Featured Articles: September 2010 Activism and Politics

September 24, 2010
Many 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 would he combine Buddhism and dating?...
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September 22, 2010
Even Lady Gaga couldn't get the two supposedly moderate Senators from Maine to vote to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell in the US military. Talk about a bad romance. Personally speaking, my view of the politics of those of us who profess...
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September 22, 2010
Some people stared, some people didn't think twice about our presence, some people praised us -- and some asked who we were praising.
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September 15, 2010
We walked silently, taking in the atmosphere, which was a mixture of discord and solemnity. Some people were yelling in anger, some people were crying in grief, and some people, like the police officers and sanitation workers, were just there...
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September 15, 2010
The overwhelming opinion at Saturday's 9/11 rallies is that putting a mosque so near the former World Trade Center footprint is too close, too soon. Though I believe deeply that our freedom of religion exists for exactly these sort of...
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September 9, 2010
Joshua Adler and Patrick Groneman took time at the Symposium for Socially Engaged Western Buddhism to speak with some of the participants and panelists about the socially engaged work that they are practicing, what drives them to do this work, and...
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September 9, 2010
This quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which senior Insight Meditation teacher Gina Sharpe shared when she guest lectured at IDP this year, reminds me what is making me so wary about participating in politics these days. When the current...
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September 8, 2010
"Bearing Witness" is one of the principles of the Zen Peacemakers, it is meant to encourage non-reactivity in potentially volatile situations. When confronted with situations in which we would normally react, what happens when we look...
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September 8, 2010
by Jerry Kolber One of the things you'll notice both as a result of regular seated meditation practice, as well as living the embodiment of the eight-fold path, is that using euphemisms can start to feel somewhat non-Buddhisty.  But...
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September 1, 2010
Why is human generosity so selective, if it happens at all?  
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September 1, 2010
I sit among finely placed tabletops.  There is an LCD screen playing eco-facts along the eco-wall.   Arugala, the spicy warrior, is smothered by the vague oils and sting of Dijon Vinaigrette
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September 1, 2010
  by Jerry Kolber Time for an open letter to President Obama: Dear President Obama, Dude.Seriously? WTF?!?!  
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