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Visiting Hong Kong Places of Worship: Grade 9 SPEX Project

The Chi Lin Nunnery and Garden in Diamond Hill is a quiet oasis in the middle of Kowloon. Dear Grade 9 SPEX Students, Spiritual Explorations is all about experiential learning, so we want to give you the opportunity to get … Continue reading

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Education’s Most Needed Reform: An Orientation to the Universe

This stunning image of the Buddha from the Golden Temple in Dambulla, Sri Lanka communicates the truth that spiritual growth is often associated with luminosity –  which I experienced, strangely enough, when grading my final World Religions papers earlier this … Continue reading

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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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Stop, Breathe, and Be: Re-Envisioning the Practice of Prayer

“The Sanctuary,” a retreat center in Dublin, Ireland, provided the venue for my recent Mindfulness in Schools Program “Dot B” workshop, a secular mindfulness training course which paradoxically provided me with a new understanding of prayer. We did some of … 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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Essence and the Self: Entering Emptiness to Find Fullness

Introduction “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:4) “There are various ways of escape but there is only one way of meeting sorrow. The escapes with which we are all familiar are really … 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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