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Monthly Archives: August 2018

August 31, 2018

Hasidism

Judaism Hasidism Friday, August 31, 2018 The Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760)—Master of the Good Name—was the founder of a Jewish religious movement called Hasidism that began in the eighteenth century. The “Besht” (acronym for Baal Shem Tov) was ecstatically in love with God. He reminds me a bit of my own spiritual father, St. Francis… Continue Reading Hasidism

August 30, 2018

An Evolving Faith

Judaism An Evolving Faith Thursday, August 30, 2018 [We come into this world to] align our souls with God: The relationship between God and soul is analogous to that between the sun and its rays. We are the extension of God in time and space. How, then, can we be misaligned with God? Misalignment is… Continue Reading An Evolving Faith

August 29, 2018

Absolutes

Judaism Absolutes Wednesday, August 29, 2018 God reveals the essence of divinity to Moses: ehyeh asher ehyeh, most often translated as I AM what I AM [Exodus 3:14]. A more accurate Hebrew translation would be “I will be whatever I will be.” In either case, the Hasidic understanding of the text is the same: God… Continue Reading Absolutes

August 28, 2018

Prophetic Honesty

Judaism Prophetic Honesty Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Divine knowledge is always rooted in the details of ordinary life. The aim of all knowledge or visionary ecstasy is to increase the power of hesed [steadfast love] and compassionate action. . . . It is alive with the awareness of the holiness of Creation and the boundlessness… Continue Reading Prophetic Honesty

August 27, 2018

A Gracious God

Judaism A Gracious God Monday, August 27, 2018 For most of human history God was not viewed as having a likeable, much less lovable, character. That’s why every “theophany” in the Bible (an event where God manifests in visible reality) begins with the same words. Whenever an angel or God breaks into human life, the… Continue Reading A Gracious God

August 26, 2018

Two Roles of Religion

Judaism Two Roles of Religion Sunday, August 26, 2018 The chief fruit of Old Testament spirituality was a long-term education that gradually weaned the Chosen People away from their narrow concept of God as one among many other Near Eastern gods to the Transcendent One. The monotheistic God is the great gift of Israel to… Continue Reading Two Roles of Religion

August 25, 2018

Taoism and Buddhism: Weekly Summary

Taoism and Buddhism Summary: Sunday, August 19-Friday, August 24, 2018 The classic Tao Te Ching . . . reveals how both action and contemplation are paths to experiencing harmony, peace, and unity amidst diversity. —Lama Surya Das (Sunday) At first light, Siddhartha turned and looked at the day star with awakened eyes, as the Buddha—meaning… Continue Reading Taoism and Buddhism: Weekly Summary

August 24, 2018

Alumni Newsletter — August 2018

A Note from the Editor Dear Living School Alumni, If you’re at all like me, the injustices of the world are weighing on you significantly these days. From global climate change to the scapegoating of immigrants in America, the times we are living are breaking hearts and bodies. What does it look like to pray… Continue Reading Alumni Newsletter — August 2018

Finding Peace in a Troubled World

Finding Peace in a Troubled World A faculty reflection by James Finley James Finley reflects on how the mystics can help us keep from growing cynical during disheartening times. Watch the video or read the transcript.

Mindfulness

Taoism and Buddhism Mindfulness Friday, August 24, 2018 Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.  —Thich Nhat Hanh [1] Thich Nhat Hanh, the beloved Buddhist monk, explores the meaning of the… Continue Reading Mindfulness

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