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
Extend your weekend 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.