Contemplation * Thomas Merton

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Thomas Merton Contemplation . . . is the experiential grasp of reality as subjective, not so much “mind” (which would signify “belonging to the external self”) but “myself” in existential mystery. Contemplation does not arrive at reality after a process of deduction, but by an intuitive awakening in which our free and personal reality becomes fully alive to its own existential depths, … Read More

On Religious Inquiry * Vimala Thakar

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Vimala Thakar Religious inquiry involves willingness to court failure. If we are too much concerned with doing the correct thing and are afraid of making mistakes, then fear creates inhibitions and prevents the openness necessary for learning. Sometimes we’ll make mistakes, slip and fall but as children learning to walk, we pick ourselves up and go on joyously, carrying no … Read More

In Honor of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l

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Zalman Schachter Shalomi wide

With deep honor, respect, and great Love for Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who always expressed his warmth, kindness, and humanity in a very unusual way. I always felt, quite personally, his profound respect for Spirit, his curiosity and opennness for other’s paths, and his generosity of support and encouragement to pursue the Divine authentically, however it may call. Like many, I … Read More