East Meets West: Celebrating Spiritual Diversity

April 28, 2014

in 2013-2014, Annual Forum, Inclusive Community

Friday, May 9, 5 – 8:30pm (with picnic supper)
Saturday, May 10, 9am to 3:30pm
(includes lunch)
Rollo Centre  - 685 North Rd.

Gabriola Ecumenical SocietyThe much anticipated Gabriola Ecumenical Society (GES) annual Forum's 2014 topic is “East meets West – Celebrating Spiritual Diversity”.

GES values the wisdom, truth and beauty emanating from each of the world's spiritual traditions. We are fortunate to have within our own Gabriola community persons following a range of spiritual paths.

We welcome all the Gabriola community to open up to the richness of the spiritual diversity in our midst.

This year's Forum is divided into three parts.

Nick Halpin, who has a lifelong intrigue with Tibetan Buddhism, has studied under Lama Gangchen Rinpoche learning various Tibetan healing practices, Indian and Tibetan Yoga, Qigong and meditation.

Gabriola's Pandit Tejomaya is a Hindu priest in the tradition of the Himalayan Yoga Masters from the Vedic tradition. With his former background as a monk in the Roman Catholic Dominican Order, he will explore parallels between the scriptures of each tradition and the different views of Jesus.

Shelagh Huston, a Christian Anglican Deacon, will delve into Christian spirituality and explore some of the parallels, influences and commonalities among the paths of East and West.

Through personal story these speakers will share how they have come to embrace their particular spiritual traditions and how they have grown in the spiritual wisdom of these paths.

2014 Forum Schedule

Friday,  May 9
4:30 – 5:00pm:  Registration
5pm:    Welcome by Maureen Wild
Nick Halpin on Tibetan Buddhism
6pm:    Ethnic Picnic Supper  – food from East or West
7 – 8:30pm:  Tibetan Buddhism continued

Saturday May 10
9am:  Coffee and Refreshments
9:30 am:  Tejomaya - The Hindu Path
10:30:  Refreshment Break
10:50 - 12:15:  The Hindu Path, continued

12:30pm:  Lunch – soup/bread/cheese/fruit

1:15pm:  Circle Dance with Maureen Wild
1:30pm:   Shelagh Huston – The Christian Path
3:25pm:  Concluding Remarks

Registration:

Registration is available on either event day page (Friday and Saturday).  You can register for one or both days.
Prices are $15 for Friday night, $30 for Saturday or $35-$45 for both (pay what you can).
Some partial scholarships available.

See our event pamphlet at Artworks.

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