Seminar: The Way of the Logos

Aphrodisias, the Temple of Aphrodite, shot in 2004. Photo credit - Dguendel
Aphrodisias, the Temple of Aphrodite, shot in 2004. Photo credit – Dguendel

The Noetic Society Presents:

The Way of the Logos

A Seminar conducted by Pierre Grimes, Ph.D.

October 17 & 18, 2015

The twin ideas of the Self and the Soul are the essential ideas for both understanding Platonic metaphysics as well as for gaining an insight into the nature of the Self. While this idea of the Self has been for the most part ignored in the Platonic tradition, we will explore its implications, uniqueness, and its relation to the Soul.

Once this level of thought of Platonic metaphysics becomes clear, it will become a bridge to understanding the personal dimension of Platonic thought, and in so doing the metaphysics will lose its apparent ambiguity and perplexity.

To secure this lofty goal we will also explore the positive and negative hypotheses of Plato’s Parmenides analogically.

We will view them as the personification of a truth seeker experiencing each of the hypotheses from the dismal ninth to that which is beyond all predicates, the first hypothesis.

The path we will outline is a map for philosophical seekers to chart the spiritual and philosophical journey of the destiny of Man.  It will reveal the way of participating in a truly meaningful world for those who seek to use the mind to know the mind.

We offer a new and bold step into the necessity of Platonic thought for understanding the intelligibility of the nature of the divine, the cosmos, and Man.

Participants will be given a copy of a recent dialogue by Pierre Grimes, which outlines much of

what we will be discussing. The conclusion of the dialogue reads:

Jeff came in and said, “What would follow, Susan, if this idea of the Self cannot be securely found in the text? I mean, what would follow if a very strict Ancient Greek scholar were to determine the idea of the Self, as you have defined it, is simply wrong and that it cannot be supported by a critical reading of the Parmenides nor can it be found in Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Parmenides?”

I said, “Then the philosophers at the Academy at Taxila have found a gap in the Platonic tradition and have shown the necessity for adding and clarifying this most noble idea, the Self, to that tradition. We could also add that they integrated it into the idea of the Soul, and that means, does it not, that a new kind of Platonism has been brought forward.”

Note on the Opening Time: Saturday breakfast is at 8:00 and the workshop begins at 9. The full schedule will be posted then.

Workshop Location: Visions & Dreams 2482 Newport Frontage Rd. #1, Costa Mesa, CA.

Meditation: David Coe has offered his house for meditation before the workshop begins on Saturday and Sunday. Any time, but especially 6:00 to 7:30 before the Workshop Saturday. Open sitting, no bells, come when you please.

Cost: $150. Fees may be paid at any NS meeting. To be considered for a scholarship, apply to Pierre Grimes directly.

Registration: – To reserve a place please email Julia Hoigaard, Noetic Society Treasurer – jhoigaar@gmail.com

 

For additional details or questions, please contact Nancy Grimes nancy1grimes@yahoo.com.

Exploring Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley and Krishnamurti

Besant Lodge Live: “Magic and Mystery in Esoteric California” – (Click above for Audio recording)

Our California Occult series continues: 


A rare dialog with Dr. Pierre Grimes, Stephan Hoeller with Host Winter Lazerus 

Sunday April 19th, 2015 – 6pm @ Besant Lodge, Los Angeles

We continue the well attended series on “California Occult” with a look at 3 profoundly influential figures in the esoteric spiritual history of California. Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley and Krishnamurti.

Come join us in a live discourse with leading minds Stephan Hoeller and Pierre Grimes as they speak together about these three unique global authors and teachers who lived, loved and made their homes in California. Winter Lazerus will be your “Esoteric Au Pair” for the ongoing festivities. 

The evening will be an engaging discourse as writer/speaker Dr. Pierre Grimes (who as a young man was recommended to work with Alan Watts by famed friend, the Mythologist Joseph Campbell) will share insights and personal recollections of Alan Watts.

Pierre came to the West Coast and worked intimately with Alan until Watts death. Watts (in his biography) called Pierre a “True Jnana Yogi” for his use of Platonic Dialectic in finding core issues within the human psyche. Stephan and Pierre will dialog on recollections of Watts and how he is still very influential today, thanks to his many recorded lectures which have become a genuine YouTube phenomenon. 

Renown writer/lecturer Stephan Hoeller, (longtime Beachwood Canyon resident) and Pierre will share insights into the remarkable legacy of famed author and speaker Aldous Huxley (Brave New World and The Perennial Philosophy) who lived in Beachwood Canyon until his death. Aldous also developed a close relationship with the Vedanta Monastery in the canyon. 

