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Living Out of Compassion

“The key to the Grail is compassion, ‘suffering with,’ feeling another’s sorrow as if it were your own. The one who finds the dynamo of compassion is the one who’s found the Grail.” – Excerpt From: Campbell, Joseph. “A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living.” Joseph Campbell Foundation, 2011-08-01 – Dr. Jaime G. […]

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The Pope Francis Encyclical Laudato si’: A New Relationship with the Transcendent

When people become self-centered and self-enclosed, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more he or she needs things to buy, own and consume. It becomes almost impossible to accept the limits imposed by reality. In this horizon, a genuine sense of the common good also disappears.” – Pope Francis, Laudato si’ […]

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Sacred Space

The Gospel of Matthew 5: 3-12, in the Bible The Beatitudes The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus shared from his Sermon on the Mount. The teachings are comprised of eight blessings (in the Gospel of Matthew), and form the core of Christian teachings: love, humility, mercy and compassion. The Beatitudes are: Blessed are the […]

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The Wisdom of Buddhism

Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master) About Buddhism The greatest achievement is selflessness. The greatest worth is self-mastery. The greatest quality is seeking to serve others. The greatest precept is continual awareness. The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything. The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways. The greatest magic is transmuting […]

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The Four Noble Truths: Pragmatic Buddhism

The Four Noble Truths describe the path to the cessation of suffering. The First Noble Truth: Life Means Suffering. This is the nature of existence. The Second Noble Truth: The Origin of Suffering is Attachment to the Impermanent The Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of Suffering is Attainable The Fourth Noble Truth: The Eightfold Path to the Cessation of Suffering […]

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The First Noble Truth: Life Means Suffering

To live means to suffer, because the human nature is not perfect and neither is the world we live in. During our lifetimes, we inevitably have to endure physical suffering such as pain, sickness, injury, tiredness, old age, and eventually death; and we have to endure psychological suffering like sadness, fear, frustration, disappointment, and depression. […]

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The Third Noble Truth: The Cessation of Suffering is Attainable

“Nirodha” is a Sanskrit term meaning the unmaking of sensual craving and conceptual attachment – that is, the cessation of suffering and its causes. The third noble truth expresses the idea that suffering can end by attaining dispassion. Nirodha extinguishes all forms of clinging and attachment. This means that suffering can be overcome through human […]

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