Tag Archives: Respect

LIVING MY VALUES

Hate and fear cannot be stopped by more hate and fear. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Jesus (that Jew from Nazareth) preached this message. We lose before we start when we forget it. Yet following this teaching is … Continue reading

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Finding Gifts in Everyday Adversity

With the start of the year, I am focusing once again, on a practice I find difficult to maintain. The practice is reminding myself that things (and people) which anger, distract, upset, or confuse me can also be used as … Continue reading

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Namaste: From God to God

“Namaste” is a common word of greeting or parting in India and Asia. I first learned its meaning as the verbal form of bowing to another. In some cultures who bows first or last, and how deeply, is based on … Continue reading

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Reclaiming God

I gave up God many years ago. Like most people, I was brought up in a religion–Judaism in my case–that defined God through holy books. The holy books were read and defined according to traditions, and religious leaders. With rare … Continue reading

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Idolatry: Worshiping an image of God

(This was inspired by the comments from my last blog, on The Blind Men and the Elephant.) When I was practicing mediation at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in the 1970s, they decided to do a ritual. Incense was burned and … Continue reading

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