Pierre and Stephan will then explore the highly unusual teachings of Krishnamurti, who came to Beachwood Canyon as a young man and later settled in Ojai Valley. Krishnamurti became a global phenomenon as a teacher known for his unique perspectives and his famed ’Talks amongst the Oak Groves” of Ojai. 

Pierre and Stephan will offer perspectives to all of this as seen from their own unique experiences, Pierre as the living embodiment of Platonic and Neo-Platonic mastery and Stephan as the one of the primary leading lights of the modern Gnostic movement throughout the world. 

All are welcome! 

The one of a kind, brilliant Zen psychedelic master teacher, Alan Watts –

The literary giant and legendary explorer of “inner worlds”, author of Brave New World and The Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley –

 

The mysterious Indian Master, who would later become a world respected philosophical teacher with his “Path of no path” perspective – Krishnamurti – 

Come join the exploration in an evening at the historic Besant Lodge in Beachwood Canyon below the Hollywood sign:

Sunday, April 19th at 6pm – Donations welcome in support of these events 

 


 

Besant Lodge

2560 North Beachwood Drive, L.A. CA 90068

BesantLodge.Com

The Theosophical Society in America

https://www.theosophical.org

Upcoming Workshop – The I Ching – 4/11/15

 

Following the teachings of the Taoist Gi-Ming Shein, Pierre Grimes will outline and discuss the fundamental ideas and the practice of the I Ching

“The fundamental ideas of Classical Chinese Philosophy have their parallel in Platonic thought so that we are looking at one spiritual vision in two traditions.”

                                                       Gi-Ming Shein

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The insight of Classical Chinese thought that “relations are constant while terms vary” guides readers of the I Ching to unlock the profound meaning of this work.  With their accompanying principle that “before meaning can be reached there must be a true rectification of names” we find a direct kinship with our philosophical midwifery.


Details

Date:  Saturday, April 11, 2015

Location:  Visions and Dreams, Costa Mesa

Cost:  $100.00  (meals included)        

Reservations: Julia Hoigaard, N.S. Treasurer jhoigaar(at)gmail.com


Schedule

Optional meditation at David Coe’s No Name Zendo, 7am – 8am

Meals:  Breakfast 8:30am, Lunch 12:30pm, Dinner 5pm

Knowing the Self through Understanding the Mind

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Knowing the Self through Understanding the Mind

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 23-28, 2014 – Esalen

It is entirely possible to verify for oneself that we are part of a caring and intelligible universe. The verification is a kind of proof since it is a way of understanding that is based upon a realization that our mind constantly communicates with us and for our benefit. Communications from the mind are as profound as they are utterly appropriate to our circumstances, for while the scope of the mind is pervasive, its precision is always directed to what is personally and spiritually significant. The self is always seeking completion; hence, our choice of goals, the problems we face, the daydreams and fantasies we have, the seemingly random thoughts that occur during our meditations, and the dreams that visit us in our sleep — each is a doorway into the richest source of insights into our lives.

During this workshop, we will explore a new paradigm that offers a profound understanding of the way the mind functions and communicates with us for our benefit. As we focus on our dreams and daydreams with the simple rules of this new paradigm, we are brought to an awareness that our everyday existence can be the doorway to the profound, and what is often ignored can be the key to our inner development. Pierre Grimes has developed this new paradigm as a path of self-discovery over many years. It has its roots in the Homeric/Socratic tradition. Please bring writing materials and a small tape recorder for recording your dreams.

More Info

Retreat: Knowing The Self Through Understanding The Mind

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Week of November 24-29, 2013. Esalen. Big Sur, CA.

Communications from the mind are as profound as they are utterly appropriate to our circumstances, for while the scope of the mind is pervasive, its precision is always directed to what is personally and spiritually significant.

The self is always seeking completion; hence, our choice of goals, the problems we face, the daydreams and fantasies we have, the seemingly random thoughts that occur during our meditations, and the dreams that visit us in our sleep – each is a doorway into the richest source of insights into our lives.

During this workshop we will explore a new paradigm that offers a profound understanding of the way the mind functions and communicates with us for our benefit. As we focus on our dreams and daydreams with the simple rules of this new paradigm, we are brought to an awareness that our everyday existence can be the doorway to the profound and that what is often ignored can be the key to our inner development.

Pierre Grimes has developed this new paradigm as a path of self-discovery over many years. It has its roots in the Homeric/Socratic tradition. Please bring writing materials and a small tape recorder for recording your dreams.

Please note: There will be a celebratory Thanksgiving dinner in the Esalen Lodge.

For more info, or to enroll, click here.

A Classic Recording: The Sacred Myths of Plato–Plato’s Republic

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A great lecture from Pierre Grimes…

Upcoming Seminar/Workshop: The Practice of the Dialectic.

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Friday, April 26, 2013 through Sunday evening April 28, 2013. For details, click here.