Mysticism for our Modern Age

Mysticism is a spiritual concept that can mean different things to different people. As some of you know, I spent 10 years studying with a teacher in a lineage that could be described as tantric Buddhist mysticism, so mysticism has played a large role in shaping my personal understanding of reality and I continue toContinue reading “Mysticism for our Modern Age”

Finding Meaning in Suffering without Believing in a Divine Intelligence

Many religions and spiritual traditions explain the existence of suffering through belief in some sort of higher power with a mysterious, divine plan that requires the suffering of certain individuals. Although there are centuries of theological and philosophical arguments explaining why a benign, all-powerful intelligence would choose to create a world full of suffering, I’veContinue reading “Finding Meaning in Suffering without Believing in a Divine Intelligence”

Reacting to Tragedy with Love and Compassion

As we all reel from another tragic, senseless school shooting, it can be easy to react with anger. Yes, easy access to firearms is an issue, but the root problem is that our society is regularly producing individuals who are so isolated, alienated, and angry that they not only want to end their own existence,Continue reading “Reacting to Tragedy with Love and Compassion”