A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

 

Education in Unitive Spirituality

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.
  • the wisdom at the heart of all the great spiritual and religious traditions.

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The Holy Spirit in the Counselling of the Soul

September 15th – 22nd, 2018
Melbourne, Australia

A week dedicated to studying largely unpublished material by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi. This includes an outline of a cosmological framework for understanding the place of the human being in the universe, and consequently, our correct attitude towards other living beings.

A Day with St Cuthbert: Leader Valley to Old Melrose

August 11, 2018 (10am–3pm)
Scottish Borders, UK

With Katherine Tiernan, author of ‘Place of Repose; a tale of St Cuthbert’s last journey’.

What is a well-integrated spirituality? The practical wisdom of Ibn ʿArabī

September 12, 2018 (6.30pm)
Sydney, Australia

A talk by Jane Clark exploring some of the practical implications of Muhyiddin Ibn ʿArabī’s teaching, and asking how can we integrate these into our lives in the 21st century?

In the Footsteps of St Cuthbert

September 19–23, 2018
Scottish Borders, UK

A five-day study tour in the North of England led by Katherine Tiernan, author of ‘Place of Repose; a tale of St Cuthbert’s last journey’.

Chartres in a New Light

October 11 – 14, 2018
Chartres Cathedral, 16 Cloître Notre Dame, 28000 Chartres, France

A visit and exploration of recently restored Chartres Cathedral.

The Ways of the Heart

September – December 2018
Hosted by The Beshara Trust

A 12-week themed online course using the Zoom seminar platform.

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: One Week Retreats

March 10 – 17, 2018
June 16 – 23, 2018
August 18 – 25, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: Introductory Weekends

March 2 – 4, 2018
May 25 – 27, 2018
July 20 – 22, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

How far and how deep can you travel in just two days?

Contemplation of the Holy Mysteries

October 6th – 7th, 2018
The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, UK.

A residential weekend studying one of the major works of Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi. Facilitated by the co-translator Cecilia Twinch.

Woodland Yurt Summer Retreats

June 30 – July 7, 2018
July 28 – August 4, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

7-day retreats without electricity, phone reception, and contact with the outside world – living in yurts in the forest.

NEWS

In the Footsteps of St Cuthbert

Kathy Tiernan, author of “Place of Repose: A tale of St Cuthbert’s Last Journey” and alumni of the Beshara School will be leading a five-day study tour in September 2018 tracing the saint’s life in Northumbria. Cuthbert, who lived from 634 to 687, is remembered as monk, bishop and hermit of Lindisfarne.

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The Angela Culme-Seymour Fund

We are delighted to announce that the Angela Culme-Seymour Fund is currently inviting grant applications to support the development of new writing, translation and study materials in line with the aims of the Beshara Trust.

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Three Friends of God

From Sufis of Andalusia, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

Not Trapped in one belief

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

I want to speak about what can’t be said

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

Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt

I see myself as other than God

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

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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The Zoroastrian Flame

Khojeste Mistree talks about one of the world’s oldest surviving religions and what we can learn from it in the present day.

“One of the principles of the Zoroastrian way of life is to promote harmony in this world, and we believe that harmony begins by being happy within ourselves.

A Thing of Beauty…

Mark Boston reflects on painting the film Loving Vincent

The entire movement of the world sometimes seems an endless, elaborately painted masterpiece, with every moment in a slightly different configuration from the last.

Painting and the Contemplative Life

Artist and psychotherapist Benet Haughton talks about the spiritual vision that underpins his life and work

Something has to come through that I haven’t seen before, that is transformative, so that I’m surprised, genuinely surprised, by it.”

The Revival of the Commons

Political strategist David Bollier explains how a new economic/cultural paradigm is challenging the increasing ‘enclosure’ of wealth and human creativity.

“Identity and human flourishing come about through having a connection, a relationship with others, including non-human life and the earth itself.”

A New Architectural Language for Islam

The inclusive vision of Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre

“The building sets out to be physically and psychologically inclusive. It speaks eloquently of both its current Australian context and ancient Islamic culture”

The Zoroastrian Flame

Khojeste Mistree talks about one of the world’s oldest surviving religions and what we can learn from it in the present day.

“One of the principles of the Zoroastrian way of life is to promote harmony in this world, and we believe that harmony begins by being happy within ourselves.

A Thing of Beauty…

Mark Boston reflects on painting the film Loving Vincent

The entire movement of the world sometimes seems an endless, elaborately painted masterpiece, with every moment in a slightly different configuration from the last.

Painting and the Contemplative Life

Artist and psychotherapist Benet Haughton talks about the spiritual vision that underpins his life and work

Something has to come through that I haven’t seen before, that is transformative, so that I’m surprised, genuinely surprised, by it.”

The Revival of the Commons

Political strategist David Bollier explains how a new economic/cultural paradigm is challenging the increasing ‘enclosure’ of wealth and human creativity.

“Identity and human flourishing come about through having a connection, a relationship with others, including non-human life and the earth itself.”

A New Architectural Language for Islam

The inclusive vision of Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre

“The building sets out to be physically and psychologically inclusive. It speaks eloquently of both its current Australian context and ancient Islamic culture”

Beshara.org is managed by the Beshara Trust, a UK-based charity established in 1971, whose aim is the advancement of education in the consideration of the basic unity of all religions, in particular by the provision of courses to provide an understanding of the relationship of humanity to the universe, the earth, the environment and society, to Reality and to God. The Trust is supported entirely by philanthropic donations and voluntary work.