Category Archives: theSpirit

THE YOGIS OF TIBET, documentary, 2003, 76 min.

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PEMA CHODRON :: Once You Get This, Everything Will Change, full lecture, 2016, 51 min.

Tibetan buddhist teacher  Pema Chodron offers some very useful wisdom about living a spiritual path,  and guidance for navigating through rough passages and avoiding pitfalls.

Pema Chödrön (born Deirdre Blomfield-Brown on July 14, 1936) is an American Tibetan Buddhist. She is an ordained nun, acharya and disciple of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Chodron has written several books and is the director of the Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

 

PAULO COELHO, in conversation with Krista Tippett, unedited interview, On Being, Aug 4, 2016

A fascinating and inspiring conversation between novelist Paulo Coelho and On Being host Krista Tippett.  This clip contains the whole unedited interview.  From August 4, 2016.

“Paulo Coelho is the author of many books including “The Pilgrimage,” “Veronika Decides to Die” and “The Alchemist.” His forthcoming book out in the fall is “The Spy.” This interview is edited and produced with music and other features in the On Being episode “Paulo Coelho — The Alchemy of Pilgrimage.”

NKISI NKONDI : AFRICAN POWER FIGURES

Nkondi (plural varies minkondi, zinkondi, or ninkondi) are religious idols made by the Kongo people of the Congo region. Nkondi are a subclass of minkisi that are considered aggressive. The name nkondi derives from the verb -konda, meaning “to hunt” and thus nkondi means “hunter” because they can hunt down and attack wrong-doers, witches, or enemies.

The primary function of a nkondi is be the home of a spirit which can travel out from its base, hunt down and harm other people. Many nkondi were publicly held and were used to affirm oaths, or to protect villages and other locations from witches or evildoers. This is achieved by enlisting spiritual power through getting them to inhabit minkisi like nkondi.

The vocabulary of nkondi has connections with Kongo conceptions of witchcraft which are anchored in the belief that it is possible for humans to enroll spiritual forces to inflict harm on others through cursing them or causing them to have misfortune, accidents, or sickness. A frequently used expression for hammering in the nails into a nkondi is “koma nloka” (to attach or hammer in a curse) derives from two ancient Bantu roots *-kom- which includes hammering in its semantic field, and *-dog- which involves witchcraft and cursing. Kindoki“, a term derived from the same root is widely associated with witchcraft, or effecting curses against others, but in fact refers to any action intended to enlist spirits to harm others. If exercised privately for selfish reasons, the use of this power is condemned as witchcraft, but if the power is used publicly by a village, tribe, political leaders, or as a protective measure by innocent people, however, it is not considered witchcraft.

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RAM DASS ON THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

 

The term “dark night (of the soul)” was originally used in Roman Catholicism for a spiritual crisis in a journey towards union with God, like that described by Saint John of the Cross. It has since been adopted by many spiritual practitioners across many modalities of spiritual practice and refers to a turbulent period of darkness encountered along the spiritual path.

“I reserve the expression ‘dark night of the soul’ for a dark mood that is truly life-shaking and touches the foundations of experience, the soul itself. But sometimes a seemingly insignificant event can give rise to a dark night: You may miss a train and not attend a reunion that meant much to you. Often a dark night has a strong symbolic quality in that it points to a deeper level of emotion and perhaps a deeper memory that gives it extra meaning. With dark nights you always have to be alert for the invisible memories, narratives, and concerns that may not be apparent on the surface.” – Thomas Moore, A Dark Night Of The Soul And The Discovery Of Meaning Continue reading RAM DASS ON THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL

JOSEPH CAMPBELL AND THE POWER OF MYTH, episode 1: The Hero’s Adventure, 57 min.

Episode 1 of the 1988 PBS documentary: Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, originally broadcast as six one-hour conversations between mythologist Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers.

  • Episode 1: The Hero’s Adventure (first broadcast June 21, 1988 on PBS)

About Campbell, hero types, hero deeds, Jesus Christ, the Buddha, Krishna, movie heroes, Star Wars as a metaphor, an Iroquois story: the refusal of suitors, dragons, dreams and Jungian psychology, “follow your bliss,” consciousness in plants, Gaia, Chartres cathedral, spirituality vs. economics, emerging myths, “Earthrise” as a symbol.

TENZIN GYATSO, H.H. XIV DALAI LAMA :: NO REGRETS-ADVICE FOR LIVING & DYING, 34 minutes

“Passing through life, progressing to old age and eventually death, it is not sufficient to just take care of the body. We need to take care of our emotions as well.” The Dalai Lama

“In daily life, before death actually happens, it’s important to accept that sooner or later death will come.” The Dalai Lama

In ‘No Regrets: Advice for Living & Dying’ His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses the profound importance of preparing for dying & how to live a meaningful life. This video provides a rare insight in HHDL as he gives advice to the terminally ill, medical professionals & general public on issues, including grief & loss and emotional & spiritual support at the end of life. Filmed in Australia at Karuna Hospice Service, HHDL brings compassion, practical advice & wisdom to outline the path for a fulfilling life & a peaceful death. – Karuna Hospice Service, 2008

PICO IYER :: THE BEAUTY OF WHAT WE’LL NEVER KNOW, TED, 10 min.

 

Siddharth Pico Raghavan Iyer (born 11 February 1957), known as Pico Iyer, is a British-born essayist and novelist of Indian origin, best known for his travel writing. He is the author of numerous books on crossing cultures including Video Night in Kathmandu, The Lady and the Monk and The Global Soul. An essayist for Time since 1986, he also publishes regularly in Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and many other publications. Continue reading PICO IYER :: THE BEAUTY OF WHAT WE’LL NEVER KNOW, TED, 10 min.

Carl Jung’s The Red Book (Liber Novus): Art From The Unconscious

Carl Jung’s Red Book, or Liber Novus recounts and comments upon the Swiss physician and psychologist’s imaginative experiences between 1913 -16.  Jung’s work on The Red Book began directly after his relationship with mentor and colleague Sigmund Freud came to an acrimonious halt in 1913.  In the book, Jung documented his ‘voluntary confrontation with the unconscious through willful engagement of the “mythopoetic imagination”.  Among the contents of the book were a number of drawings, illustrations and calligraphies which Jung brought forth from his unconscious.

“The years… when I pursued the inner images, were the most important time of my life. Everything else is to be derived from this. It began at that time, and the later details hardly matter anymore. My entire life consisted in elaborating what had burst forth from the unconscious and flooded me like an enigmatic stream and threatened to break me. That was the stuff and material for more than only one life. Everything later was merely the outer classification, scientific elaboration, and the integration into life. But the numinous beginning, which contained everything, was then.” –Carl Jung, in conversation with Aniela Jaffe about the Red Book, 1957