Featured Articles: 2010

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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by ellen s
October 5, 2010
Jerry Kolber can't do his usual Wed. a.m. post here today, but I'm happy to report on an upcoming IDP event: As someone curious about Buddhism's Asian roots and imagery, I'm psyched to see John will be at the IDP on Friday night...
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by Brian
October 5, 2010
This week, Ethan Nichtern interviews Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. This is the second of a two part interview. 
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October 5, 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 5, 2010
This week let's investigate the Great Eastern Sun Artiness vs. Setting Sun Artiness of Sue Williams' mini-retrospective at 303 Gallery curated by Nate Lowman. I'm gonna post some photos of works and wait for your responses as per usual...
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October 4, 2010
As the new IDP blog is still in its infancy phase, and as some days we have a quote and others we have images or videos, I thought it best to rename this post the Daily connection. Let's talk about food politics shall we? Michael Pollan is the...
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October 4, 2010
Kenneth Folk has me noting, noting, noting, and when I tell him I'm having trouble noting he tells me to note that too.  
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by Brian
October 4, 2010
This week, Ethan Nichtern interviews Buddhist teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. This is the first of a two part interview. 
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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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October 4, 2010
Dropped my kids off at school this morning, watched them run off in the perfect Brooklyn drizzle and switched the satellite radio from the kid-approved hard rock station to Sirius XMU like any proper tattooed Brooklyn dad.  
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by ellen s
October 1, 2010
The tragic death of a Rutgers student, a freshman who killed himself after his sexual activity was internet broadcast by his roommate and a friend, has been impossible for me to ignore. The story really upset me. Sex and death will do that. Plus...
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October 1, 2010
"Equanimity is bigger than our usual limited perspective. It's like the vast mind that doesn't narrow reality into for-or-against, liking-or-disliking." - Pema Chodron  
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by Brian
September 30, 2010
ID Project founder Ethan Nichtern interviews author and and buddhist teacher Susan Piver. This is the second 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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September 30, 2010
  While I am not formally a librarian of any sort, over the last few years I've compiled a fairly substantial cache of information (general interest and academic literature both) about every aspect of the many various Buddhist...
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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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