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Rest and Renewal

The materials below are a work in progress. They should not be considered a completed work.

We would like to compile a comprehensive list of resources for faculty interested in exploring the views of many traditions on rest, reflection and renewal. If you are knowledgeable about a religious tradition or cultural value that is not included in the following table, please offer your recommendations in the form or an e-mail to kristina@rccd.cc.ca.us. Please write "Lesson 10 Rest" in the subject line. We also welcome corrections in interpretation from experts and recommendations for clearly wording.

Title of Group/Book
Links to More Information
Buddhism The First Noble Truth of Buddhism teaches that life is "dukkha" - suffering. Buddhism also teaches that there is a solution to our suffering, which comes in letting go of the pressure we put on ourselves to make the world fit our expectations. http://www.religioustolerance.org/buddhism.htm

Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints:


Family Home Evening

In addition to sharing common Christian views on the need for a sabbath day (Religious services are held on Sunday), Mormons have a tradition called "Family Home Evening" that serves as rest from work and builds family and community.



Old Testament

Jewish and Christian Views

Exodus 20:8 NIV: "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your man servant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates....Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy." (See also Deuteronomy 5:12.


Leviticus 25:3-7 Describes God's command to let the land lay fallow every 7 years.

Leviticus 25:8-13 Describes the Year of Jubilee after every 49 years.

Biblical References:



Greek Orthodox:



Russian Orthodox:

Seventh Day Adventist:

Seventh Day Baptist:

World Wide Church of God:


A passage from the Tao Te Ching 57 states:

Therefore the Sage says:

I do nothing,

And people transform themselves.

I enjoy serenity

And people govern themselves.

I cultivate emptiness

And people become prosperous.

I have no desires

And people are simply themselves.



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