Category Archives: Spirituality

John Believer’s Prophecy

When I was a college freshman in Oregon, a bearded fellow in a long black coat would sometimes harangue the crowds in the quad at lunch time. He’d bring a box to stand on and a Bible to wave. He … Continue reading

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A Fake World

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allen Poe The world’s spiritual traditions tend to agree with these words Poe wrote in 1849, the year of his death. To Hindus, this world is “maya,” meaning “a … Continue reading

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You Will Get Through This

I spotted this wonderful painted stone in the bushes near the entrance of our local library, on an early morning dog walk this week. How many smiles did this artist generate? How many people’s days were brightened? The message is … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017: A Winter Feast for the Soul

The aphorisms in my previous post, on causes of happiness and unhappiness, are simple to say and understand, but not very easy to put into practice in the “thick of things.” I think that’s why the Dalia Lama speaks of … Continue reading

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Notes from 2017: Six ways to be miserable (and one way to be happy).

The following aphorisms on traits to avoid were written by Patrul Rinpoche, a 19th c. Tibetan master. A contemporary Tibetan lama, Phakchok Rinpoche, gave a teaching on the text that was printed in Tricycle in January, 2016. Here are the aphorisms: … Continue reading

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Notes on Saint Stephen

Today, December 26, is known as Saint Stephen’s Day, and in the UK, as “Boxing Day.” I’ve never understood the latter term – nor does Wikipedia, which says, “There are competing theories for the origins of the term, none of … Continue reading

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Prayers for Standing Rock

At 10:00am Central time, on Sunday, December 4, there will be a world-wide half hour of prayer and meditation “with the water, the earth, and the global community of supporters” of the Standing Rock Sioux nation, of those whose lives depend … Continue reading

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Timely quotes from Reinhold Niebuhr

Neibuhr’s best known work, however, is the Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Continue reading

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