Illumined: Mystical and Philosophical Texts Transformed into Art

ILLUMINED

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David Orr

 Saturday · May 6, 2017 · 1PM-2:30 PM

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Join L.A. artist David Orr as he discusses his latest project ILLUMINED at the University of Philosophical Research. David has been photographing mystical and philosophical texts from the UPR library collection — often one-of-a-kind, hand-printed and illuminated manuscripts — then recombining the results into abstract forms which allude to their worldview and beyond. The end images evoke the Daoist idea that “the deepest truths can never be captured by words alone.”

David will share ideas which informed this project, including: uncanny similarities in visual depictions of the universe across cultures; how ancient Eastern philosophies and cutting-edge quantum physics arrive at the same conclusions; and how symmetry, long employed in scientific, secular and spiritual iconography to invoke unattainable order, originates in natural phenomena both visible and invisible to us.

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David Orr is an artist whose work has been shown extensively in the United States and internationally, in shows juried by representatives from the de Young Museum, International Center for Photography, the Lucie Awards, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work is in public collections among Ansel Adams, John Baldessari, Jim Dine, David Hockney, The Brothers Quay, Edward Weston, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

His work has appeared in Art Daily, Buzzfeed, Communication Arts, Graphis, Hyperallergic, The Photo Review, Print, The Art Director’s Club, The Society of Publication Designers, VICE, and VICTOR: The Hasselblad Magazine. Independent film projects have aired on Channel 4 Britain and PBS, and David has juried the AICP and Monitor awards. He speaks about his work regularly at such venues as CSU LA, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Death Salon, The Director’s Guild of America, Dublintellectual, The Mütter Museum, The New School, Parsons School of Design, Reed College, and UCLA.

Saturday Bookstore & Library Hours

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Our Bookstore and Library will be open the 2nd Saturday of October, November, and December in preparation for our upcoming 2017 2nd Saturday Speaker’s Platform and the approaching Holiday Season.

Saturday 10/8/16: Bookstore & Library open 10am-4pm

Saturday 11/12/16: Bookstore & Library open 10am-4pm

Saturday 12/10/16: Bookstore & Library open 10am-4pm

The Research Library will limit occupancy to 10 visitors at a time.


Our Bookstore is always open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Come visit us and browse our selection of new and used books spanning an expansive array of subjects and interests from Alchemy and Alternative Healing to Depth Psychology, Mythology and Buddhist Studies…As well as a selection of incense, gem stones, symbolic prints and tarot decks

We offer literature and catalogs for all of our online degree programs as well as select textbooks and course albums for audit and independent study.

We are also the original home of an in-depth selection of works published by the Philosophical Research Society spanning from the 1930s to recent releases. Click here to view PRS Publications.

Questions? Contact us at: 323.663.2167 ext.116, bookstore@uprs.edu

The Living Wisdom Concert Series – Music to Nourish the Soul

The Living Wisdom Concert Series seeks to further personal and global knowledge and understanding by breathing new relevance into ancient traditions, using music as a metaphor to demonstrate the historical and cultural ties intrinsic between us all. This four-part series will feature musical traditions from India, China, Babylon, Israel, Pakistan and Morocco. Each concert will focus on a specific musical tradition that has promoted healing and well-being since the earliest days of civilization. See below for more information.

The Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions  one of LA’s leading interfaith organizations is a proud co-sponsor of UPR’s Living Wisdom Concert Series.   Since 2007 SCCPWR has been dedicated to creating multiple, groundbreaking events about current events and religious diversity involving both religious and secular communities, as well as drawing attention to the work of the global parliament. Visit www.SCCPWR.org for more information. The Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions, one of LA’s leading interfaith organizations, is a proud co-sponsor of UPR’s Living Wisdom Concert Series.  Since 2007 SCCPWR has been dedicated to creating multiple, groundbreaking events about current events and religious diversity involving both religious and secular communities, as well as drawing attention to the work of the global parliament. Visit www.SCCPWR.org for more information.

