Snow Day! Using 2014 to Deepen Your Practice

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I recorded a little YouTube video message on this snow day in NYC. I'm feeling optimistic about 2014. Hope you are too. Please be in touch if you have questions about deepening your practice and study of meditation. Links to the programs I referred to in the video are here: -"Finding Your Path" Online Course - Begins January 13 -IDP 2014 Yearlong Immersion and Instructor Training Program - January 15 Application Deadline (Program Starts Feb 21) -Shambhala Training Retreat with Ethan and David Nichtern January 24-26 -Retreat in Vermont with Ethan and Acharya Suzann Duquette March 6-20  

The Dharma of Nintendo: What My Mind Feels Like Today

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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. Follow Ethan on:  

I’m So Excited About The Sakyong’s Visit I Made A Youtube Video.

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Love This Quote…

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While prepping the syllabus for my  fall online course via Interdependence Project, The Journey of Relationships, I came across this quote from the Karmapa (head of a major Tibetan Buddhist lineage) on his Facebook page about taking responsibility for our part in relationships: (more…)

A Buddhist Response To The Boston Tragedy: No Such Thing As “Inherent Evil”

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On a day of insanity and horror, one of the most heartwarming things for me was reading this passage in comedian Patton Oswalt's Facebook post about the Boston Marathon tragedy, which went viral on the social network: (more…)

New Podcast: Dealing With Guilt

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(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) It seems so important to talk about working with guilt. In this new podcast from the Interdependence Project, I got to talk about the Four Powers, a simple Mahayana and Vajrayana teaching on how to develop healthy remorse for past mistakes without falling into the unhealthy traps of guilt and shame. From the website: "Recorded live at IDP in NYC in February 2013, Shastri Ethan Nichtern discusses the nature of guilt, why it's so prevalent in our culture, and how we can transform it from a hindrance into a support for our practice and intentions." You may subscribe to IDP podcasts at this link or via iTunes at this link.   The Interdependence Project is supported by the generosity of its Members.  Become a member or make a donation today!"

Gold Star Meditation: How do we properly reward practice?

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(follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) Many friends and I have all checked out this great smartphone app called Insight Timer, which lets you keep really good track of meditation sessions and connect with other meditators around the world. IDP has several online groups on this application including the one called Daily Sit IDP, which already has a lot of members, which have come together very quickly. If you have the app, please join our group. One of the more interesting features of the application is that it includes "milestones". Milestones are ways that we can chart our progress for consecutive days of practice, or total days that we practice. Milestones are good motivators, and it seems very useful to always have an intention or aspiration with practice. In fact, the milestones give you gold and green stars for achieving goals, in terms of how consistently we are able to hit the cushion.

Speaking the Truth: The Four Gates of Skillful Speech

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(cross posted on the Interdependence Project blog - follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter) How do we tell the truth when the truth needs telling? There are many lists in Buddhism. Some of them are incredibly helpful; some of them are a little bit more difficult to discern in terms of applying them during a difficult moment or in the heat of a life situation. I find that my life is increasingly about communication - listening and speaking. (more…)

New Podcast Available

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Here is a new free podcast on the interdependence Project website. It's a recording of a talk I gave about the practice of forgiveness on last September 11th in Seattle at the NalandaWest Center. hope you enjoy. I'm going to try to update my website daily, so please check that the daily updates. If you are in NY, hope to see you tonight at the Shambhala Center for the Weekly Dharma Gathering, or Thursday night for the beginning of the Shambhala curriculum course.

Warning: Meditation Makes You More Politically Liberal!

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-cross posted on the Interdependence Project blog - -follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter- Big News: A new study from the University of Toronto claims that meditation makes individuals more politically liberal in their outlook and actions. Although it is just one study, this research is incredibly interesting, and brings sharply into focus some of the work on which the Interdependence Project is based. (photo of IDP sangha during Occupy Wall Street in 2011) (more…)