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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) Dear Students, We have built our semester’s exploration in “Service, Society, and the Sacred” around the concept that a common message in the Wisdom Tradition … 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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Mind the Gap: Cynthia Bourgeault on Moving from the Small Self to the Larger Self

Dear World Religion Students, We have been talking all semester about moving from the small self to the Larger Self, which means bringing together your day-to-day experience living in this visible, competitive, and finite world (of the horizontal) with your … 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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