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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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Buddha was a conservative

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato At least, that’s what this article in the American Thinker proposes. In “Tiger, the Buddha, and Me,” writer Robin of Berkeley sets out to prove “Why the Buddha was more Mark Levin than Saul Alinsky.” She asks, “So […]

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What would Sid do: I’m stuck in a rut

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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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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! […]

A History of Mindfulness

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen In our What are the Suttas? study course last Saturday at the IDP New York City center, we had a look at a translation from Pali of the Satipatthana Sutta, and a session of meditation practice based on the instructions […]

The Causes of Happiness

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato What makes us happy? Nicolas Kristof recently wrote a thought-provoking piece in the New York Times on what makes us happy: “Our Basic Human Pleasures: Food, Sex and Giving.” Since we are reading and writing a buddhist […]

What would Sid do about the crisis in Haiti?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 […]

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 […]

Buddhist Warfare?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

At Religion Dispatches is an article by Michael Jerryson, one of the editors of the just released book Buddhist Warfare. I haven’t read the book yet, but the article has some interesting points that are worth addressing.  Jerryson writes that the book […]

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 […]

Podcast: Dealing with Anger Pt. 1 with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

The Buddhist philosophical and psychological teachings include in-depth instructions on the destructive power of anger, as well as the possibility of channeling it to unvail insight and compassion. This three part series focuses on an understanding of what anger is […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Misunderstanding the Ego by Mark Epstein

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern I am pretty darn psyched (no pun intended) to be co-teaching a four week series on Buddhism and Psychology at the Interdependence Project with my friend Dr. Miles Neale. If you are in the New York […]

What would Sid do: My boss is a bully

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 […]

A year to live

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans It is time to contemplate the uncertainty of my death. That’s a specific project of mine for 2010: to imagine that this is the last year of my life. In doing that, I’m planning a series of […]

What the Buddha Taught: SuttaCentral

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen Let’s say you’re interested in discerning which teachings can most reliably be attributed to  ??kyamuni Buddha, the historical man. Seems reasonable enough–after all, it’s been a primary concern of Buddhists and scholars over the last two hundred years. You’re […]

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 […]

Holiday Spirit and Pie

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans Toooo many holiday gatherings: Thanksgiving to the New Year is a non-stop eating marathon and I’m the one getting stuffed. Perhaps the short days and imposing, cold air inspires richness. Prolific holiday music isn’t cutting the gloom […]

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 […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato On a recent visit to San Francisco, I visited the Japanese Tea Garden and ran into this wonderful bronze buddha statue. photo courtesy mark rifkin/twi-ny.com There really was something that struck me about this statue at that […]

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 […]

“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 […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Thich Nhat Hanh Says Do Your Dishes Before You Change The World

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern This is one of my all-time favorites quotes, and we discussed it in the Meditation in Everyday Life course last week, part of the awesome Way of Shambhala curriculum. It always brings me back to Earth […]

Would Sid eat meat?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 […]

Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2009: What Would Jesus Buy? Heifer International?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern (for more about IDP, visit the Interdependence Project‘s main website) Welcome to the day of the year with the strangest name: Black Friday 2009. Next comes Cyber Monday 2009. The name feels like an apocalypse, or […]

Thanksgiving Quotes: The Dalai Lama on Precious Human Life

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern (Something to contemplate while basting turkey or tofurkey) A Precious Human Life Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to have woken up, I am alive, I have a precious human life, […]

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 […]

Me, myself, and I and I

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen I’ve always been fascinated by multiple personality disorder (or dissociative identity disorder, as it is now properly called). My fascination increased a couple of years ago when I read a rather lurid book called The Myth of […]

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato Thanksgiving, a particularly American holiday, is coming up on Thursday. What are we giving thanks for? What am I grateful for? What are you grateful for? These kinds of questions get asked a lot around this time […]

What would Sid do: My underage son is drinking

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 with his life, […]

Women In Buddhism: The Thai Nun Controversy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Rafi Santo, Director of the Interdependence Project‘s Integral Activism Program In an unprecedented historical act, Ajahn Brahm (full name: Ajahn Brahmavamso), a senior monk in the Thai Forest Tradition of Theravadin Buddhism, conducted a full ordination at his Australian […]

