Feb
6
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.

Jan
30
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.

Dec
13
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.

Nov
21
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.

Nov
12
7:00 pm19:00

"An Introduction to Hinduism"

Dana is giving a public lecture on Hinduism at the State University of New York at Orange, in MIddletown, NY.  Call 845-341-4891 or consult the SUNY Orange website for details.

Oct
25
11:00 am11:00

Science and Non-Duality Conference

Dana is giving a lecture at the SAND conference in San Jose, CA, covering the topic of "The Perennial Philosophy and the Future of Religion."  Please see the "Science and Non-Duality" website for details about the conference, which runs from Thursday, Oct.22nd to Sunday, the 25th.

Oct
17
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).

Oct
7
7:00 pm19:00

Chris Grosso talk on "Everything Mind"

Dana will be introducing Chris Grosso at Osher Auditorium at the Maine College of Art in Portland for a talk about Chris' new book, Everything Mind.  Free and open to the public.

Jul
22
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.

Jul
15
7:00 pm19:00

"Huston Smith: Religion and the Perennial Philosophy"

This is both a book talk related to my biography of Huston Smith and an overview of the perennial philosophy, a viewpoint Smith inherited from his mentor, Aldous Huxley, and will be held at the Blue Hill Public Library in Blue Hill, Maine, on July 15th at 7PM.

Apr
25
3:00 pm15:00

Book Talk: "Aldous Huxley, a Biography"

Dana's biography of Huxley is about to be republished and this is the first scheduled book talk related to the release, at The Old Professor's Bookshop in Belfast, Maine, on April 25th at 3PM.  Please call the OPBS for more info at 207-338-2006.

Feb
28
1:00 pm13:00

Dharma Workshop at Tashi Gatsel Ling

Dana will be helping Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lobzang Tsetan give a dharma workshop at Tashi Gatsel Ling in Freeport, ME.  Contact the dharma center at 207-776-9927 for details and suggested donation to benefit the Siddhartha School Project.

Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

"Is American Buddhism Losing its Soul?"

A discussion of the American tendency to equate Buddhism exclusively with mindfulness training, discarding the metaphysical aspects of the dharma.  At Tashi Gatsel Ling dharma center in Freeport, Maine, on Feb. 10, 2015, at 7PM.  For more info, go to the Tashi Gatsel Ling website.

Feb
7
9:30 am09:30

"An Overview of the Abrahamic Religions"

This is a one-day workshop for the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, outlining the views of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, taking place from 9 to 4 on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015.  For more information, please contact CHIME via their website.

Jan
24
1:00 pm13:00

"Touching the Void", an experiential workshop with Alex Grey

This is an afternoon workshop at Alex Grey's facility in Wappingers Falls, New York, about an hour north of NYC, followed by an evening conversation between Dana, Alex and Allyson Grey.  Saturday, January 25, 2015.  To register, and for more info, contact "CoSM," the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors online.

Oct
24
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.

Oct
8
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.