No Mind, No Attachment

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The Mind in its dimensions is broad and great, like empty space. It has no sides or limits, it is neither square nor round, neither large nor small. It is neither blue, yellow, red, nor white; it has neither upper nor lower; it is neither long nor short. It knows neither anger nor pleasure, neither right nor wrong, neither good nor evil. It is without beginning and without end. But good friends, do not, hearing me speak of emptiness, become attached to emptiness.

Shin’ichi Hisamatsu, from The Characteristics of Oriental Nothingness

 

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Location 444

Location 444
 

It seems I’m always seeing the number 444.

According to the internet, it seems that I’m not alone in these frequent numerological sightings…

Sometimes, it seems that things are not always as they seem…

But usually they are.
 

#prayforthenumerologists

 

Sermon Series: “Entering the Dark Cloud of God”

do not fear the dark
for faith requires no light
grace shines through the night

TIME

Read sermons from additionalspeakers provided to TIME by the Festival.

Grace to you and peace in the name of the one God who comes in more than one way. I am glad to be with you on day two of the Festival of Homiletics, which I think of as the preaching conference for people who will pay good money to avoid a) having to preach and b) being assigned to small groups. Am I right?

Since we are all here to pick up some tips from each other, I thought I’d lead with one of mine: whenever you come up on something about God, the gospel, or the life of faith that everyone knows is true, step back from the reverential crowd whose gaze is fixed on it and look in the opposite direction—because nine times out of ten there is something just as true back there, though largely…

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