In most spiritual traditions, love is seen only as universal or cosmic love. It is true that love is fundamentally a universal dimension to our spiritual nature. But it also expresses itself in our human relationships, including the one with divinity, in personal, relational and embodied ways. It is the same authenticity as in the presence of universal love, but with qualities useful for human relating, and important for the spiritual path. Love has true and full realization only when it is a personal and lived expression. But personal here is not that of the ego, but of the spiritual nature, a truth rarely known. This shows what the true essence of relationship is, and how love and Eros relate the human and the divine.
We look back at a selection of talks of Peter's from SAND conferences and host a discussion about his history with science and spirituality
In episode 4 of our Podcast we explore the traditional Tibetan Buddhist beliefs of death and dying
The first episode in our brand new podcast series!
The meaning of death and dying in a death-phobic culture and more on Sounds of SAND Episode 2
Touching into listening, embodiment, the shadow, and devotion with teacher and author Ellen Emmet
A dialog between two modern spiritual teachers on the nature and wonder of the heart
May we all have compassion for every one of us being exactly as we are in each moment
Vikram Zutshi In Conversation With Evan Thompson This article was first published at the Sutra Journal…
The process of dependent origination is sometimes said to be the heart or the essence of all Buddhist teaching. What is described in the process is the way in which suffering can arise in our lives, and the way in which it can end.
Renunciation is realizing that our nostalgia for wanting to stay in a protected, limited, petty world is insane
Nothing would do what is required in each moment without a point of view of how others see it. Greatness is a judgement from the outside or, if it is from the inside, then it is a judgement that you are less-than.
from The Wisdom of Islam: An Introduction to the Living Experience of Islamic Belief and Practice
Compassion is the ability, by Awareness, to recognize and acknowledge only itself everywhere.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous says that alcohol is “cunning, baffling and powerful” in its cause of the disease of alcoholism.
“The only way to change the world is to change the story.” We know only too well the story that defines…
This compulsion to arrive at the Final Truth is, of course, foiled again and again by life itself.
Lama Rod Owens is interviewed by David Montgomery for The Washington Post on Love and Rage, spiritual activism, Buddhism and white supremacy.
Do you think peace requires an end to war? Or tigers eating only vegetables?
When me they fly, I am the wings; I am the doubter and the doubt, I am the hymn the Brahmin sings.
The measure of resistance in electrical engineering is called the Ohm. Although this Ohm has no known relation to the common Eastern chants with the same sound, it was no doubt a coincidence
Contentment counters and overrides our constant tendency to grasp and chase after things
Samhain is a pagan religious festival originating from an ancient Celtic spiritual tradition. In modern times, Samhain is usually celebrated from October 31 to November 1 to welcome in the harvest and usher in “the dark half of the year.”
Stand as if you see creation before your eyes and know know that your belonging is undeniable and complete...
What am I up to when, with a couple of blindingly luminous formulations, I claim to take my stand as Awareness and to allow everything, free from resistance, effortlessly?
A freer way of understanding is to grasp what we’ve been asked to know and hold it for a moment at a distance.
According to Ervin Laszlo, the coherence of the atom and the galaxies is the same coherence that keeps living cells together, cooperating to form life.
For many meditators, reclaiming an awareness of feelings is a long and difficult process. Yet in Buddhist psychology bringing consciousness to feelings is critical for awakening.
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