Posted: December 6th, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Fake Buddha Quotes, Graca Machel, Madiba, Nelson Mandela, Sakyong Mipham, Shambhala, Shambhala Times | No Comments »
I was very pleased to learn today that my teacher, Sakyong Mipham, has initiated practices in memory of Nelson Mandela and and wrote a beautiful letter to Madiba’s widow, Graca Machel. The letter and update are here, via the Shambhala Times website.
May the world know more and more bodhisattvas like Mandela in the 21st century and beyond. May all beings be free.
Here’s my favorite Mandela quote. What’s Yours?
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
(Note that a very similar quote about Anger is often falsely attributed to the Buddha.)
Posted: December 2nd, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
I hope Thanksgiving was wonderful for you, and your December is off to a good start. Here in NYC, Tomorrow’s Shambhala Dharma gathering is all about “Dealing with Family.” Also here in NYC, this Sunday evening The Interdependence Project will be celebrating our legendary annual Holiday Party and Fundraiser.
Really hope to see you there. And I also know that many of you are looking for opportunities to go deeper with practice. Two great opportunities are immediately below. I hope you have a wonderful holidays, and I hope as you look ahead to the new year practice and study are on the horizon.
With every best wish,
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Posted: December 1st, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Child of the 1980's, Ethan Nichtern, Nintendo, The Dharma of Nintendo, writing meditation, Yoga | No Comments »
This is what my mind feels like today, a day of training and preparing. I’m spending this final day off before a very busy December working on writing, yoga, and meditation. May you have a very restful and constructive day. May we all find the middle path between being a zombie and a totally stressed-out ball of anxiety. Also, may the Dharma of Nintendo be uncovered, and may I ever remain a child of the 1980s.
If you get the visual reference, you can also be dubbed a child of the nintendo generation.
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Posted: November 29th, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Adbusters Buy Nothing Day, Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day, Cyber Monday, Ethan Nichtern Twitter, What Would Pope Francis Buy?, Workers On Thanksgiving | 2 Comments »
After a Thanksgiving day in which many workers were forced to work instead of having a holiday with their families, today is the traditional “Black Friday.” I posted a fake quote of the Buddha on my Facebook and Twitter feeds decrying Black Friday as a “bad idea.” While not a direct quote (I’m always shocked when we take these things too seriously), I feel pretty confident he would have agreed. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 28th, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Yes, seriously. Happy…um…that day. May gratitude and interconnectedness abound.
Posted: November 26th, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Post | Tags: Buddhists For Pope Francis, Fan Club, Pope Francis, Poverty, World Economics | 10 Comments »
Pope Francis has been seriously interesting as an outspoken spiritual public figure since rising to his current position. But his comments, more and more articulately expressing the moral underpinnings of an interdependent and progressive worldview, just keep getting better. Today he topped them all, taking on the world economic system. It starts with:
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”
And then it just gets better. Read more here at Slate.
I haven’t started a fan club since I was 12. Anyone want to join me?
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Posted: November 23rd, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: blows your mind, Buddhism, civil disobedience, declaration of interdependence, Howard Zinn, Matt Damon | 1 Comment »
Actor and progressive activist Matt Damon is calling for a Declaration of Interdependence as he quotes Howard Zinn on civil disobedience, as a rejection of a topsy-turvy world hierarchy. Three or four people have sent this video to me this morning. Check it out below. I don’t agree with everything Zinn or Damon feel about the rule of law being a problem, or his stark separation of the People from the State (that separation between leaders and the people is not quite the true meaning of the word interdependence), but it is great to hear such a celebrity using the word interdependence in his political discourse. Of course, to me the interesting thing is not just the outer idea of interdependence in politics, ecology, culture, or life. We also must look at the contemplative imperative to understand how individuals can actually cultivates our awareness to live in touch with the truth of interdependence moment by moment. It’s the union of outer interdependence and the inner awareness of interdependence cultivated by mindfulness techniques that we need. One without the other is a good start, but ultimately insufficient. And that’s the main reason I practice Buddhism, personally, to keep myself in touch with the interdependence between our own minds and the world “out there.”
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Posted: October 24th, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
I hope you are being yourselves for halloween, in costume or not. I am very much looking forward to being on faculty for my teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s visit to NYC November 8-10. I have been offered, for anyone on this mailing list, a new discount code which gives $50 off the full weekend price, or $10 off the Friday night talk. See after the fold!
I made a little video about the Sakyong’s visit here as well. Also, a great course on visualization -Online or In-Person in NYC-coming up, with Dr. Miles Neale.
I hope to see you soon. Best wishes,
Ethan Nichtern, Shastri
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Posted: October 10th, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Buddhism, Ethan Nichtern, Meditation, NYC, sakyong, sakyong nyc, Shambhala, Yoga | No Comments »
No, but seriously…
Posted: October 9th, 2013 | Author: Ethan | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Sakyong Mipham NYC | No Comments »
Dear IDP friends, I’m really happy to announce that I’ve worked out with Ericka Phillips, the executive director of Shambhala New York, an IDP members discount on my teacher Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s visit to the city November 8 and 9.
I am on faculty for the weekend, and it should be a magical event, but I think it’s probably also going to sell out. Read the rest of this entry »