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The seeming two….Lover and Beloved, like Non-duality and duality…are ultimately ONE

The seeming two….Lover and Beloved, like Non-duality and duality…are ultimately ONE

Some might say, if non-duality is the ultimate nature of reality, how can we seek or offer devotion and love to a God?…For in order for us to love, there must be a Beloved. But since God is Existence itself and eternally present everywhere, there…

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What do the Christian Bhakti Saints and Sages have to teach us?

What do the Christian Bhakti Saints and Sages have to teach us?

  “Bhakti” in sanskrit literally means “attachment, participation, fondness for, homage, faith or love, devotion, worship, piety”. Bhakti, in Hinduism, refers to devotion and the love of a personal god or a representational god by a devotee. In ancient texts such as the Shvetashvatara Upanishad,…

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The Prophetic Spiritual Legacy of Thomas Merton

The Prophetic Spiritual Legacy of Thomas Merton

  The spiritual writer and monk, Thomas Merton, was a huge influence on me… Probably one of the most influential people in my life. Even though, during the first 8 years or so of my life, he only lived about 4 hours south of me…

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The Secrets of the Christian Mystics

The Secrets of the Christian Mystics

  Christian mysticism is most accurately seen, not as some kind of “mystical movement” or abstract ideology that only stresses an individual revelation or experience of the divine reality we sometimes call “God”, but must be seen as an aspect of actual direct spiritual experience…

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Enlightenment has always been here!

Enlightenment has always been here!

I have always been kind of a spiritual pragmatist…In my own life and in the sharing I have done with people over the years, both in and outside the monastery, I have always been interested in what works. Everything I teach is what I have…

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The saints and sages are not two dimensional stained glass figures to be worshipped……

The saints and sages are not two dimensional stained glass figures to be worshipped……

I don’t have a problem with enlightened saints and sages getting angry, feeling sad, or being vulnerable and weak and fallible human beings sometimes…any more than I would have a problem with any other human being simply being human…What else is a human being going…

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What is spiritual materialism?

What is spiritual materialism?

  Someone heard me recently use the term “spiritual materialism” in a talk I gave and then asked me what “spiritual materialism” actually  is. And I thought the question was a good one, and an important one for anyone on a conscious spiritual path. I…

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Unconditional Happiness is your True Nature

Unconditional Happiness is your True Nature

At the very center of your being there is something that you were born with. It is not a learned attitude that you develop, it is not based on circumstances being some certain way or NOT being some certain way, it is innate, inherent, your…

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The Way of Unknowing

The Way of Unknowing

The great Christian mystic saint and sage, John of the Cross, divides the spiritual journey into 3 consecutive parts or phases…he calls them, 1) The purgative path or the way of purification 2) the Illuminative path or the way of enlightenment…. and 3) the Unitive…

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Reality is Inter-Being

Reality is Inter-Being

THERE IS NO-SEPPARTE-SELF… INSTEAD, THE NATURE OF PHENOMENAL REALITY IS “INTER-BEING” OR INTERDEPENDENCY… AND THAT INCLUDES YOU AND ME! All classical spiritual paths without exception, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Christian and Jewish, recognize the necessity of letting go of the delusion that the personal “me” is…

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