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Monday, July 24, 2017

"At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it."

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Sunday, July 23, 2017

My book, Presence and Process, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Ships August 1st.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

"What would it mean for Christians to rediscover their faith not as a problematic system of beliefs, but as a just and generous way of life, rooted in contemplation and expressed in compassion, that makes amends for its mistakes and is dedicated to beloved community for all? Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?"

--Fr. Richard Rohr

Monday, July 17, 2017

"If a Creator God exists, would He or She or It or whatever the appropriate pronoun is, prefer a kind of sodden blockhead who worships while understanding nothing? Or would He prefer His votaries to admire the real universe in all its intricacy? I would suggest that science is, at least in part, informed worship. My deeply held belief is that if a god of anything like the traditional sort exists, then our curiosity and intelligence are provided by such a god. We would be unappreciative of those gifts if we suppressed our passion to explore the universe and ourselves. On the other hand, if such a traditional god does not exist, then our curiosity and our intelligence are the essential tools for managing our survival in an extremely dangerous time. In either case the enterprise of knowledge is consistent surely with science; it should be with religion, and it is essential for the welfare of the human species."

--Carl Sagan

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Ethical integrity requires both the intelligence to understand the present situation as the fruition of former choices, and the courage to engage with it as the arena for the creation of what is to come. It empowers us to embrace the ambiguity of a present that is simultaneously tied to an irrevocable past and free for an undetermined future. Ethical integrity is not moral certainty. A priori certainty about right and wrong is at odds with a changing and unreliable world, where the future lies open, waiting to be born from choices and acts. Such certainty may be consoling and strengthening, but it can blunt awareness of the uniqueness of each ethical moment. When we are faced with the unprecedented and unrepeateable complexities of this moment, the question is not 'What is the right thing to do?' but 'What is the compassionate thing to do?' This question can be approached with integrity but not with certainty. In accepting that every action is a risk, integrity embraces the fallibility that certainty disdainfully eschews."

-- Stephen Batchelor

Friday, July 14, 2017

It is quite a paradigm shift to think of oneself as an occasion rather than an object; not a what but a when.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

There is a way to live our daily life that transforms normal life into a spiritual life. Even very simple things, like drinking tea with mindfulness can be a deeply spiritual experience, which can enrich our lives. Why would people spend two hours just drinking one cup of tea? From a business viewpoint, this is a waste of time. But time is not money. Time has much more value than money. Time is life. Money is nothing compared with life. In two hours of drinking tea together, we don’t get money, but we do get life.

- Thich Nhat Hanh, At Home in the World

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
--Soren Kierkegaard

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spent some quality telephone time yesterday with the publisher, going over last minute odds and ends before my book Presence and Process goes off to the printers today. It will make its first public appearance on July 24th at the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends in Newberg, OR. Yay!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

"Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

--Viktor Frankl

Friday, July 07, 2017

"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another."
--Thomas Merton

Thursday, July 06, 2017

"All thoughts—good thoughts, bad thoughts, lovely thoughts, evil thoughts—occur within something. All thoughts arise and disappear into a vast space. If you watch your mind, you’ll see that a thought simply occurs on its own—it arises without any intention on your part. In response to this, we’re taught to grab and identify with them. But if we can, just for a moment, relinquish this anxious tendency to grab our thoughts, we begin to notice something very profound: that thoughts arise and play out, spontaneously and on their own, within a vast space; the noisy mind actually occurs within a very, very deep sense of quiet."

--Adyashanti, Falling Into Grace

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

"The man who really thinks he has an idea will always try to explain that idea. The charlatan who has no idea will always confine himself to explaining that it is much too subtle to be explained."
— G. K. Chesterton

New Patheos blog post: Spiritual Gifts

Excerpt: "Maybe God is more creative than five or seven or twelve or twenty-five spiritual gifts to choose from.  And maybe what's more important is simply learning to discern the movements of the Holy Spirit within oneself and then follow those leadings."

