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Climate crisis: spiritual crisis. Five principles as consciousness changing practices

An MP3 version of the talk is here. Our carbon consuming culture has completely internalised the belief “that the world is made up of dead stuff plus active minds and acquisitive wills,” wrote Rowan Williams in This Is Not A

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Gnosticism, Then & Now – a conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

A MP3 version of the conversation is here. The label “gnostic” is used to recommend and condemn. So what is, and what was, Gnosticism? This episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, with Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon, takes a lead from

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How To Know Paradise and Know It Now – new Dante talk

A MP3 version if this talk is here. Today, many people feel Dante’s Paradiso is irrelevant. It’s not. It is the place of true perception and delightful knowledge, and the goal of the Divine Comedy. The question is how to

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Know Thyself – Rupert Spira and Mark Vernon in conversation

An MP3 podcast of the conversation is here. What is the direct path of Advaita Vedanta and why is it significant for so many now? How is it found across traditions, including within Christianity? Why might it matter to us

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Book Launch and Celebration of Dante 700, event recording

MP3 version here. For further details about Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey – https://www.markvernon.com/books/dantes-divine-comedy-book For further details about the Dante Society of London – https://dantesocietylondon.com/index.html 2:34 Welcome 3:23 Dante’s first 700 years 6:08 Dante Society of

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Dante’s Divine Comedy – book published!

Angelico Press has announced the release of Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey. Dante Alighieri was early in recognizing that our age has a problem. His hometown, Florence, was at the epicenter of the move from the

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Against Moral Christianity

My Philosophy column in the new Idler, September-October 2021. There is an old tradition of writing against figures or groups you disagree with. “Against” is the operative word. Augustine wrote “Contra Faustum”, which was a riposte to the Manichaean, Faustus.

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Did Dante really go to paradise?

An MP3 version of this talk and others is online here. In this 700th anniversary year, the truth of the Divine Comedy is a key issue. Modern critics may explain its spiritual veracity by putting its impact down to social

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What the West can learn from the East – conversation with Rupert Sheldrake

A MP3 version of the conversation is online here. Meditation, yoga, vegetarianism. Eastern practices have become a feature of western life. But what do we learn from them? This episode of the Sheldrake-Vernon Dialogues, with Rupert Sheldrake and Mark Vernon,

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Nondualism, Divine Life and Now – on Looking East in Winter by Rowan Williams

A MP3 version of the talk can be found here. Rowan Williams has written another hugely significant book, one ripe with meaning for now. In this talk, I unpack its themes of non-dualism and Trinitarian life, eros and kenosis, politics

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