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Burning Hope

This election process has taken a toll on so many around the world. In our sangha, the choices have been at the forefront of several discussions and has ultimately proven itself to be a dharma door for many of Infinite Smile's members. It's also a dharma door for me....

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Maher’s Mark

Bill Maher speaks of his newly released film, Religulous: I don't use the word "atheist" about myself, because I think it mirrors the certitude I'm so opposed to in religion. What I say in the film is that I don't know. I don't know what happens when you die, and all...

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Born Again Buddhists?

Barbara O'Brien, over at About.com takes on an interesting practice that is summarily given a pass by many Western practitioners: Buddhist temple in Thailand is offering instant rebirth, for a fee. People line up every day to climb into big, pink coffins. Monks chant...

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Beyond the Future

In a recent blog post by Andrew Cohen, he rightly asserts a point so often misappropriated in alternative spiritual circles: Consciousness doesn’t exist or work in mysterious ways outside of or away from the innermost depths of our individual and collective selves. In...

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Palin’s Shadow

Deepak Chopra compares Sarah Palin to the shadow of Barak Obama in a recent commentary: Palin’s pluck has been admired, and her forthrightness, but her real appeal goes deeper. She is the reverse of Barack Obama, in essence his shadow, deriding his idealism and...

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Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan Discuss Faith

While I happened upon this discussion late, I liked it very much. Both men are intelligent, passionate and polite. In their exchange Harris, author of The End of Faith, establishes a definition: I think that faith is, in principle, in conflict with reason (and,...

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On beliefnet.com today Deepak Chopra blogs: In any system of organized religion, belief trumps first-hand experience. Such an experience, when it is truly spiritual, brings a sense of universality, far beyond our concepts of race and creed. Interesting echo of the...

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This was a nice surprise. On CBS Sunday Morning, Green Gulch Farm was featured as a way to escape. Of course, if you’re really doing the practice, it’s not about escape, but about facing everything and avoiding nothing. (p.201) Read the article here....

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