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Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make NOW the primary focus of your life. ~ Eckhart Tolle

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Vietnamese Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hahn tells an interesting story about a visit with his friend Jim Forest.

After they finished dinner one night, Jim asked his friend if he could do the dishes. The monk replied, “Go ahead, but if you wash the dishes, you must know the way to wash them.”

Jim replied, “Come on, you think I don’t know how to wash the dishes?”

To which Thich Nhat Hahn replied, “There are two ways to wash dishes.Read more

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace

During 2016, we will occasionally feature the peace prayers of the 12 classical world religions, and several other prominent peace prayers. Today’s post is the third of this series.

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In 2016 I believe we will see peace on earth, or at least more meaningful movement toward it. But when we look at our world, especially as reflected in the mainstream news media, peace on earth might seem like an impossible dream.

I’ve chased impossible dreams all my life.Read more

posticon February 2016 Prayers for Peace by John Cali & Spirit

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Prayer for Peace

During 2016, we will occasionally feature the peace prayers of the 12 classical world religions, and several other prominent peace prayers. Today’s post is the second of this series.

As you know from our post last month, January 2016 Prayers for Peace, James Twyman, The Peace Troubadour, held his ISIS Prayer Vigil in war-ravaged Syria on February 1. He picked that day to coincide with the beginning of 2016’s World Faith Harmony Week.

After he got home, James emailed a summary of his trip to his mailing list.Read more

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Does that title sound like a contradiction in terms? How can you be Buddhist and Catholic?

The Washington Post has been following the story of a Roman Catholic priest denying communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeral. And then he walked out on the funeral mass. You can imagine the furor that set off.

Not only was the lady lesbian, but she was also straddling the religious fence between Catholicism and Buddhism. She felt at home in both camps.

Several publications had some fiery comments on the story, and raised interesting questions.… Read more