Philosophy

thoughts on radical passover

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when st. francis exclaimed that he desired to become god's instrument for the bestowing of blessings on all beings, or when the bodhisattva vows not to rest until all beings are saved before she...

“Crucifixion”

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"The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify the false self, that the true self may rise. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is not realized." —Hazrat Inayat Khan,...

On Merton’s Snow and Watt’s Potatoes

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"your heart is my hermitage" - thomas merton one of the most profound beauties in merton's spiritual journey is his progression from a spirituality of "the" heart as a general proposition in the abstract, to...

Don’t Quarrel by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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DON’T QUARREL Who do you argue with? The Practice: Don’t quarrel. Why? It’s one thing to stick up for yourself and others. But it’s a different matter to get caught up in wrangles, contentiousness, squabbles . . . in...

Lighten Up by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

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LIGHTEN UP What’s weighing you down? The Practice: Lighten up. Why? On the path of life, most of us are hauling way too much weight. What’s in your own backpack? If you’re like most of us, you’ve got too many...

See Deep Wants by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’re the deepest wants of all? The Practice:  See deep wants. Why? I did my Ph.D. dissertation by videotaping 20 mother-toddler pairs and analyzing what happened when the mom offered an alternative to...

addendum: on i-it and the god we repress

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god is the between of an i and a thou, and it is precisely this existential dialogue with all that exists, our "essential deed" as buber called it, that which we repress within us...

Into the Mystic: Jane Lead

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Contrary to popular opinion, “Protestant mystic” is not an oxymoron. Indeed, during the first century or two following the Reformation a great abundance of Protestant mystics flourished. The Silesian cobbler Jacob Boehme may be...

The Other and Julian’s Promise

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In contemporary discussions of religion and religious discourse the notion of God’s alterity, or “Otherness,” is often foregrounded. This rhetorical gesture, very nearly a commonplace, derives from the philosophical work of Emmanuel Levinas and...

Martin Buber Today

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    this date, 47 years ago, martin buber passed away in jerusalem. he was 87 years old. i regard martin buber as the greatest jewish philosopher since baruch spinoza in the xvii century, and not unlike...