Index Page - Holy Manners Study # 23
The Delai Lama and Jean Vanier: Spiritual Partners in Contemplation and Compassion

  Course Outline and Links to the 10 Session Pages 
Part 1 - The Dalai Lama - Essential Writings - editor Thomas A. Forsthoefel
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"Love and kindness are the very basis of society. If we lose these feelings, society will face remendous difficulties; the survival of humanity will be endangered. Together with material development, we need spiritual development, so that inner peace and social harmony can be experienced. Without inner peace, without inner calm, it is difficult to have lasting peace. In this field of inner development, religion can make important contributions." ... p156
14 Sep
Introduction to Tibbetan Buddism hosted by the Tibetan Buddhist Community of Calgary in anticipation of the late September visit of the Dalai Lama to Calgary.
21 Sep
Book Introduction - Pages 13-49 - The Teachings of Buddhism
Video Excerpts from Documentary - 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama - by Rick Ray.
28 Sep
Chapter 1 - Wisdom
Video Excerpt from Vancouver Peace Summit – Nobel Laureate’s Conversation - 27 September 2009
5 Oct
Chapter 2 - Morality
Reflection by Deb Charnusky " An Immersion into the World of Thomas Merton and His Connections with Buddhism.".    Video Excerpt “Ethics For Our Time” by the Dalai Lama. University of California, Santa Barbara, April 2009.
No Meeting Thanksgiving
19 Oct
Chapter 3 - Meditation
26 Oct
Chapter 4 - Religion and the World
Part 2 - Jean Vanier - Essential Writings - editor Carolyn Whitney-Brown
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"Follow your conscience. Let your spirits and hearts speak. Do not restrain, or sadden the Spirit. With courage, break through the structures of the past, open your hearts wide to the Spirit of God which is the spirit of welcome and giving, and know that God loves and helps those who follow his Spirit and who live for the unfortunate and who assume real and permanent responsibilities on their behalf. ... Your work, often obscure and unrewarding, is the seed tht will bring forth the new society of brotherhood, justice, and peace." ... p74
2 Nov
Introduction to Jean Vanier and L'Arche.
Portions of L"Arche DVD - Belonging - The Search for Acceptance.
Book Introduction - Pages 13-59
9 Nov
Theme - Chapter 1 - Change the World - transformation of society
16 Nov
Theme - Chapter 2 - With Love - transformation of community
23 Nov
Theme - Chapter 3 - One Heart at a Time - transformation of the single person
30 Nov
Theme - Chapter 4 - The Christian Life
7 Dec
Special Evening with members of the L'Arch Community in Calgary.

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Holy Manners The background on the phrase and why we have adopted it. The guidelines for our studies.
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Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. ... Proverbs 23:12 (NIV)
Group Facilitator. Wayne Holst              EMAIL WAYNE

I spent most of my life thinking like a church professional, rather than as a regular congregational member. My training as a pastor always had me asking myself 'how can I apply this discovery, insight, new information to a regular church setting?'

Often, clergy have been hesitant to share the discoveries they have made through a 'critical' approach to the Bible with their parishoners because they wonder how laypeople might accept it. I have found that many thinking laity are professionals in their own fields of endeavour and understand a critical approach very readily. What they seek are ways of relating faith to daily living.

I am grateful for the journey I have been taking through ordained ministry to teaching at the university and serving as a fellow layperson at St.David's United Church. Here we find that questioning and honest expression of our faith and doubt is readily accepted and supported.
Group Facilitator. Jock McTavish           EMAIL JOCK

I am a student and a poet, a democrat and a techocrat, an eclectic eccentric. I grew up in a loving Baptist community, so in my heart I'm still a Bible loving evangelical. As I grew in learning I found a new home in the United Church whose tolerance embraces the broadest range of Christian understanding. I most enjoy the illumination of our ancient traditions by modern scholarship. For they show in clear novel ways that the perspectives of the Special Ones were seldom the understandings of those that followed. They show all knowledge to be in relationship .

There seems a lack of understanding in our secular world for religious practices. The reasons why I still gladly - even necessarily - attend church are difficult to voice to those unfamiliar with church, or those injured by church. Elliott got it right. We find our way back to the place we started from. But with new understanding.