spirituality and faith

Buddhism or Christianity?

I have resisted Christianity for a long time. Instead, I did yoga and bought a few Buddha statues to keep around my apartment. I love all my books on Buddhism, and all that great stuff Pema Chodron and Chungpa Rinpoche and Thich Nhat Hanh say. The Buddha is really cool. But as much as I’d love to, I can’t go sit under a tree and meditate all day to find […]

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Your Participation is Required

A lot of times we get mad at God, or turn away, because we think things are not working out for us the way they’re supposed to. We’ve said our prayers, we’re nice to people. We go to church or read the Bible, or donate to someone’s charity. We’ve never killed a person, or robbed a bank. And yet we’re still left heartbroken or frustrated or suffocated by life. But […]

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How Should We Pray?

In one or other of the gospels, the disciples ask Jesus, “How should we pray?” And Jesus responds, “Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name….” This is all well and good, and it’s a powerful prayer and all, but it is now 2019, and we don’t live in Jerusalem. (But if you do, thanks for reading!) I have another idea. When you pray, pour your whole fucking […]

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Bring It On

One of my major flaws is my desire to figure everything out. I keep trying to crack the code of life, thinking all the answers lie on the other side of some bridge I’m about to cross, if I could only get closer to that bridge. But life is life. There is no figuring everything out. There is only letting go. The practice of surrender is a difficult one for […]

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The Enlightened One

“You have no bucket, and the well is deep.” John 4:11 “Jesus is God but God is not Jesus.” –My 4-year-old daughter, Izzy.   Spiritual seekers are like the Samaritan woman who goes daily to the well, trying to fill up her bucket with water. We try this, and we try that, and we see what this or that will do, all so that we may find greater wholeness. We take […]

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