Words & Forms

What words and forms shape your orientation to the world? 

We invite you to reflect on the daily practices that influence how you perceive yourself, others and the sacred. Regardless of place, faith, race, language or gender, we all share the potential to transform ourselves, inspire others, and create change with the words we use and the forms we embody. 

May this week's offerings reconnect you to our shared humanity: 

...prier from French, ‘to ask.’ And what I love about the word is it doesn’t require belief. It just requires recognition of need...something that brings us to a deep, common language about what it means to be human.
— Pádraig Ó Tuama

In this conversation, poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama, discusses the power of language in both the shaping and practice of faith. From conflict resolution to prayer, he marvels over the limits and limitlessness of words in "communicating something that feels like your soul, and might even be your soul." How do you use language to express your faith? In what ways do you offer and receive words as a practice of your shared humanity? 

When we enter into ritual, we come face to face with our assumptions about culture, superstition, tradition, and the dharma itself.
— Koun Franz

What forms hold meaning in your life? Where does the absence of form offer similar significance? In this article, Franz challenges us to contemplate the how and why of the forms we subscribed to in daily rituals. Within the answers to those questions, he invites us to explore the potential discoveries of surrendering to form's absence.