Coming Attractions

May17

The Bhagavad Gita

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Join us for this Zoom webinar as we explore India’s most beloved sacred text, the Bhagavad Gita. Composed around the time of Christ, the Gita is the plain-talking culmination of the rich philosophical traditions begun in the earlier Vedas, Upanishad, and Buddhist texts. Like all literature, it is best approached in layers. What does the Bhagavad Gita teach about God, duty, ethics, war, society, consciousness, human nature, violence, and the beauty of being alive? A favorite book of Gandhi who carried chapter two in his pocket his whole life, and of Thoreau who brought only one book to Walden Pond, his copy of the Gita borrowed from his friend Ralph Waldo Emerson. Very few books have had this long a reach or this profound an impact. Let’s find out why. $15

May19

The Wisdom of Hinduism

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Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center, 16780 La Gracia, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

Studying the ancient philosophies of India offers a fascinating opportunity to catch a glimpse into one of humanity’s boldest and most influential wisdom traditions. Join us as we examine the core teachings of the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita on the nature of the universe and our place in it. Your understanding of familiar concepts such as meditation, yoga, and karma will deepen as we challenge our conventional thinking with the open-hearted teachings of this venerable array of traditions and perspectives known collectively as Hinduism. Free.

May20

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Join us every Friday morning 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

May27

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Join us every Friday morning 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

May31

The Trinity in World Religions

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San Diego Oasis, In Person or Via Zoom, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive Suite 269 , La Mesa, CA 91942

Join us in-person at Grossmont Center, or watch from home via Zoom. At the center of mainline Christian doctrine is the idea of the Trinity – a startling claim that a monotheistic God appears as three distinct yet unified “persons” – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This idea flies in the face of the hard monotheism of Judaism and Islam, yet endures as the centerpiece of the world’s largest religion. Join us as we jump across boundaries to see if other religions employ this three-part conceptual structure in their understandings of ultimate reality. Are there triune theological doctrines in Hinduism, Buddhism, and maybe even Judaism? If so, how do these doctrines help us deepen our experience of the sacred here and now? $15

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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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