Jan Carli went from small-town Methodist to becoming a Buddhist monk in Cleveland. Today, at CloudWater Zendo in Cleveland, she is known as Shih Zhong-Xin, Buddhist monk and instructor of Golden Wisdom Zen Meditation sessions in Canton. However, Jan Carli was not always a practitioner of Buddhism. She grew up nominally Methodist on a farm outside of a small town. For her, church was more of an excuse to pass notes with friends than an opportunity to gain spiritual experience. She found herself unable to relate to the Christian messages presented to her. Reflecting on her childhood churchgoing, Carli...Read More
Author: Abbey Schlanz
The Braided Way is a framework to see every faith tradition as a strand, braided into a larger whole of spiritual awareness. In the Braided Way, combining spiritual practice from various faiths allow us to explore sacred experience and wonder in forms that resonate with our personal spiritual needs and sacred intuitions. In today’s culture, many people shun religious dogma, but yearn for spiritual connection. The Braided Way allows the ceremonies and practices of multiple faiths to be available without the confinements of cultural dogma.