Year: 2010

Michael Green

Michael Green, a long-time student of Sufi master M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, is interested in revivifying the medieval arts of illumination, and is responsible (along with Coleman Barks) for The Illuminated Rumi, as well as its sequel One Song • A New Illuminated Rumi, and The Illuminated Prayer. Green lives and works in rural Pennsylvania,…

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William Irwin Thompson Lucifer first indicted God for the crime of Creation; that is what the War in Heaven was really all about, not Christ and Lucifer’s envy of him as Dissenting Milton would have us believe in Paradise Lost. Lucifer claimed that Creation was an ego trip completely without compassion for others, for their…

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New Light on the Art of Islam

The Challenge of Islam: The Prophetic Tradition—Lectures, 1981 by Norman O. BrownH. Talat Halmanhttp://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/assets/images/content/challenge-of-islam.jpg The Challenge of Islam is a recent posthumously-published set of seven transcribed lectures originally delivered at Tufts in 1981, and one essay written as a conference paper. In it, Norman O. Brown (1913-2002) poses three vital and interconnected challenges. Norman O….

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H. Talat Halman, Ph.D.

H. Talat Halman is Assistant Professor of Religion at Central Michigan University where he teaches courses in Islamic Studies and World Religions. His book on the Green Man, al-Khidr, is to be published by Fons Vitae as Where Two Seas Meet: The Story of al-Khidr and Spiritual Guidance. Talat holds initiations in the Ruhaniat, the…

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Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn (June 27, 1850 – September 26, 1904), also known as Koizumi Yakumo after gaining Japanese citizenship, was well known for his collections of Japanese legends and ghost stories. Hearn

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Red Book

by Carl Gustav Jung, edited by Sonu Shamdasani, W.W. Norton & Co, New York, 2009Janet Piedilato Red Book, the dream journal of the great Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, was published in the fall of 2009. It sold out before publication, and is already in its fifth edition. While many knew of its existence through references…

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When Technology Displaces CultureWilliam Irwin Thompson When printed manuscripts were first introduced, they appeared as incunabula and were made to look like medieval hand-illuminated vellum rather than printed paper. When new Victorian hand guns were introduced, they were covered with vines and made to look more like a plant than a weapon. When printed manuscripts…

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Rabbi Yaakov Kellman

http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/assets/images/content/people/yaakov-kellman.jpg Rabbi Yaakov Kellman is the Executive Director of JERNY, Jewish Educational Resources of New York, and holds semicha (ordination) from Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Prior to joining JERNY, for over two decades Rabbi Kellman served as the Administrator of the Vaad Hakashruth of the Capital District. Rabbi Kellman is a student of human nature, and…

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Lama Palden

http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/assets/images/content/people/lama-palden.jpg Lama Palden was authorized as a lama in 1986 by her root teacher, Khabje Kalu Rinpoche, and has been a student and practitioner of Buddhism for over 30 years, and of Comparative Mysticism for over 35 years. She is the founding teacher of Sukhasiddhi Foundation in Marin County. Lama Palden has a deep interest…

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Wisdom vs. Knowledge

On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, a group of Seven Pillars Guiding Voices met for one hour via conference call to discuss the topic: What differentiates wisdom from other forms of knowledge?   On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, a group of Seven Pillars Guiding Voices met for one hour via conference call to discuss the topic:…

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