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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

Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

Perennial Tradition Summary: Sunday, July 29-Friday, August 3, 2018 The underlying messages that different religions and denominations use are often in strong agreement, but they use different metaphors to communicate their own experience of union with God. (Sunday) One way to summarize the substance of perennial wisdom (paraphrasing Aldous Huxley) is: There is a Divine… Continue Reading Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

The Mirroring Gaze

Relationships The Mirroring Gaze Tuesday, May 1, 2018 As I shared early last month, infants see themselves mirrored in their caregiver’s eyes. [1] This gaze begins to form mirror neurons that are thought to be the physiological basis for empathy. Babies and children who receive loving mirroring and modeling can grow into adults capable of… Continue Reading The Mirroring Gaze

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Summary

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, April 22-Friday, April 27, 2018 Gender seems to be a very deep archetype in the psyche. As long as we read reality in a non-contemplative, dualistic way, any gender identity that doesn’t follow our binary “norm” will invariably be challenging and usually resisted. (Sunday) Even as we acknowledge… Continue Reading Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Summary

In Pursuit of Sexual Justice

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 In Pursuit of Sexual Justice Friday, April 20, 2018 If you’re paying any attention to the news, no doubt you’ve noticed a dramatic shift over the past several decades in how our culture views human sexuality. As we’ve mentioned this week, gender and sexuality are fluid concepts, so it’s only… Continue Reading In Pursuit of Sexual Justice

Interview: Alana Levandoski (’15) on Thomas Merton’s Point Vierge

Interview: Alana Levandoski (’15) on Thomas Merton’s Point Vierge and Collaboration with James Finley Mark: Tell us about your newest collaboration with CAC core faculty, James Finley. Alana: In December 2016, I set out to work on a musical album centered around James Finley’s acclaimed book, Merton’s Palace of Nowhere. After long discussions with Jim… Continue Reading Interview: Alana Levandoski (’15) on Thomas Merton’s Point Vierge

Alumni Newsletter — February 2018

A Note from the Editor Dear Living School alumni, The Three-in-One God is giving birth to transformation in the world through you. Much of this transformation, I suspect, takes place under the radar as you go about your often-busy days, radiating love in a fractured world. Sometimes it is simply the full presence you give… Continue Reading Alumni Newsletter — February 2018

Interfaith Friendship: Weekly Summary

Interfaith Friendship Summary: Sunday, December 3-Friday, December 8, 2017 Underneath the very real differences between religions and peoples lies a unifying foundation. (Sunday) “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means… Continue Reading Interfaith Friendship: Weekly Summary

Disciples of Love

Interfaith Friendship Disciples of Love Tuesday, December 5, 2017 True, what Christians are after is different from what Buddhists are after. For Christians, it’s identification with the Christ-Spirit. For Buddhists, it’s realizing their Buddha-nature. And yet, both of these very different experiences have something in common: they are unitive, non-dualistic, mystical experiences in which we… Continue Reading Disciples of Love

Truth Is Known by Its Fruits

Interfaith Friendship Truth Is Known by Its Fruits Monday, December 4, 2017 If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. —Martin Luther King, Jr. [1]… Continue Reading Truth Is Known by Its Fruits

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