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  • Questions for Vidyuddeva?

    This Week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    The Universal Catechism - Fr. Thomas Keating / Br. David Steindl-Rast
    IS Call on "Integral Post-Metaphysics":3 - Brendan Snow / Ken Wilber

    ISC Teacher Discussion Series

    The ISC Teacher Discussion Series continues on Saturday, October 13th at 1PM, with Ken Wilber and Vidyuddeva discussing Integral Buddhism.  Send your question in to ISQuestion@IntegralSpiritualCenter.org for your opportunity to participate on the call!  As always, all ISC Members are invited to listen in to the live web stream.

    The Universal Catechism (video)
    Next Steps in Interreligious Dialogue

    Brother David and Father Thomas are both pioneers in the field of interreligious dialogue; Father Thomas jokes that Brother David has been involved with the dialogue since “time immemorial.”  They have both contributed mightily to the endeavor.  But what about you?  What about me?

    From an integral perspective, we can intuit the deep structures underlying the surface features of the various religious traditions, and can see the importance of the “conveyor belt” that the traditions serve as.  In this week’s video, Br. David underscores the importance of us all to interreligious dialogue.  The institutional religions, he says, have a vested interest in maintaining separateness.  In fact, if we wait for them to bring us toward a deeper unity, we might well be waiting for “the cows to come home.”

    So what is it that we can do?  With the advent of the developmental approach, it’s clear that stage-specific versions of religious teachings are needed—some truths might be appropriate for children; others might well be beyond the grasp of the average adult.  But what is also needed is to expose ourselves—and our children—to the truths of other religions.  This is something that we all can do, and something that will not only increase our understanding of others, but may help to deepen our own practice as well.  

    Accordingly, Fr. Thomas suggests that a sort of “universal catechism” might be in order.  As Ken Wilber writes, for the first time in history, we have access to all the world’s wisdom; we also have an understanding of how development unfolds.  For the first time, such a catechism can be written, across traditions and through stages of development. A catechism for religion, understood in a new way—indeed, as the conveyor belt that leads individuals from the childhood productions of Spirit, to the adolescent productions of Spirit, to the adult productions of Spirit, and beyond.

    What Do You Need to Get a Universe Going? (audio)

    Integral Post-Metaphysics implies going beyond metaphysical systems and the involutionary givens that those systems require.  So, at a bare minimum, what do you need to get a universe going?  Ken discusses this fascinating question with Boulder's Brendan Snow, from the call on "Integral Post-Metaphysics," Appendix II of Integral Spirituality.

    John Kesler in Boulder!

    For those of you who will be in the Boulder/Denver area at the end of this month, ISC Teacher John Kesler will be offering an afternoon experiential workshop on Saturday, October 27th.  The workshop takes place from 1:00PM-4:30PM at the Solstice Center, 302 Pearl Street in Boulder, and will explore the tantric connections between body and Spirit through the Big Mind Process and facilitated meditation.  There is a suggested $25 contribution, and attendance is limited to 45 participants.  You can RSVP to j_kesler@woodburycorp.com.

  • Today: Roger Walsh and Ken Wilber!

    This Week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    The Masters of the East - Fr. Thomas / Br. David
    IS Call on "Integral Post-Metaphysics" - Glenn Klein / Ken Wilber

    ISC Teacher Discussion Series

    Please join us today, September 29th at 1PM Mountain time for a discussion with ISC Teachers Roger Walsh and Ken Wilber!  To listen in to the live web stream, click here.

    The Masters of the East (video)
    Brother David and Father Thomas on Interreligious Dialogue

    If you succeed in emptying your mind of every thought and every desire, you may indeed withdraw into the center of yourself and concentrate everything within you upon the imaginary point where your life springs out of God: yet you will not really find God. – Thomas Merton

    This excerpt from New Seeds of Contemplation is as notable for what it doesn’t say as for what it does. In the original version, Seeds of Contemplation, the line began, "If you succeed, like the Masters of the East…."  The new version omits that reference. Between 1949 and 1961, something remarkable happened in the life of Thomas Merton, prompting him to make the subtle yet monumental change.