Back to the Basics: The Four Noble Truths and The Eightfold Path

posted by Evelyn Cash

By Evelyn Cash Over the past few weeks I’ve been taking a step back and revisiting some of the very basic teachings of the Buddha.  I think it can be helpful from time to time to go back and reconsider […]

What would Sid do: Trust and Forgiveness in Buddhism

posted by Ethan Nichtern

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, […]

Shopping For a Spiritual Practice: Intro to Zen

posted by Patrick Groneman

by Patrick Groneman Last weekend I continued my search for a spiritual practice by taking part in the Zen Mountain Monastery’s “Intro to Zen Training” Retreat, a weekend toe dipping into the Mountain and Rivers Order manifestation of Soto and […]

Building and safeguarding Buddhism in the West

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen  People study meditation and Buddhism for all sorts of reasons, with varying levels of interest. That said, it seems safe to say that the vast majority have modest aspirations for it, modest levels of interest in it, […]

Meditation Marathon and the Inextricability of Disco and Tonglen

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato SO much to say about the Interdependence Project 24-hour meditation marathon in the windows of ABC Carpet & Home, a high-end home furnishings store in Manhattan, this weekend. My angle here: Was this anything more than a […]

What would Sid do: Working with fear

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 […]

Podcast: Guest Lecture – “Buddhism and Shamanism: Working with Energy” with Robert Chender

posted by Patrick Groneman

Robert Chender has been a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala tradition for many years, and is also a student and practitioner of certain shamanic traditions, including the Munay-ki initiations of the Inca shamanic tradition.  In this talk he explores […]

Medical Marijuana and Tantra

posted by Davee Evans

from Davee Evans The recent shift in medical marijuana policy reminded me of the infrequent and yet ongoing conversation about Buddhism and drugs. I recently read a paper published at Erowid, titled Psychoactive Plants in Tantric Buddhism, specifically discussing cannabis […]

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 […]

Why We Meditate: Sittin’ In The Morning Sun, Sittin’ When The Evening Come

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern This is the last installment of “Why We Meditate” before the 24 Hour Meditation Marathon. On Friday and Saturday, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest […]

Buddhism is Not a Religion Part 5: Why I Sit

posted by Jerry Kolber

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 […]

Meditating, In Public, on Broadway For 24 Hours. No, I Am Not David Blaine

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern This Friday 7pm, Until Saturday 7pm, The Interdependence Project is putting on what promises to be a very cool event. We are meditating, as a group, for 24 hours straight, in the storefront windows of this place, […]

Meditate New York!

posted by Ellen Scordato

Closely following on Greg Zwahlen’s excellent post, “Why I am not a Tibetan Buddhist ” with its thoughtful look at the panorama of Buddhist traditions available to practitioners in the USA today comes Meditate NYC, an opportunity to sample the […]

Why I am not a “Tibetan Buddhist” (anymore)

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen If you’ve received meditation instruction at a Shambhala center, or at an Insight Meditation Center, a zendo, or the ID project, the very first thing you probably learned was that it is possible to look directly into […]

Bill W. and Buddha: Connections Between Meditation and the Twelve Steps of AA

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Rosemary McGinn I’ve always wanted to eavesdrop on a conversation between Siddhartha Gautama and Bill Wilson (the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous). I think they’d get along great: Both of these men found paths out of suffering in their own […]

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 […]

Halloween Quotes: Chogyam Trungpa on Fear and Fearlessness

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan NichternWhat better time than All-Hallows’-Eve for halloween quotes about fear and fearlessness? What better teacher than Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche. Happy Halloween everyone! Go to the places that scare you, homies. (ugly Golden Buddha costume from buycostumes.com – […]

Hip Hop Legend The RZA Discusses Buddhism on Shambhala Sun Blog

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern From the “Never-Thought-I’d-See-The-Day” Department, Hip Hop Legend and Wu Tang Clan charter member, The RZA, was interviewed about Buddhism, Right Speech and the Heart Sutra for the Shambhala Sun blog by my good friend Rod Meade Sperry. […]

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 […]

Podcast: Natural Wakefulness Pt.2 with Crystal Gandrud

posted by Patrick Groneman

“Wakefulness is our natural state: enlightened, complete, perfect in wisdom and compassion. It’s not something outside ourselves that we need to attain or become. But it’s also true that some effort is required to get in touch with it–and that […]

