A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Vin Harris talks about the life of a remarkable man

“The purpose is not to preserve traditions for their own sake, but because they are of value to a world which desperately needs to be reminded of the vital importance of kindness and compassion.”

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Ayurveda: A Medical Science Based on Consciousness

Elizabeth Roberts talks to Dr. Sunil Joshi

“There is a natural intelligence that is flowing through each tissue, each cell of the body, making a beautiful connection between your mind, your soul, your senses and your physical body.”

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Thought for Food

Charlotte Maberly on the new science of Gastronomy

“If we get food ‘right’, solutions to the majority of our current global crises will follow.”

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An Artisan of Beauty and Truth

Etel Adnan in conversation with David Hornsby and Jane Clark

“What we call love is a relationship that never ends; it is like a wave that keeps bringing you back to it, so we are like surfers who run after the perfect experience.”

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A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. At the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”

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Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Vin Harris talks about the life of a remarkable man

“The purpose is not to preserve traditions for their own sake, but because they are of value to a world which desperately needs to be reminded of the vital importance of kindness and compassion.”

Read Article

Ayurveda: A Medical Science Based on Consciousness

Elizabeth Roberts talks to Dr. Sunil Joshi

“There is a natural intelligence that is flowing through each tissue, each cell of the body, making a beautiful connection between your mind, your soul, your senses and your physical body.”

Read Article

Thought for Food

Charlotte Maberly on the new science of Gastronomy

“If we get food ‘right’, solutions to the majority of our current global crises will follow.”

Read Article

An Artisan of Beauty and Truth

Etel Adnan in conversation with David Hornsby and Jane Clark

“What we call love is a relationship that never ends; it is like a wave that keeps bringing you back to it, so we are like surfers who run after the perfect experience.”

Read Article

A Thing of Beauty…

Graham Falvey visits the Chauvet Caves in Southern France.

The fundamental fact is that with these paintings, we created/discovered art. At the heart of their mystery lies a spiritual quest for understanding…”

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Isthmus Theatre

Love returns you to yourself
if you let it;
Love will bring you through the wild valleys
and the turbulent waters,

Until only love is speaking to Love.

From: The Way of Love, by Paul Finegan

In the Footsteps of St Cuthbert

Two personal recollections of a study tour in the footsteps of St Cuthbert, the 7th century Christian, led by Kathy Tiernan last autumn.

Performing No Thingness

Charles Verey reviews an exhibition featuring work by Dom Sylvester Houédard and curated by Nicola Simpson, who recently wrote about Houédard for Beshara Magazine.

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: The Secrets of Voyaging

July 8 – 15, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

‘In reality, we never cease from journeying from the moment we and our origins are constituted, ad infinitum.’

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Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: Prostration and Praise

August 5 – 12, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Servanthood as the ultimate affirmation of the unity of being.

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Yurt retreat

Woodland Yurt Retreat

August 12 – 19, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Discover what is essential – free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland and cooking over campfires in the company of fellow students and facilitators.

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Yurt retreat

Woodland Yurt Retreat

August 26 – September 2, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Discover what is essential – free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland and cooking over campfires in the company of fellow students and facilitators.

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Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: The Ground of Beneficence

August 26 – September 2, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Meaning and relevance in the ‘Twenty-Nine Pages’ and the chapter on Loqman from the ‘Fusus al Hikam’

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Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat: Abraham and Isaac

September 4 – 10, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Study of chapters from Part One of the new, fully annotated translation of the ‘Fusus al-Hikam’ (2018).

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Seven Days of the Heart

‘Seven Days of the Heart’ Study Retreat

September 30 – 7 October, 2017
Armagh, Melbourne, Australia

An intensive, non-residential study retreat, led by Stephen Hirtenstein.

Application deadline: June 30th, 2017

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View from Chisholme House retreat centre in the Scottish Borders

40 Day Winter Retreat Course

October 16 – November 26, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

This fully immersive forty-day retreat allows you the chance to uncover answers to the universal questions that existence poses.

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Discovering Unity in Awareness: One Year Online Course

Beginning August 14, 2017

A one year course combining two residential retreats, home study and practice, online training, regular Skype contact with course facilitators, integration into your own daily life.

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Poetics of Science: Through Itself

Poetics of Science: Through Itself

June 23 – 25, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The second of three seminar weekends – interactive presentations and workshops with speakers from diverse backgrounds, films and music nights.

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Intuitive Drawing course 1-8 July 2017

Intuitive Drawing Course

July 1 – 8, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Draw from the heart and learn to see and listen in a new way. In practising to draw it is important to distinguish what the heart is trying to say from what the mind is trying to determine.

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Prof. George Pattison

The Beshara Lecture 2017: Nothingness and Gratitude

July 22, 2017  (3pm)
St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, London, UK

Speaker: George Pattison, 1640 Chair of Divinity, University of Glasgow.

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Poetics of Science: Global Human

September 15 – 17, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The third of three seminar weekends – interactive presentations and workshops with speakers from diverse backgrounds, films and music nights.

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The Future of Food and Farming – theory and practice

September 17 – 24, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

A week intensive course with Colin Tudge, exploring the meaning and possibility of Enlightened Agriculture.

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WHAT IS BESHARA?

Beshara is a name for…

the perspective that there is only one unlimited existence, expressing itself infinitely as a gift of love.

the realization that self-knowledge from such a unifying point of view results in an understanding of the whole, by the whole.

this wisdom, which is at the heart of all the great spiritual and religious traditions.

Beshara.org is an online platform for promoting and discussing these ideas.  The site is managed by the Beshara Trust, a UK-based charity established in 1971 with a mission to provide education in light of this perspective. The Trust is supported entirely by philanthropic donations and voluntary work by people supportive of its aims.

Adam

From the chapter ‘Of the Divine Wisdom (al-hikmat al-‘ilahiyah) in the Word of Adam’ in The Wisdom of the Prophets, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

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Three Friends of God

From Sufis of Andalusia, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

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Not Trapped in one belief

Chapter 1 of The Kernel of the Kernel, by Ismail Hakki Bursevi

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I want to speak about what can’t be said

From ‘Hu’, Chapter 10 of Intimations, by J.G. Bennett

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Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt

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I see myself as other than God

From Know Yourself, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi  or Awhad al-din Balyani

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