    In short, Merton journeyed to the East in body, mind, and spirit. Whereas he had originally experienced the depths and practices of Buddhism from the outside, he later came to experience them from the inside. He was able to authentically take on the perspective of a "Master of the East," and he could no longer say, from that place, that "you will not really find God."  Looking from the East, he discovered precisely what he had seen from the West, though nothing he could put into words.

    In this week’s featured video, another pioneer of the interreligious dialogue, ISC Teacher Brother David Steindl-Rast, speaks about the early days of the dialogue. With characteristic humor, he notes that at an early meeting with Eido Roshi, he disagreed with virtually everything Roshi had to say, but he knew–by the way he sat and the way he walked and the way he ate–that "...this was a monk." Brother David subsequently spent years living in community with Buddhists, a monk among monks, differing in habit, but deeply and essentially similar. Being sensitive to his brethren’s beliefs, Brother David would avoid speaking of "God" and would instead refer to "Ultimate Reality" or "the Ground of Being." And before he knew it, Eido Roshi was freely talking about God!

    Father Thomas then distinguishes between several phases in the movement. The earlier phase might be termed "interreligious," and focused on external aspects, or surface features. The later phase might be termed "interspiritual," and focused on the internal aspects, or deep structures. Interspiritual dialogue was especially sourced in the contemplative dimension of life, which Father Thomas refers to as "the crème de la crème."

    Without a doubt, remarkable advances have been made in the past fifty years; disagreements that once seemed insurmountable have now been resolved. But much more remains to be done. As Ken Wilber is fond of saying, lineage transcends ego. But once ego is transcended, what is left to transcend? Lineage, perhaps. And that is what the "trans-path path" and Integral Spiritual Center is all about….

    Why the Kosmos? (audio)

    The miracle of emergence may be simply said to be Spirit's creative play in the fields of its own manifestation.  Integral post-metaphysics goes a long way toward describing the "what" and the "how" of manifestation.  But "why?," asks Glenn Klein, from the call on "Integral Post-Metaphysics," Appendix II of Integral Spirituality.
    posted Saturday, September 29, 2007 2:56 PM by rollie | 0 Comments
  • Tomorrow: Roger Walsh and Ken Wilber!

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    East Meets West - Fr. Thomas / Br. David

    IS Call on "Integral Post-Metaphysics" - Stephen Earle / Ken Wilber

    Questions for Roger Walsh? (ISC Teachers Series)

    We're delighted to feature Dr. Roger Walsh on our ISC Teachers Series, this coming Saturday, September 29th at 1PM Mountain.  If you would like to ask a question of Dr. Walsh and Ken Wilber, please send it to ISQuestion@IntegralSpiritualCenter.org for your chance to join us live on the call.  Members of ISC are all welcomed to listen in to the live web stream!

    East Meets West (video)

    “a thousand years hence historians will look back at the twentieth century and remember it not for the struggle between liberalism and communism but for the momentous human discovery of the encounter between Christianity and Buddhism.” – Arnold Toynbee

    This statement from the noted British historian might scarcely be believable to anyone who was around for the Cold War.  But, beyond the fall of communism, we are indeed seeing the advent of this encounter.  In our time, a clearing has emerged, and “above the tree line,” contemplatives east and west are meeting in deep dialogue and deep practice.

    Integral Spiritual Center is extremely honored to count among its teachers Father Thomas Keating and Brother David Steindl-Rast, two remarkable pioneers in the field of interreligious dialogue.  Both men are Catholic monks from the Benedictine/Cistercian tradition; both have been involved in the interfaith movement for decades.  And both have found, in the work of Ken Wilber, enormous potential for moving the dialogue forward. 

    Father Thomas and Brother David came together for a simply exquisite dialogue during the October 2006 Integral Contemplative Christianity seminar. For the next several weeks, we're delighted to share some of those lovely moments with you.  In this week's video, I-I teacher Willow Pearson pays tribute to Brother David, “a singularity in poetry, poverty, and prayer.”