Why We Meditate: Because Practice Can Cure Hangovers?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon […]

What would Sid do: Living with a non-meditator

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 […]

Twitteleh, Balloon Boy, and Reality Television

posted by Jerry Kolber

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 […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Meditation in Everyday Life

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Greetings from the Shambhala Sangha Retreat in gorgeous Vermont, where I am acting as a meditation instructor under the awesome mind-heart training, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the coolest Buddhist teacher this side of the Himalayas, in my humble […]

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 […]

Enlightenment without retreat?

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans How about a year off? NY designer Stefan Sagmeister does this every seven years. He shuts his design firm, and heads off to work on personal projects for creative renewal. Watch his views on taking time off […]

The Buddha at Work: Right Speech in the Movie Business

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Jon Rubinstein I’m a talent and literary manager. Recently, a problem was brought to my attention regarding an upcoming release. So we all got on the phone–movie studio executives, publicists, agents, and myself–to discuss the situation and see if […]

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 […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Do You Need To Be A Vegetarian To Practice Meditation and Yoga Properly?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Both yoga and Buddhist meditation philosophy ask practitioners to refrain from the act of killing – whether directly or indirectly – as much as possible. In the American yoga communities I am part of, vegetarianism is fairly […]

Dalai Lama Talks To Wolf Blitzer About Apparent Snub From Fellow Nobel Winner Obama (Video)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Nobel Laureate, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, about his apparent brush-off from the newest Nobel Peace Prize Winner, President Barack Obama. The Dalai Lama, in the fashion of embodying peace, was quite gracious. […]

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, […]

Letterman. Mitterrand. What about your guru?

posted by Davee Evans

from Davee Evans Sex is in the news again, surprise surprise. I’m hearing nightly about David Letterman‘s confession of romantic affairs, and recently rehashing Frederic Mitterrand‘s prior sexual purchases as well. The latter, according to the AP, stemming from his […]

Why We Meditate: To Be Less of A Jerk

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon […]

Obama, The Dalai Lama, and The GOP: Are Republicans the Defenders of Tibet and Human Rights?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern File this under world turned upside down–or under political opportunism–depending on your viewpoint. According to The Hill, Republican lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for failing to support Tibetan rights and human rights in general by not […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Dealing With Emotions

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is one of the finest Tibetan Buddhist teachers in America, in my humble opinion. Funnier than most comedians and sharper than most scholars, I would encourage you to check him out. Somebody buy this […]

Vampires, Zombies, Buddhism and the Undead

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato Pop culture thermometer: Cold. Deathly cold. Cold and dead is hot. Zombieland was the top-grossing movie this past weekend. . Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was one of the near-moribund book publishing industry’s few runaway success stories last […]

Obama Postpones (Avoids?) Meeting With Dalai Lama: Change We No Longer Believe In?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern According to the Washington Post, President Obama has postponed meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama until after a summit with Chinese Leader Hu Jintao. The Post claims this is an attempt to avoid ruffling feathers and […]

The Death Knell of “Funeral Buddhism” in Japan

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn CashI came across this story yesterday from the Buddhist Channel reporting that as the religion dies in Japan, Buddhist priests are resorting to desperate measures to try and regain followers.  The priests are trying everything from anime DVDs […]

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 […]

Why We Meditate: Because Alan Grayson, Kanye West, and Joe Wilson Don’t (Yet?)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern On November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project (which creates this blog for your education and/or amusement) will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon […]

October Quotes: (A Buddhist?) Walt Whitman on a Spiritual America

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern An October Quote to start the month. Question Number One: What does a Spiritual America look like, and is there a difference between “spiritual” and “religious?” Question Number Two: Was Walt Whitman America’s First Buddhist? Or just […]

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 […]

“Nones” to go Buddhist? Andrew Sullivan and the God and Country Blog

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen The US News and World Report God and Country blog reported last week that a recent Trinity College survey found that in the next twenty years, the percentage of Americans who report “no religion” may increase from […]

