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There are 10 Buddhist Entries in the UU Hymnal: The Answer to this Week’s UU Trivia Question

Between themselves, Philocrites and Paul Oakley came up with all of the Buddhist contributions to Singing the Living Tradition, the current hymnal of the Unitarian Universalist Association.  There are 10 in all (although several are repeats or near repeats):

181: excerpt from Metta Sutta (“Loving-kindness Sermon”) from the Sutta Nipata (“Collection of Sermons”)
183: excerpt from “To a Buddha Seated on a Lotus” by Sarojini Naidu
184: excerpt from Mahaparinibbana Sutta (“Great Final Nirvana Sermon”)
505 prayer by Thich Nhat Hanh
554 excerpt from “Earth Gathas” by Thich Nhat Hanh
595: excerpt from Metta Sutta (“Loving-kindness Sermon”) from the Sutta Nipata (“Collection of Sermons”)
596: excerpt from Metta Sutta (“Loving-kindness Sermon”) from the Sutta Nipata (“Collection of Sermons”)
597: Excerpt from the Dhammapada (“The Path of Truth”)
598: excerpt from Metta Sutta (“Loving-kindness Sermon”) from the Sutta Nipata (“Collection of Sermons”)
679 excerpt from Mahaparinibbana Sutta (“Great Final Nirvana Sermon”)

Note: many of these sources are improperly cited in the hymnal.  The list above provides the actual sources and spellings of those sources, including a translation of those texts cited in Pali.


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Universalist Quote of the Day #248

“God’s knowledge, power, and love run parallel from the foundation of the world.  God loves the human race on both sides of the grave.  He will pursue men with his love until they all come to him and dwell.  His love can never be changed and never exhausted.  Man is a child of God, and will never be permitted to wander from God’s sight.  Man can see but a little way: God sees all things.  Man is finite; but God is infinite.  Man is weak: God is strong.  He shall speak to every man, and every man shall hear.  Nothing can change his purposes, nor destroy his plans.

Let us, therefore, believe in the universal Saviour, who lived for all, who spoke to all, who died for all, whose spirit shall touch all, and save all.”

–Rev. George Perin

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Universalist Quote of the Day #247

“God will have praise.  His truth in Jesus will.  If it be not hailed and welcomed in one way, it will be in another.  If the voices of the multitude in its favor are suppressed, another will yet come with hosannas, or even the very stones will proclaim them.  You cannot cheat the world out of God’s reign in it.  That ‘was, and is, and is to come.’  Better strive to do something towards preparing the way.  The kingdom of which Christ was founder is all-conquering.  Humanity as one shall be drawn to him.  ‘Worlds unborn shall sing his glory.'”

–Rev. John G. Adams

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Universalist Quote of the Day #246

“The worth of Universalism is implied in the name.  It is all-inclusive.  It embraces good as the highest object of attainment.  It makes evil, not an end, but a stepping-stone to good.  It presents God as a universal Father, constantly seeking his children’s welfare.  It makes the human race his children, degraded, it may be, but, if so, to be assuredly elevated and improved.  It makes the atonement a simple, natural process.  It discloses an immortality of spiritual activity which satisfies the aspirations of the human soul.  It is scriptural and reasonable.  It is without a peer in the realm of faith.”

–Rev. William Wallace Lovejoy

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Universalist Quote of the Day #245

“That the mind is capable of enlargement, that its perception of truth may acquire clearness and strength by continued exercise, and that we may advance in the knowledge of any subject of our consideration, in proportion as we study it minutely and extensively–these are facts, which few is any will feel disposed to deny.  They will certianly be admitted in all scientific concerns; and we can conceive no sufficient reason why religion should be made an exception to the general laws, whose operation is so apparent in all subordinate affairs.  Truth, we know, is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever; but the recipients of truth are not always in the same condition.”

–Rev. Edward Turner

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Universalist Quote of the Day #244

“There was never a human body so depraved in its habits as not to delight in the bath: face and hands can hardly be found so soiled as not to say, ‘Wash me.”  So there is always a moral feeling in the soul which prays, ‘Cleanse me from my sins.’  And this proves that sin is not constitutional; that we were formed with reference to a life of purity; that the original powers of our nature look toward holiness.  This power, however, to be complete masters, needs the assistance of the Holy Spirit.  Human nature is incapable of saving itself: hence a Saviour has been provided for it.  Human nature will remain the same in the future world: it will continue eternally ‘personal and free.’  The mission of Christ and of the Holy Spirit will also extend into the future world: hence the ultimate salvation of mankind.”

–Rev. J.H. Tuttle

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UU Trivia Question of the Week: Buddhism in the Hymnal

With the summer research period starting to wind down, it’s time to get some of the regular features here at Transient and Permanent back on track.  In other words, it’s trivia time!

This week’s trivia question takes a look at the current UUA hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition.  This hymnal offers the most diverse collection of song and reading sources that Unitarian-Universalists have ever produced.  One measure of this diversity is how many of the inclusions come from religions other than Unitarianism/Universalism/Christianity, the direct tap-roots of the denomination.

Since this blog also has an interest in Buddhism, especially where it intersects with UUism, this week’s trivia question is: how many songs and readings in Singing the Living Tradition come from Buddhist sources?

Extra credit if you can list them.


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