Guru Rinpoche

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying spiritual quotes Thursday 31 May 2012 at 09:35 am

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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Sogyal Rinpoche

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Sogyal Rinpoche

Sogyal Rinpoche is a Tibetan lama.  Teaching for over 30 years and travelling through the world, he is the founder of Rigpa — an international network of over 100 Buddhist centres iin 23 countries.

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Dante Alighieri

Dante Alighieriquotes, Poems by Dante Thursday 31 May 2012 at 09:16 am

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Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321)

Dante Alighieri was born in Florence around 1265. In Florence, in 1300, he became an ambassador and was appointed "prior", one of the 100 leading citizens who ran the city in rotation. He confronted the Pope Boniface who condemned him to be burnt at the stake for his political beliefs. 

"It was Boniface," writes Duffy, "who declared the first Jubilee or Holy Year in 1300, when tens of thousands of pilgrims converged on Rome to gain indulgences, adding enormously to the prestige of the papacy and the spiritual centrality of Rome." All who visited were promised "full and copious pardon", and so enriched Rome's churches that the sacristans "had to scoop in the pilgrim offerings with rakes".

It was Boniface, too, who in his bull of 1302, Unam Sanctam says: "It is absolutely necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman pontiff."

When Boniface sent a military envoy to Florence to conquer the place for the Church, Dante agreed to go to Rome with two other ambassadors of the republic. While he was away, enemies at home cooked up charges against him, Boniface detained him in Rome and he was sentenced to death.

Dante holding a copy of the Divine Comedy in Florence Michelino fresco

Dante holding a copy of the Divine Comedy in Florence Michelino fresco

In 1315 he was offered an amnesty, and friends and relatives wrote urging him him to come back. He rejected them all, and in return was once again condemned to death, this time in company with his children. He died in Ravenna in 1321.While in exhile from Florence, the great poet of the Divine Comedy visited Venice in early 1321.

Dante's visit to Venice was also the cause of his death, because on the way back, he contracted malaria which killed him in Ravenna September 14, 1321.

The Florentine poet Dante Alighieri is considered one of the greatest poets of all time

Poems by Dante

The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written around 1300.  This sacred  is an allegory of our journey to enlightenment.  It describes our paths through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven to understand the Divine Essence, and attain the union with the Divine Love.

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Pythagoras

Pythagoras Spiritual Wisdom and Philosophy Wednesday 30 May 2012 at 9:03 pm

Pythagoras (560-480 BC)

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Pythagoras Endless Wisdom One of the greatest Greek philosophers, a teacher, and a sage

Pythagoras lived at the same time as Buddha and Lao Tzu and he taught his disciples that a goes through an endless wheel of reincarnations until we purify and return to the .

Pythagoras formed The Pythagorean Brotherhood, one of the first un-priestly scientific societies teaching philosophy and science. Both men and women were allowed to become members of the order.

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