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Panentheism, and Reality as the Womb of God [Dec. 11th, 2005|09:36 pm]
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goatoverlord42
This is an incredible article on an idea which lies in many religions, seeing God as ever present and co-creating reality with his creations, rather than sitting up on a cloud telling people what to do. It sums up my beliefs pretty powerfully, and has some interesting potentials for dialogue and common ground between the Theistic and Non-theistic faiths (in light of Trevoke's recent thoughts on Taoism and Christianity). Do check it out if you can:

http://www.stnews.org/articles.php?category=guide&guide=Panentheism&article_id=413
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My churches are reaching out to each other... coolness [Dec. 11th, 2005|08:53 pm]
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goatoverlord42
http://www.beliefnet.com/story/180/story_18093_1.html

Apparently Pope Benedict is reaching out to my other church, the Methodists to join an agreement healing some of the disputes which caused the Reformation. That's pretty cool, and wins him some brownie points in my book, heh.
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(no subject) [Nov. 29th, 2005|11:53 am]
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trevoke
As you may all know, I'm a Taoist.. I started a discussion, innocently, on my LJ, and after a friend of mine started to bash christianity, I found myself defending it.. This may remind goatoverlord42 of discussions we have when we drive places :)


The God concept is not limiting, for the christian God is limitless. Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent. It is everywhere at the same time.
What is the difference? Well, you are again talking about how Christians understand their religion, and you are not talking about what the religion is.
Christian prayer is a form of meditation. How many do it right? Maybe none. But that doesn't change what it is.
The Christian God is the same concept as the Tao. You cannot understand it. The word "God" is as limiting as the word "Tao".

What is the mistake they made, or what is it that you are getting stuck on? "God" has a personality? I believe that this is a mistake, and that God has no personality. God is not a person. God is beyond understanding. The message of the Christian religion is a message of love, not of hatred; it is explained differently than it is in the Tao, but it is the same thing.

Think about it. The words are different, but can't you see the similitudes? Stop thinking about what people are doing and start thinking about the truth. The Christian religion is not about its people, but about its ideas.

Praying to God should not be "asking God something". It should be a communion with God.


Namaste.

(note : http://www.livejournal.com/users/trevoke/194164.html is the post that started the conversation)
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Buddhist links [Nov. 3rd, 2005|11:26 am]
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trevoke
http://www.geocities.com/ekchew.geo/7factors.htm
http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/buddha2.htm
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/india/buddha-life.html
http://home.earthlink.net/~mpaw12/id9.html

More knowledge to be spread around.

Namaste.
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(no subject) [Nov. 1st, 2005|03:07 pm]
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trevoke
http://www.jadedragon.com/

A website that has a lot of articles on health, taoism, martial arts, feng shui, and so on and so forth. Very well-written, I landed on it while researching 'wu wei' (non-action) for someone in a taoist community.

Cross-posting to : trevoke, tao_talk, pilgrimssolace, _tao_te_ching, _martial_arts (I feel like I need to spread this one out).
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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter XIV [Oct. 23rd, 2005|05:34 pm]
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trevoke
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Guna: The Three QualitiesCollapse )
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Tragic Death in a Friend's Family [Oct. 17th, 2005|11:01 pm]
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goatoverlord42
Just wanted to ask people to send prayers and good thoughts for a dear friend who's dad just died completely unexpectedly tonight. The poor kid's in his first semester away at college, and his brother's just starting high school. I can't imagine what the family's going through right now. My friend's name is Jonathan, and his dad's Carlos. Thanks in advance...
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New Group on Spirituality and Psychology/Therapy [Oct. 16th, 2005|09:55 pm]
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goatoverlord42
Just wanted to let everyone know about something exciting that I'm helping to organize at NYU, in the graduate social work school I attend. It started out as an attempt to continue a little meditation group that ran last year, and its become an overwhelming success. We currently have at least three professeurs potentially interested, as well as a number of students which seems to double every week.

We've started with meeting weekly in a discussion group, sharing our own spiritual journeys, much as we do here and also discussing the potential for interaction between spirituality and psychology, and what that means to us as students. Our hope is to also involve some sort of weekly offering, be it prayer or meditation, from our diverse backgrounds, and also have some guest speakers and trips, like done here. It looks like we'll even have the opportunity to help one professeur design a future course relating to these issues.

The group has been simply incredible so far, so I simply wanted to make people here aware of it. It would be great to have people visit even if they're not in the school (I'll need to check on guest policies in certain buildings, but if you want to come let me know). Additionally, I've been trying to send out a weekly digest of our discussions, something people here might be interested in. If you are, please let me know and I'll put you on the mailing list. Stay tuned for further updates, I'd love to see these two groups interact in meaningful ways.
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question [Oct. 14th, 2005|03:05 pm]
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travellinman
i would like yall to seriously respond to this question

if you could make one person God (preferably not yourself) who would it be and why?

and if you want post this question in your own journal to see what YOUR friends say

my choice would be saul williams

my reasoning? saul is a brilliant poet and philosopher in my mind

and a lot of his poems deal with spirituality in the world and socioeconomic problems

i'd like to see a Saulian world exist

and you?
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