Sunday, July 02, 2017

"The truth can take care of itself.  You don't have to approach the truth with eyes lowered and gaze averted on bended knee; that's how you approach bullshit, but the truth is so powerful that you can kick the tires, turn over the engine, check the odometer, and nobody is offended.  Truth is real.  It can stand the test."

--Terence McKenna

Saturday, July 01, 2017

"The objection to Puritans is not that
they try to make us think as they do,
but that they try to make us do as they think."

— H. L. Mencken

Friday, June 30, 2017

"The coolness of Buddhism isn’t indifference but the distance one gains on emotions, the quiet place from which to regard the turbulence. From far away you see the pattern, the connections, and the thing as a whole, see all the islands and the routes between them.”
--Rebecca Solnit

Thursday, June 29, 2017

"Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object."
--Hermann Hesse

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This is lovely. Prominent religious leaders from various faiths call on us to make friends with followers of religious beliefs different from our own.

Monday, June 12, 2017

“The ego is not a thing. The ego is a circular pattern of thinking.”

Sunday, June 11, 2017

"Modern-day fundamentalist evangelical Christians in the U.S. simply assume that Christianity is primarily concerned with who gets to go to Heaven, and that it is normal for Christians to assert that their way–and only their way–is the right way, while every other religion is deficient or wrong.  Ironically, the only other world religion that has this same extreme exclusivistic tendency is radical Islam."

--Daniel P. Coleman, Am I a Christian?

Saturday, June 10, 2017

“When you realize you’re a verb, life is easier.”


Thursday, June 08, 2017

Speculation on the Mount by John McNamee

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

“Holiness is God’s ability to confront evil without being defiled. God’s holiness does not require him to keep evil at arm’s length. God’s holiness enables Him to take the wicked in His arms and transform them. God is never in danger of being defiled. No evil can alter His love, for His gracious character is beyond corruption. This is what it means to say God is holy—God’s love is incorruptible. Holiness and love are not competing commitments. God is love. His love endures forever. This enduring love is what makes God holy. No manner of evil done to us or by us can separate us from this love. God transforms His morally imperfect children through the power of His perfect love. It is our experience of this love that inspires us to such perfection. Jesus said, ‘Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect’ (Matt. 5:48). If this verse was a command for moral perfection, our cause is hopeless. Fortunately, this admonition follows a command to ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you’ (Matt. 5:44). Perfection is demonstrated not by moral purity, but by extravagant love. We are like God not when we are pure, but when we are loving and gracious.”
--Philip Gulley and James Mulholland, If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Sunday, June 04, 2017

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.

— Thomas Merton

Friday, June 02, 2017

"How lovely would it be to treat one’s spiritual path like this: an awareness that the path is open, the path is everywhere, the path is the destination, and that what matters is to walk the path, be on the path. It is true, as the sages say, a journey of a thousand steps begins with one step."

--Omid Safi, The Sacred Path is the One We're On

Thursday, June 01, 2017

"I try to be circumspect about weighing in on news events, but this Kathy Griffin thing has me intrigued from a theological perspective."

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"The entire purpose of our Lord’s death was not to redeem us from sins, or for any other reason, but solely in order that the world might become aware of the love which God has for creation. Had all this astounding affair taken place solely for the purpose of the forgiveness of sin, it would have been sufficient to redeem us by some other means."
--Isaac the Syrian, Bishop of Nineveh, 7th century

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The millions upon millions who have died in the folly of war (most of them were non-combatants or otherwise had no choice about participating). The lives destroyed, the immeasurable suffering that echoes down through generations, the self-perpetuating cycle of evil. Though we try to dress it up in flags and parades and rituals, war is not noble or honorable. It is humanity at our very worst. That is what I remember today.



Saturday, May 27, 2017

"Simply put, enlightenment is the ability to accept the world exactly as it is, while simultaneously working to make it better. I like this definition because it’s extremely practical and has applications in everyday life."

--Alex Chong Do Thompson, The Reality is that Enlightenment is Simple, but My Ego Wants it to be Hard