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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What is Bodhidaoism?

The Definition of Bodhidaoism Bodhidaoism is a personal non-religious worldview, built upon the foundations of philosophical naturalism and current scientific consensus, which combines elements of Buddhism, Taoism, Stoicism, and Humanism into a coherent and evidence-based philosophical system. Bodhidaoism was created by philosopher and author Jay N. Forrest in 2017. Bodhidaoism is derived from the Pali word bodhi, meaning …

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