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Welcome To The Religion Network!

I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.

Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.



Pema Chodron, Lama Surya Das, Mahavagga, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Book of James


Dear Readers,

Well, fellow pilgrims, here we all are, on planet Earth. It's like we're all travelling together,
trying to figure out exactly what the itinerary is. Some of us seem to be travelling in first
class while others seem to be stuck in steerage. Regardless, each day is a precious gift.
We will fully experience each precious moment only when we live it with mindful
awareness, in the present and with persevering focus during this brief lifetime.

Buddhism and Christianity certainly have huge differences separating them, but as you know,
I thrive on finding commonalities among religions! And what I see in today's site is an area of
agreement: That we all face uncertainties in this life, and the path to peace and knowledge
is paved by relinquishing human desires and embracing the calm of spiritual love.

The Buddhist looks toward enlightenment; the Christian clings to the Throne of Jesus.
But if we all could relinquish earthly, human desires and flourish in the rain of spiritual
love, then suffering and hatred would wither and die. This, we could all achieve with
firm hearts and through patient endeavor.

- Lisa

 church statue, lucca, italy   

How are we going to spend this brief lifetime? Are we going to strengthen
our well-perfected ability to struggle against uncertainty, or are we going
to train in letting go?...Could we start to train as a warrior, aspiring to
reconnect with the natural flexibility of our being and to help others
do the same? If we start to move in this direction, limitless
opportunities will begin to open up.

Excerpted from "The Pocket Pema Chodron "
Shambala Publications, Inc., 2008


It's not about getting from here to there.
It's about getting from here to here.

From "Words of Wisdom,"
by Lama Surya Das
Koa Books, 2008


This middle the noble path, namely: right views, right intent,
right speech, right conduct, right means of livelihood, right endeavor,
right mindfulness, right meditation...Which leads to insights, leads
to wisdom, which conduces to calm, to knowledge, to perfect
enlightenment, to Nirvana.

From The Mahavagga of the Vinya Texts
Buddhist scripture written between 5th & 1st centuries


santa maria maggiore, assisi, italy
Santa Maria Maggiore, Assisi, Italy

Human love lives by uncontrolled and uncontrollable dark
desires; spiritual love lives in the clear light of service ordered
by the truth. Human love produces human subjection, de-
pendence, constraint; spiritual love creates freedom of the
brethren under the Word. Human love breeds hothouse
flowers; spiritual love creates the fruits that grow healthily
in accord with God's good will in the rain and storm
and sunshine of God's outdoors.

Excerpted from "Life Together,"
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945)
A German Lutheran pastor, Bonhoeffer was executed
by the Nazis for participating in a plot to assassinate Hitler
HarperOne, 1954


Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being
patient until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must
be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord
is at hand...Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates...
Indeed we call blessed those who have persevered.

James 5:7-8, 9
New American Bible


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The Last Word:

In life, as in golf, your grip determines how you play.

"Words of Wisdom,"
by Lama Surya Das
Koa Books, 2008



































































































Totally Random Bonus Quote:

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
35th President of the United States
From an address to the United Nations, 1961