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Spiritual Reality Plainly Seen

By Frank Kaufmann

Looking at Spirituality in Our Lives and the World Around Us

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Twelve Gates President Offers Brief Thoughts on the Future of the Metaverse
Twelve Gates President Offers Brief Thoughts on the Future of the Metaverse
On September 15, 2022, Dr. Frank Kaufmann, President of the Twelve Gates Foundation, offered brief thoughts on the future of the Metaverse at an online event sponsored by the Pew Research Center and Elon University. Dr. Kaufmann was one of six experts invited to speak at the Twitter Spaces audio program, “Hype, Hope or Hell?: The Metaverse in 2040”, hosted by Lee Rainie and Janna Anderson. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Watch the video here Transcription available here
08:23
October 09, 2022
 Twelve Gates President's Speech at the World Peace Festival 2022
Twelve Gates President's Speech at the World Peace Festival 2022
This is a brief speech offered by Frank Kaufmann of the Twelve Gates Foundation to the 33rd Annual Peace Festival of the World Yoga Community. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Watch the speech here Transcription available here
12:01
September 17, 2022
Scholars Interview with Dr. Bruce Tallman, Author of God's Ecstatic Love
Scholars Interview with Dr. Bruce Tallman, Author of God's Ecstatic Love
Dr. Bruce Tallman is an author, spiritual director, and marriage coach. As a full-time spiritual director since 2002, Dr. Tallman has worked with laity and clergy from every Christian denomination. He has published two books for spiritual directors (one of them, Finding Seekers: How to Develop a Spiritual Direction Practice from Beginning to Full-Time Employment, is a bestseller in the field). He is passionate about his mission, which is to help people grow in wisdom and love. In this interview, we discuss his latest publication, God's Ecstatic Love. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Podcast transcript available here
01:00:21
July 10, 2022
Twelve Gates Foundation Offers Closing Remarks at the World Yoga Festival
Twelve Gates Foundation Offers Closing Remarks at the World Yoga Festival
Dr. Frank Kaufmann, President of the Twelve Gates Foundation, offers a brief message and prayer at the closing ceremony of the World Yoga Festival. Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript available here
06:37
July 06, 2022
Friends and Political Difference in Polarized Times
Friends and Political Difference in Polarized Times
How does political polarization affect friendship?  Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript available here
20:12
June 23, 2022
Aging and Productive Life
Aging and Productive Life
This episode examines the relationship between physical prowess and growing experience and wisdom  Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript available here 
25:50
May 22, 2022
Comments to the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month
Comments to the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month
Remarks on the Divine presence in women, offered during the Interfaith Prayer Service in Celebration of Women's History Month Please visit at Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript available here
10:38
April 02, 2022
 Our Times Our Life
Our Times Our Life
This episode describes positioning ourselves in time, and filling that time with ways that create ease of life Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript available here
19:10
April 02, 2022
On Speech
On Speech
This episode has been published and can be heard everywhere your podcast is available. This episode reflects related the social and political affirmation of human freedom and the God-given right to free speech, with the concept of "the Word," as found in various sacred Scripture Join us on the Twelve Gates Foundation  Transcript to follow soon
20:22
March 20, 2022
Interview on "People of the Book" with Professor Craig Considine
Interview on "People of the Book" with Professor Craig Considine
The Christians that lived around the Arabian Peninsula during Muhammad's lifetime are shrouded in mystery. Some of the stories of the Prophet's interactions with them are based on legends and myths, while others are more authentic and plausible. But who exactly were these Christians? Why did Muhammad interact with them as he reportedly did? And what lessons can today's Christians and Muslims learn from these encounters? Scholar Craig Considine, one of the most powerful global voices speaking in admiration of the prophet of Islam, provides answers to these questions. Through a careful study of works by historians and theologians, he highlights an idea central to Muhammad's vision: an inclusive Ummah, or Muslim nation, rooted in citizenship rights, interfaith dialogue, and freedom of conscience, religion and speech. In this unprecedented sociological analysis of one of history's most influential human beings, Considine offers groundbreaking insight that could redefine Christian and Muslim relations. Join us at Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript available here
52:20
March 05, 2022
New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh hosts 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration
New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh hosts 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration
Here are brief remarks from Twelve Gates President, Dr. Frank Kaufmann at the 37th Annual World Interfaith Month Celebration hosted by New York State Assemblyman, Nader Sayegh Visit us at Twelve Gates Foundation. Transcript available here
06:28
February 27, 2022
On Patience and Forgiveness: A message for World Interfaith Harmony Week
On Patience and Forgiveness: A message for World Interfaith Harmony Week
Dr. Frank Kaufmann speaks at the opening ceremony for World Interfaith Harmony Week, (established at the United Nations in 2010) Visit us: Twelve Gates Foundation Transcript soon to follow
09:44
February 03, 2022
Urgent Action to Rescue Afghanis from Taliban Genocide
Urgent Action to Rescue Afghanis from Taliban Genocide
An interview with Congressman Mark Siljander about his international efforts to rescue vulnerable Afghanis from terror and extermination under Taliban rule. Full transcript available here
48:08
November 05, 2021
Evil and Harm: In me, and in society at large
Evil and Harm: In me, and in society at large
This episode looks into the nature of evil and temptation, how it is resisted and overcome, and how I should relate to others in society, including those who might be involved in harm and hurting others.
