Can a labyrinth really be a tool for enlightenment? Are sacred places important?
Freemasonry and the Way of the Warrior [Part Two]
Freemasonry, with its diverse symbols, allegories and philosophical lessons seeks to build the individual into a mighty warrior of morality, an overwhelming, unstoppable force for good. In this, Freemasonry and the Way […]
Freemasonry and the Way of the Warrior [Part I]
In the days of feudal Japan, from the 12th to the 16th centuries, the small island was ruled by ruthless Shoguns, warlords who controlled fiefdoms and battled one another for control of […]
Buddhism: A Primer
Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. It is also one of the most ancient. Buddhism has it origins in the person of Siddhartha Gautama, an Indian prince who seemed […]
Ancient India, Yoga, and the Seven Chakras
The word chakra (pronounced “shock-ra”) comes from the Sanskrit cakra, which means, “wheel.” The yoga systems of ancient India (roughly the 1st millennium BCE) conceived of the intersection between the physical body […]
Is Death Necessary? Or Inevitable?
Death. A foregone conclusion to this life. Maybe. What does science say? “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me,” Albert Einstein wrote in a condolence letter, upon […]
Doubt on the Path: Lessons from the Buddha
Big doubt, big enlightenment; small doubt, small enlightenment; no doubt, no enlightenment. That’s what the saying is in the Buddhist Lonji tradition of Chan. The spiritual life has always been a quest […]
Metaphor: The Language of the Mystics
In the outskirts of every society, you will find the mystics. Some are holy men in monasteries; some are Buddhists seeking enlightenment; some are public figures; some are Christians serving Jesus; some […]
Is Freemasonry a Cult?
As one of the largest organizations in the world, Freemasonry has weathered its share of criticism. In America, questions have been raised as to whether the fraternal organization qualifies as a “cult.” […]