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The Ground of Beneficence: The 'Twenty Nine Pages' Revisited
Sat, 26 Aug 2017, 19:00 – Sat, 2 Sep 2017, 14:00 BST
What kind of retreat is it?
Ibn Arabi wrote "Retreat brings knowledge of the world".
This course, in the spirit of active and intentional retreat aims to open a space for real knowledge to emerge through focused study, spiritual practice, meditation, work and private contemplation. All of these dimensions are held in equal regard as each is a direct way to be of service to Reality, to our fellow human beings and to the world.
The first three to four days will be spent revisiting the Twenty-nine Pages in which we will seek to uncover its relevance and meaning. This will be followed by two to three days reading the short chapter on the prophet Loqman from the Fusus al Hikam in the light of the metaphysics of Beneficence.
The ‘Fusus al-Hikam’, or ‘Bezels of Wisdom’, is a major work by Ibn 'Arabi dating from the 13th century. Its theme is the Infinite Wisdom that is at once unique in itself and many faceted in its representation in the line of prophets from Adam to Mohammed. It is simultaneously an explanation of the profoundest meaning of human existence and the possibility of its realisation.
This course is somewhat of an experimental development combining what some would see as a more-than-metaphysical perspective with the 'Wisdom of Beneficence’.
Read Peter Coates' short review of the Twenty-nine Pages on the Beshara Publications website.
Peter is the author of Ibn 'Arabi and Modern Thought: The History of Taking Metaphysics Seriously. He graduated from the University of Lancaster and researched at Keble College, University of Oxford. He was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Dept of Psychology, at The University of Lincoln. Peter has been connected with the dissemination of Ibn 'Arabi's universal perspective for many years. He has given talks on Ibn 'Arabi and Plato, Ibn 'Arabi and Kierkegaard, and Ibn 'Arabi and William James. He has also written on Ibn 'Arabi and the Ecological Crisis. He served as a Director of the Chisholme Institute for many years and helped supervise the six-month winter retreats at Chisholme. He has travelled, by invitation, to Australia, America, Morocco and a number of UK destinations giving talks and facilitating courses.
The course is a residential retreat, starting on Saturday evening (7pm) and running until after lunch on the following Saturday (2pm). The timetable will incorporate meditation, study, conversation, devotional practice and practical work in the house, kitchen or garden, all in the spirit of service.
Students are expected to attend the full course, arriving on Saturday and leaving the following Saturday.
Shared accommodation (double or triple bedroom) £325
Single room accommodation (when available £375)
This includes all meals and refreshments.
A non-refundable deposit of £60 should be paid when booking to confirm your place. The balance can be paid once at Chisholme.
Booking is cheaper on the website: http://www.chisholme.org/calendar/12/62-The-Ground-of-Beneficence-The-Twenty-Nine-Pages-revisited.html