16:04
October 17, 2021
9/11, the Psalms, and Peace: An Interview with Professor Luonne Rouse
9/11, the Psalms, and Peace: An Interview with Professor Luonne Rouse
Professor Luonne Rouse offers thoughts and hope on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US homeland. Read the full transcript here
20:07
September 11, 2021
Freedom and Environments
Freedom and Environments
This episode looks at better and more effective ways to improve ourselves and to help others. Ways that encourage and support, rather than force and demand. Read the full transcript here
13:49
August 08, 2021
Love, Power, Addiction
Love, Power, Addiction
This episode shows how Love and power are mutually exclusive, and how addiction to power is the ultimate self defeating paradox. Read the full transcript here
11:34
August 02, 2021
Being, Doing, Dying
Being, Doing, Dying
This episode looks at what happens to us when we die. How our lives are assessed. Read the transcript here
13:07
July 20, 2021
Skills, Goodness, and Spiritual Practice
Skills, Goodness, and Spiritual Practice
This episode explains important distinctions between two separate areas of self-improvement, skills, and goodness, with special emphasis on opportunities and even dangers if this is not considered in the arena of spiritual practice. Read transcript here
13:12
July 11, 2021
Contend, Reconcile, Bequeath
Contend, Reconcile, Bequeath
This episode looks at 3 life tasks, and our unique ways to succeed. Read transcript here
13:46
June 27, 2021
Dreams and Reforms, Refining my Life
Dreams and Reforms, Refining my Life
This episode looks at the challenging work of organizing our passions and talents as part of succeeding in life and realizing our dreams  Read transcript here
10:22
June 13, 2021
On Relationships
On Relationships
This episode walks through the reality that everything from our first breath to our last, and every last wonder in between are relationships. In the end Love is all. Podcast transcript is here
09:29
June 08, 2021
The relationship between Spiritual and Practical pursuits
The relationship between Spiritual and Practical pursuits
This episode looks at what elements are similar, and what elements are different when trying to accomplish our life goals in these two distinct arenas of our lives  Podcast transcript here
12:22
June 04, 2021
Voces 2, What is the promise of a good or religious life
Voces 2, What is the promise of a good or religious life
This episode responds to the questions raised in Voces 1 yesterday that asking about God's omnipotence. What are benefits from choosing good and sacrificial lives?
11:30
May 31, 2021
Voces de Fe, Is God All Powerful
Voces de Fe, Is God All Powerful
This episode looks into the question of if life really goes better for good or religious people. 
11:50
May 31, 2021
On Being and Becoming
On Being and Becoming
This episode looks at purpose, Being, and becoming. Can they exist harmoniously in our lives?  Or do they work against each other?
10:12
May 25, 2021
On Love and Truth
On Love and Truth
This episode introduces three things: 1. Love and Truth are not as separated as most people think, 2. Truth seeking (like love) requires action. It is not attained from afar, and 3. Truth carries Love, it is the face of Love. Read the full transcript here.
06:58
May 20, 2021
On Aging
On Aging
This episode examines the benefits and contributions unique to getting older. Read the full transcript here.