Thich Nhat Hanh monks ejected from Vietnamese monastery

posted by Ellen Scordato

Nonviolent followers of Vietnamese Zen teacher and world-renowned author Thich Nhat Hahn were violently ejected from the Bat Nha monastery in Lam Dong province in Vietnam on Sunday. The monks’ ejection followed months of tension. (photo AFP)

Yom Kippur 2009: Atonement – Karma isn’t Just a Buddhist Thing

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern As your typical half-jew, half-protestant, God-loving agnostic and Buddhist practitioner, I wanted to wish everyone a very fruitful Yom Kippur 2009. Someone mentioned to me that they think atonement and fasting, seem un-Buddhist, because of the possibility […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Pema Chodron on Tea Boys, Race Riots, and World War III

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A good Buddhist quote on how annoying people can turn into bitter enemies, and how Buddhism uses the “tea boy” analogy to keep your enemies as close as you can. “The story goes that Atisha was told that the people […]

Pop Zen or The Branding of Buddhism: Remix

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn Cash A few weeks ago, Jerry Kolber wrote an article on this blog about the Branding of Buddhism.  His piece presented an intriguing argument for branding and popularizing Buddhism in order to make the Buddha’s valuable teachings available […]

What would Sid do: Buddhism and abortion

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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 […]

Envisioning a Dzong

posted by Davee Evans

an actual dzong. photo by miles_lane by Davee Evans Some things poignantly remind me that I’ve just moved back to San Francisco — a city that I so dearly love — like cold, foggy evenings; bells ringing from street cars; or discovering […]

Why We Meditate: It’s Cheaper Than Adderall

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern This November 6 & 7, the Buddhist-inspired Interdependence Project will be hosting our largest fundraiser and event to date in the form of a 24- hour Meditation Marathon in the window displays of ABC Carpet & Home, […]

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 […]

Dalai Lama in Memphis: Fist Bump is the New Namaste

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern According to the Associated Press, the interim Mayor of Memphis, Myron Lowery concocted a new way to greet His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Fist Bump! Yes, that’s right. He also said “Hello, Dalai.” Apparently his Holiness was […]

Autumn Quotes About Fall: Chogyam Trungpa on the Natural Hierarchy of Four Seasons

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Happy Autumn! Enjoy this quote about fall from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of Shambhala: “The Four Seasons have a natural hierarchy of restriction, openness, celebration, practicality–and then restriction again. We could talk about the functioning of governments or any organization, […]

The ultimate truth is fearless

posted by Greg Zwahlen

by Greg Zwahlen Over the last few days our friend Waylon Lewis, editor at elephant journal, blogged about allegations he had recently discovered about Chogyam Trungpa. Waylon was convinced they were false, and suggested that a reference to it on Wikipedia, be deleted […]

Buddhist Leader Karmapa: “Video war games satiate my feelings of aggression”

posted by Patrick Groneman

Today is The International Day of Peace! The Karmapa recently shared one of his methods for avoiding aggression … by playing video games! “All of us have emotions, happy emotions, sad emotions, displeased emotions and we need to figure out […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

B-B-B-Buddha of the week! A lovely wheatpaste piece up on Bogart Street, inBushwick, part ofBrooklyn, it’sBuddha! Thanks to IDP member Patrick Groneman for this photo. Would be great if the wheatpaste artist came forth too — spread it around!

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Economist Jared Bernstein on Hell and Heaven

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Since the last quote provoked a surprising discussion, here’s another from Economist Jared Bernstein, Chief Economic Adviser to  Vice President Joseph Biden, and apparently, a fan of Buddhism. His book was given to me by Senator Eric Schneiderman, recently honored […]

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 […]

Buddhist Quote of the Day: What Kind of Karma Do You Drive?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“There is another issue that has important implications for how Buddhism will adapt to a more global role in the future. Karma has been used to rationalize racism, caste, economic oppression, birth handicaps and everything else. Taken literally, karma justifies […]

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 […]

Podcast: Reflections on 21st Century Dharma with Ethan Nichtern, Julia May Jonas and The Buddhist Geeks

posted by Patrick Groneman

One City Bloggers Ethan Nichtern and Julia May Jonas recently teamed up with Buddhist Geeks Vince Horn and Ryan Oelke to discuss the state of the Dharma in the 21st Century.   Some of you may remember Vince’s guest post on […]

Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

Buddha of the week, courtesy of Dharma Dave S, Maloneki, and boingboing.net Pears grown in the shape of a buddha. Whoa!

