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Holy Spirit and Mindfulness…Here West Meets East

posted by smcswain

Lately, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk and Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, has been on my mind. As you may know, he is still in a coma. We hope and pray for his recovery. Whenever I think of him, however, I am […]

Jesus and the Buddha

posted by smcswain

Jesus said, “Deny thyself” (Luke 9:23). The Buddha spoke of “Non-self” or “No self.” Both Christians and Buddhists frequently misunderstand what these teachers meant. What Christians Have Been Taught Christians, for example, mistakenly think Jesus was suggesting his followers had […]

Meditation: The Key to Living a Sacred Life

posted by smcswain

Meditation is the key to living a sacred life. It is the key that unlocks the chamber to an inner life of tranquility. Meditation is also the indispensable discipline you must practice in order to know a sacred, spiritual life. […]

What Is the Purpose of My Life?

posted by smcswain

What is the purpose of my life? Haven’t you asked that question at least a million times? I talk and write much about this, precisely because I think about it almost all the time. How would you complete this sentence? […]

Want to Be Free…Truly Free? Here’s How!

posted by smcswain

The Buddha used the word “anata” to refer to “no self.” What did he mean? The same thing Jesus meant when he said, “Deny thyself” (Matt. 16:24). Then, what did these two spiritual teachers mean? Detachment is the word, my […]

Why Is Your Religion Powerless to Change You? To Change the World?

posted by smcswain

Why is your religion and/or religious belief powerless to change you? Powerless to change the world? This might explain it… In Voice of Reason, a book shared with me by my Facebook friend, Bill Butler, author Bryant McGill writes: “Take […]

My Mind! My Worries! My Madness! Who Will Deliver Me?

posted by smcswain

Worry is the conversation in your head that fear has with itself. Really? Maybe that’s why… I tell myself not to worry, but I worry still. I tell myself I do not worry; but then, that I should worry more. […]

Why Am I Here? The Purpose of Your Life…

posted by smcswain

“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace till the last syllable of recorded time. And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life is but a shadow, a poor […]

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The Beliefs I Was Told I Had to Believe to Be a "Good Christian"
If you were raised in a Christian faith tradition similar to mine, you will readily recognize the following beliefs, the following worldview. If you were not, however, this will give you an idea of what I was taught to believe and what many Christians believe still. While I mention only a few below,

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