A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

Education in Unitive Spirituality

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”

Solitude in the Modern World

Jane Clark on the spiritual foundations of a cultural phenomenon

“…the notion of solitude was essential to the development of concepts we now see as foundational for western society: individualism, freedom, social and political equality, democracy”

Yoga: a spiritual practice for our time

Judith Hanson Lasater talks to Elizabeth Roberts

“This is the freedom that yoga offers: it allows us to find that moment when we can choose the empathetic response, the compassionate response.”

Doughnut Economics

Richard Twinch contemplates the message of an important new book by economist Kate Raworth

The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.

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”

Solitude in the Modern World

Jane Clark on the spiritual foundations of a cultural phenomenon

“…the notion of solitude was essential to the development of concepts we now see as foundational for western society: individualism, freedom, social and political equality, democracy”

Yoga: a spiritual practice for our time

Judith Hanson Lasater talks to Elizabeth Roberts

“This is the freedom that yoga offers: it allows us to find that moment when we can choose the empathetic response, the compassionate response.”

Doughnut Economics

Richard Twinch contemplates the message of an important new book by economist Kate Raworth

The most powerful tool in economics is not money, nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.

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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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New German Translation of Addresses I & II

Available from Chalice Verlag, a German edition of Bülent Rauf’s Addresses I and II in a single volume. Translated by Robert Cathomas and Stefan Bommer, here is the preface to this new translation, which contains quotations from previously unpublished correspondence of Bülent Rauf.

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
August 11 – 17, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

Seven days of self-discovery in a retreat environment, free from phones, internet and electricity – living in yurts on the edge of woodland.

40 Day Intensive Retreat

October 15 – November 23, 2018
Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

An in-depth retreat where everything fully supports each individual’s inner self discovery and exploration of their relationship with others and the world from a unified perspective.

What is the Single Most Important Point that Must be Understood by a Person who Wants to Know?

April 8 & 22, May 13 & 27
June 10 & 24, July 8
(11am – 1pm)
The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh, UK

A series of themed explorations on the Way of Love

A Day with St Cuthbert: Leader Valley to Old Melrose

August 4, 2018 (10am–3pm)
Scottish Borders, UK

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

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’.

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.

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

Not Trapped in one belief

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

Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt