Houston, Texas 77008
The Houston Lodge of the Theosophical Society
1525 Heights Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77008
MEETING ON JUNE 15, 2019
Presentation on DVD: The Need for Perennial Wisdom in Today’s World
Speaker: Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Brief Description of the Talk on DVD:
Religion comes in two forms: parochial and perennial. The former focuses on the uniqueness of each faith, the latter on their commonality. Rabbi Shapiro presents his concept of the perennial wisdom through four points of connection: (1) Everything is a Facet of the One Thing; (2) YOU are a manifestation of God, but you have two states of consciousness; (3) When you are in the Zero Sum Self, separate from God, life is suffering; and (4) We are here to be open hearted and use our spacious minds. Rabbi Rami explores why the perennial wisdom is so essential to our time.
Short Bio of the Speaker:
Rabbi Rami Shapiro was ordained as a Reform rabbi from Hebrew Union College, and he has a PhD in religious studies. He was made a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and he has also been initiated into the Ramakrishna Order of Vedanta Hinduism. Reb Zalman Schacter Shalomi considers Rabbi Shapiro as a rebbe, which in Chasidic Judaism is a title given to a teacher who touches not only your mind and your heart but can reach your essential being and guide you to find yourself there. In addition, he has also been named a “Holy Rascal” by Seneca Elder and Franciscan Sister Jose Hobday. The term a Holy Rascal is someone whose experience of god transcends theology and religion, and is willing to live with the unanswerable questions that reality poses, rather than conforming to the answers religion offers. Furthermore, Rabbi Shapiro has written over 30 books, including his recent book, “Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent,” which is relevant to this talk.
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