    Then, Father Thomas speaks about the extraordinary Snowmass conference, which convened 15 leaders of world religions, every year for some 20 years between 1980 and 2000.  Crucially, he says, it was the moments of friendship, of simply eating together, living together, being together, that allowed each to share deeply their interior perspectives on the religious experience. 

    This, too, has been the beginning–and the destination–of our journey at Integral Spiritual Center, where in gatherings, seminars, and most of all, simple moments of friendship, we too see glimpses of that extraordinary encounter which Toynbee pointed to….

    Integral Post-Metaphysics (audio)

    In this week's audio, Stephen Earle of Virginia poses a very good question indeed:  why is the notion of religious enlightenment important, in the first place?  From a certain perspective, the concept of enlightenment, as it is traditionally understood, is outmoded.  Evolutionary enlightenment, Ken proposes, is one of the most crucially important spiritual topics of our time.

    posted Saturday, September 22, 2007 3:21 AM by rollie | 3 Comments
  • John Kesler/Ken Wilber this aft!

    This Week on Integral Spiritual Center....

     

    Faith, Development, and the Unconscious - Fr. Thomas Keating

     

    Ten years after her death, Mother Teresa has once again made the cover of TIME magazine.  Details emerged of a “crisis of faith” that spanned the last 40 years of her life, coinciding almost precisely with the time she spent in India, ministering to the sick and dying.  The so-called “Loud Atheists” —Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hutchins, and Sam Harris—have jumped on this as yet more evidence of the futility of religion.  From an integral perspective, what is going on here?

     

    The answer, perhaps, lies in her very “faith” amidst the crisis, that allowed her to rise every morning and walk the streets of Calcutta, finding hope where there was none to be found.  Integral theory and its understanding of state-stages and dark nights, can provide much insight here.  In this week’s featured video, Fr. Thomas Keating defines faith as “consent or surrender to the Absolute.”  Faith, says Fr. Thomas, precedes systems of belief, perceiving Oneness before it breaks down into those systems.  Belief systems remain important, acting as stepping stones or as a conveyor belt toward higher levels.  Often, “dark nights” characterize the territory in between, where the old beliefs are no longer a comfort, but the new graces have not yet emerged.  But once one comes into the higher level, a freer and more direct way of relating to the divine becomes apparent.  Old practices are not discarded, but they are no longer absolutized, so that the only absolute becomes The Absolute itself.

     

    Interestingly, Ken Wilber responds that the very “reality” of science that Dawkins, Hutchins and Harris purport to speak for is now revealing the potency of contemplative practice in human development, especially in adults.  Society acts as an attractor; it tends to pull individuals up to its average center of gravity, and should they venture beyond that point, it tends to pull them back down.  And so, beyond the societal average, individuals are on their own.  Contemplative practice, because of the micro dis-identifications that it tends to effect, helps individuals to make subject into object, which is precisely how development occurs.  And “the end of religion” might also endanger development itself, removing, for billions of people, the first few rungs of the ladder that every human being must climb.

     

    As Ken is fond of saying, the three strands of valid knowledge apply equally to interior and exterior realities.  Take up an injunction, record your results, and compare them with the community of the adequate.  In this case, take up a contemplative practice for a number of years, watch your mind carefully and see what arises, then compare your experience with that of community of practitioners.  Or don’t—but then, remain silent on the issue….

     

    ISC Teacher Discussion Series

     

    Our ISC Teacher Discussion Series continues tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th at 1PM Mountain time, with John Kesler!  As always, all ISC Members are invited to listen in to the live web stream—for more information, click here.

    posted Friday, September 14, 2007 9:59 PM by rollie | 2 Comments
  • Questions for John Kesler?

