A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

Poacher’s Pilgrimage – A Journey with Alastair McIntosh

A review by Jim Griffin

“The Western Isles are often referred to as ‘thin places’ – places where the separation between the divine and the human easily breaks down”

A Thing of Beauty…

David Apthorp praises the Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Standing here, before the plain, unadorned mihrab, it as if one has been brought to some ultimate secret

The Century of Complexity

Dr Vasileios Basios talks to Jane Clark and Michael Cohen about new ideas in science

“I think we have to come back to considering the ancient concept of the ‘great chain of being’ – that somehow consciousness manifests itself from the rock to the plant to the human being.”

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.”

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.”

Poacher’s Pilgrimage – A Journey with Alastair McIntosh

A review by Jim Griffin

“The Western Isles are often referred to as ‘thin places’ – places where the separation between the divine and the human easily breaks down”

A Thing of Beauty…

David Apthorp praises the Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Standing here, before the plain, unadorned mihrab, it as if one has been brought to some ultimate secret

The Century of Complexity

Dr Vasileios Basios talks to Jane Clark and Michael Cohen about new ideas in science

“I think we have to come back to considering the ancient concept of the ‘great chain of being’ – that somehow consciousness manifests itself from the rock to the plant to the human being.”

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.”

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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Beshara Lecture 2017

Nothingness and Gratitude: Themes in Spiritual Life

The video and transcript of this year’s Beshara Lecture given by George Pattison is now available.

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

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

40 Day Retreat Course

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

What does it mean to be human? How do we relate to ourselves, to others, to the world?

Embracing the Opposites

October 21-29, 2017
Senopati, Jakarta

A 9-day study of the Fusus al-Hikam (Bezels of Wisdom) by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi.

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.

The Perennial Wisdom in Everyday Life

September 20 – 24, 2017
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

A four day seminar with Colin Tudge (The College for Real Farming and Food Culture) exploring the theory and practice of food production for now and the future.

Self-knowledge? Unity of Existence? Truth? Love? Beauty?

October 8 – January 28, 2017
The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh

What is the single most important point that must be understood by a person who wants to know?
A series of seven themed explorations.

 

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.

Not Trapped in one belief

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

Three Friends of God

From Sufis of Andalusia, by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi

I see myself as other than God

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

I want to speak about what can’t be said

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

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

Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt