The Symbolism of Fairytales in Adult Psychology

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Saturday, March 4th, 2017

A six-hour seminar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach.

The University of Philosophical Research, 

3910 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027

Favorite stories from childhood can have subtle influences on adult identity. This course covers how to analyze familiar tales for metaphors rich in psychological insights. Focus is on the Cinderella stories, to show how allegories can reveal elements of the inner life.

The day includes detecting unconscious themes in timeless stories – and using archetypal perspectives in discussions of personal issues. Presentations cover the significance of a sense of personal story – and the influence of family stories as shapers of unique worldviews. Presented at an introductory level, this seminar is useful for counselors, teachers, writers, clergy, and those interested in archetypal perspectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Detect symbolism in familiar stories.
  • Recognize plot patterns as unconscious scripts.
  • Discern the shaping influence of life stories.
  • Discuss strategies for using narratives for psychological exploration.
  • List how archetypal patterns shape character.
  • Identify how accepting authenticity can aid fulfillment.  

Instructors:

Jonathan Young, Ph.D., PSY10231, is a psychologist storyteller, and writer on mythic stories. He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. Dr. Young is on the faculty of the University of Philosophical Research     

Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891 is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy. She gives presentations on creativity as inner work at major conferences, and lectures widely on psychological dimensions of expressive writing. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with residential mentally ill patients.   

Tuition: 

In person: $140 with CE credit   ~   $95 non-credit

Webinar: $95 with CE credit   ~   $45. non-credit

Day Schedule

9:30 – Check-in begins.
10:00 – Introduction to archetypal symbolism
- The fairytale as window to the unconscious
11:15 – Break (approximate time)
11:30 – The nature of the fairytale
- How adult psychological issues are reflected in folklore
12:30 – Lunch Break – On your own, please return on time
1:30 – Story and symbol in lived narratives – The development of personal mythologies
2:30 – Break (approximate time)
2:40 – Unconscious dynamics in the mythic imagination
- Influence of favorite stories from childhood
3:50 – Break (approximate time)
4:00 – Deepening the healing relationship
5:00 – Course concludes – Be sure to sign out – Take your things.

CE Credit Information:

The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology. Non-credit: Those not needing verification of attendance, such as teachers, writers, clergy, and artists – are welcome as non-credit attendees. Spouses, friends, students, and others not needing verification of attendance can also choose the lower non-credit tuition.

Counts as a real-time in-person course (not home-study) for Psychology, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, etc : 6 CE hours, Nursing: 7 hours. Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Credits are provided by the Center for Story and Symbol. Center courses meet the requirements in most states.

Psychology ~ The Center for Story and Symbol is approved by the American Psychology Association to sponsor continuing education hours for psychologists. The Center maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. CE hours are accepted by the California MCEP program. Full attendance is required for psychologists – No partial credit.

MFT, LCSW, LPCC ~ California BBS Provider Number PCE 3903  RN ~ Provider approved by the Calif. Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider Number CEP 12477

Teachers ~ Continuing Education courses are customarily approved by immediate supervisors. It is usually sufficient for teachers to attend on a non-credit (auditing) basis and present a receipt for the course.

 


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UPR on Campus—Understanding the World’s Religions

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Beginning Tuesday, October 25th, UPR professor Dr. Greg Salyer will offer a weekly public lecture and discussion series at UPR. Touching upon the tremendous diversity of religious traditions practiced across the globe, Dr. Salyer will utilize universal notions such as myth, ritual, the idea of the sacred, and community to weave a rich tapestry of thought and discussion in order to strengthen our understanding of the world’s religions. $10 suggested donation per lecture (we ask that you try and reserve your ticket in advance so that we can best accommodate each class)

Lectures will take place in the Auditorium. Please check-in inside our bookstore. Bookstore hours are extended until 9pm on lecture nights

All lectures are being recorded and will be made available online at the following link

Greg Salyer is the Dean of Students at the University of Philosophical Research and has been a teacher and administrator in higher education for almost twenty-five years. He has a Ph.D. in Literary Theory, Contemporary Literature, and Religious Studies from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts and has taught in many venues, from small liberal arts colleges to a major research university, and also online since 2000. He has taught world religions at most of these schools and has developed a unique approach to the subject, one that uses five “lenses” from the discipline of religious studies to examine particular religions.

Lecture 1: Tuesday October 25, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

Perspectives on Religions

Beginnings are important to a religion—and to studying it. One of the best ways to understand a phenomenon as complex as religion is to begin simply, in this case with etymology, the origin and history of the word itself.  We will also explore the five lenses we will use to study religion: the sacred, myth, ritual, community, and the individual.

Lecture 2: Tuesday November 1, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

The Sacred in Native American Religions

The oldest religions on earth can be found in contemporary expressions of indigenous traditions. In the face of globalisms old and new, their resilience is astonishing, and some of their adaptations are immensely creative. Their understandings of sacred space and time both predate and influence our own. Centered on the landscape and oral storytelling, these traditions represent a religious perspective that is unique and integrative.

Lecture 3: Tuesday November 8, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

Myth in Hinduism

Like indigenous religions, Hinduism contains traces of religious belief that antedate it by incalculable years. Hinduism emerged from these earlier beliefs and practices to create the oldest institutional religion on earth. Much of its vitality is found in its sacred texts and myths, which include deep philosophical ruminations, songs, epic poems, and manuals for the performance of rituals. We will examine Hinduism through the lens of myth, specifically, in terms of its nature and functions. 

Lecture 4: Tuesday November 15, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

Ritual in Buddhism

Buddhism is a branch of Hinduism that developed into its own, full-fledged religion, and it is in part a set of rituals that is uniquely centered in the body, from its beginnings in its founder’s early asceticism to its ritual practices of meditation. One of the most widespread and eclectic religions, Buddhism has many incarnations across the world. We will examine Buddhism through the lens of ritual, specifically, the body, symbol, and magic.

Lecture 5: Tuesday November 29, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

Community in Chinese Religions

For much of its existence, Chinese culture was closed to other cultures, especially Western cultures. As the Chinese gazed inward, they focused religiously on domestic balance and harmony. All of these religions see ethical practice, relationships, and the maintenance of institutions as the highest expressions of the sacred. We will examine Chinese religions through the lens of community, specifically, ethics and institutions.

Lecture 6: Tuesday December 6, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

The Individual in Zoroastrianism

Often overlooked even in world religions courses, Zoroastrianism has been a pivotal religion in the development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, contributing much of its ideas of individuality and eschatology to them while retaining a small but dedicated group of adherents even today. Unique rituals and concepts combine to make Zoroastrianism one of the most influential and interesting world religions. We will examine Zoroastrianism through the lens of the individual, specifically, salvation and the afterlife.

Lecture 7: Tuesday December 13, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

The Sacred in Judaism

One of the oldest living religions, Judaism offers a unique perspective on identity and tradition by virtue of its anthropomorphic deity and vital traditions. In addition to thriving despite millennia of persecution, Judaism has given birth to other religions, notably Christianity. We will examine Judaism through the lens of the sacred, specifically, anthropomorphism and tradition.

Lecture 8: Tuesday December 20, 2016 (7:00-8:30pm)

Myth in Christianity

Christianity begins by taking another religion’s story as its own, then adding a global, evangelical element. As such, Christianity’s story has been at the center of its history and practice, even with radically diverse versions of it. We will examine Christianity through the lens of myth, specifically, its forms and relationships.

Lecture 9: Tuesday January 3, 2017 (7:00-8:30pm)

Ritual in Islam

A religion that was effectively “the world religion” for much of the Middle Ages, Islam is unique in its focus on practices, whether it is the pilgrimage to Mecca (the hajj) or one of the other five pillars. We will examine Islam through the lens of ritual, specifically, rites of passage and communitas.

Lecture 10: Tuesday January 10, 2017 (7:00-8:30pm)

Community in Sikhism, Bahá’í and New Age Religions

Religions tend to present themselves in exclusive fashion, even as they adapt to include other cultural elements, but Sikhism and Bahá’í are two religions that successfully adapt and include other religions. Sikhism blends Hinduism and Islam, Bahá’í incorporates all of the world’s religions in a fascinating mixture, while New Age Religions are eclectic by their very nature. We will examine these religions through the lens of syncretism and eclecticism.

Claiming Our Stories

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Swan at SunsetSaturday, September 10th, 2016

A six-hour seminar with Jonathan Young and Anne Bach. 

A sense of life-story can have a strong impact on our inner development. This course explores major themes in formative myths. We will look at how hidden motivations and expectations can shape the unfolding adventure. Such patterns influence perceptions, choices, and possibilities. Tales like The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson are more than entertainments. They have guiding wisdom for how we see our own journeys. Life fulfillment can be seen as a project of creating a satisfactory biography. It is crucial to cultivate a vision that nurtures our best qualities. Central tasks include finding authenticity, being loyal to cherished values, and having compassion towards oneself and others. Integration involves cultivating a radical sense of acceptance of our stories as they are.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discern the shaping influence of life stories.
  2. Recognize how crises of faith, courage, and identity can be calls for renewal.
  3. Establish how reflecting on personal storyline can aid in the integration of competing goals.

