discussion and love of truth (Socrates and Plato)
integrity and recognition of identity (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
spiritual perception, transformation and unity (Kahlil Gibran and Jalaluddin
imparting, listening, and understanding (J. Krishnamurti)
Are some kinds of love divisive? Is love a feeling or an objective reality?
What makes love possible?
I - Thou relationships
“That peoples can no longer carry on authentic dialogue
with one another is not only the most acute symptom of the pathology
of our time, it is also that which most urgently makes a demand of us.
I believe, despite all, that the peoples in this hour can enter into
dialogue, into a genuine dialogue with one another. In a genuine dialogue
each of the partners, even when he stands in opposition to the other,
heeds, affirms, and confirms his opponent as an existing other. Only
so can conflict certainly not be eliminated form the world, but be humanly
arbitrated and led towards its overcoming.” Martin Buber, Pointing
What is good about compassion?
What limits compassion? What makes it possible?
What is actually good for others?
Can too much compassion be harmful? Are there appropriate limits to
(focus on Buddhism)
Should we forgive those who harm us? Is ‘easy forgiveness’
Do we have a right to forgive those who harm others?
Should forgiveness depend on repentance or other qualities of the forgiven?
How did sex as a lifestyle come to exist in popular culture?
Is there an innate sense of the sanctity and dignity of the body, which
has to be destroyed by culture in order to promote a culture of greed
Does promiscuity reduce dignity and self-respect?
Gandhi's practice of Non-Violence
John Ruskin, Unto This Last and Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of
God is Within You
Mohandas Gandhi: His own writings
Monandas Gandhi: Exploration of 'satyagraha.'
(A three meeting introduction to our
course on Non-Violence.)