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Ethan Nichtern is the author of the acclaimed book One City: A Declaration of Interdependence (Wisdom Publications, 2007) and is currently finishing a novel. His writing has been featured in numerous print and online publications. He is the founding director of the Interdependence Project and the host of the I.D. Project’s popular weekly podcast (available on iTunes). He is currently on the part-time faculty of Eugene Lang College at New School University in NYC, where he teaches Buddhism. Ethan lectures regularly at universities and venues around the country on Buddhism, meditation, contemporary culture, and activism.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: President Obama Weighs in

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posted by Ethan Nichtern Martin Luther King Jr has always had a powerful spot in my personal “lineage,” which is a crucial concept in Buddhism. Having attended a school founded directly on MLK‘s beliefs –Manhattan Country School, a small amazing “private […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Interdependence: Buddhist Quote of the Day

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posted by Ethan Nichtern Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born today (not Monday – we just like having Mondays off for some reason). If he was alive today, he would be 81 years old. That fact alone seems sad. And […]

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Pat Robertson’s Comments, The Earthquake in Haiti and Karma

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posted by Ethan Nichtern Did anyone see TV Evangelist Pat Robertson’s comments Wednesday on the Earthquake in Haiti, from which it is believed a death toll of more than 100,000 people may come? He called the event a possible “Blessing […]

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Buddhist Quote of the Day: Misunderstanding the Ego by Mark Epstein

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posted by Ethan Nichtern I am pretty darn psyched (no pun intended) to be co-teaching a four week series on Buddhism and Psychology at the Interdependence Project with my friend Dr. Miles Neale. If you are in the New York […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Thanksgiving Quotes: The Dalai Lama on Precious Human Life

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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, […]

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

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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 […]

Women In Buddhism: The Thai Nun Controversy

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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 […]

What would Sid do: Trust and Forgiveness in Buddhism

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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, […]

Patriotic Veteran’s Day Quotes: The Buddha on War

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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, […]

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

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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 […]

Halloween Quotes: Chogyam Trungpa on Fear and Fearlessness

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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 – […]

Hip Hop Legend The RZA Discusses Buddhism on Shambhala Sun Blog

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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. […]

Why We Meditate: Because Practice Can Cure Hangovers?

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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 […]

Concentration Without Effort: Meditation Theory vs. Actual Practice

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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: […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Meditation in Everyday Life

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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 […]

The Buddha at Work: Right Speech in the Movie Business

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Why We Meditate: To Be Less of A Jerk

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Dealing With Emotions

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why We Meditate: It’s Cheaper Than Adderall

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

Dalai Lama in Memphis: Fist Bump is the New Namaste

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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 […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Joy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Labor Day: Buddhist Quote on Relaxation

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

Facebook Status goes Viral On Health Care Reform

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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

Best Buddhism and Meditation Website…Ever!

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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 […]

Bill Moyers, Bill Maher, And Pema Chodron: Health Care Reform

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Below is a video from Real Time with Bill Maher, where journalist Bill Moyers sends a great message to President Obama on standing up for change, and brilliantly diagnoses what’s wrong with our political system, and especially, the non-progressives in […]

Health Care Reform: An Animated Video That Breaks It Down

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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) […]

The Third Kennedy Brother: Best Memorial (So Far) by Joe Biden

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Vice President Joe Biden crying while speaking of the third and last of the Kennedy Brothers. My favorite memorial thoughts so far. I do hope they follow Robert Byrd‘s advice and name the health care bill after Kennedy, complete with […]

Constant Immigrant: District 9 Review and The Lazarus Project

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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 […]

Young. Black. Buddhist. Woman… In Kansas?

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This is a guest post for the One City Blog. —–Evelyn Cash is a Soto Zen and Vipassana meditation practitioner living in Wichita, Kansas. She works as an engineer. —– No matter how you slice it, I am definitely in […]

Secularizing Buddhism–Making it Accessible or Stripping the Roots?

