Featured Articles and Journals: Impermanence

July 8, 2016
Perhaps you've taken a day off from your meditation practice. Perhaps it became a week and stretched over months. Perhaps you've fallen off the cushion.You're allowed to forgive yourself. There is a lot to be distracted by, more all the time. You're...
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March 28, 2015
As a child I was often told that starving children in China would be happy to have the mushy peas I carefully picked out from the Campbell's vegetable soup and left in the bowl. I felt bad for the starving children, but that wasn't going to make me...
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February 12, 2015
There’s a big fat hammer up above, beyond the blue in the sky,” he told me. “It’s just up there waitin’. One day, when you least expect it, that hammer comes streakin’ down on you like Big Pink’s fist. That’s the ultimate test for a boxer, for any...
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November 16, 2014
Accepting the inevitability of death is woven throughout the Buddha's teachings. So why are Buddhists so upset at the news that Thich Nhat Hanh may be near death?
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October 23, 2014
I frequently say that I have four children; two furry and two not.  The six of us, my husband, two dogs, and two children, have been a family for close to six years.  The human-animal bond we have has strengthened each of us as individuals...
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November 2, 2013
I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.I am the owner of my...
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October 26, 2013
A student in the meditation class I lead once asked how I could reconcile the truth of impermanence with being married. Since nothing is permanent, how can you take a vow to stay with someone for better or worse, all the days of your life?
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October 11, 2013
Tikker is a digital watch that counts down the minutes to your predicted death, based on your answers to a personal health history questionnaire.  Each Tikker watch comes with a booklet called "About Time," which guides users in calculating...
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October 10, 2013
Work. Work, work, work. What a pain. What a grind. I would keep my eye on the clock, but I'm so trapped in what I'm doing that I literally forget about time, just trying to keep up. Suddenly, my coworker calls out, "Hey, look outside!" and I snap to...
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
October 8, 2013
A brief introduction: I was an intern at the Interdependence Project for latter part of Summer 2013. I am a college student, majoring in Religion, and am presently studying in Sri Lanka until December.  Part of what has helped me realize the...
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August 5, 2013
I went on a retreat this weekend, and one of the practices was a metta (loving-kindness) guided meditation.  The instructions included repeating certain phrases, first about myself, then about my family, then a close friend, then a stranger,...
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July 6, 2013
I spent the last week on retreat in the Colorado Rockies, leaving the final ritual early to make my plane -- only to have my flight delayed, finally leaving 20 hours after scheduled. It was, in its way, an excellent opportunity to practice.
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June 26, 2013
Last week Brett Boyar’s post on this blog, titled “Use Your Non-Dominant Hand”, got me thinking about being more mindful about the tasks I do every day with my hands. As Brett described that week’s mindfulness exercise, and the interesting insights...
Nutrition & Body Wellness     Comment (2)     Link
June 8, 2013
Two weeks ago I was in a Google+ hangout, cat across my crossed legs, getting ready to meditate, and one of the other participants commented that it sounded like there was a tiger in the room. The cat's purring had gotten louder as her time grew...
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
May 22, 2013
Whenever I manage to get a driver’s license, I want to drive a hearse with a baby crib in the back. It will serve as an apt reminder of the constantly turning nature of birth and death.
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
April 13, 2013
One of my favorite embodied memories is of holding my son in the days after his birth, his legs still drawn up, his bottom cupped in one of my hands and my other hand resting on his back as his head snuggled at the space where my neck and shoulder...
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January 11, 2013
Are ethics and romance incompatible?
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October 30, 2012
I just wanted to share Maia Duerr's beautiful piece form the Liberated Life Project. It's hard to put words to this morning's experience of the hurricane that swept through so many of our lives yesterday ("impermanence" rings through my mind...
Buddhism     Comment (2)     Link
October 25, 2012
In Seattle, the seasons begin and end abruptly. It was rainy and cold through June and then one day - right around the fourth of July -  Bam! The sun came out and stayed out through early October, when Swoosh - the clouds and rain returned. The...
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by Joren
September 13, 2012
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June 25, 2012
  As a boy I really loved watching fireflies light up the night as they hovered around silently in the dark, warm air. One evening I so desperately wanted to prolong their spectacular light show that I thought it best to get a glass...
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April 28, 2012
went to post a comment on Lodro Rinzler's  Jay-Z post, but the conversation is closed (??). 
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by Joren
March 22, 2012
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by Joren
February 9, 2012
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October 11, 2011
Samsara is a Sanskrit word used by Buddhists to describe the cyclical nature of our own and societal suffering and dissatisfaction.  Cynicism is the belief that there's no getting out of the mess we're in.
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