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"To study the Way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things of the universe. To be enlightened by all things of the universe is to cast off the body and mind of the self as well as those of others. Even the traces of enlightenment are wiped out, and life with traceless enlightenment goes on forever and ever". Dogen Zenji

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "God" is not a discreet being. Everything is "God".

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I don't believe. I try to be aware.
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator n/a
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator n/a
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator every moment IS my spiritual life, it is not separate from doing the dishes, taking a walk, watching PBS.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator it is a cult despite being a religious path older than Christianity.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Be a lamp for yourself--don't blindly accept concepts. Find out for yourself what the truth is through direct experience.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in Santa Claus and whatever my parents told me. Twelve years of Catholic School.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator slow but with steady progress toward a place as far away from where I started as we are from the moon.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Catholic.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My parents were Catholics. I went to 12 years of Catholic school. A lot of the tenets of Catholicism and Christianity in general did not seem true to me when I was a teenager. I started to read about religion and spirituality in the 1960s. I became interested in Buddhism in the early 1970's. I formally became a Buddhist in 1990.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No children,

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I meditate daily and try to be mindful of every moment. I go to meditate with others at local Buddhist Centers weekly. I go to retreats at Buddhist monasteries and centers that last from 3-7 days several times a year.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My significant other follows the Tibetan Buddhist Kagyu Tradition and I practice as a Soto Zen Buddhist.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is both easy and difficult. Easy because it is accessible at every moment, hard because it is accessible every moment.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The meditation bench I use.

Religion & the Public Square

Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes--comparative religion that gives all paths equal billing.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes--it is time to also include Buddhist texts as well.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I usually don't feel comfortable about discussing my beliefs because even the non religious in the U.S. have a Christian bias that is distrustful of non theistic spiritual paths.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator If the spiritual path is every moment, then how can actions be separate? the flowering of compassion and wisdom naturally express themselves in action. Being respectful of all beings, animate and inanimate, as you go about your day.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 9/11 did not have any effect on my thoughts about my spiritual path. I am more interested in learning about the Moslem Religion. Perhaps I feel a little less comfortable expressing my religious beliefs because of the increased fear of the unknown now.

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Published October 11, 2010

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