Coming Attractions


There are many fascinating forms of Buddhism thriving in the world today, and perhaps the most fascinating of all is Zen. Like all forms of Buddhism, Zen roots back to the teachings of the Buddha, a sixth century B.C.E. Indian reformer and spiritual teacher. What makes Zen unique and deeply appealing to people everywhere, especially here in the West, is its practicality, its simplicity, and its willingness to challenge the authority of our institutionalized thinking. Zen is a paradox. At once ancient and modern, disciplined and liberal, deeply traditional and wildly irreverent, Zen strips away from us all that is artificial until only our authentic nature remains. Join us as we uncover the practices and principles of this profoundly spiritual and eminently practical wisdom tradition. Join us in person at Grossmont Center, or via Zoom on your device anywhere in the world. $15


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


Sunday Sermon-What Letting Go Really Means

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Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8778 Cottonwood Avenue, Santee, CA 92071

Join us in person or via Zoom for this Sunday morning service, including my talk "What Letting Go Really Means." What Letting Go Really Means. Wisdom traditions around the world counsel us to “let go.” In Hinduism it’s called renunciation, in Buddhism it’s non-attachment, in Daoism it’s wu-wei, and in Christianity it’s kenosis (emptying out). But what does that really mean? Let go of what? And why? Let’s explore the deeper meanings of these spiritual teachings, and the practical impact this practice would have in our everyday lives.


Peter Bolland and Rupert Wates in Concert

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Pilgrim Church, 2020 Chesnut Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008

San Diego Folk Heritage presents two singer-songwriters, Peter Bolland and Rupert Wates, in concert at Pilgrim United Church-Christ in Carlsbad, California. This will be my first live in-person performance since February 2020 when Covid came along. Come celebrate the art form of folk music with us! $18 ($15 members). Click here to learn more: Advance Tickets here:


The Spirit of Gratitude

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University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Ave, San Diego, CA

Join us live and in-person for this fourth and final installment in our "Growing Spirit" series, "The Spirit of Gratitude." The Thanksgiving holiday season is an ideal time to reflect on the meaning and power of gratitude. A traditional harvest festival, Thanksgiving gives us a communal opportunity to consciously shift out of our normal worried mind stuck, as it usually is, on how there’s never enough – never enough money, never enough time, never enough love – and move instead into the awareness that we have everything we need. “Gratitude,” wrote the Roman philosopher Seneca “is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” In other words, developing the consciousness of gratitude opens the door to the cultivation of all of the virtues – compassion, kindness, courage, serenity, and satisfaction. Is gratitude an endpoint, a state only realized after I get everything I want, or is it a decision I make in the here and now regardless of outer conditions? Join us as we explore this and other questions surrounding the transformative power of the consciousness of gratitude.

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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. 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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