Touch of Grey*

“It’s very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you’d always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and …

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I died. Then I went to Starbucks.

“He is terribly afraid of dying because he hasn’t yet lived.”  ― Franz Kafka On Saturday, March 2, Kadam Morten Clausen, Resident Teacher at at Kadampa Meditation Center New York City taught a couple hundred people, including yours truly, how to die. Oh, yeah! Those Buddhists sure know how to have a good time! As if …

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I’m giving my new book away for free!

I am delighted to announce that my book, Faith without Labels: a Guide to Eclectic Spirituality, is now available as a Kindle ebook! Faith without Labels: a Guide to Eclectic Spirituality is a self-help book and workbook designed to introduce spiritual “Seekers” to eclectic spirituality, "A highly individualized spiritual belief system composed of selected elements …

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“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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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 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 I

This is the second post in a series about bardo, an “in between” or “transitional” state between lives. It is from a scholarly work by a contemporary Chinese monk, Master Shi Zhiguo, entitled Auspicious Birth. As you can see, I am including the Chinese source as well as the English translation. For additional background and context, please read Auspicious …

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