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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 safe nurturing environment in which to live and thrive.
We preach reason and teach neo-Buddhism.

We teach the Four Noble Truths

— 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.

We think too much and feel too little.

More than machinery we need humanity,

more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness.

You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness.

You the people have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

A brahmin once asked the Blessed One: “Are you a God?”

“No, brahmin,” said the Blessed One.


“Are you a saint?”

“No, brahmin,” said the Blessed One.


“Are you a magician?”

“No, brahmin,” said the Blessed One.


“What are you then?”

“I am awake”

Having two ears and one mouth,

we should listen twice as much as we speak.

There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way.



The war we fight is not against powers and principalities; it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender.



The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in 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

The journey is not about the destination.

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

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To be uncertain

is to be uncomfortable,

But to be certain

is to be ridiculous

Your don’t see with your eyes,

you see with your brain.

And the more words your brain has,

the more things you can see.

I have not gone where I intended to go,

but I think I ended up where I needed to be.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not,

and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.


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The truly rich

are those who enjoy

what they have.


are transient,


are immortal.


Good things come to people who wait,

But better things come to those who go out and get them.

A wise man learns from the mistakes of others,

A fool from his own.

There are two mistakes on can make along the road to truth.

Not going all the way,

and not starting.



What soap is to the body,

Laughter is to the soul.

A free society,

is one where it is safe

to be unpopular.