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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 […]

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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 […]

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On Staying Motivated

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown This Monday was the last meeting of fall Heartcore Dharma class series. We met, meditated, and had a discussion, after which most of the class adjourned to the East Village for cheap (and somewhat flavorless) Indian food […]

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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Heartcore Dharma: Always (and Only) Be Cheerful

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown This week’s Heartcore Dharma discussion at the I.D. Project ended with a short contemplative meditation and discussion led by Juan-Carlos on the Lojong slogan of the week: Always Maintain Only a Joyful Mind This particular slogan, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Monday Night Heartcore Dharma: Bodhisattvas Have More Fun

posted by Stillman Brown

“We can practice as Bodhisattvas in one moment and practice as devils in the next moment…We can have characteristics of the Bodhisattva at any time.”  -Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara Last night saw the launch of a new Heartcore Dharma Ongoing […]

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 […]

Hardcore Dharma: Gambling on Happiness, Betting With Lojong.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last week I didn’t post because my computer broke.  It’s fixed now.  I won’t go into details – talking about your computer breakdown/revival is like telling someone your dream, extremely interesting for you, extremely boring for them.  However last week, […]

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 […]

What do you read Hardcore Dharma? Words, words words.

posted by Julia May Jonas

My favorite aspects of Buddhism were not brought forth by SickestBuddhistgate and the winding rhetoric of comments that followed.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy getting down with analysis.  I do. But I’m not fond of when awareness practitioners […]

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 […]

Hardcore Dharma sings Jenny I Got Your Number

posted by Julia May Jonas

This is a story about my friend Jenny. Jenny and I attended the Tuesday night gathering at the New York Shambhala center. Jenny’s new to Buddhism – this was the second Shambhala talk she’d ever attended.  My normal tendency would […]

Hardcore Dharma is Good Enough, Smart Enough and People Seem to Like It.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Did you know that: Online Dating may make people feel overwhelmed by too many options?  and Exercise provides stress relief?andKids like their dad’s aroundandStudents benefit from tutoring?and Soda is bad for you?andSo it smoking?andToo much porn? Did you know that? […]

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, […]

Hardcore Dharma does not exist.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Before the Buddha became all Bodhi, he did Shamatha and sustained Samadhi.  But much like Einstein took Newtonian physics one step further or the Beatles improved on Elvis, the Buddha saw that something good could be made better.  The problem […]

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 […]

Hardcore Dharma Summer Session: Give Gold, Be Merciful, Just Do it. But Not All At Once.

posted by Julia May Jonas

Last night marked the commencement of the Interdependence Project’s Hardcore Dharma summer session.  We settled our balances, met our neighbor and talked about our intentions.  Ethan Nichtern, founder of the ID Project and general man about town, introduced the class […]

Daniel Ingram is my homeboy*

posted by Julia May Jonas

Hi Guys. My “sleep hygiene” has been terrible this week – the equivalent of brushing my teeth with dirt.  The computer is changing colors on me and my head is bobbing like a blind man at a piano.  I can’t […]

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 […]

Dharma Art: Michelle Provenzano’s “Brain Friend”

posted by Stillman Brown

Inspired by our Hardcore Dharma discussion from week 10 on the 3 Marks of Existence, Michelle Provenzano, a New York-based artist and meditator, created this drawing called “Brain Friend.”.

Hardcore Dharma Week 11: In Conclusion

posted by Stillman Brown

It’s the end of an era. After ten weeks of sweet multi-platform hardcore Buddhism learning action, the spring beginner Hardcore Dharma class has come to an end. Last week I wrote about the first meditator and this week I’m going […]

Hardcore Dharma Week 10: Who Was the First Meditator, or Cave Paintings Rock

posted by Stillman Brown

“Impermanence is the Nike swoosh of reality … omnipresent, ubiquitous, glaring at us all the time”   -Ethan In the last regular class of this thrilling beginner Hardcore Dharma series (introductory info about Hardcore Dharma here), we talked about the […]

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 […]

Dharma Art: Michelle Provenzano’s “The Five Hindrances”

posted by Stillman Brown

This is New York-based artist Michelle Provenzano‘s take on the 5 Hindrances, our topic for this week’s Hardcore Dharma class.

Hardcore Dharma Week 9: The 5 Hindrances (in Sweet List Form)

posted by Stillman Brown

This week’s Hardcore Dharma class was pretty straightforward: You got yer 5 Hindrances and yer three methods of dealing with em’. Git er’ done!  For background on Hardcore Dharma check out my intro post and last week’s thoughts on the […]

Hardcore Dharma Week 8: The 3 Yanas, or Cultivating “Healthy Revulsion,” or Buddhist Barf Bags

posted by Stillman Brown

As we sat to practice last night, below the yoga studio the Bowery was teeming with rush hour traffic and every third driver seemed to be leaning on their horn in frustration and hurry. My first thought was, “I’m glad […]

Hardcore Dharma Week 7: Sharon Salzberg Rocks the House!

posted by Stillman Brown

“[Mindfulness] is like walking on a tightrope, [either grasp at something or push away] and you lose your balance and fall… and inevitably what we land on is another tightrope, another opportunity for mindfulness.”  -Sharon Salzberg Last night’s Hardcore Dharma […]

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 […]

Hardcore Dharma Week 6: How Many Windows Can Your Monkey Watch?

posted by Stillman Brown

The official answer: One. Just one. I’ll explain. (If you’re wondering what Hardcore Dharma is, check out my introductory post).  Last night we concluded our discussion of the Eightfold Path by talking about the third sub-division of the path: samadhi, […]

Love in a Time of 21st Century Buddhism

posted by Julia May Jonas

I’ve got a wager for you. Walk into any Buddhist dharma center across the country.  Sidle up to a pleasant looking stranger.  Compliment their eco-friendly aluminum water bottle to get a conversation started then ask them what started them practicing. […]

Week 5 of Hardcore Dharma: Stay Tuned!

posted by Stillman Brown

Hi all, unfortunately our incomparable Ethan Nichtern has the flu (send him your get wells in the comments section) and had to postpone tonight’s beginner Hardcore Dharma class, so my weekly roundup will have to wait.  Instead, I thought I’d […]

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