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Ellen Scordato’s multi functions include being 1) chairperson of the board of the Interdependence Project; 2) the co-owner of The Stonesong Press, LLC [www.stonesong.com], a book producer of high-quality nonfiction bestsellers for the popular market; 3) a part-time faculty member of the English Language Studies department at the New School; and 4) long ago, the published author of four young adult nonfiction biographies. A graduate of Wellesley College,where she studied Classics and art history, she lives in Manhattan with her husband and cats.

Buddha was a conservative

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato At least, that’s what this article in the American Thinker proposes. In “Tiger, the Buddha, and Me,” writer Robin of Berkeley sets out to prove “Why the Buddha was more Mark Levin than Saul Alinsky.” She asks, “So […]

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The Causes of Happiness

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by Ellen Scordato What makes us happy? Nicolas Kristof recently wrote a thought-provoking piece in the New York Times on what makes us happy: “Our Basic Human Pleasures: Food, Sex and Giving.” Since we are reading and writing a buddhist […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

posted by Ellen Scordato

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

Meditation Marathon and the Inextricability of Disco and Tonglen

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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 […]

Meditate New York!

posted by Ellen Scordato

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

Spiritual Warrior Death in Sweat Lodge in Sedona, Arizona

posted by Ellen Scordato

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

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 […]

Thich Nhat Hanh monks ejected from Vietnamese monastery

posted by Ellen Scordato

Nonviolent followers of Vietnamese Zen teacher and world-renowned author Thich Nhat Hahn were violently ejected from the Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong province in Vietnam on Sunday. The monks’ ejection followed months of tension. (photo AFP)

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!

Buddha of the Week

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Buddha of the week, courtesy of Dharma Dave S, Maloneki, and boingboing.net Pears grown in the shape of a buddha. Whoa!

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 […]

American Casino – Interdependence and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m a buddhist. I read the Wall Street Journal as often as I can. I don’t see how anyone interested in interdependence can ignore the WSJ. I think any buddhist interested in relieving suffering in this world of relative reality […]

Thich Nhat Hanh in Hospital with Pneumonia

posted by Ellen Scordato

Beloved Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is in Massachusetts General Hospital being treated for pneumonia. The text of his letter from the hospital and more details are available at the Oxherding and Zencast blogs. (photo from Plum Village) The […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buddhism and Baseball

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m practicing lovingkindness meditation as part of Hardcore Dharma’s investigation of three specific meditation practices. Specifically, I’ve been following the very explicit directions in Sharon Salzburg‘s* classic book, Lovingkindness. But I’ve been applying them to baseball. Specifically, the New York […]

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 […]

Pain relief! Cursing vs Tonglen

posted by Ellen Scordato

Wow, my friends and I must be pretty pain-free according to this msnbc article: “Stub your toe? Say ‘Sh#!’ You’ll feel better” Everybody wants to avoid pain, but no one can. That’s not even a particularly Buddhist insight. Living beings […]

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 […]

iPhone, myPhone, attachment, and sympathetic joy

posted by Ellen Scordato

I take delight in the endless multiplicity of form. I especially delight in my iPhone. And when I bought my new 3GS at 9am Friday morning, after the briefest of waits at a local store, I was delighted. I did […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Leonard Cohen live!

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sunday night my husband and I saw famed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He’s what he looks like: And here’s what he looked like from my seat: That show was fantastic! Well, […]

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 […]

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: […]

Interdependence and Waste Management; or, the Destroilet

posted by Ellen Scordato

The eco-yoga toilet post here a few days ago made me think. About interdependence. About my childhood. About the Destroilet.

Suddenly Sonia: Is Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court-bound?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx-born New York City native, is a federal Appeals court judge, a 54-year-old Hispanic woman, a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton who received her law degree from Yale, and a potential Supreme Court nominee. The name […]

Jack Kornfield’s messing with my yoga

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sat down on the mat last week at the beginning of a class, cross-legged, spine straight, ready for the usual salmagundi of philosophy and self-help that starts many nyc yoga classes. “A reading from Jack Kornfield today,” the teacher said. […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

Lewis Black – angry buddha?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Comedian Lewis Black appeared at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art on March 9, part of their BRAINWAVE series, which puts famous thoughtful people and less-famous thoughtful people onstage together to provoke more thought, as far as I can tell. […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

