One City: A Declaration of Interdependence

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What you wear. What you say. What you think/ignore/buy/don't buy... Welcome to One City-Population: Everyone-where EVERYTHING you do matters. You've lived here your whole life, whether you know it or not.

Ethan Nichtern, the charismatic and creative force behind New York's upstart Interdependence Project is your guide to the beauty that is everywhere in the urban jungle-in the rattling of subway trains, the screechings of traffic, the hum and drone of millions scurrying for ...

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Overview

What you wear. What you say. What you think/ignore/buy/don't buy... Welcome to One City-Population: Everyone-where EVERYTHING you do matters. You've lived here your whole life, whether you know it or not.

Ethan Nichtern, the charismatic and creative force behind New York's upstart Interdependence Project is your guide to the beauty that is everywhere in the urban jungle-in the rattling of subway trains, the screechings of traffic, the hum and drone of millions scurrying for work, food, sustenance, art, culture, and meaning. There may be no greater setting for exploring the great truth that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. expounded: "Whatever effects one directly, effects all indirectly."

One City melds Dr. King's message with modern Buddhist wisdom to offer a new way of understanding what binds us all together-no matter where we are, no matter who. With its pop-culture savvy, humor, and literary liveliness, One City will speak to—and even, it's fair to say, help define—the spiritually-inclined, conscious Next Generation.

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Editorial Reviews

David Loy
"The best introduction to Buddhism for young people. My university students love it."
Noah Levine
"Destined to be a modern spiritual classic."
The American Prospect
"Resonant and refreshing."
WildMind.org
"Nichtern's passion for life, in particular modern city life, is infectious and his care and concern for the bigger picture and the craziness at large in our world make for a compelling vision. One to watch!"
Daniel Goleman
"A trenchant and engaging call to an expanded awareness. Buddhism 3.0 meets the global consciousness movement."
Sharon Salzberg
"Nichtern speaks to us with keen, compassionate perception. This is your story and mine, alive and compelling."
Brick Window
"A modern urban consumer psychological survival guide."
Tricycle
"Crackles with humor and fresh insight."
Turning Wheel
"A great read for anyone looking for practical suggestions on how to leave the world in a better state than when we found it."
Brick Window
"A modern urban consumer psychological survival guide."
From the Publisher

“The best introduction to Buddhism for young people. My university students love it.”—David Loy, author of Money Sex War Karma

"Destined to be a modern spiritual classic."—Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream

"A user-friendly guide to living a more meaningful life. I will come back to these words again and again."—Simran Sethi, NBC News Environmental Correspondent

"Challenges us to go deeper than just caring about 'the world,' and shares a vision for how to be accountable." —think.mtv.com

"Resonant and refreshing." —The American Prospect

“Nichtern’s passion for life, in particular modern city life, is infectious and his care and concern for the bigger picture and the craziness at large in our world make for a compelling vision. One to watch!” —WildMind.org

“Fresh and compelling: Buddhism 3.0 meets the global consciousness movement.”—Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence

"A fun and fascinating look at who we are, who we can be, and how every individual can make a difference."—This Week in New York

"Nichtern speaks to us with keen, compassionate perception. This is your story and mine, alive and compelling."—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

"A modern urban consumer psychological survival guide." —Brick Window

"Crackles with humor and fresh insight."—Tricycle

“If you're interested in learning more about yourself, how you can relate better to others and to the world and how you can contribute to making the world a better place, I recommend the book." —TheBeautifulHeresy.com

"One City is a guide to poking your head above water and breathing fresh, clear air for the first time in maybe a while."—JerryKolber.com

"A great read for anyone looking for practical suggestions on how to leave the world in a better state than when we found it.” —Turning Wheel

"A trenchant and engaging call to an expanded awareness. Buddhism 3.0 meets the global consciousness movement.” — Daniel Goleman, author Social Intelligence
"One City is your story and mine, alive and compelling."-Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness, The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
"This is the ancient wisdom of Buddhism made relevant for people who can watch TV while listening to their iPod and IM-ing friends."-Susan Piver, author of How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life
"This book is great. It should reach the next generation in the same way that classics by Jack Kornfield and Ram Dass reached mine."-State Senator Eric Schneiderman (New York)
"At age 29, Nichtern is keenly aware of the consumer wallpaper of our everyday lives. We may be awash in the materialism that feeds desire, says Nichtern, but interdependence makes the planet one city."--Shambhala Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715169
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 978,452
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ethan Nichtern is the charismatic young founder of The Interdependence Project (theidproject.com), a grass-roots movement bringing the principles of meditation and interconnectedness to the arts and activism. A student of the bestselling author Sakyong Mipham, heregularly leads meditation groups in New York City and around North America. He is the host of the popular podcast 21st Century Buddhism, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times at a rate of over 3000 each week. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Table of Contents


Prologue: A Day in the Life     ix
The Real Internet
The Real Internet     3
The Inadequacy Principle     13
Touching the Net     29
Practicing Interdependence
Meditation and the Colonizing Mentality     57
The Hungry Ghost Is a Shadow Puppet     73
Entertainment Ain't So Entertaining     91
Nonviolence or Nonexistence     107
Gotta Get Paid     121
Cutting Through Infotainment     135
Fearlessness Is Not Brought to You by Reebok     147
Epilogue: Counter-Culture vs. Transformative Culture     155
Getting Started with Meditation     159
Post-Meditation Practice of Interdependence     165
Freestyle Dedication of Merit: A Declaration of Interdependence     171
Acknowledgments     174
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Although I've never tried flafel, this book is good soup for the

    Although I've never tried flafel, this book is good soup for the soul!  I especially like the post meditation practices, ways to bing more
    mindfulness into the world.  This truly transformational book speaks about ways to be the change you wish to see in the world.  Topics
    include pop culture in America and how to live mindfully in a consumerist society.  I love this book and can't wait to read it again!
    Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    Amazing, Visionary Book

    Unlike any other Buddhist book I've read. It's beautifully written, culturally and politically cutting edge. Highly recommended for people who are into buddhism. More highly recommended for people who ARE NOT into buddhism!

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