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March 17, 2010 | Tim Rutten
In my business, there are few sounds more ominous than that of a good friend's book landing on your desk. When that friend isn't a professional writer, the desire to run can be almost irresistible: "Your book? No, I never saw it. You know I've been in Costa Rica. Beautiful place, but I lost my sight to a rare tropical parasite." Father Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries -- Los Angeles' most successful effort to fruitfully engage young men and women caught up in the gang life -- has been my friend for more than two decades.
April 23, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
A San Clemente man who poured ammonia and rubbed raw eggs on women as part of a “spiritual cleansing” ritual has been convicted of rape and other sexual assault charges and could be sentenced to up to 75 years in prison. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 36, was accused of luring two women to a Santa Ana motel where he performed a “spiritual cleansing” ritual that he said would rid them of their negative energy and improve their loves lives. One of the women sought his help in getting her children safely to California from Mexico, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
July 24, 2006
Regarding "Feed the Soul, Trim the Fat" (July 10) on spiritual diets: They are not new at all! We Jews have the original spiritual diet, namely kosher. This diet is still in effect and is probably the one Jesus would follow if he was as good a Jew as they say he was. To make any food even more spiritual, remember to say the appropriate bracha (blessing) prior to eating. MICHAEL PELL Los Angeles
April 5, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86. His publisher Geoff Kloske of Riverhead Books said Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill "for some months. " He died at a hospital near his home on Long Island in New York. Matthiessen helped found the Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines, and won National Book Awards for "The Snow Leopard," his spiritual account of the Himalayas, and for "Shadow Country.
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.
May 22, 2003 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
November 27, 1997
Thank you for the engaging article about the resurgence of gospel music (Nov. 10). Your readers might also be interested in knowing that significant credit for the popularization of gospel music as well as African American spiritual and folk music should be given to Paul Robeson (who, incidentally, would have turned 100 years old next April 9). During 1998 there will be events worldwide, nationwide and throughout Southern California celebrating Robeson's legacy. Events will include concerts featuring spiritual/gospel music.
February 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Arriving less than a week after the high-profile death of Pentecostal pastor and reality-show star Jamie Coots by snakebite, the religious thriller "Holy Ghost People" is well poised to exploit fears of an already misunderstood spiritual minority. "Holy Ghost People" takes its name from a 1967 documentary by Peter Adair that captures the soul of a politically progressive West Virginia congregation that handles snakes and speaks in tongues. Director Mitchell Altieri's disappointing feature makes nasty beasts of the very people Adair strived to humanize, portraying them as violent, intolerant hicks straight out of central casting.
February 15, 2014 | By Chris Barton
There was a perverse sort of logic at work in the cultish U.K. band Spiritualized opening the reborn United Artists Theatre, now the lavish centerpiece of downtown's new Ace Hotel. The band never made the same impact on American pop culture as countrymen Oasis or Radiohead, but Spiritualized's 1997 album, "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space," is still considered a musical high-water mark from that era. A blend of soaring psychedelic rock and symphonic grandeur, the album chronicles devastating heartbreak, obsessiveness and the need to self-medicate.
January 13, 2014 | By Jean Merl
After longtime Rep. Henry Waxman survived an $8-million challenge from a deep-pocketed independent candidate in 2012, some political observers thought the Beverly Hills Democrat would not draw another substantial challenge this time around. But spiritual leader, best-selling author and friend of many in the entertainment industry Marianne Williamson has decided to seek Waxman's Westside-South Bay seat this year.  A longtime Democrat, Williamson has re-registered with "no party preference" so she can run as an independent.
January 9, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Saratov Approach," based on the true story of two young Mormon missionaries who, in 1998, were kidnapped and held for a $300,000 ransom while serving in Saratov, Russia, should satisfy pious viewers looking for a dose of headline reality with their uplift. Others, however, may find much of this so-called spiritual thriller soft and preachy. The film's saving grace is its engaging leads, Corbin Allred and Maclain Nelson, who play, respectively, abductees Travis Tuttle and Andrew Propst.
December 22, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
They were two veteran emissaries for a Los Angeles-based philanthropy, tasked with staging a clandestine operation to rescue a series of Native American spiritual artifacts from public sale half a world away. This month, Annenberg Foundation staffers Allison Gister and Carol Laumen found themselves making anonymous telephone bids at a Paris auction to secure rarities considered sacred by the Hopi and San Carlos Apache tribes in Arizona, including exotic mask-like visages that had been lost - some say looted - over the last century.
December 17, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
There's something dispiritingly familiar about "Dancing on a Dry Salt Lake," writer-director-star Dominique De Fazio's tale of a white man's journey into Native American mysticism. De Fazio plays Warner, a 40-something astronomer who heads out to the Californian desert after his live-in girlfriend dumps him for being too selfish. Warner crashes his car on the outskirts of San Bernardino County and ends up in a small community of European expats, among whom he develops a whole new personality (as a result of inconsistent writing, not as plot development)
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."
November 21, 1986
It is unfortunate that the Vatican seems to be concentrating so much of its effort on defining proper sexual and moral conduct of individuals, while placing less emphasis on the spiritual guidance of humanity as a whole. One can try to instill spiritual inspiration by repressing one's basic animal instincts, or else by pointing to future achievements that one may judge to be of greater importance than one's individual and selfish cravings. I believe Christ opted for the latter. KEITH W. SCHINDLER Irvine
December 16, 2013 | By August Brown
Downtown L.A.'s new Ace Hotel is set to open Jan. 6 , and they're preparing to celebrate with a mighty, beautiful noise. The experimental British group Spiritualized will convene a full orchestra, choir and band to re-create its landmark 1997 album "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" on Feb. 14 at the new hotel's theater . It will be the first performance in the new space, a concert co-promoted by Goldenvoice and FYF. ...
December 3, 2013 | By Kim Christensen
Former supporters of the Kabbalah Centre have sued the Los Angeles-based spiritual organization for fraud, alleging the misuse of more than $1 million they contributed to a building fund and charitable causes. "Kabbalah Centre has engaged in a pattern and practice of raising funds … for the purpose of enriching itself and others associated with Kabbalah Centre," according to a complaint filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court by Carolyn Cohen, a San Diego County real estate broker and president of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce.
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