‘Religion Without God’, an exciting series planned for our October Sangha Nights.
This October we’ll be looking at how you can have a full spiritual life as a 21st Century American without recourse to blind faith or setting yourself against the rational world we find ourselves in. The Buddha faced some of the same dilemmas as us in India in 500 BCE, and we face some new challenges with 2500 years of culture and experience in between his time and our own.
October 3rd: Religion without God - A Radical Community of Values
October 10th: Sex and Morality in Buddhism - Going Beyond Puritanism
October 17th: Death and the Biggest Questions of All
October 24th: Magic for the Modern World
The first week will be on Sangha and personal values as the bases of a radical spiritual life
The second will be on trying to bring awareness to all our views, especially those that have formed our (unconscious) views of other people and society at large.
The third will look at the Buddhist tradition around death and how it interplays with the contemporary scientific materialist worldview.
The final week will be on meditation and working with the mind (via the Neoplatonists!) as effective magic for altering the world in perception and experience.