Open to everyone. The course is not just for psychotherapists. It is open to all those interested in archetypal perspectives. The lectures are presented at the introductory level and require no background in mythology, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology. 


Instructors:

Jonathan Young, Ph.D., PSY10231, is a psychologist storyteller, and writer on mythic stories. He assisted mythologist Joseph Campbell at seminars and was the Founding Curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives and Library. His books and articles focus on personal mythology. Dr. Young is on the faculty of the University of Philosophical Research     

Anne Bach, M.S., MFT 38891 is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy. She gives presentations on creativity as inner work at major conferences, and lectures widely on psychological dimensions of expressive writing. Her clinical background includes poetry therapy with residential mentally ill patients.   

Tuition: 

In person: $140 with CE credit   ~   $95 non-credit

Webinar: $95 with CE credit   ~   $45. non-credit

Call (323) 663-2167 ext. 112 to reserve your ticket over the phone or select one of the following to purchase tickets online:


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 For half-price tuition (students and UPR alumni only) please call (323) 663-2167 ext. 112

Day Schedule:

Checking-in begins at 9:30 a.m.

10:00 – Underlying Patterns in Life Stories

11:15 – Break (approximate time)

11:30 – Character as Identity and Purpose

12:30 – Lunch Break

1:30 – Cultivating the Richness of Destiny

2:30 – Break(approximate time)

2:50 – Harvesting the Layers of Emerging Narratives

3:50 – Break(approximate time)

4:00 – Story Work in Helping People

5:00 – Course concludes – Total 6 hours (RNs 7 hours)

CE Credit Information:

The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology. Non-credit: Those not needing verification of attendance, such as teachers, writers, clergy, and artists – are welcome as non-credit attendees. Spouses, friends, students, and others not needing verification of attendance can also choose the lower non-credit tuition. 

Continuing Education hours are available for psychologists, marriage & family therapists, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals. The course meets CE requirements in most states. The certificate of completion will be provided by the Center for Story and Symbol. 

The following CE credits are available:

Psychology, MFT, LCSW, LPCC : 6 CE hours, Nursing: 7 hours. Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Credits are provided by the Center for Story and Symbol. Center courses meet the requirements in most states. 

CE Hours: 

Psychology, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, Ed Psych: 6 CE hours   –   Nursing : 7 hours  Approvals:  Psychology ~ The Center for Story and Symbol is approved by the American Psychology Association to sponsor continuing education hours for psychologists. The Center maintains responsibility for these programs and their contents. CE hours are accepted by the California MCEP program. Full attendance is required for psychologists – No partial credit. The level is introductory for psychologists. 

MFT, LCSW, LPCC ~ California BBS Provider Number PCE 3903  RN ~ Provider approved by the Calif. Board of Registered Nursing, BRN Provider Number CEP 12477 

Teachers ~ Continuing Education courses are customarily approved by immediate supervisors. It is usually sufficient for teachers to attend on a non-credit (auditing) basis and present a receipt for the course. 

The Gospel According To The Christian Mystics

 

A Three-Part Lecture and Meditation Series on Christian Mysticism

“The Christian mystic,” observes William Johnson, S.J., “is one who lives the Christ-Mystery and is transformed by it.” With that working definition, the course will examine core themes in Christian mysticism. These include the Triune Godhead as the fount of mysticism, Christ as the revelation of man’s eternal unity with God, our common journey to God that re-lives the very Mysteries of Christ, the Eucharist as the great transformer of the soul, the way of silent contemplative prayer, and the omega of mystical transformation: everyman’s transformation into the one Christ of heavenly glory. 

$10/lecture – we ask that all guests please RSVP by purchasing tickets below or by calling 323.663.2167 ext. 112 


Part 1: Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, Hearing the Song of Christianity in a Mystic Key  |  10:30am – 12:00pm 1 hour lecture; 10-15 min Q &A; 20 min meditation

Conventionally considered, Christianity appears to millions to be incoherent, counter-factual, superficial, un-holistic. This is especially puzzling and ironic, given the vivid figure of the enlightened Jesus. Yet, when Christianity is heard in a mystic key, then it verily fills the air with music. This lecture presents the essence of Christian mysticism, as well as guided meditation that will make the healing realities discovered by the Christian mystics experiential to the audience. 

