The Way Up and the Way Down. Dante and the One Path from Hell to Paradise

An MP3 version of this talk is on my podcast feed, Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Dante’s Divine Comedy famously opens with the poet wakening in a dark wood. His life has seemingly taken a wrong turn. But why must he embark first on a journey through hell, before ascending Mount Purgatory, only then entering paradise? What has the way into darkness to do with the way into light?

He learns to say ‘yes’ to all of reality, and that the light includes the darkness, even as tragedy is integrated into the comedy of divine life.

This event is part of a series looking at dualities with the Pari Centre. For more information –

For more on Mark’s book, Dante’s Divine Comedy: A Guide for the Spiritual Journey –