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Julia May Jonas writes, directs and performs throughout New York City and the world wide web under the auspices of her company, Nellie Tinder. Nellie Tinder is Art. Appropriate & Instructive.

Getttin’ Busy Gettin’ Quiet

posted by Julia May Jonas

Autumn, siren of red and gold, harbinger of tweed and velvet jackets, of renewed promises and vigor, clear sun-ed autumn you come to us once again.  You have come Autumn, shoving the margarita out of our hand and replacing it […]

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Hardcore Dharma: Gambling on Happiness, Betting With Lojong.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last week I didn’t post because my computer broke.  It’s fixed now.  I won’t go into details – talking about your computer breakdown/revival is like telling someone your dream, extremely interesting for you, extremely boring for them.  However last week, […]

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What do you read Hardcore Dharma? Words, words words.

posted by Julia May Jonas

My favorite aspects of Buddhism were not brought forth by SickestBuddhistgate and the winding rhetoric of comments that followed.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy getting down with analysis.  I do. But I’m not fond of when awareness practitioners […]

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Is This Week’s New York Times Modern Love Written By a Buddhist Lady?

posted by Julia May Jonas

Saturday my friend and I had a discussion about what is really meant by the oft-ill translated Buddhist statement:  Life is Suffering.  This week in The New York Times Modern Love column , author Laura A. Monson I think gives a […]

Hardcore Dharma sings Jenny I Got Your Number

posted by Julia May Jonas

This is a story about my friend Jenny. Jenny and I attended the Tuesday night gathering at the New York Shambhala center. Jenny’s new to Buddhism – this was the second Shambhala talk she’d ever attended.  My normal tendency would […]

Merce Cunningham Is Dead

posted by Julia May Jonas

Merce Cunningham died last night.  He was 90 years old.  Groundbreaking dance and performance visionary of the 20th and 21st century, exceptional performer and theorist, Merce created art until the end, choreographing a piece this winter at Brooklyn Academy of Music […]

Hardcore Dharma is Good Enough, Smart Enough and People Seem to Like It.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Did you know that: Online Dating may make people feel overwhelmed by too many options?  and Exercise provides stress relief?andKids like their dad’s aroundandStudents benefit from tutoring?and Soda is bad for you?andSo it smoking?andToo much porn? Did you know that? […]

New Jersey!

posted by Julia May Jonas

A big ole group of high New Jersey officials, including Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano were arrested this morning, for charges including corruption and money laundering.

HeyJhana HoJhana

posted by Julia May Jonas

My experience of meditation lately feels like this: 1. Stabilize on breath.  Having been doing lots of work on concentration lately, I feel like I’m getting to the point where instead of trying to pin down my attention on the breath, […]

Hardcore Dharma does not exist.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Before the Buddha became all Bodhi, he did Shamatha and sustained Samadhi.  But much like Einstein took Newtonian physics one step further or the Beatles improved on Elvis, the Buddha saw that something good could be made better.  The problem […]

Hardcore Dharma Makes Metaphors

posted by Julia May Jonas

Here’s a story. My mother is a retired church organist and choir director.  Growing up, my participation in religious life was fairly required.  When I was about ten or eleven, the church had a charismatic youth minister, a wiry, fierce, Princeton-seminary-educated […]

Pina Bausch dies at 68

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Hardcore Dharma Summer Session: Give Gold, Be Merciful, Just Do it. But Not All At Once.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last night marked the commencement of the Interdependence Project’s Hardcore Dharma summer session.  We settled our balances, met our neighbor and talked about our intentions.  Ethan Nichtern, founder of the ID Project and general man about town, introduced the class […]

Daniel Ingram is my homeboy*

posted by Julia May Jonas

Hi Guys. My “sleep hygiene” has been terrible this week – the equivalent of brushing my teeth with dirt.  The computer is changing colors on me and my head is bobbing like a blind man at a piano.  I can’t […]

I heard a fly buzz when I (thwap)

posted by Julia May Jonas

  True/False/Cannot Say Folks really love Obama: True Folks really love PETA:  False Obama kills fly: True PETA complains: True  

Dharma Drunx

posted by Julia May Jonas

Darren Littlejohn recently published a book titled, The 12 Step Buddhist: Enhance Recovery from any Addiction, a Buddhist take on the Twelve Step addiction recovery method.  As Darren’s article on Beliefnet iterates, “from a Buddhist perspective of attachment, we’re all […]

Close Encounters of the Kind that Take Place in Your Kitchen

posted by Julia May Jonas

The typical conception of a spiritual person’s home is a minimalist abode painted with soft, calming colors.  The tipple of a small fountain, the shadow of a bonsai tree, hemp fabrics, lightly sounding gongs, African throat singing music, ethnic cushions, […]

