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November 4, 2015
“Wounds still fresh, [my leg] isn’t quite ready to bear my weight. I typically walk with a brisk pace, but today my stride is necessarily deliberate…”  —Jamie Zimmerman
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April 17, 2015
On his three-month tour of the U.S., His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has often used the environment -- and the threats it faces from human misuse -- as an avenue for Buddhist teachings.
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December 8, 2014
Living far away from IDP I sometimes struggle with the idea of membership or donating to an organization that's so far away, knowing I can't participate in many of the events or programs. There's this common perception that 'charity begins at home...
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November 27, 2014
Join IDP's Annual Gratitude Journal!  Every day, starting today and posting daily through January 1, we'll list what we're thankful for in the comments section below.   
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November 25, 2014
Grief is an appropriate response.  I feel it running down my spine, pooling in my legs, and pouring into the earth I pray can hold all this.  Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson Missouri released their decision not to indict...
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August 21, 2014
My daughter, at water's edge on River Street in Sea Bright, NJ
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August 8, 2014
Having conversations about Israel and Palestine is fraught, to say the least. (Jon Stewart nailed it the other week.) I find myself experiencing different kinds of quick reactions to articles, Facebook posts, invitations to attend demonstrations and...
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March 8, 2014
Though they have no objective reality, gender constructs affect our place in society. They influence how much pay we receive for the jobs we do and the roles we play at home in the family. They affect which aspects of our personality we feel...
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February 5, 2014
I am so loving Sharon Salzberg’s new book Real Happiness at Work, which I agreed to read, put into practice, and blog about for the next month.  This week’s focus was on understanding how gathering our scattered mind through practicing...
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January 29, 2014
Pete Seeger, who passed away on Monday at 94, left this world a better place.  What more could anyone hope to have said of his/her life?  I never met Pete Seeger, but from childhood through to this moment I have been influenced, charmed...
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January 8, 2014
Today, Huffpost Live featured IDP member Jon Rubenstein and teacher Kate Johnson in a segment about the #IDPBeFree Pledge.
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January 8, 2014
I took the IDP Be Free pledge to be free of electronics, and chose to turn off my electronics during the dinner hour.  Here is the pledge:  
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December 28, 2013
"Can you be a decent person and buy R. Kelly's Music?" the headline asks
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December 20, 2013
Standing on the L train heading into Brooklyn, I became concerned. The train sped up and appeared to accelerate faster than usual. I looked around, but no one else seemed to notice. The train barreled through the tunnel faster and faster. I almost...
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December 13, 2013
Living far away from IDP I sometimes struggle with the idea of membership or donating to an organization that's so far away, knowing I can't participate in many of the events or programs. There's this common perception that 'charity begins at home...
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December 10, 2013
Are you as surprised as I was to realize that December 5 was the 4th Annual Compassion Research Day at Facebook?  Who knew that the social network has been heavily investing in studying and applying Emotional Intelligence to its platform?...
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December 2, 2013
On Sunday morning, a Metro North commuter train derailed in the Bronx. NPR reports that: At least four people are dead, and more than 60 injured after a commuter train derailed in the Bronx borough of New York City Sunday morning. Fourteen of the...
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September 16, 2013
Dear IDPeeps near and far, On behalf of the IDP Blog, we hope you had a splendid summer! A lot has been going on here at the Interdependence Project. We'll just name a few highlights, because if we mentioned them all, you'd be here all day:
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August 1, 2013
IDP's month-long Metta Meditation Marathon begins today.   Ethan* and I came up with the idea in June, as a way for our community to connect with each other during August, a time when many are traveling and on vacation.   For 30...
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August 1, 2013
Welcome to IDP's Metta Month, where members of the community commit to practicing metta (lovingkindness) every day in August. That means sending out good wishes to yourself, your loved ones, and the world at large. What's in it for you?
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June 25, 2013
When we practice metta for someone, can it have an effect ON that person? I spent the weekend reflecting on and practicing lovingkindness meditation (metta) at the IDP Immersion weekend, and this question came up. My initial impulse was to say no...
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May 19, 2013
  Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has just published his fourth major book, The Shambhala Principle, and I’ve been lucky enough to spend a good deal of time reading and rereading my now-wrinkled advanced readers’ copy over the past few...
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May 1, 2013
In light of the Interdependence Project's upcoming Annual Membership meeting, I'd like to share some figures I read today, compiled by the American Association for Fundraising Counsel's 2011 Giving USA report: Individual donors comprised of 83% of...
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April 3, 2013
THE NOW - It Shows Up Uninvited But don't worry, we can shield ourselves from "The Now" by watching Channel 4 news!  Or at least that's what is implied by this ad.
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March 26, 2013
I’ve been practicing meditation since 2004. I’m aware of the major benefits that my practice and study have had on my life, and I feel good about taking refuge in the Three Jewels — the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. For the past few months, I’...
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