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Previous events

Oct1

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: https://sdfolkheritage.org/events/peter-bolland-and-rupert-wates/ Advance Tickets here: https://www.ticketweb.com/search?q=san+diego+folk+heritage

Oct1

The Divine Feminine Across Traditions

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San Diego Vedanta Monastery, 1440 Upas Street, San Diego, CA

Join me for this free lecture at the San Diego Vedanta Monastery, either in person or via Zoom. How does the divine feminine manifest across traditions? What is personification? How do our god-concepts coincide with ultimate reality, our local environment, our sociology, and our needs? Please be vaccinated and masked for this event. Or join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82796086077?pwd=WGJnSE5JZlJJSmlWYXJ5WmhmeXltZz09

Meeting ID: 827 9608 6077 Passcode: satjoy

Sep30

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Sep27

The Philosophy of Abortion

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

By now we’re all familiar with the pro and con arguments surrounding America’s most contentious political debate—abortion. But how aware are we of the often-unstated philosophical positions underpinning those familiar arguments? Join us for this philosophical inquiry into the big questions the abortion debate draws to the surface: When does life begin? What do different religions and wisdom traditions say about that? What does liberty or freedom really mean? Do we own our own bodies? How does the 14th amendment (granting a “right to life”) intersect with the 1st amendment (prohibiting the establishment of a state religion)? No matter your current views, join us for this important work. All registrants receive a video of the webinar afterwards. $16

Sep24

Who is My Neighbor? A Global Perspective

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First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108

I'm honored to be a guest lecturer at this San Diego School of Christian Studies series. Who is inside the sacred circle, and who is out? And who gets to decide? How do various religions, philosophies, and wisdom traditions frame these vital questions? Join us as we explore this ancient and timely challenge. This event is free, but please RSVP at https://www.fumcsd.org/event/7675809-2022-09-24-sdscs-lecture-series-a-global-perspective/

Sep23

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Sep16

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, searching for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions.. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Sep15

Why It's So Hard to Talk About Racism

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Zoom Webinar through First Unitarian Universalist Church, San Diego

Why is it so hard, particularly for white people, to talk about racism? Why are conversations about racism often met with anger, fear, and guilt, only to grind to a halt in awkward silence and avoidance? Sociologist and antiracism educator Robin DeAngelo labels these unhelpful responses as “white fragility.” What is “white fragility?” And how is it hindering our efforts to bend the moral arc of history toward justice? Until we recognize, acknowledge, and understand these paralyzing undercurrents, our highest aspirations for true American democracy, justice, and dignity remain unrealized. Free, but registration is required at https://www.firstuusandiego.org/adult-faith-formation.html

Sep13

The Great Philosophers: Marcus Aurelius

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

When he wrote about his career challenges, the perils of fame, and the fleeting pleasures of life, Marcus Aurelius knew what he was talking about. Emperor of Rome, leader of legions of soldiers, and philosopher at heart, Marcus left behind for us his journal, one of the most beloved books in the Western canon. At the heart of Stoicism is this notion – that we control almost none of the circumstances of our lives, but we have absolute autonomy over our reactions to them. Like Buddhism in the east, Stoicism offers clear, down to earth, and straightforward guidance for how to navigate this challenging life. All registrants receive a video of the webinar afterwards. $15

Sep9

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Sep4

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.

Sep2

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, on the hunt for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Aug26

Friday Reflections

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Zoom Webinar Through San Diego Oasis

Every Friday morning we gather for 30 minutes of thoughtful inquiry into the currents sweeping through our lives both individually and collectively, searching for ways our small stories intersect with the great ideas from the world's wisdom traditions.. Even if you can't make this day/time, every registrant receives a video of the webinar. $5

Aug23

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

Aug21

Buddha and Jesus

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St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA

Join me live in person in the Great Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, or watch via their livestream. No need to register and it's free. What happens when you set these two ancient wisdom teachers alongside one another? Let’s find out. By comparing their origin stories, the process of their transformation into Teachers, and the principles and practices of the paths they left for us, remarkable alignments arise as well as startling contrasts. Back before there was Buddhism and Christianity, who were Buddha and Jesus?

Aug19

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

Aug18

Dismantling Racism One Insight at a Time

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First Unitarian Universalist Church

Join us for this important webinar experience sponsored by First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. Our great unfinished work in the United States is to finally come to terms with racism in authentic, meaningful, and transformative ways. At root, racism stems from structures submerged deep within consciousness, which then get codified into repressive, hierarchical systems that benefit the in-group at the expense of the out-group. In this inquiry we will do the important work of peeling back the layers of unconscious bias, laying bare the untold history of supremacy, and raise our eyes to the unrealized promise of America--a land where we are truly all regarded equally. This event is free, but registration is required. Click link above to register and receive the Zoom link.

Aug16

The Four Agreements

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

o After his near-fatal car accident, Mexican physician Don Miguel Ruiz became an apprentice of a Nagual or shaman in the Toltec tradition. His groundbreaking book The Four Agreements, a distillation of that indigenous American wisdom, has been translated into 48 languages and remained on the New York Times bestsellers list for ten years. At the heart of his work is the idea that our assumptions (our agreements) shape the quality of our lives, and when we craft new ways of thinking we greatly increase our freedom and power. Join us for this close look at each of the Four Agreements, and their intersections with philosophy, psychology, and world spirituality. Join us in person at the beautiful Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center for this one hour presentation. (Free)

Aug12

The Spirit of Daoism

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

Join us live and in-person for the third installment in our "Growing Spirit" series, "The Spirit of Daoism." 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.

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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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