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August 30, 2010
Kenneth Folk and I were recently discussing how surprised we were to see the difficulty Anderson Silva had in UFC 117. “I've gotten into the habit of thinking of Silva as invincible,” Kenneth told me. I expect Georges St. Pierre to...
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August 30, 2010
(originally published in the Huffington Post) Critical theorist Slavoj Zizek has an interestingly harsh critique of Western Buddhism and the meditation tools it employs. Framing his critique in Marxist terms, he argues that Buddhism is the...
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August 27, 2010
image courtesy of the Museum of anti-alcohol posters
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August 27, 2010
"Waking up means realizing that our situation is hopeless--and wonderful. There is nothing for us to do except simply to live this second."
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August 26, 2010
On Wednesday, September 1st, Tibetan Buddhist master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be speaking at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York. The topic? The Buddhist View of Environmental Catastrophe. I'm looking forward to this talk because I...
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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 24, 2010
When the Buddha became enlightened, the first thing he handed out was the four noble truths and upon becoming a Buddhist, they are your benchmarks. 1. Life is suffering. (Doesn’t mean “life sucks,” by the way. More like,...
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August 24, 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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August 23, 2010
Excuse me, I just went to the Bahamas for a second. Steve Martin used to say something like that, back in the day, when a joke flopped or he lost his train of thought. I feel like getting it tattooed on my left arm, because apparently the “...
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August 23, 2010
I was discussing with a friend last week who went to Naropa University's summer writing program how good of a performance poet (which I think is equally important to the written words) Anne Waldman is. Then this morning my awesome girlfriend...
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August 22, 2010
Just finished listening to John Baker’s talk about Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, which was part of the class on “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism.” Baker spent a lot of time talking about CTR’s drinking and his sexual...
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August 20, 2010
  Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Every 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...
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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 20, 2010
"Thinking we have all the time in the world, we waste it."  
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August 19, 2010
  This is the first entry in what I hope will be an ongoing fortnightly journal. 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...
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August 19, 2010
How do you know if you're Buddhist? I knew I was a Buddhist the moment...  
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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
People seem to utterly tie themselves in knots over confusion about what karma actually is and how it functions. This is one reason I really like David Loy's quote of the day below. And here's the intro part of a lecture by Buddhist monk...
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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 17, 2010
I enjoy the writing of Bill McKibben a lot, although his new book Eaarth was a bit too scary for me to read right now. He thinks deeply about food, ecology, wealth, and interdependence. He also thinks deeply about television and its effects on...
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August 16, 2010
My company regularly has meetings in which we discuss what is and isn't working, and during which we generate new ideas. Sometimes, the topics that come up are as simple as the way our calendars sync, or how our database functions.  ...
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August 16, 2010
Many people look to Siddhartha Gautama as an example of someone who attained nirvana, a buddha. Every 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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August 16, 2010
What is your reaction when not much is going on in the moment? How about when not much is going on in meditation practice? Shambhala Acharya  (master teacher) and cultural anthropologist Dr. Gaylon Ferguson has a good quote from his really...
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