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. #introductions #introduction
In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions, today is a day for honoring those whose light removes the darkness, who help us find the unconditional love that lives within and around us. Happy Guru Purnima, friends. Gratitude to all of life’s teachers.
(PS - it’s a lunar holiday, so it falls on different days around this time of year.)
I didn’t see this already posted here, so for those of you not on the book of faces...
Vishnu created a GFM to help with Mike’s medical expenses if anyone feels called to donate.
I’m at the spring Ram Dass retreat and Pete Holmes quoted @vishnu when he was on stage for the recording of a Mindrolling podcast episode with Raghu Markus, Anne Lamott, and Duncan Trussell. It made me think of this community. :)
“Buddha didn’t discover suffering. He discovered freedom from suffering.” - Bob Thurman
Bob Thurman is one of the teachers at the Ram Dass retreat this week and this quote reminded me of some of the questions after the Buddhist series. He is a Buddhist scholar who taught at Columbia for many years and is close to the Dalai Lama.
Did anyone else listen to Richard Rohr on the “You Made it Weird” podcast (Pete Holmes)? It was interesting to hear Pete continually quoting Ram Dass to him. I wonder if he realized just how much he was doing it.
(RD plug - if you’d like to check out some of the videos from the Maui retreat that takes place this week, you can sign up at ramdass.org)
Easter reflection from Pádraig Ó Tuama
Surprising Son of God
you revealed the truth to women
who were not believed by men.
You are in the voices of the unbelieved
and the ignored.
So bring us towards each other
Bring us towards
the truest truth.
Because here, if anywhere,
will we find you.
- Pádraig Ó Tuama
Lovely reflections on Easter...
new Ram Dass movie - fall 2019
Just passing this along in case anyone is interested - you can watch the trailer on the page linked below. I’ve seen the movie a few times and I think it will be really good for anyone who wants to know more about his teachings.
(My usual disclaimer for full transparency: I do some work for RD’s foundation, including helping with the movie.)
“Prayer and love are really learned in the hour when prayer becomes impossible and your heart turns to stone.” - Thomas Merton
I heard this quote earlier and it reminded me of some of the questions about suffering that were asked after the Buddhist series. Or, as one of my teachers puts it, “do your practice while you can because you’ll need it when you can’t.”
That’s the real reason for doing practices such as meditation or chanting - so you have a foundation when you need it.
Because I’m a #quotegeek, I found the source for the fabulous quote that Hillary shared on part 2 of the Richard Rohr podcast.
“To heal is to touch with love that which we previously touched with fear.” - Stephen Levine (who was a pioneer in working with death and dying)
Hey #buddhist6 patrons, part 3 is on Patreon now and will be public in a week. I’m looking forward to this.
Thank you, @vishnu and @mike for your willingness and openness to take on topics that may not be easy or comfortable. This series has generated a lot of great conversation here that may not have taken place without you taking a chance.
Working on being here now.
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