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posted by Davee Evans

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 […]

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Wisdom 2.0

posted by Davee Evans

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 […]

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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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Sometimes You Find Enlightenment by Punching People in the Face

posted by Jerry Kolber

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: […]

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 […]

Generation Distracted

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans The Kaiser Family Foundation found a huge increase in TV, music, phone, computer, and video game usage among 8-18 year olds compared to just five years ago. Their study was published this month. Also increased is the […]

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! […]

The Speech Obama Should Give About Health Insurance Reform

posted by Jerry Kolber

by Jerry KolberIt’s a shame that with such initial popular support for his health insurance reform President Obama is running into such difficulties making it possible for all American’s to be healthy.  While I tend to vote Democrat, I have […]

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 […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Interdependence: Buddhist Quote of the Day

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born today (not Monday – we just like having Mondays off for some reason). If he was alive today, he would be 81 years old. That fact alone seems sad. And […]

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 […]

Pat Robertson’s Comments, The Earthquake in Haiti and Karma

posted by Ethan Nichtern

posted by Ethan Nichtern Did anyone see TV Evangelist Pat Robertson’s comments Wednesday on the Earthquake in Haiti, from which it is believed a death toll of more than 100,000 people may come? He called the event a possible “Blessing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Buddha at Work – “Take Your Cushion to Work Day”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Throughout this week, while everyone’s minds were on the upcoming holiday and the four day weekend, I found myself slightly distracted, trying to figure how to address the next of the Six Paramitas and how it applies […]

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 […]

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, […]

The Buddha at Work – The Joy of Effort!

posted by Jon Rubinstein

How amazing is Stevie Wonder? Check out this performance from 1973. I like to imagine myself watching this at age 3, but chances are I was watching Sesame Street. So what in the heck does this have to do with […]

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, […]

The Buddha at Work – Smackdown Against Anger – “All We Need is Just a Little Patience”

posted by Jon Rubinstein

In a shocking twist, I’m not going to post the Guns ‘n Roses video here. The lyrics just don’t have that much to do with what we’re talking about. We’ve been discussing the Six Paramitas, as they’re called in the […]

A Journey into Right Livelihood with Etsy

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Handmade crafts marketplace Etsy‘s blog The Storque highlights one of their vendors, Zeke, who recycles glass bottles and makes them into glasses, carafes, and planters. Zeke seems like a great example of living Right Livelihood. To Zeke, Right Livelihood is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stimulus dollars at work: Greening homes for the winter

posted by Kirsten Firminger

By Kirsten Firminger One of my favorite magazines, GOOD, put up this great video looking at the intersection of green job creation, what happened to some of the federal stimulus money, helping the environment through reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Buddha at Work: The Six Perfections of Highly Effective People

posted by Jon Rubinstein

Remember that awesome Loverboy song, “Working for the Weekend”? Let me refresh your memory. I’m sure it’ll brighten your day: Not bad, right? I hope you’re still with me and didn’t run out to get a perm and a headband.

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 […]

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 […]

Propaganda flashback – The US Government wants YOU to conserve

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger According to the United States government (during World War II), it is your patriotic duty to waste less and recycle more. All of these propaganda advertising images are courtesy of Duke University’s Ad*Access digital image database. Click […]

Buddhism and Alcohol: What would Sid drink?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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

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

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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

Finding a job, sitting in the woods

posted by Davee Evans

by Davee Evans What kind of livelihood works best for a contemplative practice? To afford more meditation retreat time, I switched from full time employment to freelancing; and over the last four years my plan has partially succeeded, but it’s […]

Adventures in learning how we buy less – Part 1: The start of my journey

posted by Kirsten Firminger

by Kirsten Firminger I am finally collecting data for my dissertation. It is focused on people living in New York City who have voluntarily chosen to buy less. I launched the survey last Thursday and I am already amazed at […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recycling can be fun!

