Philosophy

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...

“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,...

The Past is Glass, Turpentine, Rags: A Garden of Love

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 They think they love God! It is only his old clothes—of which they make scarecrows for the children. Where will they come nearer to God than in these very children? —Henry David Thoreau, Journal (Nov...

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...

Chakra Khan (aka Jill Leigh)

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It’s a big name to live up to, I have to tell you!  It’s my favorite nickname of all time, and I’ve had a few.  Most of them made me squirrely under my skin. ...

Living in the Almost – by Michael T. Young

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Hope is one half of the divided world. The other is apprehension. We are, in fact, haunted by the future as much as the past because we live in a distraction of expectation. Tantalus...

Pondering Dogen and Proust

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Recently I interviewed the novelist and Zen Buddhist prist, Ruth Ozeki, on the occasion of the publication of her new book, A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING. I made a commitment to myself to...

The Uncluttered Mind, The Unfettered Soul

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“What makes the bed of a Torah scholar? Nothing is found under it except sandals in the summer and shoes in the rainy season…By contrast, the bed of an unlearned person looks like a...

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...

Does Divine Energy behind Letters & Words Unify Different Faiths?

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It can be no accident that the Word holds such significance in many world religions and practices. "In the beginning was the Word" proclaims John 1:1 in the New Testament. In Hinduism, Brahma the creator,...