Featured Articles and Journals: Religion & Spirituality

May 29, 2013
1. Having a child means that for a while (the period of time where they can’t be left alone for a few minutes without hurting themselves or destroying property), you no longer get to go to the bathroom alone.
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May 24, 2013
Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church, recognized that non-Catholics, including atheists, humanists, and other secular folks, can still have a moral compass. "We must meet one another doing good," he said on Wednesday. This comes as a...
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by Paul S
May 21, 2013
A tornado in Oklahoma killed dozens of people Monday and flattened whole neighborhoods in certainly the most destructive tornado in decades. Winds faster than 200 miles per hour were recorded, and at one point, the tornado measured over...
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May 17, 2013
A friend of mine became interested in attending classes at IDP because, she said, she wanted to find something that had a se
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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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May 10, 2013
The Pali text titled “The Dialogue with Prince Bodhi” contains a description by the Buddha of his path to awakening.
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by Paul S
May 7, 2013
When I began practicing Buddhism, I started attending a local Tibetan center because it was the only local center in which practices were conducted in English and where I, as a teenager from a poor family, didn't have to shell out much for...
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May 6, 2013
Good morning or afternoon or evening, Contemplation Station travelers. We took advantage of current research into warp drive technology and got the train ready for space travel. Now, as you can see, we are orbiting Tau Ceti — we are like another...
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May 3, 2013
At the end of a long spring day, Ananda and the Blessed One took a walk out to the wall at 187th Street in Washi
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April 20, 2013
Membership month at IDP is winding down -- although, really, you can join at any time during the year -- so I wanted to take advantage of the space that I get on the blog every week to share why I'm a member and encourage you to join up.
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April 19, 2013
I'm obsessively checking my Twitter feed for updates on Boston and Watertown. To me, here in New York, events of this week feel both close to home and far away. This poem by Mary Oliver keeps coming into my head.   Beyond the Snow Belt
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by Paul S
April 9, 2013
I spend a lot of time thinking about what people need from each other in order to feel connected, cohesive, and resilient.  Buddhism, historically, has not taken a developmental view of how we reach a healthy baseline of functioning in work,...
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April 8, 2013
Buddhist monks in Burma are accused of inciting violence against ethnic Muslims that has killed 43 people, destroyed or damaged 992 buildings, including five mosques, and displaced 12,000 people in a town of 100,000.
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April 7, 2013
Ordinarily when we can't handle powerful feelings such as pain or fear we avoid them because they overwhelm us or make us feel bad. This creates a self-reinforcing cycle of anxiety and avoidance, guilt and shame. What I call Behavioral Buddhism is...
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April 4, 2013
In the class I am co-teaching with Ethan Nichtern and Miles Neale on Buddhism and Psychology: Spiritual Awakening NOT Spiritual Bypassing at the Interdependence Project, there has been a good deal of discussion — and...
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by Paul S
April 2, 2013
Caroline Brett conducts a detailed inquiry into how practitioners of Vajrayana, Zen, and Hindu Tantra natively distinguish between mystical and psychotic states.
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April 2, 2013
  Last week was not so much fun, let me put it that way. In case you’re just tuning in now, I was struggling a great deal trying to figure out whether or not to take my Buddhist refuge vow this past weekend. Since the vow was taking place right...
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by Paul S
April 1, 2013
As various thinkers attempt to position Buddhism in relation to "Western Psychology," I thought IDP folks might benefit from understanding some of the movements that are lumped into the latter.
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March 31, 2013
In this post, "Maladjusted Buddhism," on Patheos.com, blogger Nathan Thompson argues that Westerners who have converted to Buddhism are too tied to psychology and its focus on bringing everything toward a norm. Psychology, he says, works with...
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March 30, 2013
Memories are foundational for our sense of self. This is particularly true for early childhood memories (which the scientists tell us are the most unreliable of all).
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March 29, 2013
"When I think about women and Buddhism, the first thing that always comes to mind is the story of Tara’s vow. This story expresses our situation so clearly and applies equally well to both ancient and modern times. It is a story that originated when...
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March 27, 2013
“Genuine art tells the truth” - Chögyam Trungpa
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March 25, 2013
  I'm in Thailand this week, and I've noticed that a lot of my Buddhist co-workers talk a lot about generating merit. For example, they'll say things like, "I'm going to the wat (a Thai Buddhist temple) for a few weeks to generate...
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March 25, 2013
You can tell whether something is an aspiration or a god -- whether it's an intention to work toward something or a desire to simply have it -- by the tension around it. __________________________________________________________________
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by Paul S
March 15, 2013
I recently read on an Italian blog  a quote playfully attributed to God: "'Everybody's depressed because "this pope is also against the gays." Remember, people, he's the head of the church, not the Indian from the Village People."' 1
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