“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 […]

A sublimely musical sacred service Sunday, 20 September

A sublimely musical sacred service Sunday, 20 September

Dear Universal Heart Network friends This Sunday in Sydney, we are offering a somewhat different spiritual service – though at our usual home: Pitt Street (264) Uniting Church, Sydney (just one block from Town Hall station). And at our usual time: 3pm. We will be bringing you some of the beautiful, utterly calming music and […]

A plea to the fathers in our world

A plea to the fathers in our world

I am writing this on Father’s Day…2015. But this is not the only day we need to think about the vital role of fathers: in our lives, in our world. Congratulations to all those men who are celebrated today in their vital role as fathers – whether biological or adoptive fathers, or “fathers” to those […]

Finding Peace…A spiritual retreat 1-4 or 1-7 October 2015

Finding Peace…A spiritual retreat 1-4 or 1-7 October 2015

Sublime refreshment inside & out: 1-4 October, 2015; 4-7 October Are you in need of lasting spiritual refreshment, offered in a most beautiful setting and from a genuinely inclusive spiritual perspective? Would you like to be more inwardly peaceful, knowing you can then meet life with greater compassion, interest, courage and joy? “I know what […]

Universal Heart Newsletter and invitation to celebrate

Universal Heart Newsletter and invitation to celebrate

“The radiance that is neither East nor West comes from a single moon”  Rumi Dear Universal Heart Networkers These newsletters are intended to be all about “you”! But this time I want to ask you to celebrate with me two anniversaries and one event. This month it is ten years since my ordination at St […]

Want your children to be happy?

Want your children to be happy?

You can certainly help your children to be happier by becoming happier (more engaged, more considerate, and kinder) yourself. Of course you want your children to be happy! Whatever our culture, we share that. But do you know how? Endless gratification of “I want” certainly doesn’t do it. In fact, it makes monsters of even […]

All welcome Sunday 21 June for our spiritually inclusive service

All welcome Sunday 21 June for our spiritually inclusive service

In or near Sydney on Sunday,  21 June?  Don’t miss the chance to be replenished and uplifted at our sacred service. ThisJune service celebrates nine years of these gorgeous services…and takes us into our TENTH year! We have a deeply beautiful theme and our music is always exquisite. The services start promptly at 3pm and […]

Writing the world from wherever you are

Writing the world from wherever you are

‘A mind that is stretched never returns to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell As the shorter, more reflective days of winter settle in, I am half way through my teaching months with the Faber Academy in Sydney, engrossed in bringing to my talented, serious, highly alert students all that I can to increase their pleasure […]

Spring Retreat with Stephanie Dowrick at Mana October 2015

Spring Retreat with Stephanie Dowrick at Mana October 2015

Finding peace…and sustaining it. Sublime refreshment inside & out: 1-4 October, 2015; 4-7 October Are you in need of lasting spiritual refreshment, offered in a most beautiful setting and from a genuinely inclusive spiritual perspective? Would you like to be more inwardly peaceful, knowing you can then meet life with greater compassion, interest, courage and […]

New thinking on migration and asylum seeking

New thinking on migration and asylum seeking

Please can we pray with the greatest sorrow and compassion for those who have lost their lives seeking what most of us can take for granted: a place of safety and a place we can call home. Until we make this world a kinder, safer and more peaceful place for all, more and more people […]

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