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Can I Be Happy for an Annoying Politician?

2 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

On Election Day, I was doing a practice of mudita, appreciative or empathetic joy. Like in metta practice, you choose a neutral person, a loved one, and an irritating person. In this case, you look to feel happiness in their happiness, taking joy in their joy. For my irritating person, I chose a politician, not one whose election would bring me joy. read more

I'm an Ego Maniac

4 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.” - E.B. White read more

teaching mindfulness to teenagers

School and university terms will be starting soon. There are many challenges for people of all ages throughout life. For...

The Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014

As I mentioned in a past post, I was one of the speakers at this year’s Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2014, which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past Saturday. (As regular readers may remember, I wrote a special report for this blog about the Myanmar Muslims Genocide Awareness Convention 2013. You can…

Taking Meditation Practice Lightly

4 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Is your meditation practice a drag? Is life getting in the way of loving kindness? Has it been a rough week, or just a rough lifetime? read more

NJ sells its lottery with Double Dharma-Burger allure

Thanks to the ever-eagle-eyed Sam DeWitt for pointing out this New Jersey Lottery commercial, which makes odd references to both Tibet and a “Zen guru” — whatever that is:

The Ways I Walk

5 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

By habit, I am a fast walker. When I'm on the sidewalk, I usually behave as though I'm in a hurry. I can utterly destroy a pair of work boots within six months. read more

Video: Imogen Heap goes to Bhutan; inspired musicmaking ensues

She went to Bhutan for “the amazing scenery, to meet people I didn’t know much about and to discover a new culture,” says musician Imogen Heap — and sure enough, all of this has come into play in her new music. In this behind-the-scenes clip behind the making of two new songs and their videos, […]

The Good, the Bad, and Four Guys from Jersey

A number of interesting birthdays today: Ann Wilson, of the rock group Heart, in 1951; actresses Kathleen Turner (1949) and Phylicia Rashad (1948); Salman Rushdie, author of Satanic Verses, 1947. Also born on this day, in 1935, Tommy Devito, guitarist with the Four Seasons. I see where the film version of the play Jersey Boys, [...]

Dharma Connect: #IgniteDelight.

6 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Abandon Fear when recognizing the projections of our mind. Light is our true nature From below to above Let it radiate beyond uncertainty to bring an understanding Evolving complexity by nourishing consciousness through simplicity. KEEPING...Show More Summary

Time Is

Yesterday, June 12th, was the one month anniversary of my transplant. My recovery is progressing well, and in fact my doctors, nurses and coordinators all tell me that my progress is nothing short of spectacular, something I am not ashamed to admit that I love to hear. And yet, it is not quite as fast [...]

Tibet’s Middle Way: Peaceful conflict resolution for the 21st century

Last week, the Central Tibetan Administration launched a new campaign, called the ‘Middle Way Approach Campaign’ (Umaylam in Tibetan) aimed at educating people on what the Tibetan call for freedom truly means. Lobsang Sangay, leader of the CTA, says, “With the Middle Way Approach Campaign, we are trying to engage the international community–young people, diplomats, [...]

The Most Influential Song of All Time?

In their June issue, The Atlantic asks, “What is the Most Influential Song of All Time?” Some of the answers submitted by celebrities include “We Shall Overcome,” “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Respect,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Amazing Grace.” I don’t think you can come up with a definitive answer. An argument can be made for all [...]

Short Takes – End of May Edition

• Only last month, I featured Maya Angelou in a post for National Poetry Month. Now, she has passed away at the age of 86. Here is her obituary at the LA Times and an appreciation at the Washington Post. • The Wall Street Journal reports that “In this interconnected global world, the leaders of [...]

Back Home and Nowhere

Every time I think about back home It’s cool and breezy I wish that I could be there right now Just passing time. Everybody seems to wonder What it’s like down here... Everybody knows this is nowhere. - Neil Young I returned home on Saturday and I can’t tell you how nice [...]

Dharma Connect: Is Laughter the Best Meditation?

7 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

"No time to just sit and breathe? Then at least pull up a quick YouTube video of “goats yelling like humans”—a good laugh now and then may give you a mental boost similar to meditation, suggests new research." That's how Time reports on a new study that found that joyful laughter produces the same brain waves as meditation. read more

Where gentle tides go rolling by

In this, the last post for 2014’s National Poetry Month, a tip of the hat to Richard Fariña, who died on this day in 1966, and his wife, Mimi Fariña (Joan Baez’s sister), born on this day in 1945. They were both important figures in the American Folk Music revival of the 1960’s. Richard and [...]

Dharma Connect: Four-Star Buddhism

8 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

Eric Ripert, the chef at the renowned four-star restaurant Le Bernardin, is a Buddhist who expects those who work in his kitchens to be silent as much as possible and to be mindful -- no cuts or burns on their arms. Not only are the workers happier, but the food tastes better, he says. read more

Fearless Love: Learning to Lean-In from My 3-Year-Old

9 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

This extraordinary description of fearless love, on behalf of my 3-year-old, is a constant reminder to soften, listen, and open to my shaky heart. Here, my 3- year-old describes – without prompting or any previous conversations about love, human nature, and pain – what we instinctively know, yet tend to run from. Show More Summary

This Augmented Reality of Ours

9 months agoReligion / Buddhism : IDP Blog

It was around four in the morning when I was awakened by a drunken group of weekend party people on the street outside my window singing an off-key rendition of Don’t You Want Me Baby. I was amazed out how a song I’d always loved soShow More Summary

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