PODCAST: After Buddhism, an interview with Stephen Batchelor SN TODAY #9

Episode 9: Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist teacher and writer, known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen’s work has earned him both condemnation as a heretic and praise as a reformer. He was ordained as a novice Buddhist monk in 1974 and served 11 years within multiple traditions before disrobing and returning from South Korea to Europe. From 1990 he has been a Teacher at Gaia House meditation centre in Devon, England, and since 1992 a contributing editor… Read more

The Smart Way to Work With Purpose

Series: Find Your Purpose Jerome is desperate. He drags himself to his office job every day, the one he’s had for 4 years now. He clocks in at 9, and starts doing client calls until 12. He then takes a half-hour lunch break, followed by a team meeting, and then more client calls until 5. The same old job, the same routine, and an overwhelming feeling of emptiness deep inside. He doesn’t know why he’s doing what he’s doing, he… Read more

Animals, Beings, and the Law

At the beginning of her article “Are Animals ‘Things’?: The law evolves” (Harvard Magazine, March-April 2016), Cara Feinberg tells the story of a Texas couple whose family dog ran off and ended up in a shelter. The couple found him there the next day, but the shelter placed a “hold for owner” tag on the cage while the owners went to get cash needed to pay the fees. When they returned, the dog was gone. There had been a mix-up… Read more

Living Presence: A Sufi Way to Mindfulness & the Essential Self

by Kabir Edmund Helminski. Book Review by DT Strain. Book link in SNS Amazon Shop Kabir Helminski is a publisher and translator of numerous books of Sufi literature. He has worked for many years promoting Sufism and Jalaluddin Rumi’s works. He is also a producer and writer of Sufi music and a representative of the Mevlevi tradition founded by Rumi. In Living Presence, Helminski gives an insightful and fascinating tour of some of the most universal, deep, and yet practical… Read more

Introduction to Insight Meditation

You probably have heard of it under of its many different names, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist meditation, and Insight Meditation. But in the original language of Buddhism, known as Pali, it is called Vipassana. To help you better understand Vipassana meditation, I would like to share a few definitions of what Vipassana is. The Venerable Rahula, in his book What the Buddha Taught, defines Vipassana as, “Insight into the nature of things, leading to the complete liberation of mind, to the realization… Read more

PODCAST: Serenity in Motion. SN Today #8

Episode 8: Many people associate non-attachment, equanimity, or acceptance with passivity or inaction. So how can these two concepts – non-attachment and taking action when/where needed coincide? Listen at www.SpiritualNaturalistSociety.org Click here to get Email notices of new episodes and SNS articles Learn about Membership in the Spiritual Naturalist Society See a full episode list at our main page for the Spiritual Naturalism Today podcast __________ The Spiritual Naturalist Society works to spread awareness of spiritual naturalism as a way… Read more

Do Our Mental Maps Lead Us Astray?

Series: Evaluating Reality Rationally Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. Graphics by Michael Riggs and Cerina Gillilan So imagine you are driving on autopilot, as we all do much of the time. Suddenly the car in front of you cuts you off quite unexpectedly. You slam your brakes and feel scared and indignant. Maybe you flash your lights or honk your horn at the other car. What’s your gut feeling about the other driver? I know… Read more

The Breath of Awen: Creativity as Spiritual Expression

(cc) skagitrenee Near the end of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the character known simply as Granger, the leader of a band of intellectual exiles who have set the great books of mankind to memory in order to preserve them, says this: “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child, or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand… Read more

Spirituality and Emotion

(cc) Mike Sinko A spiritual experience can be emotionally powerful. Some have concluded from this that spirituality is primarily about emotion. That spirituality involves emotion is true enough — just about everything humans do involves emotions. That spirituality is primarily about emotions is more questionable. Here I want to explore the relationship of spirituality and emotion, at least as these have played out in my own experience. In the various spiritual traditions, spiritual growth requires a deepening of self-knowledge; an important… Read more

The Yin and the Yang

The yin-yang symbol is technically and more accurately called Taijitu, meaning “supreme ultimate diagrams.” The Taijitu is my favorite of all symbols. It is simple, yet illustrates profound truths. It is used by Taoism and Zen Buddhism. Yin originally referred to the “shady side” of a mountain. In the yin-yang symbol, it is represented as black. Yang originally referred to the “sunny side” of a mountain and is represented as white. This duality of sun and shade do not make… Read more

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