World's ancient mystics are focus of St. Philip's lecture series

2013-02-19T00:00:00Z World's ancient mystics are focus of St. Philip's lecture seriesArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
February 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

In honor of Lent, a series on mystics from six of the world's religious traditions is being held at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through early April at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

• On Wednesday, "Basho and the Muddy Melon" will explore the work of mystic Matsuo Basho, a 17th century Japanese poet who is known for his three-line poems called haiku.

• On Feb. 27, "Meister Eckhart and the Virgins" will include discussion on 13th century Dominican friar Meister Eckhart, and the ways he experienced God and his themes of will and detachment.

• On March 6, "Rumi and the Ecstasy of Repetition" will include an exploration of the 13th century Sufi poet who "envisioned God in passionate and demanding ways." Rumi is linked with an Islamic tradition that spread to India and beyond.

• On March 13, "The Kabbalah Folks" will explore the Kabbalah, an ancient Jewish tradition carried down over 10 centuries.

• On March 20, "The Vision of Ramana Maharshi" will explore Ramana Maharshi, a 20th century Hindu mystic who lived alone, wrote nothing and spoke little unless asked. He is said to have radiated a deep stillness and advised to simply "abide in yourself in order to reach beyond."

• On April 3, "Lao Tzu at the Gate" will explore the life of the writer of the Tao Te Ching, one of the world's first mystics, who may have lived in the 6th century.

Patty Machelor

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