Dharma and sangha

I have reached the conclusion that one cannot be fully a member of two traditions at once. You can partially participate in more than one tradition, and you might incorporate a practice from another tradition into your own. But in my experience, you will almost inevitably end up giving precedence to one or the other of your paths. [Read more…]

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Dual-faith practice (part 4 of 4)

Much of the criticism of dual-faith practice seems to revolve around the issue of authority, and whether this is derived from the individual, the group, the tradition, or the Divine. [Read more…]

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Dual-faith practice (part 3 of 4)

The issue of membership and identity is important in any discussion of a dual or multi-faith practice. A person may identify with a group, but if the membership requirements of that group are that its members do not belong to other groups perceived to be in conflict with its values or beliefs, can that person be said to be a member of the group? [Read more…]

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Dual-faith practice (part 2 of 4)

‘Subjective-life’ spirituality is often characterised as a pick-and-mix approach, whereas practitioners of dual faith appear to desire fidelity to the traditions being followed. Clearly, in feeling a vocation to follow both faiths, such practitioners are responding to a subjective inner feeling, but trying to do so within the framework of a tradition. [Read more…]

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Dual-faith practice (part 1 of 4)

An increasing number of people are beginning to identify themselves as belonging to more than one spiritual tradition – not merely in the sense of selecting attractive ideas from each tradition, but trying to be faithful to the ethos of both traditions. Is it possible to combine two traditions? [Read more…]

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