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Practice Makes Perfect: A Missing Piece in Teaching for Purpose

Introduction Most of us would probably agree that gaining a life purpose is among the most important ingredients of a life well-lived. It appears so fundamental to personal fulfilment and social progress that it seems imperative that we teach about … Continue reading

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What is Love? Exploring Human Yearning for the Divine with Llewellyn Vaughan – Lee

Introduction Llewellyn Vaughan – Lee is a Sufi teacher who has had mystical experiences since his teenage years. As a Sufi, he focuses on connecting to God through the yearnings of the heart, which when realized turn everything on its … Continue reading

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Pedagogy of the Planetarium: Journeying Beyond Outer Space

Holding aloft a yellow-tinted orb, the masterful presenter dramatically finished the Griffiths Observatory planetarium show “Centered in the Universe” with a final word: “Looking through a telescope, we are coming to know our home.” This was his response to those … Continue reading

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The Tao Becomes Flesh: Seeking Divinity in the Dark

The “Christ Temple” at Tao Fung Shan retreat center. Logos and the Light Probably the most memorable passage from my youth about God, Jesus, and the nature of reality was from John 1:1-5, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, … Continue reading

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The Wisdom Way of Knowing and Teaching: Reflections on the Epistemological Foundations of the SPEX Curriculum

A Collective Tea Ceremony Experience Introduction A year ago a group of religion teachers at HKIS began teaching a new series of courses called “Spiritual Explorations” (SPEX) at HKIS, which started with grade 9 students in January, 2018. In a … Continue reading

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Being Present to Presence: Goal-Setting and the Spiritual Life

On retreat with Cynthia on Holy Isle, Scotland, June, 2017 “[Prayer] is a way of… living in awareness of the Presence, and even enjoying the Presence. The contemplative is not just aware of God’s Loving Presence, but trusts, allows, and … Continue reading

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Enchanted Chanting: Experiencing Peace and Purity in the High School Classroom

Introduction Is it possible to give my stressed out students an undeniable experience of inner peace in a group setting? This thought motivated my recent experiment to bring chanting into an elective religion course that I teach at HKIS called … Continue reading

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