T George Harris discusses a daring mission for "us graybeards" with Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. The witty leader of the Jewish Renewal Movement and a Sufi-Moslem mystic who brings all faiths together in Philadelphia’s Spiritual Eldering Institute contends that only elders deeply experienced in our different religions can nourish one another.
Though their beliefs differ, the world’s great religions all affirm the power of forgiveness to set you free.
The experience of dying is often difficult, filled with fears and anxieties for both the dying and for the surviving loved ones. But death is also a mysterious and wondrous process. It involves both body and soul in the greatest transition we are ever called to make. The author has sat with hundreds of dying persons, and has learned that we don’t have to be fearful or intimidated.
For the author, imagination is a spiritual practice, a vehicle of discovery. It is how she checks in with her inner life. "Images help you discover where you are in this moment and what opportunities are available to you."
From unimaginably large to infinitesimal, the universe cannot be pictured because it is outside us, not bounded by time, and not restricted to the frequencies we can see.
The new sciences – like quantum physics – describe a universe so strange and unknowable it’s tempting to find god in the equations. A theologian and historian of science tells why we need to watch out.
The logos (empirical data) is that future robots will likely be smarter, more capable, and perhaps even more sensitive and sensible than we are. The mythos (larger symbolic narrative) is what we make of it. We can see our robotic creations as reminders that, while there are things we cannot know, the most likely path to wisdom is not to become more disembodied like computers but to become more embodied, more human.
If we can’t find a way to speak about G— without smuggling in our political, ideological, and general concerns, then it is time to be silent.
The world's great wisdom traditions all acknowledge the centrality of food; their practices remind us of its deeper meaning, beyond filling our bellies.