Category: Atheism, Religion and Spirituality

Essays on Atheism, Religion and Spirituality

Ode to John Muir

The Scottish-born, American-raised, legendary John Muir. I’ve been reading some of his books since last summer and I feel a connection to this man’s perception of nature. If reading is not really your thing, watch the first two episodes of Ken Burns’s 2009 documentary… Continue Reading “Ode to John Muir”

Liberation and a Return to the Sacred

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ~Gary Snyder Liberation and a Return to the Sacred Buddhism has a long history with the forest.  Siddhartha Gautama fled the comforts of the Shakya Kingdom and immersed himself with the lands beyond to… Continue Reading “Liberation and a Return to the Sacred”

Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart of Insight

Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart Sutra The second sutra that I will be explaining from the Prajñāpāramitā is the Heart Sutra.  If you have not already read Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond Sutra, I encourage you to start there before continuing with this article on the Heart… Continue Reading “Prajñāpāramitā Part II: The Heart of Insight”

The Power of Belief

The Power of Belief I was born into and raised within a Christian community, more specifically a Catholic parish. This article will discuss how I went from attending a private Catholic school and Catholic Mass every weekend, to feeling a lot of doubt in… Continue Reading “The Power of Belief”

Lords of the Wild

Lords of the Wild For millennia human beings have created depictions through art and literature of fabled beings who resided in forests, mountains, and various other aspects of nature. These ranged from male and female beings who looked very human like to those who… Continue Reading “Lords of the Wild”

Ben Tre: Keep the Loneliness Warm

Ben Tre: Keep The Loneliness Warm I hold my face in my two hands. No, I am not crying. I hold my face in my two hands to keep the loneliness warm two hands protecting, two hands nourishing, two hands preventing my soul from… Continue Reading “Ben Tre: Keep the Loneliness Warm”

When A Parent Dies

When A Parent Dies Sometimes we avoid things we don’t want to accept or acknowledge as true, a futile attempt to hold onto the bliss of unknowing.  Days after my mom passed away last year, I sat down and wrote about what I was… Continue Reading “When A Parent Dies”

Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion

Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond Sutra There is much to learn from all of the Buddhist scriptures and each of the three main branches of Buddhism have their own interpretations of the texts.  For those who follow the Theravada tradition, the Pali Canon are the… Continue Reading “Prajñāpāramitā Part I: The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion”

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk

From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk In this article we will explore the life of a traditional Buddhist monk, as seen through the eyes of a Theravada practitioner.  If you don’t know anything about Buddhism, I highly recommend you… Continue Reading “From Samanera to Bhikkhu: The Life of a Traditional Theravada Monk”

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel: A Brief Examination of Buddhism Buddhism has its origins in the late 6th century BCE with the teachings of the Buddha in Northern India and Nepal.  The Buddha, which is a title and not a… Continue Reading “The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel”