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Care of the Soul: A Chapel of One's Own

Instead of going off to a monastery, you can bring the monastery to the secular society. In common areas in our towns and cities we could install more and better places for contemp…

Dining at the Smorgasbord of World Religions

“Honestly, I had no idea there were so many religions in the world. What I want to know is why that is.”

Do I Tell My Dying Daughter That I Don’t Believe in Heaven?

My roommate insists it’s impossible to prove the existence of God. I’m not sure. What’s your take?It all depends on how you define the word “God.” For example, if you define God as…

Dying Without Religion: The Existential Concern

Does a nonspecific spirituality (aka spiritual but not religious) suffice to address existential qualms at death's door?

Enlightenment is to be Lived

My best friend and I are intrigued by enlightenment but can’t define it. What is enlightenment?Rabbi Rami: For me enlightenment is the act or art of embracing what is as it is, acc…

Four Steps to Becoming Relig-ish

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Healing Gifts from the Path of Sikh Dharma

This month we are celebrating the birthday of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs. He was born in northern India in 1666, and we celebrate his birthday on January 16th. …

How To Be Spiritual When You’re Not

Try answering these five queries (and then make time to create a corresponding activity) to identify your own no-rules approach to spirituality.

Illuminated by Love: An Interview with Author Camille Helminski

The co-founder of the Threshold Society, an educational foundation rooted in the Mevlevi tradition of Sufism, author and translator Camille Helminski’s books include The Book of Na…

One Nation Under God?

Can individual states establish a preferred religion? “Lots of Americans believe the United States is a Christian nation, as opposed to a nation established by Christians.”

Our Winter Search for Meaning

What we did when Amazon Prime became our god

Prayers for Our Children

A soon to be mother asked me what prayers she could do for the child in her womb. It brought me back to my days as a pregnant lady.  There was a sensation of something incredi…

Readings and Séances in Central Florida

Looking for a psychic? Don’t dial one advertised on TV. Visit Cassadaga. The Central Florida community, some 30 miles from Orlando, is the oldest active religious community in the …

Rebirth for Catholic Brothers and Sisters?

While a quick glance at the American Catholic priesthood shows a population that is white, aging, and shrinking, a new, first-of-its-kind survey of 4000 Catholic brothers and siste…

Roadside Assistance Special Edition: Orlando

Rabbi Rami offers his insight to the influx of questions filling his inbox after the tragedy in Orlando in this special edition of Roadside Assistance.

Scriptures Reflect the Best and Worst Within Us

To these perennial questions, I offer some answers―not to close a conversation but to broaden one. I do not claim to know anything you don’t know, but if I can help you remember wh…

Shades of Truth

A few years ago I was giving a talk in a church near my home. During the question period a man stood and said that his young daughter had died recently, and he felt a strong need t…

So, What Do Buddhists Mean By Rebirth?

We had a class in Eastern Religions from the local college our sangha yesterday. It was a treat to have these newbies to the practice get a sense of what it is to sit and to partic…

Soul Prayers

Prayer is an important spiritual practice.  We don’t always receive what we ask for but I have found that this kind of conversation itself brings great healing. Lately, I have…

The Catholic Church Needs Celibate Women Priests

If the the bishops and the Pope really want to alleviate the shortage of priests, they need to open the priesthood to women.

The Day After the End-Time

Rabbi Rami was relieved when a fake prophecy did not come to pass. Still, “It makes me wonder what the authors of the warning are thinking now that their prophecy failed.”

The Heart of Paradox

“One way we experience the paradoxical nature of the spiritual path is in the tension between independence and dependence. ... Now Americans on the razor’s edge of the spiritual path are also confronting the troublesome paradoxes of our nation’s history and our responsibilities as citizens.”

The Power of Group Devotion, 100 Million Strong

Groups of Sadhus, Hindu holy men, their foreheads smeared with sacred ash, their necks encircled with marigold garlands as bright orange as the robes they wear, sit atop decorated …

To Zen and Back

"A pilgrim sets his or her sight on a place where the veil between the ordinary and the transcendent has been lifted. Each step moves the pilgrim away from the structures that have bound our lives, and each step moves the pilgrim closer to knowing the whole of reality as for the first time."

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