This talk, from the monthly (3rd Sundays, 3pm) interfaith services at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney, led by Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick, takes us to the personal heart of living peacefully and happily. Stephanie pays particular attention to unnecessary suffering…and how to avoid it. She draws upon her deep understanding and appreciation of the Four Noble Truths – and while this talk is a little longer than most on our YouTube channel, it is worth the extra minutes to honour the Buddhist and universal wisdom that inspired it. You are welcome to comment on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page.
Please enjoy this short, heartfelt talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on what it means to “grow in spirit” even and sometimes especially when your circumstances are hard or especially challenging. No, this is not “easy” – but it is slowly possible – and the benefits will resonate throughout our lives. On the day she gave this talk, Stephanie herself was under considerable pressure which adds to the sense in many of her talks that she is unconditionally “with us” and not teaching or preaching from any distance. She herself was inspired that day by these words from Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield:
In this short video talk, you can hear Dr Stephanie Dowrick giving the Sunday “sermon” at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney. She uses her commitment to spiritual and social inclusivity and harmony to draw our attention to key universal “messages of love” while inviting us also to be “messengers of love”. On 21 July 2013 Stephanie Dowrick will lead the monthly INTERFAITH service at Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney. All truly welcome. Please come a little earlier than 3pm as the services must begin promptly.
This short talk on wisdom – and its relevance in contemporary life – by Dr Stephanie Dowrick begins with a famous teaching from the Wisdom of Solomon. Stephanie uses it as a springboard to invite us to think freshly about wisdom and particularly about the wisdom we learn first-hand: from the experiences of our own lives. To “get” this, she suggests, we also need to think deeply about humility, neither putting ourselves too far up or down, but instead co-operating with our circumstances, causing least harm to ourselves and others, and trusting an instinct for wisdom and compassion that’s part of our human and divine inheritance, but that must be approached and thought about with care. This talk was recorded at the regular monthly Interfaith service at Pitt Street Uniting, Church, Sydney, on 19 May 2013. Your comments are welcome on Stephanie Dowrick’s public Facebook page. Stephanie will also be teaching at greater length on wisdom during the October retreat at Mana Retreat Centre, New Zealand (3-6, 6-9 October 2013.) For details of how to register for this retreat, please contact Mana direct.
In this talk, recorded at the Sydney Town Hall for the Happiness & Its Causes Conference, Sydney, 2012, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick challenges – with considerable gentleness and strength – some of our familiar ideas about happiness, and invites us to a greater vision not of happiness only, but also of safety, justice and peace. “Are we spiritually ambitious enough?” she asks. And then she encourages us to care far, far more. You can share your comments on this powerful talk on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page. You can also share this link with your own networks to spread a message of happiness that can reduce suffering; we can be the cause of happiness – even sometimes in the face of grief and sorrow – because happiness is not just pleasure, joy and fun, it is also a state of aliveness, wholeness and even holiness that has abundant room for compassion, forgiveness and great tenderness.
At the monthly interfaith, spiritually inclusive services she leads at Pitt Street Uniting Church, Sydney, Reverend Dr Stephanie Dowrick brings us ideas and inspirations that can sustain us spiritually and emotionally whatever our life circumstances. This month (April 2013), she speaks about gratitude – with some very fresh thoughts about gratitude as a way of life and being, and also about how essential it is to RECEIVE gratefully and appreciatively what others are giving us, and adding to our lives. You are free to comment on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page where she also offers daily inspirations. Thanks to Brad Harris for videoing and posting this talk. You can find other talks also on interfaithinsydney’s YouTube link. Please share this resource generously.
Take one quarter of one hour to hear this remarkably uplifting talk from Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick. With humour and compassion, she invites us to view our lives, even our struggles, from a place of hope and confidence. You are very welcome to share your thoughts on her Facebook page where she posts short daily inspirations. You are also deeply welcome to come to the Interfaith services led by Dr Dowrick at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, each 3rd Sunday at 3pm. ALL welcome.
In the first of her “Interfaith in Sydney” talks for this year, Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick shares some surprising thoughts about harmony, and especially the need to embrace and even rejoice in difference. Harmony – inner and outer – is essential for our safety and our wellbeing. We hope you enjoy this talk and share it freely. Please direct any comments you may have to Stephanie Dowrick’s public Facebook page.
This is a timeless talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on the different PRACTICAL expressions of love that we all need – and can all give. They include hospitality, patience, forgiveness, appreciation, joy. Please join us in creating a more loving, appreciative, and certainly more joyful world. Your comments are always welcome on Stephanie Dowrick’s Facebook page. We also highly recommend her books Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love, The Universal Heart and Seeking the Sacred, for further depth and insight. They are available from bookstores and also on-line from the Stephanie Dowrick discount bookstore administered by Collins/Seek.
Please enjoy this unusually frank discussion of what it means to commit ourselves to a deep appreciation of life: to see ourselves as spiritual beings – with human challenges – and to see all of life as sacred, including the shadow. Dr Stephanie Dowrick was being interviewed on her book Seeking the Sacred, but this is her chance also to share her most personal and deeply felt views about the sacred and her life-long journey to understand and live it, in the complexity of 21st-century life.
