Featured Articles and Journals: Interdependence

April 14, 2017
I was recently affected by a tragic act of violence that took the lives of two people I knew. We seem to hear about these kinds of incidents so often these days in America.
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October 5, 2015
The person I call “Bernie” consists of many parts—limbs, organs, tissues, bones, and cells. If my right hand is gashed, my entire body will spring into action. My brain will think of ways to get care for my injured hand. My feet will take me to the...
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June 29, 2015
I sat outside on a lovely early summer morning. The sun played hide-and-seek with the clouds, which in turn were playing chase with the breezes. The garden had turned a rich green from the recent rains, and the strawberry flowers whispered of treats...
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June 20, 2015
All beings tremble before violence. All fear death. All love life. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt? What harm can you do?   -The Dhammapada
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January 30, 2015
This post’s posting is attempted through a mobile platform on my phone -- a first for me. I normally work off a laptop, for which I may be holding a burial service. Upon reaching for it to write this post, I dropped it approximately six feet onto a...
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January 11, 2015
It would feel dishonest not to write about the events of the past week since that's what's been on my mind and in my practice. But it's very raw and fresh and confusing, and there's already been so much written in an attempt to make sense or...
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July 19, 2014
Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield trained as a monk in Burma 40 years ago; recently, he went back and observed first-hand the seemingly contradictory Buddhist campaign against Muslims there.
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April 30, 2014
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between Buddhism and Marxism, so here're some of the thoughts on the matter that have been bouncing around in my head lately, presented in a nicely organised format.
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March 12, 2014
Many folks think meditation is all about relieving stress, achieving inner peace, and attaining clarity of focus in “moments of Zen.” They are mistaken.
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December 13, 2013
Loneliness has always been the most terrifying and unacceptable emotion for me to sit with. For most of my life I’ve had this nagging sense that somehow I’m just not really understood or connected enough, and therefore not complete enough because...
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November 26, 2013
Could there be a link between meditation practice and the shifting of corporate concerns to align with the greater good? Can coaching based on introspection and meditation programs delivered in the business world impact the probability to act...
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September 19, 2013
Profiling of any kind leads to a divided nation. In light of recent discussions linking Aaron Alexis' Buddhism/meditation practice and mental illness, I share my experiences with all in hopes that we can transform evil instead of creating more.
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September 14, 2013
I'm writing this on September 14, 2013. I’m sitting in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, on a break from a weekend meditation and dharma retreat. One hour ago before writing this, at 1:16 p.m., I turned 30. And the contemplation began...
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September 13, 2013
    One day a student asked Zen Master Man Gong, "Where is Buddha's teaching?" "Right in front of you." Man Gong replied.
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September 12, 2013
I had a difficult time making and posting this video because I wasn't happy with myself for the approach I was taking with my son, Oliver.  But shooting together provided a safe forum in which we were able to talk gently, for the first time in...
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September 11, 2013
Two recent items of note in which Buddhists come together across lineages to address worldly issues: -- A large group of Buddhist/mindfulness/yoga signed and posted online a petition to President Obama asking him to stop the Keystone Pipeline.
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July 29, 2013
A month-long invitation to join The Interdepence Project's 'Lovingkindness' practice causes me to question my ability to live accordingly.  When I make space for the practice, I realize that I, and we, very much are.
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July 25, 2013
Innumerable labors brought us this food. May we know how it comes to us. Receiving this offering, let us consider whether our virtue and practice deserve it. Desiring the natural order of mind, let us be free from greed, hate and delusion. We eat to...
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April 25, 2013
My post this week will take a brief look at a traditional Buddhist presentation of the three kinds of compassion. These teachings provide a model of how the trainings in compassion can evolve, take on more and more genuine forms, and work in...
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March 14, 2013
I was lost. Somehow I had ended up on the other side of lower Manhattan, staring across the water at New Jersey. Which I immediately knew wasn't right.
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March 3, 2013
There's a Zen meal chant that says, "72 laborers brought us this food; we should know how it comes to us." If the meal involves a can of Coke, that's a serious understatement.
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January 23, 2013
  In addition to being the first Latino and openly gay (and the youngest) poet to read at a US President’s inauguration, Richard Blanco’s poem, “One Today,” was also a beautiful example of the themes of compassion and interdependence expressed...
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January 3, 2013
Being aware of our surroundings and where we are in relationship with the world reminds us of our inherent interdependence and where we fit into this group dance that is life. ...If we lose this sense of our interdependence, we will forget...
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November 12, 2012
  "Gratitude is not only the greatest of the virtues but the parent of all others." Cicero
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November 11, 2012
Here are the top 10 things I learned in the two craziest weeks of 2012. May all experience lead to insight, and may all insight lead to skillful means. And may all skillful means lead to an end of suffering, and may that lead to all sentient beings...
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