The Lesson Taught By Buddha

Gautama Buddha

There are many forms of media in this day and age which present abuse to us. Vitriol, invective, revilement, these things are witnessed on radio, television, social media and even the smartphone. Face to face abuse is not uncommon when people have hatred and jealousy. Here is an episode from the life of the Buddha, as told by Sai Baba, about jealousy, hatred and abuse.

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Lotus Girl: My Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and America

Book Cover: Lotus Girl: My Life at the Crossroads of Buddhism and America
It is hard to imagine a life more intertwined with the rise of mainstream awareness of Buddhism in the United States than Tworkov’s (Zen in America). Her social connections, personal religious explorations, and work as the founding editor of Tricycle magazine have kept her close to the practice of Buddhism in the US since the Vietnam War era. As a piece of American history, her book dazzles, featuring encounters with New York artists, Zen senseis, Tibetan lamas, and literary celebrities.

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Somehow: Thoughts on Love

Book Cover - Somehow: Thoughts on Love
“What are we even talking about when we talk about love? What is it?” So asks Lamott on the first page of her latest book, and she goes on to answer the question in a similar manner to her many previous books: Love is Jesus, but also each other, and also, sometimes, chocolate. In these varying anecdotes, the author plumbs familiar ground, including family and her church community, the adorable malaprop-prone kids in her Sunday school class, and her unhoused neighbors near her Bay Area home.

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The Fast: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Promise of Doing Without

The Fast: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Promise of Doing WithoutToo often, our society appears to be about consumption to the point of excess, even while we know that splurging and bingeing do not offer lasting fulfilment. There is another way, suggests Oakes, in this interesting book. Fasting, the decision to temporarily abstain from eating or radically reduce one’s intake of food, can bring a new appreciation of life, as long as it’s done sensibly.

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Awe and dread: How religions have responded to total solar eclipses over the centuries

FILE - A partial solar eclipse is seen behind a cross on the steeple of the St. George church, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, June 21, 2020. Throughout history, solar eclipses have had profound impact on adherents of various religions around the world. They were viewed as messages from God or spiritual forces, inducing emotions ranging from dread to wonder. (AP/Hassan Ammar, File)

Throughout history, solar eclipses have had profound impact on adherents of various religions around the world. They were viewed as messages from God or spiritual forces, inducing emotions ranging from dread to wonder.

Ahead of the total solar eclipse that will follow a long path over North America on Monday, here’s a look at how several of the world’s major religions have responded to such eclipses over the centuries and in modern times.

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Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds

‘Now I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds’ – the Bhagavad Gita explained

Page from a 19th-century illustrated Sanskrit manuscript of the Bhagavad Gita.
British Library, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Debjani Ganguly, Australian Catholic University

In our Guide to the Classics series, experts explain key works of literature.

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The Transfiguration in Christianity: A Path Towards Inner Transformation

Transfiguration of JesusThe New Testament records the Transfiguration of Jesus, and he is attended by the Prophets Moses and Elijah. This event is celebrated in the Post-Reformation Churches with prayer and thanksgiving. Was this a vision of the Paramjyothi, that light which is the light of the Formless Absolute? Or was this a vision of that light referred to in the Nicene Creed, Light from Light? In this article, we explore the meaning of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

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Easwaramma: We are in Maya! We are in Maya!

Easwaramma and Sri Sathya Sai BabaIn this post, we take a look at an event where the divine self-disclosure occurred in Uravakonda. We look at this story from the point of view of his Mother (Easwaramma) and his brother (Seshama Raju). This story concerns the events in Uravakonda immediately after the young Sathyanarayana Raju threw his books down, sat in the home and did not eat nor drink for three days.

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The Báb as Interfaith Mentor

Martyrdom of The Bab
Martyrdom of The Bab
The Bab, Mirza Ali Muhammad, entered the world stage in 1844, unveiling a prophetic revelation that would transform the course of human history. In the manner of John the Baptist, the Bab’s mission was to prepare humanity for the advent of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Through His teachings, the Bab ignited a spiritual revolution that would shake the foundations of society and challenge age-old norms and beliefs. The Martyrdom of the Bab is observed every year on 10 July.

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