A piece dedicated to my very very dear friends. Thank you. So very much.
“Friendship in God” is the only title I have in mind for the past couple of days. So I supposed I do need to get this out. I am telling the world how beautiful and freeing friendship can be. I am sharing with the world how beautiful you are to me.
One misty morning in Baturiti, Bali, as the sun shyly making her first appearance of the day, there was a child walking by himself to school.
My gaze followed his every step. I wonder what was so attractive to me about this child in school uniform walking to school.
Beshara Southeast Asia would be conducting a nine-day course this coming October. Refer to the explanation towards the end of this article for further info on the nine-day course itself.
We are happy to announce that we have chosen the venue for the course. God willing, it will be held at Griya Dunamis, Gadog about an hour drive from Jakarta.
Now for the details:
About the course: The nine-day course is open to all students who have done 9-day course before as well as those who have done foundation course for the ‘new students’.
Facilitators are Peter Young (Principal of the School) and Peter Yiangou.
Course date: Course to start on Saturday, 29 October 2011 evening with dinner. Participants are expected to arrive at the location by 4pm at the latest for re-registration and check-in. Course ends on Sunday, 6 November at 1.00 pm.
Course fee: IDR 3.5 million and for our overseas friends USD 450. Fee to cover boarding, meals and study materials. Payments can be made by installments or full (cash please) at re-registration.
More info to come nearing course. Let me know if you are interested.
Thank you. Hope that you can join us for the course.
ABOUT THE NINE DAY COURSE
The education at Beshara has a single underlying focus: the unity of all existence. What does it mean to know that existence is one – that all life is an indivisible whole? And if I know this, how does this change my perception of myself, and the world?
Understanding the reality of one-ness is a quantum leap from simply acknowledging that every thing is dependent on every other thing, and that all and everything is interconnected.
One-ness completely redefines our acquired perception of the world. Within the context of the education of the Beshara School, this is the starting point for self knowledge, and it is from here that I begin to take responsibility for myself, and for the world around me.
The course does not offer ready made answers. Rather, it is an invitation for you to find your own questions, by working together in a small group, with the help of key texts, poetry, films and open discussion about who, what and why we are.
During the course, you will examine these questions from a unified perspective; study key texts to provide a background and metaphysical structure from which to try to see the limits of your own knowledge, challenge your assumptions and ask for deeper understanding. These courses comprise five basic aspects: conversation, study, meditation, work and devotional practice.
- * Conversation and listening help us to discover our most essential questions and give us the opportunity to share these with others.
- Study focuses on key texts taken from many of the great mystical traditions of the world. It encourages us to question and challenge what we think we know.
- Meditation means we purposefully make time to stop everything we do, and bring ourselves into stillness, with no agenda other than to be fully present in each moment.
Working together helps us to develop the qualities of service and humility.
- Devotional practice awakens the heart and establishes harmony and balance.
There are no teachers at the school. As a student recently put it: “The Beshara School provides a place where education can happen. The responsibility of receptivity remains with the individual.”