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A Guest Post for the One City Blog by Vince Horn of Buddhist Geeks (Full Bio Below). It’s a very common and hip thing today to want to make Buddhism secular.  Many very worthwhile organizations and movements have this as their guiding […]

Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 3 More Years

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Burma’s fake leaders had Burma’s rightful leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, sentenced to three more years in prison. At least the sentence was commuted to more house arrest. Damn. I hope Obama makes a statement about this. But he might […]

Taking Climate Change Seriously

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A growing number of policy makers are starting to consider Global Warming and Climate Change nothing less than a national security threat, according to an article in the New York Times today. (photo from unicef.org)

Buddhist Meditation, Global Warming, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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How can mindful people do something about Global Warming and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? What does Buddhist Meditation have to do with healing the planet? Interdependence Project and One City‘s very own Jerry Kolber was published today over at […]

The Sickest Buddhist (Video Removed), Lululemon and Spiritual Materialism: So Overrated

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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 […]

Buddhism and the Environment: Is Mindfulness Meditation Enough?

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I had the honor to be interviewed about Buddhism and Ecology by Rod Meade Sperry at the Shambhala Sun Blog last week. Check out the audio interview at the above hotlink. Also check out Rod’s great website, The Worst Horse […]

Do You Meditate? Who’s your Favorite Buddhist Meditation Teacher?

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If you meditate or study Buddhism, you eventually have to find a meditation teacher, either through books on meditation, Buddhist podcasts, meditation lectures, Dharma talks, or hopefully good old fashioned human contact. There are lots of great teachers out there, […]

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Set for the Supreme Court

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The Senate panel indeed voted to recommend to have Sonia Sotomayor confirmed. The panel voted 13-6 in favor of her. Lindsey Graham  of South Carolina was the only Republican to vote yes. Ah, Republicans are so negative these days. Cheer […]

Jon Stewart, Obama, Gates and the Birthers’ Movement

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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 […]

Meditation for Caregivers: Stress, Fear and Lovingkindness

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This is another 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. She […]

Meditation: “Attachment” is the Worst Failure Ever (Apologies to Republicans)

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Republicans “Bombed” Google so that a top search result for worst failure ever would lead to the Obama administration site. When it comes to translation of Buddhist terms and ideas, I can think of an even more massive fail. I […]

Did Meditation Produce The World’s Happiest Man? Daniel Goleman on Mingyur Rinpoche

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A great blog post in the New York Times by Buddhist author Daniel Goleman about the young Tibetan master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who has been dubbed the happiest man in the world (apparently it’s no longer fellow Buddhist Matthieu Ricard). […]

Obama Throws Like A Girl? What Year is This?

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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”

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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

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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 […]

Buddhism, Meditation, Psychology, and Therapy

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Are you interested in Buddhist meditation and its link to psychology, therapy, healing arts, and a contemporary understanding of the mind? What might Carl Jung say about Buddhism or guided meditation? Would Pema Chodron and Freud get into a ballroom […]

Obama vs. Palin 2012? Roger Stone Thinks Maybe. Eugene Robinson and Sane People, Not So Much

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According to Republican Strategist Roger Stone, Palin did the right thing on Friday if she wants to run for President in 2012. Meanwhile, on Fox News, Palin got hammered. Yes, I said Fox News slammed her. A Republican running for […]

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

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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 […]

Bernie Madoff’s Sentencing Over – Good News?

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You know Bernie Madoff, of course. The guy with the onomatopoeia for a name? The Madoff sentencing is now complete. Bernard Madoff is going to jail for an 150 year sentence for his $50 billion Ponzi Scheme. The list of […]

Michael Jackson Dies After Possible Heart Attack

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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 […]

Depression, Therapy, and Meditation, Revisited: Who Helps Us See the Truth?

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So last month The New York Times published a controversial article on Zen by Chip Brown about a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation who came to the conclusion that his meditation practice was insufficient for working with his depression, and […]

Meditation Retreat! Deep Healing for The Non-Self

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So this is my last day at work before I go on a 13-day meditation retreat at one of my favorite meditation centers in the universe, The Karme Choling Shambhala retreat center in Vermont, which this time of year should […]

The Search for David Carradine’s Death Photo

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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, […]

Is This The Next Dalai Lama?

