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Spiritual Reality Plainly Seen

Spiritual Reality Plainly Seen

By Frank Kaufmann

Looking at Spirituality in Our Lives and the World Around Us

Contact: kaufmann.nyc@gmail.com
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Spiritual Reality Plainly SeenDec 25, 2020

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2022 and 2023: Thoughts from Twelve Gates Foundation

2022 and 2023: Thoughts from Twelve Gates Foundation

Each end of year a great many people reflect on the year past, and look for signs about the year to come. Was 2022 a good year, or a bad one? Will 2023 be better? Or are we heading toward more difficult times? Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Transcription available here
Jan 01, 202307:58
Twelve Gates President Offers Brief Thoughts on the Future of the Metaverse

Twelve Gates President Offers Brief Thoughts on the Future of the Metaverse

On September 15, 2022, Dr. Frank Kaufmann, President of the Twelve Gates Foundation, offered brief thoughts on the future of the Metaverse at an online event sponsored by the Pew Research Center and Elon University. Dr. Kaufmann was one of six experts invited to speak at the Twitter Spaces audio program, “Hype, Hope or Hell?: The Metaverse in 2040”, hosted by Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Watch the video here Transcription available here
Oct 09, 202208:23
 Twelve Gates President's Speech at the World Peace Festival 2022

Twelve Gates President's Speech at the World Peace Festival 2022

This is a brief speech offered by Frank Kaufmann of the Twelve Gates Foundation to the 33rd Annual Peace Festival of the World Yoga Community. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Watch the speech here Transcription available here
Sep 17, 202212:01
Scholars Interview with Dr. Bruce Tallman, Author of God's Ecstatic Love

Scholars Interview with Dr. Bruce Tallman, Author of God's Ecstatic Love

Dr. Bruce Tallman is an author, spiritual director, and marriage coach. As a full-time spiritual director since 2002, Dr. Tallman has worked with laity and clergy from every Christian denomination. He has published two books for spiritual directors (one of them, Finding Seekers: How to Develop a Spiritual Direction Practice from Beginning to Full-Time Employment, is a bestseller in the field). He is passionate about his mission, which is to help people grow in wisdom and love. In this interview, we discuss his latest publication, God's Ecstatic Love. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Podcast transcript available here
Jul 10, 202201:00:21
Twelve Gates Foundation Offers Closing Remarks at the World Yoga Festival

Twelve Gates Foundation Offers Closing Remarks at the World Yoga Festival

Dr. Frank Kaufmann, President of the Twelve Gates Foundation, offers a brief message and prayer at the closing ceremony of the World Yoga Festival. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript available here
Jul 06, 202206:37
Friends and Political Difference in Polarized Times

Friends and Political Difference in Polarized Times

How does political polarization affect friendship?  Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript available here
Jun 23, 202220:12
Aging and Productive Life

Aging and Productive Life

This episode examines the relationship between physical prowess and growing experience and wisdom  Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript available here 
May 22, 202225:50
Comments to the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month

Comments to the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month

Remarks on the Divine presence in women, offered during the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month Please visit at Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript available here
Apr 02, 202210:38
 Our Times Our Life

Our Times Our Life

This episode describes positioning ourselves in time, and filling that time with ways that create ease of life Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript available here
Apr 02, 202219:10
On Speech

On Speech

This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. This episode reflects related the social and political affirmation of human freedom and the God-given right to free speech, with the concept of "the Word," as found in various sacred Scripture Join us on the Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript to follow soon
Mar 20, 202220:22
Interview on "People of the Book" with Professor Craig Considine

Interview on "People of the Book" with Professor Craig Considine

The Christians that lived around the Arabian Peninsula during Muhammad's lifetime are shrouded in mystery. Some of the stories of the Prophet's interactions with them are based on legends and myths, while others are more authentic and plausible. But who exactly were these Christians? Why did Muhammad interact with them as he reportedly did? And what lessons can today's Christians and Muslims learn from these encounters? Scholar Craig Considine, one of the most powerful global voices speaking in admiration of the prophet of Islam, provides answers to these questions. Through a careful study of works by historians and theologians, he highlights an idea central to Muhammad's vision: an inclusive Ummah, or Muslim nation, rooted in citizenship rights, interfaith dialogue, and freedom of conscience, religion and speech. In this unprecedented sociological analysis of one of history's most influential human beings, Considine offers groundbreaking insight that could redefine Christian and Muslim relations. Join us at Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript available here
Mar 05, 202252:20
New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh hosts 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration

