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Primordial Landscape & Sacred Knowledge in Europe and the Americas
Join us for this unique event. Professor Arthur Versluis from Michigan State University will be discussing his latest findings among ancient sites in Europe, and their significance in the area of contemplative science among pre-literate societies (Druids, Samothrace mysteries etc Arthur Versluis is the author of The Ash Wednesday Supper: A Novel (2018) Platonic Mysticism (2017), and Entering the Mysteries: The Secret Traditions of Indigenous Europe (2016). The term “sacred landscape” is often associated with indigenous cultures, including the Australian Aboriginal myths of the dreaming as discussed by James Cowan in his many books. Less widely discussed are the sacred monuments of archaic European cultures, such as the countless megaliths of Brittany, Ireland and Cornwall. Arthur Versluis will explore the hidden language of the standing stones and cairns of Western Europe, as well as some enigmatic stones of the Americas. What do these archaic monuments have to say to us in the present, and what do they have to tell us about our shared future? One of the foremost critical thinkers in the US today, Arthur Versluis, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Professor in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan, and has published numerous books. Among these are Platonic Mysticism, American Gurus, Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism, Restoring Paradise: Esoteric Transmission through Literature and Art The Esoteric Origins of the American Renaissance, Wisdom’s Book: The Sophia Anthology, Wisdom’s Children: A Christian Esoteric Tradition, American Transcendentalism and Asian Religions Versluis is editor of the Journal for the Study of Radicalism. He is the founding president of the Association for the Study of Esotericism. Cost: $10.00 Book and pay by PayPal or by direct debit. Limited to 40 attendees. You must book in advance, and RSVP by clicking ‘Yes’ (above right on the website). If you wish to pay by direct debit, please message us to reserve your place. Bank details for direct debit: Byron Philo Cafe Inc. Southern Cross CU BSB:[masked] Account No. [masked] Meals are served at the Services Club from 5:30 pm, as well as drinks. Coffee and dessert on request. There is no BYO. The bar is open, however, for purchases. Please order a meal early, and be seated no later than 6.30 pm. If you can't come after making a booking, you must make a private arrangement via the comments below to transfer your ticket. Note that we have moved to the Byron Bay Services Club, 132 Johnson Street, Byron Bay. This is our new venue.

Byron Bay services club

132 Johnson St. · Byron Bay

$10.00
Respond by: 22/08/2018
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    In the tradition of the Parisian cafe philosophique, Byronites meet monthly on a Friday night to consider ideas, while sharing food and drinks at a local café.Topics range from public concerns such as what is democratic leadership? are legal ethics really ethical? to the more philosophical – what is real? How do we know? How do we speak about what we know?We're brought together by a love of thoughtful enquiry. Like the flaneur or city-stroller, an observer of the commodity-obsessed marketplace, we saunter through ideas, absorbing their taste, their aroma. Opinion counts less than considered thought, and disagreements are embraced. Our café becomes a ‘dome of thought’ under which we gather in the hope of a breakthrough, a hint of an awakening….

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