the freedom to question

exploring life paradoxes and dilemmas. learning not to know.

Author: Amir Freimann

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The Value of Philosophy

Philosophy

“The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without Read More ->

States of Unitive Consciousness and Their Implications

Spirituality

People start seeking enlightenment or unitive consciousness (aka transcendence, pure consciousness, mystical union, etc.) at different times and circumstances in life and for different reasons. One of the spiritual teachers I recently interviewed told me that when he was three years old, playing one summer afternoon with a Goofy toy on the front porch of Read More ->

Leonard Cohen’s Reason to Become a Zen Monk

Transformative Relationships

In the 1990s Leonard Cohen spent a few years practicing Zen and serving as Zen teacher Joshu Sasaki’s personal assistant in Mount Baldy Zen Center. In an interview, Cohen said the following about his relationship with his teacher: “I still don’t have much interest in Buddhism, in any formal way. I bumped into a man Read More ->

The Nine Philosopher Types

Philosophical Quiz

The following is an original classification* to nine philosopher types, based on the questions each type is most concerned with. The nine types are the dialogic (concerned with interpersonal relationship, intimacy, love, responsibility and care for the other), experiential (interested in the human experience of love, hate, happiness, pain etc.), mystical (concerned with that which is beyond Read More ->

The Nine Spiritual Inclinations – Start Here

Spiritual Quiz

The purpose of the “What is your spiritual inclination?” quiz is to help you better understand what spirituality means to you: what your basic beliefs, assumptions, path, goals, questions, and practices are, and where your spiritual center of gravity is in the big wide world of spirituality. As I’m sure you know, different people mean very different Read More ->

Detailed Explanation of the Nine Spiritual Inclinations

Spiritual Quiz

The following is a description of each of the Nine Spiritual Inclinations on which the quiz above is based. The classification was created by crossing two basic and commonly-known classifications: the classification to 1st-, 2nd– and 3rd-person spirituality (also referred to as Subjective, Collective and Objective spirituality and as Inward-, Sideways- and Upward-oriented spirituality) – Read More ->

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