Tickets can be purchased by phone Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 4pm at: 323.663.2167 ext.112, at the door, 

or at this linkClick here for information on parking, location and bookstore hours

Burning Heart

Sunday, May 17th, 4pm – 6pm


We invite you to join us for the fourth and final installment of the Living Wisdom Concert Series, Burning Heart, with master Qalandar singer and harmonium player, Sukhawat Ali Khan, percussionist Jamie Papish, and Armenian master woodwind player Norik Manoukian.


Sukhawat Ali Khan a member of the Yuval Ron Ensemble, represents the family lineage of the 600-year-old Sham Chorasi traditional school of music, which was established during the reign of Emperor Akbar of India. His training in both classical raga and Sufi Qawwali singing began at the age of seven under his father, legendary Pakistani/Indian vocalist Ustad Salamat Ali Khan. A San Francisco Bay Area resident, Sukhawat teaches this musical style and performs concerts for dance and world music lovers everywhere.

Sukhawat has performed at the Montreal, Monterey and Prospect Park jazz festivals, the Fillmore in San Francisco, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and many other major venues and music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe. His vocal abilities have been used on other recordings as well, including the Disney film, Hidalgo (2004).

The Yuval Ron Ensemble — Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by Award winning composer Yuval Ron (music for Oscar winning film “West Bank Story”) the Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support, was chosen to be featured in PBS “Holiday Celebration” TV specials and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award and the Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal from the City of Lincoln, NE in appreciation of its efforts for peace and justice worldwide.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble Cd’s “Under The Olive Tree”, “Tree of Life” and “Seeker of Truth” have become international favorites with world music lovers and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Echoes” and “Hearts of Space” programs. The Yuval Ron Ensemble was in residencies at numerous schools such as Yale University, John Hopkins University, UCLA, university of Chicago, Seattle University and Middlebury College and has performed numerous benefit concerts to support organizations that promote peace and help the disadvantaged. For more information: www.yuvalronmusic.com

Click here for a flyer for this event.

The Healing Power of Sound

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 4pm – 6pm


Join Yuval Ron, Master Bansuri Flutist Radha Reasad, and Gong Master Kenneth Goff in the healing sounds of Quigong and Gong Bath Meditation. Click here for the flyer for this event.

Desert Blues from the House of Wisdom

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 4pm – 6pm


Join Yuval Ron, Moroccan singer Elinor Sitrish and talented percussionist Jamie Papish, for a concert of soulful music bringing together ancient traditions from the deserts of Babylon, the Holy Land and the Golden Age of Spain. Click here for the flyer for this event.

Music of the Psalms

Sunday, April 26th, 4pm – 6pm


We invite you to join us in the third installment of the Living Wisdom Concert Series. Coming in April, the Yuval Ron Ensemble, featuring stunning vocalist Katyanna Zoroghlian, will take you on a journey through the biblical to contemporary world. We will unearth the origins of the Psalms, how they were created and how they were used in ancient rituals in Jerusalem.


The Yuval Ron Ensemble — Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by Award winning composer Yuval Ron (music for Oscar winning film “West Bank Story”) the Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support, was chosen to be featured in PBS “Holiday Celebration” TV specials and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award and the Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal from the City of Lincoln, NE in appreciation of its efforts for peace and justice worldwide.

The Ensemble was invited by King of Morocco to appear at the International Sacred Music Festival of Fez, 2009 and had the honor to headline the benefit concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative “Seeds of Compassion” promoting Compassion in Education, Business and Community. The ensemble was featured four times at the World Festival of Sacred Music in Los Angeles and was honored to perform at an International Peace Festival ‘05 in South Korea. In addition, the Ensemble was chosen by the Mid-Atlantic Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts to represent the United States and its cultural diversity at the International Folk Music Festival in Lublin, Poland in 2005. In 2006 the Ensemble was the first to introduce the music of the Middle East to Chihuahua, Mexico at the International Chihuahua Festival, and in 2007 it was featured in the International Oud Festival in Jerusalem as part of a Peace Mission Tour to Israel. In 2010 The Ensemble toured in Spain performing a unique collaboration with the Gypsy Flamenco artists of Andalusia in concerts in Seville, Jerez and Madrid. In 2011 the ensemble was invited by the Intercultural forum of the Association of writers and Journalists of Turkey to give a concert for peace in Istanbul and to conduct a Peace Mission Tour throughout Turkey.

