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':
…The progress of humanity as a whole. This will not come about quickly, and in the process of its development there will be, as before, rising and falling tides in the affairs of men. But just as that spark of divinity can be unfolded in the life of a single individual, that same possibility resides in the whole of humankind; and even though it may take time, every effort that you and I and our fellowmen make to bring this about is an effort toward the realization of that golden age. Then mankind will begin to find itself on the pathway originally intended for it when, as in the Garden of Eden story, it was cast out on its own responsibility to become self-consciously a spark of divinity.
– Jim Long.