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    Religious, but not Spiritual?
    - Fr. Thomas Keating / Ken Wilber

    Integral Art and "The World of the Terribly Obvious" - Seth Rowanwood / Ken Wilber

    ISC Teacher Discussion Series

    Our ISC Teacher Discussion Series continues on Saturday, September 15th at 1PM Mountain time.  Next up is John Kesler!  If you have a question for John and Ken, please send it to ISQuestion@IntegralSpiritualCenter.org, for your chance to participate on the call.  As always, all ISC Members are invited to listen in to the live web stream.

    Religious, but not Spiritual? (video)

    It takes a moment to reconcile oneself to the fact that the religious tradition of St. Francis and Mother Teresa is also the tradition of the Crusades and the Inquisition.  Fr. Thomas Keating, considered one of the great contemplatives of our time, has spent a lifetime in the practice of Christianity, seeking and sharing its depths.  The goal of the tradition, suggests Fr. Thomas in this week's video, is transformation—but transformation into what? 

    The answer depends on what stage of development you're at.  Beyond becoming a better person (though your family and friends may thank you profusely), beyond even becoming a saint, Fr. Thomas suggests that the goal of the mature Christian life is to become no thing.  As with any developmental sequence, the subject of one stage becomes the object of the subject of the next—in this case, until absolute Subjectivity itself.  The problem—and the challenge—lie in the fact that, among its 2 billion adherents, relatively few are aware of Christianity’s mystical tradition and contemplative path.  Statements like “I’m spiritual, but not religious” actually come from a fairly evolved place, from which one rejects external aspects of the tradition, while still longing for its esoteric wisdom.

    Integral spirituality offers an entirely new perspective on this question.  From this perspective, we can see that although the stories of the world’s religious traditions vary wildly, the contemplative experience is essentially similar.  And from Integral, we can appreciate the stories for what they are, the first rung in a ladder of development—both our own development, and that of anyone on a similar path.  In the end, no matter how profound the state in which we experience the divine, it is always interpreted from our stage of development.

    Integral also points to the reality of our shadow, and points out that we might need something other than our contemplative practice to bring it into the light.  Finally, Integral can help us both to transform into deeper stages of awareness and compassion, and to translate our current stage in the healthiest way possible.

    Integral Art and "The World of the Terribly Obvious" (audio)

    The theory of Integral art provides a beautiful synthesis of modernity, with its claim to objective reality, and postmodernity, which emphasizes cultural context.  Rather than a pre-given world, stage-specific worldspaces arise, from which all phenomena are experienced and interpreted.  Art, like any form of communication, is a product of the symbols used by the communicator (in this case, the artist) and that which is evoked in the observer.  In this week’s audio, Ken and Toronto’s Seth Rowanwood explore Integral Art and its relationship to modernity—The World of the Terribly Obvious—from the March discussion of Chapter 7 of Integral Spirituality.

    Events

    Preparations are underway for the third gathering of the teachers of Integral Spiritual Center!  The extraordinary space that arose in the first two gatherings can only be described as “a miracle called We.” And we are delighted to offer you an opportunity to join us for the third day of the gathering, as the ISC Teachers guide participants in an exploration of "The Religion of Tomorrow."  For registration information, click here.

  • The Christian of Tomorrow

    This Week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    Fr. Thomas Keating / Ken Wilber Dialogue

    IS Call on Ch. 8 "The World of the Terribly Obvious" - Bruce Alderman / Ken Wilber

    Dear Friends,

    The Catholic theologian Karl Rahner famously said "the Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, or not a Christian at all."  Few people have impacted Christianity in this regard as has Fr. Thomas Keating.  A Cistercian monk from St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, Fr. Thomas has spent a lifetime in deep Christian practice, and in sharing the fruits of this contemplation with countless others.  We were enormously blessed to host a dialogue with Fr. Thomas and Ken Wilber in April of 2006.  And we're delighted to share with you some of those beautiful moments, starting this week.  In today's featured video, Ken presents some of the foundational concepts of Integral spirituality.

