University of the Third Age Course: Readings
The readings for Part 1 of the course on Indian and Asian Philosophies and Religions are from Lo Guest's books 'A Layman's Introduction to Asian Philosophies and Religions' Volumes 1 and 2. These books are not currently available online, but can be obtained in print from Tony Downey, the convenor of the U3A courses.
The following readings are for Part 2 of the Course on 'Basic Concepts of the Ancient Wisdom':
Despite its destructive tendencies, humanity is a class of young gods, part of Gaia's spiritual heart, the Hierarchy of Compassion. There are no simple, rapid cures for blindness and selfishness, for we need time to mature spiritually. Our ethics can reflect universal brotherhood -- seeing all beings as divinities and thus loved as sacred. Creative solutions to current global challenges may fuse future sciences with the arts and religion, supporting an ageless wisdom. Our capacity to live compassionately with other beings should naturally follow.
-- John Van Mater, Jr.