Zen Master Eihei Dōgen

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“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” – Zen Master Dōgen Eihei Dōgen 永平道元 (1200 – 1253) was the founder of the Japanese Soto school, which he introduced to Japan following his studies in China with Caodong master Ju-ching (1163 – 1228)… Read more »

Rabindranath Tagore

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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ― Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a… Read more »

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

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All that a guru can tell you is: ‘My dear Sir, you are quite mistaken about yourself. You are not the person you take yourself to be.’ – Nisargadatta Maharaj Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita (Nondualism), and a Guru, belonging to the Navnath Sampradaya. Sri Nisargadatta, with his… Read more »

St. Francis of Assisi

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Born in Italy circa 1181, St. Francis of Assisi was renown for drinking and partying in his youth. After fighting in a battle between Assisi and Perugia, Francis was captured and imprisoned at ransom. He spent nearly a year in prison—awaiting his father’s ransom—and, during this time, reportedly began receiving visions from God. After his… Read more »