Wisdom classics – coffee & conversation


What? – An opportunity to go deeper into the perennial wisdom, including Christian contemplative tradition
Who? – Anyone with an interest
Where? – At Avenue Coffee or other mutually convenient location
When? – At any mutually convenient time
dragonlinePerennials Study Group is not a “book group” in any usual sense of the term, but is rather a small network of persons engaged in independent study of titles in a common bibliography who may occasionally meet for conversation about these materials. Obtain a copy of the book that you wish to read, then get in touch for coffee and conversation–from time to time, usually at Avenue Coffee on Echles Street, a short distance south of the University of Memphis.

A suggested focus for slow reading in Fall 2017 is Jacob Needleman’s Lost Christianity: A Journey of Rediscovery or one of the other core texts listed in the bibliography linked below. Otherwise, select from the bibliography any title you like. These titles can be purchased through Amazon or any other bookseller.

An open bibliography – for future reading selections
The ethos of heart-centered conversation
What is wisdom school?

Robert Thompson


About Jacob Needleman’s “Lost Christianity: A Journey of Rediscovery”:

“Renowned scholar of comparative religion Jacob Needleman gathers together ancient texts and writings of the modern practitioners of essential Christianity. Needleman demonstrates that a more effective contemplative tradition existed in the early church and continues today in the lives of extraordinary people whose stories he retells in the course of his own personal explorations into the realms of the spirit.” —Ingram

kabbalahSupplemental Resources:
Inner Work for Spiritual Awakening – Ted Nottingham
New Benedictine Community
New Benedictine Community – On Facebook
Northeast Wisdom – Cynthia Bourgeault
Oriental Orthodox Order in the West
Praxis Research Institute
Royal Road of the Early Church – From Robin Amis, A Different Christianity
Spirituality of the Fourth Way – YouTube – Ted Nottingham
Wisdom Christianity – YouTube – Fr. Bruno Barnhart OSB Cam
Wisdom of the Kingdom – Christian symbolics (Russian Orthodox)
Wisdom Way of Knowing – Cynthia Bourgeault


About the Judeo-Christian wisdom:

“Called the Tree of Life, the Bible is the link between Heaven and Earth and shows us how we can develop a non-linear perception of life through intuition and revelation called vertical thinking.” –Dr. Jerry Epstein