Prince of Peace

text of Isaiah 9:6b

A Japanese lady I met in Seattle had, 50 years ago as a very young woman in Japan, started reading the Bible on her own. But she had no one…

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The Trouble with Thomas

lotus vs cross

A number of Christian writers/speakers steer us to follow Thomas Merton. As a matter of fact, a number of Protestants visit his monastery on a sort of spiritual pilgrimage. Some…

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True Path to Enlightenment

artwork by Joni Eareckson Tada

A PBS special about the Buddha described his tedious quest for enlightenment. He reportedly drank his own urine, slept on nails, practiced Eastern meditation, ate a single grain of rice…

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A “Personal” Problem

buddha statue in mist

Robert Thurman, a Tibetan Buddhist (and the “leading American expert” of that religion), said that the idea of a personal God is problematic “from an enlightened point of view.” Both…

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Simple Buddhism?

At portlandbuddhistcenter.org I saw this “simple” message of Buddhism: We can’t depend on anything to be permanent Our actions have consequence We can change for the better OK, this messes…

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