The Goldenrod

 August 2012   

Let no one spoil a new day with old complaints. Here, at its beginning, is everyone’s chance to discard

           negative thoughts, to beautify the mind with remembrance of the divine Beauty.  -- Paul Brunton

 

Neoplatonism and Anthony Damiani

Aug. 31 – Sept. 3, 2012

Labor Day weekend

at Wisdom’s Goldenrod

 

We will explore the Nous (Intellectual-Principle) through reading and discussion of Anthony Damiani’s Astronoesis text and presentations on the Neoplatonic system, Plotinus, and Proclus Diadochus. The event

will begin with 5 pm meditation on Friday

and end after lunch on Monday.

Evening presentations by David Gallagher, Timothy Smith, and Avery Solomon. Morning Astronoesis presentations by Lawrence Hoetzlein (Sat.) and the Astronoesis class (Sun./Mon). Afternoon presentation by June Fritchman.

 

Schedule:

8 am: meditation, breakfast

9:30 am - 1 pm: morning session, lunch

2:30 - 4:30 pm: afternoon session

5 pm: meditation, light supper

7 - 9:45 pm: evening session

For more information, or if you’d like to attend one or all sessions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 607-546-7777. Donations gratefully accepted to defray costs!

 

     “For all beings subsist in the Gods, and are comprehended and saved by them . . . In a particular manner however the powers which are generative of divine natures, are said to comprehend their progeny, so far as they are the proximate causes of them, and constitute their essence with a more abundant division, and a more particular providence.”

                 -- Proclus, On the Theology of Plato

 


     “Each god may be traced back to its unity in the One through a generic series . . . We see also woven into this array the inner nature of the unities themselves, expressed as various levelsof gods manifesting within the Divine Mind.”

                 -- Anthony Damiani, Astronoesis


 

Meditation Workshop

The Venerable Bohm Hugh Sunim returns for Meditation workshop, tentatively scheduled for October 19 - 21. For more information, contact Andrew at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Embodied Dreamwork Intensive

Jungian analyst Robert Bosnak will give an Embodied Dreamwork Intensive at Wisdom’s Goldenrod in Novemberincluding a public talk at the Center on Sunday night, the 11th.

The full workshop will run from the evening of November 9 through November 11. For more information or to register, contact Harriet

Eisman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Visiting the Center

     If you’d like to visit us, call 607-546-7777     
     or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CURRENT CLASSES

Sunday

Egyptian Goddesses (meets twice a month – once in Ithaca, once at WG) The Egyptian Goddesses class is now working on Alison Roberts’ book Hathor Rising: The Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt. Contact Barbara at 387-6303 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday

Astronoesis (8:30 - 10:15 pm, Main Building) 
Timaeus (7:00 - 8:50 pm, Main Building) We are using the Thomas Taylor translation of the dialogue, including his extensive footnotes and commentary. We are currently reading/discussing relevant sections from Proclus', Commentary on Timaeus.   Remote participation via GoToMeeting.com is available.

Remote participation via Skype for both classes above is available. All are welcome, including occasional attendees. Please contact David 607-387-5863 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday School This program for children and their families meets once a month. Contact Madhurima at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Tuesday

Gentle Svaroopa Yoga (5:30 - 7 pm, Main Building) These Svaroopa style Yoga classes

are devoted to developing that inner knowing through poses that open and release your spine. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Contact Caroline

at 379-1800.

 

Buddhism (7:30 - 9:30 pm, Library) We are presently reading and discussing Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. We are near the end of this text dealing with the two schools of Madhyamaka: Svatantrika and Prasangika. 