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I am currently on my honeymoon in Australia (yay!). As I have previously mentioned in my blog about greening amusement parks, my husband is a roller coaster enthusiast. This (of course) means that we have been riding some roller coasters […]

Health Care, Blue Dogs, Town Hall, Obama – Haiku Contest!

posted by Jerry Kolber

This week’s entry began as a long angry article about the scarcity-and-fear-based argument against universal health care and making sure that all humans in the United States are able to be healthy.  It ended as a western-form Haiku that would […]

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 […]

No Impact Man

posted by Paul Griffin

This month, I reviewed Colin Beavan’s book “No Impact Man: The Adventures Of A Guilty Liberal Who Attempts To Save The Planet And The Discoveries He Makes About Himself And His Way Of Life In The Process” for The Brooklyn […]

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

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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

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

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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

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 […]

Greening our amusement (parks)

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Kirsten & her very enthusiastic husband getting ready to ride another roller coaster My husband is what you would call a roller coaster enthusiast. By the end of this roller coaster riding season, he will have ridden 218 different roller […]

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 […]

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 […]

Podcast: “The Mindful Leader” with Michael Carroll Part 1

posted by Patrick Groneman

“Confidence and vulnerability are the exact same thing” – Michael Carroll This week on the ID Project Podcast we have Part 1 of a very lively Guest Lecture by Michael Carroll.   Michael is author of Awake at Work and The […]

Want to lose weight? Eat mindfully.

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Photo courtesy of Kirsten FirmingerIn a new research article being published in this month’s Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Alan Kristal and colleagues found that people who eat mindfully (defined as those were aware of why they ate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Setting sail for the plastic vortex

posted by Kirsten Firminger

As reported by the Mercury News, Project Kaisei researchers have sailed to collect data about the Great Pacific Garbage patch (or plastic vortex), which is created by plastic debris and other trash brought together by ocean currents. Some scientists estimate […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is all life created equal? In memorial to two Deep Ecology Movement leaders

posted by Kirsten Firminger

The Deep Ecology movement has suffered two big losses this year with the passing of Arne Næss in January and Bill Devall at the end of June. It led me to delve more into the writings and the history of […]

Buddhism and Addiction: What would Sid say about alcoholism?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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

Buddhism and Dating: Would Sid sleep with a Republican?

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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

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

posted by Lodro Rinzler

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

Massachusetts Attorney General Coakley Sues US Over Same Sex Marriage

posted by Jerry Kolber

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley just sued the US Federal Government challenging the euphemistically named Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), claiming that it is unconstitutional because it denies insurance, health care, and other rights to gay and lesbian couples in […]

I would rather laugh than cry to get through this crisis

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Global warming is a serious thing. There is much that needs to be done – so much, that it is hard to even know where to start. Everyday I learn about something new that needs to be fixed. Another crisis […]

Setting the Stage

posted by Emily Herzlin

I’m in the midst of searching for a new apartment in New York City, a task I do not look forward to. In the back of my mind is the dream that one day I could make a separate space […]

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 […]

The SUPERmarket Heroes

posted by Emily Herzlin

Last week I saw a young woman get attacked on the street, in what I always thought of as a really safe neighborhood, in broad daylight. As she walked past a supermarket, a man rushed at her and grabbed her […]

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 […]

Pencil In Some Peace

posted by Emily Herzlin

Okay what do I have to do today? Make breakfast, dry hair, pick out cute but functional outfit, get to work on time, while at work remember everything I need to do for all the students, during prep time do […]

iPhone, myPhone, attachment, and sympathetic joy

posted by Ellen Scordato

I take delight in the endless multiplicity of form. I especially delight in my iPhone. And when I bought my new 3GS at 9am Friday morning, after the briefest of waits at a local store, I was delighted. I did […]

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 […]

I heard a fly buzz when I (thwap)

posted by Julia May Jonas

  True/False/Cannot Say Folks really love Obama: True Folks really love PETA:  False Obama kills fly: True PETA complains: True  

You are not your khakis

posted by Kirsten Firminger

I’m on vacation this week – here is one of my favorites previously published on our old blog site: “I’m breaking my attachment to physical power and possessions because only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of […]

An Attempt to Communicate Pure Joy

posted by Emily Herzlin

The word “miracle” is maybe too strong. Maybe. But I’m going to use it anyway. It was a freaking miracle. I could not believe what was on the piece of paper. There it was. Clear as day. The most beautiful […]

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, […]

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 […]

1 in 11 Americans meditates?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

According to an article yesterday in USA Today, meditation, “once thought of as an esoteric, mystical pursuit . . . is going mainstream.” One might argue that if it’s in USA Today, it already is mainstream, but in any case. . […]

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 […]

