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An Interview with Pilar Jennings.
Pilgrimage as a rite of passage and as therapy.
Saṃsāra refers to the cycle of death and rebirth.
Svapna is a Sanskrit term for dream.
Intersections of three circles: neuroscience, clinical psychology, and Buddhist contemplative practice
“Silent Illumination,” or mozhao, is often associated with the Caodong (Jp. Soto) School of Chan (Jp. Zen), and specifically with master Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157). Never before had anyone articulated this teaching so clearly. Hongzhi was prompted to write about Silent Illumination because it was so misunderstood and unfairly criticized. He wished to show that Silent […]
The universe revealed through a meeting with the Light contrasts with the profane Universe—or transcends it—by the fact that it is spiritual in essence. The experience of Light radically changes the ontological condition of the subject by opening him to the world of the Spirit . . . [A] meeting with the Light produces a […]
Energy medicine is in some ways very basic to all experience and yet it is something that is quite difficult to speak about. One of the reasons it’s difficult to talk about energy medicine is because it refers to phenomena that are usually beyond the purview or perception of our everyday waking consciousness. As children […]
“The World Is Too Much with Us,” by William Wordsworth The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! …For this, for everything, we are out of tune; In […]
In my review of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, I wrote this sentence: “Spiritual experiences tell us something about the cosmos,…the experience of infinite loving-consciousness is a glimpse of the very ground of being, also sometimes called God, Brahman, Allah, the Logos, the Tao, the Buddha-realm.” This sentence seemed to surprise some people – one reader asked […]
We forget just how much the spiritual movements of the twentieth and now the twenty-first centuries owe to H.P. Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society she founded. Although not yet counted with Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud as a creator of our time, Mme. Blavatsky, no matter how wild her eccentricity or willful and capricious her natural […]
Introduction Although he did not originate the idea, Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) is certainly the figure who is most widely associated with the term the perennial philosophy.  The perennial philosophy is the idea of a core of shared truth and insight at the heart of a wide variety of diverse worldviews: the idea that mystics and […]

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