BUDDHISM: A PORTRAIT
Buddhism as we know it commenced in Northeast India about 500 BC through the teaching of Prince Siddartha Gautama, often known subsequent to his experience of "enlightenment" as Sakyamuni.
The origin of Christianity begins in the heart of God. The Divine nature is Love. Love is not something that comes from God. Love is God and God is love. If a Christian were to name the Divine in English, the best term would be simply "God-Love."
FIRST PEOPLES AND NATIVE TRADITIONS
First peoples see existence as a living blend of spirits, nature and people. All are one, inseparable and interdependent -- a holistic vision shared with mystics throughout the ages.
HINDUISM: A PORTRAIT
Hinduism is the oldest and perhaps the most complex of all the living, historical world religions. It encompasses an entire civilization and way of life, whose roots date back prior to 3000 BCE.
ISLAM: A PORTRAIT
The term "Islam" derives from the root letters "s.l.m." ("Ar. Sin, Lam, Mim") which means "to be in peace," "to be secure" and "to be integral, whole." Hence, Islam means one's conscious submission to the Will, Law, and Guidance of Allah.
JUDAISM: A PORTRAIT
The religion of the people Israel was and is the loving and faithful Covenant devotion to one God who revealed Divine Teaching through the mothers and fathers of the people of Israel (the Patriarchs and Matriarchs).
TAOISM: A PORTRAIT
Taoism believes "Tao" to be the cosmic, mysterious, and ultimate principle underlying form, substance, being, and change. Tao encompasses everything. It can be used to understand the universe and nature as well as the human body.
THE ARCANE SCHOOL
The purpose of the esoteric training given in the Arcane School is to help the student grow spiritually toward acceptance of discipleship responsibility and to serve the Plan of the spiritual hierarchy by serving humanity.
THE BAHA'I FAITH
The Baha'i Faith is an independent world religion now in the 150th year of its existence. It is the second most widely spread religion in the world, with five million members residing in 232 countries.
WICCA: A PORTRAIT
Wicca is a vital, contemporary spiritual path reviving the ancient, pre-Christian indigenous religion of Europe. It is a life-affirming Earth religion which is both old and new, "traditional," and vibrantly creative.