So I have this little problem with alcohol. Well, maybe not so little. Thankfully, no drop of alcohol has passed my lips for over four years. While I don’t often blog about such, I sat in a meeting a couple weeks ago that got me thinking. The topic concerned length of sobriety and as I … More Time, the Journey, and Sobriety
Today’s discussion concentrates on the Bhagavad Gita, picking up where we left off from last time. Beginning with discussing karma yoga and selfless service and how such relates to self-realization, we examine how the texts teachings act as a departure point from the prevailing Hindu philosophy as put forth in the Upanishads. From there we … More Hindu Lecture 6: The Bhagavad Gita
It has been more than a few weeks since I wrote of my personal process of healing about which many of you who may be reading this have read and kindly expressed your best wishes and hope. All in all, things are moving, I think, in a pretty good direction. I have been spending more … More My Healing Journey and Lectio Divina
I wrote this in response to Christian Flash Weekly’s Event 43, the prompt of which required the inclusion of “and now, may the terror of the LORD be on you. Watch what you do, for there is no injustice or partiality or taking bribes with the LORD our God” (2 Chronicles 19:7) and had to … More Ignatian Prayer
The third lecture from my unit on Buddhism consists of a discussion on the remaining two Noble Truths, Nirvana, Anatta, and Co-dependent Arising.
Here is my most recent lecture from my Introduction to World Religions class concerning a discussion of the three characteristics of existence, the five skandhas, and the first two noble truths. Thanks to those who checked out the first lecture! I tweaked with the vocals a little so my voice (hopefully) isn’t so annoying ;).
It has been awhile since I have been able to sit down and have the time to return to my series of posts and, having woken up early enough on a Saturday morning, I shall proceed with where I left off last time when I had to cut part II of my series “Spirituality: The … More Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People. (Pt. IIB)
In the first of this four-post series, collectively titled “Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People,” I wrote on the history of spirituality, focusing mainly on the usage of this vague term and discussing how, in our late modern society, such vagueness made ripe the capitalist usurpation of the “spiritual.” As stated in my plan … More Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People (Pt. IIA)
Wait wait wait, he said what? Isn’t that supposed to read “religion is the opiate of the people?” After all that is what Marx said, right? No, no it isn’t. Marx never wrote “religion is the opiate of the people.” Here instead is the full quote from which Marx’s famous dictum has come to us moderns in … More Spirituality: The New Opiate of the People (Part I)
I Have Learned So much from God That I can no longer Call Myself A Christian, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Jew. The Truth has shared so much of Itself With me That I can no longer call myself A man, a woman, an angel, Or even a pure … More I Have Learned So Much–Hafiz