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  • 00:17

    The Monastic Reaction: The First Monks of the Desert (Part 3)

    in History

    The History of Christianity #99

    Our History of Christianity Scripture verse today is Mark 1:35 which reads: "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."

    Our History of Christianity quote today is from Saint Anthony of Egypt, Father of the Monks. He said: "One should not say that it is impossible to reach a virtuous life; but one should say that it is not easy. Nor do those who have reached it find it easy to maintain. Those who are devout and whose intellect enjoys the love of God participate in the life of virtue; the ordinary intellect, however, is worldly and wavering, producing both good and evil thoughts, because it is changeful by nature and directed towards material things. But the intellect that enjoys the love of God punishes the evil which arises spontaneously because of man’s laziness."

    Today, in the History of Christianity, we are looking at "The Monastic Reaction: The First Monks of the Desert (Part 3)" from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).

    Both Paul and Anthony went to the desert before the time of Constantine - and even then, there were others already there. But when Constantine came to power, the life these hermits had led became increasingly popular. Some travelers who visited the region declared, with obvious exaggeration, that the desert was more populated than some cities. Others speak of twenty thousand women and ten thousand men leading the monastic life in a single area of Egypt. Similar figures are sometimes given for the arid regions of Cappadocia, in what is now Turkey, where monks dug caves in the soft stone of the region. No matter how exaggerated these figures may be, one fact is certain: those who fled society for the withdrawn life of the hermit were legion.


  • 00:19

    The Monastic Reaction: The First Monks of the Desert (Part 2)

    in History

    The History of Christianity #98

    Our History of Christianity Scripture verse today is John 16:33 which reads: "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

    Our History of Christianity quote today is from Saint Anthony of Egypt, Father of the Monks. He said: "Just as fish die if they stay too long out of water, so the monks who loiter outside their cells or pass their time with men of the world lose the intensity of inner peace. So like a fish going towards the sea, we must hurry to reach our cell, for fear that if we delay outside we will lose our interior watchfulness."

    Today, in the History of Christianity, we are looking at "The Monastic Reaction: The First Monks of the Desert (Part 2)" from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).

    According to Athanasius, Anthony was born in a small village on the left shore of the Nile, the son of relatively wealthy parents. Most likely he was a Copt -- a descendant of the ancient Egyptians, who now suffered oppression and discrimination from Greeks and Romans alike. When they died, Anthony was still young, and his inheritance was sufficient to permit a comfortable life both for him and for his younger sister, for whom he now took responsibility. His plans were simply to live off his inheritance, until a reading of the gospel in church had such an impact on him that he felt compelled to change his life. The text that day was the story of the rich young ruler, and the words of Jesus were very clear to Anthony, who was relatively rich: "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." 


  • 00:37

    Bouncing Forward with International Coach & Consultant, Dr. Michaela Haas

    in Self Help

    Michaela Haas, PhD, is the owner of HAAS live!, an international coaching company for media, mindfulness and communication training. She is the author of Bouncing Forward and Dakini Power, as well as a contributor to and editor of several other books. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CBS, Psychology Today, Psych Central, and numerous online media.

    As a successful writer, reporter and interviewer for Germany's leading newspapers, magazines and TV stations, she has more than 20 years of media experience and has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for almost twenty years. With a PhD in Asian studies, she combines powerful storytelling with scientific research, grounded in spiritual insight.  Visit http://www.michaelahaas.com & www.dakinipower.com.

    Get the Off the Grid Into the Heart CD by Sister Jenna. Like America Meditating, Download our FREE Pause for Peace app.

  • 00:33

    Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food - Author Annie Mahon, Circle Yoga

    in Self Help

    Annie Mahon is a yoga and mindfulness teacher and founder of the Circle Yoga Cooperative and DC Yoga Week. She is also an ordained lay Buddhist minister, licensed massage therapist and is active in much of the grassroots community yoga and mindfulness activities in the Washington, D.C. area. Annie writes a mindfulness blog at rawmindfulness.com and recently published her second book entitled, Things I Did When I Was Hangry:  Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food. Visit http://circleyoga.com and http://rawmindfulness.com.

    “My daily practice helps a lot. These days, in addition to silent meditation practice, I also practice metta, or loving kindness meditation.  Doing this is like pressing an internal reset button. Afterwards I always feel more joyful, connected, and at peace.” – Annie Mahon, Circle Yoga

    Get the Off the Grid Into the Heart CD by Sister Jenna. Like America Meditating, Download our free Pause for Peace App for Apple or Android  

  • 01:01

    James Baraz: Awakening Joy: 10 steps to Real Happiness

    in Self Help

    Joy is not for just the lucky few–it’s a choice anyone can make. In this groundbreaking book, based on his popular course, James Baraz helps you discover a path to the happiness that’s right in front of you, offering a step-by-step program that will reorient your mind away from dissatisfaction and distraction and toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available in our everyday lives.

    Filled with engaging exercises and practical advice to make happiness your natural default setting and grounded in Buddhist principles – though accessible to people of all faiths or no faith at all – the book takes you step-by-step through cultivating behaviors and attitudes that bring well-being into your life. 

