Friday, September 20, 2013

School for Contemplative Practices: Saturday, September 28, 2013

Each religion has unique and valid insights into the nature of reality. However when all of the major religions observe a similar truth, we can trust that this harmony points to a core aspect of what is.

One of the observations common to all of the great wisdom traditions is that when we sit in silent attention to the divine we experience a transformation of our consciousness. When we commit ourselves to contemplative prayer or meditation we find that we begin to see reality with new eyes. Whether we call this “discovering our Buddha nature” or “finding harmony with the Tao” or “putting on the mind of Christ” we have a shift that may be called non-dual awareness or unitive consciousness.

Toward the end of the first week of September 180 students of the Living School of the Rohr Institute met at a resort on native lands on the banks of the Rio Grande River just north of Albuquerque, NM. The core faculty consisted of Fr. Richard Rohr, Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley. The topic was on developing non-dual awareness.

Join us Saturday morning, September 28 from 10:00 to Noon at Pilgrim Church in the Second floor Lounge for a presentation by Rev. Dr. Mark Lee Robinson, one of the students in the Living School about the experience and about the teaching. We will examine questions such as;
· Are we called to worship Jesus or to follow him?
· If we realize that Christ is not Jesus’ last name, what does it mean to be the Christ?
· Is it possible for us to “put on the mind of Christ” and if so, what does that experience look like and how does it change the way we see the world?

A light lunch will follow.

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