A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

 

A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World

WHAT IS BESHARA?

BESHARA is a name for the perspective that there is only one, unique existence, expressing itself infinitely as a gift of love.

The potential to realise this truth lies within every human heart.

The awakening of this potential is the aim of the education at Beshara.

 

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They were not aware whence it came

Non-theistic spirituality according to the Fusus al-Hikam of Ibn Arabi
August 2nd – 4th, 2019
The Abbey, Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, UK.

A residential Beshara weekend study course

The Ways of the Heart: Oneness

17th May – 25th July 2019
Hosted by The Beshara Trust using the Zoom seminar platform.

An online Beshara course exploring a spiritual life in the contemporary world.

One Year Online Course

Beginning August 12, 2019

A one year course combining two residential retreats, home study and practice, online tuition, regular Skype contact with course facilitators, and group forum.

Know Yourself

January – July 2019 (11am – 1pm)
Every 2nd Sunday each month

The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Exploring the Oneness of Being through oneself

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: One Week Retreats

April 20 – 27, 2019
June 15 – 22, 2019
August 24 – 31, 2019

Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

The Chisholme Institute

Discovering Unity: Introductory Weekends

May 17 – 19, 2019
July 19 – 21, 2019

Chisholme Institute, Scottish Borders, UK

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

Woodland Yurt Summer Retreats

June 29 – July 6, 2019
July 20 – July 27, 2019
August 24 – August 31, 2019
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.

Read More…

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

Relating Astrology to Mystical Principles

From the introduction to Mystical Astrology, by Titus Burckhardt

I want to speak about what can’t be said

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

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

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Robert Lax: A Life Slowly Lived

Robert Hirschfield on the contemplative practice of a remarkable 20th-century poet/mystic.

“For Lax, there was no seam between walking, praying, writing. All experiences were to be fully absorbed, integrated into a life fully lived.”

A Thing of Beauty…

David Hyams describes the creation of a new ark for the Synagogue in Oxford, UK.

“The proposal was that the patterns on the ark could be produced by the sound of the congregation at prayer.”

Connecting with the Unseen World

Kira Perov, wife and long-term collaborator of the video artist Bill Viola, talks to Jane Carroll about the ideas and experiences which inspire their work

“These video works give us the gift of time. They give the viewer time to spend with these images, to move from our physical ‘real’ world to a metaphysical one.”

Calligraphy – A Sacred Tradition

Distinguished calligrapher Ann Hechle talks about her lifelong quest to understand the underlying unity of the world.

As I grapple with putting letters, words and drawings together, I am using strategies that belong to a much bigger and grander world, which are part of universal law.

A Thought at Christmas…

What is the universal significance of this festival celebrated at a pivotal moment of the year?

“What would it be to experience time, once more as the moving image of eternity, the continual incarnation of the divine…?”

Robert Lax: A Life Slowly Lived

Robert Hirschfield on the contemplative practice of a remarkable 20th-century poet/mystic.

“For Lax, there was no seam between walking, praying, writing. All experiences were to be fully absorbed, integrated into a life fully lived.”

A Thing of Beauty…

David Hyams describes the creation of a new ark for the Synagogue in Oxford, UK.

“The proposal was that the patterns on the ark could be produced by the sound of the congregation at prayer.”

Connecting with the Unseen World

Kira Perov, wife and long-term collaborator of the video artist Bill Viola, talks to Jane Carroll about the ideas and experiences which inspire their work

“These video works give us the gift of time. They give the viewer time to spend with these images, to move from our physical ‘real’ world to a metaphysical one.”

Calligraphy – A Sacred Tradition

Distinguished calligrapher Ann Hechle talks about her lifelong quest to understand the underlying unity of the world.

As I grapple with putting letters, words and drawings together, I am using strategies that belong to a much bigger and grander world, which are part of universal law.

A Thought at Christmas…

What is the universal significance of this festival celebrated at a pivotal moment of the year?

“What would it be to experience time, once more as the moving image of eternity, the continual incarnation of the divine…?”

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.