Tag Archives: Thomas Merton

From Inter-Faith to Trans-Lineage

Over the past couple of years I have become increasingly interested in a growing conversation about what a trans-lineage spiritual tradition would be. And over that time I have watched that conversation grow and spread – and in a somewhat willy nilly way – mature. I believe that making a distinction between Inter-Faith and Trans-Lineage […]

If Pragmatism was so great, what happened to it?

Pragmatism was a powerful force in World Philosophy during the early decades of the twentieth century. Then the First World War erupted, followed by the Great Depression, and later the horror of the Second World War. With these events, the progressive modernism, of which Pragmatism was surely a part, began to fall out of favor. […]

March 21

Karma, Eastern Thought and the American Mind

American Philosophy since Ralph Waldo Emerson has had a strong connection to Eastern Enlightenment traditions. Emerson was reading the Bagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, and Zoroastrian texts as they were being translated in the west for the very first time in the early 19th century. He passed these on to his disciples and Henry […]