Part 2: Saturday, May 7th, 2016, The Ego: Not an Illusion, but Truly Oriented to God  |  10:30am – 12:00pm1 hour lecture; 10-15 min Q & A; 20 min meditation

Tacking a sign that reads SWIMMING POOL next to swamp does not turn it into oasis. Likewise, the forced smile of egotism does not make for a happy life. But is the ego, in itself, an illusion, a misleading deception, a brittle defense mechanism? Or is the ego, truly oriented, a God-designed faculty by which we may know Divine Love and be transformed by It? Students of this lecture will be led to an experiential knowledge of the inner structure of the ego, and will learn the essential orientation of the will of Christian contemplatives down the ages: a radical orientation to the divine which vitally cooperates with God’s transformation of the soul, which might be termed the “Self-Release Prayer.”

Part 3: Saturday, May 28th, 2016, The Egoless, Unitive Life, and a Clue to Life Ahead: Mystical Ecstasy |  10:30am – 12:00pm 1 hour lecture; 10-15 min Q & A; 20 min meditation

Many have interpreted Jesus’ saying, “Follow me,” to mean, “Have faith in me.” Others have interpreted it as Jesus’ call to “Follow my commandments.” But there a vastly deeper, infinitely more sublime meaning to “Follow me”– and the Christian mystics know it. This lecture will explain the surprising contemplative meaning of these words of “Follow me,” and how they point to our transformation into Christ.


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Please note that these lectures will be recorded. We kindly ask all participants to arrive prior to the start of each lecture, turn off all noise-making devices, and reserve all questions for the allotted Q & A time. Thank you!


Joseph Conti earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Ethics from the University of Southern California in 1993. He is the author of Holistic Christianity: The Vision of Catholic Mysticism (Paragon House, 2005). In addition to his teaching at the University of Philosophical Research, Conti is an instructor in Department of Comparative Religion at California State University at Fullerton. Dr. Conti’s research focus is Christian mysticism and the psychology of contemplative spirituality.

The Simple Road: A Book Reading with Dr. Obadiah Harris

The Simple Road 

A Book Reading with Dr. Obadiah Harris

Saturday, October 3rd at 1:30PM in the Bookstore

The University of Philosophical Research

3910 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, 90027

info@uprs.edu  |  323.663.2167

Dr. Obadiah Harris will be sharing passages from his newest book, The Simple Road, published this September by Tarcher/Penguin.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. The Bookstore will be open until 3pm.


Tarcher (September 1, 2015). “This elegant, concise guide by the founder of the University of Philosophical Research distills a lifetime of spiritual seeking into one beautiful, unforgettable blueprint for inner growth.”

“When you grow exhausted with all of today’s spiritual programs, axioms, seminars, and techniques; when you feel fatigued from searching and cannot find a way forward; when it seems that years of seeking have netted so little – throw yourself upon the essential truths in this book…It can be lifesaving.” –Mitch Horowitz, from the introduction.

For more than a half-century, Obadiah Harris has studied the spiritual path, holding ministerial pulpits in traditions ranging from Pentecostalism to New Thought, and directing programs in continuing education, community-outreach, and distance-learning at major universities. As a scholar and seeker, Harris has traversed and helped shape broad swaths of our modern spiritual landscape. Now, he distills the insights he has found — all of them potent, powerful, and, above all, useful — in The Simple Road.  

The Simple Road is balm for parched souls. Whatever tradition you belong to, or if you belong to no one tradition, The Simple Road helps you locate the thread of universality that runs through all faiths, and leads you to practices, prayers, methods, and parables that lift your daily journey to a higher, better place.”


Obadiah Harris is the founder and president of the University of Philosophical Research. Harris has a long and storied career in both mainstream academia and the American metaphysical culture.  He holds a Ph.D. in education administration and supervision from the University of Michigan and an MA in education from Arizona State University, where he was an associate professor of education and director of community education. For almost two decades at Arizona State he designed programs in community outreach and in adult and continuing education. Harris has held numerous ministerial pulpits and collaborated with figures of major influence in contemporary spirituality, including Ernest Holmes (1887-1960). Born in northeastern Oklahoma, he lives in Los Angeles. 

The Art of Buddhism Lecture Series

The Art of Buddhism

With Debashish Banerji Ph.D. 

This course will trace Buddhism through its visual culture from its beginnings in India in the 3rd. c. B.C.E. to modern times, considering the principal sects of Buddhism and their spread through Central, Southeast and East Asia.

$10/Lecture or $15/Day. 

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Lecture 1: Introduction – Life of the Buddha, philosophical basics and history of early Buddhism

Saturday, July 11th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-12:00pm

This lecture will introduce the series, looking at the cultural and philosophic context of the emergence of Buddhism in India around the 5th c. B.C.E. and trace the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. 

Lecture 2: Stupas, stambhas and storytelling – the early aniconic phase of Indian Buddhism

Saturday, July 11th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:30pm

This lecture will explore the objects and ideas representing Buddhism in its early public expansion in India under the patronage of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka and his successors.

