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Jerry Kolber is grateful for the teachings of Buddhism and daily meditation practice.

Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face

posted by Jerry Kolber

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: […]

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The Speech Obama Should Give About Health Insurance Reform

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry KolberIt’s a shame that with such initial popular support for his health insurance reform President Obama is running into such difficulties making it possible for all American’s to be healthy.  While I tend to vote Democrat, I have […]

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The Buddha is My DJ

posted by Jerry Kolber

Scott Mitchell is a Shin Buddhist practicioner and scholar from Oakland, CA, with a Doctorate in Buddhist Studies. He’s the co-host of the podcast The Dharma Realm (with Rev. Harry Bridge) and also runs his own excellent Buddhist blog The […]

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The Happy Place

posted by Jerry Kolber

On a day when the Northeast is being soaked with rain and Google’s on fire with searches for the tiger woods latest update, I was thrilled to receive the latest update from my anonymous Facebook friend We Happy Now.  I […]

Heifer International for One Stop Holiday Shopping

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber. Follow Jerry on Twitter. Ethan mentioned Heifer International here on the blog a few days ago and I’ve been reading more about this fantastic organization. I wanted to offer a little more insight as to why Heifer […]

Can You Give Thanks for Enough? …the Real Thanksgiving

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber, IDP, follow me on Twitter . For more about the IDP check out The Intderdependence Project website As talk turns to turkey, pilgrims, stuffing, and Black Friday, I offer you the best and most accurate children’s Thanksgivingpresentation […]

The Power of Coincidence

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by Jerry Kolber, special to the Herald, author: Three Dollar Dinner Over the past few weeks I have been incredibly aware of co-incidents.  The power of coincidence seems to be playing a large role in my life and I am […]

Buddhism is Not a Religion Part 5: Why I Sit

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by Jerry Kolber Jerry is a writer and producer of film and TV based in NYC. His site about how to cook cheap delicious organic meals is at www.ThreeDollarDinner.com.It’s hard to believe in Judaism and also believe in Christianity, but […]

Larry Johnson Suspended for Twitter Slurs

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber This week finds Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson suspended for anti-gay Twitter slurs against a coach. Of course, he is free to say whatever he wants to whoever he wants. Twitter may find that he […]

Twitteleh, Balloon Boy, and Reality Television

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by Jerry Kolber. Jerry is a media obsessed Buddhist televison producer in New York City. follow him at twitter.com/JerryKolber – or on Twitteleh. Before we get to Twitteleh, some thoughts about reality television.  When I heard about balloon boy flying […]

Senate Committee Passes Health Care Reform Bill

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber What the hell happened to health care reform? It turns out that not only is Barack Obama not some sort of savior, messiah, or angel, as his post-election pre-office halo seemed to suggest, he is also not […]

Health Insurance and the Public Option

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber is a writer, filmmaker and television producer based in New York City. His personal site is at www.JerryKolber.com and you can follow him on Twitter. Past projects include Inked and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and he […]

Buddhism is Not A Religion Part 3: The Truth Shall Set You Free

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber is an award-winning film and TV producer and writer and is on the board of directors of The Interdependence Project.  Past projects include Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The Eden Myth, and Inked.  Upcoming projects include Bank […]

Buddhism is Not a Religion: The God Problem

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber I am going to continue exploring where I left off last week with my question:  is Buddhism a religion or a way to approach living?  The ONLY reason I think this question matters is that the ideas […]

Buddhism is Not A Religion Pt. 1: Buddhists on a Plane

posted by Jerry Kolber

In today’s post I’m going to continue explaining why Buddhism, despite there being religious organizations called Buddhism, is not inherently a religion and is a technique and way of living that is applicable to anyone, EVEN IF they choose to […]

The Branding of Buddhism

posted by Jerry Kolber

One thing that the Buddhist community doesn’t seem to think about very much is branding.  Gasp! Branding and Buddhism? I’m sure some Buddhists would find this hideously inappropriate, and they may be right.  But, following up on my post two […]

Health Care, Blue Dogs, Town Hall, Obama – Haiku Contest!

posted by Jerry Kolber

This week’s entry began as a long angry article about the scarcity-and-fear-based argument against universal health care and making sure that all humans in the United States are able to be healthy.  It ended as a western-form Haiku that would […]

Buddhism For Dummies – I Don’t Think So

posted by Jerry Kolber

I recently noticed that the “For Dummies” franchise had a book called “Buddhism for Dummies”.  This made me laugh. Buddhism is a philosophy (and, in some areas of the world, a religion) full of deep-sounding expressions, lots of quiet time […]

10 Of the Best Websites for Buddhism

posted by Jerry Kolber

I wake up early every morning, meditate, make coffee, write a bit and usually check out a few sites online. Besides the Interdependence Project One City blog, which I humbly submit manages to have a more relevant, lively, and consistent […]

