“My” Meditation Teacher: Bart van Melik

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. -- Anonymous Several years ago, I attended a Chinese-speaking temple for several months with our dear neighbor Melissa. The abbess and congregants went out of their way to ensure that I always knew what was going on by providing a translator for me, and they couldn't …

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If there’s no God, who am I talking to?

This morning, I woke up with a killer migraine. I took meds and went back to bed. As I was lying there waiting for the medication to kick in and/or to fall back asleep, I said a prayer to Archangel Raphael, the "healing angel." In my woozy, headachy state I asked myself, "Do I really …

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The Good Book…and other good books

One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us. ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel My mother taught me to read before I started kindergarten. She set up a classroom in our garage, complete with a blackboard and flash cards. By the time I reached …

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Auspicious Birth — Part IV

Today I'm pleased to present the final chapter in the series about bardo, the “transitional” state between lives. As my regular readers know, I am reprinting it with permission from a scholarly work entitled Auspicious Birth by Master Shi Zhiguo, a contemporary Chinese monk. If you are a new reader…welcome! Please take some time to read the previous posts …

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Auspicious Birth — Part III

I hope that my regular readers are enjoying this series about bardo, the “transitional” state between lives. As you know, I am reprinting it with permission from a scholarly work entitled Auspicious Birth by Master Shi Zhiguo, a contemporary Chinese monk. For authenticity, as well as for the convenience of any subscribers who read Chinese, I am including …

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Auspicious Birth — Part II

This is the third post in a series about bardo, the “transitional” state between lives. It is from a scholarly work by a contemporary Chinese monk, Master Shi Zhiguo, entitled Auspicious Birth. For authenticity, as well as for the convenience of any subscribers who read Chinese, I am including the Chinese source as well as the English translation. …

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