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  1. A buddhist monk spend years in training and it's really nothing like the training on ULC. I don't consider or call myself a monk. They leave everything behind in live in monasteries with other monks. In my tradition we don't have Temple's but we do have meditation center's where practiciners can go and learn from the monks.
  2. The oldest Buddhist scrolls ever discovered were made on birch bark and spent two millennia folded in clay pots, in a cave, situated along the northern border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and now they’re bringing team of researchers “close, very close” to the words of Buddha. In 1994, around 200 scrolls were discovered in clay pots in a cave on the Afghanistan and Pakistan, in the ancient kingdom of Gandhara , left behind by a culture which flourished between 100 BC and 200 AD.
  3. I just wanted to share this movie as it is touching and everyone need to see this. It's in 2 parts. Hope everyone enjoys.
  4. The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings are a modern distillation of the traditional Bodhisattva precepts of Mahayana Buddhism, and were created by Thich Nhat Hanh in Saigon in 1966. Monks, nuns, lay men and lay women who have made a vow in a formal ceremony, to receive, study and observe these fourteen trainings are known as “Members of the Order of Interbeing”. The Order of Interbeing, through the Plum Village lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh, belongs to the Linji (Rinzai) tradition of Zen Buddhism. The first six members of the Order were colleagues and students of Thich Nhat Hanh who worked
  5. The Five Mindfulness Trainings are one of the most concrete ways to practice mindfulness. They are nonsectarian, and their nature is universal. They are true practices of compassion and understanding. All spiritual traditions have their equivalent to the Five Mindfulness Trainings. The first training is to protect life, to decrease violence in oneself, in the family and in society. The second training is to practice social justice, generosity, not stealing and not exploiting other living beings. The third is the practice of responsible sexual behavior in order to protect individuals, coup
  6. Well I just checked and this forum link is still on the ULC site. ULCHQ Links
  7. As far as Buddhism there's different sects and a small presentage of them are religious. The Buddha never considered himself as a god and Christian's like myself practice Buddhism.
  8. In the Hebrew Bible Sheol (he'll) is considered the grave. Jew's believe that all people will go to sheol until judgement day. When the Hebrew Bible was translated into Greek the Hebrew word was translated into the Greek word hades which also means the grave.
  9. As a libertarian I feel you should have the right to Merry who you want or don't want. No one should force you to perform a same-sex marriage or non Christian marriage. I may not agree but I don't have a say how you run your marriage business.
  10. I don't know who's in charge of the Congregation Directory but I'm trying to reset my password but I'm not getting a password reset email. I checked all my folders but nothing. josh
  11. The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing When individuals becoming members of the organization, they take the vows of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings in a formal ceremony. The Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings are the very essence of the Order of Interbeing. They are the torch lighting our path, the boat carrying us, the teacher guiding us. They allow us to touch the nature of interbeing in everything that is, and to see that our happiness is not separate from the happiness of others. Interbeing is not a theory; it is a reality that can be directly experienced by
  12. Yeah I'll teach what I've learned and I'll also bring in guest speakers. Some sangha's invite Buddhist monks to speak but the sangha has to pay travel arrangements.
  13. I have taken a new approach at the same time keeping my religues beliefs. I've started studying Buddhism and meditation and now I'm in the process of getting a sangha (community) group started in my town for those interested in learning the teachings and meditation practice of Buddha. This sangha would be opened to all people regardless of their religious background, gender, sex and sexual orientation.
  14. At the moment I go to a church that has 2 denominations, one the Presbyterian USA and the other United Church of Christ. When my church is started we will meet in my home until we can find a place.
  15. Update: The Governor of Georgia vetoed the "First Amendment Defense Act" stating he can't sign a bill with all the anti-discrimination language in it. But, he did say he supported the "Pastor Protection Act" the was inserted into the other bill. Now I do support any "Pastor Protection Acts" Bills to protect pastors who feel they can't go against their belief.
  16. Well, the first amendment already protects Christians and the church but the Government needs to follow the First Amendment. And a gay couple shouldn't force a pastor to marry them when there are churches that will marry them. Madison was one of the first thinkers in colonial America to understand why church and state must be separated. His advocacy for this concept grew out of his own personal experiences in Virginia, where Anglicanism was the officially established creed and any attempt to spread another religion in public could lead to a jail term. Early in 1774, Madison learned t
  17. I have vary sad news, this election year could be one of the worst if one of the Republicans win. Our First Amendment is in trouble after conservatives get their hands on it. No matter where you stand on the issue it will affect everyone in the religies community including the gay community. I'm talking about the "First Amendment Defense Act" which will favor the Conservative republicans and the anti-gay churches. We can see it happening in Georgia where their "First Amendment Defense Act" bill has passed both in the state senate and in their house. That state will lose close to 500 companies
  18. Ok, so I've been studying the "House Church" model, and what I've found out amazed me. Here in America we can form and/or attend a house church without fear of prosecution but in third world counties like china you have secret house churches. I know House churches are biblical and I just want to see what others think of the model of church.
  19. Please pray for me as I went to the ER last night. I slipped on some ice the other night and my foot slid under a car in my driveway. They said I pulled a muscle tissue. Now I have to wear a boot until it heals. Thank You Rev Bates .