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The Global Gifts of Protestant Scotland and its Future Challenges

Two opposing forces remain forever memorialized on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The Giles Cathedral, where Protestant Reformation leader John Knox delivered impassioned sermons, represents the Christian heritage of Scotland, while the great rationalist skeptic David Hume holds down a strategic position … Continue reading

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Calligraphy as Sacred Art: Meeting Golnaz Fathi

Golnaz Fathi, Untitled, 2011 Dear Students, Last night I had the great pleasure to hear the accomplished Iranian artist Golnaz Fathi share her passion for painting at a presentation at Hong Kong’s Asia Society. As I listened to Golnaz, I realized … Continue reading

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Teaching Inspiration: Avaaz’s 100 Victories for Justice

Introduction The first semester of Humanities I in Action introduces students to suffering in the world. I often say it has a “shock and awe” impact on many students, as they struggle to make sense of a myriad of injustices: … Continue reading

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Non-Reactivity: The Supreme Practice of Everyday Life

High school gives students lots of opportunities for emotional reactivity – and for practicing its opposite, non-reactivity.*  Dear World Religion students, We’ve been talking about the common message contained within the cross-cultural Wisdom Tradition, which states that the goal of … Continue reading

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“Crossing Over:” A Poem about the Spiritual Journey

The 13th century Persian poet Rumi wrote love poetry that gave expression to the deepest yearnings of the human soul in search of God the Beloved. Here are two examples of his exquisite verse: “In your light I learn how … Continue reading

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Breathing, Bowing, and Chanting: Researching Buddhist Spiritual Practices in World Religions Class

The Subong Monastery in Causeway Bay where we will be taught about Korean Zen Buddhism and their practices. So far in this course we have established that in order to become what we are meant to be as human beings … Continue reading

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Learning to “Lead a Life of More Profound Wakefulness:” Reflections on a Body-Mind-Heart Framework in a Senior Religion Class

:Amar Bhardwaj’s Humanities I in Action Elixir Project focused on glass recycling, a project he carried on throughout his four years at HKIS. In this entry, Amar reflects on how he awakened to global environmental concerns in his grade 9 … Continue reading

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