Open lectures

Come along and join the MA students at our Open Lectures series. Attendance at the Open Lectures will cost £5 per lecture (payable on the door, or by booking online in advance - free for CCCU staff and students ).

The Open Lectures take place at our Canterbury Campus on Saturdays from 6.15pm - 7.45pm. You can book your place online.
For information you can call us on 01227 782919

Lectures takes place in Newton (Ng07)

Directions to our Canterbury Campus

NB: Please note that our Open Lectures are arranged differently this year. 
They will be in four groups of 3 rather than two groups of 5. 
The dates for the year are: 7 October, 21 October, 4 November, 13 January, 27 January, 10 February, 10 March, 24 March, 7 April, 19 May, 2 June, 16 June.

SUMMER Term 2018

May 19

Empty Re-becoming: Buddhist perspectives on existence(s)

Bee Scherer
In this session, Bee will introduce philosophical essentials and lived approaches to life and death. The session aims to introduce Buddhist thought around rebirth (jati), realms of existences (gati), cause and effect (karma), no-self (anātman), mind (citta), consciousness (vijñāna) and tantric metaphysics/'alchemy' as well as hybrid practices related to ancestors and spirits. 

Professor Bee Scherer, PhD is the Director of the Intersectional Centre for Inclusion and Social Justice (INCISE, at Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom.A Professor of Religious Studies (Buddhism) and Gender Studies, they studied among others Classics and Indology in Germany, the United States, and the Netherlands; Bee's PhD thesis (Groningen, NL. 2001) dealt with questions of comparative myth and narratology.  An expert in Buddhism and Critical Theory, their publications include eleven authored books, ten edited volumes and more than 40 articles and book chapters.


June 2

You too can have the Body of a God

Simon Wilson

“God became man in order that man might become God.” (St Athanasius of Alexandria)“The body is deified at the same time as the soul.” (St Maximus the Confessor)“If you will, you can become all flame.”(Abba Joseph of Panepho)
The Eastern Orthodox Church harbours spiritual practices which, it is sometimes claimed, can “transform the body into something better and deify it” (St Gregory Palamas). Shining as bright as the sun, this divine body possesses hyper-senses with an almost infinite range, and will never die. Those who have been so transfigured enjoy the bliss of the Age to Come, but here and now. This new body is neither a metaphor nor a symbol but an actual state. It can be achieved through practices such as prayer, and veneration of icons. This talk will show that deification is an endless and endlessly dynamic process, in which deified senses reveal ever more of God without ever reaching the end of gnosis. The body is thus endlessly transformed, and its desire for God increases into infinity. Just imagine.

Dr Simon Wilson is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he teaches on the Myth, Cosmology and the Sacred MA. His research interests include the Grail, literary re-imaginings of landscape and place, the body and the sacred, the mystical theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Jocelyn Brooke, the writings of Charles Fort, and the co-creation of self and landscape. He is the co-editor, with Angela Voss, of Re-enchanting The Academy (Rubedo Press, 2017), and is currently attempting to bring together most of his interests in a study of the Elham Valley as Centre of England. Simon is also a member of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge.


June 16

Paradise Lost and the Pure Lands: Sacred Geography and Transpersonal Psychology

Elliot Cohen
‘If we have not found the heaven within, we have not found the heaven without’ James Hilton (1933), Lost Horizon. In this session we shall be exploring the idea of sacred space and place; from the Garden of Eden, to the hidden kingdom of Shangri-La. We shall investigate the various ways spiritual adepts have envisioned, travelled to (physically or spiritually/astrally) and attempted to gain access to these realms (with varying degrees of success), whilst also considering their psychological meaning/s and significance. I will be providing examples from my own intrepid travels and the various Wisdom Traditions that I have been studying with; including the Kabbalistic, Buddhist and Daoist.

Dr Elliot Cohen is a Chartered Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is the current secretary of the BPS Transpersonal Psychology Section and Senior Lecturer in Social and Interdisciplinary Psychology at Leeds Beckett University’s School of Social Sciences. He has been studying in Hasidic, Buddhist and Daoist traditions for over twenty years and is an authorised teacher of mindfulness meditation.



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