Category Archives: Spirituality

On Spinoza // Will Durant

“Perhaps so many were influenced by Spinoza because he lends himself to so many interpretations, and yields new riches at every reading. All profound utterances have varied facets for diverse minds. One may say of Spinoza what Ecclesiastes said of Wisdom: “The first man knew him not perfectly, no more shall the last find him… Read More »

The Buddha “encourages his followers to be independent of him.” // Stephen Batchelor

“In contrast to popular images of Buddha surrounded by an entourage of monks who hang on his every word, some of the earliest discourses in Pali present him as a solitary figure who wanders from place to place and encourages his followers to be independent of him. Traditionally, a Buddhist monk would spend only five… Read More »

“”If you meet the Buddha,” advises the Zen patriarch Lin-chi, “kill him.”” / / Stephen Batchelor

“According to legend, when the young man who was to become Buddha left the security of his home to explore the world beyond its walls, he chanced upon a person crippled with age, another ridden with disease, and a corpse. These sights perplexed him. For the first time, his existence became a question for him.… Read More »

“Questioning is a quest….” // Stephen Batchelor

“….to question means to acknowledge that we do not know something. But it is more than an acknowledgment: it includes a yearning to confront an unknown and illuminate it through understanding. Questioning is a quest: it takes the first step into the dark and proceeds to build a path from ignorance to clarity, from bewilderment… Read More »

“….the fires of hell as a manifestation of God’s love.” // Joseph Campbell

“Dante saw even the fires of hell as a manifestation of God’s love. You will have heard the old legend of how, when God created the angels, he commanded them to pay worship to no one but himself; but then, creating man, he commanded them to bow in reverence to this most noble of his… Read More »