Featured Articles: September 2010 Arts and Media

September 29, 2010
We had such an amazing discussion in class this week about the nature of time. Is it really real and objectively measurable? Is it sort of real? Is it an illusion? Here are two quotes from two lions of literature, Jorge Luis Borges (via IDPer...
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by Brian
September 28, 2010
ID Project founder Ethan Nichtern interviews author and and buddhist teacher Susan Piver. This is the first of a two part interview. Susan Piver has been a meditation practitioner since 1995, studying with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in the Shambhala...
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by ellen s
September 23, 2010
What's a sukkah? This week of Succoth (or Sukkot) 2010, New York City parks are hosting wooden structures with see-thru roofs. Some traditional; some not so much. What's up?
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September 21, 2010
Thanks to Lani Rowe for this gem of a quote by the Buddha, and thanks to Lora K. for this amazing story about Cambridge, Massachusetts parking tickets recommending yoga poses and apparently even meditation postures to cope with the irritation of a...
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September 20, 2010
Want some real non-conformity? Try getting off the "me" plan. Try seeing your work, your travel, and your everyday life as being in the service of others.  
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September 20, 2010
Greed is good. This is a cultural axiom which you are neither allowed to dispute or directly flaunt, but it is nonetheless taken as a given. The assumption is embedded (totally unscientifically) in most Economics 101 classes you might encounter at...
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by ellen s
September 17, 2010
I'm a Buddhist and I love fiction. Yes I do. This month has been rich with books for me -- not all that surprising because I do work in book publishing, after all, but the shelves have seemed particularly bounteous lately.
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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
At what point do we start to get overly concerned with future and past? This quote from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf caught our attention today. At what point is the innocence of the present moment lost to the anxious fixation on future and...
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September 7, 2010
Today feels like a good day to discuss rebirth. I've never been able to consider (beyond useful psychological metaphor) the reincarnation that occurs across lifetimes. There's really no way to posit unless you have some kind of cross-...
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September 2, 2010
David Mitchell is one of my favorite novelists, and I am currently finishing his latest, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Mitchell often writes about quasi-Buddhist themes, and this line (slightly rearranged because it occurs in dialogue),...
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