New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh hosts 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration

Here are brief remarks from Twelve Gates President, Dr. Frank Kaufmann at the 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration hosted by New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation. Transcript available here
Feb 27, 202206:28
On Patience and Forgiveness: A message for World Interfaith Harmony Week

On Patience and Forgiveness: A message for World Interfaith Harmony Week

Dr. Frank Kaufmann speaks at the opening ceremony for World Interfaith Harmony Week, (established at the United Nations in 2010) Visit us: Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript soon to follow
Feb 03, 202209:44
Urgent Action to Rescue Afghanis from Taliban Genocide

Urgent Action to Rescue Afghanis from Taliban Genocide

An interview with Congressman Mark Siljander about his international efforts to rescue vulnerable Afghanis from terror and extermination under Taliban rule. Full transcript available here
Nov 05, 202148:08
Evil and Harm: In me, and in society at large

Evil and Harm: In me, and in society at large

This episode looks into the nature of evil and temptation, how it is resisted and overcome, and how I should relate to others in society, including those who might be involved in harm and hurting others.
Oct 17, 202116:04
9/11, the Psalms, and Peace: An Interview with Professor Luonne Rouse

9/11, the Psalms, and Peace: An Interview with Professor Luonne Rouse

Professor Luonne Rouse offers thoughts and hope on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US homeland. Read the full transcript here
Sep 11, 202120:07
Freedom and Environments

Freedom and Environments

This episode looks at better and more effective ways to improve ourselves and to help others. Ways that encourage and support, rather than force and demand. Read the full transcript here
Aug 08, 202113:49
Love, Power, Addiction

Love, Power, Addiction

This episode shows how Love and power are mutually exclusive, and how addiction to power is the ultimate self defeating paradox. Read the full transcript here
Aug 02, 202111:34
Being, Doing, Dying

Being, Doing, Dying

This episode looks at what happens to us when we die. How our lives are assessed. Read the transcript here
Jul 20, 202113:07
Skills, Goodness, and Spiritual Practice

Skills, Goodness, and Spiritual Practice

This episode explains important distinctions between two separate areas of self-improvement, skills, and goodness, with special emphasis on opportunities and even dangers if this is not considered in the arena of spiritual practice. Read transcript here
Jul 11, 202113:12
Contend, Reconcile, Bequeath

Contend, Reconcile, Bequeath

This episode looks at 3 life tasks, and our unique ways to succeed. Read transcript here
Jun 27, 202113:46
Dreams and Reforms, Refining my Life

Dreams and Reforms, Refining my Life

This episode looks at the challenging work of organizing our passions and talents as part of succeeding in life and realizing our dreams  Read transcript here
Jun 13, 202110:22
On Relationships

On Relationships

This episode walks through the reality that everything from our first breath to our last, and every last wonder in between are relationships. In the end Love is all. Podcast transcript is here
Jun 08, 202109:29
The relationship between Spiritual and Practical pursuits

The relationship between Spiritual and Practical pursuits

This episode looks at what elements are similar, and what elements are different when trying to accomplish our life goals in these two distinct arenas of our lives  Podcast transcript here
Jun 04, 202112:22
Voces 2, What is the promise of a good or religious life

Voces 2, What is the promise of a good or religious life

This episode responds to the questions raised in Voces 1 yesterday that asking about God's omnipotence. What are benefits from choosing good and sacrificial lives?
May 31, 202111:30
Voces de Fe, Is God All Powerful

Voces de Fe, Is God All Powerful

This episode looks into the question of if life really goes better for good or religious people. 
May 31, 202111:50
On Being and Becoming

On Being and Becoming

This episode looks at purpose, Being, and becoming. Can they exist harmoniously in our lives?  Or do they work against each other?
May 25, 202110:12
On Love and Truth

On Love and Truth

This episode introduces three things: 1. Love and Truth are not as separated as most people think, 2. Truth seeking (like love) requires action. It is not attained from afar, and 3. Truth carries Love, it is the face of Love. Read the full transcript here.
May 20, 202106:58
On Aging

