Getting Unstuck

In Dante’s Inferno, Satan, denizen of the deepest hell, is found frozen in a block of ice, utterly unable to move. As anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking or eating junk food only to pick up that cigarette or that bag of crunchy or gooey things in a burst of wild rebellion can tell you, rebelling doesn’t necessarily bring freedom. Addictions—and this can include addictive emotions and obsessive thinking—is hell, a narrowing our possibilities. Freedom means working with life, caring for the body and the rest of creation, the middle path.

Getting Unstuck.

Christianity’s future….

Could Christianity’s future lie in Buddhism’s past? This is a possibility that’s been haunting me lately, but in a good way, I think.

I like to think of Buddhism as my “secondary religion” I really liked this article here on how the Buddha can help us do better as Christ followers….http://goo.gl/U6Mnt6

The Empty Bell

Welcome! The Empty Bell is a sanctuary for the study and practice of Christian meditation and prayer. Our purpose is to learn about the history and practice of the Christian contemplative way as rooted in the Gospels, and to explore its common ground with other ancient Wisdom teachings. We give special attention to the Christian-Buddhist dialogue, to artistic expression of spiritual insight, and to the relationship between spirituality and stewardship of our bio-diverse natural world…

Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism….

Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism….

JJB is a global community of scholars and friends who are interested in food, music, art, religion, philosophy, education, science, and sustainable community.  Jesus represents kindness; jazz represents creativity; Buddhism represents interconnectedness…. http://goo.gl/gwccO  

Reading update…..

Awesome book! Profoundly moving memoir of a Buddhist soldier coming to terms with the war and his deep aversion to war. Also captures perfectly the bleakness of life in a war zone…