Bavaria, Baroque and Religion

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Religion is one topic many journalists won’t touch with a ten-thousand foot pole.  Religion is complicated, people are passionate, and when one is working on deadline, a complicated and polarizing issue like religion doesn’t do good things for the blood pressure.

I’ve been cutting back on the coffee, though, so my blood pressure can take a subtle dose of religious analysis after a long few days in Munich.
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“And Jesus wept…”

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 Die-hard football fans already know this, I’m sure, but the New England Patriots failed to reach “Perfection,” as color commentators had labeled it, instead falling to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl tonight.  For this post, I’ll resist the temptation to decimate the use of “perfection” to describe overpaid athletes.  I have many problems with professional sports, notably among those problems is hero-worship, and the sick amounts of money thrown at a game in salaries, advertising, etc.

Today, however, being the biggest game of the season, takes this show of capitalistic prowess to a new level.  This level happened to be above the call of God, according to one Phoenix-area church.

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Stupa: Spiritual Technology

The high country around Sedona is known for many things—vortices which emit energy, a chapel built on a cliff, or the towering Red Rocks.  Resting in the shadow of these sites, though, is a Buddhist holy site, believed to amplify prayers,

The Kunzang Palyul Choling Buddhists who maintain the Amitabha Stupa say it is a man-made generator of positive energy.  They plan to build a temple on their 14-acre plot of land eventually.

Editor’s Note: A script for Audio Postcards would take away from the experience of listening.  Text is purposefully omitted.

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