Topic: The Under 35 Project

You go, Osiris!

From the Windy City Times comes the story of Osiris Khepera, who threw an interesting birthday party for himself when he turned 30. And not just for himself — someone else was born that day: his drag-queen alter ego, D’Lisha (left). As he told the WCT: “I had been tumbling the idea around in my […]

New to the Under 35 Project: “Mindfully Moving Through Pain”

In this new contribution to the Under 35 Project, Scott Lillico shares a short piece on mindfulness, spirituality and reflections on dealing with pain. We move quickly. We emulate fast predators with quick wit and the speed to reach things first, attain successful means such as the best job, nicest house, social recognition, mating with the […]

From The Under 35 Project: “A Good Death”

New from The Under 35 Project: A practitioner’s thoughts on grief, death, and the loss of a parent. By Christa Joy. In her last days of life, we tended to Mom as though she were able to feel us, hear us, and experience the sensory world with us. Hospice had told us to continue on […]

New from The Under 35 Project: “Throw Out Your Empties”

In this new submission to The Under 35 Project, Kieran Cunningham issues a call to identify and eliminate “empties” — those loose, unmindful expressions we use on a daily basis. “Words are important,” a friend once told me. I’d responded to his news of a significant and challenging life event with one of those banal, […]

From The Under 35 Project: “Tricking Myself Onto the Cushion”

A bizarre twist of events in Kathmandu led Jessica O’Neill into a meditation class – the place she was most scared to be. I arrived at the yoga studio at 9:10 that morning. The class wasn’t due to start until 9:30, so I was a little bit surprised to see a small clutch of people […]

From The Under 35 Project: “If I Met Buddha on the Road”

Marie Rose White on what being ”Buddhist” really means to her. If I met Buddha on the road, would he care whether or not I called myself a Buddhist? Would it matter whether I identified as Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana, Zen, Tibetan, Pure Land…… Would he care if I chanted sutras correctly or whether I practiced […]

From The Under 35 Project: “Beautiful Beasts”

Meredith Arena on what it feels like to be embodied and alone. As I understand it, being alone is of great importance in Buddhism. When I sit quietly, following my breath as it travels through my body, holding myself upright and dignified in whatever way I am able on that given day, I am alone […]

From The Under 35 Project: “And then you find your essence…”

“They tell me that this is a story of courage,” writes Sarah Lipton. “For me, it is a story that has been waiting to be shared for seven years.” It’s the suddenness of the breeze that takes my breath away. Environmentally, I awaken, grasping that my dance of life is not separate from the dance […]

From The Under 35 Project: “A Lesson in Mindfulness on a Lazy Summer’s Day”

Christopher Willard‘s father’s magic trick taught him his first lesson on mindful awareness and the power of concentration, giving him insight into impermanence at the age of seven. The first meditation I ever learned was a gift from my father, when I was probably about six or seven years old. We were floating on a […]

From The Under 35 Project: “It May Be Basic”

Meditating in a storefront window on Broadway tends to make you remember why you got into this whole mindfulness thing in the first place, writes Emily Herzlin. When I decided to meditate in the display window of a home furnishings store on 18th Street and Broadway, I didn’t realize how many people lived in New […]

From The Under 35 Project: “Harnessing the Here and Now”

Kelly Lawrence on how writing haiku has helped her appreciate the beauty of the present moment, interspersed with haiku examples. The present moment, we are often told by those in the know, is all we have. Yet it generally feels like the one thing I don’t have…I have tried to capture this elusive present in […]

From The Under 35 Project: “Getting With the Four Noble Truths”

Nick Walser explains how he sees and attempts to “do” the Four Noble Truths. Some say they are to be practiced, that they beg to be investigated; some that they can’t be denied by dint of being Noble and being Truths. In any spiritual tradition the main concern is how to get with the teachings […]

From The Under 35 Project: “Could We Be So Brave?”

“Calling all young dharma practitioners!” writes Jessica Bizub. “The world needs our genuine, open hearts. Could we be brave and allow our practice to unfold into enlightened culture? Could I be so brave?” I have the privilege of working with high school-aged students in my volunteer life. These young people are full of optimism, kindness, […]

From The Under 35 Project: “The Case for Kindness”

Most people think of kindness as the act of being nice to others, writes Michael Felberbaum. But there’s another perspective of kindness that is so common it often goes unnoticed: a simple sense of being of the same kind. There’s a risk that you’ll read this title and automatically interpret it as: “A Case for […]

From The Under 35 Project: “The Space of Emptiness”

The gift a flash of emptiness can give, writes Leslie Gossett, is an opening to the world. There are moments, more frequent these days, when I feel as if I am waking up outside of myself with an immense view of my life. I want to say that it feels like a nightmare, but it’s […]