Category: News & Politics

Religious Diversity—What’s the Problem? {Part 1 of 2}

  By Rita M. Gross In this entry, I wish to introduce my new book, Religious Diversity—What’s the Problem? Buddhist Advice for Flourishing with Religious Diversity. It is an entry into the field usually called “theology of religions,” a field in which theologians of one religion evaluate how members of their own tradition think about members of other religions. To date, this field has been almost completely dominated by Christian theologians, at least in English language literature. My book is one of the very few to take up this topic written by a Buddhist scholar-practitioner who is also a Buddhist...

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Pope Francis: A Man for All Seasons.

  By Gerry Ellen A breath of fresh air has swept over Vatican City. A new sense of purpose and meaning of the highest order is occupying the artful and historically meticulous corners of Italy and the world. A man who chose his Catholic name based on St. Francis of Assisi, the humble servant to all human and animal life. A peaceful presence at heart, who sees the good in all beliefs and values in his duty to the entire religious system, and delved in deep to gain more of an understanding on how to take steps towards a...

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Good Men with Guns.

    By Dejah Beauchamp     “Did you hear about the terrorist attack in Paris?” my mom asked as I stepped in the door. I’d just spent two hours in a waiting room with the TV channel turned to CNN, so yes, I’d heard of it. I’d seen the video of three men in a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo (the French equivalent of Mad Magazine) playing over and over until I had to clench my fists to keep myself from running up to the TV and shutting it off. I was sick to death (and...

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Turning a Blind Eye to Violence.

    By Ty Phillips   Ten years as a bouncer in downtown nightclubs exposed me to all kinds of human…vice. I’d busted fingers, noses, heads and even had my own attitude handed back to me in spades on occasion. That’s how it goes though—you win some, you lose some. As a bouncer, you want to win more than you lose though. They weren’t paying me to get beat up. They were paying me to be heavy handed enough to scare off unwanted elements. I liked my job. I liked the money and the women. What I liked most,...

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Just Breathe: An Asperger’s Story.

By Jes Wright “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” ~ Winston Churchill. I held my breath while reading the article, Fort Bragg High asks team from Mendocino to stay home over T-shirts in the Press Democrat the other day. My heart paused, as I am sure most of us would upon hearing about the students banned from playing in a basketball tournament because they chose to wear the I Can’t Breathe shirts—trying to draw attention to political difficulties that exist within our nation. As I saw the young women’s smiles in the photo accompanying the news story, I felt...

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