    About Life is a Sacred Journey:

    Life is a Sacred Journey covers a variety of topics on aging and caregiving, allowing each of us to awaken to our best selves as well as discover a deeper connection to the world of aging around us.

    The show is brought to you by the Area Agency on Aging in partnership with ASEB (Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay). 


  • 01:14

    Episode 189: Houston Legends Blac Monks

    in Music

    In the 90s they put out classic records with Rapalot. We will catch up with the Monks right here on the Murder Master Music Show

  • 00:51

    Truth of Divine Self

    in Spirituality

    The simple truth of life is that we are all Divine by our very nature. We live as human and we tend to ignore the truth of all of us. It is my sense that we are more afraid of how small we are than how great we actually are. Life is to teach us our divine natural selves yet it goes completely ignored by most of us. God did say that we are just like as well as Christ. We have been conditioned to think the opposite of this idea through religion and education. We have been led away from this truth for thousands of years yet today we are in a period of great change to take us in the other direction. Look at the natural world and we can seeit. Our beliefs are being shifted so that we can see greater things of life and oursleves. All illusions are bing shattered one at a time so that we are able to see and realize the truth of us all. Join in the converstaion bycalling 718-664-9735.

  • 01:45

    Seattle's Ground Zero Anti Nuclear Movement, Occupy and 1960s Resistance

    in Culture

    In the 1960s, resistors of the draft had no cell phones, social websites or even broad range fame.  Many were scorned.  How did they organize?  Many were thrown in jail, federal prison and fled the country.  Their resistance permeated civil rights, the Vietnam War, the Farmers United Workers movement (organizing Unions), etc.  Father Lawrence Rosebaugh was a part of all of this.  Tonight, we will take his book and compare experience from his life including him illegally climbing into a Georgia army base and talk about the difference of resistance movement of the 1960s-80s to todays movements of Occupy and Black Lives Matter.

    We will also discuss other movements like Cindy Sheehan's despair over her son, Casey's death.  Code Pink was involved with war resistance.

    In the 1980s Ground Zero established close ties with Nipponzan Myohoji, a pacifist Buddhist order from Japan, who worked with the Ground Zero community to build a peace pagoda. Unfortunately, the peace pagoda was never completed due to repeated denials for a land-use permit from the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. Members of the greater Kitsap community also voiced their rejection of the proposed building in local newspapers. In May 1982 a temporary geodesic dome, which had been used for the monks' religious ceremonies, was destroyed in an act of arson. A stupa was later erected on the grounds as a memorial.  http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org

    To Wisdom Through Failure

    A Journey of Compassion, Resistance and Hope

    by Larry Rosebaugh, OMI

  • 00:55

    Pure Hope #32 End-of Life and Death Doulas

    in Spirituality

    Join Rev. Hope Gorman with her special guest Stephen Garrett from Just Alive Consulting Inc. Our topic this evening will be “End-of Life and Death Doulas”

    One of the questions most asked about with this topic is what is a death doula?  A death doula is someone who undergoes special training to assist the dying and their family members during the end of life time.  Stephen’s passion for life and death is obvious in his writing, speaking and teaching.  His care for each and every person that crosses his path is supported by over two decades of firsthand experience in the field of social work, adult education, coaching, facilitating and mentoring.  He has authored and published three books, the first one is called “Men Read This” and “Monks without a Church” and his newest book is called “When Death Speaks”.   Please pass this on to others by letting them know about our show on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 pm.

  • 00:48

    Twice-a-week Live Energy Healing Call-in Show for Super-Luminal Beings with Tim!

    in History

    It will be another orgazmic call on "Major Tim To Ground Control."  Tim will be beeming in from a remote location in norther Japan to take your calls and help you overcome your amnesia, which has made you forget that you are a super-luminal, shape-shifting, omnipotent, being-of-great-magnitute, tathagata of infinite light and love.   

    How does it possibly get even groovier than that? 

    Call 1-oh-my-ax-2015 to turn on and tune in to your undefinable infiniteness. 

    Tim Janakos just put up an edited reading of one of his most amazing writings published in two of his books, entitied A Buddhist Dialogue With Science.  You will not want to miss this reading and if you want your friends and family to be tunied inot their own infinitness you will share it with them.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ3tvkNIuqc

  • 01:00

    Heal Yourself with Energy Healing

    in Spirituality

    Guest: Brett Bevell

    Featured Book: The Wizards Guide To Energy Healing

    Website: www.brettbevell.com.

    Bio: Brett Bevell is the author of The Wizards Guide To Energy Healing, The Reiki Magic Guide To Self Attunement, Reiki for Spiritual Healing, and Energy Healing For Everyone, as well as the poetry books America Needs A Woman President and America Needs A Buddhist President, a poem that initially aired nationwide on NPR's "All Things Considered." Brett is the winner of the 1995 Paul Laurance Dunbar Poetry prize and the author of the book of collected poems Of Thee I Sing.

    Brett teaches regularly at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY and at The Sanctuary in Koh Phangan, Thailand. He has been visiting teacher at Esalen Institute and presented at Kripalu and Alex Grey's Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors (formerly in New York City).

    Taking your questions!