5 Reasons My Dharma is Better Than Your Dharma

posted by Jerry Kolber

I’ve been putting this off for a while, but since yesterday’s conversation here with Buddhist Geeks Vince Horn pretty much started a blazing meteor shower of comments, it’s time to come out and say it – my dharma is better […]

Practice Check-in

posted by Jerry Kolber

I thought it might be useful to share a quick check-in on my own personal practice. Lately I’ve had plenty of opportunities for distracting thoughts, which is just great for practicing meditation.  I mean, if you want to hone your […]

Top Ten Reasons To Start Meditating Today

posted by Jerry Kolber

“Meditate Daily” has been hovering on my to-do, someday, or maybe lists for more than ten years, since the late 1990’s.  Two years ago the universe conspired to deliver me to the doorstep of the Interdependence Project, where the clarity […]

Buddhism is The Greatest Religion in the World, If It Was A Religion

posted by Jerry Kolber

My post Freedom From Religion: Buddhism Wins Best Religion in the World Award last week set off quite a stir around these here ‘nets. Over at Paramita they offer to send an 11 month old girl to pick up the […]

Freedom From Religion: Buddhism Wins Best Religion in the World Award

posted by Jerry Kolber

In light of the ongoing Freedom From Religion Foundationcase, I found this news item interesting. Linda Moulin | 15.07.2009 | 16:55 Tribune de Geneve   In advance of their annual Leading Figure award to areligious figure who has done the […]

Massachusetts Attorney General Coakley Sues US Over Same Sex Marriage

posted by Jerry Kolber

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley just sued the US Federal Government challenging the euphemistically named Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), claiming that it is unconstitutional because it denies insurance, health care, and other rights to gay and lesbian couples in […]

Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and Celebrity Death Culture

posted by Jerry Kolber

With the internet abuzz this week trying to get the first/latest/best look at Michael Jackson‘s body, Farah Fawcett‘s funeral, and Mr. Jackson’s financial papers, it may finally be time to talk about celebrity death culture here at the Interdependence Project […]

North Korea Threatens US – What if they nuke us?

posted by Jerry Kolber

With North Korea officially threatening to “wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all” (referring of course to the United States, and the potential that they will launch a nuclear missile at Hawaii or Alaska on July […]

Shambhala Level One Weekend Retreat Real World Report

posted by Jerry Kolber

Today at the gym, riding an indoor bike in a glass enclosed room inside the place. Since this weekend’s retreat, been trying to maintain the gap between habitual conditioned response and actual reality. Not easy.  This lady comes in to […]

Words as Walls

posted by Jerry Kolber

Today I got news that one of the documentary projects I’ve been trying to get financing for will likely get both financing and distribution, and collaboration from the perfect partner. Great news, and my initial reaction was energetic excitement. Within […]

National Running Day – Is Running Meditation?

posted by Jerry Kolber

I’ve been a runner on and off for the last fifteen years. Last year I (slowly) ran the New York City Marathon.  Today is national running day, and as a Buddhist Meditator I thought it would be appropriate to tackle […]

Prop 8: Sexual Positions for Gay Married Couples

posted by Jerry Kolber

I imagine it must have been a pretty steamy session  yesterday as the California Supreme Court all had to imagine graphic gay sexual positions (consciously or not)  as they decided whether people who engaged in those sexual positions were entitled […]

Walking the Plank

posted by Jerry Kolber

There is no shortage of evidence that the earth is burning, flooding, asphyxiating and dying.  9 out of 10 dentists agree that something has to be done or our children (or their children) will inherit a planet that cannot support […]

Coming Out Buddhist

posted by Jerry Kolber

When I came out to my parents in my early 20’s, it was not a big deal. I’d known I liked guys for a while, and had mainly waited because A) I was still sleeping with girls AND guys  and […]

I Buried Paul: From the Desk of Minimofo

posted by Jerry Kolber

From the desk of: MiniMoFo Re: volution Sitting on his cushion at 6:12AM, thoughts began flooding in.  “Need to call Barry”.  “Need to pay storage bill.” “Need to write post for IDP.”  “Should start running again.” Don’t attach; don’t push away; observe.  He started […]

New Beginnings

posted by Jerry Kolber

This is a week of new beginnings for me.  I spent Sunday and Monday keeping an eye on my best friend’s four year old, my godson Sidney, as his wife April was preparing to deliver their second son by home […]

Commecial Break

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber posting off schedule but this one made me think of the IDP immediately. Courtesy of ALRDesign.com blog ; can you imagine a US bank making this commercial? And no that is not Bea Arthur.

