Evening Lectures


Lent Term 2024 Events


Wednesday 6th March 2024

Sacred Nature

Soil, Sky and Soul: Making Connections Between Heaven & Earth


In the Chair  Dr Joseph Milne


Bishop Jones’s spiritual journey has been about unearthing what the Christian Faith has so often neglected. In spite of praying faithfully for ‘Thy will (to) be done in earth as it is in Heaven’ the Church has been slow to connect the two and to understand the mission of Jesus as the earthing of heaven. The only title that Jesus ever took to himself was translated as ‘The Son of Man’ which in Hebrew means ‘Child of the Earth’. This lecture will reflect on that unique collection of sayings in the Gospels when Jesus called himself ‘The Child of the Earth’ and in the same breath talked about the earth.


THE RIGHT REVEREND JAMES JONES KBE has served two northern cities as bishop – Hull and then Liverpool. He has also been Bishop to HM Prisons. He was invited by the government to chair three independent panels – Hillsborough, Gosport War Memorial Hospital and the Future of Forestry. He has contributed to Thought for the Day for nearly four decades and presented a number of programmes for the BBC including The Day when God is Dead (2023). He is author of the books Jesus and the Earth (2003) and Justice for Christ’s Sake (2021). Yet of all the things in his life, he is proudest and most humbled to be loved by his two grandchildren.


Venue & Timing

Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT, Nearest Underground Baker Street

Doors open 6.10pm, Lecture begins promptly at 6.30pm

Admission & Booking

£10 or £5 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions. Full-time students with student ID card FREE

Booking: temenosacademy@myfastmail.com or 07513 883 335



Wednesday 13th March 2024

The Concept of Yajna (sacrifice), Dāna (charity), and Tapas (austerity) in the Bhagavad Gita


In the Chair  Dr Rishi Handa


Yajna, Dāna and Tapas, loosely translated as sacrifice, charity and austerity, are essential aspects of life which purify an individual. One should never abandon these principles – they help a person become better and more useful to themselves and others. Developing a sense of sacrifice is so very important lest we become selfish and egoistic. Charity is vital if we are to realise how lucky we are and how important it is to engage in giving to those in need. Meanwhile, austerity helps us to go in search of the real meaning of life. In this lecture, Dr Nandakumara will examine these three concepts as they are presented in one of the great sacred texts of the Hindu tradition, the Bhagavad Gita.


DR MATTUR NANDAKUMARA, MBE has had a distinguished career rooted in Indian classical arts and languages in both the UK and Europe. Over the last four decades he has served as the Executive Director of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in London, spearheading its rise to become the leading institute teaching Indian classical arts and culture anywhere outside of India. His pioneering work has led to him being honoured by HRH King Charles III with an Honorary MBE for his role as an ambassador for India’s art, culture and philosophy. He is highly regarded as an authority in Vedic literature, philosophy, mythology, and rituals and is a dedicated and respected teacher of all aspects of the Sanskrit language. Born and raised in the village of Mattur in Karnataka, India, Dr Nandakumara studied at Mysore university before undertaking his PhD at SOAS in London.


Venue & Timing

The October Gallery Theatre (no disabled access), 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL, Nearest Underground Holborn

Doors open 6.10pm, Lecture begins promptly at 6.30pm

Admission & Booking

£10 or £5 Members of the Temenos Academy/Concessions. Full-time students with student ID card FREE

Booking: temenosacademy@myfastmail.com or 07513 883 335


Past Lent Term Events


Monday 5th February 2024

British Visionary Artists

Peter Lanyon: Inside the Sky


In the Chair  Hilary Davies


This talk is about how an idea of our place within Nature and a method of painting converged in the mid-twentieth century in the work of the artist Peter Lanyon. While the idea had formed in other parts of the world long before it gained common currency in modern Western culture and the method had antecedents in an earlier phase of European modernism, Lanyon’s contribution was to see not only how well the latter could express the former but also how urgent it was that it should.

The idea, as understood by Lanyon, was that that we live in and are inextricably a part of a ceaseless, mysterious force that drives the entire universe and that those Western philosophies that detached Man from Nature or failed to acknowledge the dynamism of the system were false and dangerous. He believed that as an artist he had a duty to promote through his work an understanding of the real situation, in the hope that it might steer humanity towards a less disastrous future than its recent history. How Lanyon came to this position and why his gliding paintings of the 1960s are a major statement of it are the subject of this talk.


TOBY TREVES curated the exhibition Soaring Flight: The Gliding Paintings of Peter Lanyon at the Courtauld Gallery, 2015-16, and is the author of Peter Lanyon: catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings and three-dimensional works, published in 2018. He was formerly a curator of twentieth-century British art at Tate.


Monday 26th February 2024

Sacred Nature

Making Peace with Nature


In the Chair  Emma Clark


In the Indian tradition there is no separation between nature and the divine. The Upanishads proclaim that the whole universe is divine and sacred. Hindus, Buddhists and Jains are united in their world view that nature, humans and the divine are not separate, but integral to each other and made of each other. Therefore, living harmoniously with nature and practising a sense of reverence for nature is an essential principle of life. In this lecture Satish Kumar will speak from Indian perspective about making peace with nature and living in harmony with nature.


SATISH KUMAR is a former monk, peace-pilgrim, and life-long activist who has been inspiring global change for over 50 years. He undertook a pilgrimage for peace, walking for two years without money from India to America for the cause of nuclear disarmament. Now in his eighties, Satish has devoted his life to campaigning for ecological regeneration and social justice. He is a world-renowned author and international speaker, founder of The Resurgence Trust and Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist – a change-making magazine he edited for over forty years.




[Image: Part of a larger Batik painting, The Holy City, by Thetis Blacker]






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