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Jon Rubinstein writes from a Buddhist perspective, about artists and the media's ability and responsibility to promote compassion, for his blog Adventures in Compassion (in the Screen Trade). He also runs Authentic Talent and Literary Management; his clients include Emmy, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominated actors and writers, who strive to be a positive impact on the world around them. Jon lives in Brooklyn with his wife and kids.

The Buddha at Work – “All we are is dust in the wind, dude.”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

“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” Logan Whoa! Excellent!  I’ve had impermanence […]

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The Buddha at Work – “Blame it on the A-a-a-a-a-alcohol”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Dharma is everywhere, if we look for it. This song seems to be about doing things we know are going to cause suffering to us and to others, with a ready excuse – blame it on the alcohol. Drink up! […]

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The Buddha at Work – “Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

There’s a tradition in Mali and Senegal called “joking cousins,” or cousinage. Certain ethnic groups are considered cousins of each other, and as cousins, they’re expected to make fun of one another. Here’s an example from an Utne Reader article […]

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The Buddha at Work – “Right Here, Right Now” – Urban Dharma from High School Musical!

posted by Jon Rubinstein

I was listening to Buddhist Geeks‘ podcast recently; Vince Horn interviewed Seattle Insight Meditation Society Guiding Teacher Rodney Smith and I was really struck by his attention to what he calls, “urban dharma,” the dharma found and practiced in everyday […]

“Mom, Dad… I’m Buddhist!” – Breaking it to Your Parents, Without Making them Wrong

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Mom, Dad, (cough, sob). I have something to tell you. Share with you, really. I’ve felt terrible. I’ve been hiding something. Something big. Sneaking around. Being so… evasive. Lying, even. Dad, when you found that book in my bag, Hardcore […]

The Buddha at Work – “Turn and Face the Strange… Changes.”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Look out, you rock and rollers. Pretty soon now, you’re gonna get older! I heard somewhere that Bowie did some time in a monastery before he wrote this song. Can’t say if that’s true but I’d like to believe it’s […]

The Buddha at Work – “Take Your Cushion to Work Day”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Throughout this week, while everyone’s minds were on the upcoming holiday and the four day weekend, I found myself slightly distracted, trying to figure how to address the next of the Six Paramitas and how it applies […]

The Buddha at Work – The Joy of Effort!

posted by Jon Rubinstein

How amazing is Stevie Wonder? Check out this performance from 1973. I like to imagine myself watching this at age 3, but chances are I was watching Sesame Street. So what in the heck does this have to do with […]

The Charter for Compassion: Karen Armstrong’s Vision

posted by Jon Rubinstein

by Jon Rubinstein I’ve been writing elsewhere about the Charter for Compassion which launched on November 12. The Charter is the fulfillment of Karen Armstrong‘s 2008 Ted prize and comes from Armstrong’s observation that every religion, without exception, shares a […]

The Buddha at Work – Smackdown Against Anger – “All We Need is Just a Little Patience”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

In a shocking twist, I’m not going to post the Guns ‘n Roses video here. The lyrics just don’t have that much to do with what we’re talking about. We’ve been discussing the Six Paramitas, as they’re called in the […]

A Journey into Right Livelihood with Etsy

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Handmade crafts marketplace Etsy‘s blog The Storque highlights one of their vendors, Zeke, who recycles glass bottles and makes them into glasses, carafes, and planters. Zeke seems like a great example of living Right Livelihood. To Zeke, Right Livelihood is […]

The Buddha at Work – “Ethics, Shmethics, So Long as I Get Paid.”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Often in business, we are confronted with shortcuts, with opportunities to bend our integrity just a little bit, in order to enrich ourselves. This might mean financially, or taking credit where it isn’t due, or avoiding a difficult situation we […]

A Kiss Halloween Contemplation! How Dressing Up as Paul Stanley Might Provide Access to Buddha Nature

posted by Jon Rubinstein

I’m dressing up as Paul Stanley this Halloween. My six year old son Eli’s going as Gene Simmons, and my wife, Amy, as Peter Criss. Our nine year old daughter Lily is going as Hermione Granger. As much as we […]

The Buddha at Work – “Generosity: What’s In It For Me?”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

by Jon Rubinstein Ready for some musical inspiration? How’s that for a kick in the ass? I’ve never really noticed that before, how this song is all about the virtue of generosity. Way to be mindful, Jon! As Thich Nhat […]

The Buddha at Work: The Six Perfections of Highly Effective People

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Remember that awesome Loverboy song, “Working for the Weekend”? Let me refresh your memory. I’m sure it’ll brighten your day: Not bad, right? I hope you’re still with me and didn’t run out to get a perm and a headband.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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