May 27, 2006
I was shocked and dismayed to read Tim Rutten lament that when it comes to matters of faith, "the problem is that so many [Americans] think they can believe anything -- and that believing one thing doesn't preclude belief in another" ["Concoct a Word War? It Won't Crack This Code," May 20]. How many countless lives have been lost over the centuries because one religious ideology has insisted their beliefs precluded another's? And why should we (as Rutten suggests) want to "throttle" those who describe themselves as "spiritual" and are open-minded enough to include various religious icons in meditation altars in their yoga studios?
April 18, 2004
I respect the sincere beliefs and dedication of Christian missionaries who work in regions where there are other religious beliefs ("The Blood of the Lambs," by Claudia Kolker, March 28). On the other hand, while they are saying, "I'm here to help you," they also seem to be saying, "My religion is better than yours. You have to change." In stressing religious differences, we overlook the important features of respect, love, compassion, generosity and devotion that we all share and that can bind us together.
HOME & GARDEN
May 22, 2003 |
Lynda Guber's days sizzled with stress. Her husband, Peter, ran Sony Pictures. Everyone wanted favors. She had to change her life. Her first step: "I decided I would drop everything that didn't serve my dharma." When a yogi anointed her with the name of a Buddhist goddess, Tara, she took it as her own. Empowered by this beloved and compassionate deity, Tara Guber began to move down the spiritual path that led to the creation of her personal refuge, "a place to get away to serve the spirit."
January 4, 1992
My frustration has finally gotten the best of me. Reading David Gritten's report on the four-hour version of "Dances With Wolves" (" 'Dances With Wolves'--the Really Long Version," Dec. 20) was the last straw. Obviously Gritten and the London reviewers he mentions don't have a clue what this film is about. What everyone seems to have missed here is that main character John Dunbar undergoes a spiritual quest and is transformed. In the beginning we see him in soldier's clothing at war, riding back and forth with his arms out, truly a martyr for other people's sins.
July 16, 1994
In her review of an important new show by artist Karen Carson, Susan Kandel misreads irony and sarcasm in work that is baldly sincere, tremulously honest and blatantly spiritual ("Beautiful Photographs of a Beautiful World," June 23). When she claims that Carson's past work has relied on "marked sarcasm," Kandel shows that she has no understanding of the history of an artist whose work has always been daringly earnest and pointedly direct. Carson's stripped-to-the-bone graphic medium presents her simple message: "You are a soul."
April 8, 1990
The correct term for the plight of the runaways in Livingston, Mont., is spiritual abuse. Unfortunately, Americans have so little language for spiritual realities other than that provided by institutional religions that spiritual abuse goes unrecognized not only in this extreme case but in millions of American homes. If it were adults who were being forced into the spiritual practices described, it would be grounds for revolution. But because they are young adults, they forfeit our collective protection.