Category: Interfaith

That Time I Went to a Sweat Lodge at Camp Gaea

  By Daniel Scharpenburg It was 2015, and the second time I went to the Heartland Pagan Festival at Camp Gaea. I was asked to camp out and lead a meditation workshop, which I had previous done in 2014. It’s a weird festival in the woods for hippies, artists, and radicals. I want to compare it to Burning Man, but I don’t know anything about Burning Man, so I had better not. From what I’ve gathered, modern paganism has a festival culture, in the same way that modern Buddhism has a retreat culture. People travel from all over to go...

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Disappearing Stress with Meditative Wizardry

  By Andrew Peers Stress is one of the greatest scourges of our times for the modern (working or non-working) person. It raises its ugly head in many forms, even when we aren’t working and supposed to be relaxing, or retired from work. Stress always comes with an uncomfortable feeling of disturbance. The mind rattles off its cares on an endlessly revolving carousel of thoughts that can keep us awake at night. Though the local minister might not agree, meditation is detachable from the religious rules and regulations that make it too constrictive for many—a price they’re not prepared...

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We Can No Longer Be Silent About the Things That Matter

  By David Jones   One of history’s habits is to soften the edges of people and events. Except for Hitler and a few others, we prefer it if our historical figures weren’t yelling at us. That’s an injustice to those who shaped history. Martin Luther King Jr. was one such personality. So many of King’s quotes we love to share deal with peace, love, and understanding that we never get to meet the Baptist preacher who thundered and roared against an America which he loved but at the time did not love him back. In a cogent statement about how...

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The Yellow Ribbon for the Dalai Lama

  By Tammy T. Stone Thousands of people have already crowded into the sprawling Kalachakra Temple compound in Dharamsala, India by the time my husband and I arrive at 8:00 a.m. We’re gathering in anticipation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s first day of teachings at the very temple where he has his private chambers, and where he frequently addresses the public. Everywhere you look, your eyes rest on a sea of Tibetan monks, nuns and laypeople, a sizable smattering of foreign tourists and a substantial sprinkling of Indians, many of them journalists, cameras and video gear in tow....

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Redefining Religion: Meeting the Buddha Again for the First Time.

  By Michelle Margaret Fajkus   “At its etymological root, religion is what rebinds or reunites us with the sacred. Many of us long for this return from exile and then discover that it leads us toward existential danger—the deconstruction and rearrangement of our very sense of self and reality. In common usage, religion often refers to the belief systems and institutions that surround this longing.” ~ Joan Sutherland Roshi Buddhism can be, and is, practiced as a religion by many people worldwide who don robes, ring bells, burn incense as they bow, chant and meditate. Yet, as the...

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