Spirituality East and West – Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff

A public talk & weekend retreat with Ravi Ravindra

April 13-15, 2018 (Fri 7 pm – Sun 4:30 pm)


Born and educated in India before moving to Canada,  Ravi Ravindra  is a spiritual visionary, scholar and international speaker on religion, science and spirituality. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a Ph.D. in physics. He was the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge and is professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he served for many years as professor in the departments of Comparative Religion, Philosophy  and Physics. His books include ‘Science and the Sacred’, ‘Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree’, and ‘Whispers from the Other Shore’. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The two main streams of spirituality centred in the East—often labeled Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism– and the West—Abrahamic traditions labeled Judaism, Christianity, Islam– have many things in common and also some radical differences.  In our planetary culture we need to be aware of the differences and to search for ways of imbibing the best of both. After some general considerations, we will focus on the two twentieth century spiritual giants—Krishnamurti and Gurdjieff—who are both trans-cultural and non-sectarian and yet much influenced by their cultural backgrounds.

We will explore how these have affected their teachings, including differences and similarities.  Experiential sessions reflecting both approaches will be included, along with some relevant quotes from both sides.



There will be an introductory talk at the Centre on Friday evening, April 13 at 7:30 pm, on the overall theme of the weekend retreat. This talk is open to the public.  Suggested donation: $15.



Shared accommodation (double occupancy) with meals:
Regular rate:   $290                 Early bird rate*:  $260

Private accommodation with meals:
Regular rate:   $340                 Early bird rate*:  $310

Day Commuter – with meals:
Regular rate:   $190                 Early bird rate*:  $170

Day Commuter – without meals:
Regular rate:   $140                 Early bird rate*:  $120

* valid up to 30 days before the event

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 with a personal retreat of up to 3 nights for a discounted rate of only $40 per night.

Persons with financial constraints may be offered a special discount. Please contact the program manager, Ralph Tiller.



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