Thought for the Day

September 8, 2009 at 1:54 pm (Prodigal Valentine) ()

Dogen: “To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to be free from attachment to the body and mind of one’s self and of others. It means wiping out even attachment to enlightenment. Wiping out attachment to enlightenment, we must enter actual society.

Out we go.

Yep, that’s just what I needed to hear, at just the right time. Thanks, George.


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I found a message in a bottle….

July 19, 2009 at 1:24 am (Prodigal Valentine) (, , )

Only Connect: Toward Being Present in Community

“In an Internet world, it has become easier to throw away people when they cause us pain, and to simply drop communities when they (inevitably) experience conflict. It has become easier and easier to stay home, stay safe, and only journey inwards to find what we want of the spirit world.

But I don’t think that’s what the gods want of us. I think the gods want us to keep it real, keep it present, get invested, get bumped and sometimes bruised among our fellows. And, in the process, to mature, both as individuals and as a people.

Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon.
Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted,
And human love will be seen at its height.
Live in fragments no longer.
Only connect…

–E.M. Forster, Howards End

Cat Chapin-Bishop blogs at Quaker Pagan Reflections.

….and the message was meant for me.

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Think Gnosis

January 23, 2009 at 2:41 am (Prodigal Valentine) ()

Please visit the new discussion board, Think Gnosis. This board will aim to adhere to the policies of gnostic freethought (not as oxymoronic as some might incorrectly assume), skeptical inquiry, and rationalist criticism.

Hope to see you there!

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