mingyur Rinpoche’s The Joy of Living (Three Rivers Press, just released) is about to hit the NY Times bestseller list at #12, and everyone at my office is super excited (and conditionally happy). What better book […]

Novel concepts in book promotion: BRITNEY SPEARS BRITNEY SPEARS BRITNEY SPEARS BRITNEY SPEARS

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When a Justin Taylor first gave me one of Tao Lin‘s promotional stickers for his new book of poetry, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (out now with Melville House Press), my first reaction, after laughing, was to stop hating Tao so much. […]

Distracted! Or, when you’re too busy to meditate is probably when you need to most

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Like Stillman, I’ve been on sabbatical from the One City blog while finishing my master’s degree at Hunter and catching up with manuscript reading (and making translation deals!) at work. And, for the first time in about three years, I’ve […]

Tuesday linkage

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The news is always depressing. Here are two non-depressing things: A new column from David Brooks today: The Neural Buddhists. And a new blog, unrelated to the above: Things Younger Than John McCain Now that you feel better, send some […]

More boredom, please!

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It’s a rare day that things in the office where I work are slow, but this week couldn’t be more dead. My boss is at the London Book Fair. Her assistant is “busy” re-naming files on our network drive. And […]

Northern mixtape, Saturday

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I was going to post a blog consisting of a mixtape tracklist I made to accompany a short story I wrote, “Northern,” out now in issue 33:2 of the New Orleans Review, because this blog has had its share of […]

Dharma, blogging, book deals: recent news!

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Three great non-dharma-related blogs scored book contracts this month: Stuff White People Like struck a deal with Random House, Bent Objects with Running Press, and, my personal favorite, Not Eating Out in New York, signed up with Gotham Books. I […]

Absence: a non-explanation, with links to other things

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The news in Tibet: BBC, Reuters. Tricycle has some coverage, too. I’m reading the new Philip Roth novel right now, Exit Ghost, and am back into Nathan Zuckerman mode: not wanting to know anything about the outside world at all, […]

Post-Valentine

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Probably the best Post Secret in weeks is up right now: www.postsecret.blogspot.com And here’s some art to look at while you come down off the chocolate high: www.taramcpherson.com That’s all I got. Happy Friday.

Fairness in voting? Can it be?

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Forgive me for blogging out of turn, but I just read this article on Salon “you are a dork who reads political blogs” dot com and thought this might be a dharma issue for One City peeps to ponder. As […]

New Year’s what? I don’t even remember

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In one of my journals somewhere I have notes about what my New Year’s resolutions were. I’m sure I wrote them down . . . Anyone else remember what theirs were? Have you been keeping them? How’s that going? Mine […]

You me and the L train

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One of my closest friends announced today that she’ll be leaving New York for Portland in a month. My throat hurts and it’s raining. I haven’t finished the rest of the “Mara” story so I can’t post that. It’s Friday […]

Seedy bedtime stories: Richard Price and Sam Lipsyte at the Samovar

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Richard Price is awesome. And Sam Lipsyte is pretty darn amazing, too. Combined, they’re my excuse for not having a well thought-out blog this week. Their reading last night at the Russian Samovar, the first in a series of monthly […]

Self-image and the teenage girl: a review of Body Drama by Nancy Redd

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Here’s a book every pre-teen and teenage girl should own: Nancy Redd‘s Body Drama, just out this month from Gotham Books. I was lucky enough to see the author (and some of the young women in the book) read and […]

Mixtape Dharma: Trading Music, Sharing Love

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First of all, it’s freezing out. Nay, below freezing. In case you haven’t been outside. And if you’re reading this, whether you’re here in New York or elsewhere in Dharma Land, chances are you could use a little post-holiday giving […]

Love, Dorkdom and Desire: a Dharma reading of Oscar Wao

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Book publishing has all but shut down for the break between Christmas and New Year’s, the fall semester is over, and for the first time in a year I’ve had a full week of vacation to myself. It’s been so, […]

Too many parties (and a freaked out brain)

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This is a story about obsessional thought. Papancha. Differentiated from skillful thinking, contemplation, or miscellaneous monkey mind by the presence of suffering. Papancha sucks. How my dharma teachers Josh and Craig have explained it: you get stuck like a scratched […]

Drinking, reading, Buddhism: impossible?

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Last night was my first-ever reading in New York. Not as an audience member. As a reader. Up there in front of everyone, pouring out my lovesick writer heart. I’d read for friends in Jersey City once or twice, and […]

Tortilla voyeur: my adventures in the Wertheim Study

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It’s not that I like to spy on people. And it’s not that I like to be a nuisance, either. But I want to meet the researcher who has a reserve shelf full of books with titles like Why Byron […]

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Mixing technology and practice
There were many more good sessions at the Wisdom 2.0 conference this weekend. The intention of the organizers is to post videos. I'll let you know when. Here are some of my notes from a second panel. How do we use modern, social media technologies — such as this blog — to both further o

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Wisdom 2.0
If a zen master were sitting next to the chief technical officer of Twitter, what would they talk about? That sounds like a hypothetical overheared at a bar in San Francisco. But this weekend I saw the very thing at Soren Gordhamer's Wisdom 2.0 conference — named after his book of the same nam

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The Buddha at Work - "All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
"The only true wisdom consists of knowing that you know nothing." - Alex Winter, as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"That's us, dude!" - Keanu Reeves, as Ted "Theodore" LoganWhoa! Excellent! I've had impermanence on my mind recently. I've talked about it her

posted 2:20:00pm Jan. 28, 2010 | read full post »

Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face
This week I'm curating a guest post from Jonathan Mead, a friend who inspires by living life on his own terms and sharing what he can with others.  To quote from Jonathan's own site, Illuminated Mind: "The reason for everything: To create a revolution based on authentic action. A social movemen

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