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Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

Interspiritual Mystics Summary: Sunday, August 4—Friday, August 9, 2019 At their most mature levels, religions have a common goal: union with all beings and with God. —Beatrice Bruteau (Sunday) By allowing inward change, while at the same time simplifying our external life, spirituality serves as our greatest single resource for changing our centuries-old trajectory of… Continue Reading Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

Feast of the Transfiguration

Interspiritual Mystics Feast of the Transfiguration Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima Dom Bede Griffiths (1906–1993) was born in Britain and lived the latter decades of his life in India. Some of our Living School students have been deeply moved by studying his work which sought to make connections between Christianity… Continue Reading Feast of the Transfiguration

Hinduism: Weekly Summary

Hinduism Summary: Sunday, August 12-Friday, August 17, 2018 If anything is true, then it has always been true; and people who sincerely search will touch upon the same truth in every age and culture, while using different language, symbols, and rituals to point us in the same direction. The direction is always toward more love… Continue Reading Hinduism: Weekly Summary

Action and Contemplation

Hinduism Action and Contemplation Friday, August 17, 2018 There are three major texts in Hinduism and Indian philosophy: The Vedas are the most ancient Sanskrit writings (as much as three to four thousand years old) containing hymns, philosophy, guidance, and rituals. The Upanishads—which means “what is learned sitting at the feet of”—are later (800-200 BCE), even… Continue Reading Action and Contemplation

Parts of a Whole

Hinduism Parts of a Whole Thursday, August 16, 2018 Several central ideas affirmed by Jesus were already formed in the ancient Hindu Vedas, then unfolded by the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Three of these ideas are advaita, karma, and maya. The word advaita is loosely translated as “having no duality,” implying that the proper or spiritual way of understanding things… Continue Reading Parts of a Whole

Stages of Life

Hinduism Stages of Life Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Beginning with Jesus’ four kinds of soil and receptivity (Matthew 13:4-9), to John of the Cross’ “dark nights” and Teresa of Ávila’s “interior mansions,” through the modern schemas of Jean Piaget, James Fowler, Lawrence Kohlberg, Eric Erikson, Abraham Maslow, Carol Gilligan, and others, each clarify that there… Continue Reading Stages of Life

Ways of Praying and Knowing

Hinduism Ways of Praying and Knowing Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Hinduism emphasizes concrete practices (yogas) which allow practitioners to know things for themselves. I often wonder if conservative Christians are afraid of the word yoga because they are in fact afraid of concrete orthopraxy! They prefer to strongly believe things but have very few daily practices… Continue Reading Ways of Praying and Knowing

Infinite Forms

Hinduism Infinite Forms Monday, August 13, 2018 If you have ever traveled to India, you realize that Hinduism is less a religion and more a 5,000-year-old culture, formed by such ancient sources as the Vedas, the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad Gita, and communicated in thousands of other ways. Hinduism is the product of millennia of deep self-observation, human history,… Continue Reading Infinite Forms

Widening Circles

Hinduism Widening Circles Sunday, August 12, 2018 What is required is a meeting of the different religious traditions at the deepest level of their experience of God. Hinduism is based on a deep, mystical experience, and everywhere seeks not simply to know “about” God but to “know God,” that is, to experience the reality of… Continue Reading Widening Circles

Art: Week 2 Summary

Art: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, May 20-Friday, May 25, 2018 The Psalms—like all great art—lead us to a truer image of ourselves, reality, and God. (Sunday) When we work with our voice, we work with the core elements out of which the world came into being and through which it is sustained: breath, tone, intentionality,… Continue Reading Art: Week 2 Summary

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