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FYSE1184

The Journey Within

The Journey Within: The Spiritual Pursuit in Literary and Mystical Traditions
A fundamental teaching of the world’s religious traditions is that the source of love, the fulfillment of life, and the treasure of heaven are found within. With texts from antiquity to the present as our guides, we shall explore themes such as the concept of the soul, the discovery of a deeper self, the spiritual awakening, and the nature of the mystical experience. We shall consider questions related to religious and psychological experience such as: Where does the self reside? Why is it important to “know thyself”? What is the state of consciousness described as enlightenment? How does one rise above the sorrows and struggles of the world? Finally, we shall try to understand how turning within does not mean fleeing from the world, but engaging in the world around us in a more profound and meaningful way. Readings will include works from the Upanishads, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, St. Teresa of Avila, Tolstoy, Emily Dickinson, Herman Hesse, and J.D. Salinger. 3 hrs. sem.
Subject:
First Year Seminar
Department:
First-Year Seminar Program
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP CW PHL

Sections

Fall 2013

FYSE1184A-F13 Seminar (Hatjigeorgiou)

Spring 2012

FYSE1184A-S12 Seminar (Hatjigeorgiou)

Fall 2009

FYSE1184A-F09 Seminar (Hatjigeorgiou)

Fall 2007

FYSE1184A-F07 Seminar (Hatjigeorgiou)

Fall 2006

FYSE1184A-F06 Seminar (Hatjigeorgiou)