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Monday, 24 October 2011 00:44

Video of my Visit to I Meditate NY

Early this month, I was visiting a friend on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There, I discovered the BMW Guggenheim Lab, “ led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse”.  And “Over the Lab’s six-year migration, there will be three distinct mobile structures and thematic cycles. Each structure will be designed by a different architect, and each will travel to three cities around the globe. The theme of the Lab’s first two-year cycle is Confronting Comfort—exploring notions of individual and collective comfort and the urgent need for environmental and social responsibility.”

Sounds sorta interesting. But what really caught my attention was that each Saturday morning a group called “I Meditate NY” was hosting a free meditation program.  A clever take off on the old “I Love NY”  ad campaign. That one was  copied by everyone and soon you saw “I ‘Heart ICON’ <insert your favourite place/activity/restaurant/pop star/etc.>”  pretty much everywhere. Behind the group is a world-wide organization called The Art of Living founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. I am a sucker for clever marketing, so I vowed to go on the following Saturday.

Published in Meditation Blog

When Ringu Tulku Rinpoche came to visit Lerab Ling for a few days this summer, I had a chance to show him this website. He really liked it. I asked him if he would share a few thoughts on meditation practice that we could share. He agreed and fortunately, I quickly found someone who could make the video. This is what he said spontaneously, no rehearsal, straight and direct from the wisdom of experience to you. Sorry it took so long to get this one up. But it was worth the wait!

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 16:29

Jon Kabat-Zinn: What meditation Really Is

Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer of scientific research on meditation and founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, defines meditation as “living your life as if it really mattered”.

Check our video section and watch what he says about what meditation really is and the benefits of meditation.

Published in Meditation Blog
Monday, 17 October 2011 12:28

Dharma Punx

Watch some interviews taken after a Dharma Punx guided sitting in NYC.


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Sunday, 16 October 2011 23:34

Interview: Josh Korda Dharma Punx NYC

Last week, I attended the regular Tuesday night sitting at Dharma Punx NYC. Led by Josh Korda, participants enjoy a 25-30 minute guided sitting followed by a Dharma talk and some Q&A.

Published in Meditation Blog

Yesterday, I went back to Zuccotti Park to listen to Robert Thurman give a talk entitled: Cool Revolution and the Age of Wisdom. This is engaged Buddhist activism and Professor Thurman covers a lot of ground in a little more than an hour.  Analysis of the problems that led to the frustration that fueled the occupation, the importance of compassion and non-violence as the basis for protest, how meditation fits in, and even possible pitfalls in meditation and how to avoid them, economic theory and a lot of humor.

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Watch this video story of Yogic Monk, named “Dada”, who was one of the first arrested in the Brooklyn Bridge arrests. As we have been hearing for days the protesters were led onto the bridge by the police. Basically they were setup to be arrested. This monk, upon realizing what was about to happen, immediately sat down and began to meditate. You can see it all in this video, plus hear from Dada after the event.


Published in Meditation Blog
Monday, 10 October 2011 20:37

Really meditating at Occupy Wall Street

Some impressions from the Meditation Flash Mob at the Zuccotti Park in NYC.
Anthony Whitehurst, one of the organizers of the meditation flash mob talks about what is happening and how he sees meditation fitting in with protest.


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Monday, 10 October 2011 04:36

Really Meditating at Occupy WallStreet

I went back to Occupy WallStreet yesterday in order to hook up with the meditators. This time I was successful.

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Friday, 07 October 2011 12:29

A plea for social responsibility

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche shares a few words with our WhatMeditationReallyIs.com community.


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