Bringing a Uniquely Eastern Perspective
to engage with Western Perspectives on Science and Spirit
Dr Bhakti Vijnana Muni, Dr Bhakti Niskama Shanta, Prof Ursula King, Prof Keith Ward, FBA, Catherine Thom, Dr Joan Walton
In the chair: Dr. Peter Fenwick, David Lorimer
Discussant: Prof Max Velmans
The Mystics and Scientists conferences are the premier international event at the interface between science, spirituality and consciousness and have been held every year since 1978. The conference gives you the chance to come together with like-minded people in a spirit of exploration and dialogue around this year’s important theme of Eastern and Western Perspectives on Science and Spirit.
Dr Bhakti Vijnana Muni and Dr Bhakti Niskama Shanta are travelling specially from India to the UK for the first time to attend the conference. They are both trained in positivist scientific methodologies, but they have not absorbed the western materialist worldview. As ‘devotees’ within the Vedantic spiritual tradition, they are in a unique position to provide an account of – and enter into a debate about – the significance of a Newtonian science that is not grounded in materialistic assumptions.
Prof Ursula King and Prof Keith Ward are both very well-known and engaging scholars in mysticism and science who have spoken eloquently at conferences around the world. Catherine Thom will share her unusual spiritual journey from music to pottery. Consciousness specialist Prof Max Velmans will help engage all the speakers in a constructive dialogue.
The conference will be a highly participatory event involving a balance of keynote presentations and discussions in facilitated small groups so that we can also access the ‘wisdom in the room’ and give you the chance to share your own insights. We will also have optional meditation and movement each morning.
On Saturday evening we will be screening the moving award-winning Indian film by Network Member Dr Amit Biswas – The Bridge – and Amit will be there to introduce it.
Do come and join us at what promises to be a memorable weekend!
What people say about our events:
A wonderful, stimulating, through provoking and warm-hearted weekend.
Non-stop delightful discovery and endless conversation.
I value the people and connections as much as the subject and speakers.
My second event. It gets better and better. I feel isolated in London. Here I get a sense of ‘group’. Fabulous talks.
For more information visit the Mystics and Scientists Webpage.
Online Courses : Introducing our new learning platform
We are currently offering the following courses:
Starting 11th January, this course explores various meanings ascribed to spirituality and discusses their relevance for medicine and healthcare. It encourages participants to develop a positive awareness of cross-cultural understandings of the human body and its core experiences. It raises awareness of beliefs which may influence a person’s access to health care. This training lies within the discipline of medical anthropology.
Running from 11th January 2018 to 3rd May 2018, at 2:30 UK time on a Thursday, this course is made up of fifteen sessions including:-
Spirituality and Cultural Meanings, Conception and human identity, Women and human behaviour, Human Body and Human Self, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Religious and Spiritual Experiences, Death Dying and Beyond, Survival Beyond Death, Cultural U-Turns, Communication. A synopsis can be found here.
A Practical Guide for the Whole Family, Carers, Nurses & Beyond
The comprehensive course Thriving With Homeopathy For The Whole Family facilitates everyone interested in living optimal health, present and future health care practitioners, carers as well as nurses with an in-depth understanding of homeopathy, its philosophy, and practical application. Next, to the main subject homeopathy, the student also will be introduced to the interrelationship between the Mind, Body, and Soul with their intricate communication channels and unlimited potentialities.
The curriculum is designed with beauty and mindfulness and not only serves the student with a wealth of information but also as a ‘feast of the senses’, welcoming the student to develop and employ the presented study material as a means to personal transformation.
A second course Thriving with Homeopathy for Birthing Live – A Practical Guide for Midwives, Doulas, Childbirth Educators and Nurses is also available.
The Scientific and Medical Network –
Exploring and expanding the frontiers of science, medicine and spirituality.
The Network is devoted to the emergence of a more enlightened world – a world in which the wisdom of spirituality and the thoughtfulness of philosophy balance the power of science and technology.
We recognise that our world is still plagued by deep problems and enduring conflicts. Many of these are caused by dogmatic, superstitious or ill-informed worldviews. However, we believe that individuals and societies can transform themselves. The key is learning to integrate evidence-based science, born of rational philosophy, with the love and inner peace cultivated by spiritual practice. The Network is a worldwide community of professionals dedicated to this transformative task.
We invite you to join us in co-creating a paradigm shift to bring truth, beauty, health and well-being into harmony, and so help heal our fractured culture. Membership is open to all who are sympathetic with our mission, aims and values.
- Please see our introductory video here.
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