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7/22 Bohm Dialogue — Morality

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue



A man of highest virtue Will not display it as his own;
His virtue then is real.
Low virtue makes one miss no chance To show his virtue off;
His virtue then is nought.
High virtue is at rest; It knows no need to act.
Low virtue is a busyness Pretending to accomplishment.

Truly, once the Way is lost, There comes then virtue;
Virtue lost, comes then compassion;
After that morality;
And when that’s lost, there’s etiquette,
The husk of all good faith,
The rising point of anarchy.

— Tao de Ching, Blakley trans., chapter 38

Lao Tzu seems to say that morals are an attempt to codify in rules what should come naturally from within, from the very Way itself. If you have to think about it you are already far gone.

But Lao Tzu thought too, and expressed his thoughts in words. Maybe by thinking together we can rediscover the roots of our own morality, get back to the original essence that all the confusing rules came from.

Jan suggests the following for those who wish to think ahead:

Seven Moral Rules Found All Around the World

In this longer collection.

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday July 22 at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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Picnic on our Lawn: Annual July 4th Parade Grill at First Parish Sudbury

Posted by on Jul 1, 2018 in General News

For the best view of the Sudbury Parade and the best Food, come picnic on our First Parish lawn. There will be hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, sausage with peppers and onions, veggie burgers, cold watermelon, cold drinks, popcorn, snacks and more. Come on down!


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Summer Services 2018

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services


Summer Sunday services take place in our air-conditioned, hearing assisted Commons. Nibbles are available at 9:30am and the service begins at 10:00am.

Come hear a wide range of worship topics offered by our lay leaders. All are welcome, but no childcare is offered in the summer.

Click here for a table of host, music, and nibbles volunteer assignments and open slots.

Sunday Leader Subject
17-Jun Dave Andrews The Drunkard’s Walk
24-Jun Carole McNamee Worship Sharing: A Quaker Practice
1-Jul Aline Kaplan Seven Services to Humanity
8-Jul Robert Burkhardt 1968 and All That, In Three Parts
15-Jul June Hopkins Simple Living and Minimalism
22-Jul Leslie Bryant Perspective Taking
29-Jul Earth Centered Group Lughnasadh (Lammas)
5-Aug Valerie Tratnyek Me and My Bees
12-Aug Oliver Willett What can we really know?
19-Aug Sheila Davison The Tincture of Time
26-Aug Group led Poetry jam

This post will be updated by the Summer Services coordinators as the spaces are filled.


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5/20 Bohm Dialogue — Soul

Posted by on May 5, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Anima Mundi. The Breath, the Life, the Spirit, the Soul of the World.

“…This world is indeed a living being, endowed with soul and intelligence…” – Plato, Timeus.

‘Soul’ can mean many things:
the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part.
the spiritual part of humans regarded in its moral aspect, or as believed to survive death and be subject to happiness or misery in a life to come:  arguing the immortality of the soul. …

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4/15 Bohm Dialogue — The Self

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

The Self is self-luminous without darkness and light, and is the reality which is self-manifest. Therefore, one should not think of it as this or as that. The very thought of thinking will end in bondage. – Ramana Maharshi

What is “The Self”? Does it include body, brain, memories, personality, soul, spirit? Take away those things one by one, when does it stop being a Self? Is the Self, as some say, just an illusion?

As always, no outside research is expected of anyone, but if you like, these are some suggestions from Jon Woodward:

Here is the article that got me started on my inquiry into the nature of the “Self”. It discusses some studies done using psilocybin which is an active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms”.

Here is a TED talk from a brain scientist that had a stroke. She had experiences that sounded to me as similar to the subjects of the psilocybin studies.

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