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The OpenSource Temple addresses the spiritual and physical needs of the faithful by removing obstacles to their happiness and providing them with a nurturing environment in which to live and thrive.
We preach reason and teach neoBuddhism.

If I take a lamp and shine it toward the wall, a bright spot will appear on the wall. The lamp is our search for truth… for understanding. Too often, we assume that the light on the wall is God, but the light is not the goal of the search, it is the result of the search. The more intense the search, the brighter the light on the wall. The brighter the light on the wall, the greater the sense of revelation upon seeing it.

Similarly, someone who does not search – who does not bring a lantern – sees nothing. What we perceive as God is the by-product of our search for God. It may simply be an appreciation of the light… pure and unblemished… not understanding that it comes from us. Sometimes we stand in front of the light and assume that we are the center of the universe – God looks astonishingly like we do – or we turn to look at our shadow and assume that all is darkness. If we allow ourselves to get in the way, we defeat the purpose, which is to use the light of our search to illuminate the wall in all its beauty and in all its flaws; and in so doing, better understand the world around us.

What we teach:

— the truth of suffering,

— the truth of its origin,

— the truth of its cessation, — the truth of the path leading to the cessation of suffering.

The man of wisdom should admonish others;
he should give advice and should prevent others from doing wrong;
such a man is held dear by the good;
he is disliked only by the bad.
~ Buddha, Dhammapada Verse 77

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