One Path, Many Paths

Seven Pillars’ founder and board member, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, recently sent a letter to Adam Bucko and Zachary Markwith, two individuals with “a deep sense of the sacred, but…quite different approaches to religion and tradition,” inviting them to participate in a dialogue about the relationship between religion and spirituality. Pir Zia was inspired to send…

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New Monasticism

“We assert that new monasticism names an impulse that is trying to incarnate itself in the new generation. It is beyond the borders of any particular religious institution, yet drinks deeply from the wells of our wisdom traditions. It is an urge which speaks to a profoundly contemplative life, to the formation of small communities…

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Our “Something Extra”

Spring has nearly sprung here in New Lebanon, New York. It is a time of year when we awaken to the blossoming of new life. It also offers an opportunity to take a fresh look at the challenges we face on the path ahead. Often, when one begins to experience the aural tingling of migratory…

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A Letter of Gratitude

In early January, I was invited to a Benefit Concert to support Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. As soon as I opened the beautiful invitation at my mailbox, I felt a strong, clear call to show up.  When I walked through the loft door and entered the Benefit on January 30, 2013, I became even…

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The Pledge

Resolving to take meaningful action on behalf of all. The Pledge: Here we make a solemn promise to live in the world with love and dedication. This pledge is not prescribed; it must come from the heart of each one of us. We ask: “What pledge must I make to fulfill my life’s purpose, and…

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What May Be

Responding with mind and heart to the call of the future. What May Be: This pillar opens us to appreciation of new possibilities. In the face of adversity and the breakdown of old systems, our creative response arises. Drawing on both imagination and intellect, we discover innovative ways of living and being. By aligning our…

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The Cry

Opening to the suffering of the world in all its forms. The Cry: We offer compassionate attention to the pain, fear, loss and degradation that people experience each day. Deep recognition is given to those in need of basic amenities, or who are facing violence, isolation, and alienation. We likewise attend to the distress of…

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The Great Mystery

Awakening to the numinous nature of reality. The Great Mystery: Now we enter the numinous whole of reality. Here there is no separation, no otherness. The heart is unveiled, awe arises, and we discover that everything is interconnected within a sublime and all-pervasive unity. Go back to Our Sacred Heritage < > Continue on to…

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Our Sacred Heritage

Contemplating the rich record of the human encounter with the divine. Our Sacred Heritage: Here we contemplate humanity’s awakening to the divine source of life. Honoring the legacy of the prophets and sages of the world’s great religious and indigenous traditions, and others who embody illuminated aspects of human character, we can glimpse our own…

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The Living Universe

Exploring the nature of the universe and the Earth, and our vital relation to them. The Living Universe: Shifting to a more vast biography, we survey the whole manifest universe, and the cosmologies that describe our relation with it. From the primal flaring forth and crystallization of the cosmos, spiraling into galaxies beyond number, to…

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