At the special service for the earth – and all who inhabit it – Rev Dr Stephanie Dowrick began her talk with these memorable lines from American poet, Raymond Carver: And did you get what you wanted from this life? Even so?/ I did./ And what did you want?/ To call myself beloved, to feel myself/beloved on this earth.
We invite you to listen to this talk, share it widely, and think deeply on how your love for the earth, for life, for nature and for human nature can be enhanced – and also reflected in your own sacred activism. Stephanie shares many ideas and you are welcome to share your own on her Facebook page.
This is a deeply encouraging talk given by Dr Stephanie Dowrick on the topic of renewal: renewal not only when things are going well for us but also when we are up against the suffering that is part of every human life. In less than 15 minutes, Stephanie supports us to renew our commitment to life, to choose hope, to seek and offer the comfort and companionship we need, and even to find meaning when we are most threatened by feelings of helplessness or powerlessness. If a spiritual life is to be sustaining, it must allow us to reach into and bring to life our soul strengths. This talk is the practical encouragement we may be seeking for exactly that. You can leave comments on Stephanie’s Facebook page, particularly if this talk helps or supports you. We would love to hear.
This is the talk given by Dr Stephanie Dowrick at the Happiness & Its Causes Conference, 2012, held at the Sydney Town Hall. What allows happiness? What are the obstacles? What do we most long for…and how will we achieve it? How can we become the cause of happiness…rather than the cause of suffering for ourselves and others? This talk opens with the glorious phrase from Sufi poet Hafiz, “I am happy before I have a reason,” and then draws on Stephanie’s work in her key book, Seeking the Sacred, in which she most profoundly challenges what we think life is, and is for. She evokes a life that is courageous, full-hearted, patient, supremely tender and joyful, and she says: “We are right to want all of that….What we regard as sacred, we will care enough to protect.”
Dr Stephanie Dowrick opens this powerful talk with a call to imagine a more peaceful world, one in which not just safety but also far greater joy is easily experienced by all. She continues with an essential reminder that “Hate does not cease with more hatred…” and that “civilization is far more than a lull between conflicts”. Perhaps most crucially of all she reminds us: “It’s not an easy thing to be a peacemaker but it is an essential thing. Our world is at a turning point. We either speak up passionately for peace – and act peacefully – or we are bystanders of violence.” Please listen to this talk. Share it. And allow it to influence your own thinking, actions and peacemaking.
Please enjoy this talk by Dr Stephanie Dowrick , addressing the need and desire that so many of us have to create greater or more sustained peace in our hearts. Peace cannot stop in our hearts, of course. But if there is no peace in our hearts, our efforts to live in greater harmony with others will be severely limited. Peace in our hearts is a prelude to our happiness, a cause of happiness, a cause of inner confidence and strength. As Stephanie makes clear, it takes will, insight, determination to cultivate or even understand the desire for peace. And to know that peace is an active state of mind: alive, alert, receptive.
Please enjoy this talk from Dr Stephanie Dowrick on what is universally known as “the Golden Rule“. Without an understanding and practice of “doing no harm” and recognising that your neighbour feels and needs as you do, our claims to spiritual or psychological maturity are so easily lost. However, we will never learn to live the Golden Rule because we should. We will do so only if we allow our hearts as well as our minds to be touched. It’s only that which will awaken the profound potential for compassion in each of us – and keep our world safe.
In this short, immediately uplifting talk, Dr Stephanie Dowrick reminds us of our power to contribute to a kinder, more tolerant world – and that we will lift our own joy and delight in life as we do so. This profoundly affects how we will regard and trust our inner resources when we do have to face the inevitable suffering that is also part of life – or support others who are suffering.
Stephanie Dowrick uses as her inspiration the beautiful Sarum Primer prayer: “God (goodness) be in my head…and in my understanding”, bringing its universal, inspirational application to life with lightness of heart and spirit.
The quality of trust goes to the heart of whether we feel safe inwardly, and whether we are willing to play our part to keep others safe also. It uniquely reflects whether we believe – and can trust – that our lives matter. And that what we do and how we think also matters. In this accessible, deeply encouraging talk, Dr Stephanie Dowrick reflects on this essential quality. She opens with a memorable reflection on a deceptively simple prayer from Zen monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. The talk was recorded at the monthly interfaith services Stephanie leads at Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney, on 15 April. (3rd Sunday of each month; 3pm).
Stephanie Dowrick writes: “To open and inspire this talk on simplicity, I used a teaching from the Upanishads: “There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. That is the light that shines in your heart.” Later in the talk I reflect on how unconsciously we sometimes subvert our peace, complicate our lives, allow ourselves to be distracted from what most benefits us and others. But we do this not because we are ignorant, but because we forget what most profoundly supports us. I hope that this talk is itself very supportive. It was supportive to prepare and give it! The quality of the filming is not up to our usual standard, but the sound quality is fine. And a lovely lesson of simplicity is to focus on what’s going well – and to have more of it! Enjoy. And please leave any comments on my Facebook page.”