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Very interesting article today in the New York TImes about what will happen after His Holiness, the current Dalai Lama dies. One of his possible successors, The Karmapa, the young head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, is […]

Obama’s Cairo Speech

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If you want a good link to Obama’s Cairo Speech, NPR has one. President Obama’s Middle East Speech should, at the very least, demonstrate again that our 44th President is nothing like any U.S. President we’ve ever had. I mean […]

20 Years After Tiananmen Square

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Chinese police have Tiananmen Square on virtual lockdown to prevent protests commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the student massacre there today. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama also paid his respects to victims. (photo by Stuart Franklin Magnum, life.com)

Obama Gives Nancy Reagan Love

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Nancy Reagan got shown some love today from President Obama after a perceived diss regarding the former first lady and a strange attempted joke about her affinity for séance. I love sweet old ladies as much as the next polite […]

Reincarnation Lie? On the Empowerment of a Young Spaniard and the Tulku System of Tibet

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is interesting. The Dalai Lama empowered a young Spanish boy as an incarnate Lama. Now 24, the young man, Osel Hita Torres,is moving in another direction with his life (update on the Shambhala Sun blog). Lots of good questions […]

George Tiller, Abortion, and Compassion

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So the abortion doctor from Wichita, Kansas, George Tiller was killed in church yesterday, by a pro-life radical (irony of ironies). Amazingly, this was not the first time Dr. Tiller was shot. So clearly Dr. Tiller believed in what he […]

Global Warming Already Killing Thousands, Says Global Humanitarian Forum

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Make that hundreds of thousands. The Global Humanitarian Forum released a comprehensive study saying that annually, 300,000 people die from global-warming-induced catastrophes. Climate Change also already direcly affects the lives of 325 million people (seems a low number to me) […]

Great Recession Ending? Is Our Detox from Greed and Consumerism Over As Well?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Is the global economy’s recession ending? Some leading economists, including the often skeptical nobel prize winner Paul Krugman, believe we might just be the start of a turnaround. So, are we also done with our greed detox? (from Salon.com)

Prop 8 Decision: Morally and Constitutionally Bankrupt

posted by Ethan Nichtern

With all the buzz on Sotomayor and the U.S. Supreme Court, Gay couples – and anyone who knows a gay couple – must be reeling from today’s California Supreme Court  Prop 8 Decision. Here’s a good blog about today’s latest […]

Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Bound After All

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 54 year-old judge from the Bronx, is bound for the Supreme Court  — if President Obama’s Nomination goes through during the confirmation process. Get ready for some lunacy from Mitch McConnell, for sure. Of course, Sotomayor’s […]

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

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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:

Aung San Suu Kyi Needs Your Help

posted by Ethan Nichtern

One of the cooler ladies on Earth, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been arrested for the umpteenth time, and is allegedly quite ill. Avaaz.org is petitioning the United Nations for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release, and has almost 400,000 signatures […]

The Bible Bill? 2010 Should be the Year of the Constitution, Congressman

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According to Politico, A  Republican Congressman from Georgia, Paul Broun , wants to pass a Bible Bill To declare 2010 the “Year of the Bible.” Nothing against the good book, but legislatively 2010 should not be the year of this […]

Did You See The Cheney Speech? Watching The Bizarro-Buddha in Action

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Did you watch the Cheney Speech today? Pop Quiz: What’s bigger, Cheney’s lies or the new Beyonce Ego video? Well, since Ego is ultimately non-existent, I’ll have to go with the lies is (thankfully, oh so very very thankfully) former […]

Video of the Day: John Cage and True Zen

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

Missing Link Found? Was Reincarnation Just Early Buddhism’s Explanation for Genetic Evolution?

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The purported fossil missing link found this morning of 47 million year old Darwinius Masillae is causing a stir. Some people think it’s the key to understanding our entire human evolution, some are not so sure. I just like the […]

Oh, Cheesus! On Hallucination and Other Spiritual Traps

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A woman from Preston Hollow, Texas, Sara Bell, claims she saw Jesus Christ in A Cheeto, and named it Cheesus Christ. Cheetos, anyone?