Lecture 3: The appearance and evolution of the Buddha image, and the Ajanta caves

Saturday, July 25th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-12:00pm

This lecture will trace the development of the Buddha image in India from its appearance in two styles around the 1st. c. C.E. to its becoming an aesthetic icon and India’s principal cultural export around the 4th c. C.E. We will also visit the 5th c. cave sites of Ajanta to look at the sculpture and some of the finest paintings of India.

Lecture 4: The early spread of Buddhism – the Silk Road, Dunhuang and Bodhisattva cults

Saturday, July 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:30pm

In this lecture we will consider the spread of early Buddhism along the Silk Route and the the variety of Buddhist sects that found representation in the cave sites of Mogao in Dunhuang in the Taklamakan desert on the western fringe of China. This will introduce early Mahayana bodhisatvas such as Avalokiteshvara, Maitreya and Manjushri.

Lecture 5:  Theravada Buddhism – Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand

Saturday, August 8th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-12:00pm

In this lecture, we will consider the art of Theravada Buddhism as expressed in countries predominantly practicing Theravada, which is strongly focused on monasticism and meditation.

Lecture 6: The cult of Vairochana and the Flower Garland Sutra, Borobudur

Saturday, August 8th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:30pm

This lecture discusses the cult of the transcendental Buddha Vairochana and the early expressions of this form of Buddhism, particularly as expressed in the spectacular Javanese mandala-mountain Borobudur.

Lecture 7: Western Pure Land Buddhism in China, Korea and Japan

Saturday, August 22nd, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-12:00pm

In this lecture, we will look at Pure Land Buddhism, a spin-off of the Vairochana cult dedicated to Amitabha Buddha that grew very popular in China, Korea and Japan

Lecture 8: Tantric Buddhism in Tibet, China. Mongolia and Japan

Saturday, August 22nd, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:30pm

In this lecture we will consider Tantric or esoteric Buddhism, with its meditation diagrams (mandalas), magical incantations (mantras) and multi-limbed deities embracing their female counterparts (yab-yum).

Lecture 9: Chan/Zen Buddhism

Saturday, September 5th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-12:00pm

In this lecture we will look at the art of Chan Buddhism, a sect that developed in China from the teachings of the Indian teacher Bodhidharma and then spread to Japan, where it is called Zen.

Lecture 10: Buddhism in the Modern World

Saturday, September 5th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:30pm

In this last lecture, we will consider the modern and contemporary manifestations of Buddhist art, seeing how the sects dealt with above continue to produce artworks and how individuals practicing Buddhism in the modern world have expressed themselves.

Abrahamic Traditions: Thursdays, May 21st – June 18th

This ten week course will examine the historical development of the three great monotheistic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam which each trace their lineage to the biblical patriarch Abraham. Commonalities and differences between the religions will be explored with a focus on understanding the historical roots of contemporary issues stemming from these three traditions. 

Free! RSVP at: info@uprs.edu

 

Thursday, May 21st:


Lecture 1 – Introduction to the World of the Patriarchs 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will introduce students to the course and will focus on the pre-biblical world of the Middle East, including a discussion on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Babylonian creation myth the Enuma Elish and the religion of Canaan as understood by the archaeological discovery of the ancient Canaanite city of Ugarit. We will also examine the Documentary Hypothesis in regards to the composition of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.

Lecture 2 – Abraham, Faith and the Covenant with God 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will introduce students to the course and will focus on the pre-biblical world of the Middle East, including a discussion on the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Babylonian creation myth the Enuma Elish and the religion of Canaan as understood by the archaeological discovery of the ancient Canaanite city of Ugarit. We will also examine the Documentary Hypothesis in regards to the composition of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.

 

Thursday, May 28th:


Lecture 3 – Exodus and the Birth of Israel 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will focus on the story of Moses and the Exodus and its importance to the Jewish tradition. The entry of the Israelites into Canaan under Joshua and the period of the Judges will be briefly examined with emphasis placed on the creation of the monarchy and a united Israel

Lecture 4 – Exile, Empire and the Age of Prophesy 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will discuss the conquest of Israel by Assyria, the Babylonian invasion of Judah and subsequent exile and the birth of Biblical prophetic tradition.  The influence on Jewish theology by the Persian Zoroastrian tradition and Hellenization resulting from the conquest of Alexander the Great will also be discussed.

 

Thursday, June 4th:


Lecture 5 – Jesus of History, Jesus of Faith 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will explore what can be known of the historical Jesus and his relationship to the Jewish tradition. The development of the New Testament scriptures, including the four canonical gospels and the letters of Paul will also be explored.

