Featured Articles: 2010 Meditation Practice

by Lani
October 4, 2010
(IDP will be featuring community members' and IDP participants' experiences and thoughts on IDP classes and retreats. This is the first entry in this new series which will feature a new writer approximately 2-3 times a month.) by Nicole...
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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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September 29, 2010
  This is when I feel like I am out in space, with no safety points or guideposts to help me, but it is also the space where I am given the opportunity to really let go of my suffering and move more freely in the world.
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September 23, 2010
There was an interview with Robert Spellman on Buddhist Geeks recently (BG #187, for those keeping score), and the inevitable subject of language arose, or rather, it arose inadvertently, as it often does in these matters. Like many of my...
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by Brian
September 21, 2010
IDP Outreach Director Lani Rowe, and IDP Board Member Ellen Scordado interview Kalapa Acharya Adam Lobel at the Shambhala Mountain Center during a week-long Sangha Retreat. Adam co-taught with Acharya Pema Chödrön and...
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by ellen s
September 10, 2010
Near the San Francisco airport, around 6 p.m. last night, in San Bruno, fire engulfed a neighborhood of homes. Apparently, a Pacific Gas and Electric line ruptured, shooting fireballs into the air, actually melting cars, destroying dozens of homes...
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September 9, 2010
  Last week I took a short break to Maine, spending a few nights in a lovely house atop a shallow cove. Across the water there was a smattering of orange and red foliage, and it was explained that trees start to drop their leaves when the...
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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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by ellen s
September 3, 2010
What a retreat! Ane Pema Chodron, Acharya Gaylon Ferguson, and Acharya Adam Lobel just spent a week at Sangha Retreat, with 200 attendees, many from the Shambhala Buddhist community, teaching in Colorado. I was there. Hard not to be spiritually...
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August 25, 2010
I've been working these past few weeks on writing a proposal for a television series about the human brain, and it's been interesting seeing how much of neruoscience relates directly to my study and practice of Buddhism.  One thing in...
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August 25, 2010
  My first two thoughts upon watching this TED video were: "Do we really need computers to close our curtains for us?" and "This would be an amazing mind training tool".   
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August 20, 2010
Instead of a quote from me today, I thought I'd share two awesome Huffington Post articles that are each creating a lot of conversation. One is from my father, Shambhala Buddhist teacher, Musician, and all around good guy, David Nichtern on...
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by ellen s
August 20, 2010
I love lojong - about 56 or 59 slogans developed in the 12th c. by Tibetan Buddhist teachers to retrain the mind. Many, many buddhist teachers since, from Jamgon Kongtrul to Pema Chodron to Alan Wallace have written commentary on these slogans...
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August 18, 2010
A common issue that comes up for me in meditation practice is trying to balance the relationship between "applying effort" and simply "letting be".   I liken this mental balancing act to the culinary equivalent of working...
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August 18, 2010
by Jerry Kolber Over the past few months I've been making my way slowly through Mark Silver's fantastic Heart of Money course.  Mark is a Sufi healer who offers an opportunity to look at money through a heart-centered lens - as a...
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August 10, 2010
"If we take the attitude that we can just practice loving kindness and everything will be okay we will lose this planet."  -  Bhikkhu Bodhi, addressing the question of practice and engagement, a few minutes after leading a...
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August 10, 2010
What about us is unchanging anyway? Is there such a thing? Is impermanence permanent? What do the words basic, primordial, original, uncompounded, or ultimate even mean? Founder of Soto Zen, Dogen Zenji gets the quote of the day:  ...
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August 9, 2010
    Krishna Das is warming up for a Kirtan upstairs, and the Mother House of the Zen Peacemakers in Montague, MA is buzzing with movement and energy on this first day of the Symposium for Western Socially Engaged Buddhism.  ...
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August 9, 2010
In honor of the course I am teaching Monday nights at IDP on his famous book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, here is a quote from founder of Shambhala Buddhism, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on meditation. Below, a long, quirky and funny...
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August 6, 2010
In the past few weeks, having settled down from a July full of vacation, I have been returning to my daily meditation practice.  Well, slowly, but surely, it's coming back.  My girlfriend and I actually keep a record of our sits on...
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August 5, 2010
I'm hoping to post a daily quote and video on the Interdependence Project blog. Anything that's about meditation, Buddhism, and all of the ways we can apply mindfulness to the 21st century world, please send them to me here. Below is...
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August 3, 2010
There are myriad reasons one might attend a silent meditation retreat --needing some time for inner focus, looking for space to deal with stress or confronting existential turmoil...and then there's also the food.
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August 3, 2010
"Meditate Daily" has been hovering on my to-do, someday, or maybe lists for more than ten years, since the late 1990's.  Three years ago the universe conspired to deliver me to the doorstep of the Interdependence Project, where...
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by ellen s
August 2, 2010
Family vacation on Cape Cod conjures up all sorts of images: lobster, lobster rolls, corn on the cob, big tables . . . just like this picture.    
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