09:15
May 17, 2021
Expanding goodness: Balancing family and professional life
Expanding goodness: Balancing family and professional life
This episode examines efforts and challenges to balance family life and public, professional life. Click here to listen with the written, rough transcript.
16:16
April 28, 2021
Balancing Optimism and Criticism
Balancing Optimism and Criticism
This episode reflections on the contemporary fear of honest self reflection, and its impact of public, social life. 
12:47
April 11, 2021
Simple Honor
Simple Honor
This episode looks into timeless goodness. Can some of it be bred into the digital age? 
12:55
April 05, 2021
What do you want to love
What do you want to love
This episode examines ways to transcend important differences between tribes and cultures
17:48
March 12, 2021
Extremes, Longing, Cancel Culture
Extremes, Longing, Cancel Culture
This episode looks at the role of difference in making life exciting 
16:43
February 28, 2021
Building Memories
Building Memories
This episode examines the role of memory in creating better selves
18:60
February 23, 2021
Before Change
Before Change
This episode examines how to set the conditions and environments that help us realize the good and the change we hope to effect 
15:46
February 15, 2021
The ideal, our judgement, our accomplishment
The ideal, our judgement, our accomplishment
Managing the fine line between humility, confidence, and success
16:16
February 10, 2021
Patterns and Inspiration: We can play a role
Patterns and Inspiration: We can play a role
This episode offers thoughts on stepping out of a passive posture vis a vis the all important role that inspiration plays in our lives and pursuits 
12:60
February 03, 2021
Love Code
Love Code
This podcast looks at Love (and Marriage) from what I believe is a unique, and very helpful angle. The key lies in the concept of offering
15:53
January 26, 2021
Real Virtue
Real Virtue
This episode describes a unique concept that has potential to help us succeed at creating the good for all we naturally desire 
17:16
January 20, 2021
The Weave: Word and substance
The Weave: Word and substance
This episode introduces vying impulses in religion and spiritual life that has to do with teachings, and masters
14:22
January 13, 2021
The Pull
The Pull
This episode examines benefits from having towering life goals, and relating to them honorably
15:29
January 11, 2021
Seeing Through
Seeing Through
This episode looks at aspects of human relationships; time, direction, and seeing people more deeply 
16:27
December 31, 2020
How Constantly Difficult the Path
How Constantly Difficult the Path
This episode examines why striving to be good often is met by struggles and challenges 
14:33
December 25, 2020
My Best
My Best
This episode looks at what I call a temporal map, in relation to being grounded and invested in a reasonable and effective pursuit of our ideals
14:46
December 08, 2020
Two Selves, two energies, a better world
Two Selves, two energies, a better world
This episode looks at harmonizing oneself toward the Good
26:48
December 06, 2020
Boundary lines and goodness
Boundary lines and goodness
This podcast identifies three important boundary lines that require people of goodness to pay close attention to
18:17
December 01, 2020
Good with me in the middle
Good with me in the middle
This episode looks at the structure of good actions and the relationship between the object of your service, and the object of your devotions
14:54
November 24, 2020
Tradition in a Grain of Sand
Tradition in a Grain of Sand
This episode considers a starting point for goodness, and the advantages we inherit
14:04
November 16, 2020
The Shortest Distance
The Shortest Distance
This episode examines how religious life (the love of God) and earthly, loving relationships are related and similar 
15:18
November 09, 2020
The Class Obstacle
The Class Obstacle
This episode looks at ways to help dissolve the conflict and struggles that arise from class difference 
19:08
October 19, 2020
Types of Knowledge and Intergenerational Relationships
Types of Knowledge and Intergenerational Relationships
This episode discusses how elder and younger people can work more harmoniously to improve society
25:02
October 14, 2020
Incrementalism, Familiarity, and the Fantastic
Incrementalism, Familiarity, and the Fantastic
This episode introduces ways you can reliably increase your perception of spiritual reality, and increase your spiritual powers
20:04
October 07, 2020
From Invisible to Visible - Natural Manifestation
From Invisible to Visible - Natural Manifestation
This episode looks at the invisible dimensions of bearing and having children, augmenting our natural and more common sense of the physical dimensions. 