    This week's audio features longtime forum member Balder (a.k.a. Bruce Alderman) and Ken discussing "The World of the Terribly Obvious."  Bruce askes a great question about what he calls "person-perspective spaces." Most of the altitudes we encounter in our day-to-day experience, from Amber to Turquoise, are "mind-level."  What would a "soul-level" or "spirit-level" space look like?

    There will be no ISC call this Saturday, due to Labor Day Weekend.  We'll resume the calls on September 15th!

    Many blessings to you all,

    rollie

  • The Fourth Turning?

    This Week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    The Essence of Buddhadharma - Terry Patten

    IS Call on Ch. 8: "The World of the Terribly Obvious" - Angela Rizner/Ken Wilber

    If enlightenment does indeed evolve, then today's Buddhism must, of necessity, take into account the insights of modernity, postmodernity, and Integral.  Does such an Integral Buddhism constitute "The Fourth Turning?"  In this week's featured video, Terry Patten discusses this auspicious confluence, from May's "Mandala of Awakening" seminar.

    Our featured audio has Ken and JFKU's Angela Rizner discussing the evolution of consciousness, and how it relates to the Bodhisattva vow.  Considering the developmental approach, what skilful means must today's spiritual teachers be mindful of?

    Thank you to everyone who joined Ken, Jim Marion and Paul Bowman for last Saturday's lovely discussion of Integral Christianity!  We'll take a break over Labour Day Weekend, then continue with our ISC Teacher discussions on September 15th.

    Carpe diem!  Enjoy these last weeks of summer....

    rollie

    posted Saturday, August 25, 2007 12:59 AM by rollie | 1 Comments
  • Today: Jim Marion and Ken Wilber!

    This Week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    Mandala Meditation - Terry Patten
    IS Call: "The World of the Terribly Obvious" - Angela Rizner/Ken Wilber

    Dear Friends,

    "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."  With these words, St. Paul offers a compelling invitation to Christians, which is especially interesting when considered in an Integral context.  Please join us today, Saturday August 18th, at 1PM Mountain time, for a conversation with Ken and ISC Teacher Jim Marion, author of Putting on the Mind of Christ.  To listen in to the live web stream, click here.

    This week we continue our presentation of the third ISC seminar, "Mandala of Awakening," with the lovely opening meditation led by Terry Patten.  We're also delighted to feature a wide-ranging conversation between Ken and John F. Kennedy University's Angela Rizner, from "The World of the Terribly Obvious" call.

    Speaking of  JFKU, our dear friends Gail Hochachka and Vernice Solimar are organizing the university's inaugural Integral Field Course in El Salvador, this coming November 15-25.  This is a unique opportunity, open to students from other universities as well as non-degree students, to learn how Integral Action can serve the planet!  For more information, click here.  And, best wishes for a most blessed experience for all....

    'Till this afternoon, with love,

    rollie
    posted Saturday, August 18, 2007 4:16 PM by rollie | 0 Comments
  • Enter the Mandala of Awakening

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    The Mandala of Awakening - Patrick Sweeney
    IS Call on "The World of the Terribly Obvious" Part 2 - Corey deVos/Ken Wilber

    Integral Spiritual Center has sponsored a number of extraordinary seminars to date.  We're delighted to share with you footage from the third of these: The Mandala of Awakening, with Patrick Sweeney.  In this week's featured video, Patrick initiates the Mandala with a beautiful teaching on who we truly are, which, in our confusion, is not at all who we believe oursevles to be....

    "Synchronicity" is something you don't hear every day in Integral circles.  The word has become hackneyed in the New Age, and is highly susceptible to the Pre/Trans Fallacy.  But in this week's featured audio, our very own Corey deVos (a.k.a. DJ Rekluse), Managing Editor of Integral Naked, covers precisely that topic with Ken, from "The World of the Terribly Obvious" call.