Lecture 6 – The First Christians 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will examine the early Jesus movement and how it eventually separated from Judaism to become an independent religion.  The diversity of early Christianity will be explored, with special emphasis placed on the Gnostic Christians and the process in which Christian dogma developed and was adopted.

 

Thursday, June 11th:


Lecture 7 – Islam 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will introduce the traditional narrative of the life of Mohammad and the revelation of the Qu’ran.  It will include a discussion of the Five Pillars of Islam and will explore the commonalities and differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. 

Lecture 8 – Logos and Gnosis 3:00-4:00pmThis lecture will examine some of the key theological debates which arose in response to the “re-discovery” of Greek philosophy, in particular the thought of Aristotle. It will also explore the mystical strands that appear in each tradition, with special emphasis being made upon connections to Platonism and the development of nature mysticism. 

 

Thursday, June 18th:


Lecture 9 – Enlightenment and Modernity 1:30-2:30pmThis lecture will explore the challenges faced by all three of the western monotheistic traditions with the advent of the Enlightenment and Modernity. The development of religious fundamentalism as a response to these challenges will also be discussed.

Lecture 10 – The Monotheistic Faiths in the 20th Century and Beyond 3:00-4:00pmIn this concluding lecture, the consequences of the religious response to the challenges of the Enlightenment and modernity will be explored. Special focus will be placed on the question of religious fundamentalism and extremism.

 

Nick Mather has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Metropolitan State College of Denver and holds a graduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of Denver. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. His areas of specialty include the history of religion, environmental virtue ethics and religion and ecology. He has been teaching a variety of religious studies and philosophy courses at several area community colleges for the last ten years.

 

A Ten-Lecture Series on Ancient Egyptian Mythology

A Ten-Lecture Series on Ancient Egyptian Mythology

Lydia E. Ringwald (B.A. Scripps College – Comparative Literature. M.A.University of California Irvine – Comparative Literature. Ph.D. (candidate), University of Connecticut)

University of Philosophical Research Professor Lydia E. Ringwald shares insights into Ancient Egyptian mythology in a series of 10 lectures that explore a spiritual belief system with a pantheon of gods and goddesses that inspired some of the most astounding art, artifacts and architecture in the history of humankind.

In Ancient Egyptian culture, art was a magical conduit to eternity. The act of making art was a magical act. Art treasures exhumed by archeologists from pyramids, temples and tombs: paintings, sculpture, bas relief and emblematic artifacts; jewelry, mirrors and palettes had magical meaning that represented mythological concepts and stories. In a visually vivid powerpoint presentation of world renown and recently discovered art treasures, we explore the mythological consciousness of this ancient culture that continues to inspire us today.

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Lecture 1: A Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses – Emblems for Eternity. Saturday, March 14th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

In this lecture, Professor Lydia Ringwald shares insights into the cult meanings of the Ankh, Eye of Horus, Eye of Ra, Scarab, Was and the Djed Pillar and the pantheon of Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses: Nun and Nunet, Atem and Mut, Geb and Nut, Osiris, Isis, Set and Nepthys, Anubis, Thoth, Hathor, Baset, Sekhmet.

Lecture 2: The Myth of Osiris and Isis – Sacred Recycling – Resurrection. Saturday, March 14th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Professor Lydia E. Ringwald explores in depth the myth of Osiris and Isis, concepts of resurrection and sacred recycling as the basis of the mythological belief systems of the Ancient Egyptians.

Lecture 3: Sacred Sites – History of Ancient Egypt. Saturday, April 11th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

The archeological sites of Upper and Lower Egypt tell the 3000 year history of Ancient Egypt, a civilization whose magical mythology inspires us as a model for the future. In a vivid slide presentation, Professor Lydia E. Ringwald shares insights into history and mystery of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the temples in Luxor and Karnak, tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, as well as prominent cult sites in Saqaara, Memphis, Dashur, Philae and Aswan.

Lecture 4: Journey through the Underworld – The Book of the Dead, The Book of Gates. Saturday, April 11th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

The papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead, the sculpted and painted bas-relief on tomb walls of the Book of Gates, are a code to the passage through death to eternal life. Explore mythological concepts of the Afterlife with Lydia E. Ringwald in this fascinating lecture that includes insights into the sacred Pyramid Texts, coffin paintings, Shabti, amulets inscribed with powerful incantations and spells.

Lecture 5: Pharaohs and Queens. Saturday, April 25th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

There are pivotal points in any culture, times of rapid progress, where innovation and the evolution of ideas hurl consciousness forward. Great leaders have the vision to develop the culture and move its mythology to a new level. In this lecture, we will explore the artistic accomplishments, architectural feats and mythological innovations during the reign of some of Ancient Egypt’s greatest Pharaohs and Queens. The practices of Priests and Priestesses, who honored both gods and goddesses, have a message for us today.

