Featured Articles and Journals: Practice

October 9, 2016
After many years of training (much of it with the Interdependence Project) and many more years of personal practice, I crossed a new threshold recently by taking formal precepts and becoming a novice priest in the Five Mountain Zen Order.  This...
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June 2, 2016
Meditation and mindfulness apps are all the rage these days. There are literally hundreds. I’m not particularly interested in debating the merits of these apps (if you are interested in this, I highly recommend the comments section of this article...
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February 5, 2016
The body the body the body. The breath the breath the breath.   How do you speak to yourself? What did you say just now? How did you say it? Who is speaking and why?
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June 13, 2015
My Buddhist teacher shared this photo of a T-shirt she saw someone wearing at the airport, commenting that it seems like a good message. Practice like a champion. Since my teacher suggested it, I have to think about it. That's the deal. What does it...
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February 5, 2015
Charlie Brown runs into Lucy in a field. Lucy is playing idly with a football. She invites Charlie Brown to kick it while she holds it. Charlie Brown refuses. Lucy yanks the ball away at the last second every time. But no, she promises, this time...
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October 1, 2014
Wherever we are, we have the ability to be present. On the meditation cushion, we can be present with the physical sensation of our breathing. Off the meditation cushion, we can be present with the people we encounter, our morning commute, the food...
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July 10, 2014
              The body is like a compass in this age of poor navigational signals. We don’t know what to do next, though we feel that we certainly should be doing something next. Our attention and decision-making...
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July 1, 2014
Jeff was convinced he’d fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their twenty-six-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt...
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February 21, 2014
The theme of this week of the 28-day meditation challenge is lovingkindness, and what better way to get the metta flowing than to talk about what to do when we've missed a day of meditation and want to throw the whole practice out the window?
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February 20, 2014
This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the...
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February 6, 2014
Some days, I roll out of bed, head to the kitchen for a glass of water, see my best friend and think – what the hell are you doing in my house?  And then I remember: oh yeah, she lives here.
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November 25, 2013
Good morning (or whatever aspect of day you are experiencing).
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June 21, 2013
  Recently I visited a very traditional Zen temple in the New York City area run by a monk who has spent most of his life living and practicing at a beautiful monastery tucked away high up on a mountaintop somewhere in Asia. He’s a real life...
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June 15, 2013
Buddhism isn't what you do in meditation; that's meditation. Buddhism is how you walk in the world. I heard that phrasing from a teacher at one of the first Buddhist retreats I attended several years ago, and it stuck with me.
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May 15, 2013
I recently wrote this reflection for an ISHTA Yoga training I am taking through The Table.  While here at IDP we are really focused on secular Buddhism, there are definite parallels with Yoga and I know some other folks here practice Yoga, too...
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March 29, 2013
I used to be one of those Brooklynites who enjoyed a boozy  Sunday brunch with friends. Now the tables have turned and I'm the one slingin' eggs and mimosas. And it is one of the best opportunities for practice out there. 
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by Joren
March 21, 2013
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March 10, 2013
I don’t feel so intimidated by the cushion anymore.
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February 14, 2013
Greetings, IDP readers! I’m so delighted to have an opportunity to share with you some of my thoughts and reflections on the dharma at this uplifted location. A big thank-you to everyone at the Interdependence Project for the opportunity to join...
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February 1, 2013
In partnership with the Insight Meditation Center community and Sharon Salzberg and in honor of Sharon Salzberg’s powerful book “
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January 30, 2013
The teachers in the ether are sending me a message, it seems. Three things from three sources have caught my attention and stuck, asking to be contemplated, in the last 12 hours: Buddhism is not a belief; it's a practice. It's something to do. --...
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January 28, 2013
Every year, I attend the last church service of the year. At the end of December, the minister asks us to write down all the things we want for the coming year. We then draft a letter to ourselves that we will receive a year later (sent back to us...
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by Joren
December 20, 2012
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