Featured Articles: October 2010

October 19, 2010
Take a 2,600-year-old spiritual tradition from Asia and drop it into the blender of postmodern American consumer culture. Add science and multiculturalism to taste, and mix at Internet speed. This is 21st-Century Buddhism -- a weekly blog for the...
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October 18, 2010
I was quite moved by Tim Jackon's recent Ted talk, called Tim Jackson's Economic Reality Check. Jackson is a prominent economist and the author of Prosperity Without Growth.
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October 18, 2010
Are you going to the Rally to Restore Sanity? I don't think Jon Stewart is reading Chogyam Trungpa, but it does seem to be a big event. Relatedly, have you read Malcolm Gladwell's New Yorker article on the illusion that social media can...
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by Lani
October 18, 2010
by IDP member Sarah Cooke Okay, so here’s the buzz on a major recent development in my life.  In July, I completed my MFA in Creative Writing, focusing mainly in poetry.  My degree is from Naropa University, an amazing...
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October 15, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Every other week in this column we look at what it might be like if Siddhartha were on his spiritual journey today. How would he combine Buddhism and...
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October 15, 2010
"A smile is compassionate action. Yelling at some ass-wipe to knock it off can also be an expression of compassion. Both kinds of compassionate action take a lot of care. A smile at the wrong time can be as devastating as a fist in the face...
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by ellen s
October 14, 2010
According to a recent post, winning is for losers. So what do I mean, "the dharma books are winning"? They are winning the battle for space in my apartment and on my bookshelves, that's certain. I gazed hopelessly at my piles of...
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October 14, 2010
A few years ago an essay was published entitled On Bullshit, by Princeton philosophy professor Harry G. Frankfurt, which does a splendid job elucidating the particular qualities of bullshit. The distinguishing characteristic of bullshit,...
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by Lani
October 14, 2010
I just recently found out about a brilliant upcoming lecture series at the Rubin Museum of Art on Talk About Nothing featuring the illustrious likes of Laurie Anderson, Bill Viola and Karen Armstrong. Not a tad bit ironically, its producer, Tim...
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October 13, 2010
I'm reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. It's a pretty compelling and personal look from a highly successful young novelist at the ethical choices he makes with regards to non-human sentient beings. Lisa Simpson, by the way,...
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October 13, 2010
This week I've come down with the flu.  Not the sniffle sniffle, sneeze, sneeze flu -- but rather the kind of flu that just makes you feel tired and wobbly whenever you try to move.   The prescription from doctors and friends...eat...
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October 13, 2010
Winning is for suckers.  Winning is for people who haven't realized there's no such thing as winning.  Stop trying to win. Start being willing to lose.  Losing is where it's at.  Learn to love the
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by Brian
October 12, 2010
This week's podcast features a guest lecture by Robert Chodo Campbell titled "Empowered Generosity." Robert Chodo Campbell, is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care. He serves on...
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by Lani
October 12, 2010
Daily Quote: "I always thought that if I kept searching and exploring, I'd discover who I truly was," said Speth from his Wrigleyville efficiency. "Well, I looked deep into the innermost recesses of my soul, I plumbed the...
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October 12, 2010
Take a 2,600-year-old spiritual tradition from Asia and drop it into the blender of postmodern American consumer culture. Add science and multiculturalism to taste, and mix at Internet speed. This is 21st-Century Buddhism -- a weekly blog for the...
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October 11, 2010
“I think the core obstacle we face in modern... 21st century in most of the developed countries, especially in the west, is... busyness.... and lack of having the wisdom to prioritize.... I think that's one of the obstacles we face. We...
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October 9, 2010
Dear Interdependence Project Teachers, I don’t know where I picked up this crazy idea to dedicate the merit of my practice to something or someone.  Well, that’s a bit of a lie; it was definitely from one or all of the teachers...
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October 8, 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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by ellen s
October 8, 2010
Few things attract me to a book more than opening it and realizing, "Hey, I was there!" That's what happened when I sat down with Brad Warner's latest title, Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to...
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October 8, 2010
"A lot of people look to Buddhism as a spiritual answer to their materialistic woes. But if Buddhism is just another form of spirituality, it's as worthless as any other religion. We need something different. And Buddhism is something...
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October 7, 2010
  A while back I investigated my life as a performer in film and television as it related to the Eightfold Path, and I promised myself I’d come back to it. The step that seemed to be the most complicated was that of Right...
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October 6, 2010
This beautiful short video by French director Paul Mignot highlights the little moments of intimacy that make New York a lively and fascinatingly Interdependent Metropolis in motion.  Shot with the Canon 5D Mark II Camera.  ...
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October 5, 2010
Happy Tuesday. Below is one of my favorite quotes on interdependence from Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (published in several places including The Heart of Understanding). Then, as many of us are working to support mindful politicians this November...
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