Tag Archives: Religion

“”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 »

“….the well-intentioned urge to preserve a religion runs the risk of mummifying it.” // Stephen Batchelor

“….the well-intentioned urge to preserve a religion runs the risk of mummifying it. Although you might succeed in preserving its institutions and dogmas for a while, you cannot preserve a path any more than you can preserve the current of a river or the whistling of a wind. Insidiously, Mara attempts to secure what by… Read More »

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” // Mary Oliver

“Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is… Read More »