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The Age of Sabots in 15th Century Netherlands

In terms of cleaning up an old house and making it livable at the same time, I’ve so far mentioned items either directly useful, like chairs to sit in, or ritualistically useful, like a historical tea set. But other found objects fit less obviously into the spheres of use. In fact, with the advances in […]

February 3rd

Verses and Images on Daoism, Nature, Yin, and Yang

Although the Chinese government banned Daoism in 20th century China, the practice is no longer banned and monasteries are re-establishing all over China. It is this very process of reconciliation, reintegration, and renewal of respect for all people that EdenKeeper is celebrating in this Saturday series on sacred scriptures. Life on Earth is an all-encompassing […]

January 31st

Confucius on Heaven, Earth, and Humanity

Continuing with EdenKeeper’s Saturday series on creation and nature in Sacred Scriptures, this week’s focus is on Confucius and Confucianism. The Analects, Mencius, The Great Learning, and The Doctrine of the Mean are the four books commonly referred to as the Confucian Canon. Three of the four books within the Confucian Canon are traditionally attributed […]

January 24th

An Islamic Ice Angels Festival

Ice sculptures are great for evoking the nippy, crispy air of snow-blown days, and what better choice for the transient statues than ethereal angels? Captured for just a moment in time, the fascinating play of light and shadow, water and ice is exquisite, capturing our imaginations together with the angels. As the weather warms and […]

January 19th

Jainism’s Tattvartha Sutra Verses on Creation

All over the world, we are beginning to appreciate that interfaith environmental activism is a brilliant vehicle for building peace. Joining together in common interest for conservation of Earth’s natural resources provides a level field from which to form new relationships. EdenKeeper’s Saturday series on creation and nature in Sacred Scriptures is based on the […]

January 17th

Hinduism Verses of God, Creation, and Mother Nature

In EdenKeeper’s Saturday exploration of sacred scriptures related to the environment, nature, the Creator, and creation, this week we turn to Hinduism for beautiful inspiration and appreciation. Certainly it is an oversimplification to skim wikipedia for a brief concept of Hinduism, but in my attempt to gain familiarity, I hope my meager effort will be […]

January 10th

Verses in Buddhism on Humankind and Creation

While there are various classifications of Buddhism, achieving the enlightened state of Buddhahood is the common goal of all Buddhists. In Tibetan Buddhism, for example, the Mahāyāna goal of spiritual development is to achieve the enlightenment of buddhahood in order to most efficiently help all other sentient beings attain this state. Perhaps the best known […]

January 3rd

Dušan Makavejev’s Dreams of Butterflies

When Dušan Makavejev premiered Sweet Movie in 1974, it raised more than a few eyebrows. Taking a different tack from his previous release, Makavejev upped the ante in almost every possible way – in humor, in radicalism, and especially in shock value. This is saying quite a lot, because by all accounts Makavejev’s previous release, […]

January 2nd