Buddhist Quote of the Day: Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on Joy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

“There is something suspect about our inability to enjoy anything.” -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, founder of the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Pioneer of contemporary Buddhism and meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche was my parents’ teacher and my teacher’s parent (figure out that lineage […]

The Best Laid Plans

posted by Evelyn Cash

My husband and I have a motto that we try to keep in mind when ever we go on a trip: “Don’t let the plans get in the way of the journey.” It’s a line from an episode of the […]

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 […]

President Takes Bill Moyers’ Advice: Obama’s Speech on Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I especially loved the end of President Obama’s speech last night. I am not sure if Obama saw Bill Moyers on Real Time with Bill Maher, or watched Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, but he did  speak verbatim of Health […]

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 […]

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 […]

Young People Meditate to Deal with Facebook Stress

posted by Patrick Groneman

A recent Boston Globe article points to a trend of young adults turning to Meditation as a means of dealing with the speed up of life that comes from becoming an adult in the age of the internet: “At a […]

Dances With Skunks: My Summer Dathun

posted by Stillman Brown

Folks who’ve been to Karme Choling, Shambhala’s retreat center in the Green Mountains, agree that it’s a pretty special place. After all the striving and frustration and noise of daily life, it’s extraordinary to find yourself in a spacious, verdant […]

Happy Labor Day: Buddhist Quote on Relaxation

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Take it easy today, ladies and gentlemen, before the fall madness gets into full swing, before Obama’s Speech Wednesday on Health Care Reform, before we all die sooner than we think. Relax. That’s really the point (or one point) of […]

Dharma Arts and Dance

posted by Ellen Scordato

Silvery wading pools! Dance! People in the trees! . Queens, New York: center for dharma arts Buddhism and the arts: From Zen calligraphy to the compositions of John Cage and Meredith Monk, to the Beasties and Lou Reed, dharma and […]

Zen and the Art of the Scam

posted by Evelyn Cash

Last Saturday, I fell victim to one of the oldest scams in the book.  A young man came to my door working on a “contest” and looking for my help.  He said that in order for him to gain points […]

Ben & Jerry’s Hubby Hubby: Gay Marriage and The Americone Dream

posted by Ethan Nichtern

In honor of the passage of Vermont’s same-sex marriage law, Ben & Jerry’s has announced that for 30 days (only in Vermont), “Chubby Hubby” ice cream will be sold as “Hubby Hubby.” Stephen Colbert‘s Americone Dream could not be reached […]

September Quotes: Summer is Impermanent, So Is Thich Nhat Hanh’s Pneumonia

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This September Quote is attributed to the great master Thich Nhat Hanh (who has been discharged from the hospital, awesome!)

American Casino – Interdependence and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m a buddhist. I read the Wall Street Journal as often as I can. I don’t see how anyone interested in interdependence can ignore the WSJ. I think any buddhist interested in relieving suffering in this world of relative reality […]

Best Buddhism and Meditation Website…Ever!

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Well, of course that’s sort of a silly thing to say. That’s like saying Buddhism is the World’s Best Religion. Who would ever make such a claim? But the new Interdependence Project website is pretty great. Lots to check out […]

Bill Moyers, Bill Maher, And Pema Chodron: Health Care Reform

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Below is a video from Real Time with Bill Maher, where journalist Bill Moyers sends a great message to President Obama on standing up for change, and brilliantly diagnoses what’s wrong with our political system, and especially, the non-progressives in […]

Top Five Method’s for Having an Awesome Retreat

posted by Patrick Groneman

A few weeks ago I wrote about how amazing my first week long meditation retreat was.   What I didn’t mention was the extra helpful advice about retreat practice I got in the form of a handwritten note from my friend […]

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 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 […]

Thich Nhat Hanh in Hospital with Pneumonia

posted by Ellen Scordato

Beloved Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh is in Massachusetts General Hospital being treated for pneumonia. The text of his letter from the hospital and more details are available at the Oxherding and Zencast blogs. (photo from Plum Village) The […]

I Am (Not) The Blue Cheese

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past weekend I went to a homecoming party for a friend who I haven’t seen in about a year. Seeing this friend for the first time in such a long time brought up some things that made me think […]

