Tag Archives: Buddhism

Life and death in the forest

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” –  The Buddha My wife and I try to hike in the Pisgah National Forest every Sunday, specifically in … Continue reading

Posted in discover wp, Life, Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Books, books and more books

About ten years ago I became fascinated with religion. Now, I have always attended church as a matter of fact I have been a member of my current church for over thirty years and even served as an elder. But … Continue reading

Posted in discover wp, Life, Thoughts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 38 Comments

Either shit or pie

“I remember her saying that a fly is as likely to land on shit as on pie. So she thought everything could be divided into two categories. Either shit or pie.” – Carrie Fisher, Postcards from the Edge Human beings … Continue reading

Posted in discover wp, Life, Thoughts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

I got the answer, I think

A Denomination is defined as an organized Christian group. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary has estimated that there were 34,000 denominations in 2000, and rose to an estimated 43,000 in 2012. In 1900 there were an … Continue reading

Posted in discover wp, Life, Thoughts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Playing the belief game

“The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.” –  Mahatma Gandhi Where do you stand on God? On Jesus? On heaven? On hell? Do you have to “play the belief game” for your family, friends and co-workers to … Continue reading

Posted in discover wp, Thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

How we are weaved together

The Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) preaches the concept of interdependence. In personal terms, you and I remain and develop because of the existence of each other. Thay concludes that if we stay mindful … Continue reading

Posted in discover wp, Life, Thoughts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

The book that wasn’t, a journey of rejection

Back in 2011 I wrote a manuscript (I guess it’s not a book until it is published) which blended a Christian text with Buddhist and Zen concepts. I described it as “using the Book of Saint James as a writing prompt, … Continue reading

Posted in Thoughts, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments