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A long-time student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Lodro founded a Buddhist House at Wesleyan University during his college years. Upon graduating he served for three and a half years as the executive director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Boston and has led development efforts for Shambhala internationally since 2007. In addition to teaching dharma throughout the United States he chairs the Dana Group, a group formed to stimulate creative ways to promote generosity in Shambhala as well as coordinate all major fund-raising efforts. In addition to his weekly column here entitled "What would Sid do?" Lodro has a humorous blog "New York is Ridiculous" (newyorkisridiculous.com) which he writes from his apartment in Brooklyn, New York.

What would Sid do: I’m stuck in a rut

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By Lodro RinzlerMany people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. How […]

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What would Sid do about the crisis in Haiti?

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By Lodro RinzlerMany people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. How […]

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What would Sid do: My boss is a bully

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By Lodro RinzlerMany people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Each week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha was on his spiritual journey today. How […]

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WWSD: Can Buddhists celebrate Christmas?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

photo courtesy of zazzle.com by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was […]

How would Sid treat the homeless?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

It’s not always this straightforward to tell where your money is goingby Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an […]

Would Sid eat meat?

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Unlike Sid, Lodro’s dog Tillie is a big fan of the turkey by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had […]

What would Sid do: My underage son is drinking

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by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do with his life, […]

What would Sid do: Working with fear

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by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do […]

What would Sid do: Living with a non-meditator

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by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do […]

Buddhism and activism: How would Sid produce social change?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do […]

Buddhism and Alcohol: What would Sid drink?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

image courtesy of the Museum of anti-alcohol posters by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, […]

What would Sid do: 7 steps that make for a “good Buddhist”

posted by Lodro Rinzler

by Lodro Rinzler Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do […]

What would Sid do: Buddhism and abortion

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by Lodro Rinzler    Angulimal, photo courtesy of shunya.net Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for […]

What would Sid do about my party-hardy neighbor?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to […]

What would Sid do: is it okay to masturbate?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

photo shot by the author in williamsburg, nyc What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing […]

Buddhism and Sex: Would Sid have a threesome with my roommate?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

The original threesome of Buddhism: the three jewels What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing […]

Buddhism and Sexuality: What would Sid say about me being gay?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to […]

What would Sid do: sometimes the sangha are just jerks

posted by Lodro Rinzler

photo courtesy of hollywoodtoday.net. Yes, really. What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations […]

Right Livelihood: Would Sid do it for the money?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to […]

Buddhism and Addiction: What would Sid say about alcoholism?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

“They tried to make me go sit shamatha and I said ‘OM, OM, OM’”photo courtesy of indiespeaker.com What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how […]

Buddhism and Dating: Would Sid sleep with a Republican?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

photo courtesy of barackobuddha.com What would Sid do? Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what […]

What would Sid do: would Sid pick someone up at a bar?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

“You ladies come here often?” Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed […]

Would Sid ever bartend? Buddhism, bars, and depression

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Not only would Sid bartend but he would also play in fountains with umbrellas What would Sid do?Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual […]

What would Sid do? Leopards, garudas, and players oh my!

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Out of all the dignities the Garuda was known as the close-talker. Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing […]

What would Sid do? Buddhism and Lying

posted by Lodro Rinzler

“Geez Buddha, don’t get up on my account.” Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what […]

What would Sid do? I’m insecure in my relationship…

posted by Lodro Rinzler

“Excuse me, would any of you fine ladies care to dance?” Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, […]

What would Sid do? Buddhism and Drugs

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Amy Winehouse is one of many celebs who has put down the pipe and picked up a mala. photo courtesy of topnews.in Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn […]

What would Sid do? I cheated on my spouse…

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do with his life, […]

What would Sid do? Waking up next to a stranger…

posted by Lodro Rinzler

Before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment at age 35 he was a confused twenty and thirty-something looking to learn how to live a spiritual life. He had an overbearing dad, expectations for what he was supposed to do with his life, […]

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