Does Mindful Always Mean Polite?

posted by Jerry Kolber

Sunday’s day of Activism turned out to be an incredible experience, making new friends, seeing new faces at the IDP (shout out: Team Timberland!), making tons of amazing bags, doing hilarious street theater, and gathering signatures and handing out pledge […]

The Hipster Chute

posted by Jerry Kolber

Woke up cold, coffee on my mind. Still dark out but the kind of neverdark that passes for dark in Manhattan. Fucks with your mind not ever seeing stars, but that’s another story about the homeland for some other time. […]

The Heart Sutra

posted by Jerry Kolber

Not sure what to say this week, the only thing really on my mind besides writing a cookbook is that my good friend died on Thursday. She was 35 and had been battling cancer for a bit and was supposed […]

100 X 100

posted by Jerry Kolber

I came across a photo project by Michael Wolf, in which he photographs 100 of the residents of Hong Kong’s oldest public housing project in their apartments. Each apartment is 10 X 10, so it’s 100 people by 100 square […]

Buddhist Monks Say Twitter Can Lead to Happiness

posted by Jerry Kolber

I am not making up that headline. In the same week that I began my own 140 Twitter-post journey to explain why Twitter was the next step in the de-personalization of over-noisification of the very tiny (yet very consumptive) subset […]

The Underpaid Buddhist-Inspired Freelancer

posted by Jerry Kolber

Jerry Kolber been freelancing in the world of TV and writing for a while now, and he (YES Jerry Kolber is a HE!) gets one question a lot from friends: “How do you bid properly for a freelance job?” Props […]

The Joe Pyne Show – Seen in One City

posted by Jerry Kolber

It’s not Jerry Kolber’s regular posting time, but I couldn’t resist posting these two clips. A wise man in Miami pointed me to the Joe Pyne show which ran nationally through the 50’s & 60’s. Both of these clips seem […]

An Indian in Dachau

posted by Jerry Kolber

No, it’s not a new Elie Wiesel book. This is what happens when one particular Indian woman goes to modern day Dachau.

Can a Buddhist be an Anarchist?

posted by Jerry Kolber

I’ve had many wonderful conversations over the past few years about the role of anarchism in western society (not the Anarchist Cookbook blow stuff up and call it anarchism juvenile version, I’m talking real deal anarchy that involves re-thinking the […]

Beating a dead horse

posted by Jerry Kolber

How to beat a dead horse. First, you must find a dead horse. Frequently these can be obtained at the end of horse races, or alternately by going out to pasture, where old horses are often put in later years. […]

You Are George Bush

posted by Jerry Kolber

I once read a quote that said you cannot criticize the place or era you live in without also criticizing yourself. This seems to be a pretty decent definition of my understanding of interdependence. Believing in interdependence means that you […]

You’ve Got Bale

posted by Jerry Kolber

I just listened to the tape of Christian Bale yelling for four minutes at a DP who walked into the middle of a scene on the set of the new Terminator, apparently not for the first time. Bale feels that […]

A Clown and a Fawcett

posted by Jerry Kolber

Two gems from our pop culture vaults that I’ve come across in my internet trawlings (thanks Paul R). Both make me think that either commercials were a lot more transparent in their intentions thirty years ago, or the American people […]

BREAKING NEWS: Marriage Equality Video

posted by Jerry Kolber

Ethan suggested I make everyone aware of a video I put together this weekend that is blowing up online – over 4,000 views in the first 24 hours. It’s seriously IDP influenced (and thanks to those of you who gave […]

Am I Buddhist Enough?

posted by Jerry Kolber

  How much Buddhism do I have to study before I am really a Buddhist? I couldn’t go to Hardcore Dharma classes this fall because I was training for the marathon. I don’t know Sanskrit or Pali. I know there […]

McCain Accuses Obama of Being a Robot

posted by Jerry Kolber

I could not resist writing a little political parody for today’s post. So here you go. – Jerry Kolber McCain Accuses Obama of Being “A Robot” CNN – October 31, 2008 – Ohio: Sen. John McCain stepped up his rhetoric […]

Barack Obama, Buddha, and the Hero’s Journey

posted by Jerry Kolber

The hero myth is found in every culture throughout the world, throughout the millenia. The process of call to adventure, initiation, wandering in the mythological woods, conquering evil, and returning home with knowledge to help the community is the basic […]

It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

posted by Jerry Kolber

When David Nichtern spoke with the IDP earlier this year, he called his lecture It’s The End of The World  As We Know It And I Feel Fine.  Whether he was borrowing an REM title or just trying to scare […]

Why We Should Pay People to Drive Hybrids

posted by Jerry Kolber

Driving back from Vermont today I was considering how strange it is that automotive technology is so primitive.  If all the other familiar technologies in our lives had stopped at the maturity level of gas powered cars, we would be […]

Truth and Reality

posted by Jerry Kolber

For the last few years I have been producing reality television shows, an interesting crossroads of storytelling, documentary, and mockumentary. A key component of all of these shows is the interview.  Part confessional, part narrative device, partly real and partly […]

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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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