All are welcome to join anytime. Contact Lou atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Wednesday

Plotinus’ Enneads (7:45 - 10 pm, Library)

After meditation, we read and discuss sections from The Enneads.We’re just starting VI.8, “On Free Will and the Will of The One.” All are invited. Contact Herbert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thursday

Discussions on the Quest (4:15 - 7 pm, Library) We start with a reading as a seed for meditation, and then meditate for an hour. Afterward we explore a theme on the philosophic quest, discuss questions and share experiences to inspire our journey. In other words, we “take time to get Real.” All are welcome. Contact Avery at 546-7300, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Paul Brunton Class (Main Building, 7 - 9 pm) We have been exploring a variety of PB materials. We plan to investigate mentalism and the ego more deeply, relying on The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yorga as our foundational text. This class also offers remote participation via Skype. All are welcome. Contact David at 592-6413 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

CLASSES ELSEWHERE

Self Inquiry Discussion

We meet about twice a month in Ithaca. This is a video satsang group with some discussion and “show and tell.” If you’re interested, you can get information on dates and content by joining Meetup on the Internet and subscribe to Self Inquiry Discussion Group or contact Mark Scorelle at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

PB Class (Tuesday at 7:30, Herb Shapiro’s house in Ithaca) We are working through Paul Brunton’s The Wisdom of the Overself.We are on “The Secret of the I” chapter. All are welcome. We have a nice working group, but are always beginning. Contact Herbert

at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Astrology & Jung (Wednesday evening, Tim & Karen Smith’s home in Burdett) We alternate discussing Astrology with exploration of Jung’s The Red Book. This class is available for people to participate in both long distance and in person. Contact Tim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will be spending three consecutive months on The Red Book and then switch to three months on astrology.

 

Plotinus (Friday, 8:30-10 pm, online) We are reading and discussing Plotinus’ Enneads, currently III.1 “Fate.” Everyone involved participates online in this class. The late start is to accommodate people on the west coast. Contact Tim as above.

 

Paul Brunton & Bhattacharyya (Sunday evening, Tim & Karen Smith’s home) We will be taking a brief tour of PB’s 28 categories for a few months and then we’ll be looking at a few essays by K. C. Bhattacharyya -- notably “The Subject as Freedom” and “The Concept of the Absolute in its Alternate Forms.” The starting time may change, depending on people’s interest in a longer meditation. It is possible to participate via webinar. To confirm starting time and specifics of class, contact Tim as above.

 

PAST EVENTS

 

In May, we had a visit from Swami Santatmananda that included meditations and a talk on Vedanta, “Self as Individual and Universal.” There was also a Weekend Seminar with Avery Solomon.

In June a live Webcast of Eckhart Tolle was shown at WG. Also in June, Martha Ramirez-Oropeza and William Douglas Horden gave a workshop on the Toltec I Ching.

In July there was an extended Summer Studies workshop, “Uniting the Inner Life and the Outer Life” that focused on Paul Brunton’s work. We enjoyed having many guests from Europe at that time. Also in July, we helped raise money for the Hector fireman, as usual, selling fries, pies and corn at their fair.

Sunset Meditations were held monthly in the winter and spring: three meditations followed by a dish-to-pass community meal. We expect these gatherings will start up again in the fall.

Finally, there have been several open discussions held to vision, revision, and re-imagine what Wisdom’s Goldenrod will become as we enter our 40th year.

 

Residence and Retreats

Any members interested in a short or long stay at WG can contact 607-546-7777 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

What are classes reading these days?

 

  • Alison Roberts’ Hathor Rising: the Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt
  • Anthony Damiani’s Astronoesis: “Intellectual-Principle” Plato’sTimaeus
  • Nisargadatta Maharaj’s I Am That
  • Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness
  • Carl Jung’s The Red Book
  • Plotinus’ Enneads:  “On Free Will and the Will of The One” and “Fate”
  • Paul Brunton’s The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga and The Wisdom of the Overself: “The Secret of the I”
  • K. C. Bhattacharyya’s “The Subject as Freedom” and “The Concept of the Absolute in its Alternate Forms”

 

 

Wisdom’s Goldenrod

Center for Philosophic Studies

5801 Route 414

Hector, NY 14841