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    Introducing Interspiritual Insights!

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    Welcome to the inaugeral episode of Interspiritual Insights! Interspirituality, a term coined by the late Brother Wayne Teasdale, seeks to draw from all of the great spiritual traditions and create a space large enough for everyone can be comfortable. As has been pointed out in the recent book The Coming Interspiritual Age, Spirituality says there is one God, religion says there are many Gods (and then tries to sell you their version.)
    Interspiritual Insights explores the possibility of a spirituality of understanding the other - one that doesn't mean abandoning whatever truths we hold, but rather we hold our truths while remaining open to the truths of the other. It means a respect for all living beings and a recognition that everything and everybody is inseperably interconnected. Join our host, Bidhop Craig Bergland, for an exciting weekly discussion sure to enrich your journey!

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    Interspiritual Insights: Appreciating Differences

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    There is a part of us that would like everything and everybody to be exactly the same, and that fact that simply isn't the case doesn't change our dream. In our more reflective moments, we might admit that the world would be a pretty boring place if we were all the same. In fact, an honest look at our family and friends reveals a fairly broad range of differences. What's our problem? It is instinct, laziness, fear, other factors, or some combination of the above?
    We'll explore differences and how we tolerate them today on Interspiritual Insights!

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    Interspiritual Insights: Human Sexuality

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    Much has been written - and much of it negative - in spiritual and religious circles about human sexuality. Just about every imaginable perspective from complete celibacy as the only path to spiritual awakening so the fiction of so-called "crazy wisdom" that is taken to mean that anything goes is out there - but there is very little between those two extremes. Are we to believe that human sexuality is an all or nothing proposition when it comes to spirituality and religion? Can we come to see our bodies and our selves as inherently sexual, whether or not we engage in sexual contact? Can our spirituality help us to construct an appropriate sexual ethic for ourselves - one that may or not be appropriate to my next door neighbor? Finally, what are we to do when a member of the clergy or a spiritual teacher engages in sexual contact with a member of their church or other community? Join us for a candid conversation on Interspiritual Insights!

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    Interspiritual Insights: The Blame Game

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    Join us today on Interspiritual Insights as we examine why it is we westerners seem to love to play the blame game. It's one thing to determine responsibility when something goes wrong. It's quite another to rush to judgment before the facts are in and to seem to value crucifying someone who made a mistake more than treating those injured by that mistake. If the recent Asiana Airlines crash in San Franciso is any indication, we are in great need of a perspective change in the face of tragey!

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    Interspiritual Insights: Spirituality

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    Today we conclude our series on the RHIMES lineage of Interspirituality with a look at the "S" - Spirituality! There is a lot of talk about spirituality these days, and a lot of folks within institutional Christianity dismissing it out of hand. That reflects a profound misunderstanding of both spirituality and religion. What are the differences, similarities, and areas of overlay? We will look at that question and more today on Interspiritual Insights!

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    Interspiritual Insights: Diluting the Teachings?

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    We often hear traditionalists from every religious tradition accuse reformers of "diluting the teachings." Even Buddhists talk about the mindfulness movement as "diluting the teachings of the Buddha" because mindfulness is but one component of the Noble Eightfold Path while at the same time acknowledging that as Buddhism has moved from culture to culture throughout history is has adapted to its new environment. Indian Buddhism, for example, is very different from Tibetan Buddhism but nobody accuses Tidbetan Buddhism (today, anyway) of having diluted Buddhist teachings. Conservative Christians argue that those of us who teach a contemporary sexual ethic of "diluting the teachings" as well, despite the fact that Jesus himself taught a progressive sexual ethic for his day.
    As Interspirituality grows as a movement we hear people from every side accuse us of "diluting the teachings," but what are they really saying and what is it they fear? In the case of Buddhism, it certainly doesn't have a corner on contemplative practice because every major religious tradition has a contemplative component. Why is a secular contemplative practice threatening? Can any tradition grow stagnant and survive over time?
    We'll exaimine these issues and more today on Interspiritual Insights!

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    Interspiritual Insights: Chronic Pain

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    Today on Interspiritual Insights we look at resources for people living with chronic pain. Chronic pain impacts close to one half of all Americans. Are there spiritual resources that can help our coping? How do we understand suffering? Is it punishment from a Deity, the consequence of Karma, the result of unskillful thinking, some combination of the above or something else altogether? We'll explore it today!

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    Interspiritual Insights: Radical Inclusion

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    Today on Interspiritual Insights we begin a series explorinmg the RHIMES lineage of interspiritual practice. This week we look at "R" - radical inclusion. There's more involved than you might think! Join us for what's sure to be an enlightening conversation!

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    Interspiritual Christians

    in Spirituality

    Today on Christ Enlight we look at what it means to be an Interspiritual Christian. An Interspiritual Christian has integrated into his or her practice of Christianity what they have learned from another tradition, most often not from among the Abrahamic faiths (i.e. Judaism or Islam). What does it mean to follow the Interspiritual path, is it an abandonment of one's Christianity or an adjunct to it?

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    Interspiritual Insights: What the Hell?

    in Spirituality

    This week we look at hell, religion, God, and who is in charge of all this business, anyway? We also look at real hell - the prison industrial complex and the subhuman way we treat human beings.

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    Interspiritual Insights: A Dose of Perspective

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    It seems the entire country is up in arms over the acquittal of George Zimmerman, so much so that some people haven't taken a breath in days and seem to be losing all perspectiveescallating into a rage that is neither accurate nor healthy. In response to all of the emotion bating, people who have no connection to the case are being beaten by other people with no connection to the case "for Trayvon." Today we talk about what we can be sure of about this case, and - much more importantly - how to take care of ourselves at a time like this. How do we deal with our anger? How much media is enough? What is really going on here? Does it do anyone any good to work ourselves into a frenzy.

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