Lecture 6: The Amarna PeriodSaturday, April 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Akhenaten, a Pharaoh of the Amarna period is an anomaly, a unique aberration in Ancient Egypt’s mythological tradition. This lecture explores an experiment in monotheism, worship of the sun god Aten that disrupted the traditions of the past but was a harbinger for the future. Conflict with monotheism during the reign of Akhenaten and his wife Queen Nefertiti resulted in a reverse back to traditional values. However, the art, architecture and literary achievement of the Amarna period, represent a high point civilization of Ancient Egypt.

Lecture 7: T he History of Archeology in EgyptSaturday, May 9th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45pm

Scholars and visitors to Egypt; from the Greek historian Herodotus to Napoleon’s savants, from the expeditions of the Egypt Exploration Society to the research of archeologists from major universities today, have uncovered treasures of art and architecture, revealing insights into the wisdom of the Ancient Egyptian civilization. In this lecture, we will explore the intriguing history of archeology in Egypt and learn more about the astounding discoveries of Egypt’s most prominent archeologists.

Lecture 8: The Ptolemaic EraSaturday, May 9th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

The Ptolemaic Era represents the final phase of the 3000-year history Ancient Egypt. Alexander the Great conquered a civilization that he admired so much that a city, Alexandria, was named in his honor, and he became an honorary Egyptian Pharaoh. The Ptolemy’s, Greeks by origin, ruled Egypt for another 300 years after Alexander’s conquest, continuing and contributing to Ancient Egypt’s architecture and art, its sacred deities and traditions. In a grand finale, Cleopatra, Egypt’s last Queen and Pharaoh attempted a trucemwith the leaders of Roman Empire, only to succumb to their power in the end.

Lecture 9: Influence of Ancient Egyptian Mythology, Occultism. Saturday, May 23rd, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

The pattern of resurrection and rebirth, inherent in the myth of Isis and Osiris, infliltrated later belief systems with interesting parallels to early Christianity. Occult philosophers preserved the mysteries of Ancient Egyptian mythology and cultivated new systems of thinking in early Hermeticism. In this lecture, we explore the transition from the ancient Osirian mythological belief patterns in early Christianity.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, occult thinkers, Aleister Crowley and Madame Blavatsky traveled to Egypt, to explore mysteries of the ancient past and develop occult knowledge integrating ideas from the mythology of the ancients into new ideas and belief systems that would influence the future.

Lecture 10: EgyptomaniaSaturday, May 23rd, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Fascination with Ancient Egyptian culture and mythology has inspired artistry and creativity in later periods of time. In this lecture, we explore the creative art spawned by Ancient Egyptian mythology and civilization. The image of the Sphinx and the Obelisk inspired new art masterpieces. The historical artworks of the Pre-Raphaelites and explorer artists David Roberts, Orientalist painter Jean-Leon Gerome reveal insights into the astounding past. Motifs of Ancient Egyptian mythology appear in dance choreographies of Ruth St. Denis and early silent films from the 1920′s up to the technologically advanced film making of our time.

Bookstore Reading and Journal Submissions: Tuesday, August 19th!

 

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 Please join us for an evening of tea, conversation, and poetry in the UPR Bookstore!  We are pleased to announce that author, researcher, and UPR undergraduate faculty member, Sabrina Dalla Valle, will be reading from her lyrical memoir, 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin) the evening of Tuesday, August 19th. As an integral part of her creative and scholarly process, Sabrina will use this evening to share her knowledge on poetic method and how it connects with philosophical research.

About the book: Composed in a hybrid form that braids personal narrative with philosophical reflections, Sabrina Dalla Valle’s book ponders the complexities of human communication and perception. It time-travels from the historical present to the ancient past through the reverberating voices of the oldest known thinkers. Along the way, it reaches out to mirrored existences that are as fathomless as the infinitesimal connections between our cells. In her desert journal, philosopher’s notes take the form of old chants and tales that emerge anew as thought-scapes embodying a timeless ritual of gazing at the gods.

 


 

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▧▨▩  In conjunction with this event, we invite our Los Angeles  community to bring their creative work to share with one another and, if so inclined, submit them to UPR to be reviewed for publication in a digital Quarterly Arts Journal beginning this Fall quarter (with the commencement of our new B.A. in Liberal Studies program). We will accept material in the following areas: poetry, short fiction, reviews, 2D artworks (or 2D documentation of artworks), and multimedia (sound/video) works.

