Coming Attractions

Jun28

The Great Philosophers: Socrates

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San Diego Oasis, In Person or Via Zoom

In “The Great Philosophers” series we explore the most influential luminaries in the history of Western philosophy, from Socrates to Sartre. And it all began with Socrates (470-399 BCE), the “gad fly” of Athens, teacher to so many, including the young Plato who would go on to devote his career to writing the most important philosophical dialogues in the Western canon, nearly all featuring his long-dead teacher Socrates. Against a backdrop of moral relativism, destructive self-interest, and political chaos (sound familiar?) we find Socrates cajoling his fellow Athenians, and us, to devote our energies instead to the care of our souls. $15. In person or via Zoom.

Jul8

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Join us every Friday morning via Zoom from 10:00-10:30 for Friday Reflections with Peter Bolland as we go deeper to reveal the wisdom hidden just beneath the surface of our everyday lives. New themes, questions, and readings every week. $5

Jul12

The Great Philosophers: Plato

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

It is said that all philosophy after Plato is “merely footnotes”—so formative is the work of this 5th century BCE Greek philosopher. Using his dead teacher Socrates as a character in nearly all of his dialogues, Plato (429-347 BCE) essentially invents the philosophic method while laying the foundation for Western philosophy across metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Even now we recognize our own philosophical curiosity and longing in his remarkable writing and incomparable influence. In our ongoing series on The Great Philosophers, Plato is not one to miss. $15

Jul15

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Join us every Friday morning from 10:00-10:30 via Zoom for Friday Reflections with Peter Bolland as we go deeper to reveal the wisdom hidden just beneath the surface of our everyday lives. New themes, questions, and readings every week. $5

Jul19

Daoism in the Modern Age: Following the Integral Way

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Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, 16780 La Gracia, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091

Join us in person at the beautiful Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center for this one-hour presentation. The ancient Chinese wisdom tradition of Daoism has been challenging, informing, and illuminating truth-seekers for thousands of years. But the insights of Laozi and Zhuangzi come from another place and time – a rural, patriarchal, pre-industrial world with little resemblance to our own. Can the wisdom of these ancient sages still be relevant today? How can we adapt the teachings of the Daodejing and Zhuangzi to the problems of our modern lives? What’s surprising is how easily this is accomplished, and how rich and vivifying the results. (Free)

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"When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind." ~ Kahlil Gibran

I speak, write, teach, and sing about a wide range of spiritual and philosophical things.

I write a column for Unity Magazine. I publish a blog called Thinking Through where all my published writing is gathered. I lead guided meditations online on the Insight Timer Meditation app. I have a YouTube channel called Peter Bolland TV where I post videos of some of my talks and songs and more. And I lecture all over town in a wide variety of venues. All of my work is about one thing: shaping the insights of the world's wisdom traditions into tools we can use to enrich our lives. And all that happens when I'm not at Southwestern College in Chula Vista being a philosophy and humanities professor and department chair. 

I also sing, play guitar, write songs, make albums, and perform regularly throughout the San Diego area.


I've been playing music and writing songs my whole life. My first solo album was called Frame, released in 2002. It earned a Best Americana Album nomination at the San Diego Music Awards. Then I had a band called The Coyote Problem from 2002-2010. We won the Best Americana Album prize for both of our albums, Wire in 2005 and California in 2007 at the San Diego Music Awards. Quit while you're ahead, right? I fired myself from my own band so I could focus on all of my other projects, including my solo work. The result? My album Two Pines, available now.Two Pines Album Cover


I am also a session musician playing a wide variety of instruments on other people's albums, things like acoustic and electric guitar, lap steel guitar, Dobro, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica.


But these daydobros I spend most of my off-campus time speaking and leading workshops at a wide variety of venues, (The Chopra Center, The San Diego Vedanta Monastery, San Diego Oasis, The Osher Life Long Learning Institute, Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living, First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, and many more) about all of the things I've learned through the years about the world's wisdom traditions. If you'd like to come experience one of my many multimedia lecture presentations or long-form classes about the life-changing transformational wisdom of world mythology, comparative religion, and practical philosophy, visit the Calendar page for a complete schedule of upcoming events.


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7. And come back anytime you like. We'll be here.