|HH The Dalai Lama Lecture 2004|
|The Pilgrim Way According to Dante Alighieri|
by John Stewart Allitt
In 2001-2002 John Stewart Allitt gave a course of 21 lectures for the Temenos Academy on the Divine Comedy by Dante. The programme note about the course said
We will study the poem as working on more than one level of interpretation, and especially as a record of Dantes own pilgrimage towards enlightenment. The poetry veils, as Dante himself emphasised, the mirabil dottrina of the Western Tradition. This fact is all too often overlooked due to an overemphasis on political interpretations, a fascination with an historical whos who in the Comedy, or misdirected esoteric interpretations.
The lectures are designed to complement a reading of Dantes great poem, enabling students to work through the text in either the original or in translation Dorothy L. Sayers Penguin edition of The Divine Comedy is recommended for its commentary and notes.
Stewart Allitt (1934-2007) was a Fellow of the Temenos Academy and
one of its principal founders. He taught Dante studies at Temenos for
many years, leading seminar groups through a reading of the complete Divine
Comedy, and he gave numerous lectures on a wide range of subjects. This
course represents the summation of his lifes study of Dantes
work, and is presented here as a resource for students of Dante, and as
a memorial to a much-loved and respected teacher.