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What’s Wrong with Christianity? Reflections on a Buddhist-Inspired Christian Retreat

This is the majestic Christ Church in Dublin, Ireland, one of many architectural treats from Europe’s Christian heritage that I enjoyed this summer. However, with so many European churches feeling more like museums than vibrant centers of community life, my … Continue reading

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Opening to Presence: Best Books of 2016

It is not difficult for me to pick out my spiritual highlight of 2016. A good friend recommended that I look into Dot B mindfulness training during the summer holidays, and so I applied across Europe for a program. However, … Continue reading

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Finding and Letting Go of the Self through the Enneagram and Spiritual Practices

This entry describes a two-fold project in which students (1) seek to identity their Enneagram personality type, and then (2) design a spiritual practice to let go and purify this preferred way of being in the world. In this way, … 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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Homecoming at Last: Service Learning and the Divine Embrace

“When Christ said: ‘I was hungry and you fed me,’ he didn’t mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness.” “Seeking the face of God in … 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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Teaching Consciousness of the Body: Two Practitioners in Dialogue

In contemporary culture which overemphasizes the mind’s ability to accomplish and achieve, most students consider paying attention to the body for the purpose of “being” an unexplored strategy for stress reduction. In this dialogue Marty Schmidt and Sangeeta Bansal, both … Continue reading

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