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Tag Archives: Culture

Essential Buddhist teachings via Mingyur Rinpoche and Nyanaponika Thera

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and best-selling author who is using the internet to build a thriving meditation community and share information on meditation, based on its role in helping him overcome debilitating panic attacks and anxiety.

“Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche possesses a rare ability to present the ancient wisdom of Tibet in a fresh, engaging manner. His profound yet accessible teachings and playful sense of humor have endeared him to students around the world. Most uniquely, Rinpoche’s teachings weave together his own personal experiences with modern scientific research, relating both to the practice of meditation.”

Along with providing his video here, I also wanted to point you to a classic text on the essence of Buddhist meditation

SoulPancake 101

Just in case this has not yet come to your attention, it’s my sincere pleasure to introduce you to SoulPancake.com, a high-minded mission from Rainn Wilson, Devon Gundry, Shabnam Mogharabi, Golriz Lucina and a bunch of their creative friends.

“We want to make discussions about Spirituality, Creativity, and Philosophy cool again. Were they ever cool? I have no idea. But it seems like a good idea. We want to engage the user to “Chew on Life’s Big Questions”™. (I was kidding about the ™ symbol; you can use that phrase however you want. Even to sell frozen taquitos.) Where do you go on the Interwebs if you want an irreverent, fun, and profound take on God and Art and the Soul and Faith and Beauty? Fox.com? Maybe. But maybe also here at SoulPancake.com.

While primarily counting on the community to bring the site to life,

On the right track, or not?

To stimulate thoughts and conversations, it’s my pleasure to share this 2004 exchange from our message board between Ron Matrisch and Dave Stoverden.

Community member Ron Matrisch.

Community member Ron Matrisch.

From Ron Matrisch: My reason for joining this group was to find others that think like I do. All of the text that the “church” has banned or tried to hide from the world such as the Gnostic text sparks my interest. In my opinion the “church” has done its best to keep its power and control, and anything that takes that power away from them is considered (by them) not of God. Instead of teaching the truth they give us half truths and outright lies. It does say that in the end times that knowledge will be increased. I say it will be the truth that has been hidden from us all of these years.

From Dave Stoverden: Absolutely right Revron8. But when you speak of “truth” I get kinda uneasy

The Girl Effect: The Clock is Ticking

This video is courtesy of the girleffect Channel on YouTube.

The Girl Effect is a solution to poverty, where the hope is that, if we do our part, 600 million girls in the developing world will do the rest. The clock is ticking… maybe a 12-year-old girl is the solution the world needs right now.

Thoughts?

Pagels: The Origin of Satan

This is an excerpt from the illustrious Elaine Pagels‘ presentation on The Origin of Satan from the Jesus Seminar (Westar Institute) Meeting in Spring 1995. For more information or to purchase the complete video, visit www.westarinstitute.org.

Native American Bahai

Apache woman discusses her investigation of the Bahai Faith.