Constant Immigrant: District 9 Review and The Lazarus Project

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This week I had the opportunity to read and see two radically different narratives about the traumas of immigration, and I thought I’d offer each a short review:  the movie was District 9 by South African Neil Blomkamp and the […]

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 […]

Woah Frosting!

posted by Patrick Groneman

I’ve never been so shocked by someone unveiling a cake to me as I was when last Friday my girlfriend Jen showed me the special Mandala Birthday cake she made for me. It was a delicious as it looks.  May […]

Young. Black. Buddhist. Woman… In Kansas?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is a guest post for the One City Blog. —–Evelyn Cash is a Soto Zen and Vipassana meditation practitioner living in Wichita, Kansas. She works as an engineer. —– No matter how you slice it, I am definitely in […]

In the Times today . .

posted by Greg Zwahlen

An interesting piece by Robert Wright about his first experience with a Vipassana retreat, and his anticipation of the second one he will shortly undertake. .  . . I attended my first and only silent meditation retreat. It was just […]

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 […]

Podcast: “The Mindful Leader” with Michael Carroll Part 2

posted by Patrick Groneman

“Let the greatness infuse every detail” – Michael Carroll This week on the ID Project Podcast we have Part 2 of a very lively Guest Lecture by Michael Carroll.   Michael is author of Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader […]

Buddha of the Month

posted by Ellen Scordato

This month there’s two BoMs! Two friends of mine, who don’t know each other, just ran into one another in Bangkok on their peripatetic ways. This walking buddha is posted in their honor.Fotograf / Photographer: Heinrich Damm  I just returned […]

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 […]

Secularizing Buddhism–Making it Accessible or Stripping the Roots?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A Guest Post for the One City Blog by Vince Horn of Buddhist Geeks (Full Bio Below). It’s a very common and hip thing today to want to make Buddhism secular.  Many very worthwhile organizations and movements have this as their guiding […]

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 […]

Shopping For a Spiritual Practice – Insight Meditation Retreat

posted by Patrick Groneman

(photo courtesy of Doug Olsen) This past week I endeavored on my first ever week-long meditation retreat in the beautiful and inspiring Massachussettes Landscape at the Insight Meditation Society Retreat Center.   The most consistent question I have been asked by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buddhist Meditation, Global Warming, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

posted by Ethan Nichtern

How can mindful people do something about Global Warming and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? What does Buddhist Meditation have to do with healing the planet? Interdependence Project and One City‘s very own Jerry Kolber was published today over at […]

The Sickest Buddhist (Video Removed), Lululemon and Spiritual Materialism: So Overrated

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So Arj Barker of the great HBO show Flight of the Conchords (well, Season one was great at least) made this send-up of meditation students and people who practice yoga for all the wrong reasons.  (UPDATE: The Video is now […]

Buddhism and Baseball

posted by Ellen Scordato

I’m practicing lovingkindness meditation as part of Hardcore Dharma’s investigation of three specific meditation practices. Specifically, I’ve been following the very explicit directions in Sharon Salzburg‘s* classic book, Lovingkindness. But I’ve been applying them to baseball. Specifically, the New York […]

Followers of Thich Nhat Hanh Face Trouble in Vietnam

The Associated Press is reporting that Buddhist monks at nuns at the Bat Nha monastery in central Vietnam are being ordered to leave by Communist authorities. According to reports, telephone, power and water have been shut off and the monastery […]

Buddhism and the Environment: Is Mindfulness Meditation Enough?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I had the honor to be interviewed about Buddhism and Ecology by Rod Meade Sperry at the Shambhala Sun Blog last week. Check out the audio interview at the above hotlink. Also check out Rod’s great website, The Worst Horse […]

Do You Meditate? Who’s your Favorite Buddhist Meditation Teacher?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

If you meditate or study Buddhism, you eventually have to find a meditation teacher, either through books on meditation, Buddhist podcasts, meditation lectures, Dharma talks, or hopefully good old fashioned human contact. There are lots of great teachers out there, […]

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 […]

Podcast: “Practice Like Your Hair is on Fire” with Ethan Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