Pattabhi Jois is Dead

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A yoga legend, Pattabhi Jois, just passed away. He was 93 years old, and was an icon in the yoga community, and especially the ashtanga yoga community of which he is considered the modern founder. (image from ashtanganews.com)

Quote of the Day: Civil Disobedience

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Civildisobediencebecomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless or corrupt. Anda citizen who barters with such a state shares in its corruption andlawlessness…Everycitizen is responsible for every act of his government…Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty […]

Credit Card Debt: Legislation or Personal Solutions?

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It is no secret that millions of Americans experience massive amounts of credit card debt , especially college students. I remember in the mid 90’s, my college allowed (invited?) credit card companies to set up shop and sign students up […]

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.” 

The Story of Stuff Sweeps The Nation

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Very happy that this piece in Huffington Post ran about The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard’s instructional video and work on responsible consumption.

Worst Comparison Ever? Or, The Stereotyping of Smart

posted by Ethan Nichtern

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

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.

Hope and Fear: Swine Flu Edition

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out this awesome graphic composed by I.D. Project’s  very own Juan Carlos Castro: So, turns out – according to U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, that Swine Flu is less severe than feared.

Dharma Punx Numero Uno, Noah Levine

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out the nice spread in the Los Angeles Times today about the work of my friend Noah Levine, Dharma Punx Founder and Buddhist Teacher. (Photo from Los Angeles Times Article) What do you think of Noah?

Um…How is this Related to Yoga?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out the new…um…eco…um…yoga…um…toilet…um…sink.

Buddha as Businessman?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I found this lecture interesting, and Gregory Schopen’s tie is amazing.

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

Empty Words on Arlen Specter

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is pretty great and hilarious:

Allergic to Koolaid

posted by Ethan Nichtern

From the point of view of some more dogmatic teachers, The Buddha gave his students some crazy instructions. Perhaps the craziest one of all was when he taught them how to regard his teachings. He told them to treat his […]

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.

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…

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 […]

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.

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.

The Dharma of Facebook

posted by Ethan Nichtern

At the writing of this post, I have 2022 friends on facebook. Are they all my friends, you might ask. Well, yes, they are all my facebook friends. Have I met them all in person? No, probably only about half. […]

Seen in One City: Is The Dana (Generosity) Model Spreading?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Couldn’t embed this great CNN video interview about a donation-based restaurant in Ohio that is doing just fine with no set prices on their menu, but Watch It Here and then check back for discussion. What do you think? Could […]

Seen in One City: Signs and Signlessness

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The below video of Alex Gopher’s “The Child,” sent in by One City reader and I.D. Project homie DMC, is a perfect illustration of the following Thich Nhat Hanh quote: “Where should we look to find the world of no […]

BREAKING: Dalai Lama Talks Very Tough on China

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Bit of breaking news: The Dalai Lama just laid down possibly his strongest rhetoric ever against China, saying Tibet is “Hell on Earth” under the occupation. Well, actually, he doesn’t quite say that, but the NY Times alarmist headline makes […]

The New (Baby)Face of the Republican Party

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Move over Sarah Palin, Bobby Jindal, Rush Limbaugh, and Michael Steele. You’ve been replaced by a smaller, faster, much cuter model of Terminator. See below for video of Jonathan Krohn, the (just-turned) 14 year-old Wunderkind of the Republican Party, rocking […]

Pema Chodron Gets Props on the Front Page of NYTimes.com

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Read Judith Warner’s Article Here Not sure how I feel about it…

Seen in One City

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is damn damn brilliant and simply executed, if you didn’t see it yet:

Keep Your Enemies Close, and Your Near Enemies Closer

posted by Ethan Nichtern

One of my favorite ideas from Buddhist psychology has always been the “near-enemy.” The idea of the “near-enemy” is that for every beneficial habit or more enlightened quality that we might develop in our mind, there is a devious, and […]

Seen in One City

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Just in case these hard times made you forget what joy looks like.

