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Speaker Series: A Quest for Wisdom

A monthly series of inspiring and refreshing speakers from around the world.
David Lorimer

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David Lorimer

David Lorimer is a writer, lecturer, poet and editor and Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network (www.scimednet.org) who has received many kinds of recognition for his lifetime achievements. His interests range through many disciplines and traditions, united in a quest for spiritual truth. From merchant banking he progressed to a life concentrating on the horizons of philosophy and science. He has written more than a dozen books, including ‘The Spirit of Science (1998)’ and most recently a collection of essays, ‘A Quest for Wisdom’. He is also Chair of the Galileo Commission which seeks to expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view. He lives in France.

Date

Oct 07 2021

Time

FRENCH TIME
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location

Online Only

Conducted via Zoom or live-stream.

Category

This talk will draw from a newly published collection of David Lorrimer’s Essays highlighting the inescapable need to find a sense of purpose on the path of our lives. David brings a contemporary and erudite perspective to the timeless questions of the nature of life and death, meaning and purpose and the secret of living in harmony with each other and the planet.

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ABOUT THE SERIES:

 

Speaker Series

Drawing on the global richness of our spiritual community we are bringing inspiring and refreshing speakers from around the world to this monthly series in 2021. 

 

SERIES SCHEDULE

 

  • 21 JAN – Reconciling Opposites in a Polarised World with Sarah Bachelard
  •  9 FEB – Meditation – With or Without Expectations? with Rowan Williams
  • 9 MAR – Changing the Climate of Aggression and Restoring Trust with Herman Van Rompuy 
  • 30 MAR – Mary Magdalene and Attention of the Heart with Cynthia Bourgeault
  • 8 APR – Listening to People We Don’t Like with Charles Taylor
  • 20 MAY –  Ways to Go Beyond with Rupert Sheldrake
  • 10 JUN –  Imageless Prayer and the Power of Imagination with Liz Watson
  • 15 JUL – A Healthy Society with Dr. Julia Kim 
  • => 7 OCT – A Quest for Wisdom with David Lorimer 
  • 9 NOV – A Healthy Intelligence for Our Digitised Societies with Marco Schorlemmer 
  • 25 NOV – A Caring Economy with Bela Hatvany 
  • 16 DEC – Why Meditate? with Kim Nataraja 

 

UPCOMING SESSIONS

 

9 NOV – A Healthy Intelligence for Our Digitised Societies

With Marco Schorlemmer 

In this talk we will reflect on the phenomenon of intelligence and its role in today’s highly digitised societies, which mainly emphasise the functional, problem-solving dimension of intelligence, to the neglect of its evaluative and liberating dimensions. We will also highlight the need of nourishing a more balanced and healthy intelligence for these societies, and thus argue for the importance of experiential wisdom practices today. 

25 NOV – A Caring Economy

With Bela Hatvany 

 

Our current money system creates a painful sense of scarcity – hot having – and high disparities between rich and poor. Bela is not suggesting a revolution but an intelligent evolution recognising that the pillars of the economy are food and energy but that we work better together in empathy and care as ‘homo empathicus’ not just ‘homo economicus’. Money is created as debt but it can be distributed as rain. A change of vision and consciousness – in which meditation plays an important part is called for now.

16 DEC – Why Meditate?

With Kim Nataraja 

There are many articles in newspapers and magazines extolling the virtue of meditation as an anti-dote to stress. It is definitely a very valid and effective way to deal with the prevalent dis-ease of our age. But there is more to meditation, as many discover after a while. Meditation practised as a spiritual discipline leads not only to health but furthermore to total Wholeness of being.

 

PREVIOUS SESSIONS

 

21 JAN – Reconciling Opposites in a Polarised World

With Sarah Bachelard

Always deepening her insight into what ‘contemplative Christianity’ means and what the options for the church of the future are, Sarah will tackle the dilemma of modern discourse – how to be committed to a good cause without increasing polarisation, how to practise peace in a culture spoiling for a fight.


9 FEB
– Meditation – With or Without Expectations?

With Rowan Williams

Should we expect “results” from meditation?’  We wouldn’t meditate without some kind of expectation but there’s the danger of turning meditation into a way of getting what we want (or think we want). Rowan will explore what sort of transformation we look for in and through meditation, and then think about how to find the balance between the risk of low expectations and the risk of ‘functionalising’ meditation to serve our own purposes. 

 

9 MAR – Changing the Climate of Aggression and Restoring Trust

With Herman Van Rompuy 

How can we better understand those who feel acutely misunderstood, abandoned and lonely and so help change the societal climate, turning fear into hope, not for a few, but for many? There is still a ‘healthy’ ‘silent majority’ but this does not always make history. Since 2018, we have lived in a succession of crises (multiple crises) that reinforced fear and insecurity. Corona comes on top of it. How can we restore trust and avoid enemy thinking?


8 APR
– Listening to People We Don’t Like

With Charles Taylor


How can we explain the deep divisions which have arisen in so many democracies today associated with what is called “populism” (even though I don’t think this is the best term)? I will offer some ideas about how to understand these disturbing and dangerous problems: and then consider how to overcome them. It must involve learning to listen to and understand others who may at first seem alien and even repugnant to us. The role of meditation in this enterprise is new at a social level. It has obvious relevance to helping us meet the challenges-  and can be transformative.
 

20 MAY – Ways to Go Beyond
with Rupert Sheldrake 


Combining scientific research with his knowledge of mystical traditions, Rupert will look at seven spiritual practices that are personally transformative and have measurable effects. Including sport, fasting, animals and holy days and festival, he will show how these practices give a greater sense of connectedness and happiness. He will also discuss whether spiritual experiences are illusory, as some claim, or if they give direct connections with higher realms of consciousness.


10 JUN
–  Imageless Prayer and the Power of Imagination

with Liz Watson


It doesn’t sound as though imageless prayer and the activity of the imagination will be good companions. But many things take us by surprise when we habitually give ourselves over to meditation. “Once again I have been suddenly redeemed by an image”, Etty Hillesum notes in her diary, as prayer works its transformation in her.


15 JUL
 – A Healthy Society

with Dr. Julia Kim 


What are the different ways of viewing “health”? Dr Julia Kim will explore these and offer her perspective on Gross National Happiness as an alternative paradigm, particularly in contrast to focusing on biomedicine and the healthcare system in isolation from the larger social justice and environmental concerns.

 

David Lorimer

Leader

David Lorimer

David Lorimer is a writer, lecturer, poet and editor and Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network (www.scimednet.org) who has received many kinds of recognition for his lifetime achievements. His interests range through many disciplines and traditions, united in a quest for spiritual truth. From merchant banking he progressed to a life concentrating on the horizons of philosophy and science. He has written more than a dozen books, including ‘The Spirit of Science (1998)’ and most recently a collection of essays, ‘A Quest for Wisdom’. He is also Chair of the Galileo Commission which seeks to expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view. He lives in France.

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