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Opening to Presence: Best Books of 2016

It is not difficult for me to pick out my spiritual highlight of 2016. A good friend recommended that I look into Dot B mindfulness training during the summer holidays, and so I applied across Europe for a program. However, … Continue reading

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Mind the Gap: Cynthia Bourgeault on Moving from the Small Self to the Larger Self

Dear World Religion Students, We have been talking all semester about moving from the small self to the Larger Self, which means bringing together your day-to-day experience living in this visible, competitive, and finite world (of the horizontal) with your … Continue reading

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Learning to “Lead a Life of More Profound Wakefulness:” Reflections on a Body-Mind-Heart Framework in a Senior Religion Class

:Amar Bhardwaj’s Humanities I in Action Elixir Project focused on glass recycling, a project he carried on throughout his four years at HKIS. In this entry, Amar reflects on how he awakened to global environmental concerns in his grade 9 … Continue reading

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Burn Your Mandala: Letting Go in a Culture of Achievement

The shadow side of high-achieving educational systems is its demoralizing and even debilitating levels of stress upon students. The Buddhist spiritual practice of creating beautiful works of art called mandalas and then destroying them when they are completed offers schools … Continue reading

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Teaching Consciousness of the Body: Two Practitioners in Dialogue

In contemporary culture which overemphasizes the mind’s ability to accomplish and achieve, most students consider paying attention to the body for the purpose of “being” an unexplored strategy for stress reduction. In this dialogue Marty Schmidt and Sangeeta Bansal, both … Continue reading

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The Role of Inner Awakening in Compassionate Action: The Worldview of Wisdom Teacher Cynthia Bourgeault

“In my own efforts to live the gospel I have found that it is virtually impossible to reach and sustain that level of ‘perfect love’ without a practice of contemplative prayer . . .. Ordinary awareness always eventually betrays itself … Continue reading

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Die Before You Die: Facing Fear on a Spiritual Retreat

The inviting, human-scaled central courtyard of the Te Moata Retreat Center where 40 of us gathered from February 4-9 to attend Australasia’s first Wisdom School taught by Cynthia Bourgeault. In the upper right hand are the loft quarters where I … Continue reading

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