Two-drink MAXIMUM. Or, Dealing With the Pain of Being a Grown-Up

posted by Ethan Nichtern

You mind if I get a bit personal this week? I don’t know how to talk about Buddhist precepts and practice without it, so I’m gonna. For me, the last year and a half have been, well, hard. It’s been […]

This Week on the I.D. Project Podcast: Dr. Miles Neale Pt. 2

posted by Ethan Nichtern

All, Dr. Neale’s great lecture on the psychodynamics of meditation is up on the Interdependence Project Podcast at this link. Also, if you like what we do in terms of blog, podcast, integral activism,  spreading mindful community, etc, would you […]

The Most Spoiled Generation Ever?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Is this generation the most spoiled generation ever? That’s what Louis CK claims – quite hilariously and poignantly – in this interview on Conan O’Brien: Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy Did you watch it? Sorry for not being able to embed […]

This Week on the I.D. Project Podcast: Dr. Miles Neale Guest Lecture

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, by popular demand, we are  posting what is new on the Interdependence Project podcast each week. Dr. Miles Neale gave a fascinating lecture combining psychodynamic theory with Buddhist meditation practice last month.

Does Anyone, EVER, Need To Make More Than $500,000 A Year? No, Seriously.

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I have to admit, the constant news of greed, ignorance, and a total disregard for interdependence—which seems to keep trickling down from the upper echelons of our society like some slapstick nightmare—is giving me one good old-fashioned case of populist […]

Child of Illusion

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is making the rounds. I love this kid. Welcome to samsara, amigo. Hold on tight.

Conscious Culture Alert: Slumdog Millionaire and the Fake Interconnectedness of Globalization

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So now that Slumdog Millionaire has been nominated for Best Picture I can really ask this question: Did anyone else think it was a horribly manipulative movie?

Being Casual and Being Sloppy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So it was a busy first week for the Obama administration. Some people on the left, like the ever Obama-phobic Paul Krugman as well as One City’s own Master of Dharmic Ceremonies GZA, think the economic stimulus package and President […]

Wrathful Compassion or Act of Aggression?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

We report, you decide.

This is Unbelievable

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I was planning to write something yesterday, but instead I had to give you this amazing special comment by Keith Olbermann. It’s the best I’ve ever seen him, and I can’t imagine how any loving person wouldn’t change their mind […]

What Are We Gonna Do NOW?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The letter I sent to the IDP community yesterday, in case you haven’t read it: Dear Interdependence Project Community and Friends, So what are we going to do now? I’ve talked to literally hundreds of friends since the historic events […]

Happy Halloween

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A bit of campaign literature on All Hallow’s Eve!

What Happens November 5th?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Because I’m so preoccupied with what happens on November 4th, and then the One City Walk on November 8th (to raise much needed funds for our Integral Activism program), I don’t have time for a massive post. But needless to […]

1491

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Happy October 13, y’all. My message for the day is no matter how f-cked up the past, it forms the causal basis for our present existence. Which means loathing the past is a very sneaky and peculiar form of Self-Hatred. […]

Google Me

posted by Ethan Nichtern

All, Sorry I don’t have a ton of time to write a major post this week. I thought instead I’d post this video of myself speaking at the author’s series at the very cool Google headquarters in NYC earlier this […]

Assessing the Real New Year

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Our calendar is obsolete and archaic. Everyone knows everything starts anew in the Fall. Today, Labor Day, is the real New Year’s day. At least that’s how it always feels to me.

Death to the Magazines! Or, Why Blog-Writing is the Best Writing Ever…

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Stillman Brown’s post last week about blogging got me thinking about media in general, and I wanted to write a post in conversation with it. The fact that I can do that alone says a lot about what so amazing […]

Movie Review (and Book Recommendation): The Wackness and The Cure for Grief

posted by Ethan Nichtern

There are two kinds of nostalgia narratives, or rather, two poles of possibility – and a wide spectrum in between – from which historical storytelling can work.

