Category Archives: Spirtual Practice

Krister Stendahl on Religous Pluralism

Krister Stendahl, Harvard Divinity School professor, later Bishop of Stockholm, while famous among theologians for his writings on the Apostle Paul, is more widely known for his three rules of religious understanding: When trying to understand another religion, you should … Continue reading

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The Third Self: Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets. She has also written many essays on poetry and the artist’s task. Maria Popov’s Brain Pickings is an excellent way to learn about writers and their writings. The Third Self: Mary Oliver … Continue reading

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The Hits Keep Coming

The next thing I read after You’ve got to be kind popped up in my RSS reader was Hating People is Easy. Loving Them Isn’t. Read to the end. Genesis B. is taking kindness into radical territory.

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You’ve got to be kind

The headline writers for MarketWatch have to be humble or have strong egos. The market moves after they write often falsifying what they wrote. Writing anything in a public place can be like that. The day after I wrote Kindness … Continue reading

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Kindness Forward

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. The Dalai Lama For those not as enlightened as the Dalai Lama and unwilling to wait for the results of thousands of hours of meditation, David Brooks has some suggestions in his … Continue reading

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Mindfulness Is/Isn’t

Recently I read somewhere, “Mindfulness is heart, mind, and body in the same place.”  It sounded good at the time and I understand the intent, but it isn’t wearing well with time. On reflection, I think it sets the bar … Continue reading

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Coping vs. Change

Several traditional Buddhists have criticized mindfulness training.  At first this seems a bit odd, but reading the whole critique explains the problem they have.  It wasn’t mindfulness practice per se, it is mindfulness only as a way to cope with … Continue reading

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How God Intervenes

It’s important not to get sucked into identity politics. It’s about privilege, exclusion, and power. Neither the battle over who is favored nor apathy and inaction is the solution. The question then becomes, how do we improve the world, country, … Continue reading

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Any Second Zen

Every-Minute Zen Zen students are with their masters at least ten years before they presume to teach others. Nan-in was visited by Tenno, who having passed his apprenticeship, had become a teacher. The day happened to be rainy, so Tenno … Continue reading

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Crises & Mindfulness

Crises reveal your values because you have to choose. Ed Milliband In a crisis, I can’t have it all. When push comes to shove, what do I choose? It’s now the end of a too long day and I haven’t … Continue reading

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