Interfaith Wisdom for Our Modern Times
Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn her seven pillars. She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine; she has also set her table. (Proverbs 9:1)
When Akbar the Great built the Ibidat Khana, or “House of Worship” in the city of Fatehpur Sikri, India during the 16th century, he intended to create a place to serve Muslims as they engaged in discussions and debates over Islam. But he quickly saw that the Muslims who visited discussed religious practices and God through an abritrarily-narrow Islamic spectrum. To create a place where true wisdom could thrive, Akbar turned the Khana into an edifice where people of all religions could gather to discuss important ideas of their day.
Building on traditions like the Ibidat Khana, the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom was established in 2007 to cultivate individual and collective wisdom to respond to the call of our time. It brings together a diverse community of people devoted to understanding the intelligence of the natural world, humantity’s sacred heritage, and contemplative insight. Through gatherings, media, and the arts, they explore ways to respond with integrity and beauty to the needs of the world.
Now, the Seven Pillars House of Wisdom has published a groundbreaking multimedia electronic book titled, The Seven Pillars: Journey Toward Wisdom. The book is designed to help meet the urgent need for fresh vision at this time of dramatic change.
Using Apple iBook technology, the iTunes e-book gives readers an integrated media experience that contains imagery, original musical compositions (released as a companion CD), narration, meditation, video, and graphical animation, and many multi-touch features. Kindle readers access the multi-media components of the book by linking to a web-based library (7pj.org). All readers will find engaging questions and exercises to reflect on and write about at end of each chapter. For book clubs and writing and inquiry groups, a free downloadable discussion guide contains further contemplations tailored for group engagement.
The e-book features paintings and illustrations by surrealist British painter Cecil Collins, and contributions from many distinguished artists, scholars, activists and visionaries, including Sousan Abadian, Christopher Bamford, Mary Catherine Bateson, Robin Becker, Rabbi Olivier BenHaim, Orland Bishop, Ruth Broyde-Sharone, Adam Bucko, Apela Colorado, Paul Devereux, Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Lee Irwin, Kane Mathis, Dena Merriam, Deepa Patel, Yuval Ron, David Spangler, Bisan Toron, Wendy Tremayne, and many others.
Check it out here.
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