Beijing Olympics: Interdependence Ties The Mind into a Goddamn Pretzel

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So, Friday’s opening ceremony is widely being heralded as the coolest choreography since…well…maybe ever. Co-Directed by Zhang Yimou, the director who created Raise the Red Lantern and Hero (one of the coolest visual movies ever), it was pretty off the […]

Read This Book Yesterday!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So, the father of the American community organizing lineage, Saul Alinsky, was someone whose book I read in—or rather, during—college (I had a great habit of reading voraciously, but rarely what was assigned). But in rereading his classic, Rules for […]

Integral Activism: Plastic Bag Action Needed Now!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

From Rafi Santo of the Integral Activism Team: For those that weren’t able to make it to this Sunday’s meeting, we have an incredible opportunity to take action on our Back to the Sack: No More Plastic Bags initiative this […]

Eco-Warriors and a Remodeled Overton Window

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Have you seen Al Gore’s July 17 Speech saying “The Survival of the United States as we know it is at stake?” Also, do you know who Simran Sethi is? The blogosphere has been talking about how this speech has […]

Turnabout is Fair Play?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Courtesy of Vanity Fair: Not nearly as offensive (no racist stereotypes – they’d have to have McCain in a Klan outfit to even come close), but what do you think?

Proust, Buddha, Fiction and Heartbreaking Memory

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Our weeklong meditation retreat went great. Happy to report that Stillman Brown did in fact attain enlightenment Friday morning. He is now accepting disciples via comments to this post (I am his secretary, as his being is now too ethereal […]

There REALLY are NO Words – A Call To Action

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Above is this week’s cover of the New Yorker. This is the worst magazine cover I have seen in my lifetime. They claim it is satire, but I can’t see it. No matter who you want to be president, no […]

There Are No Words

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Sorry for the interruption, but I had to post this. Here’s how our President left the G-8 summit today, according to Telegraph, a UK paper: “The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate […]

Texas Beauty and Low-Impact Check In

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, just got back from Marfa, Texas. Here’s a little Southwestern Magritte for you. How is Low-Impact month treating you? Mine is going all right, though we certainly did a bunch of driving around Texas this weekend. Haven’t used […]

Low Impact Month Starts Today!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Just a reminder to start (or stop) your low-impact engines. Click the logo above for some helpful resources. No More Plastic Bags Y’all! We are going Back To The Sack!

Help Choose My Next Tattoo!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Fun weekend. A little birthday party (guess my age), a little rearranging of my apartment, and a lot of mindful dancing that shook the building to its centuries-old foundations. The activism meeting today was great, and the Back To the […]

Why I Don’t Like Dharma Books

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, so we had a great and groovy day-long meditation retreat at the I.D. Project with almost 40 brave and intrepid souls on Saturday. If anyone has nothing to do July 11-18, and wants to come with me to […]

Being Indy, Being (Dis)Empowered

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey guys, since my last post on politics, identity, and identity politics stirred the pot a bit, I thought I’d stay in a similar vein. A few disclaimers: there is no Sex and the City, no Super Mario Bros., and […]

A Lump of Coal – Thursday Eco Roundup

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Hey all, it’s your resident eco-friendly Lesbro here. Had to post this today because it is AWESOME: How are everyone’s preparations for July’s Low-Impact Consumption Month going? We are challenging you not to accept a single plastic bag from a […]

I am a LesBro, and Other Thoughts on Feminism

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Who’s the real feminist above? (hint: Maybe it’s not the ladies) The dynamic ID Project duo of Cassie and Cassie told me that I was a LesBro last week (Definition here at Urban Dictionary). They meant it as a deep […]

Conscious Hip-Hop and the Coemergent Ego

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So last year I downloaded an album made by a new live-band, Denver based conscious hip-hop group called Flobots which features MC Jonny Five, aka Jamie Laurie, who I went to college with. I didn’t know Jamie well, but I […]

What I Read This Weekend

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Sorry for the recent absence from the blogging world. I’m back and so should be all the other One City bloggers. I had a good memorial day weekend, went to the country with my Dad and his dog Leroy, who […]

Rock The Pesach; And The Psychology of Ecology

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So I’m doing my Monday post a tad early this week, because I need to nap and catch up on a few weeks lost sleep. Then I need to go to my friend Evan’s passover seder, which is probably going […]

