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The Office for Religious & Spiritual Life (ORSL) guides, nurtures, and enhances spiritual life at Stanford University.

Understanding education is both a spiritual and intellectual endeavor, ORSL attends to the whole student as together we explore the joy and challenges of being human. Here at ORSL, we foster dynamic and caring communities for religious and interfaith engagement, welcome and belonging, and spiritual wellness.

A home for people of all religious and non-religious traditions, we cultivate meaningful spaces to explore who you are and want to become for the sake of the world.

Whoever you are,  wherever you are on your journey, we are here for you!

Wisdom for the Way

October 5, 2020

(Photo credit: Soe Zeya Tu/REUTERS. A statue of Buddha wears a face mask at a monastery following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Pathum Thani, Thailand May 8, 2020.)

This weekend my social media feed was filled with memes on karma. In the wake of the news that President Trump tested positive for COVID-19, the internet seemingly went wild with schadenfreude. And, it was...Read more

September 28, 2020

Today, I gave up. There was nothing more I could do. With more leaves dropping and drooping than remaining, it became clear my mantle garden had to go.

At the beginning of the pandemic, inspired by the office plants I had taken home (and the racks of houseplants beckoning to me as I waited in grocery store lines), I purchased an odd assortment of house plants. Ferns and succulents alike...Read more

September 21, 2020

Isolation, uncertainty, and a lack of control have made this time challenging. I won’t tell you that everything will be okay because I honestly don’t know if it will. What I can share are three difficulties that I’ve experienced and some approaches for dealing with them.

A technique for dealing with anxiety-inducing information My experience has been that our scope of...Read more