Category: Atheism, Religion and Spirituality

Essays on Atheism, Religion and Spirituality

Prajñāpāramitā Part III: The Sacred Lotus of the Dharma

Prajñāpāramitā Part III: The Lotus Sutra This is my third and final installment on the three core sutras that define Mahayana Buddhism. It has taken me four years to complete a study of these ancient Buddhist scripture in order to walk away feeling as though… Continue Reading “Prajñāpāramitā Part III: The Sacred Lotus of the Dharma”

The Right Mindset for a More Meaningful Life

A Journey Called Hope

Pulled from the archives,originally written in 2012,updated and expanded. Please be advised this entry discusses difficult emotions and suicide, it may not be appropriate for those easily disturbed or triggered by such topics. When you’re just a kid and adults, both those that are… Continue Reading “A Journey Called Hope”

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”