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Kuan Yin: Goddess of Compassion and Harmony by Rene Wadlow

Wise in using skillful means, in every corner of the world, she manifests her countless forms

kin01_40019 February, in countries influenced by Chinese culture, is a day devoted to honoring Kuan Yin, goddess of compassion “ she who hears the cries of the world and restores harmony.”  She is a goddess for the Taoists and a bodhisattva for the Buddhists but she represents the same values of compassion for both faiths.  There has been mutual borrowing of symbols and myths between the two groups, as well as an identification with Mary in countries with a Roman Catholic minority such as Vietnam and with Tara among the Tibetans. 

From the Taoist tradition, she is associated with running water and lotus pools. Many of her virtues come from Buddhist teachings:

Wrathful, banish thought of self
Sad, let fall the causes of woe,
Lustful, shed lust’s mental object,
Win all, by simply letting go.”

As in this Chinese verse reflecting her advice, many Buddhist values are phrased negatively: abobha (non-greed), adosa (non-hatred), amoka (non-delusion), less frequently in positive values metta (loving kindness), karuma (compassion), mudita

( happiness in the good fortune of others.)

Yet Kuan Yin is associated with active compassion as a driving force of action, where all, including the least of living things are treated with fairness and consideration and where the broader currents of life move toward harmony and equilibrium.

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Eureka: Religions of the world by Akli Hadid

religion01Last year I undertook an interesting challenge: read every single religious scripture cover to cover at least once. That’s how I read and understood the Torah, the Talmud, the Christian Bible, the Quran, The Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada and other more esoteric texts. I also did work on the ground trying to find out how different religions organize, and how those religious beliefs apply in the field.

So here’s a very brief overview of the different religions I encountered.

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When Tsvangirai was hired as an alibi by Thanos Kalamidas
I suppose many were waiting for the celebrations following the hiring of Morgan Tsvangirai as the new prime minister of Zimbabwe…

Harry Potter & Six Pack Joe by Alexander Mikhaylov
Here’s a free (unabridged) version of the Harry Potter movie (Philosopher’s Stone), as described by ‘Six Pack Joe’ to his neighbour.

“Those Eyes” by Hunter Dasten
“Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out…. Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.” – A.E. Housman

The Latest on the Nexus between Science and Religion
by Emanuel L. Paparella
During the Middle Ages, philosophers and theologians argued over the extra-mental reality of universal forms or essences.

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Obama’s Religion by Christopher Wilkinson
One of the rights guaranteed to all Americans is the right to religious freedom. Everyone has the right to believe, congregate, and share information. There has been a lot of talk recently about Mr. Obama’s religious convictions.

Missing Alex – A Greek thriller (in Greek) by Dimitra Karantzeni
Η εξαφάνιση του Άλεξ – Μία υπόθεση θρίλερ

“whiskey on the menu” by Bohdan Yuri
“You don’t have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.” – John Ciardi

Photoville: Microsoft walks away from Yahoo by Thanos Kalamidas
Software giant Microsoft has dropped its three-month-old bid to buy internet firm Yahoo because the two sides cannot agree on an acceptable sale price.

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Texas sect girls mostly mothers

More than half of the teenage girls removed from a polygamist sect in Eldorado, Texas, are either mothers or currently pregnant, US officials say.

All 463 children on the Yearning For Zion Ranch were taken into care after allegations of sexual abuse prompted police to raid the ranch this month. Officials from the sect deny that any children were abused at the ranch.

Authorities believe that of the 53 girls aged between 14 and 17, 29 are already mothers and two are pregnant. “It shows you a pretty distinct pattern, that it was pretty pervasive,” said Darrell Azar, a spokesman for the Texas Child Protective Services.

And then we act like we cannot understand what happened in Austria. What about these women?

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Faith Swapping: Religion in America by Binoy Kampmark
An incoming board member of the conservative Heritage Foundation, William E Simon Jr., the United States of 2000 was confused about answering a key question: ‘Does America really need religion?’

Buy George by Asa Butcher
Today is St. George’s Day. I doubt you have anything special planned. There’ll be no joyous parades through our towns, there’ll be no flags flying and the kids will still have to go to school, so what’s the big deal?

50 Bucks: Bring On the Sluts by Sarah Beetson
I was overwhelmed by the Japanese vending machine culture – whereby one can purchase almost anything – from beer to bedroom slippers; a microwave dinner to a pair of used panties – from a handy vending machine.

“john doe smith” by Bohdan Yuri
“Poetry is life distilled.” – Gwendolyn Brooks

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