22:23
September 25, 2020
The Decline of Institutional Religion
The Decline of Institutional Religion
This episode that reflects on the loss of two key elements needed for true and rigorous spiritual growth, that happens with the decline of institutional religion
18:09
September 16, 2020
The Cure for Things like 9/11
The Cure for Things like 9/11
This episode describes structures of being human, and dimensions of our relationship with ourselves and the world that could provide paths toward diminishing vengeance, violence, and destruction
25:12
September 11, 2020
Who is beside you?
Who is beside you?
This episode looks at the different types of people who surround us, even in life and death situations
24:60
September 06, 2020
Get Out There First - Thoughts on How to Pray
Get Out There First - Thoughts on How to Pray
This short episode takes up a single point of major significance for matters related to prayer and spiritual growth
07:09
August 18, 2020
Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: Twelve Gates Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas
Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: Twelve Gates Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas
This interview with Safi Kaskas goes deeply into Christian - Muslim relations, with an especial focus on scripture, theology, and doctrine. The conversation is rich and constructive
54:28
August 14, 2020
Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: PWPA Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas
Ideals for Muslim - Christian Relations: PWPA Interview with Mr. Safi Kaskas
This interview with Safi Kaskas goes deeply into Christian - Muslim relations, with an especial focus on scripture, theology, and doctrine. The conversation is rich and constructive
55:17
August 14, 2020
Two Gifts of Conscience for Those Who Strive
Two Gifts of Conscience for Those Who Strive
This episode examines inner gifts that make it possible for us to become better people, and better able to realize the good we hope to achieve
24:20
August 03, 2020
Strangely, the Task that Lies before Us
Strangely, the Task that Lies before Us
This episode looks at the basic sub-demographics in world affairs, issues of conflict and purpose, and our own responsibility in it all 
20:42
July 20, 2020
On Being Human
On Being Human
This episode examines what precisely distinguished being human from all other animals and sentient creatures
13:09
July 12, 2020
Love and Paradox
Love and Paradox
This episode looks at what makes love blossom, and weaves these things from "shoulds" to the natural flow of life
12:54
June 29, 2020
Commitment and Perseverance
Commitment and Perseverance
Thoughts on when and how to start big things, challenging projects. When it's scary to move ahead. How can we decide when to act? 
07:26
June 22, 2020
On Race, Justice, and Violence in America. Thoughts from a Hindu Perspective, with Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami
On Race, Justice, and Violence in America. Thoughts from a Hindu Perspective, with Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami
America faces severe challenges from violent insurgents claiming to act in relation to race inequities in America, This conversation sheds light on the use of violence to pursue justice from a Hindu perspective the preeminent Hindu scholar, Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami
33:03
June 19, 2020
We Cannot Solve Problems by Halves
We Cannot Solve Problems by Halves
This episode examines why problems remain despite remarkable advances in science 
17:48
June 17, 2020
A Life of Goodness
A Life of Goodness
This episode looks at questions like parental expectations, the professions we choose, and ultimately the preference for a meaningful life
13:25
June 14, 2020
Love, Death, the End of Selfishness
Love, Death, the End of Selfishness
This podcast looks at the basis, and the tough questions for living a loving life
09:51
June 08, 2020
Creativity, Simplicity, Balance
Creativity, Simplicity, Balance
This episode describes the path to attaining balance in life, balance through which we can discover divine light
15:10
May 31, 2020
Direction not Rules: The Close Walk of Spiritual Life
Direction not Rules: The Close Walk of Spiritual Life
This episode challenges the unexamined assumption that self improvement succeeds by adhering to rules for life
19:08
May 25, 2020
Geometry, Mind, and Identity
Geometry, Mind, and Identity
This episode examines the path to realizing a clear and constant identity and purpose
16:01
May 07, 2020
Peace and Lineage part 2
Peace and Lineage part 2
This continues the inquiry into our conflict within, the path and way out, and the unique place this achievement holds, even among many other blessed qualities 
18:03
May 03, 2020
Peace and Lineage part 1
Peace and Lineage part 1
This is the first of a two part comment that examines war and peace, internal struggle, the path to resolution, and how and why resolution is possible
16:21
May 01, 2020
Expertise and Sacrifice
Expertise and Sacrifice
What does it mean to be ready to die for what we believe in 
10:10
April 26, 2020
Christ and Ego
Christ and Ego
This episode introduces a secret inherent in spiritual systems that inhibit the arising of ego
14:15
April 24, 2020
Love, Conflict, and Competition
Love, Conflict, and Competition
What is the difference between conflict and competition? Does competitiveness lead to conflict?