On Aging

This episode examines the benefits and contributions unique to getting older. Read the full transcript here.
May 17, 202109:15
Expanding goodness: Balancing family and professional life

Expanding goodness: Balancing family and professional life

This episode examines efforts and challenges to balance family life and public, professional life. Click here to listen with the written, rough transcript.
Apr 28, 202116:16
Balancing Optimism and Criticism

Balancing Optimism and Criticism

This episode reflections on the contemporary fear of honest self reflection, and its impact of public, social life. 
Apr 11, 202112:47
Simple Honor

Simple Honor

This episode looks into timeless goodness. Can some of it be bred into the digital age? 
Apr 05, 202112:55
What do you want to love

What do you want to love

This episode examines ways to transcend important differences between tribes and cultures
Mar 12, 202117:48
Extremes, Longing, Cancel Culture

Extremes, Longing, Cancel Culture

This episode looks at the role of difference in making life exciting 
Feb 28, 202116:43
Building Memories

Building Memories

This episode examines the role of memory in creating better selves
Feb 23, 202118:60
Before Change

Before Change

This episode examines how to set the conditions and environments that help us realize the good and the change we hope to effect 
Feb 15, 202115:46
The ideal, our judgement, our accomplishment

The ideal, our judgement, our accomplishment

Managing the fine line between humility, confidence, and success
Feb 10, 202116:16
Patterns and Inspiration: We can play a role

Patterns and Inspiration: We can play a role

This episode offers thoughts on stepping out of a passive posture vis a vis the all important role that inspiration plays in our lives and pursuits 
Feb 03, 202112:60
Love Code

Love Code

This podcast looks at Love (and Marriage) from what I believe is a unique, and very helpful angle. The key lies in the concept of offering
Jan 26, 202115:53
Real Virtue

Real Virtue

This episode describes a unique concept that has potential to help us succeed at creating the good for all we naturally desire 
Jan 20, 202117:16
The Weave: Word and substance

The Weave: Word and substance

This episode introduces vying impulses in religion and spiritual life that has to do with teachings, and masters
Jan 13, 202114:22
The Pull

The Pull

This episode examines benefits from having towering life goals, and relating to them honorably
Jan 11, 202115:29
Seeing Through

Seeing Through

This episode looks at aspects of human relationships; time, direction, and seeing people more deeply 
Dec 31, 202016:27
How Constantly Difficult the Path

How Constantly Difficult the Path

This episode examines why striving to be good often is met by struggles and challenges 
Dec 25, 202014:33
My Best

My Best

This episode looks at what I call a temporal map, in relation to being grounded and invested in a reasonable and effective pursuit of our ideals
Dec 08, 202014:46
Two Selves, two energies, a better world

Two Selves, two energies, a better world

This episode looks at harmonizing oneself toward the Good
Dec 06, 202026:48
Boundary lines and goodness

Boundary lines and goodness

This podcast identifies three important boundary lines that require people of goodness to pay close attention to
Dec 01, 202018:17
Good with me in the middle

Good with me in the middle

This episode looks at the structure of good actions and the relationship between the object of your service, and the object of your devotions
Nov 24, 202014:54
Tradition in a Grain of Sand

Tradition in a Grain of Sand

This episode considers a starting point for goodness, and the advantages we inherit
Nov 16, 202014:04
The Shortest Distance

The Shortest Distance

This episode examines how religious life (the love of God) and earthly, loving relationships are related and similar 
Nov 09, 202015:18
The Class Obstacle

The Class Obstacle

This episode looks at ways to help dissolve the conflict and struggles that arise from class difference 
Oct 19, 202019:08
Types of Knowledge and Intergenerational Relationships

Types of Knowledge and Intergenerational Relationships

This episode discusses how elder and younger people can work more harmoniously to improve society
Oct 14, 202025:02
Incrementalism, Familiarity, and the Fantastic

Incrementalism, Familiarity, and the Fantastic

This episode introduces ways you can reliably increase your perception of spiritual reality, and increase your spiritual powers
Oct 07, 202020:04
From Invisible to Visible - Natural Manifestation

From Invisible to Visible - Natural Manifestation

This episode looks at the invisible dimensions of bearing and having children, augmenting our natural and more common sense of the physical dimensions. 
Sep 25, 202022:23
The Decline of Institutional Religion

The Decline of Institutional Religion

This episode that reflects on the loss of two key elements needed for true and rigorous spiritual growth, that happens with the decline of institutional religion
Sep 16, 202018:09
The Cure for Things like 9/11

The Cure for Things like 9/11

This episode describes structures of being human, and dimensions of our relationship with ourselves and the world that could provide paths toward diminishing vengeance, violence, and destruction
Sep 11, 202025:12
Who is beside you?

