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    Salvation and Liberation Paid Member

    “LOVE THE PITCHER less and the water more.” This is how the Sufi poet Rumi fashioned the key to a global spirituality - not a new religion, but a growing recognition that the religions we have are multiform containers of a single, precious planetary resource, idioms of a universal spiritual grammar. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful heeding of Rumi’s counsel than Thich Nhat Hanh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ, a reading of Buddhism and Christianity (and, by implication, other faiths) as vast cultural-symbolic contexts for enabling human ethical maturity. More »
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    Thank You and OK! An American Zen Failure in Japan David Chadwick Penguin/ Arkana: New York, 1994. 454 pp., $11.95 (paper). JEFF ZALESKI One of the biggest challenges facing American Buddhism is the unease many feel toward its Asian cultural trappings. It's the rare Nebraska farmer, for instance, who's going to feel comfortable encountering Tibetan chants in a brightly colored temple festooned with thankas. This clash of cultures escalates when Americans schooled in the ideals… More »
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    Thank You and OK! An American Zen Failure in Japan David Chadwick Penguin/ Arkana: New York, 1994. 454 pp., $11.95 (paper). JEFF ZALESKI One of the biggest challenges facing American Buddhism is the unease many feel toward its Asian cultural trappings. It's the rare Nebraska farmer, for instance, who's going to feel comfortable encountering Tibetan chants in a brightly colored temple festooned with thankas. This clash of cultures escalates when Americans schooled in the ideals� More »
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    PEACEFUL WARRIOR VICTOR SALVA, DIRECTOR Lionsgate Films, 2006 THE CELESTINE PROPHECY ARMAND MASTROIANNI, DIRECTOR Celestine Films, 2006 IN THE LOTUS SUTRA, the story is told of a child coaxed out of a burning house through the false offer of a wonderful toy. Is such deception wrong, the writers have the Buddha ask, since the child would otherwise have died—and since what awaits the child is really much better than all that was promised? More »
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