Can a bad person be saved? Interfaith Answers

I got a comment on Youtube asking me an old classic question that religious people wrestle with. I thought it would be fun and interesting to get answers from a bunch of my colleagues here at Patheos. Here is the question (I am paraphrasing. The original was a bit disturbing in its detail!): If a man behaves terribly his whole life, rapes, murders, etc. And then realizes the error of his ways. Does he get heaven/moksha/nirvana/reward? What does he have to do for forgiveness? Can he gain it at … [Read more...]


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What Is The Purpose Of Life (Episode Three, A Hindu and a Buddhist Walk Into a Marriage)

Brad and I are back! This time we're talking about what the purpose of life is. And attempting to be a little shorter so we've got a video that's closer to eight minutes than nineteen!https://youtu.be/uvJn3geiCZE  Transcript Ambaa: So what do you think the purpose of life is?Brad: OofAmbaa: To start with an easy one [laugh]Brad: Yeah, to start with an easy one. It's kind-of a...a loaded question. I think it depends on your perspective, because last time we talked about … [Read more...]


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A Hindu & a Buddhist Walk Into a Marriage: What is Religion and Faith?

Have I taught Brad well or what? Look at him all fluent in The Mahabharata! Also it's kind of hilarious how we try to "catch" each other. I think it's a strength of our marriage that we can have fun with that and not get defensive.https://youtu.be/mY9IQlETlsY Transcript [Intro]Ambaa: So you said something really interesting the other day about defining religion by something--by it having both sacred and profane definitions within it? And that that's like why a political party isn't a … [Read more...]


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A Hindu & A Buddhist Walk Into A Marriage: What Is The World Made Of?

I had this idea for a video series a while ago and we finally recorded our first one! My husband and I enjoy discussing philosophy and I thought it would be fun to share that with you guys and capture some of our funny conversations that highlight our similarities and differences as a Hindu and a Buddhist/Taoist. https://youtu.be/Rpxq3GIAlaE Transcript Ambaa: Hi, I'm Ambaa. I'm called "the white Hindu." I grew up in an Advaitan family, so that is a branch of Hinduism that is focused on … [Read more...]


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How Does Hinduism Differ From Buddhism? [Google Questions Answered]

Curious to know what people were wondering about Hindus and Hinduism, I went to Google and entered some prompts. For example, I typed "How Does Hinduism" and then paused to see what questions would come up. Today's question is... How Does Hinduism Differ From Buddhism? This is a great question and I'm glad people are asking it. I'm glad people are trying to understand the differences between religions and not just lumping them all together as the same thing.Hinduism and Buddhism are … [Read more...]


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Interviews with Americans of Indian Ethnicity: Mahesh

I have a new series for you, which is a set of interviews with a variety of young people who are American but have Indian families. I feel like I have a lot in common with the children of immigrants from India. We both are struggling to understand culture and religion that is divorced from its origin.  I have the advantage of being assumed to be American which is a pretty shitty thing, in my opinion. I hate that whiteness is seen as purely American and other ethnicities are not. Half my family … [Read more...]


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Bonus: Brad Speaks on Self-Cultivation as Meditation

Today there are two posts on the blog! This second post was inspired when my fiance read Monday's about different kinds of meditations (also, note in the comments that someone suggested chanting meditation, which is one I didn't think of). I asked him to speak to you all about his meditation practice...Hello all,This is Brad, I am Ambaa's fiance. She suggested that I write a guest post on my practice so here I am. First, I suppose, you require a little history to understand where I am … [Read more...]


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