Philosophy

What Tevye Knew

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One of my favorite scenes from Fiddler on the Roof  is Tevye's riff on Jews being the Chosen People.  After reminding God that Jews have suffered violence and oppression for being different, he basically...

on worship, liturgies and finding god in the moments of inception

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a foundation of the spiritual life is to not essentialize the spirit as an entity in itself. the spirit is not an entity, and it does not reside, in some mysterious way, within our...

The Inner, Phenomenology and Social Transformation

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when we meditate, or during some prayers, we will sometimes close our eyes. the assumption is that limiting our mental and physical exposure to the stimulation of objects and other contents in our surroundings,...

Ram Dass on “Letting Go”

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Here's an interesting 2010 interview with Ram Dass on the process of letting go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LxB-4_MGbc   "Your soul witnesses your feelings, your desires, your fearlessness. Stay  in the witness, not identifying with the desires or attitudes or...

Anger and Vengeance from the “JuBuSto” Perspective

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Anger and Vengeance from the “JuBuSto” Perspective Ronald Pies MD   In my last posting, I discussed my ongoing project, “The Three-Petalled Rose,” and its foundational premise that Judaism, Buddhism, and Stoicism have many features, in common....

Jacob Needleman on Consciousness & Our Future

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In his upcoming book An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth, Jacob Needleman discusses "an entirely new kind of relationship between consciousness and nature, between consciousness and the earth, between consciousness and...

My God Is Out Of Control

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Amidst the dazzling exhalation of exploding supernovae and the passionate in-breath of black holes, galaxies whirl wildly while God, vastly smiling, spins on one centripetal toe at the center of all, shouting, "WTF is...

Hineni. Your call to the Divine is a response to the call of the...

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In the Old Testament story, when Isaac was called by God, he answered, “Hineni.” Translated from the Hebrew, hineni means, “Here I am, for you called me.” In the Bible, the word hineni is used...

Reading, Intimacy, Angels of Death

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Reading, I think, is a fundamentally spiritual experience. The phenomenologist Georges Poulet once remarked that, when we read, another person’s “I” enters into our own souls. Think about it: when we read the word...