"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

The Poetry of Grace III - Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926)

Associate Professor Michael Griffith PhD


Starts Tuesday 7 November
Rainer Maria Rilke is a poet of and for our times in his unrelenting quest for the truth that might be revealed through the creative process. Deeply inspired by the visual arts (he was secretary for a period of Auguste Rodin), by Russian monasticism (Das Buch vom Monchischen Leben) and by the sacred inhering in the natural world, Rilke was throughout his life a seeker of the truth.

This seminar will explore some of these aspects of the poet's life and work through the eyes of a native German speaker who will provide English translations from the original German. The emphasis will be on the final grand works, The Duino Elegies & The Sonnets to Orpheus (1912- 1922) All texts and notes will be provided.

Michael has a special interest in the Arts and has co-curated a number of recent conferences: Writing the Sacred (2102), Addressing the Sacred (2013), Grounding the Sacred (2015) and Awakening the Sacred with Laurence Freeman as keynote speaker (July 7-8, 2017).

Presenter:  Michael Griffith, PhD
When:  Four Tuesday mornings, 10am - 12noon,  7 - 28 November 2017
Where:  Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, Sydney
Cost:  $144 per person, including notes

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