Help Me Down The Home Stretch!

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I'm writing this in my capacity as Interdependence Project board member. If the below is not something you can help with, please disregard! We are engaging in a year end fundraising campaign to reach $30,000 for putting ourselves in a great position to start 2014. I have personally never felt more confident about our leadership or where we stand as an organization. We have a great executive director, Kim Brown, and a dedicated Board, and an amazing community, both online and in person. Hope you can check out a class in the new year. Due to a few generous teaching gifts I received recently, I was personally able to give $1000 to IDP this year, which felt great to do on behalf of awesome students. I have personally committed to raising $3000 more in the last 6 days of the year, as we are just about $6000 shy of the

Thought for the Day

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Working for peace has to start with oneself. It doesn't ever END there; sometimes spiritual teachings lead us to think that all we have to do is take care of ourselves, which is not nearly enough. (more…)

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…)

Message to The Shambhala New York Community (As Well As The NY-area Interdependence Project Community, and Everyone Else)

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Photo from Instagram of Empire State Building Lit During Blackout  (power in Manhattan is expected back Friday Night or Saturday - other places may not be so lucky) Dearest Friends, Greetings from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the lights are on and many Manhattan refugees are gathering for showers, coffee, and cellphone charging. It feels like this is such a crucial time for us to connect however we can as a sangha. If there is any message I take from these incredible days, it is a powerful reminder that we are ALL in this together - this sangha, this city, this region, this planet. Over the past 72 hours I've connected with so many dear friends in this community  - via phone, text, email, Facebook and Twitter. These connections take on new meaning at a time like this - imbued with a vividness, a warmheartedness, a true human connection that we strive to uncover