Invitations from Stephanie Dowrick

Invitations from Stephanie Dowrick

Auckland sacred service 10 April. Sydney sacred service 17 April.  One-day writing course, Sydney, 11 June. Dear Universal Heart Network friends If you are in or near either Auckland or Sydney, I would love to see you at one of the above services. The service in Auckland is usually led by my wonderful friend and […]

Reclaiming the inclusive Jesus

Reclaiming the inclusive Jesus

Is it still possible for someone attempting to learn from the quiet, magnificently radical and unconditionally inclusive example of Jesus to call him- or herself a Christian? Or perhaps it would be cowardly not to do so…to allow the word to be taken and misused? Or perhaps the words themselves matter far less than living […]

International Women’s Day: Let’s envision boldly

International Women’s Day: Let’s envision boldly

8 March 2016: International Women’s Day We have much to celebrate and a great deal still to achieve. Yes, you and I and everyone else surely wants every human being on earth to meet their potential and live in harmony and safety. But the difficulties and dangers that girls and women face remain specifically unjust […]

Stephanie Dowrick explores “Right View”

Stephanie Dowrick explores “Right View”

Buddhism’s Noble 8-fold path is a marvelously steadying guide for any of us to live by – but it also requires that we think about how as well as what we will understand; how we will interpret our own and others’ thoughts, choices, actions; and especially what bring us meaning and how we will live. […]

Greetings from Stephanie Dowrick

Greetings from Stephanie Dowrick

Dear Universal Heart Network friends We have our very first service of the year this Sunday 21 February, and if you are able to be in Sydney, it would be wonderful to welcome you: Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney. (Nearest cross street is Park. One block from Town Hall.) Starting promptly at 3pm – […]

Universal Heart Newsletter from Stephanie Dowrick

Universal Heart Newsletter from Stephanie Dowrick

Two invitations follow for services this coming Sunday, 20 December. (3pm and 7pm) Here is a LINK for buying the exquisite new CD “In a Day of Silence” plus the reissued classic meditation CD “Peaceful Mind”, both created by sacred musician Dr Kim Cunio and writer Dr Stephanie Dowrick. (You can purchase these only via […]

Keeping the heart open

Keeping the heart open

All fanaticism is driven by the ego in its bleakest form, by individualism in its most wretched form. When you must make others “wrong” to justify cruelty and make yourself feel “right”, you are separating yourself from the natural wisdom of the heart. This wisdom shows us our primary purpose in life is to care […]

Moral intelligence needed – not stereotyping

Moral intelligence needed – not stereotyping

18 November 2015             Stephanie Dowrick writes: “I wrote the following article only a week ago. Since then several hundred people have died tragically unnecessary deaths in Turkey, Lebanon and France…and we can guess many more hundreds elsewhere. Perhaps this week I would have written the article with even more passion and strength. But I hope […]

Stephanie Dowrick at Mana Retreat Centre 2016

Stephanie Dowrick at Mana Retreat Centre 2016

A truly inclusive spiritual retreat:  29 Sept – 2 October 2016; 2-5 October 2016 (deepening peace)
 Deep Looking. Deep Listening.  “Our true lives lie at great depth within us.” It is a rare and wonderful blessing to gain the depth of inner refreshment, focus and calm that a spiritual retreat brings. Combining inspired yet grounded […]

“Right speech” saves relationships, mends hearts

“Right speech” saves relationships, mends hearts

Greater happiness? Less suffering? Let your everyday speaking and listening lead the way. Few teachings are as refined and as practical as those that guide us on Buddhism’s “The Noble Eightfold Path”. Today I am thinking deeply about the third: Right speech.  [You will also find a video talk on this website on “Right View”.] […]

Morning meditation with Stephanie Dowrick

Morning meditation with Stephanie Dowrick

On this voice file Dr Stephanie Dowrick leads a simple, calming meditation on acceptance  and on opening to a new day. Recorded at Mana Retreat Centre, October 2015. You may need to be patient for a few seconds as this is an unedited recording. We hope it brings peace to your heart and to your […]

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