Tag Archives: Doctrine & Practice

BRIEF: Upcoming retreat good for beginning Buddhists

From the Buddha’s point of view, genuine love — a wish for the happiness of another — is powerful medicine. Sravasti Abbey, the Buddhist monastery near Newport, will host a weekend meditation retreat, The Power of Love, April 26 to 28, to teach the steps to developing a more loving heart. Beginners are welcomed for this residential retreat...

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We need faith to grow

Why do we need faith? An Atheist friend of mine challenged me with that question. I told my friend we need faith to help us grow. She was unimpressed. She replied that growth does not come from faith, but from fear.

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As they turn 150, Adventists still pray for the Apocalypse

Over the past 150 years, Seventh-day Adventists have built one of Christianity’s most inventive and prosperous churches – while praying for the world to end as soon as possible.

A small band of believers has mushroomed to more than 17 million baptized members, including 1.2 million in the U.S.

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The pitfalls of community

Although community is a crucial aspect of any religious experience, it can be taken too seriously and put the personal relationship with the divine at risk. I can only speak of my own Roman Catholic experience in this matter and share with you two areas in which Catholics need to exercise caution in balancing community and the personal.

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BRIEF: Sharing the Dharma Day to take place Sunday at Sravasti Abbey

Venerable Thubten Chodron, founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey, explains how stirring feelings can poison happiness when she will speak at the Abbey’s Sharing the Dharma Day on Sunday, according to a press release

The day-long event — including guided meditation, Chodron’s talk, a vegetarian potluck lunch and after lunch discussion—begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

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The upside of spiritual community

My life as a Roman Catholic hinges upon being a part of a community of believers.  Indeed, Christianity in general is a religion for a group of people as is most organized religion. I think that is the “organized” part of religion — people share their beliefs through public rituals and shared symbols. When I consider my life with God I can see it in two parts, the personal and the public.

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