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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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