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August 2, 2018

The appearance, teaching, and meaning of Jesus Christ seem to me to be so radical, so impossibly transformative, that it is worthwhile to look through another lens, if only to enrich one’s experience of the blesséd Lord Christ. I found Buddhism, which is certainly not...

November 20, 2017

A few weeks ago, my wife and I visited Crestone, Colorado, which has the only inter-denominational open-air funeral pyre in the United States. There is a deep sense of peacefulness at the place, sitting at the edge of a Zen monastery’s land with spectacular mountains i...

August 20, 2017

The solar eclipse that will shadow a great swath of the United States on August 21, 2017, has caused great excitement among millions, most of whom have never had the opportunity to witness such a celestial event. Most folks have seen a lunar eclipse, which can occur up...

April 17, 2017

The picture above was sent to me recently by a dear friend. It shows the only meeting between two of my spiritual heroes: Thomas Merton and D. T. Suzuki. I read my first book by Merton when I was 14 years old, The Seven Storey Mountain, his autobiography. I read my fir...

March 8, 2017

For centuries, women of the three great monotheistic faiths of the Middle East have been covering their heads – sometimes only within worship and sometimes everywhere in public. Judaism and Islam have unmistakable cultural and religious strictures about female head cov...

February 24, 2017

How We Translate Makes a Difference:

In the First Letter to the Corinthians, an obscure verse (15:29) makes reference to a supposedly arcane practice among early Christians, the so-called “baptism for the dead.”  Wikipedia has an excellent survey and analysis of this so...

February 9, 2017

The recent comment of Pope Francis on a review of the new liturgical translations in the Roman Catholic Church done under his predecessor speaks volumes:

January 19, 2017

I’m delighted to share on this first blog post, a poem inspired by my pilgrimage to the Holy Mountain of Athos over twenty years ago. My spiritual father, the late Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissou, encouraged me to go and helped make it possible. May his blessed memory...

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