14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama

  Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized byContinue reading “14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama”

14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” . “There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.” . “Today, more than ever before, life must be characterizedContinue reading “14 Quotes from the 14th Dalai Lama”

Where I’m at (partie deux)…

Yours truly on the night of my ordination. Photo credit: Sandy Chelnov   “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.Continue reading “Where I’m at (partie deux)…”

Where I’m at (partie deux)…

Yours truly on the night of my ordination. Photo credit: Sandy Chelnov “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.Continue reading “Where I’m at (partie deux)…”

Thoughts on prayer (and what it means to me)

This is the second in a series I started a little over a month ago on positive scripture (click here to read the first). But first I have to state a very short disclaimer. I’ve said this before but feel I have to say it again. My personal theology is…um, well. Scratch that. Actually IContinue reading “Thoughts on prayer (and what it means to me)”

Five or Fourteen Quotes on the Golden Rule…

I find this amazing…that the Golden Rule (or the Original Truth), which of course is a blueprint on how we as humans should treat one another, is said across the board in every religion, faith, and non-faith. While the actual words that are said may change, these all still say the same thing…be nice toContinue reading “Five or Fourteen Quotes on the Golden Rule…”

Positive Scripture…

So first…a couple of things. One is that if you’ve been to this blog you know a few things about me. I like bread, yes; I prefer to ride a bike rather than drive a car, yes; but also that I–like so many others–am on a spiritual journey (but we all are whether we admitContinue reading “Positive Scripture…”

The passage of time, on being present, and a quote or two…

Okay. So first off, it is not very often that I post pictures of myself (almost never) but here you have it. This is a photo of my son and I as we (his mom and I) were dropping him off at his first year of college (the color-coordinated shirts were purely coincidence). And asContinue reading “The passage of time, on being present, and a quote or two…”

Where I’m at…

Image Found Here. “Oh no I’ve said too much; I haven’t said enough…” ~Michael Stipe, Losing My Religion This is a bit of personal stuff but I feel like I have to say it. There are a few people that know me that read this blog, and a number that I feel like I know—toContinue reading “Where I’m at…”

Five Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (né, Narendra Nath Datta) 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902 To learn more about Swami Vivekananda, visit one of the foundations that bear his name (here or here), or also this wiki.“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; theyContinue reading “Five Quotes from Swami Vivekananda”

Merry Christmas!

Photo Credit: Filipe Dana I came across these two photos yesterday and they inspired me to post them for Christmas. The above photo is of the Christ Statue, in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, in front of a full moon. And the below image is of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama praying in front of anContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

The Longest Night…

Today is the winter solstice, which of course is also the longest night of the year. But it doesn’t have to be the darkest. From this night on, until the summer solstice, the days grow longer and the nights shorter. And I’ve used this example very recently (about light overcoming darkness) but I will again…whenContinue reading “The Longest Night…”

Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha

Image found here. I personally have always found the parallels between many (most) of the major religions fascinating, and these few sayings are just a very small example. Many more parallels in the sayings of these great teachers can be found at the World Peace Page. To read more in the five quotes series, clickContinue reading “Five Parallel Sayings from the Christ and the Buddha”

A Few Thoughts on Theology, Car Ownership, and Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#468)

Yup. That’s me in the above photo. Very rarely do I post pictures of myself on this blog but here’s one. And what’s even more odd is that it shows me getting into a car. My son took the photo of me getting into a Buffalo Car Share car last weekend. But as usual, I’mContinue reading “A Few Thoughts on Theology, Car Ownership, and Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#468)”

A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace

The above image is of a pin that was given to me yesterday by a friend (thanks Jane!). It’s a miniature version of a sign that I’ve had in the front garden for the past years. Actually the sign in front of my house is the second sign…the first was stolen (how’s that for irony).Continue reading “A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace”

Good Friday Moon

The moon is amazing tonight. I was out on my bike and couldn’t take my eyes off it as I pedaled and coasted. The above image I took from my backyard (not bad for a point-and-shoot camera), and the below image is the Liberty Building with a low lying moon to its right. And ifContinue reading “Good Friday Moon”

Sometimes a Book Finds You…

I love books and bookstores. When I travel I make a point of visiting used and/or independent bookstores in that city. And I really do believe that books sometimes find you…that they are placed before you for you to find and hopefully read. The book above is a good example (and more on that inContinue reading “Sometimes a Book Finds You…”

Five Quotes from Dorothy Day

“I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.” “The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each oneContinue reading “Five Quotes from Dorothy Day”