Who is beside you?

This episode looks at the different types of people who surround us, even in life and death situations
Sep 06, 202024:60
Get Out There First - Thoughts on How to Pray

Get Out There First - Thoughts on How to Pray

This short episode takes up a single point of major significance for matters related to prayer and spiritual growth
Aug 18, 202007:09
Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: Twelve Gates Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas

Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: Twelve Gates Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas

This interview with Safi Kaskas goes deeply into Christian - Muslim relations, with an especial focus on scripture, theology, and doctrine. The conversation is rich and constructive
Aug 14, 202054:28
Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: PWPA Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas

Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: PWPA Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas

This interview with Safi Kaskas goes deeply into Christian - Muslim relations, with an especial focus on scripture, theology, and doctrine. The conversation is rich and constructive
Aug 14, 202055:17
Two Gifts of Conscience for Those Who Strive

Two Gifts of Conscience for Those Who Strive

This episode examines inner gifts that make it possible for us to become better people, and better able to realize the good we hope to achieve
Aug 03, 202024:20
Strangely, the Task that Lies before Us

Strangely, the Task that Lies before Us

This episode looks at the basic sub-demographics in world affairs, issues of conflict and purpose, and our own responsibility in it all 
Jul 20, 202020:42
On Being Human

On Being Human

This episode examines what precisely distinguished being human from all other animals and sentient creatures
Jul 12, 202013:09
Love and Paradox

Love and Paradox

This episode looks at what makes love blossom, and weaves these things from "shoulds" to the natural flow of life
Jun 29, 202012:54
Commitment and Perseverance

Commitment and Perseverance

Thoughts on when and how to start big things, challenging projects. When it's scary to move ahead. How can we decide when to act? 
Jun 22, 202007:26
On Race, Justice, and Violence in America. Thoughts from a Hindu Perspective, with Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami

On Race, Justice, and Violence in America. Thoughts from a Hindu Perspective, with Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami

America faces severe challenges from violent insurgents claiming to act in relation to race inequities in America, This conversation sheds light on the use of violence to pursue justice from a Hindu perspective the preeminent Hindu scholar, Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami
Jun 19, 202033:03
We Cannot Solve Problems by Halves

We Cannot Solve Problems by Halves

This episode examines why problems remain despite remarkable advances in science 
Jun 17, 202017:48
A Life of Goodness

A Life of Goodness

This episode looks at questions like parental expectations, the professions we choose, and ultimately the preference for a meaningful life
Jun 14, 202013:25
Love, Death, the End of Selfishness

Love, Death, the End of Selfishness

This podcast looks at the basis, and the tough questions for living a loving life
Jun 08, 202009:51
Creativity, Simplicity, Balance

Creativity, Simplicity, Balance

This episode describes the path to attaining balance in life, balance through which we can discover divine light
May 31, 202015:10
Direction not Rules: The Close Walk of Spiritual Life

Direction not Rules: The Close Walk of Spiritual Life

This episode challenges the unexamined assumption that self improvement succeeds by adhering to rules for life
May 25, 202019:08
Geometry, Mind, and Identity

Geometry, Mind, and Identity

This episode examines the path to realizing a clear and constant identity and purpose
May 07, 202016:01
Peace and Lineage part 2

Peace and Lineage part 2

This continues the inquiry into our conflict within, the path and way out, and the unique place this achievement holds, even among many other blessed qualities 
May 03, 202018:03
Peace and Lineage part 1

Peace and Lineage part 1

This is the first of a two part comment that examines war and peace, internal struggle, the path to resolution, and how and why resolution is possible
May 01, 202016:21
Expertise and Sacrifice

Expertise and Sacrifice

What does it mean to be ready to die for what we believe in 
Apr 26, 202010:10
Christ and Ego