    Last week we continued our ISC Teacher discussions with Ken and Diane Hamilton.  We were joined by our good friend Richard Munn for a rich, deeply touching discussion of Integral Zen.  Next up is Jim Marion, author of Putting on the Mind of Christ, on Saturday, August 18th at 1PM Mountain time.  If you have a question for Ken and Jim on Integral Contemplative Christianity, please send it to ISQuestion@IntegralSpiritualCenter.org, for your chance to join us, live, on the call!

    Namaste, One and All,

    rollie

    posted Friday, August 10, 2007 9:29 PM by rollie | 0 Comments
  • Diane Hamilton and Ken Wilber on ISC

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    The Traditions and the Shadow - Ken Wilber
    "The World of the Terribly Obvious" Introduction - Ken Wilber

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for Saturday's lovely discussion with Diane Hamilton, Richard Munn and Ken.  We'll continue to profile our ISC Teachers, and give you opportunities to ask them your questions!

    If our shadows have been with us since the beginning, how is it that the religious traditions missed them?  In this week's featured video, Ken discusses various traditional practices with the ISC Teachers, and which ones might be effective with which types of shadow.

    Our featured audio is the introduction to "The World of the Terribly Obvious" call.  Ken details what an extraordinary accomplishment modernity represents, but how it was ultimately unable to withstand the critique of postmodernity.  The Integral approach, of course, seeks to transcend and include them both....

    Over to the "Transpersonals," I really am delighted to let you know that an original Integral Naked romance has come beautifully to bloom!  Please join me in extending best wishes to longtime Integral community members Adastra and Tamgoddess on their engagement (which Adastra announced on the Unhealthy Second-Tier thread ;-).  On behalf of all of us here, and the entire community, countless blessings upon you both!

    With love,

    rollie
    posted Friday, August 03, 2007 10:42 PM by rollie | 2 Comments
  • Integral Spirituality: The First Word....

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    What is Integral Spirituality? - Ken Wilber

    IS Call on Ch. 7: "A Miracle Called We" - Dennis Wittrock/Ken Wilber

    Dear Friends,

    Just what would an "integral spirituality" entail?  Spirituality, as Ken points out in our featured video, deals not only with ultimate concern, but also with ultimate truth.  As such, it would need to incorporate both the insights of the contemplative traditions and the insights of modernity and postmodernity (i.e. all eight zones).  Integral Spirituality is a first pass at such a synthesis, and, says Ken, is not the last word, only the first....

    In this week's featured audio, our good friend Dennis Wittrock from Germany dives with Ken into the eight zones, exploring their relationship to development, from the "Miracle Called We" call.

    We're looking forward to having many of you join us for the August 4th 1PM (Mountain) call on Integral Zen, with Diane Hamilton and Ken Wilber!  Until then, I wish you every blessing!

    rollie

    posted Friday, July 27, 2007 8:22 PM by rollie | 0 Comments
  • Today's ISC Call Postponed

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    Questions Abound - Patrick Sweeney, Fr. Thomas, Vidyudevva, Ken Wilber

    IS Call on Ch. 7: "A Miracle Called We"
    - Brit Miller, Ken Wilber

    Dear Friends,

    I'm sorry to announce that today's ISC conference call will be postponed until Saturday, August 4th.  Ken has an unavoidable scheduling conflict today.  We will have he and Diane with us in two weeks.

    This week we feature some superb questions from Patrick Sweeney and Fr. Thomas for Ken at ISC2.  How exactly can the religious traditions renew themselves in the light of modernity and postmodernity?  How can the teachers stay out of Appendix III of Integral Spirituality?  And if the critique of postmodernism can be easily answered, how exactly is that?

    In this week's featured audio, Indiana's Brit Miller questions Ken on "A Miracle Called We."  How does a We-space arise, and how can it be maintained, when you are in mixed company of people at different altitudes?

    Thanks, Everyone....

    rollie
    posted Friday, July 20, 2007 11:59 PM by rollie | 1 Comments
  • Questions for Diane Hamilton?!

