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Being Peace

Taoism and Buddhism Being Peace Thursday, August 23, 2018 Paul Knitter has been an activist for peace and justice since the 1980’s. He is inspired by Engaged Buddhism, a term coined by Thich Nhat Hanh, which brings insights from Buddhist practice and teaching to social, political, environmental, and economic injustice: Buddhists are much more concerned… Continue Reading Being Peace

Unitive Consciousness

Taoism and Buddhism Unitive Consciousness Wednesday, August 22, 2018 Paul Knitter, a theologian and colleague of mine from my days in Cincinnati, wrote an insightful book called Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian. In it, he explains that Buddhism teaches “practices that will help Christians draw on the mystical contents of our faith. Buddhism can… Continue Reading Unitive Consciousness

The Four Noble Truths

Taoism and Buddhism The Four Noble Truths Tuesday, August 21, 2018 After his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree, the Buddha sat for some days in his inner liberation, which he called a state of nirvana. As Thich Nhat Hanh explains, “Nirvana means extinction—first of all, the extinction of all concepts and notions. Our concepts about… Continue Reading The Four Noble Truths

The Buddha

Taoism and Buddhism The Buddha Monday, August 20, 2018 My colleague and CAC core teacher James Finley, a student of Buddhism, briefly shares the story of the Buddha’s life to provide some context for Buddhist teachings. The Buddha was born in India about the year 560 BCE and given the name Siddhartha. His father, the… Continue Reading The Buddha

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, January 28-Friday, February 2, 2018 Jesus was a wisdom teacher, within an ancient tradition called sophia perennis, which is in fact at the headwaters of all the great religious traditions of the world today. —Cynthia Bourgeault (Sunday) Our supreme purpose in life is not to make a… Continue Reading Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary

Cosmology: Weekly Summary

Cosmology Summary, Sunday, October 29-Friday, November 3, 2017 This week I shared reflections from Franciscan scientist Ilia Delio and CAC’s core faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault. “Shall we continue our medieval religious practices in a medieval paradigm and mechanistic culture and undergo extinction? Or shall we wake up to this dynamic, evolutionary universe and the rise… Continue Reading Cosmology: Weekly Summary

My Wisdom Lineage

My Wisdom Lineage Monday, December 21, 2015 This year’s meditations have explored the traditions, texts, and teachers that have had the greatest influence on my worldview and theology. Together they compose my “wisdom lineage.” I’ve shared these elements not to persuade you that my way is the only or best path, but to illustrate that… Continue Reading My Wisdom Lineage

The Cosmic Christ

Science: Week 1 The Cosmic Christ Thursday, November 5, 2015 Franciscan mysticism has a unique place in the world through its absolutely Christocentric lens, although the Franciscan emphasis is actually nothing more nor less than the full Gospel itself. Most Christians know about Jesus of Nazareth, but very few know about the Christ, and even… Continue Reading The Cosmic Christ

The Perennial Tradition

The Wisdom Tradition The Perennial Tradition Sunday, January 4, 2015 The “perennial philosophy” or “perennial tradition” recognizes that there are some constant themes, truths, and recurrences in all of the world religions. Unfortunately, many religions have emphasized differences and claimed their particular brand is better than others. But there have been threads of the perennial… Continue Reading The Perennial Tradition

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