Category: 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, 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”

The Thousand Year Journey

  The Thousand Year Journey Jedidiah Jenkins offers up some inspiring wisdom for those of us seeking deeper meaning in life: Follow Jedidiah on Instagram

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 Siddhartha Gautama, I’ve learned this simple lesson:  There should be no coming, no going, just being. More than anything else, these… Continue Reading “No Arrival, No Destination, Just Being”

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 a meaning. I… Continue Reading “Everywhere You Go, There You Are”

On Faith and Fallacy: My Journey Out Of Christianity

Some ten 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 religion could we ever become better human beings.… Continue Reading “On Faith and Fallacy: My Journey Out Of Christianity”

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Photo credit: Kelvin Cheuk Lotus in a Sea of Fire:Honoring Thích Nhất Hạnh Thích Nhất Hạnh, pronounced Tik-N’yat-Hawn, was a Vietnamese monk of the Zen tradition, part of the Mahayana branch of Buddhism. The first word in his name, Thích, is actually a title… Continue Reading “Thích Nhất Hạnh”

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 else I want you… Continue Reading “Muslim Refugees, Christianity and the Future of Freedom”

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 touch the lives of… Continue Reading “In Search of Self”

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 some conclusions with my… Continue Reading “Of God”