9:00 AM09:00

"An All-day workshop on the Nature of Hindu Dharma"

As a long-standing member of the faculty at the Chaplaincy of Maine, Dana will lead an all-day workshop at the CHIME facility on Forest Ave. in Portland, Maine, located in the Center for Grieving Children.  In this workshop, which is open to the public, Dana will give an interactive overview of Hinduism's history, philosophy and practices.

View Event →
9:00 AM09:00

"Growing Your Spirituality"

Dana is offering a three-hour workshop at the Jung Center in Brunswick, Maine, covering ways in which info about one's Jungian Personality Type can be used as a tool for spiritual growth.  Drawing on the work of Peter Tufts Richardson and others, Dana provides a lively, interactive opportunity to apply type to the project of self-realization. Consult the website of the Jung Center for further details.

View Event →
10:00 AM10:00

"Human Life in the Image of God"

Dana is giving a talk and presenting a workshop at Unity Church of Greater Portland.  The talk is at 10AM and the workshop follows lunch at 2PM.  The subject of the talk and workshop will be to explore if and how we are made in the image of God from the perspective of each of the Abrahamic religions.

View Event →
2:30 PM14:30

Respondent at the AAR conference in Atlanta

Dana is the respondent for a panel discussion at the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, GA, this year.  The panel for is hosted by the Dharma Academy of North America and brings together leading scholars in the area of Hinduism and dharma studies.  Please consult the AAR homepage for details about the panel and to check when and if the time of the panel changes.  Also, please note that Dana's publisher for Huston Smith, Wisdomkeeper, will be hosting a book table at the conference and Dana will often be availablej to sign books.

View Event →
11:45 AM11:45

World Parliament of Religions

Dana is participating in a five-person panel discussion at the World Parliament of Religions in Salt Lake City on the topic of "Are the World Religions Really All One?"  Other members of the panel include Rita Sherma, Philip Goldberg (author of American Veda) and Mirabai Starr (author of God of Love).

View Event →
to Jul 26

"Finding Your Spiritual Personality Type"

Dana will give a lecture and workshop on using the Myers-Briggs personality index to find one's spiritual personality type at the biennial conference of the Association of Personality Type International conference in Miami, Florida, this coming July.  See the APTi website for more information.

View Event →
7:00 PM19:00

CHIME celebration of Jacob Watson and Dana Sawyer

The Chaplaincy Institute of Maine is celebrating the career of founder Jacob Watson, who has recently won the national Huston Smith Award, and Dana Sawyer, an adjunct professor of the program, who has just published (in July) the authorized biography of Huston Smith.


The event will be held at the Portland Public Library, at 5 Monument Way on Congress St. in Portland, Maine, and Dana will be signing copies of Huston Smith's biography.

View Event →
9:00 PM21:00

Touching the Void: An exploration of the Perennial Philosophy

October 8, 15 & 22, 7 - 9 pm
Dana Sawyer
C. G. Jung Center
183 Park Row, Brunswick, ME
Members, $55; Non-members, $65
This lecture series offers an exploration of Aldous Huxley’s theory that there is a common set of insights at the core of every religion and yet beyond all religion. He termed the experience of this core the “unitive knowledge” of our spiritual oneness with all reality.  In these lectures, Prof. Sawyer offers not only a set of overviews of the perennial philosophy (drawn from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, mythology and religion) but also a series of experiential exercises (at the end of each lecture) designed to give glimpses of the “unitive knowledge.” Topics covered include:  the nature of Truth as an experience; the limits of science for knowing Truth; the importance of improved traits of behavior over altered states of consciousness; the importance of metaphysics in philosophy; the dangers of materialism; and the viability of mystical experience.
Prof. Sawyer offers insights from two of the leading proponents of the perennial philosophy, Huston Smith (author of The World’s Religions) and Joseph Campbell (author of The Power of Myth).  What is the difference between spirituality and religion? What is the relationship between Campbell’s “mono-myth” and the perennial philosophy?  What is the relationship between organized religion and the perennial philosophy?  Is religion necessary or even viable?  Should religious scriptures be interpreted literally?  Is there a difference between exoteric and esoteric religion?  These and other questions, as well as the works of Abraham Maslow, Stanislav Grof, and Ken Wilber, will be discussed.

View Event →