Interdependence Project celebrates five years with “Five for Five” party Dec. 9

The Interdependence Project is celebrating its fifth anniversary with “Five for Five,” a holiday party and fundraiser in New York on December 9, promising a “joyful evening” featuring music, dancing, food, and discussion.

Since the IDP was created, founder Ethan Nichtern explained, it’s been striving make Buddhism more accessible and less foreign to people. In the project’s five years, organizers tried out lots of different projects, and in the past year, they’ve tightened their focus on secular Buddhist studies and providing a place for teachers and practitioners from different lineages to come together.

Nichtern said the IDP focuses not just on internal transformations, but on connecting with other people. “There’s a real air of being around people you’d actually like to be around even if you weren’t just meditating with them,” he said.

“It’s about learning how to socialize and have great fun and build human connections,” he said. “There’s just such a community atmosphere.”

In the next few years, Nichtern explained, the IDP’s goals are to expand programming, especially around activism blending personal practice with engaged political work. (To that effect, Nichtern and Roshi Bernie Glassman, founder of Zen Peacemakers, will discuss Engaged Buddhism and social activism at the party.) In addition, he said, the IDP is hoping to make more connections with more people and organizations in the Buddhism, yoga, and mindfulness worlds.

And while Five for Five is a fundraiser for its future endeavors, Nichtern explained, it’s mostly just about having fun.

“It’s really a celebration,” he said. “You really see why IDP is awesome when you get to the dance floor at one of our parties. I think it’s gonna be a fun time.”
Five for Five is happening on Sunday, December 9, from 7–11 pm at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. in New York. Click here for directions.
Admission Prices are:
$20 – $50 party (Sliding Scale)

$75 and up – party plus 1 IDP tote bag and raffle ticket
$100 — buy a ticket for yourself plus someone who can’t afford it. (plus 1 IDP tote bag, 1 raffle entry to win a tote bag full of goodies.)

For more information and to buy tickets, click here. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Angela Russo at