Apparently holding a mala, this smiling buddha figure was photographed by Fred Gates, who noted: “This is a wind-up toy that walks while it ‘listens’ to headphones (rock…ROCK!). It was a gift, but when my friend’s 3-year old wanted it […]

Book Chatter: Rich Brother, Rich Sister, by Robert T. and Emi Kiyosake

posted by Ellen Scordato

Dual autobiography of a brother and sister: the brother is Robert Kiyosaki, best-selling author on personal finance (getting rich), the sister is Emi Kiyosaki, aka Bhikshuni Tenzin Kacho, an ordained buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition. Sister has a masters […]

The Dhamma Brothers, by Damaris Williams

posted by Ellen Scordato

A guest post by Damaris Williams. On February 6, IDP premiered its first Salon night, featuring a showing of the Dhamma Brothers film. I quickly asked Ethan if I could write something about it. I hadn’t seen the movie, but […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

This week’s image comes to us from Mark Rifkin. “Takashi Murakami’s “Oval Buddha” presided over the 590 Atrium (at Madison and 56th Sts.) in conjunction with last year’s “© Murakami” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The other side of his […]

Buddha of the Week!

posted by Ellen Scordato

reflected in New York City, on University and 11th Street. Image by IDP member and photographer Melanie Einzig

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

If you see Buddha in the road, kill him. Or at least take a photo? thanks to Stillman for this “Chocolate Buddha with Gold Flecks, given to him by a foodie friend” (and to some tasty dharma burgers over the […]

No one can remain Forever Young

posted by Ellen Scordato

If you missed Bob Dylan selling a song for a Pepsi ad, you can see it all here: Did this bother any Dylan fans out there? It forever changes my experience of that song; to paraphrase Heraclitus about the river, […]

on the DL

posted by Ellen Scordato

DL = the Dalai Lama, whose upcoming visit to NYC does seem to be a bit on the downlow.  I’ve asked a bunch of young buddhists and other interested folks, and most have no idea he’s coming round again. He’ll […]

Lost in the supermarket

posted by Ellen Scordato

Supermarkets! Whether Waldbaums, Stew Leonards, ShopRite, Whole Foods, or Hong Kong Supermarket, they inevitably fill me with a combination of revulsion, compassion and philosophy. Having just emerged relative unscathed from a recent trip, I thought of my favorite piece about […]

The World in a Grain of Sand, or Buddhist-flavored Pop

posted by Ellen Scordato

Buddhist philosophy and pop culture – ever the twain shall meet. The chittamatra, or Mind-Only school of Buddhism is indeed a trippy one. The idea, nagging suspicion, or paranoid fear that maybe the whole world is just an emanation of […]

Get yer slogan on

posted by Ellen Scordato

An old favorite for the new year. sign up for a daily email at the Lojong site http://lojongmindtraining.com/Commentary.aspx?author=2&proverb=9 Everyday, get an email with one of the 59 lojong slogans, with commentary by one of seven teachers, from Jamgon Kontrul to […]

American Girl

posted by Ellen Scordato

Last week I went Christmas shopping for my 7-year-old niece. Her mom and my mom had list of things she wanted from American Girl, (which is, in case you haven’t heard, “a premiere lifestyle brand that offers a variety of […]

stuff that sounds buddhist. but isn’t.

posted by Ellen Scordato

This past Saturday, before my usual 1o:30 yoga class, the teacher read this quote: “Begin the morning by saying to yourself, ‘I shall meet with the busy-body, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by […]

About Insight Meditation

posted by Ellen Scordato

A guest post by Leon Liu, aka Freestone I went to listen to the talk given by Sharon Salzberg at IDP. From the talk, I can see how the insight meditation can work. Here I want to talk a little […]

The subject and object, parts 1 and 2, by Leon Liu

posted by Ellen Scordato

by guest blogger Leon Liu aka Freestone the following posts are related to lectures and discussion at the IDP on Monday nights and the Saturday hardcore dharma classes thanks Leon! THE SUBJECT AND OBJECT, PART ONE The The moment you […]

The First Noble Truth. In Finnish.

posted by Ellen Scordato

The First Noble Truth the Buddha Taught: Life Is Suffering Well, not exactly. When some people first hear or read that, their first impression of Buddhism might be that it’s dour and sad. No gleam of light, no humor, just […]

