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“Shinto Intertwined” by Ken Apple

Shinto is the teaching of Nature, in contrast to revealed Religion which can be said to be the teaching of Man. Shinto originating in Japan’s deep prehistory and existing in the present is a subconscious amalgam of attitudes, ideas and ways of living and relating to all aspects of life. Shinto means to touch the divine Earth, to receive the life giving power of the Sun and to “catch the whisper” of Nature.”

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Secular Buddhism: An interview with Stephen Batchelor

Today, we begin our late winter theme “Order and Structure”, with an interview with Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism Without Beliefs and Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.  Stephen talks with B.T. Newberg via Skype about the intersections between Secular Buddhism and Naturalistic Paganism….

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Even naturalists don’t stay in the grave, by DT Strain

If persons are patterns, then patterns repeat. Through their actions and interactions in life, people are like the butterfly that can affect the course of a hurricane. Our loved ones create causes and effects which ripple outward in uncountable and unimaginable ways that cannot be contained. Just one of those ways is in their impressions upon us, which recreate similar patterns in our minds through communication and our deep knowledge of them. Thus, it is true our loved ones are not in the grave. We, quite literally, carry a part of them within us, and so on to others. If that is so then, in many important ways they did not die.

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Is Japan really the 2nd-most atheist nation?

– by B. T. Newberg “I don’t know anything about Buddhism,” she said. I stared at her quizzically. But you’re a priest’s daughter, I thought.  You grew up in a temple, and may even take over the temple one day. …

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Real religion?

– by B. T. Newberg What makes for “real” religion?  How do you know that what you’re doing isn’t just playing dress-up, a shallow parody of religion? Well, maybe you “just know.”  But aren’t there times when you doubt whether…

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