Re: Religion, to Re-Religion

from “Religio” –> to bind together

It is not that we do not need religion, but that religions have ceased, for many, to be particularly “religious” (that is, adequately binding).

All spirit (from “spirare”, that is, breath) has escaped so much of religiosity, leaving too many crushed and suffocated under the weight of orthodoxy, violence and oppression.

We still need religion, but it may not look like our so-called religions, whether or not it may share the name…

We still need places where where we breathe life into one another as communities of meaning and practice. Perhaps religiosity has become unbound from institutions that hold certainty, perhaps to be found rebonded to good friends, of all temperaments and from all places, who share a curiosity in the seeking, with whom we may share life in the search.


Author: En KW

2007 - B.A. Gender Studies, Dartmouth College (USA) 2011 - GradDip Buddhist Studies, University of Sydney 2018 - M.Ed (Adult Learning), Monash University (HD Research) I am a scholar of Buddhist Studies and a practitioner of Soto Zen and Dudjom Chöd from the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism. I am of mixed Chinese and Southeast Asian heritages. I am interested in the intersections of queer phenomenology, decolonial / alter-political praxes in transformative adult education.

One thought on “Re: Religion, to Re-Religion”

  1. In a collective practice I took part in today, the facilitator brought to life the polarity of agency and communion, and pointed out that the virtue which unfolds from and with the intersection of these qualities, which is trust, is culturally in some ways denied to us, insofar as we persist in collectives rooted in forms of primal fear (other sexed, other raced, other classed, other religioned, all, though, othered, and an other whom I am invited, culturally, to fear).

    Binding in such a way where the fear is not seen, remains unspoken, remains, then, only partially available to me is a binding that is unlikely to be life sustaining. I’m curious about the ways that we might invite an opening-out – most religions speak of this, even as they speak of turning inwards, for reflection or consultation with the heart. Religion seems to in its own structure invite awareness of relationship, there might be question about the qualities or virtues we find we can access, when we acknowledge ourselves, properly and indelibly, in relationship, as we are and always, with others and throughout, our whole being.

    What might you want to call forth from your own experiences in religion, as you move out, more broadly into the world? (with the corollary, are there things that might be best left, in the narthex?)

    With peace.


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