The Symbolic Life
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The format for Sunday Morning Contemplation was inspired by two traditional forms of contemplation: from the West, lectio divina: lectio or read, meditatio or reflect, oratio or respond, and contemplatio or be still; and from the East (as taught in the Upanishads): śravana or listening, manana or reflection and nididhyāsana / dhyāna or meditation. The different starting points (reading and listening) of these two traditions are due to cultural differences, the (medieval) West being a literate culture, and the (ancient) East being an oral culture.
Our process Sunday mornings will embrace both starting points: listening and/or reading selected texts. The teachers and texts chosen have inspired and informed me in the past, and I believe their teachings' have much to offer us today. I will read from preselected texts, slowly with pauses between verses or quotes, and accompanied by a quiet background of music. To lessen distraction, I suggest participants close their eyes and listen. However the screen will display the text as it is read so those who are not comfortable with eyes-closed listening can either read along or turn off the sound and read on their own.
Before the reading begins, I will provide a 10 - 15 minute overview of the chosen teacher's life, the origins of their text, and a brief explanation of the terms and language we'll encounter in the reading. If there is any time left over after the reading has ended, participants can either leave or stay a short while for discussion. For further information, click here.
If you are reading this, you can attend the Sunday Morning Contemplation. There are no further fees or registration required. Come every week if you wish, or come randomly or once. Sunday Morning Contemplation is a live, weekly event. Donations are always welcome, but this is left to your own conscience.
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A PDF document containing all the readings for the morning's contemplation will be available for download to all participants after the event. Videos will eventually be available as well for download or streaming.