Category Archives: Atheism, Religion and Spirituality

Essays on Atheism, Religion and Spirituality

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, … Continue reading

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The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel

The Middle Way and the Turning of the Wheel: A Brief Examination of Buddhism I began reading about Buddhism and its three main branches of traditions and the many lineages and schools of thought within each, when I was only … Continue reading

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The Thousand Year Journey Jedidiah Jenkins offers up some inspiring wisdom for those of us seeking deeper meaning in life: You can follow Jedidiah on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jedidiahjenkins/

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No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being

No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being From Thich Nhat Hanh, the venerable Vietnamese monk who strives to live and spread the teachings of Siddartha Gautama, I’ve learned this simple lesson:  There should be no coming, no going, just being. More … Continue reading

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Everywhere You Go, There You Are

Everywhere You Go, There You Are A decade ago my mind was in a very dark place.  In this darkness I looked for the light, even the tiniest little bit of hope that my suffering had an ending and perhaps … Continue reading

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On Faith and Fallacy: My Journey Out Of Christianity

On Faith and Fallacy Some 10 years ago, at a time when my mind was still clouded with fantasy, I had the belief that only through faith could moral, ethical, and compassionate behavior be made manifest.  That quintessentially, only through … Continue reading

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Abortion

January 30, 2017 Abortion.  A touchy subject.  I used to be against it.  Then I supported it.  Then I stopped listening to everyone else’s opinions and listened to science. We still know so little about the human brain… what we … Continue reading

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Lotus in a Lake of Fire

Photo credit: Kelvin Cheuk Lotus in a Lake of Fire:  Honoring Thich Nhat Hanh Thich Nhat Hanh, pronounced Tik-N’yat-Hawn, is a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk.  I stumbled across him when studying Buddhism about ten or so years ago.  Over time … Continue reading

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Muslim Refugees, Christianity and the Future of Freedom

  Muslim Refugees, Christianity, and the Future of Freedom Vetting, the process of reviewing refugee candidates before they come into the U.S., should be a concern for all of us.  In this essay I will discuss why, but above all … Continue reading

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In Search of Self

In Search of Self Over the years I’ve learned that the most potent of personal feelings can be the most consoling and relatable to other people who are going through their own hardships. So without even knowing it, you can … Continue reading

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In My Own Words

**Note: this essay was written in 2012, I no longer identify under the label “gay”.  The word has too many restrictions, connotations, stereotypes and unintended meanings. July 2, 2012 In My Own Words It is fundamentally important to understand that … Continue reading

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If You Could Only See

(Please note that this piece was written prior to the Federal Supreme Court decision ruling it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.) For a very long time, I’ve wanted to be able to write something that spelled … Continue reading

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Of God

February 5, 2012 Updated and Expanded April 27, 2014 Of God I’m going to take an agnostic point of view to muddle through the complex ideas and theories behind a creator god and the Universe and try to come to … Continue reading

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The Erosion of the Sagacious American Intellect

January 1, 2012 I once said that I would write an atheist manifesto, but this is not it.  However, religion and atheism is the subject of this writing.  If you don’t like the idea of subjugating American religion and ridding it … Continue reading

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Lemmings and Other Things

October 8, 2011 I was talking to a friend of mine this past week about how fear and misunderstanding lead to a negative impact on minority groups. About how inequality and ignorance still run rampant in our society and about … Continue reading

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The Man In The Mirror

July 17, 2011 “The man who never learns to face himself, will never know what it means to be free.” The Man In The Mirror I ask myself why it bothers me so much that there are groups of people … Continue reading

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Two Journeys, One Life

March 27, 2011 I was born on the 14th of November 1985 to Catholic German Americans. On one August night in the year 1996, a black hand would descend upon me, leaving behind a scar that would forever alter the … Continue reading

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Meditation

An Outline of a Course in the Art of Meditation: The Awareness of Thought An Introduction I once told myself how rediculous meditation must be. I thought that to be void of thought was perhaps the most terrible state in … Continue reading

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A Portal to My Mind

October 12, 2009 A Portal To My Mind I ask, “What is the meaning of life?” We live among so much meaninglessness, material things of a false value. Possessions of emptiness. We are but beings wandering paved roads, trying to … Continue reading

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The Subjugation of a Christian Nation

December 26, 2009 I would like to believe that I know a thing or two about the bad aftertaste that Christianity can leave behind. And I would also like to believe that I know a thing or two about the … Continue reading

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The Starry Night

November 23, 2009 The Starry Night Surely it can be said that to study the stars is to study the very cells of a god. The more I have to come to lose myself in the deeper contemplation of the … Continue reading

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The Great Rift of the Global Soul

February 2009 One of the greatest things that I have ever learned was from some of the most meek people in the world… monks. Again and again like the waves lapping against the shore of my mind, I am awakened … Continue reading

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Messages

August 2007 Message # 1 Stuart, Thanks for contacting me on these matters. The Baha’i Faith has played an important role in my life, not because I am a member (as I decided not to join), but because I have … Continue reading

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Understanding Evil

May 2007 For as long as man has walked the Earth so has evil. In every religion, spanning the seven continents, they preach to us that the honorable good and the cowardly evil are eternally in a fight for human … Continue reading

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The Abandonment of Religion: The Finding of God

March 2007 I recently came across a book by Sankara Saranam entitled God Without Religion: Questioning Centuries of Accepted Truths, in which a chapter of the book is titled “Worshiping by Wondering” where he is saying that religion so often … Continue reading

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