With a huge debt of gratitude to Lama Surya Das, I’ve been so intrigued by a term he used in a recent video that I’m renaming my blog Melting-Pot Dharma. Just as you don’t have to be Jewish to like Levy’s Rye Bread (old commercial), you don’t have to be Buddhist or Hindu or a follower of any particular religion to read my blog. But the new title describes what I’m aiming to promote — a universal spiritual oneness for all of us, welcoming to those who may be seeking refuge from a narrow sense of religion.
I’ve been called a religious omnivore, but I call myself a Jewish Buddhist Unitarian Universalist Contrarian — Jewish by birth and early culture, Buddhist by calling, Unitarian Universalist by spiritual community, and Contrarian by temperament. I am a lay preacher in UU churches, a leader of Buddhist meditation groups, and a storyteller my Jewish ancestors would be proud of. Hence the first blog name, Mel’s Mouth.
But the more I write, the more I feel that my mission is to help the many who seek spiritual wholeness but don’t feel at home with an imposed dogma. So expect an eclectic mix here that I hope you will find interesting and helpful on whatever path you are taking. May the words I need to say be those you need to hear.
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