In this week’s podcast Ethan Nicthern takes us through the many obstacles to developing a regular meditation practice, how to overcome them and what the benefits are to doing so.   What are the things we tell ourselves to avoid […]

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 […]

Meditation for Caregivers: Stress, Fear and Lovingkindness

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is another post by Sharon Salzberg for the One City Blog. Sharon is one of three Buddhist lineage mentors for the Interdependence Project. She is also one of the foremost (and most awesome) Buddhist meditation teachers in America. She […]

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 […]

Meditation: “Attachment” is the Worst Failure Ever (Apologies to Republicans)

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Republicans “Bombed” Google so that a top search result for worst failure ever would lead to the Obama administration site. When it comes to translation of Buddhist terms and ideas, I can think of an even more massive fail. I […]

Podcast: “How Karma Works: The 12 Nidanas” with Juan-Carlos Castro

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the ID Project Podcast, Juan Carlos-Castro takes us through the 12 Nidanas, a structure in Buddhist Philosophy that helps us to understand the “links in the chain of conditioned co-production”, or put another way, the structure of […]

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 […]

Did Meditation Produce The World’s Happiest Man? Daniel Goleman on Mingyur Rinpoche

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A great blog post in the New York Times by Buddhist author Daniel Goleman about the young Tibetan master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, who has been dubbed the happiest man in the world (apparently it’s no longer fellow Buddhist Matthieu Ricard). […]

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, […]

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 […]

T?ran?tha on Padmasambhava’s lotus-birth

posted by Greg Zwahlen

According to Tibetan tradition, the eighth-century yogin Padmasambhava was born as an eight-year-old child on a lotus blossom in Lake Dhanakosha. His name, in fact, literally means “Lotus Born.” This is what the early 17th-century Tibetan historian T?ran?tha had to […]

Buddhism, Meditation, Psychology, and Therapy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Are you interested in Buddhist meditation and its link to psychology, therapy, healing arts, and a contemporary understanding of the mind? What might Carl Jung say about Buddhism or guided meditation? Would Pema Chodron and Freud get into a ballroom […]

Podcast: “Understanding Karma” with Crystal Gandrud

posted by Patrick Groneman

This week on the ID Project Podcast Crystal Gandrud takes us past many of the common misconceptions surrounding the Buddhist Definition of Karma to a deeper understanding that reveals important connections between the concepts of interdependence, non-self and Karma. You […]

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 […]

Shopping For a Spiritual Practice – Episode 1 – Shambhala Training

posted by Patrick Groneman

I’ve just rolled my cart down aisle five at the spiritual supermarket under the sign that reads “Mind Training and Contemplative Based Spiritual Practices”.  After sitting regularly for over two years I’m ready to get down with the masters of […]

Lazy Days of Summer?

Being that our weather has been rather wet and unpredictable as of late, I haven’t been able to partake in too many outdoor activities and have become a little obsessed with taking full advantage of a nice hour or two […]

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 […]

Summer Time is Retreat Time

posted by Stillman Brown

Last summer I sat an introductory seven day retreat at Shambhala’s Karme Choling, in Vermont. After seven days of sitting and walking meditation, delicious food (much of the produce was grown in Karme Choling’s garden), and some of the nicest […]

In Review: Adi Shankaracharya

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I recently rented “Adi Shankaracharya,” the first and only movie made entirely in Sanskrit. It’s a biopic of Shankara, an 8th century Hindu saint who was perhaps the most important exponent of Advaita Vedanta (a Hindu tradition).I can’t say the […]

Zen Chaplains Provide Contemplative Care

Anyone interested in contemplative care should check out Tina Sussman’s article in the L.A. Times last week, Zen in Their Bedside Manner, profiling the work of Zen chaplains in New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center. 