Each quarterly journal will trace a theme inextricably woven by the textures of the submissions received. A juried panel will locate the pattern inherent within each body of submissions, thus determining the title and context of that quarter’s journal. Submissions for the Fall publication will be accepted and reviewed until October 1st. Material may be submitted in person or online at: artsector@uprs.edu, subject: submission.

Please Note: The Arts Journal is to be a juried publication. Publication is not guaranteed upon submission.

 



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Sabrina Dalla Valle, MFA, is an experimental writer and researcher of integral awareness. Her work is anthologized in Best Poems of 2012 by Kore Press (2013) and in Alchemical Traditions by Numen Books (2013). Sabrina lives and works in Los Angeles. Sabrina will be teaching two courses in UPR’s Bachelor’s program on integral creativity and the ethnographic imagination. 

Please visit the following link to purchase a copy of 7 Days and Nights in the Desert

 

 

Self Regulation and the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali – Free Event!

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The focus of this work is a meditation on the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.  The course will offer a close reading and interpretation of the Yoga Sutra based on the translation of Georg Feuerstein, and based on the Sanskrit text that is the basis of the translation.

PatanjaliThe yoga sutra is a text on the body, mind, and spirit, and so the effort of the course will be to approach interpreting this work on these three levels.

We will provide a philosophical balance to the work.  There is a component of the Yoga Sutra that is rightly indicated to be highly performative in nature and practical.  Yet the translation provided by Feuerstein remains… too technological and cognitive. Approaching as a balance to Feuerstein’s work we will employ a reading of Martin Heidegger’s Memorial Address, which contains a greater depth of suggestion than the Feuerstein translation allows.

The key concepts from the Memorial Address that we will apply to the Yoga Sutra is the notion of “Calculative” versus “Meditative” thinking, and the notion of Gelassenheit, “Releasement,” which will be applied both to our understanding of samadhi, “entasy,” and kaivalya, “aloneness.”

Click here to read Professor Ayres’ Introduction to Self-Regulation.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  Limited seating, will take place in the research library.

Learning Objectives:

To provide a reading that will engage meditatively with the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali.

To performatively express the reading of the Yoga Sutra as an act of Self-Regulation and meditation.

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Justin Ayres was born and raised in the Los Angeles region.  He received his bachelors in philosophy from Colorado College, with a minor degree in the study of classical Greece.  His thesis work was on the Aesthetics of Hegel.  He received both his master’s degree and his doctorate from Pacifica Graduate institute.  HIs master’s degree was in Counseling Psychology: with a thesis entitled “Encounters with C.G. Jung’s Mysterium Coniunctionis.”  The thesis provided a reading and interpretation of Jung’s magnum opus, setting it in context of religious and alchemical work, particularly the “Aegean Festival,” a meditation on Faust by Kerenyi, “The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz,” and “Aurora Consurgens,” a text attributed to St. Thomas Acquinas as interpreted by Marie-Louise Von Franz.  His doctoral dissertation was an effort toengage and inquire into the mythology and construction of research itself: it was an effort to synthesize Jung’s psychology, Literary Theory, and Postmodernism: Research as Fictional Act. It attempted to conceptualize the notion of Research from the writings of seminal literary figures: Jung, Dostoevsky, Dante, and Robert Musil.  Dr. Ayres practices psychotherapy in San Pedro, near the Port of Los Angeles, working with children, adults and families on processes of play, individuation, and integration of the unconscious as manifested in dreams and waking life.

Justin Ayres is currently engaged in a long term study of physical yoga (Hatha) based on the teaching of BKS Iyengar, as interpreted by the teaching of Ana Forest. His current studies are inspired by the teachings of his guru, Dr. Arwind Vasavada: the study of the Yoga Sutra, the Secret of the Golden Flower, and teachings from the Upanishads.

Schedule Day 1 (May 17th):

11:00 Introduction

12:15 Samadhi Pada: Part I

1:30 Lunch Break

2:30 Samadhi Pada: Part II

3:45 Sadhana Pada: Part I

5:00 Sadhana Pada: Part II

6:30 End of Day 1

Schedule Day 2 (May 18th):

11:00 Vibuti Pada: Part I

12:15 Vibuti Pada Part II

1:30 Lunch Break

2:30 Kaivalya Pada Part I

3:45 Kaivalya Pada Part II

5:00 Conclusion: Memorial Address by

Martin Heidegger: Gelassenheit

6:30 End of Day 2

Materials Necessary (Available in our Bookstore):

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali: Feuerstein (1989)

Discourse on Thinking: Heidegger, Anderson and Freund (1966)

  

Any additional questions can be directed to: inquiries@uprs.edu, 

or give us a call at: 323.663.2167

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