Yamamara and the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

posted by Ellen Scordato

# 1 Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is an extraordinarily goofy 1978 satire of cheesy horror movies — yet in itself it is an incredibly cheesy horror movie. And the tomatoes are not scary. At all. # 2 As discussed […]

Buddhist art – compare and contrast

posted by Ellen Scordato

Buddhist art: where to see it. 1. My husband and I go to the Rubin Museum of Himalyan Art pretty frequently. It’s free on Friday nights, has a  nice vibe, and features good films in its theatre and cool music […]

Burma, Dior, and Karma – are we ever gonna get it?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Karma – a pretty ubiquitous term these days. As fellow blogger and IDP Exec. Dir. Ethan notes, “karma” jars for tips appear at every urban snackery and coffee shop, and karma is invoked to explain everything from a stubbed toe […]

The Curse of Impermanence, or The Impermanence of the Curse

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m a buddhist, yeah, but I’ve been a sports fan longer. And as uncommon as sports talk seems to be among buddhists, I’m gonna indulge. I know, I know, everyone tunes out and goes to the cushion, thinking lofty thoughts […]

Wants and Needs, Part II

posted by Ellen Scordato

My new favorite art site: Wants for Sale Two nyc artists, Christine and Justin, started painting pictures of things they wanted. Visualizing, them, as it were, on canvas. Then they started selling those paintings for the exact price of that […]

happy plastic bags

posted by Ellen Scordato

Interdependent art? Without plastic bags, we wouldn’t have this! SVA (School of Visual Arts) student Joshua Allen Harris makes these around the new york city streets (btw, for out-of-towners–that’s a subway grate, and air gusts out of it when trains […]

Plastic Bags in Trees, a guest post by Melanie Einzig

posted by Ellen Scordato

During the IDP Day of Activism in February, Melanie Einzig and I partnered up to canvas local shopkeepers about their use of plastic bags and willingness to consider alternatives. As we walked around the neighborhood, she told me about a […]

My Guru, Ticketmaster; or, Wants and Needs, Part I

posted by Ellen Scordato

A riff on “the suffering of cappucino” described in One City. A riff on greed, on anger, on consumer frustration. And how every little thing is on the path. Damn it. On Thursday night, I attended the PLUG Independent Music […]

toward a buddhist grammar?

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’ve been teaching grammar, punctuation, and the like at the New School for about ten years. After work, at either 6 or 8pm, for undergraduates and continuing ed students. My class size is limited to 15; I seldom max out […]

The Whole Bodhisattva Mishpuchah—Capisce?

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’ve been sprinkled with holy water; immersed myself, head to toe, sans makeup, nail polish, clothing, and moisturizer, in a mikvah (the Jewish ritual bath); and finally had an Asian woman snap her fingers at me. ItalBuJu. That’s not a […]

Vote Early, Vote Often, Vote Dharma. Just vote!

posted by Ellen Scordato

Excited by all this primary action? Or in a state of meditative quiescence over the whole thing? I’ve always felt that not voting IS voting – for the way things are now, which is status quo, in which most of […]

Irish Dharma?

posted by Ellen Scordato

I didn’t find a lot of buddhism in Ireland. Of course that doesn’t mean it’s not there, and it didn’t stop me from looking for interdependence. And any trip to another country always highlights that for me–with halogen highbeams, actually. […]

Partying on Murdoch’s dime – interdependence, global warming, and dana

posted by Ellen Scordato

Office holiday party! A phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of mild-mannered workers everywhere. All one has to think of is The Office, or the hundreds of sitcom episodes featuring some drunken, antler-wearing boss, too much spinach dip, unbridled […]

The Tibetan Book of the Dead . . . Cats

posted by Ellen Scordato

My cat Shinsan died around midnight on Thursday, Dec. 13. His terminal illness came on suddenly, three weeks ago. We rushed him to the vet hospital on Monday morning, Nov 19th; they told us he was terminal, so we took […]

Warsaw Uprising

posted by Ellen Scordato

Saturday night I did what I do most of my Saturday nights: went to hear some music. Tonight was also the fifth of the those eight crazy nights of Hanukkah, and I wound up at a Matisyahu show, w/my husband […]

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