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Podcast: Dealing with Anger Pt. 2 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Patriotic Veteran’s Day Quotes: The Buddha on War

posted by Ethan Nichtern

by Ethan Nichtern I thought this was a good patriotic quote for Veterans Day: For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: Hatred ceases by love alone, this is an eternal law. -The DhammapadaSayings of the Buddha My […]

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 […]

Spiritual Warrior Death in Sweat Lodge in Sedona, Arizona

posted by Ellen Scordato

by Ellen Scordato This past weekend I clicked thru on a link in a tweet from a buddhist poster, and discovered what led to several articles about the sad deaths of two people at the Spiritual Warrior in Sedona, Arizona, […]

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 […]

Will Artificial Intelligence Be Compassion Machines?

posted by Patrick Groneman

by Patrick Groneman The top thinkers in the world of Future Study, Transhumanism and advanced computer programming recently descended upon the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan for the Singularity Conference to discuss all things Artificial Intelligence.  The question on everyone’s […]

What Book Would You Grab on a Sinking Ship?

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown A quick Heartcore Dharma update: In case you missed it, last night Acharya Eric Spiegel rocked the Interdependence Project in New York with a guest lecture on the Bodhisattva vow. Be sure to check the ID Project […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Five Fabulous Behaviors

posted by Emily Herzlin

“The world that we live in is fabulous. It is utterly workable.”  – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, The Sanity We are Born With The current discussion on Buddhism and Psychology going on at the ID Project has been centered around Chogyam […]

When in Limbo, Hit the Cushion

posted by Emily Herzlin

I find that during periods of major change in my life, the notion of a daily meditation practice is met with a mental aversion so strong that even looking at my meditation cushion ready and waiting for me in the […]

Is Facebook Making Us Paranoid?

The journal CyberPsychology & Behavior recently published the results of an interesting (though somewhat unsurprising) study entitled “More Information than You Ever Wanted: Does Facebook Bring Out the Green-Eyed Monster of Jealousy?” The short answer is yes- increased Facebook usage can contribute to […]

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

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

CTRL + ALT + DELETE + MEDITATE ON THIS

posted by Emily Herzlin

It was a quiet Sunday morning, just before a thunderstorm was to break out over New York City. The sky was bright and gray at the same time, with clouds closing in over 27th Street like a camera shutter. Little […]

New Jersey!

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

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 […]

I’ll Have One Order of Buddhism, Hold the Enlightenment

posted by Emily Herzlin

I’ve always had this problem called being an overachiever. I frequently have unrealistic expectations of myself, and mentally beat myself up when I fall short of these ideals. So when I first started becoming interested in Buddhism I said to […]

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Has Cancer

posted by Ellen Scordato

I love Adam Yauch! But the winds of impermanence blow cold this July day.Adam “MCA” Yauch, leader of the Beastie Boys and practicing Tibetan buddhist, has cancer — a salivary gland tumor, apparently not life-threatening — and the Beasties are […]

Pain relief! Cursing vs Tonglen

posted by Ellen Scordato

Wow, my friends and I must be pretty pain-free according to this msnbc article: “Stub your toe? Say ‘Sh#!’ You’ll feel better” Everybody wants to avoid pain, but no one can. That’s not even a particularly Buddhist insight. Living beings […]

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 […]

Hardcore Dharma Makes Metaphors

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Bernie Madoff’s Sentencing Over – Good News?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

You know Bernie Madoff, of course. The guy with the onomatopoeia for a name? The Madoff sentencing is now complete. Bernard Madoff is going to jail for an 150 year sentence for his $50 billion Ponzi Scheme. The list of […]

Michael Jackson Dies After Possible Heart Attack

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson is Dead,  after going into cardiac arrest. Michael Jackson, like him or hate him, might be the biggest icon of Generation X. Ever. Everybody dies, even Michael Jackson dies. Death is real, it comes […]

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 […]

A Lesson in Impermanence

This past week I had the unfortunate experience of having my wallet stolen. All I know is that I had it and two blocks and one stop at a shoe store later, it was gone. As soon as I realized […]

Dharma Drunx

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

Mindful wedding planning part two: Ceremony reading

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Following up on last week’s post, here is a wonderful reading I ran across while looking for something that reflected our values to be read during the ceremony. It reminded me of some of the previous discussions we have had […]

The Search for David Carradine’s Death Photo

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The world continues to mourn one of the pseudo-masters of eastern spirituality, David Carradine, in our culture’s peculiar way: we are dying to see the Carradine hanging photo. Thai Rath, a local paper, has supposedly published a Carradine death photo, […]

Close Encounters of the Kind that Take Place in Your Kitchen

posted by Julia May Jonas

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

20 Years After Tiananmen Square

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Chinese police have Tiananmen Square on virtual lockdown to prevent protests commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the student massacre there today. Meanwhile, the Dalai Lama also paid his respects to victims. (photo by Stuart Franklin Magnum, life.com)

Missing Link Found? Was Reincarnation Just Early Buddhism’s Explanation for Genetic Evolution?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

The purported fossil missing link found this morning of 47 million year old Darwinius Masillae is causing a stir. Some people think it’s the key to understanding our entire human evolution, some are not so sure. I just like the […]

Oh, Cheesus! On Hallucination and Other Spiritual Traps

posted by Ethan Nichtern

A woman from Preston Hollow, Texas, Sara Bell, claims she saw Jesus Christ in A Cheeto, and named it Cheesus Christ. Cheetos, anyone?

To What Extent Can Buddhism Help With Depression?

After reading Daphne Merkin’s A Journey Through Darkness in today’s New York Times Magazine, I was left contemplating Buddhist viewpoints on treating depression. It’s no secret that many people are drawn to the dharma during difficult times- seeking relief from despair and anxiety. Each week there […]

Hope and Fear: Swine Flu Edition

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out this awesome graphic composed by I.D. Project’s  very own Juan Carlos Castro: So, turns out – according to U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, that Swine Flu is less severe than feared.

The Curse of the Older Sibling

posted by Emily Herzlin

Recently I’ve found myself with the urge to take better care of myself. Eating healthier, exercising more, going to bed earlier, sticking to my meditation practice. I’m not worrying about catching the swine flu, this isn’t a totally neurotic thing. […]

Spring cleaning of the daily routine

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Things have been hard for a lot of people I know lately. My work hours have been cut. Some of my friends have been laid off and others are working really hard just to have a slim chance of a […]

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Mixing technology and practice
There were many more good sessions at the Wisdom 2.0 conference this weekend. The intention of the organizers is to post videos. I'll let you know when. Here are some of my notes from a second panel. How do we use modern, social media technologies — such as this blog — to both further o

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Wisdom 2.0
If a zen master were sitting next to the chief technical officer of Twitter, what would they talk about? That sounds like a hypothetical overheared at a bar in San Francisco. But this weekend I saw the very thing at Soren Gordhamer's Wisdom 2.0 conference — named after his book of the same nam

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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

posted 2:20:00pm Jan. 28, 2010 | read full post »

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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