• Buddha and His Teachings

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    Vodoun is more properly classified as Dahomean and Fon in origin, not Yoruba. Police were posted outside the botanica Monday night for crowd control" (12) (http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/7062153.htm). Taoism began as a combination of psychology and philosophy which Lao-Tse hoped would help end the constant feudal warfare and other conflicts of his time. This belief directly contradicts the concept in Hinduism of an atman, or fundamental and underlying self (which was not conceived of, however, as the ego or temporary persona that undergoes rebirth).
  • Bahaism And Its Claims - A Study Of The Religion Promulgated

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    The depth is exactly right, with regard to Taoism. To listen to this study as a recorded MP3 message, click here. The latter might be the first book to read since it gives a Western view of Tibet by an Austrian who lived there after escaping from a prisoner-of-war camp in India. If the sagacious combine the two forms into one, great will be their reward in the presence of God."(45) Note that Baha'u'llah does not reject republicanism outright, but praises it, and by no means forbids it.
  • Hail to the Queen: Book #3 of the Sage Saga

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    Time is seen as repeated sequences of creation and destruction, and individual existence is believed to be a repeated sequence of birth, death, and rebirth as the soul seeks spiritual enlightenment. A standard formula declares that "birth is suffering, aging is suffering, sickness is suffering, death is suffering; sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief, and despair are suffering; association with what one dislikes is suffering; separation from what one likes is suffering; not getting what one wants is suffering."
  • A Study of Comparative Religion God His Mediator and Man

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    The imagery of initiation generally speaks of transformation and the granting powers to transcend death and rebirth. The events of this military epoch in the history of Zen have been chronicled by Ichikawa Hakugen, a Zen priest and professor at Kyoto's Hanazono University, who in books like The War Responsibility of Buddhists, condemned Zen's (and his own) collaboration with Japanese fascism.” Buddhism in Japan and the USA has seen the emergence of "training" for corporate employees designed to quell dissatisfaction and discord, in short, of covering up the symptoms of illness and bad practice rather than tackling the problems of social malaise and industry work standards.
  • The Qur'an and the Eternal Covenant of God - The Progressive

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    The institutions commonly known as the world’s three major religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam – rank at the top of the list of popular organized spiritual practices in America. Richard Dawkins has stated that Stalin's atrocities were influenced not by atheism but by dogmatic Marxism, and concludes that while Stalin and Mao happened to be atheists, they did not do their deeds in the name of atheism. He has interpreted both references as prohibiting all same-sex activity, including that between consenting gays or lesbians in committed relationships.
  • Baha'i Parenting Perspectives

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    Building on both the Western esoteric tradition and theosophy, Rudolf Steiner and others in the anthroposophic tradition have attempted to apply systematic methodology to the study of spiritual phenomena. These lakes and groves are places of tranquillity and sanctuaries for wildlife, but in recent times the neglect of these simple techniques for gathering and protecting clean water has led to serious water shortages and advancing desertification in many parts of India.
  • The Sheltering Branch

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    The name druid means "knowing the oak tree" and may derive from druidic ritual, which seems in the early period to have been performed in the forest. For religious, philosophical, historical and scriptural purposes, distinguishing between these separate traditions is quite manageable. He attained enlightenment after 13 years of deprivation and committed the act of salekhana, fasting to death, in 420 BCE. It is not possible here to explain the dichotomy between the human rights ideals in Baha'i texts and the apparent illiberalism of many contemporary Baha'is.
  • 'Abdu'l-Bahá in New York

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    In Tamil-nadu the Nayanars adored Shiva and the Alvars sang of Vishnu: chief among them was Nammalvar who wrote of the devotee as a woman totally immersed in love with her husband Vishnu. The good is found in sincerity of heart, good will, and cooperation. Zoroastrians are known form their veneration of fire, water, and earth, which they consider sacred and which must NOT be polluted. 2. In Islam the prophet Muhammad is the final prophet.
  • The Press and Poetry of Modern Persia: Partly Based on the

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    This is the practice of only eating that which will not kill the plant or animal from which it is taken. And it was at this time that he also wrote one of the great works of Baha’i scripture, the Kitabi-Aqdas, or Most Holy Book. With oneself well-controlled one obtains a savior difficult to find (Dhammapada 160). The ACCESS OFFICE - disAbility Support Services has been designated by the college as the primary office to guide, counsel and assist students with disabilities.
  • The Golden Age of Zen: Zen Masters of the T'ang Dynasty

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    Justice William Brennan wrote that although the Court had theretofore “rejected challenges under the Free Exercise Clause to governmental regulation of certain overt acts prompted by religious beliefs and principles,” the conduct or actions so regulated had “invariably posed some substantial threat to public safety, peace or order.” Since Sherbert’s “conscientious objection to Saturday work” was not “conduct within the reach of state legislation,” any law that resulted in an incidental burden to the free exercise of her religion must be justified by a “compelling state interest in the regulation of a subject within the State’s power to regulate.” Thus, in Sherbert, the Court adopted a “compelling interest” standard that government must meet when a generally applicable law unintentionally burdened a claimant’s religious practices and beliefs.
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