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The Heart of Islam

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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. Islam is many things. Perceptions of Islam, especially here in the west, vary wildly. Many Americans and Europeans hold a negative view of Islam. Yet Islam is the second largest religion in the world, and one of the three Abrahamic faiths alongside Judaism and Christianity. Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christians, and Islam reveres all of the earlier prophets like Jesus, Moses, and Abraham. Join us as we go beyond the smoke and noise to reveal the heart of Islam, a spiritual way of life that honors faith, family, morality, virtue, and service. Extremists may get all the attention, but all over the world 1.6 billion Muslims live inclusive, pluralistic lives in harmony with their Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and secular neighbors.



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.


Other Media

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.

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