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Preparing for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee

Preparing for the Ministerial Fellowship Committee: not for the faint-hearted.  Besides the whole get a degree thing, and take on additional educational debt, there was the four-page Required Reading List.  At five months out, a member of my study group … Continue reading

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On Keeping (Ig)Noble Silence

At the meditation center – the Mothership I like to call it – Noble Silence is observed, even if one goes on Self Retreat, which is what I just did for three days: time on my own at the center … Continue reading

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Choosing Open Eyes (sermon)

This sermon was delivered on February 22, 2015 at First Parish Church of Groton, MA. audio version here Somewhere in Asia – Japan or Malaysia or some other country – there is a picture on a Buddhist monk’s smart phone. … Continue reading

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Trauma-Informed Meditation Protocol

During my upcoming trip to Burma, I will be leading daily meditation sessions for my study group.  Most of these fellow travelers have only a minimal familiarity with meditation.  We will be spending three days in a Meditation Centre, so … Continue reading

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The Beating Beneath My Heart: A Geode of a Chapel Amid the Ruins of Disiodenberg

“A chapel is where you can hear something beating below your heart.” Pico Iyer from “Where Silence is Sacred” Bingen am Rhein is part of UNESCO’s world heritage designation for the Upper Middle Rhine Valley that is considered having “outstanding … Continue reading

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City Called Wait: Where Not Everything Is Lost

Not all that long ago, I flew to the West Coast to visit my mother.  Originally, the tickets I had bought were superb: one layover for less than an hour.  Just enough time so I didn’t have to worry about … Continue reading

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A Swell of the Heart: Metta Sutta

This is what should be done By one who is skilled in goodness, And who knows the path of peace: Let them be able and upright, Straightforward and gentle in speech. Humble and not conceited, Contented and easily satisfied. Unburdened … Continue reading

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