Spirituality and Culture

Mindfulness and Meditation – a secular hijack?

The practice of Mindfulness, as everyone knows, has taken off in a big way in the western hemisphere. It is the most successful ‘non-religious’, awareness-based, self-help practice to establish itself in the west in recent decades, with the aim of ameliorating the stress of life in our deeply troubled and crisis-ridden world. From executives in Silicon Valley to schoolchildren, to

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Being at Home in the World

There is a very long history in the western world to our experience of being a separate individual, atomised from the world; a world that right now, as a result, seems to be descending into a crescendo of fragmentation and disintegration. At the same time, many of us, at one time or another, have intuitions of a deeper truth, in

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Tu Weiming: Spiritual Humanism: An Emerging Global Discourse

In this video, Professor Tu Weiming, versed in eastern and western thought, gives a beautifully articulate and cogent talk on the need for Spiritual Humanism, which he sees as offering a counter-balance to the inadequacy of our secular modern era to provide a “proper compass for human flourishing.” In a “de-spirited” modernity that “doesn’t take either religion or ecology seriously”,

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Mindfulness and Meditation – a secular hijack?

The practice of Mindfulness, as everyone knows, has taken off in a big way in the western hemisphere. It is the most successful ‘non-religious’, awareness-based, self-help practice to establish itself in the west in recent decades, with the aim of ameliorating the stress of life in our deeply troubled and crisis-ridden world. From executives in Silicon Valley to schoolchildren, to

Read More

Being at Home in the World

There is a very long history in the western world to our experience of being a separate individual, atomised from the world; a world that right now, as a result, seems to be descending into a crescendo of fragmentation and disintegration. At the same time, many of us, at one time or another, have intuitions of a deeper truth, in

Read More

Tu Weiming: Spiritual Humanism: An Emerging Global Discourse

In this video, Professor Tu Weiming, versed in eastern and western thought, gives a beautifully articulate and cogent talk on the need for Spiritual Humanism, which he sees as offering a counter-balance to the inadequacy of our secular modern era to provide a “proper compass for human flourishing.” In a “de-spirited” modernity that “doesn’t take either religion or ecology seriously”,

Read More