Dame Julian, the Chinese Sage and Architecture

Our latest library additions include an original recording of selections of the Revelations of Divine Love, by Julian of Norwich, including some of the earliest and best known passages of mystical literature in the English language.

Julian-hazelnut      
He showed a little thing, the size of a hazel nut in the palm of my hand, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought, “What can this be?” And it was generally answered thus: “It is all that is made.”
(Icon by Mihai Cucu)
     

• An article by Dr Kim Sung-hae “The Sage in Chinese Tradition: Wisdom and Virtue Personified”, exploring traditional images of sainthood in Chinese religion.

The Sage is truly a man who has become one with the law of Heaven; he has become one whit Heaven. The Sage is nothing but a piece of the principle of Heaven. The Sage is nothing but a piece of the principle of Heaven standing in blood and bones… In spite of this unity, however, there is one distinction between the Sage and Heaven in their performances of transformation; the former works with heart, the latter, without heart (muxin).

• And finally some reflections on interfaith dialogue through architecture among the Abrahamic religions, by Prof. David Brown:

It is not just formal arguments for God’s existence that the three religions might share in common… one could explore the lived character of the three faiths and find in their actual practice of architecture shared elements in their approach to worship of, at least in some respects, the same God… Apparently competing symbols do not necessarily imply opposed religious claims.


• This year’s Sacred Gardens course, a practical and philosophical workshop led by Emma Clark, is taking place from 4th to 5th June in Wells, Somerset. Please follow this link for details and to register.