Mindful wedding planning in thought and in reality

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Despite Christie Brinkley’s recent pessimistic advice where she stated, “Right at the beginning of a relationship, I would formalize an exit strategy,” I am going to get married in 10 days on June 13, 2009. I am in the midst […]

No sex during the day for Buddhists?

posted by Greg Zwahlen

Buddhist academic and translator Jose Cabezon has a great article in the latest issue of Buddhadharma about some of the peculiar ideas many Buddhist traditions have about sex (about which most Western practioners are unaware), and how he reconciles those […]

No Smoking in Shangri-La

posted by Emily Herzlin

On Monday June 1st, Nebraska banned smoking in most public indoor places, and Japan also banned smoking on limited and express trains on Japan Railway Group. In May, North Carolina and Michigan banned smoking in public places. LA County plans […]

George Tiller, Abortion, and Compassion

posted by Ethan Nichtern

So the abortion doctor from Wichita, Kansas, George Tiller was killed in church yesterday, by a pro-life radical (irony of ironies). Amazingly, this was not the first time Dr. Tiller was shot. So clearly Dr. Tiller believed in what he […]

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, […]

Prop 8: Sexual Positions for Gay Married Couples

posted by Jerry Kolber

I imagine it must have been a pretty steamy session  yesterday as the California Supreme Court all had to imagine graphic gay sexual positions (consciously or not)  as they decided whether people who engaged in those sexual positions were entitled […]

Great Recession Ending? Is Our Detox from Greed and Consumerism Over As Well?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Is the global economy’s recession ending? Some leading economists, including the often skeptical nobel prize winner Paul Krugman, believe we might just be the start of a turnaround. So, are we also done with our greed detox? (from Salon.com)

From Plastic Bags to No Take Out! The Reduce Consumption Challenge Continues…

posted by Kirsten Firminger

At the Interdependence Project, we recently concluded our one month practice of reduced consumption! [pause for applause and cheering] It was a great month of activities, including pledging to reduce our use of disposable items, making and giving away reusable […]

Skinned alive

posted by Greg Zwahlen

I was recently forwarded this piece about the fur trade in China, produced by PETA. It’s one of the most gruesome things I’ve seen in a long time. Apparently at some Chinese fur farms animals are skinned alive with the […]

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 […]

Can we prevent global warming by meditating?

posted by Kirsten Firminger

Image courtesy / MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Global warming, already high on the list of major problems, is much worse than we thought according to a new study by MIT. The image you […]

Paging Dr. House!

posted by Emily Herzlin

The train clamored on down past 86th Street. The weather had finally started to clear up after a long stint of rainy days and yet I had chosen to take the subway rather than the more scenic bus to get […]

Credit Card Debt: Legislation or Personal Solutions?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

It is no secret that millions of Americans experience massive amounts of credit card debt , especially college students. I remember in the mid 90’s, my college allowed (invited?) credit card companies to set up shop and sign students up […]

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 […]

Reif Larsen Gets Sympathetic Joy

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Jealousy strikes us all in different ways. Sympathetic joy, (mudita for those of you pali/sanskrit geeks) refers to a  a series of  guided meditations offered by the Buddhist tradition to overcome the insidious human poison of envy. I have found […]

The Story of Stuff Sweeps The Nation

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Very happy that this piece in Huffington Post ran about The Story of Stuff, Annie Leonard’s instructional video and work on responsible consumption.

Interdependence and Waste Management; or, the Destroilet

posted by Ellen Scordato

The eco-yoga toilet post here a few days ago made me think. About interdependence. About my childhood. About the Destroilet.

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 […]

Um…How is this Related to Yoga?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Check out the new…um…eco…um…yoga…um…toilet…um…sink.

Buddha as Businessman?

posted by Ethan Nichtern

I found this lecture interesting, and Gregory Schopen’s tie is amazing.

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 […]

There’s a Whole Lot of Earwax on These Fingers

posted by Emily Herzlin

On Monday, April 27, 2009 I closed the NASDAQ – yes, that’s right. Y’all can thank little ol’ me for stopping the American economy’s losses in stocks that day. Why did I get to go to the NASDAQ? Because I’m […]

Allergic to Koolaid

posted by Ethan Nichtern

From the point of view of some more dogmatic teachers, The Buddha gave his students some crazy instructions. Perhaps the craziest one of all was when he taught them how to regard his teachings. He told them to treat his […]

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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

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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