Interdependence Gets Weird

posted by Ethan Nichtern

As mentioned by I.D. Project Board Member and all-around homie Jerry in class on Monday Night, the video and story: “This is the video from Beijing to the song that my boyfriend [wrote in NYC] in 2002. The song is […]

I Contain Multitudes

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I was in Memphis this weekend, teaching meditation workshops with Mr. David Nichtern. A lot of folks in Memphis are into meditation, so that was super inspiring. Who woulda thought? I’m not going to do another political post until after […]

Al Gore’s New (Even More Urgent) Lecture on the Climate Crisis

posted by Ethan Nichtern

TED, the same series that brought the fabulous Jill Bolte Taylor lecture (scroll down below for vid and discussion), has just released a new slideshow lecture with Al Gore, arguing that global warming might be happening even faster than we […]

Obama is the Final Cylon

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So I was guest lecturing Friday night in Bloomfield NJ at the home of Jessica Rasp’s lovely Grandma (she has a regular series about once a month where about 25 folks show up to hear a Buddhist lecture and discussion), […]

Two Must-See Videos

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I was all set to write a post about racism and sexism, but it would’ve been about the 08 race and I figure we’ve had enough of that recently. Instead I decided to post two must-see videos that came to […]

Five Thoughts To Combat A Sour Mood on Sunday Night

posted by Ethan Nichtern

First of all, do hypocrisy and irony get any bigger and bolder than Eliot Spitzer? That is my first question. I mean, come on. I already said this to Will.I.Am but….Cognitive dissonance much? No. Seriously. Come on. WTF. As the […]

New Will.i.am Obama Video

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Like the last one, this one is Gap-Style cheesey, majorly cringe-inducing (more than the first), yet sorta catchy and somehow tugs at the heartstrings (less than the first). Maybe it’s just cuz I’m a triple cancer. But posts have been […]

I.D. Project Members Get Big Press

posted by Ethan Nichtern

All, Two articles just came out in major media outlets about I.D. Project community members! This first one is the Salon.com piece about Noah Levine and myself. I think it’s a great article, well-written by a friend of mine. I […]

Day of Action – Recap now up on the web

posted by Ethan Nichtern

All the initial work we did on our Integral Activism Plastic Bag initiative is now up on the I.D. Project Site HERE. It was fun for the whole family. We’ll be planning a lot of stuff in the coming days, […]

Krugman vs. Obama – Paul’s Got Brass Knuckles

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I just wrote a letter to the editor at the New York Times. The letter is in response to this Op-Ed piece by Paul Krugman (who usually writes super-intelligently about the economy). The piece is a hatchet job on Barack […]

Forgive Me

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I spent the weekend working on activism for the IDP, and then working for the gentleman in the video below (no not Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas). Then I watched the Superbowl. So many experiences, so little time to […]

Getting Active

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” –The Doc So there are times when it feels right to get off your ass. Not that I don’t get off my ass already, but sometimes there […]

Food Politics

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is going to be a short post and I apologize for that. I’m under deadline for an article I’m writing, and since the ID Project is blowing up, there’s a lot of work to be done to make sure […]

Low Resolution

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This was published today at the very cool website The Worst Horse. by Ethan Nichtern INTENTION IS the most important thing, the true invisible hand. It is at the root of any action that creates a habit. It is the […]

Happy Babylonian Holiday!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So apparently December 25 started out as a holiday to worship the son of Isis. Then in Roman times it was Saturnalia, then later a Northern European pagan holiday, until in 350AD Pope Julius decreed that Christ’s birth would be […]

Top Ten Teachers

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I was “tagged” by my friend Courtney to write a blog about my top ten teacher influences in my life. That’s really what happened. She sent me an email saying “tag, you’re it. I wrote this blog, now you have […]

Apocalypse Now? Apocalypse Always!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So before I get to the topic at hand, here are a couple of links. First, I got to speak to The American Prospect Magazine. The interview was with Courtney E. Martin, a very cool lady who I hope will […]

The Dharma is ALWAYS Political

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I got the chance to see the documentary What Would Jesus Buy? this weekend, about Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. It was great. Now, check out the article I wrote a little while ago. —— The Dharma […]

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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

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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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