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Lodro Rinzler
Lodro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the author of the best-selling "The Buddha Walks into a Bar...", the award-winning "Walk Like a Buddha" and the brand new "The Buddha Walks into the Office." Over the last decade he has taught numerous workshops at meditation centers and college campuses throughout North America. Lodro’s columns appear regularly on the Huffington Post and Marie Claire online and he is frequently featured in Reality Sandwich, the Interdependence Project, Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and Good Men Project. He is the founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership, an authentic leadership training and job placement organization, and lives in Brooklyn with his dog Tillie and his cat Justin Bieber.

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Entries by Lodro Rinzler

Please Don't Start Meditating (Unless You're Willing to Change)

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 2:32 PM

A Buddhist teacher I respect a great deal once proclaimed a warning about meditation: Don't do it unless you're willing to change. If you're one of the two gazillion people aiming to launch a meditation practice in this new year, please heed that warning. But here is the good news...

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The NYPD Needs Training in Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 10:19 AM

In the wake of the death of Eric Garner, and the lack of indictment of the officer who killed him, I am heart-broken. I did not know Eric, nor did I know Michael Brown before him, but my heart goes out to their family and friends. I have known premature...

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3 Tips for Practicing Meditation in the Office

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:16 PM

Wherever we are, we have the ability to be present. On the meditation cushion, we can be present with the physical sensation of our breathing. Off the meditation cushion, we can be present with the people we encounter, our morning commute, the food we eat, everything. That is the purpose...

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The Buddha Walks Into the Office: Be Who You Want to Be

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:57 PM

When I was seven years old, my first-grade teacher asked everyone to draw what they wanted to be when they grew up. I remember walking around my classroom during parent-teacher night with the room plastered with drawings, learning all about my classmates' long-term aspirations. Who knew? It was a room...

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Meditation Isn't Enough: A Buddhist Perspective on Suicide

(109) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 6:32 PM

The news of Robin Williams' passing is shocking and touching so many of us. I was waiting for a friend at a bar when I first heard. All around me people erupted in a variety of emotional reactions as the word quickly spread. In the time since, a common reaction...

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Mindful Education: Meditation as a Compassionate Movement

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 6:21 PM

The other day I went to visit my friend Colleen's fourth grade classroom. They are working on a year-end magazine and given the fact that I write for Marie Claire and other publications, I was asked in to grill them on their angle for each article. Gradually it came out...

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Mindfulness Isn't a Trend, It's a Movement

(6) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 12:28 PM

I helped organize a Buddhist youth conference in 2003. Two hundred young meditators from around the world came together hoping to learn the secrets of life from the head of the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. They wanted to hear career advice, ways to make their relationships...

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Can Mindfulness Breed Compassionate Leaders?

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:29 AM

Recently there has been some good discussion in the media about how the term "mindfulness" is being co-opted, distanced from traditional Buddhist teachings that include compassion practices and more esoteric teachings such as those on emptiness. The discussion seems to raise a few questions: Is mindfulness a trending topic because...

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Selfies and Self-Love: Why You Should Spend Valentine's Day With Discomfort

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 3:02 PM

In 1839 the photographer Robert Cornelius was able to produce a daguerreotype of himself, becoming the first person who took a selfie. The term "selfie" came into the popular vernacular around 2002 as phones with cameras became more prevalent. Today, you can't go online without seeing someone you know post...

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Creating Social Change Through Inner Change: Meditation and Meaningful Work

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 4:23 PM

The other night I had a chance to sit down with Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, one of the foremost Buddhist teachers working on transformational activism today. We sipped on wine and she let me interrogate her about her work bringing the grounding practice of meditation into the activist world. As...

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You Are Worthy of Love

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:30 PM

To close out meditation programs I lead, each participant has the opportunity to anonymously offer an issue that they are working with in their own life. Given the cloak of anonymity people feel free enough to strike at a core feeling of despair. We would be sitting in a circle...

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Even Psychopaths Need Love: Buddhism and Guns

(19) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Q: How do Buddhists reconcile with the idea that psychopaths (aka sociopaths, like Hitler, Manson, Bundy), may not be born with basic goodness, thereby shattering the tenet that all beings are born with basic goodness?

As unpopular as this view may be in today's world, the Buddhist perspective is that...

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What Work Do Millenials Want to Do?

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 10:09 AM

It was January 23rd, 2013: newly re-elected President Barack Obama stands before 7000 people who worked on his campaign thanking them for their effort. He speaks about how these members of the Millenial generation will go on to do great things. Then he folds up his notes. He...

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Coming Out as a Buddhist

(154) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Q: How do I explain Buddhism to my religiously conservative parents?

I remember being in a bar one night and a newer meditator asked me about coming out to their parents as a Buddhist.

"You make it sound like you're telling them you're gay," I said.

"Well, I...

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A Buddhist Meditation Practice for the Boston Marathon Tragedy

(5) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Monday morning I woke up and did what I have done every Monday morning for the past three weeks: I practiced a compassion meditation in honor of my recently deceased father. He had been sick for many years before he passed and, as odd as it may sound, had a...

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Meditation And Mourning: 3 Obstacles to Successful Grieving

(7) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 5:20 PM

A woman hosts a costume party in her home where everyone is supposed to show up dressed as an emotion. The woman finds herself shocked when she opens her front door and her friend is completely naked, except for a pear around his penis. "Larry! What are you supposed to...

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A Buddhist Practice for Your New Year Resolution

(7) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 10:14 AM

I recently read that out of the millions of Americans who set a New Year's resolution for themselves only 8 percent are successful at achieving them. It's not easy to intentionally effect change in your life, yet through setting an intention and building a lifestyle around that motivation it can...

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A President I Want to Become

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 3:21 PM

On July 13, 2012, 29-year-old Obama campaign staffer Alex Okrent collapsed unexpectedly in the Chicago headquarters. He was rushed to the hospital where he died, surrounded by his loving family. That evening, Mitt Romney tweeted, "Ann & I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alex Okrent. Prayers...

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The Under 35 Project: A New Generation of Buddhists

(14) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Ten years ago, when I was an undergrad, I felt alone. I was known for two things around campus: the first was being a "hardcore" Buddhist and the second always being up for going out on the town with friends. I would drink, have sex and do a lot of...

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'Running With the Mind of Meditation'

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 1:11 PM

My first interaction with Sakyong Mipham was when I was 13 years old. My friends and I were at the local lake, having just perfected the classic teenage sand mandala of the day, when the Sakyong walked by on his way to cool down in the waters. "Rinpoche," I inquired,...

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