Topic: Belief and Practice

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    Brother Paul Quenon, who was inspired to write by his mentor Thomas Merton, says “the purpose of the monastic life in the modern world is to show that we don’t need a purpose. The purpose of life is life.” More

    May 6, 2011 | Comments

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    On Purim, says Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, the more you can poke fun at the gravitas of life, the better. More

    March 18, 2011 | Comments

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    Purim is a bittersweet holiday with a powerful spiritual message, says Rabbi Gil Steinlauf of Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, DC. A story about Esther that seems to be all about chance is really about “God’s presence working itself out in ways we can’t quite understand.” More

    March 18, 2011 | Comments

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    “Just sit down and feel your breath,” suggests teacher and author Sharon Salzberg. “We tune in, we connect, we come back.” More

    February 18, 2011 | Comments

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    “Through the regular practice of meditation we discover the real happiness of simplicity, of connection, of presence.” Read excerpts from Sharon Salzberg’s new book “Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation.” More

    February 18, 2011 | Comments

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    “I think there is something beautiful and magnificent in silence,” says meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg. “Meditation opens up our attention so we can see things differently.” More

    February 18, 2011 | Comments

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    Hanukkah is “a good time to think about the miracles in our own lives,” according to Dr. Erica Brown of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. More

    December 3, 2010 | Comments

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    “The psalms continue to be wholly relevant to our spiritual quests today,” says poet, writer, and former rabbinical student Pamela Greenberg. More

    November 24, 2010 | Comments

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    Watch more of producer Susan Goldstein’s interview with writer Pamela Greenberg, whose new translation of the Book of Psalms is being praised for its literary beauty. More

    November 24, 2010 | Comments

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    View a gallery of images illuminating the psalms by Hebrew manuscript artist Debra Band. More

    November 24, 2010 | Comments

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