Process Thinking For
A More Hospitable World
"The way the earliest single light in the sky, in spring,
Creates a fresh universe out of nothingness by adding itself,
The way a look or a touch reveals its unexpected magnitudes..."
-- Wallace Stevens
About Process Philosophy
JJB is an informal community of scholars, artists and friends who are interested in helping create a more hospitable world with help from process or relational thinking. There are many kinds of relational thinking: Eastern and Western, Southern and Northern, religious and non-religious, scientific and poetic. We appreciate them all. Some of us are especially influenced by the organic or "process philosophy" of Alfred North Whitehead.
The religious side of process philosophy is called process theology. It is open to many different kinds of spiritual experience: naturalistic and theistic, Buddhist and Jewish, Christian and Hindu, Taoist and Confucian, Muslim and Baha'i. For a very short introduction to process theology, see Constellation of Process Theology -- An Invitation by one of our featured authors: Rabbi Bradley Artson. For a succinct presentation of twenty key ideas in process thinking, see What do Process Thinkers believe?. For a more sustained introduction to Whitehead's thought, try our free, online course, consisting of short videos introducing Whitehead's philosophy: What is Process Thought?. And for a spiritually sensitive and psychologically nuanced approach, try Replanting Yourself in Beauty by another of our featured authors: Patricia Adams Farmer.
Whitehead's philosophy is a springboard for creativity, a bridge between East and West, and a bridge toward a sustainable future. Visit our navigation menu for a Table of Contents and for categorized articles.
A magazine for social entrepreneurs and spiritual seekers who want to live lightly on the earth and gently with others for the sake of a more hospitable and creative world.
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Why Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism?
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." (John 3:8)
You do not have to be a Christian or Buddhist to enjoy this site. You don't have to like Jazz, either. For us, it is the idea of jazz -- of improvisational blending and making music together -- that is important.
Jesus represents a spirit of kindness toward others and hospitality to the poor and powerless of the world. Thus Jesus transcends Christianity, although Christians can walk with Jesus, too.
Jazz is a form of music, but for us jazz is also a mindset. This mindset includes a love of improvisation, an openness to diversity, a delight in surprise, and a trust in the availability of fresh possibilities. It also includes a desire to make music with others, in ways where people combine insights from different and surprising sources.
Buddhism represents a sense of interconnectedness, a capacity to listen without judgment, and an openness to the present moment as the fundamental unit of life. Buddhism also invites a recognition that "letting go" can be as important, sometimes much more important, than "holding on." We think that values such as these can be embodied by Buddhists and also by non-Buddhists.