The Tao Te Ching is a principal text of the ancient Spiritual tradition of Chinese Taoism. It is a compilation of the wisdom sayings attributed to Lao Tzu, the old boy/philosopher/Master, recorded over two-thousand years ago and which has since undergone hundreds of translations, commentaries and adaptations. Tao Te Ching maxims are wise counsel given by sages to feudal rulers on how to harmoniously order their states and peacefully govern their peoples at a time in Chinese history of pervasive socio-political conflict and upheaval. The wisdom sayings have become universally meaningful and perennially relevant guidelines for successful leadership as well as for optimal living.
Ray’s book is an original rendering of the 81 Tao Te Ching passages wherein identifying with the essential Reality of Tao and its dynamic-kinetic energetic characteristics, qualities, and activities are considered to constitute the unique individuality, true integrity, innate wisdom and potent Virtuosity of our inner human nature. Psychotherapeutically–oriented commentaries given for each of the passages are not only useful for professionals engaged in the attending relationship/process of the psychotherapy but also for anyone interested in wisely and Soulfully living a more Spiritually awakened, natural, contented and enjoyable human life.
Raymond Vespe retired after a fulfilling sixty-two year-long professional career of learning, teaching, training, supervising, mentoring, counseling and practicing that integrates the psychospiritual and psychotherapeutic teachings and practices, Chinese Taoist philosophy and existential/phenomenological/humanistic/ transpersonal psychologies.
Sri Aurobindo and Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri taught that this world is a spiritual evolution whereby each individual is a divine manifestation of the One Source.
Ted Nordquist worked with Dr. Haridas Chaudhuri from 1971 – 1973 at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), then the California Institute of Asian Studies (CIAS). Ted’s parents, Gladys and Leo Nordquist, were members of Cultural Integration Fellowship since the mid-1960s and Leo Nordquist was Chairman of the Board of CIAS until his death in 1976. In addition to Asian Studies, Dr. Chaudhuri was Ted’s spiritual guide beginning in 1969. Other influences in Ted’s life were Mahatma Gandhi, Ramana Maharshi, and Sri Aurobindo.
Ted taught at the University of Uppsala, Institute of Religious History, from 1976 to 1985. He founded Sweden’s first tofu manufacturing plant in 1980 and Northern Europe’s first non-dairy soy-based frozen dessert in 1988. Ted moved his Swedish family, his wife Anne-Marie and their three children, to Sonoma, CA in 1994. He continues to work developing non-dairy yogurts.
Please join us for this celebration in honor of Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861–7 August 1941), poet, novelist, musician, painter, playwright and philosopher who reshaped Bengali literature and music. Tagore was the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize. His profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse was viewed as spiritual, and he became the voice of India’s spiritual heritage. His songs, popularly known as Rabindrasangeet, have an eternal appeal and are permanently placed in the heart of the Bengalis. Tagore was a social reformer, patriot and above all, a great humanitarian and philosopher. The national anthems of both India and Bangladesh are taken from his composition.
Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, and Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artistes who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.
In honor of Mothers’ Day, we will show a film directed by Mark Kitchell and produced by Alan Baiss in association with the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Cultural Integration Fellowship.
Alan Baiss is the founder of Integral Inspirations, a grassroots organization largely comprised of California Institute of Integral Studies alumni who believe that it is humanity’s potential to consciously participate in an evolutionary leap in consciousness which may be necessary if we are to survive. Integral Inspirations is dedicated to playing its part in this spiritual unfolding.
Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri co-founded the Cultural Integration Fellowship and the California Institute of Integral Studies, formerly known as the California Institute of Asian Studies.
Viewing of the film will be followed by a community Satsang and sharing of personal stories.