Wednesday, September 30

Tag: enlightenment

The Glass Moon

inner peace, Joy, poem, Poetry
have you noticed the many qualities of the night, the way it can inspire a sudden sense of fantasy, coming on to you like a dandy, cheeky and strutting it temps you to pluck its gaudy sequins and string them into garland or maybe take its hand to skate across the glass moon or to twirl on the lunatic edge and the cusp of intuition: oh! the depth of knowing . . . beauty in night winds leaves you breathless; and have you seen how quiet meditations on midnight hues illuminate the book of your life like the bright gold and jewel colors of a medieval manuscript, moving you page by page with the same fluid arabesque as a dancer or the sweet heat of a lover’s fingers sketching secrets on your heart and sharing messages like old souls tend to do; then, in a sudden burst of starlight, you understan...
Part 2 — The Great Divide — St. Augustine to the Beginning of the Enlightenment

Part 2 — The Great Divide — St. Augustine to the Beginning of the Enlightenment

autonomy, Christian Church, Christianity, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, culture, Education, Enlightenment, mind, Mythology, Nature, Politics, Reformation, Religion, Religious War, Science, Scripture, Skeptic, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance, war
*************************************************************************** To continue the conversation, go to the "Great Divide" discussion group. *************************************************************************** St. Augustine St. Augustine’s theology shaped, not only the early Church’s theology, but also the overall conception of the ideal social order and the ideal government. To understand both, it is crucial to understand that the world of the eastern Mediterranean into which St. Augustine was born in the fourth century CE, and into which he matured, was deeply and powerfully influenced by the prevailing philosophy of neo-Platonism, i.e. classical Platonism translated into the idiom of Christian theology.  The meaning of that "i.e." qualification -- in what sense neo-...

Encounter With Te-Shan

Buddhism, Joy, spiritual practice, Spirituality
cold winter winds carry the voice of Te-Shan intruding on my solitude free yourself, he says ~ while working, work while resting, rest ....buji* the birch outside my window waves her leaves in the wind celebrating her emptiness, free of all anxiety *buji ~ free of anxiety (no mind in work, no work in mind; that is, "unselfconscious" Te-Shan was an eighth century Chinese Chen (Zen) Buddhist teacher and scholar of the Diamond Cutter Sutra (aphorism), known as Case #4 of the Pi-yen-lu koans (riddles). Case #4 is "Te-Shan carrying his bundle."  As the story goes, the Master Te-Shan left his monastery in the north of China and headed south to challenge some teaching that he deemed incorrect. He was dedicated in both his scholarship and his tradition. On his journey, he carried with him his t...