Upcoming Shows and Talks

Mar6

The Clash of Fundamentalism and Spirtuality

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Oasis San Diego, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr #269, La Mesa, California

Join us for this two hour multi-media lecture presentation. There is a growing schism forming in the world’s religious landscape, a split between two powerful perspectives, fundamentalism and spirituality. “Fundamentalism” is the term commonly applied to conservative religious movements that seek a return to “fundamentals,” such as Fundamentalist Christianity or Wahhabi Islam. Three key components of fundamentalism are scriptural literalism, rigid adherence to ancient codes, and a longing to return to an idealized past where everything was better and purer than it is now. “Spirituality” on the other hand is commonly used to describe a mode of being where the sacred or the divine speaks to each of us individually through the authority of our own inner experience, here and now. These two perspectives are clashing as never before, and the project of coming to a deeper understanding of both of them is growing more urgent by the day. Until we better understand the underlying principles of these two positions, any talk of healing this rift is futile.

$20

Mar9

Mysticism: The Sacred Fire at the Heart of Religion

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Osher Institute of Life Long Learning, College of Extended Studies, San Diego State University, 5250 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA

Join us for this six-week course. What do Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Laozi, and Moses all have in common? They were all mystics. They moved away from contemporary religious institutions toward a powerful, transformative, subjective, and direct experience of the divine outside all doctrines and hierarchies. Mystics the world over often stand in conflict with their host traditions because of their radical stance, yet mainstream religion relies on their groundbreaking insights. Join us as we study the words, experiences, and insights of the world’s mystics and feel the fire that set them alight. The Osher Institute is a non-credit, university-style education experience open to everyone over 50 years old (but last time I checked they weren't checking IDs). Easy registration, easy parking, and a wonderful community of learners gathered around deep inquiry and meaningful learning.

$74

Mar16

Mysticism: The Sacred Fire at the Heart of Religion

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Osher Institute of Life Long Learning, College of Extended Studies, San Diego State University, 5250 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA

Join us for this six-week course. What do Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Laozi, and Moses all have in common? They were all mystics. They moved away from contemporary religious institutions toward a powerful, transformative, subjective, and direct experience of the divine outside all doctrines and hierarchies. Mystics the world over often stand in conflict with their host traditions because of their radical stance, yet mainstream religion relies on their groundbreaking insights. Join us as we study the words, experiences, and insights of the world’s mystics and feel the fire that set them alight. The Osher Institute is a non-credit, university-style education experience open to everyone over 50 years old (but last time I checked they weren't checking IDs). Easy registration, easy parking, and a wonderful community of learners gathered around deep inquiry and meaningful learning.

$74

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Write, speak, sing, teach



 

"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 and another column for the San Diego Troubadour. I publish a blog called Thinking Through where all my published writing is gathered. I serve as executive editor and writer on InsideTheBeltway.com, a news and commentary website. 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 when that 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.


     The Bolland Eightfold Path

1. Join the Mailing List.

2. Check the Calendar page for coming attractions.

3. Listen on the Audio page.

4. Shop on the Store page.

5. Meditate with me right now for free on the Insight Timer Meditation app.

6. Follow the link to my Blog "Thinking Through."

7. Click the YouTube icon and subscribe to Peter Bolland TV.

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