Christ and Ego

This episode introduces a secret inherent in spiritual systems that inhibit the arising of ego
Apr 24, 202014:15
Love, Conflict, and Competition

Love, Conflict, and Competition

What is the difference between conflict and competition? Does competitiveness lead to conflict?
Apr 14, 202014:28
The Liberation of Conscience

The Liberation of Conscience

What would the conscience teach us were it not opposed?
Apr 13, 202010:55
Ambition and Love

Ambition and Love

This episode looks at the relationship between ambition and desire, and love
Apr 09, 202018:14
The Paradox of Self Value

The Paradox of Self Value

Thoughts based on how appreciation can lead to self value
Apr 05, 202014:47
Attaining Our Desires

Attaining Our Desires

Our efforts to improve involve a three part relationship. Most people see improvement efforts as involving only two parts of ourselves
Mar 21, 202014:33
Equilibrium, Peace, and Tranquility

Equilibrium, Peace, and Tranquility

How to find peace among people set against you
Mar 11, 202009:01
The Degree to Which We Are Loved

The Degree to Which We Are Loved

An brief inquiry on knowing we are loved
Mar 01, 202010:31
Reflections on Conscience

Reflections on Conscience

Do all people have a conscience? Why are some people able to do bad things?
Feb 29, 202012:43
Structure and Dynamics of Love

Structure and Dynamics of Love

This episode looks into efforts to examine and explain the all important reality of love in more clear and specific ways 
Feb 27, 202009:33
Good and Bad in our Current Political Environment

Good and Bad in our Current Political Environment

A look at the question of Good and Evil
Feb 14, 202011:35
Time Measures Value

Time Measures Value

An examination of the pursuit of money, power, and knowledge
Jan 28, 202030:35
Directions and Techniques for Reconciliation

Directions and Techniques for Reconciliation

A brief pair of thoughts about structures of conflict, and ways toward harmony
Jan 27, 202012:58
Get Grounded 5 - Community and final thought

Get Grounded 5 - Community and final thought

Final thoughts for the get grounded workshop
Jan 15, 202007:58
Get Grounded 4 - Living among different religions

Get Grounded 4 - Living among different religions

This introduces a metaphor between self improvement, and religious and spiritual improvement
Jan 14, 202004:44
Get Grounded 3 - on Fanaticism

Get Grounded 3 - on Fanaticism

A brief word on what causes religious fanaticism, how to avoid it, and to respond to it
Jan 13, 202005:18
Get Grounded 1 - Spiritual and Physical Life

Get Grounded 1 - Spiritual and Physical Life

Not a binary, but a spectrum
Jan 10, 202003:49
Get Grounded 2 - A meaningful relationship with God

Get Grounded 2 - A meaningful relationship with God

Transcendence and Immanence. Within and without. 
Jan 10, 202009:09
Surprising good can come from respect and openness to other's religions

Surprising good can come from respect and openness to other's religions

Imam Aquil was in an elevator on Shabbat in Israel. What he learned there, led to him writing a book for Islam!
Sep 16, 201920:06
Expanding and Integrating Virtues to Seek Greater Peace

Expanding and Integrating Virtues to Seek Greater Peace

Thus episode looks to see if the classical Asian virtue of Filial Piety can be augmented to produce peace at levels larger than merely creating good families
Sep 15, 201920:03
On the El Paso and Dayton Shootings published originally on the morning of August 4

On the El Paso and Dayton Shootings published originally on the morning of August 4

On the morning after two shootings in the US, I published this call for Democrats and Republicans to mourn, pray, and serve together, offering NO analysis during the time of mourning
Aug 12, 201905:53
Trouble in Jerusalem during Muslim and Jewish Holy Days

Trouble in Jerusalem during Muslim and Jewish Holy Days

This post describes how better precautions could have prevented a dangerous clash that occurred at Masjid Al Aqua this morning
Aug 12, 201913:38
Reflections on Psalms 85:10

Reflections on Psalms 85:10

This first effort to experiment with creating a podcast, in ways has more to do with coming to terms with the tech, but hopefully has content valuable to the listener. I speak of paradoxical affirmations in a Biblical verse, thoughts on which could improve social relations in our current, tense, political environment 
Jul 31, 201912:35