About John Lundin

JOHN LUNDIN (www.JohnLundin.com) is a self-described "spiritual agitator" and the author of THE NEW MANDALA – Eastern Wisdom for Western Living, written in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He was recently invited by the shamanic Elders of the descendants of the Tayrona in northern Colombia to be one of the few outsiders to ever live with them and receive their sacred teachings. The Elders have specifically asked him to share their urgent spiritual and environmental message with the world. Rev. Lundin earned his Master’s Degree in theology from Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago, and teaches world religions and cross-cultural spirituality, and leads meditation workshops and spiritual growth retreats throughout the world. He is currently living with the indigenous peoples of La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in Colombia while researching and writing on issues of universal responsibility toward all humankind and the environment within which we all live.

Sandy Hook – Our Children, Their Environment

This article originally appeared in The Democratic Daily on December 20, 2012. It is re-posted today because in a year little has changed – and the message is timeless. We cannot understand what happens in the universe. What is glorious in it is united with what is full of horror. What is full of meaning is united to what is senseless… – Albert Schweitzer She was the first student who ran out of the Sandy Hooks Elementary School, an un-named six-and-a-half-year-old. She ran out of the building, covered in blood from head to toe, and the first words she said to her mom were, ‘Mommy, I’m okay, but all of my friends are dead.’ Somehow, in that moment, she had been … Continue reading

What Should We Do In Syria?

I must confess that I have been guilty of sitting on the fence with respect to whether the United States should launch even a limited military strike against Syria, ostensibly in response to the chemical bombing of their own citizens. I have wanted to do two things: first, gather as much objective information as possible regarding the complexities of the situation. And second, I wanted to be able to trust my President to evaluate the much better information that he has at his disposal and then to come to the right decision on behalf of me and the American people. Additionally, I have struggled with an emotional reaction to the use of chemical weapons on innocent citizens, particularly children, and … Continue reading

Climate Change – is it the Indigenous Peoples who have the answers?

Peoples who have lived in the same place for countless generations – the Amazon, perhaps, or the Arctic, or in la Sierra Nevada in Colombia – possess invaluable knowledge about living with climate change, and it is evolving all the time: SAO PAULO, 23 July – Climate change often seems to be seen as the preserve of scientists and environmental journalists. But what about the accumulated wisdom of traditional and indigenous peoples? A Brazilian anthropologist says they have an important contribution to make to knowledge about climate change, and it is about time they were heard. Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, emeritus professor of the Department of Anthropology at Chicago University and the University of São Paulo, says scientists should listen … Continue reading

Trayvon, George, and the Samaritan

A lesson for this Sunday – The parable of the Good Samaritan In the Gospel of Luke, the parable is introduced by a question, known as the Great Commandment: Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus … Continue reading

The Boy Scouts and Gays: What Would Jesus Do?

“The essential element in Christianity as it was preached by Jesus and as it is comprehended by thought, is this, that it is only through love that we can attain to communion with God. All living knowledge of God rests upon this foundation: that we experience Him in our lives as will-to-love… “The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.”  – Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer   Recently the Southern Baptist denomination announced that their members would be leaving the Boy Scouts en masse in protest over the Boy Scouts of America’s … Continue reading

Tipping Points

“Tipping Point” – Recently I have been struck by how many times I have heard that term lifted up. I heard it in reference to our atmosphere passing beyond the “tipping point” of 400 parts per million CO2. Climate change has happened – we’ve passed the tipping point. I saw this graphically presented this week in the striking images in the feature-length documentary, “HOME.” I heard the term used in the PBS documentary series, “Why Poverty? Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” which I also viewed this week. It’s a look at the dangerously widening gap between the rich and poor, and the Koch brothers and others who are promoting and exacerbating that gap. And finally I heard … Continue reading

Gun Control and Terminal Absurdity

The internet is full of articles and video from today’s Senate testimony regarding gun violence. I can’t read them or watch them anymore. One after another the witnesses, both sane and insane, revealed what is wrong with America at the depths of its core: the conservative-liberal schism; our propensity for violence in general and guns in particular; our devaluing of human life, especially that of women and children; the total loss of common sense within our collective polity; our willingness to stage these hypocritical kabuki charades in our legislative chambers, even as people are being murdered outside. In today’s case it was beyond absurd: at the very same time that Gabby Giffords, herself a former congressional legislator from Arizona, was … Continue reading

Sandy Hook and Gun Control: Will This Time Be Different?

  It has now been one month since twenty 6-and-7-year-old children and six adults were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The grief and outrage following this second deadliest school shooting in US history was predictable – and also perhaps different. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999 there have been more than forty School shootings in the United States, including Virginia Tech where 33 were killed. In his remarks at the Newtown memorial service the President referred to four mass shootings that have occurred on his watch: “Since I’ve been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings, fourth time we’ve hugged survivors, the … Continue reading