Featured Articles: Arts and Media

June 4, 2013
I have both a meditation and a writing practice, and sometimes if I’m not careful I attempt to multitask and write while I meditate. Well, not actually write, but think about writing, think about my writing, and come up with the most brilliant ideas...
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June 3, 2013
Joss Whedon delivered the commencement speech last month at Wesleyan University. As you might expect, from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and The Avengers, it wasn't what you'd expect. He reflects on the commencement speech at his...
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May 31, 2013
Riot Grrrl was an early-Nineties feminist movement that used punk music, zines, and a do-it-yourself ethic to wake up young women (and men) to the realities of violence against women in our society. It revealed a lineage of feminist history that is...
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by Joren
May 9, 2013
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May 9, 2013
Mark Sanford, who on Tuesday was elected to Congress by South Carolina voters, reveals he turned to meditation after the spectacular implosion of his political career as governor of that state after the revelation of his trip to Argentina in pursuit...
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May 8, 2013
A Poem: I am brave, I am braveI am willing to be braveI am sorry, I am sorryI am willing to be sorryI am willing to lookunderneath and in betweenthe covers and the kitchen cupboardknow what I mean?I love myself with whimsy and Ilove you just the...
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May 7, 2013
My non-practicing Jewish grandparents used to come to synagogue on Friday nights just to hear me sing in the youth choir. “You were the littlest one up there, but you had the biggest voice,” my grandma tells me. That might be true, or it might be...
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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 6, 2013
People consider conscious rap now, in hip-hop circles, to feel condescending or feel like not a part of the mainstream. So the challenge for me is, "How do I be as good or better than these rappers out here?" and "How do I stay relevant with my...
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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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by Joren
May 2, 2013
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May 1, 2013
Yesterday, a friend sent me this beautiful poem by Thich Nhat Hanh.  You can read the moving intro here, where Thay, as he is affectionately known, writes about a young girl and a pirate, and how there is more to the story than the victim/...
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by Paul S
April 26, 2013
I've been struck lately by how much gratitude and connection I've felt when faced with tough things.  I'm a therapist, who works with kids and teens, and while I work with issues of sexual abuse every day, I've had a host of really horrific and...
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April 26, 2013
Last week I attended my first 'weekthun,' or weeklong meditation retreat in the Shambhala tradition. In order to honor the silent aspect of the retreat, I attempted to read only dharma books.
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April 25, 2013
I drive a lot in LA, which means my podcast listening habits have become more spontaneous than they were in NYC, where subway commuting meant planning ahead and downloading. This morning while driving my daughter to day care, I heard David Sedaris...
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April 24, 2013
Lately I’ve been considering what next steps to take in my life.  I've been asking those big, annoying questions that I only half believe are valid, but that half is really loud and convincing. “What should I do (with my life)?”  I never...
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April 19, 2013
In light of violent events that occur near us whether we are in the United States or we are in the “Eurozone”, whether we are in
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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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April 18, 2013
"Peace is an internal process that begins with our own heart and hands in the way we touch other and interact with the community around us." -- Urban Zen website
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by Paul S
April 17, 2013
                             
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April 17, 2013
A few poems...TonglenBreathing in dark smokeAir purifying machineReleases us both
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April 10, 2013
Two weeks ago I wrote a post about Dharma Art, the practice of making art from a clear and vibrant mind, that may or may not reflect Buddhist concepts or experience. 
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April 9, 2013
At Blackwater Pond the tossed waters have settledafter a night of rain.I dip my cupped hands. I drinka long time. It tasteslike stone, leaves, fire. It falls coldinto my body, waking the bones. I hear themdeep inside me, whisperingoh what is that...
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