Spiritual Reality Plainly SeenDec 31, 2020
2022 and 2023: Thoughts from Twelve Gates Foundation
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.
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Twelve Gates President's Speech at the World Peace Festival 2022
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.
Twelve Gates Foundation Offers Closing Remarks at the World Yoga Festival
Friends and Political Difference in Polarized Times
Aging and Productive Life
Comments to the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month
Our Times Our Life
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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
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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.
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New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh hosts 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration
On Patience and Forgiveness: A message for World Interfaith Harmony Week
Urgent Action to Rescue Afghanis from Taliban Genocide
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.
9/11, the Psalms, and Peace: An Interview with Professor Luonne Rouse
Freedom and Environments
Love, Power, Addiction
Being, Doing, Dying
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.
Contend, Reconcile, Bequeath
Dreams and Reforms, Refining my Life
The relationship between Spiritual and Practical pursuits
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?
Voces de Fe, Is God All Powerful
This episode looks into the question of if life really goes better for good or religious people.
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?
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.
Expanding goodness: Balancing family and professional life
Balancing Optimism and Criticism
This episode reflections on the contemporary fear of honest self reflection, and its impact of public, social life.
This episode looks into timeless goodness. Can some of it be bred into the digital age?
What do you want to love
This episode examines ways to transcend important differences between tribes and cultures
Extremes, Longing, Cancel Culture
This episode looks at the role of difference in making life exciting
This episode examines the role of memory in creating better selves
This episode examines how to set the conditions and environments that help us realize the good and the change we hope to effect
The ideal, our judgement, our accomplishment
Managing the fine line between humility, confidence, and success
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
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
This episode describes a unique concept that has potential to help us succeed at creating the good for all we naturally desire
The Weave: Word and substance
This episode introduces vying impulses in religion and spiritual life that has to do with teachings, and masters
This episode examines benefits from having towering life goals, and relating to them honorably
This episode looks at aspects of human relationships; time, direction, and seeing people more deeply
How Constantly Difficult the Path
This episode examines why striving to be good often is met by struggles and challenges
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
Two Selves, two energies, a better world
This episode looks at harmonizing oneself toward the Good
Boundary lines and goodness
This podcast identifies three important boundary lines that require people of goodness to pay close attention to
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
Tradition in a Grain of Sand
This episode considers a starting point for goodness, and the advantages we inherit
The Shortest Distance
This episode examines how religious life (the love of God) and earthly, loving relationships are related and similar