The Yuval Ron Ensemble Cd’s “Under The Olive Tree”, “Tree of Life” and “Seeker of Truth” have become international favorites with world music lovers and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Echoes” and “Hearts of Space” programs. The Yuval Ron Ensemble was in residencies at numerous schools such as Yale University, John Hopkins University, UCLA, university of Chicago, Seattle University and Middlebury College and has performed numerous benefit concerts to support organizations that promote peace and help the disadvantaged. For more information: www.yuvalronmusic.com

Click here for a flyer for this event.

January 31st in the UPR Bookstore: The Sacrifice and Other Stories

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The University of Philosophical Research is pleased to invite author and professor William Garlington to our bookstore on Saturday, January 31st at 12:00 pm to introduce his most recent book, The Sacrifice and Other Stories.

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The Sacrifice and Other Stories, is a collection of fourteen short stories written over the past twenty years. The stories deal with a wide range of existential themes including meaning, suffering, contingency and spiritual insight. Published in 2014 by Upasthapana Books, Los Angeles.

 

 


 

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William Garlington received both his B.A. & M.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. from Australian National University  Asian history & Sociology
Dr. Garlington has taught at: The Australian National University, Adelaide College of Advanced Education, St. Claire’s College Canberra, Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley, CA
He is also the author of The Baha’i Faith in America (Aug 30, 2005)

Yuval Ron at the University of Philosophical Research

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Yuval Ron is an internationally renowned World Music artist, composer, educator, peace activist and record producer. Graduating Cum Laude as a Film Scoring Major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has continuously researched various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story in 2007, was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008, and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan since 2006. is awards include the Los Angeles Treasures Award in 2004 and prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Composers Forum, California Council for the Humanities and the Rockefeller Foundation. For more information: http://www.yuvalronmusic.com

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To RSVP to this event, please e-mail: artsector@uprs.edu

There will be a lunch break from 1-1:30. Attendees are asked to please bring their own lunch.


Yuval Ron November 16th Workshop




Join us for Tea in our Courtyard and an Evening Book Reading with Author James McHugh

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Please join us in the UPR Bookstore, the evening of May 15th!

Our Bookstore will be open to the public extended hours until 8pm

Tea will be served in our courtyard prior to a reading and discussion with Author James McHugh  

 

James McHugh offers the first comprehensive examination of the concepts and practices related to smell in pre-modern India. Drawing on a wide range of textual sources, from poetry to medical texts, he shows the significant religious and cultural role of smell in India throughout the first millennium CE.

McHugh describes the arts of perfumery developed in royal courts, temples, and monasteries, which were connected to a trade in exotic aromatics. Through their transformative nature, perfumes played an important part in every aspect of Indian life from seduction to diplomacy and religion. The aesthetics of smell dictated many of the materials, practices, and ceremonies associated with India’s religious culture. McHugh shows how religious discourses on the purpose of life emphasized the pleasures of the senses, including olfactory experience, as valid ends in themselves. Fragrances and stenches were analogous to certain values, aesthetic or ethical, and in a system where karmic results often had a sensory impact-where evil literally stank-the ethical and aesthetic became difficult to distinguish. Through the study of smell, McHugh strengthens our understanding of the vital connection between the theological and the physical world.

Sandalwood and Carrion explores smell in pre-modern India from many perspectives, covering such topics as philosophical accounts of smell perception, odors in literature, the history of perfumery in India, the significance of sandalwood in Buddhism, and the divine offering of perfume to the gods.

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James McHugh

Ph.D. Sanskrit and Indian Studies, Harvard University, 6/2008

M.Phil. Classical Indian Religion, University of Oxford, 6/1997

B.A. Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 6/1994

Associate Professor of Religion at USC

 

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This event is free and open to the public!

The bookstore will have Sandalwood and Carrion available for purchase at this event.  We hope to see you there!

 

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