What Makes You Not a Bodhidaoist

Since Bodhidaoism is a new worldview in the making, it might be helpful to say what it isn’t. Sometimes explaining what something is not helps people get a better picture of what it is. To this end, let me explain what makes a person not a Bodhidaoist. No Supernatural A Bodhidaoist does not believe in …

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Muggles, Philosophers, and Sages

In most spiritual traditions you have a distinction between the wise and the fool. In the Dhammapada, the Buddha says, “If, while on your way you meet no one your equal or better, steadily continue on your way alone. There is no fellowship with fools” (Fronsdal 2008, 17). The Bible says, “The wise store up …

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Statement about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia

I am a member of the Spiritual Naturalist Society Council and voted to approve the following official statement: "We at the Spiritual Naturalist Society were saddened by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia this week. Even before the tragic loss of life and violence that took place, the very appearance of groups who would march as, …

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Spiritual Practices

Let’s say I invited you over for a cup of tea. Is the act of making tea a spiritual practice? If you are familiar with the Japanese tea ceremony, also known as the Way of Tea, you would answer with a maybe. Or let’s say that I am going for a walk in the forest. …

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Origin of Bodhi and Dao

Bodhidaoism is the combination of the Sanskrit and Pali word bodhi and the Chinese word dao. Let's look closer at each word and its meanings. Bodhi According to The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, in both Sanskrit and Pali, bodhi literally means "awakening" or "enlightenment." The word Buddha, according to A Concise Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen, actually …

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