Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Prayer Melody

Prayers from Buddhist and Catholic Traditions, along with simple chanting. Peace to all!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rabbit Day With Heydi.

Wild Rabbits eating from our garden.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

St Francis Place Update 4/20/2009

Ralph and Heydi From St Francis Place

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Does Life Suck?

Ajahn Brahm Deals With The Second Immortal Question :-)
And the First Noble Truth.

Top Three Ultimate Questions:

1. What is the meaning of life?

2. Does life suck?

3. Why?

The Four Noble Truths:

1. Life is suffering.

2. Suffering is caused by attachment.

3. There is an end to suffering.

4. The end of suffering is found on the Noble Eightfold path.

The Noble Eightfold Path:
Consists of...

1. Right View.

2. Right Thought.

3. Right Speech.

4. Right Action.

5. Right Livelihood.

6. Right Effort.

7. Right Mindfulness.

8. Right Concentration.

Thich Nhat Hanh - To Touch Life, Come Home to Yourself

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Did Jesus Meditate? Part 1 of 2.

Among Christians there are a wide variety of opinions concerning meditation. Some see it as beneficial and practice the art daily. Others see meditation as "the work of the devil", and avoid it like the plauge (swine flu?). What would Jesus say about the practice of meditation? Even more closely to the point; what would Jesus do? Did Jesus meditate?

Meditation would have been no stranger to Jesus of Nazareth. Meditation is mentioned several times in the Old Testament. It is also known that there were Buddhist missionaries in Palestine during the time of Jesus, so He would have been familiar with their practices as well. If we look deeply at the teachings of Jesus contained in the Sermon On The Mount, I believe we find evidence that Jesus did in fact meditate, and taught His disciples to do likewise. In His teaching on Prayer Jesus taught...

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you, they have recieved their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask."

Matthew 6: 5-8

In the above passage from Matthew, Jesus teaches his followers to pray in solitude, using as few words as possible. Short and sweet seems to be what Jesus teaches concerning prayer. Yet many times in the Gospel accounts Jesus is said to spend an entire night in prayer before making a major ministerial move. Jesus is said to rise from sleep hours before his other disciples so he could go into a quite place to pray. Jesus is even said to have gone into the desert for 40 days and 40 nights to fast and pray. If Jesus believed in keeping spoken prayers short, what would He be doing for hours on end, or even days on end, praying in the wilderness? I believe He was spending time listening to God, being with God. In short, Jesus meditated.

In the short excerpt below from The Lost Gospel of Q, Marcus Borg seems to agree. What Jesus was doing for hours on end in solitude was what we today would call meditation. (See Did Jesus Meditate? Q9. Editors Note) For me it makes perfect sense. What do you think?


Ralph L.

Did Jesus Meditate? Q9

"Q9. Around this time Jesus went out into the hills seeking solitude and spent the entire night in prayer. At daybreak, he came down with his disciples. A great crowd of people from all parts of Judea, Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon had come to hear him and be cured of their diseases. Fixing his eyes on his disciples he began to speak: "Fortunate are you who are poor, for yours is the realm of God."

Editor's Note: "Prayer" in ancient Palestine usually meant the recitation of long set prayers often proclaimed aloud and in public. In retreating to the hills for long hours of solitude, Jesus was probably engaged in what today we would call Meditation."

From the book The Lost Gospel Q: The Original Sayings of Jesus. Marcus Borg PHD, Consulting Editor. Ulysses Press. Berkeley Ca. 1996.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The 10 Paradoxical Commandments of Jesus

From the book Jesus Did It Anyway by Kent M. Keith.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Be Love

Quote of The Day...

People who have taught themselves to give on all levels have discovered a critical ingredient to living. -Deepack Chopra on Twitter

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

From: "The Monk And The Rabbi."

The Monk and the Rabbi - Mysticism & the Peak Experience

Friday, May 1, 2009