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Equanimity in the Buddhist and Christian Traditions

Equanimity in the Buddhist and Christian Traditions

March 29, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 13. What Christians call “resting in God’s grace,” Buddhists describe as upekkha or equanimity, meaning “a mind in balance, free of discrimination and rooted in insight.” Both traditions have practices to balance our lives.

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Joy in the Buddhist and Christian Traditions

March 22, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 12. Buddhist teachers describe “joy,” or “mudita,” as a “genuine ability to rejoice and delight in the happiness of others. Joy helps us be inspired by the positive qualities of others.” The Christian perspective tells us that joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

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‘Loving-Kindness’ in the Buddhist and Christian Traditions

March 8, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 10. While love is a quality that arises naturally from our humanness, it also can be developed, nurtured and grown. Jesus and Buddha teach us how.

The Four Divine Abodes: Loving-Kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, Equanimity

The Four Divine Abodes: Love, Compassion, Joy, Equanimity

March 1, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 9. These four states have the potential to purify the heart and create positive energy. Emptying one’s self of ego is a common theme among Christian spiritual masters, as Jesus said: “Whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”

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Yearning for Peace: Teachings of Jesus and the Buddha

January 4, 2021

By Kathy Keary
Part 1. Our divided world thirsts for peace. Studying how two contemplatives — Jesus Christ and Buddha — proclaimed similar messages of peace will set us on a path to acceptance and harmony.

“The Anxiety of Saint Joseph” (L'anxiété de Saint Joseph), 1886-1894 by James Tissot in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum.

St. Joseph’s Challenge — Finding Hope in Uncertainty Part 3

December 7, 2020

By Kathy Keary
St. Joseph was challenged with uncertainty. As we conclude our Advent series, you are invited to use your imagination to walk in the shoes of Joseph. Allow Joseph’s story to speak to you.

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Our Challenge — Finding Hope in Uncertainty Part 1

November 23, 2020

By Kathy Keary
Activities that keep my mind focused on the present moment are lifesavers that not only relieve my mind of worries but seem to have a long-lasting calming effect and have increased my propensity to remain in the present moment.

Maintaining the Contemplative Life in a Divided World

November 16, 2020

By Kathy Keary
John’s Gospel tells us that they will know we are Jesus’ disciples “if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). It doesn’t say “if you love those with whom you agree.” This is a powerful statement in our divided country.

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Pray without Ceasing – Really? Part 3

November 9, 2020

By Kathy Keary
The God who is “nearer to me than I am to myself,” who knows my heart through and through, comforts my weary soul as if to say, “Be not afraid. I am with you always.”

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Pray without Ceasing — Really? Part 1

October 26, 2020

By Kathy Keary
Part 1 of 3. Writing to the Thessalonians, St. Paul challenges us to “pray without ceasing." Certainly, that does not mean that we are to be on our knees with hands folded and head bowed 24/7. So what does it mean?

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