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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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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 […]

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Reconnecting with Ritual

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn Cash For the past two months, I’ve started my day in much thesame way nearly every day.  I wake up,wash up, then step into the spare bedroom in our apartment.  The room is primarily an office, full ofbooks, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Power of Coincidence

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry Kolber, special to the Herald, author: Three Dollar Dinner Over the past few weeks I have been incredibly aware of co-incidents.  The power of coincidence seems to be playing a large role in my life and I am […]

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 […]

Sit Down Rise Up: Come Say Hello!

posted by Stillman Brown

By Stillman Brown If you live in New York, take a stroll by ABC Home and Carpet at Broadway and 19th St. before tomorrow at 7PM to lend your support (or just say hi) to the ID Project’s Sit Down […]

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 […]

Mindfulness and the Brain

posted by Evelyn Cash

by Evelyn Cash For those of us who can’t get enough articles detailing the science behind mindfulness and how it affects the brain, here is a recent article from Psychology Today: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness.  I know I personally love […]

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 […]

Concentration Without Effort: Meditation Theory vs. Actual Practice

posted by Ethan Nichtern

By Melissa Kirsch I recently developed a mild but irksome case of writer’s block. I dreamed someone important in my career had built me a tightrope.  I like when dreams are so explicit as to require a minimum of parsing: […]

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 […]

Learning to Sit Down and Shut Up

posted by Evelyn Cash

The truth is, I’m an accidental Soto Zen Buddhist.  When I initially learned to meditate, I had little interest in sticking to any particular tradition.  I liked to call myself a “non-denominational” Buddhist and didn’t really see a need to […]

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, […]

Music and Meditation

posted by Evelyn Cash

Music has a lot of power.  It can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can bring back memories long forgotten and it can help you create new ones.  I love music and my tastes are about as […]

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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

posted 3:54:40pm May. 02, 2010 | read full post »

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

posted 1:43:19pm May. 01, 2010 | read full post »

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

posted 12:32:23pm Jan. 27, 2010 | read full post »

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