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    Hashing out the States/Stages Question III
    - Ken Wilber
    IS Call on Ch. 7 "A Miracle Called We" - Liz Stevenson/Ken Wilber

    Dear Friends,

    We are looking greatly forward to welcoming Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei for our ISC call this Saturday.  If you have questions for her, please send to ISQuestion@IntegralSpiritualCenter.org, for your opportunity to join us live!  All ISC Members are welcome to listen in to the live web stream.

    Thanks to all who joined us for the AQAL Journal call on Integral Christianity, and to Ken, Patrick Sweeney, and Hokai from Croatia for last week's discussion of Integral Buddhism!

    This week on the site, Liz Stevenson, a.k.a. Tamgoddess, discusses "A Miracle Called We" with Ken.  How does an intentional community progress through stages.  And how does enlightened sexuality fit in to the miracle?  Also, in our featured video, we finish off the States and Stages discussion with Ken, Fr. Thomas, Patrick Sweeney, and Sally Kempton.  Enjoy!

    rollie
    posted Friday, July 13, 2007 5:45 PM by rollie | 0 Comments
  • Today: Patrick Sweeney and Ken Wilber!

    This Week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    Hashing out the States & Stages Question - Sally Kempton/Ken Wilber

    IS Call on Ch. 7 "A Miracle Called We" - Erich Gerl/Ken Wilber

    We have loved the journey with you through the chapters of Integral Spirituality! In the coming weeks, we'll be holding calls with our ISC Teachers, looking deeply at each tradition and its intersection with AQAL.

    First up is Patrick Sweeney! Please join us today at noon, Mountain time for a conversation with Ken and this extraordinary teacher, who has pioneered an AQAL approach to the Buddhist Mahamudra tradition. Patrick anchored the groundbreaking "Mandala of Awakening" ISC seminar in May, and we are deeply honored to have him as a Teacher.

    In this week's featured audio, we continue the "Miracle Called We" discussion with Erich Gerl of Vancouver. Erich asks a beautiful question about Eros and its role in the Miracle.

    Our video series continues with more memorable exchanges from ISC2. Last week, Fr. Thomas Keating posed a question on States and Stages as they apply to Christian mysticism; this week, Sally asks whether attainment of a given stage implies attainment along other lines of development. Please note: our third-party video streaming service has been experiencing outages this week. If you are unable to watch the streamed versions of ISC videos, please download them in order to view them. We'll keep you posted, and hope to have this issue resolved shortly.

    I wish you all many blessings. And hope you can join Ken, Patrick, and me tomorrow....

    rollie

    posted Friday, July 06, 2007 10:36 PM by rollie | 0 Comments
  • Up Next: ISC Teachers!

    Dear Friends,

    This week on Integral Spiritual Center....

    Hashing Out the States/Stages Question - Fr. Thomas Keating/Ken Wilber
    IS Call on Ch. 7 "A Miracle Called We" - Keith Witt/Ken Wilber

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Appendix III call last Saturday!  It's been absolutely fascinating to journey through Integral Spirituality with you over the past year.  We are planning to continue our biweekly Saturday calls with Ken; the next series of calls will also feature ISC Teachers!

    First up is Patrick Sweeney of the Buddhist Mahamudra tradition.  Patrick presided over an exquisite Mandala of Awakening seminar in May, and brings an extraordinary synthesis of his tradition and the AQAL framework.  The call will take place Saturday, July 8 at 12 Noon, Mountain time.

    We would be happy to have some of you join us on these calls, to pose your questions to Ken and our Teachers.  So please feel free to send any questions you have for Ken and Patrick on the subject of Integral Buddhism to ISQuestion@IntegralSpiritualCenter.org.  If your question is selected, you'll be invited to join us on the phone.  As always, all ISC Members can listen in to the live web stream, and the content will be posted later on the site.

    Please note that video streaming on ISC is currently down, due to some problems at our third-party streaming service. They are working on the problem and I'll keep you posted. Meantime, you can download the videos and view them from your own system....

    Thanks everyone!

    rollie
    posted Saturday, June 30, 2007 1:38 PM by rollie | 0 Comments
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