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...

Our Victory

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If there is ever a book that saves us it will be a contemplation of Love without pretext or association with idols. It will be about knowing the mystery is boundless and choosing life...

The Conscious Body: Notes on the Garment of the Buddha

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In the National Museum of New Delhi there exists a life-sized statue of the Buddha, the Awakened One, draped in a clinging, transparent robe. With its fine radiance of curved, geometrically spaced folds, the...

Stuck at the Beginning

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I have been feeling "stuck", the past few days. After my recent life-changing travels through India, most of which I spent volunteering in the Tibetan exile community of McleodGanjhttp://www.squidoo.com/mcleodganj-india ,I came back to the USA...

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,...

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...

Everyday Exile Project for Tibetan Exiles

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Everyday Exile Project is a platform which allows Tibetans in exile anywhere in the world to share their personal stories, in words and images, with an online readership with the eventual goal of sharing these stories...

Cultural Baggage in Zen Practice

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  What is my self? It is my body and thoughts, my logic and my creativity. It consists of all the events of my life and my memories of them. It includes every scar, mistake,...

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...

I Am a Seeking Mess

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by Ronald Pies MD The French polymath and mystic, Blaise Pascal, famously described the human being as a “thinking reed”. (His observation begins, “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but...