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Suggestions for Study
Circles are always welcome.

Contact:
Donna at worldculture dot org

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PAST STUDY CIRCLES

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INSTITUTE OF WORLD CULTURE STUDY CIRCLES
Study Circlse meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Meetings are held at Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA

STUDY CIRCLE

ONLIINE STUDY CIRCLE
MAY 2020

WE WILL MEET ONLINE ON TUESDAY EVENINGS FROM 7:30 – 8:30 PM

 
Matthieu Ricard
Simone Weil


HOW TO REGISTER.
THERE IS NO FEE TO JOIN THIS IS AN ONLINE STUDY CIRCLE.
ANYONE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATION,
PLEASE REQUEST AN INVITATION BY SENDING YOUR PREFERRED EMAIL TO:
donna@worldculture.org WITH "REGISTRATION" IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
THE DAY BEFORE THE STUDY CIRCLE, AN INVITATION LINK WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU.
THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT AN INVITATION LINK WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU

SUGGESTED READINGS ARE POSTED BELOW.
QUESTIONS DURING THE MEETINGS WILL BE ENCOURAGED.




Date

Topic for discussion




May 5

Antidotes for Fear
People always have fears, and today more so than usual. Some are legitimate and others are not. King refers to “these days of terrifying change,” and that seems to ring true today as well. He discusses many kinds of fear and offers possible antidotes. This article will serve us well as a basis for discussion of the ways to fearlessly face the challenges of the inevitable changes of our future.

Suggested reading:
"Antidotes for Fear" by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Click here for reading

May 12

Gandhian Trusteeship in Theory and Practice:
The Art of Renunciation

What would it mean to be a trustee of our resources, our goods, gifts, and talents?  How might one implement the ideal of trusteeship? Professor Iyer explains how we could understand Gandhi’s idea of trusteeship and how we could learn to use it in lives.

Suggested reading:
"Gandhian Trusteeship" by Raghavan Iyer
Click here for reading

May 19

Abolition of All Political Parties
If the goal of all action, personal and political, is what is "good," sometimes called “happiness,” how is a society to determine what is truly good? For surely only what is truly good is in the publics interest. Do political parties help or hinder the public discourse in determining what is truly in the public interest? What does help society move toward truth, justice and goodness? These are the issues raised by Simone Weil in her essay “On the Abolition of all Poliitical Parties.” The essay will serve as a good basis for discussion.

Suggested reading:
"The Abolition of All Political Parties" by Simone Weil
Click here for reading


May 26

Local Commitment and Global Responsibility
To complete the May 2020 study of the four antidotes to fear––self-reflection, love, courage and faith––the chapter "Local Commitment and Global Responsibiilty" has been selected from the book "Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World" by Matthieu Ricard. In this chapter Ricard provides us with a series of pertinent topics to ponder in regards to our responsibilities.
Suggested reading:
"Local Commitment and Global Responsibility" by Matthieu Ricard
(note–please ignore page 674 of the reading)
Click here for reading