Learn how metaphysical teachings are at the core of all world religions. Understand and experience various techniques and philosophies that have been developed over the centuries. Find out how philosophy and religion relates, creates, and supports the varied belief systems of today.
Presentation material will cover the philosophy, practices, and cultures which gave birth to Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Zorastrianism, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity and Moslem traditions. Similarities of theology cloaked in different symbolism will be considered as well as the differences. Participants will not only learn about Eastern and Western religious thought, but also gain access to an existential sense of what it is like to see and feel from various traditions. Various Esoteric schools of theosophy (mainly termed Kabbalah in the West and Dzogchen in the East) will be discussed due to their attempt to blend the two underlying principles of Eastern and Western religious thought. How cultural differences recapitulate the practice within a tradition will be explored in terms of subtle differences and ramifications of world views. Rev. Kythera Ann's goal is to deepen participants' understanding of Western and Eastern philosophical and religious thought. Participants will be able to understand the various perspectives of both Eastern and Western traditions by having the opportunity to experience various theological perspectives, methods, and techniques. These understandings and experiences are facilitated by a variety of field trips to various religious communities and houses of worship, as well as by guest speakers from various religious denominations. It is hoped that participants will develop a global perspective and broaden their own horizons of understanding.
"A real eye-opener. This course should be mandatory for citizenship on this planet. Without understanding there can be no acceptance: without acceptance we cannot see God in ourselves, let alone each other."
"What I learned is that we are basically coming from the same place, and how individuals utilize their free will to interpret God, the Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I felt great with the Rabbi...loved the Burmese Buddhist Monastery...I found that I could recognize Spirit in all traditions."
Helen Bradley- Retired
"What a joy to be in Kythera's class. Not only was my knowledge of religion enhanced; my inner Light was brightened by being part of her class."
Kythera has taught this course at various colleges and as a core course for ministerial accredited programs.
The course provides participants an excellent overview of religious philosophy. The course usually takes 2 months to complete. Local students meet for 3 hours per week and do 1-3 hours per week home study, plus two full-day field trips.
For those who wish to take this comparative religion course on-line or via e-mail, please note:
All my spiritual work is by donation. Courses vary in length according to subject. I do not offer "degrees." I have re-worked this course to be part of an accredited on-line University that does offer degrees. They charge $75.00 for the course and it leads to a Masters of Religion. To read more about it go to:
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