Our Pain is Holy (Talk given at Harvard, April 2017)

Talk given at Harvard for the Religion and the Practice of Peace Colloquium in April 2017. The subject was, “The Holiness of Pain.” One day, I sat in the park all day and cried. The day did not begin that way. As I was carrying my bag full of books, I heard God call my […]

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World of Religion at Harvard: Harvard Gazette Newspaper

Students are drawn to the study of world religions by the opportunity to participate in interfaith dialogue, rather than just study it. At the Center for the Study of World Religions, they also have the opportunity to live it. Since 1960, the center has welcomed hundreds of residents and thousands of visitors to bask in […]

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Sprained Ankle Zen Sitting Practice

  Two days ago in crossfit, we were playing a game with a volleyball. Five of us circled around the floor and started to kick and throw the ball using various acrobatic maneuverers. The only rule? You can’t throw or catch the ball the same way, twice. You use your head, your chest, your knee, […]

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God is my “Plus-One”

It rained this morning, which confused me. I sat in my room listening to it outside my window and could not figure out how to get to the gym on my bicycle in the rain. For ninety minutes, I did nothing. Having missed the W.O.D. (workout of the day) scheduled for 7:30 am, I created […]

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Harvard’s Memorial Church: My Best Day Ever

Today was my best day ever at Harvard. I have been here three weeks and set my first milestone. There is a professor whom I and many others consider the poster child of everything that Harvard and its Divinity School represent in terms of embodying holier-than-thou standards of intellect, ethics and eloquence. Last week, I […]

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