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 […]

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 […]

Norman Fischer’s Plan B

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Zoketsu Norman Fischer, a senior dharma teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center, has an interesting article in the latest issue of Buddhadharma magazine (a portion of which is available online). In the article he states that as a teacher, he has […]

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings July 13 & Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

So the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor are set for July 13. Let the projections begin! There are lots of projections out there, but the most mystifying yet illuminating may well be this one, sent to me for this week’s […]

Depression, Therapy, and Meditation, Revisited: Who Helps Us See the Truth?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So last month The New York Times published a controversial article on Zen by Chip Brown about a long-time practitioner of Zen meditation who came to the conclusion that his meditation practice was insufficient for working with his depression, and […]

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, […]

Meditation Retreat! Deep Healing for The Non-Self

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So this is my last day at work before I go on a 13-day meditation retreat at one of my favorite meditation centers in the universe, The Karme Choling Shambhala retreat center in Vermont, which this time of year should […]

Is This The Next Dalai Lama?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Very interesting article today in the New York TImes about what will happen after His Holiness, the current Dalai Lama dies. One of his possible successors, The Karmapa, the young head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, is […]

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 […]

Podcast: “The Role of the Teacher on the Spiritual Path” with David Nichtern

posted by Patrick Groneman

Listen ya’ll, you’ve got to give something up to get the teachings!  David Nichtern, who wrote “Midnight at the Oasis”, and who is also is a former student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, stopped by the ID Project a couple of […]

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 […]

Finding Fearlessness in Fearful Times

posted by Greg Zwahlen

This week we have a special guest post from Gaylon Ferguson, PhD, a senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. He has led meditation retreats for thirty-three years. As core faculty at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, he teaches Religious and […]

Reincarnation Lie? On the Empowerment of a Young Spaniard and the Tulku System of Tibet

posted by Ethan Nichtern

This is interesting. The Dalai Lama empowered a young Spanish boy as an incarnate Lama. Now 24, the young man, Osel Hita Torres,is moving in another direction with his life (update on the Shambhala Sun blog). Lots of good questions […]

Striving for Pure Appropriateness

Our reading for Hardcore Dharma this week (Spectrum of Ecstasy by Ngakpa Chogyam and Khandro Dechen) included a phrase I quite liked- “pure appropriateness”. It is described as follows: We neither give too little, nor do we give too much; because […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

This is Your Mind on Five Wisdoms

posted by Greg Zwahlen

When I studied urban planning in grad school, one of my strongest interests was in the ways buildings affect how people feel, as a result of both their individual appearances and of the way they’re massed around open space or […]

Leonard Cohen live!

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sunday night my husband and I saw famed singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He’s what he looks like: And here’s what he looked like from my seat: That show was fantastic! Well, […]

Sonia Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings July 13 & Buddha of the Week

posted by Ellen Scordato

So the confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor are set for July 13. Let the projections begin! There are lots of projections out there, but the most mystifying yet illuminating may well be this one, sent to me for this week’s […]

Meditators have bigger brains

posted by Kirsten Firminger

New research using MRI scans from UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging shows evidence that meditators have larger brains than a control group of non-meditators. The lead author of the journal article, Eileen Luders summarizes,”We know that people who consistently meditate […]

Flexible names, fluid world

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Emily’s post this morning reminded me of an article I encountered in Slate a couple of weeks ago about Chinese names and the prevalance of the use of English names in China. The author, Huan Hsu, writes that they have become de […]

Buddha of the Month

posted by Ellen Scordato

Welcome to Buddha of the Month, a (roughly) monthly post that features images of the Buddha in contemporary art, popular culture, fine art – or wherever the tathagata catches our fancy. This one’s by seminal video artist Nam June Paik: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dharma Punx Numero Uno, Noah Levine

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out the nice spread in the Los Angeles Times today about the work of my friend Noah Levine, Dharma Punx Founder and Buddhist Teacher. (Photo from Los Angeles Times Article) What do you think of Noah?

If You’re Going To Slam Buddhism, Get Your Facts Straight

posted by Stillman Brown

In a recent post entitled “Up From Buddhism,” Andrew Sullivan quotes a journalist and a blogger who have a less than favorable view of our tradition:  From 2003, John Horgan explains why he gave up on Buddhism: …what troubles me most […]

Establishing a Daily Meditation Practice

Despite my best intentions, I still have days when I miss my meditation practice. I’m on point for a while and then something happens- I’m busy with school, going out and getting in too late, etc.- that I lose the […]

Suddenly Sonia: Is Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court-bound?

posted by Ellen Scordato

Sonia Sotomayor, a Bronx-born New York City native, is a federal Appeals court judge, a 54-year-old Hispanic woman, a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton who received her law degree from Yale, and a potential Supreme Court nominee. The name […]

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 […]

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