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Going Steady With Buddhism

Going Steady With Buddhism

"Life" Issues, affirmation/s, Atheism, autonomy, awareness, Buddhism, Challenge, Change, Christianity, contemplation, critical judgment, God, inner peace, liberation, meditation, Mystery, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, The Divine, Uncategorized, way of life
What follows is strictly and exclusively based on my experience and should in no way or to any extent whatsoever be interpreted as normative for others. I am speaking of and for myself here, no one else. Nor should anything I say be interpreted as a critique of Christianity, the tradition I was raised in and that I followed for about 55 of my 70 years. Whatever critique I have of Christianity is strictly and exclusively a critique of Christianity in relation to my thought, life, and experience, no one else’s. That said … I am pretty sure I am in the process – it is a process – of becoming a practicing Buddhist. I have been flirting around the edges of Buddhism for some time, studying Buddhist texts, reading books by, e.g., Alan Watts, D. T. Suzuki, Thich Nhat Hanh, et al. And all t
A Skeptic's Heaven — The Sequel

A Skeptic's Heaven — The Sequel

"Life" Issues, Atheism, awareness, Buddhism, community, contemplation, Enlightenment, Epiphany, Holy Mystery, inner peace, monotheism, Religion, Skeptic, solidarity, spirit, Spirituality, Theology, vipassana
Back in April of 2014, I published a "Skeptics Collection" post about a deeply transformative experience I underwent at my father-in-law’s memorial service in Hilo, Hawaii, that caused me to pause and reevaluate my conception of what a Christian might call “heaven” and the availability of the experience of heaven (even? especially?) to skeptics like me. I took, and to this day still take, that experience very seriously as revelatory of … well … of … something-or-other … partially because other people, both conventionally devout and otherwise, have undergone similar experiences. In fact, I alluded in the post to Thomas Merton’s experience in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander standing on a street corner in Louisville, KY, in 1958. But I could also have cited Blaise Pascal, St. Augustine, the