14:28
April 14, 2020
The Liberation of Conscience
The Liberation of Conscience
What would the conscience teach us were it not opposed?
10:55
April 13, 2020
Ambition and Love
Ambition and Love
This episode looks at the relationship between ambition and desire, and love
18:14
April 09, 2020
The Paradox of Self Value
The Paradox of Self Value
Thoughts based on how appreciation can lead to self value
14:47
April 05, 2020
Attaining Our Desires
Attaining Our Desires
Our efforts to improve involve a three part relationship. Most people see improvement efforts as involving only two parts of ourselves
14:33
March 21, 2020
Equilibrium, Peace, and Tranquility
Equilibrium, Peace, and Tranquility
How to find peace among people set against you
09:01
March 11, 2020
The Degree to Which We Are Loved
The Degree to Which We Are Loved
An brief inquiry on knowing we are loved
10:31
March 01, 2020
Reflections on Conscience
Reflections on Conscience
Do all people have a conscience? Why are some people able to do bad things?
12:43
February 29, 2020
Structure and Dynamics of Love
Structure and Dynamics of Love
This episode looks into efforts to examine and explain the all important reality of love in more clear and specific ways 
09:33
February 27, 2020
Good and Bad in our Current Political Environment
Good and Bad in our Current Political Environment
A look at the question of Good and Evil
11:35
February 14, 2020
Time Measures Value
Time Measures Value
An examination of the pursuit of money, power, and knowledge
30:35
January 28, 2020
Directions and Techniques for Reconciliation
Directions and Techniques for Reconciliation
A brief pair of thoughts about structures of conflict, and ways toward harmony
12:58
January 27, 2020
Get Grounded 5 - Community and final thought
Get Grounded 5 - Community and final thought
Final thoughts for the get grounded workshop
07:58
January 15, 2020
Get Grounded 4 - Living among different religions
Get Grounded 4 - Living among different religions
This introduces a metaphor between self improvement, and religious and spiritual improvement
04:44
January 14, 2020
Get Grounded 3 - on Fanaticism
Get Grounded 3 - on Fanaticism
A brief word on what causes religious fanaticism, how to avoid it, and to respond to it
05:18
January 13, 2020
Get Grounded 1 - Spiritual and Physical Life
Get Grounded 1 - Spiritual and Physical Life
Not a binary, but a spectrum
03:49
January 10, 2020
Get Grounded 2 - A meaningful relationship with God
Get Grounded 2 - A meaningful relationship with God
Transcendence and Immanence. Within and without. 
09:09
January 10, 2020
Surprising good can come from respect and openness to other's religions
Surprising good can come from respect and openness to other's religions
Imam Aquil was in an elevator on Shabbat in Israel. What he learned there, led to him writing a book for Islam!
20:06
September 16, 2019
Expanding and Integrating Virtues to Seek Greater Peace
Expanding and Integrating Virtues to Seek Greater Peace
Thus episode looks to see if the classical Asian virtue of Filial Piety can be augmented to produce peace at levels larger than merely creating good families
20:03
September 15, 2019
On the El Paso and Dayton Shootings published originally on the morning of August 4
On the El Paso and Dayton Shootings published originally on the morning of August 4
On the morning after two shootings in the US, I published this call for Democrats and Republicans to mourn, pray, and serve together, offering NO analysis during the time of mourning
05:53
August 12, 2019
Trouble in Jerusalem during Muslim and Jewish Holy Days
Trouble in Jerusalem during Muslim and Jewish Holy Days
This post describes how better precautions could have prevented a dangerous clash that occurred at Masjid Al Aqua this morning
13:38
August 12, 2019
Reflections on Psalms 85:10
Reflections on Psalms 85:10
This first effort to experiment with creating a podcast, in ways has more to do with coming to terms with the tech, but hopefully has content valuable to the listener. I speak of paradoxical affirmations in a Biblical verse, thoughts on which could improve social relations in our current, tense, political environment 
12:35
July 31, 2019