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The Burning of Bridget Cleary by Angela Bourke
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sentence structure is superb. cultural background on rural Ireland, oral tradition and fairies is superb. she ruins it all by bringing in feminist political theory. in the end justifies her mishmash this way: there are two ways of telling every story ...more
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Fearless in Tibet by Matteo Pistono
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“for any practice to work, the mind which is meditating and the object of meditation must merge. Often they are facing each other. One has to become completely absorbed, then the transformation will occur.”
Tenzin Palmo

“...all religions seek to approach the reality of God through symbols, and these symbols point to the mystery of human life, pushing us beyond ourselves, beyond our limits...there is a danger of stopping short at the sign, which will then become a wall which separates us from truth.”
Fr. Bede Griffiths

“...as our gaze into the luminous vastness deepens and strengthens, and the prayer word grows quiet, and spiritual practices fall away due to their own ripened readiness, so do our projections onto monasteries, cathedrals, canyons and mountains, and the 'perfect partner' also fall away. When we discover unshakably that the God we seek has already found us, then the 'monastery' or 'mountain' or 'perfect partner' does not have the same pull. They are no longer holding out to us a reflection of our innermost self that is one with God.”
Martin LairdInto the silent land

J.R.R. Tolkien
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Henri Le Saux
“The satires of Isaiah against the makers of idols of wood and gold apply just as much to the makers of conceptual idols. the simple man sculpts a bit of wood and prostrates himself: "You are my God"...
The intelligent man sculpts a concept and does likewise. And he thinks he got there because he has made a god of his own size!”
Henri Le Saux

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