A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

November – December 2016

A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

“The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”

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Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016

“Conversation is an existential ‘turning-towards’ the other in recognition of what it means to be human.”

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Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change

“The past is not just as a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”

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A Caravan on a Spiritual Silk Road

Warren Kenton
“Kabbalah is the Jewish version of the eternal teaching that you find in all the spiritual traditions”

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A Thing of Beauty…

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater “The circumference of architecture is changing with astonishing rapidity but its center remains unchanged – the human heart.”
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Understanding Strangers

Inspire Dialogue 2016 "Conversation is an existential ‘turning-towards’ the other in recognition of what it means to be human."
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Three Transitions

Richard Twinch on Cultural Change “The past is not just as a heap of outmoded algorithms, but a valuable resource to be archaeologically unpicked and valued.”
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A Caravan on a Spiritual Silk Road

Warren Kenton "Kabbalah is the Jewish version of the eternal teaching that you find in all the spiritual traditions"
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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.

Tributes to Reshad Feild

Reshad Feild, who passed away on May 31, 2016, was a colourful and sometimes controversial character; an important figure in the early days of Beshara.

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Retreat

January 21 – 28, 2016 An opportunity to study Ibn 'Arabi's Fusus Al Hikam in a group setting at the Chisholme Institute, led by Rachel Gordin.
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Discovering Unity Weekend Retreat

January 27 - 29, 2017 Explore deeper questions in the light of the unity of all existence. Guided group study of wisdom texts, meditation and more. Held at the Chisholme Institute.
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Nine-Day Study Retreat

December 3 - 11, 2016 A fully residential course in Cinere, West Java, reading from the Fusus al Hikam, by Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi. Organised by Beshara South East Asia and led by Avi Abadi.
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Lightning Flashes and the Heart’s Yearning

February 4 - 19, 2017

An intensive retreat fortnight at the Chisholme Institute, led by Peter Young. 
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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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Mysticism in Comparative Perspectives

December 14 - 16, 2016

A conference at the University of Glasgow seeking to renew the comparative study of mysticism
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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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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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Not Trapped in one belief

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