Category: Chivalry

An Exclusive Seven Pillars Interview with Robin Becker

Recently, Seven Pillars’ Laurie Lane-Zucker and Corin Girard sat down with dancer and choreographer Robin Becker to discuss her original production, “Into Sunlight.” In the interview, Robin spoke of what inspired her to create this poignant work, the “chaos theory” behind her artistic process, the company’s upcoming New York City performances and the creation of…

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From Battlefield to Stage

When I read They Marched Into Sunlight, David Maraniss’ powerful book on the Vietnam War, I immediately responded to the timelessness and universality of the themes and events he documented. I was deeply moved by the integrity, honor and commitment of both those who fought the war, and those who fought against it. I embarked…

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Heartfelt Dialogue

The mystery of heartfelt dialogue, of truly heart-centered conversation, is discovered in the inflow of presence and in a willingness to uncover the desires of the heart, as inspired by an atmosphere of loving concern. As a process of discovery, such dialogue is energized by patience and receptivity to what arises spontaneously and genuinely from…

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Notes on the Historic Context of Saracen Chivalry

Notes on the Historic Context of Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
. Notes on the Historic Context of Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity, and the Mystical Quest by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
. I.  The Fourth Europe A. Europe’s Crescent A veritable crescent, the fourth Europe in true…

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“Mocktail” Recipes

Interested in throwing your own “mocktail” party? Here are the recipes for our famous, homemade “mocktails,” Sans-gria and No-hitos, as seen at our Open House on June 15th, 2012. Enjoy! No-hito *    2 cups water*    1 1/2 cups white sugar*    2 cups mint leaves, coarsely chopped*    2 cups prepared limeade (prepare from frozen concentrate as…

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The Iron Rules, Number Six

An amusing story is told in Turkey about a gathering of Sufis. At this gathering someone asked three shaykhs—the heads of three orders—a question: “What do you do when you see a vice in someone.” The first shaykh answered, “I admonish the person.” The second shaykh answered, “I try to cover it up so that…

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The Iron Rules, Number Five

I have two small children and I take great delight in watching them grow and change. In children one can see the simplest impulses of the human personality before it has been socially conditioned. For example, when two children are playing together with an assortment of toys, a toy will often lie utterly neglected until…

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The Iron Rules, Number Four

If we are to live by the Golden Rule we must consider ourselves in the same light. Reversing one’s gaze, one might notice that there are ways in which one’s own ego has a jarring effect upon others. We might find that we have a tendency, in the intoxication of the moment, to lose ourselves…

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The Iron Rules, Number Three

The third rule is: My conscientious self, do not take advantage of a person’s ignorance.  Each rule begins with the words, “My conscientious self.” This means that the rule is a soliloquy, a conversation with oneself. It is not imposed by an external authority. Editor’s note: Continuing our examination of various moral codes, Seven Pillars…

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The Iron Rules, Number Two

The second rule is: Speak not against others in their absence. This is a saying that, like all wise words, has several levels of meaning. On the most literal level it means: do not speak unkindly about people who are not present in the conversation. At a deeper level, one could say that to speak…

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