METAPHYSICS & SPIRITUALITY

Know Yourself

October 14 & 28, 2018
November 11 & 25, 2018
December 9, 2018
January 13 & 27, 2019
(11am – 1pm)
The Salisbury Centre, Edinburgh, UK

Exploring the Oneness of Being through oneself

Coming to Know Edwin Muir

November 10, 2018 (2–5pm)
The October Gallery, London

Contemplative study of a few poems by the 20th Century Scottish Poet Edwin Muir

Speaker: Robert-Louis Abrahamson

Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama

Jane Carroll visits a new memorial which aims to heal a dark period of American history

We have to face up to the past in order to come to a proper understanding of ourselves and our world

Akong: A Remarkable Life

November 28, 2018 (7pm)
Heart of Hawick Cinema & Theatre, Hawick, Scottish Borders

The award-winning documentary on the inspirational life of Akong Rinpoche, co-founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West, at Eskdalemuir. Introduced by Executive Producer Vin Harris, and followed by a panel discussion with Q&A. Proceeds to the Akong Memorial Foundation.

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Afternoon

December 1, 2018 (2–5pm)
The October Gallery, London

An afternoon seminar studying the chapter on ‘The Wisdom of Being in the Word of David’ from Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam (The Bezels of Wisdom).

Bewildered by Love and Longing

Michael Sells and Simone Fattal talk about a new translation of Ibn ‘Arabi’s famous cycle of love poems, ‘Translation of Desires’

“For Ibn ‘Arabi longing or desire is a cosmic force. It goes beyond all boundaries, and it is the closest taste of the infinite that people can have in their own experience.”

A Thing of Beauty…

Emma Clark visits the Luohan at the Temple Gallery in London

This majestic and profound sculpture is both timeless and deeply meaningful in its capacity to give us an insight into what it means to be human.

The Unity of Bee-ing

An interview with Heidi Herrmann about the work of The Natural Beekeeping Trust in preserving our precious populations of bees.

We need to address the many ways in which we have fallen so far from the ideal place of humanity. The bees demonstrate this as a whole phenomenon – as ‘the Bee’.

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A week dedicated to studying largely unpublished material by Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabi.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.

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.

Ibn ‘Arabi Study Afternoon

July 7, 2018 (2–5pm)
The October Gallery, London, UK

An afternoon seminar on the chapter on Solomon from Ibn ‘Arabi’s Fusus al-Hikam (The Bezels of Wisdom).

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.

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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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.”