Do I have to pick just one Buddhist tradition?

There are those who are confused by the multiplicity of traditions in Buddhism – just like the multiplicity of Christian traditions. In this short article, Rev. angel Kyodo williams talks about her essential tradition – foundation – and how this is enriched by the other traditions.
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Jewish Youth visiting the Western Wall

Western WallOn Monday, July 9, our group ended a long day in Jerusalem’s Old City with a visit to the Kotel, also called the Western Wall. We had learned from our group leaders of its rich history as the last part of the Second Temple to remain standing, as well as its spiritual value and symbolism to Jews across the world. We had been briefed about the differences between Orthodox and Reform Jews and the possible challenges that could result at the Wall. With all that in our minds, I could feel a sense of curiosity from the entire group as we were separated by gender at the security entrance and entered the holy site.

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Buddhism: Writers and the War against Nature

Buddhism, art, and environmentalism—all honor the beauty and magic of the natural world. In a powerful autobiographical essay, the poet, sage, and Zen practitioner Gary Snyder traces his lifelong commitment to the environment and calls on all creative people to rise in its defense.
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2018 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference

The Faith Communities Council of Victoria, in association with the Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network and the City of Brimbank, would like to invite you to the 2018 Victorian Interfaith Networks Conference on Sunday, November 18th 2018 @ St. Albans Community Centre

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Homework Help: Aboriginal Children



Mercy Access provides homework help for Aboriginal children in Shepparton and Wodonga – places where indigenous children attend school. This program has got off to a flying start and there is a call for volunteers.

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2018 National Police Remembrance Day, Shepparton

National Police Remembrance Day was observed in Shepparton at Shepparton Baptist Church on 28 September 2018. Victorian Police leadership and local community members were in attendance. The service was led by local Police Chaplain Rev. Richard Horton.

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur will be observed by the Jewish Community on Wednesday, 19 September. It is a day of fasting and atonement. Yom Kippur, which dates from biblical times, is referenced in three separate passages in the Torah. The Torah refers to Yom Kippur as Shabbat Shabbaton, “a Sabbath of complete rest,” while the Talmud denotes Yom Kippur simply as Yoma, “The Day.” Yom Kippur 2018 will begin in the evening of 18 September and ends in the evening of Wednesday 19 September.
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Shepparton: Bendigo Mosque Event

bgo-prepnMuslims have been proud to make Bendigo their home since the Goldrush, contributing to the community and the economy of Victoria’s third-largest city for more than 120 years. With the combination of community support, the celebration of diversity and openness, and the city’s rich history and culture, the Bendigo Islamic Community Centre will be constructed near Bendigo Airport. A fundraiser will take place on Saturday 22 September 2018, at the Shepparton Showgrounds.

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Jewish New Year – Rosh HaShanah

Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning the “beginning [of] the year” is the Jewish New Year.

What greetings are appropriate on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur?

On Rosh HaShanah, we can say “Shanah tovah um’tukah,” which means “May you have a good and sweet new year.” The greeting can be shortened to “Shanah tovah” (“A good year”). As on any happy holiday or festival, we can say “Chag sameach!” (“Happy holiday!”).

Another traditional greeting for both Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is a Yiddish greeting, “Gut yontif,” which means “Wishing you a good holiday.”

Special greetings on Yom Kippur include “G’mar chatima tovah,” which means, “May you be inscribed (or sealed) for good [in the Book of Life],” and “tzom kal,” which is used to wish others an “easy fast.”

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Picnic 4 Peace 2018

picnicpeace Picnic for Peace for World Peace Day is a volunteer run event by community members for the community with a common goal of peace, hope and unity. The 2018 Picnic for Peace – the 4th annual World Peace gathering at the Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton – will take place on Sunday 9 September in Shepparton from 11am – 3pm.

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Youth and Religious Identity: Jews and Catholics in Conversation

Jews and Catholics in Conversation

The European Jewish Congress (EJC), together with the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews organised a seminar titled “Youth and Religious Identity: Jews and Catholics in Conversation”, which took place between July 1-5 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The Catholic-Jewish emerging leadership Conference brought together 20 young activists from all over the world. The seminar set out to build cross-communal bridges between Jews and Catholics, to address current challenges facing both communities and to identify new areas of cooperation.


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Reflections of Celtic Spirituality

Celtic spirituality stems from the pagan Celts, a collection of tribes in Ireland that were converted to Christianity by St. Patrick in the fifth century A.D. The tribes had focused on the seasonal rhythms and connecting with nature. Their rituals influenced Christian practices in Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Part of the appeal today lies in the simple Celtic discipline of listening for the divine in one’s environment.
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Who are the Sikhs and what are their beliefs?

New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks recently. Two radio hosts commented on Grewal’s Sikh identity and repeatedly referred to him as “turban man.” When called out on the offensiveness of their comments, one of them stated, “Listen, and if that offends you, then don’t wear the turban and maybe I’ll remember your name.”
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Judaism, Identity and Ethics: Knowing Who and Whose You Are

If someone tells you that Judaism is X or Y, you should never believe them. Judaism is such a complex civilisation: it is made up of religion and culture, language and land, and a particular kind of people-hood. In every context different aspects of Judaism have been lived out in countless different ways. Judaism is not only complex, but also filled with contradictory opinions, so that any single view will – by definition – fail to offer a full sense of all the possibilities. (This, I admit, is what I most love about being Jewish!)

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Buddha, the ultimate radical

buddha artworkEvery Buddha image we see reflects such calm, amused acceptance that it is not easy to appreciate just how radical a figure Siddhartha Gotama Buddha really was. Yet when we look closely at the ways he acted in the world he inhabited, and at the teachings he left behind for us all to follow, I think it is fair to say the Buddha was one of the more radical humans ever to have walked the earth.

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ABC Life: How to sit with someone who’s dying

When his grandfather died in the emergency department of a Hobart hospital, Andreas was by his side. “I was really frightened.” It was Andreas’s first experience of being with a dying person and it made him anxious.

“As his breathing slowed down and he was taking less and less breaths, I was worried about how I was going to feel when he didn’t take any more,” he says. “And then he had one final really deep inhale and exhale, and it was fine. “I wasn’t panicked at all. I thought ‘Oh, it’s not weird’.

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Free Online Course on Sikhism from Harvard University

This course examines the Sikh scripture from a doctrinal and historical perspective by providing an overview of Sikh teachings as well as the historical context within which the #scripture evolved and became canonised. It also examines the musical and aesthetic dimensions of the Sikh scripture, as well as ways in which the voluminous text has provided Sikhs with a social, ethical, spiritual and political message to help them respond to and shape the world around them.

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