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Monuments of Buddhism: A tour of the Great Buddhist Statues

          On Facebook someone posted an image of the giant triple-faced Guanyin of Nanshan. An astonishing figure of beauty and grace, standing 354 feet, it was dedicated in 2005. It set me to thinkin

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Humans or Other Animals? We Don't Have to Choose

On Being Animal, part 3 The rise of grain-based agriculture made taxation systems functional on a large scale, which allowed for centralized power. Thus were born the relations of domination that have

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Animal Advocacy


I was excited to hear Lisa Brooks speak at the Maine Historical Society last night.  Lisa is the author of Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, which is an amazing narrative.  She goes

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Finding Our Way Home (Site / Info)

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If I were a snowflake I would not melt On a hot tongue of anger No, in my intricate beauty I would swirl softly to earth Using my wisdom to gather Friends just as unique And just as special Then we wo

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Sermons, Poetry, and Other Musings (Site / Info)

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In Wakanda, Stephon Clark Would Still Be Alive

I’ve been trying to come up with the words to express how I feel about the most recent state-agent killing of a Black person; Stephon Clark was killed by Sacramento police this week in his own backyar

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East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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Like a Bubble in a Stream: A Zen Teacher Offers a Paraphrase of the Diamond Sutra

  A Diamond Sutra A paraphrase by James Myoun Ford   Thus have I heard. The Buddha was once in Sravasti with a host of disciples. After the noontime meal, the monk Subhuti stood up before the assembly

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Dismantling Racism. Part 2

After writing about Dismantling Racism   and continuing to think about the topic, all the while driving by this barn, which has been slowly deteriorating over the ten years I've owned my farm, but whi

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A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)

The Greatest Cruelty on the Planet and the Worst Mistake in History

On Being Animal, part 2 Closer contact with, and awareness of, the animal in me -- "the soft animal of [my] body, lov[ing] what it loves" -- engenders a greater respect for my fellow beings who, with

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Animal Advocacy

What’s killing Sunday school

A follow up to this post. If Sunday school is going to die, what’s going to kill it? Let’s look at four social and economic factors that are leading to declines in U.S. Unitarian Universalist Sunday s

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Religious Education

Male Illness not Mental Illness

Another unarmed man shot for being black and having something in his hands.  Again, police feeling threatened and ending a life with no proof or cause. #StephonClark #SayHisName The problem is guns. I

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spirituwellness (Site / Info)

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March 22, 2018

My father’s birthday was the first day of spring. He died a month after his ninety-second birthday; he would have been ninety-four this year. Grief is a funny thing: it comes up and whacks you on the

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Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)


Our Animal Condition

On Being Animal, part 1 What does it mean that we are human? We’ve been asking what it means to be human for millennia. But lately we’ve been learning that a better question to investigate, if we want

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The Liberal Pulpit (Site / Info)

Animal Advocacy

Walking Carefully Through the Bluebonnets, Looking for Trip Wires

The Monday after SXSW, or "South By" as Austin folk call it, is usually accompanied by the calm feeling of returning to routine. Our kids are done with spring break and are back in school, all the out

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Boots and Blessings (Site / Info)

Rindo Fujimoto’s The Way of Zazen

    THE WAY OF ZAZEN Rindo Fujimoto, Roshi translated by Tetsuya Inoue, Jushoku and Yoshihiko Tanigawa Rindo Fujimoto began studying with the great Sogaku Harada at Hosshinji. He continued his studies

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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My Own Private Oregon

Crazy Guru or gifted Saint? I just finished watching Wild Wild West on Netflix. It's probably not what you'd think. It's a documentary about the Rajneesh Bhagwan aka OSHO who had a commune or communit

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A Jersey Girl in Kentucky (Site / Info)

Self-Compassion & Forgiveness

Forgiveness is one of the basic human practices that support dignity and respect. Seeking forgiveness and making amends are basic spiritual practices of nurturing right relationship, whether with anot

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https://revnaomiking.tumblr.com/ (Site / Info)

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Black Panther and the War on Black Children

Pay attention to the part where the mother (with her son) is talking about what Black Panther really means. Yes, it makes me cry. It was reported yesterday in the New York Times and other places about

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East Of Midnight (Site / Info)

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Is Sunday school dead?

Many liberal religious educators these days are talking about “the death of Sunday school.” Robert W. Lynn and Elliott Wright concluded their 1971 history of American Protestant Sunday school, The Big

2 days ago

Yet Another Unitarian Universalist (Site / Info)

Religious Education

Noting the Dunites: Early Spiritual Anarchists on California’s Central Coast

      This past weekend Jan & I spent a birthday holiday exploring the Five Cities area on California’s Central Coast. There we spent a little time visiting Dunite spots. I am just fascinated with the

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Monkey Mind (Site / Info)

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Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits and the “War Ditches” Iron-Age Hill Fort on the first day of spring

East Pit Today saw the arrival of the Vernal Equinox and, given that today was one of my two days off, I thought I'd celebrate the first day of spring by taking a short cycle ride out to the Cherry Hi

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CAUTE — A free-spirit archeology of morning (Site / Info)

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