Wilber & World Mysticism through Evening at Emory

Happy first day of spring, happy feast day of St. Benedict, and happy birthday to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit — today is the 67th anniversary of the monastery’s founding!

A reminder to everyone who lives in the Atlanta area — I have two classes coming up through the Emory University Center for Lifelong Learning (“Evening at Emory”), and registration is open for both of them. I hope I’ll see you at one or both

Introduction to Ken Wilber

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Evening at Emory – Humanities and Cultural Studies

American philosopher Ken Wilber’s writings combine eastern and western spirituality, psychology, biology, cultural theory, and other strands of contemporary thought to create what the author calls “integral psychology.” Wilber bridges science and religion, explains the dynamics of human consciousness and moral development, and speculates on future evolution of our species. Despite the complexity of his thoughts, many of Wilber’s books are surprisingly accessible, including the textbook for this class, A Brief History of Everything. In this class we’ll read the book, discuss its merits, and consider how Wilber’s ideas can impact the scientific and spiritual communities.
Textbook: A Brief History of Everything

Instructor: Carl McColman, MA in Professional Writing and Editing, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
5 session(s): Thu: Jul 21-Aug 18 / 7:00-9:00 pm
Registration fee: $150   CEUs: 1


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Introduction to World Mysticism

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Evening at Emory – Humanities and Cultural Studies

Madonna is studying the Kabbalah. The Shack is a runaway bestseller. Centuries after he died, everyone’s reading Rumi. Yoga, Buddhism and other eastern practices are more popular than ever. So what gives? Central to these cultural trends is mysticism, a vague word that can be translated as “the spiritual principle at the heart of religion.” Many people believe mysticism is the golden thread that unites all the world’s religions, while others scoff at the idea. Decide for yourself in this class as we explore major themes and writings from the world’s great mystical traditions. Using Andrew Harvey’s The Essential Mystics as our textbook, we’ll examine the world’s great wisdom traditions — Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, as well as pagan and philosophical forms of mysticism — acknowledging both the common ground and the distinctive qualities of each mystical path. Class is taught from an academic/nonsectarian perspective. Textbook is not included. Textbook: The Essential Mystics : Selections from the World’s Great Wisdom Traditions
Textbook: The Essential Mystics : Selections from the World’s Great Wisdom Traditions

Instructor: Carl McColman, MA in Professional Writing and Editing, author of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism
4 session(s): Wed: Apr 13-May 4 / 7:00-9:00 pm
Registration fee: $150   CEUs: 0.8

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