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Zen and Psychoanalysis

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

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The Practice of Finding Space

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

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Time is of the Essence

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Like many others this week, I found myself strangely fascinated with the death of actress Natasha Richardson. Not that I was a fan per se, but I think it was more the senselessness and randomness of it that was striking. […]

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Desiring Desire

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Maybe it’s the spring like weather this weekend that’s jolted me out of my winter doldrums, but I’ve noticed a subtle shift…a desire creeping in. Upon further investigation, I realized that it’s not so much a desire for anything in […]

Damn You Internet!

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I’ve been absent from the blogosphere as of late. First, my computer crashed…and no I hadn’t backed up recently. Yes, I know that’s stupid. Lucky for me, my roommate works at a computer consulting firm and he took it in […]

Creating a “Spacious Meadow”

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Last night, as I was staring at my lap top trying to think of something to write for this week’s post, a friend and I started chatting on g-chat. It was just the usual small talk, until I mentioned I […]

The “Stop, Drop and Roll”

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I was playing cards with some friends last night and catching up- I don’t know what it is about card games, but they often turn into mini therapy sessions. Maybe it’s that everyone is a bit preoccupied so it’s easier […]

Sex Trafficking and the New Abolitionists

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Last weekend I attended a talk, moderated by Gloria Steinem, entitled “Sex Trafficking and the New Abolitionists” (video available here). Her panel consisted of Rachel Lloyd, Executive Director of GEMS (Girls Educational & Mentoring Services) and Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director of […]

I’ll Take an Order of Compassion with a Side of Lovingkindness

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Something crazy happened on Tuesday evening. I was riding the subway home with a friend from class and there was this paranoid girl (a teenager) yelling at people for looking at her. No one was looking at her…of course. My […]

Can Romantic Love Last?

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I was scrolling through the psychology news in my Google Reader last night and came across a study finding that “some people are as giddy as teenagers in love, even after two decades of marriage.”  Researchers at the Albert Einstein College […]

A Truly Black Friday

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By now I’m sure everyone has heard of Walmart employee Jdimytai Damour who was crushed to death early Friday morning by a stampede of crazed shoppers. One does not even know what to say about such a senseless death. Mob psychology […]

A Poem

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I didn’t have time to write a post today, so I thought I’d share a video. I somewhat randomly ended up at a poetry reading Wednesday evening. Roger Bonair-Agard was one of the poets and I was completely captivated by […]

Yes We Did?

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While I am thrilled with Obama’s election, this week also saw some major hits to LGBTQ rights. Same-sex marriage was banned in California, Arizona and Florida and Arkansas passed a bill blocking the adoption or fostering of children by unmarried couples- […]

People as Products

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We were fortunate to have Reverend Billy and Savitri Durkee (from the Church of Stop Shopping) as our latest ID Project guest lecturers last week. For anyone not familiar with him, Reverend Billy is on a crusade to show us how […]

Synecdoche, NY

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What to say about the new Charlie Kaufman film Synecdoche, NY? The friend I went to go see it with said it was “a downer” and a movie she didn’t think she’d ever feel the need to see again. I […]

Ode to Being Poor

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Friday night I had the opportunity to attend a talk sponsored by the Omega Institute on “Buddhist Psychology for the West”. The stars of Buddhist psychology were there- Mark Epstein, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach. Being that I’m studying psych., […]

A Quick Thank You

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I’m on my way out to celebrate my birthday, but I didn’t want my turn to pass without acknowledging the Buddhist refuge vow ceremony many of us at the ID Project took park in yesterday. I wanted to thank Acharya Spiegel for […]

Right Speech and Anonymity

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Yesterday, after attending Hardcore Dharma class with Ethan where we talked about right speech, I stumbled across an article on MSNBC.com entitled Anonymity Can Turn Nice People Nasty. Whether it’s yelling at a customer service representative over the phone or posting nasty comments […]

Casual Sex on the Buddhist Path?

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I was hanging out with a friend recently and she saw David R. Loy’s book, Money, Sex, War, Karma, on my coffee table and picked it up and excitedly turned to the chapter on sex. She told me she HAD […]

Dealing (or not dealing) With Anger

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A few weeks ago, I freaked out…on a cat. Granted, the cat was being an asshole- yes, cats can be assholes, but my reaction caught me completely off guard. I experienced a sudden surge of anger and it obviously wasn’t […]

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posted 3:54:40pm May. 02, 2010 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 1:43:19pm May. 01, 2010 | read full post »

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 ...

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 ...

posted 12:32:23pm Jan. 27, 2010 | read full post »

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