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Hi everyone - Mary here, recently relocated to Ojai, CA. I usually feel like a bit of an oddball in the Liturgists groups because I haven’t followed the usual path. I’m not de-/constructing. I found my way here via Ram Dass in a meandering way that includes Duncan Trussell, Pete Holmes, & Rob Bell (+ others). RD is my primary teacher. I enjoy the perspectives that the hosts bring to the podcast topics and how they interact with the teachers & teachings I’ve studied.

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@mike - I saw your SM re-entry. Well done. Be gentle with yourself as you find a new “normal” (while knowing that’s just a setting on the washing machine). I enjoyed the Mike-ness of the IG post.

I’ve seen a lot of people posting about “Shameless” by Nadia Bolz-Weber, so I thought I’d pass along that she’s a guest on a recent episode of “the Rich Roll Podcast.” He does long-form, so they cover a lot of ground. I haven’t finished it yet, but it’s pretty good so far.

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I was looking through some old photos and was reminded of this Ram Dass quote. I love way too many of them to have a favorite, but this one is high on my list.

“If our journey to God is keeping another being from going to God, forget it. We're never going to get there. It's as simple as that.” - Ram Dass

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If you’d like more intellectual teachings, Robert Thurman studied Tibetan Buddhism, taught at Columbia U, and is friends with HHDL. He’s super smart and really funny. He has podcasts and books too - and even published a graphic novel.

There are so many more teachers and teachings available. I think a lot of the Buddhist concepts and practices could be useful for people on the de-/re-/construction path.

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Jack Kornfield is another great resource for beginners. He studied in Burma with the Peace Corps while Sharon and others were in India. He, Sharon, and Joseph Goldstein started one of the first US Buddhist retreat centers in the 70s. Joseph is more intellectual than Sharon and Jack (to me), but he is also a great teacher. All three have podcasts and books.

1/ As one of the (lol), I can’t recommend Sharon Salzberg highly enough for anyone who wants to dig deeper into Buddhism. I’ve seen her many times. She’s great for beginners because she makes the concepts and practices extremely accessible. There are lots of videos on YouTube, she has a podcast called “the Metta Hour,” and she’s written a lot of books. Her book “Faith” is one of my favorites and one I’ve heard her recommend often to people.

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In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is. - Yogi Berra #famous #quotes

I was reminded earlier of this gem from Pádraig Ó Tuama that’s in his book "In the Shelter.” It’s such a great representation of being present with all that you are, be it good, bad, or neutral. There’s a really good “On Being” interview with him from a couple of years ago - that’s how I found him. “In the Shelter is a great read. He’s a friend of Peter Rollins for those of you who like Peter.

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” - John Updike

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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. - Galileo Galilei #famous #quotes

Just listened to Buddhism part 2 episode. Let me start with saying that Sharon Salzberg is one of my primary teachers and I loved the conversation with her - thank you, @mike and @vishnu for sharing her with this community. (She had a serious health emergency over the weekend, so send her some love if you’re so inclined.)

As someone who has spent a fair amount of time with some Buddhist teachers, this has been a tough series for me. I’d love to hear what others are experiencing.

“The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody.” - Maya Angelou

We had a rainbow after a brief shower at sunset.

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“Faith is not a belief. Faith is what is left when your beliefs have all been blown to hell. Faith is in the heart, while beliefs are in the head.” - Ram Dass, Be Love Now

I came across this while looking for a different one, but thought it would be good to share with folks.

Quick tip for all the new folks - make sure you understand the privacy settings. While mastodon is (mostly) corporate-snoop free, you do need to understand that “public” is public to EVERYONE. It’s a safe space, but it’s not confidential.

Also, go to your profile settings and opt out of search-engine indexing.

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