Spiritual Search — East and West

Saturdays, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. CT  
April 6 – 27 (4 classes)  
TS members: $70 • Nonmembers: $80

Spiritua Search East and West Ravi Ravindra 4.6.24Why am I here? What is my purpose? Spiritual search is oriented towards answering questions like these. In this four-part course, we will learn about the attitudes of religions dominant in the East and the West, then explore how these different perspectives can help us or hinder us in our search.

It is important to understand that an expression of Truth is not the Truth; at best an expression can point to the Truth. Today’s technology, communication, and travel have made our planet’s geographical boundaries far less important, but religious attitudes continue to foster regional and traditional boundaries. Compassionate study of religious traditions other than our own can allow us to move beyond any particular expression of Truth. All the great sages have insisted that Truth or God is beyond expression.

Course Topics:

  • The many common features of spiritual search in the East (regions influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism) and in the West (regions influenced by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)
  • Some radical differences which have influenced all aspects of the cultures — philosophy, theology, music, arts, poetry
  • Mystical experiences of the sages everywhere
  • The emanation myths of the Eastern religions versus the creation myths of the Western religions
  • The oneness (non-duality) of everything that is emphasized in the Eastern traditions, versus the uniqueness of everything emphasized in the Western traditions
  • Oneness with God versus uniqueness of God
  • How commitment to a specific religious perspective can interfere with serious search

Registration includes on-demand access to recordings of all the classes, which can be viewed for two weeks following the date of the final class. Late registrants will receive recording links to all missed sessions for on-demand viewing.

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Ravi RavindraRavi Ravindra, Ph.D., is an author and professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as a professor in comparative religion, philosophy, and physics. A lifetime member of the Theosophical Society, Ravi has taught many courses at the School of the Wisdom in Adyar and the Krotona Institute of Theosophy in Ojai, California. He was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. For more information visit ravindra.ca.

Program Format

This is a live, interactive online program that will also be recorded. Our goal is to send recordings to you within two business days, often sooner. Recordings will be available for on-demand viewing for two weeks following the date of the final class.

Software Platform

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