Category «Spirituality»

Animals and Catholicism

We interviewed long-time vegan and doctoral thesis undergraduate Kay Beely and asked her if she thought the Catholic Church was beginning to change in its attitude to animals     VSM:  Can you tell us a bit about your Doctoral Degree? KB:   The topic of my doctoral thesis is about how the Catholic pro (human) …

Happiness according to the philosophy of Advaita

by Bronwyn Slater   The philosophy of Advaita originates from the world’s oldest-known scriptures – the Vedas. They originated in India and date back to 1700 BC, forming the basis of the Hindu religion. Advaita means ‘not two’ and is also referred to as ‘non-duality’. It holds that everything that exists is simply Oneness or …

Three things I learned from teaching Happiness

Emiliana Simon-Thomas shares the key truths about happiness that are most meaningful to learners.   Since 2014, I have been co-instructing the Greater Good Science Center’s free massive open online course called GG101x: The Science of Happiness. To our humbling surprise, upwards of 450,000 people from all over the world have enrolled since we began. …

Giftivism

by Pavithra Mehta The following article has been re-printed from The Daily Good “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing”.  ~Oscar Wilde More than a 100 years later we’ve put pricetags on things that Oscar even in his wildest dreams (or nightmares!) could not have seen coming. For example, today …

Awakening from Materialism: Vegans as Healers

by Will Tuttle (author of The World Peace Diet)   Recent events highlight the injustice and violence of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and gross economic inequity, which cause tremendous suffering in our world, and even within many social justice movements, including the vegan movement. How can we get to the roots of these issues, and what …

Animals and the Buddha

The Buddha’s teaching on compassion protects all living beings.            All beings fear danger, Life is dear to all. When a person considers this, He does not kill or cause to kill. – Dhamapada What is Buddhism? Buddhism began 2500 years ago when a man sat under a Bodhi tree and …

On Keeping a Vegan or a Vegetarian Diet

by Matthieu Ricard “It just takes just one second to decide to stop. The main reason not to eat meat and fish is to spare another’s life. This is not an extreme perspective. This is a most reasonable and compassionate point of view.” My first Buddhist teacher, Kangyur Rinpoche, was a very strict vegetarian (meaning …

Make Virtue Viral

Achieving social and personal transformation through small acts of service and surrendering to life.   by Nipun Mehta, May 31, 2016 abbreviated from the folks at www.dailygood.org The keys to deep-rooted and sustainable happiness have, and always will lie, within ourselves. Outer engineering won’t get us there. It will have to be an inner transformation. …