Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie

Conjectures of an Eclectic Christian

This intriguing documentary – Buddha in Suburbia – follows the extraordinary journey of 40 year old Lelung Rinpoche, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s three principal reincarnations, as he sets out to gather lost teachings and to attempt a return to his homeland. For seven years prior to filming, Lelung Rinpoche has been living in Ruislip North …

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As I struggle with illness, I have found my time spent at Bethlehem Abbey in Portglenone, Co. Antrim, to be enormously therapeutic.  Last week, I spent a morning in the library and whilst there wrote a short poem about my experience.  Here it is: Immersed A room, empty of people, steeped in holiness. Myriad books …

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One of my favourite verses from the book of Psalms – ‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork‘ is the basis for a meditation I’ve put together and posted on youtube.  The musical accompaniment is provided by the monks of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Thomas Merton’s home for …

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Under increasing threat from fundamentalist terrorists, a small group of Cistercian (‘Trappist’) monks living out their vocations in the midst of a poor Algerian community must make an agonising decision – to leave the people they have loved and served faithfully to their fate (while securing their own safety), or to stay and to face almost certain death. Such is …

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I came across this short vocational video on traditional monastic life, produced by religious-vocation.com some time ago.  The chant is absolutely amazing; I listen to it as a prelude to contemplative prayer – it is wonderfully calming.  The audio is from the Monastic Choir of the Abbey of Notre Dame de Fontgombault, recording “Saint Benedict”, …

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