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

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Ten Tips for Burgeoning Buddhists and an Open Letter to Kate Moss

posted by Julia May Jonas

    Hi Kate Moss! I hear you’re converting to Buddhism!  I’m not sure what “converting” means, but that’s cool.  Welcome.  I think your designs for Topshop are nice.  Maybe you could get Johnny Depp to come to some dharma […]

In Search of Lost Time: Attending to Distraction and the Meaning of Mindful

posted by Julia May Jonas

A couple of months ago I was tripping about blithely with my gentleman friend in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn when the stream of conversation turned, as it invariably does, to the mental causality of the cruel mistress called Internet.  “You know,” I […]

Hardcore Dharma is Your Density…I Mean Your Destiny

posted by Julia May Jonas

For the next five weeks, I, in tandem with the ID Project Intermediate Hardcore Dharma class, will examine and explore teachings about the five wisdom energies.  The five wisdom energies, (Buddha, Vajra, Ratna, Padma & Karma), relate to qualities or […]

Hello Dalai!

posted by Julia May Jonas

A recent article in The Times Union discusses the impending complexity of choosing the successor to the 14th Dalai Lama: For more than six centuries, the next Dalai Lama has been chosen by regents who, it is said, through omens and portents found the deceased […]

Love in a Time of 21st Century Buddhism

posted by Julia May Jonas

I’ve got a wager for you. Walk into any Buddhist dharma center across the country.  Sidle up to a pleasant looking stranger.  Compliment their eco-friendly aluminum water bottle to get a conversation started then ask them what started them practicing. […]

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

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Birthday Buddhism

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Hardcore Dharma: The 12 Nidanas

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Hardcore Dharma is the Best Buddhist

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Hardcore Dharma Chokes Up

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Hardcore Dharma Condenses its Heart

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last Saturday Hardcore Dharma continued its study of the Lojong by focusing on Point Four and Point Five of the mind training slogans.  Point Four is typically called “life and death,” which Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche connects with the paramita of […]

One Taste? Really? Isn’t that a little too tongue in …

posted by Julia May Jonas

Zeitgeist indicator The New York Times Styles Section has lately been fairly awesome in covering two subjects near and dear to my heart: mindfulness and female sexuality.  (Although in both cases – it’s kind of lame to call them ‘styles’.  […]

Hardcore Dharma Eats It

posted by Julia May Jonas

Each week two-three members of Hardcore Dharma do a presentation about our assigned readings.  Last week’s selection in Training the Mind by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche was about Point Three of the Lojong Slogans: Transformation of Bad Circumstances.  Some of the most […]

Hardcore Dharma is mad as hell and yet resigns itself to taking it more.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Lately I’ve been feeling kind of crazy mad.  I’m mad at my roommate, at my parents, at everyone in a five foot radius of me at my job. I’m semi-annoyed at this friend  (how come you never write on MY […]

Hardcore Dharma Slogs On

posted by Julia May Jonas

The other night, while discussing directing theater, my friend Peter asked about my directing process:  “so is that how you tend to work?” and I thought about it and said “you know honestly, I’m only twenty seven years old and although that […]

Heard in One City

posted by Julia May Jonas

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body […]

Hardcore Dharma Says it With Suttas

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last week’s Hardcore Dharma’s early sutta readings about relinquishing desire to attain enlightenment weren’t my favorites.  The idea of not wanting filled me with dread.  The thought that the enlightened response to the loss of a loved one would be […]

Hardcore Dharma gets sensual with desire

posted by Julia May Jonas

I missed this weekend of Hardcore Dharma due to a performance gig, but sat down with the podcast to get an idea of what bubbled to the surface from the week’s reading of our Theravaden text In The Buddha’s Words, […]

Heard in One City

posted by Julia May Jonas

Subhuti My hut is roofed, comfortable, free of drafts; my mind, well-centered, set free. I remain ardent. So, rain-deva. Go ahead and rain. – (Theragatha 1.1)(verse 1) Translated from Pali by Thanissaro Bhikku.  www.accessinsight.org

Haddhcoe Dhamma: The Lost Sutta

posted by Julia May Jonas

A lost sutta, composed in a singularly rare dialogue form, recently found, preserved in amber, in a heretofore undiscovered catacomb of Nalanda University.  Buddha: Verily I ask you, excellent Julia May Jonas, if you knew old age and death were […]

Hardcore Dharma believes in nothing.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last Saturday Hardcore Dharma wrapped up its study of Zen Mind: Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki A contentious read!  Some folks loved its experiential wisdom (I certainly found reading the book to be a mindfulness practice in and of itself, requiring […]

Hardcore Dharma Is. And Is Not. And Therefore Also Is.

posted by Julia May Jonas

“Sometimes we talk about our clothing; sometimes we talk about our body.  But neither body nor clothing is actually we ourselves.  We ourselves are the big activity.  We are just expressing the smallest particle of the big activity,that is all.  […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

