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Plastic is bad for the environment.  That’s something we all know and have grown up hearing.  If we must use it, we must recycle it, or else it will stay where tossed, taking hundreds of years to decompose.  But plastic has become so ubiquitous that it’s become part of any […]

Buddhists Forgo Plastic on World Oceans Day


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“There is no glory in punishing” –Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Find yourself here:  alone, in a room, barely bigger than a closet, no wider than the span of your outstretched arms. There is no window to the outside, no day, no night. A world […]

Village Zendo Sends Hope to Solitary


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On Saturday, March 24th, Compassion NYC partnered with Buddhist Action Coalition to mobilize an inter-sangha contingent for the March for our Lives.  This was BAC’s inaugural event.  Over 75 New York City area Buddhists joined together to protest gun violence in our schools, churches, theaters–in our society as a whole.  […]

NYC Buddhists March for our Lives



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Birth of a new Buddhist Action Coalition Over two hundred Buddhists braved the frigid cold of this past Saturday, February 3rd, to spend the day at Union Theological Seminary. While most of those in attendance were local, Buddhists from other parts of the country, including as far away as California, […]

Buddhist Action: Forming a new Moral Action Group


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During the recent winter storm in New York City, dubbed a “bomb cyclone” by meteorologists, there was a downpour of several inches of snow with fifty mile an hour winds and sub-zero wind chills.  Much of the city shut down, but I bundled up in ski pants and 2 pairs […]

In NYC, Dharma Goes to the Dogs


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“The Next Buddha Will be a Sangha” “I had to leave home when I was sixteen,” a friend of mine told me this past Thanksgiving. She, like me, was spending the holiday with an adopted family. That is, we were not spending the holiday with our family of origin, but […]

Family Rejection Meets Spiritual Friends



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Buddhists at the Peoples Climate March, 2017. Compassion NYC thanks Caroline Contillo for participating in Compassion NYC and Buddhist Global Relief’s Triple Gem Rolling Retreat and for sharing her article with us, which originally appeared on Lion’s Roar.    Stepping off the Buddhist retreat bus in DC on Saturday, two […]

Buddhists March on Washington, DC


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New Yorkers like it Green From turning abandoned lots into mini-parks with green space to composting lunch food from the city’s schools, most New Yorkers understand the importance, and the benefits, of living in a greener New York City.  For one thing, it just looks nicer. A study out of […]

10 Steps You Can Take for a Greener New York ...


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Homelessness.  A View from There to Here Our country’s homeless problem requires a healthy dose of radical compassion.  In Nashville, Tennessee, where I’m from, homelessness has risen ten percent in the last year. Two out of five homeless people there are chronically homeless. This is more than in any other US […]

Homelessness and Radical Compassion



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Sharon Salzberg, the 28-day Meditation Challenge, and Seeing Clearly “Why do you meditate?” is a question I sometimes get when people learn I’m into Buddhism and meditation. While I often say something like, “to deal with stress,” what I mean is, “to learn to see clearly and respond wisely.” I’ve […]

Loving-Kindness, Pain, and the Soles of my Feet


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Relaxing in the Rat Race Living in New York City can sometimes feel like running a race that never ends.  With obligation after obligation, there’s always somewhere to go, something to do or someone to meet.  The harried New Yorker may be a stereotype, but there’s certainly truth to that […]

Five Places to Chill Out in New York City


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New York Insight Eco Sangha A Budding Community for Spiritual Practice and Environmental Action Meeting in the heart of New York City every Wednesday night, New York Insight’s Eco Sangha provides a refuge for people who seek to connect their spiritual practice with  environmental and social action. As someone who […]

New York Insight Gains a New Eco Sangha