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To Make Routine A Stimulus

Hardcore Dharma: Beginning all over again

posted by Julia May Jonas

Saturday January 10th, midst a splattering of snow, Hardcore Dharma recommenced for a second, subsequent term.  This time around we’ll be working book by book as opposed to subject by subject.  Like last time, we’ll be reading texts from the […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“When you find it difficult to stop your mind while you are sitting and when you are still trying to stop your mind, this is the stage of “form is emptiness and emptiness is form.”  But while you are practicing […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

The individual nature of our experience is caused by our pre-existing views and prejudices.  We distort whatever information we receive by means of our sense organs, just as the suface of the lake is distorted by the elements.  If we […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“While other people were publishing or working, I, on the contrary, devoted three years of travel to forgetting all that I had learnt with my head.  This unlearning was slow and difficult; it was of more use to me than […]

Heard in One City: Quote of the Day

posted by Julia May Jonas

“In meditation we let boredom itself be an object of interest to explore.  When it arises, feel the boredom.  Note it, feel its texture, its energy, the pains and tension in it, the resistances to it.  Look directly at the […]

Escalators and Perforation: The Dharma of Nicholson Baker

posted by Julia May Jonas

One of my greatest pleasures over the holiday break I recently enjoyed, long and luxurious due to the placement of Christmas on a Thursday, (although I think when I was in elementary school I calculated the longest break occurs when […]

Hardcore Christmas: Let Nothing You Dismay.

posted by Julia May Jonas

For an hour and a half of December 24th, in between overstuffed dinners, toffee coated pistachios and fireside gatherings spent arguing immigration policy/ornament placement, I attended a United Church of Christ Christmas Eve service.  Although I don’t believe in God, […]

Hardcore Dharma: Acting Like a Buddhist

posted by Julia May Jonas

Growing up, acting was the only activity that sustained my existence.  Mother recounts that at ten I told her rehearsals were the only events I looked forward to in life.  Even as a kid, I remember feeling that performing was one […]

Hardcore Dharma: The 9 Stages of Shamatha

posted by Julia May Jonas

On Saturday, December 7th we discussed the nine stages of Shamatha. Acording to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: “These nine stages are a map of the meditative process.  The first four stages—placement, continual placement, repeated placement and close placement—have to do with […]

Hardcore Dharma: Neither truck nor series of tubes

posted by Julia May Jonas

The Saturday before Thanksgiving Hardcore Dharma gathered under the tutelage of the lovely, sore-footed Jessica to discuss two sets of triplicates in Buddhist teachings: the three dharma seals and the three doors of liberation. The Three Dharma Seals (according to […]

Hardcore Dharma: The 5 Hindrances

posted by Julia May Jonas

Listen I know.  If there’s anything more annoying than the holiday’s themselves, it’s the inevitable deluge of “why the holiday’s are annoying in this way and that” pieces that pervade every newspaper, radio segment and blog that pass through our […]

Hardcore Dharma: The Birth of the Cool

posted by Julia May Jonas

To paraphrase Newsweek’s Jon Meacham on Brian Lehrer’s WNYC November 5th broadcast, “If there’s ever a time that we can feel sticky-sweet gooey sentimental puppy love it’s today.” Kumbaya-all-we-are-saying-is-we-shall-overcome-signed-sealed-and-delivered-Obama-is-yours!  USA work it out!  Wednesday I had a realization that for […]

Hardcore Dharma: My other vehicle is the Mahayana*

posted by Julia May Jonas

This past Saturday at Hardcore Dharma we settled atop our cushions to discuss one lens through which to view the Buddhist path, the three yanas (vehicles).  Descriptive of Tibetan Buddhism, the three yanas are the Hinayana (literally translated as the […]

Hardcore Dharma: Anything I can do I can do better.

posted by Julia May Jonas

When I was 12 I did not fill my journals with interpersonal accounts of boys I liked.  Unlike many of my artsy girlfriends, I did not scrawl flight of fancy stories or purplish sexual fantasies.  Unlike the conventionally romantic girls […]

Hardcore Dharma: The Right Stuff.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Saturday, October 11: Subject: Right Action The 5-7 class at Hardcore Dharma this week took place under the darkening skies of early autumn. Long-sleeved and cross-legged we discussed Sila, Right Action or Conduct, the third aspect of the second category […]

Hardcore Dharma: You got to lie to me, baby.

posted by Julia May Jonas

I had a funny experience today. Unable to write my post on Wednesday due to a busy day of theater-related stuff, I decided that, after going to bed at 2am I would wake at 6:30 this morning and spend an […]

Hardcore Dharma: And now it’s time for a breakdown.

posted by Julia May Jonas

  Saturday September 20: Subject: Eightfold path part 1: Right View, Right Intention   This Saturday in Hardcore Dharma we discussed the “wisdom trainings” of the Noble Eightfold Path, the aforementioned Right View and Right Path.   As mother might […]

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