About The Author

First draft text prepared and authored and circulated on Good Friday, April 3, 2015, by Dr Thomas Clough Daffern PhD – Director, International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy (1990-2015); Global Coordinator, International Philosophers for Peace and the Prevention of Nuclear Omnicide (1990-2015); Founder of the Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation Service (1995—2015); Archdruid of the Order of Peace Poets, Bards and Druids (1999-2015); Peace Officer, Council of British Druid Orders (1998-now); Secretary General, World Conference on Religion and Peace (UK and Ireland) 1990-1997. Executive Committee member World Congress of Faiths (1991-1993), Member Governing Board, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship (1998-2001), Trustee, International Sacred Literature Trust (1991-1997), Coordinator, School of Nonviolence (1994-2015). Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East (2006-2015), Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Britain and Ireland (2004-now), Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Stonehenge (1999-now), Convenor, Pagan Academic and Educational Network (PAEN) 1997-now; Coordinator of the Commonwealth Interfaith Network (1997-2015).

Dr. Thomas Clough Daffern B.A. (Hons.) PGCE. D.SC. (Hon), PhD. is a philosopher, historian, teacher, poet, author, lecturer, musician, thinker, educator, consultant and peace studies specialist. His academic background includes degrees in European, Russian, Balkan and World History (with political philosophy) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Religious Education, plus a long period of intense personal study in philosophy, religion and the history of ideas – together with over 30 years teaching experience in the same fields. He has also trained and practised in conflict management within communities and schools, specialising in multifaith and multicultural mediation. He is also a trained and experienced teacher in secondary schools, specialising in philosophy, religious education, history and citizenship studies. He was awarded his PhD from the University of London for a thesis which explores the Towards a Transpersonal History Of The Search For Peace From 1945-2001 and which proposes a new field of historiography, Transpersonal History, as the best way to establish a rigorous discourse on peace among rival and contending spiritual and intellectual traditions, currently battling for hegemony on the planet. He is an expert in research techniques and methodologies on all aspects of history, religious studies, the history of world philosophy and transpersonal psychology. He has lectured in peace studies, philosophy and religious studies for many years at the Universities of London and Oxford, and has spoken twice at the UN Headquarters about the role of Universities in changing the climate of fear and violence on the planet to one of trust and wisdom-seeking. He is a founder and coordinator of Philosophers and Historians for Peace and has worked with philosophers and intellectuals from many countries worldwide to help establish intellectual and spiritual networks for peace and goodwill. In 1990 he was elected in Moscow as Coordinator of International Philosophers for Peace and the Prevention of Nuclear Omnicide, a specialist body of philosophers worldwide searching for peace and international understanding founded by Prof John Somerville in 1983.

He is Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy (IIPSGP) which works across many academic fields to bring together all those with an interest in and a commitment towards the study of peace and philosophy on all levels of the personal and global and to applying the qualities of love and wisdom to the resolution of the problems and tensions of today’s world. IIPSGP arose out of a feasibility study which Thomas undertook for the University of London into the proposed establishment of an Institute of Peace Studies (from 1989-1992). IIPSGP now operates as an autonomous Institute with members scattered worldwide. Thomas is also Founder of The Global Green University, which has arisen from the work of IIPSGP and was launched in 2000 as a pilot project in complementary higher education, to bring into being a new global higher education initiative which can provide space for the deeper kind of learning which we believe is needed at this time of critical transition in the history of planet earth.

Dr Daffern has developed long term educational programmes to widen understanding of the causes of conflict and approaches to peace and to assist social and cultural development. He has also created, (in association with the Gandhi Foundation and the World Conference on Religion and Peace), the Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation Service. The M.M.M.S. is the first mediation service to specialise in disputes in which issues of faith and/or culture are present. He has also served as an educational adviser to numerous organisations including the UN and UNESCO. He has travelled widely in India and has visited 8 times, travelling throughout the country and meeting academics and spiritual seekers. He has extensive knowledge of Indian religious and philosophical teachings and has proposed the formation of an Indian Union Mediation Service to prevent conflicts in the entire sub-continent. He is a lay member of the Anglican Church, as well as a practising Druid elder, Qabalist, Sufi, Yogi and universal mystic with an extensive knowledge of all world religious and philosophical traditions. He served as educational director of the Gandhi Foundation with the late Surur Hoda, and as Secretary General of the World Conference on Religions and Peace (UK and Ireland) from 1990-1997 attending and contributing to many of its international conferences in Rome, Vienna, Sweden and Paris. As an ecumenical esotericist and universal mystic, he has also spoken at Theosophical, Anthroposophical and other esoteric organisations and networks worldwide, and helped convene the Network of Wisdom Schools at the Theosophical Society headquarters in London in 2000 for Sancta Sophia Seminary. He has spoken in Edinburgh to the Edinburgh International Festival For Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace on several occasions, running a workshop there on the Esoteric Dimensions of Peacemaking in the Middle East, focused on his book The Qabalah Runes, which proposes that the Runic system of esoteric knowledge and the Qabalistic system of esoteric knowledge (and Sufism) go back to a common prehistoric origination point some 20,000 years ago. (A similar idea has independently been proposed by Prof Michael Witzel of Harvard University) He has lectured in the USA on various occasions, including at Sancta Sophia Seminary, as well as at Findhorn in Scotland and the Edinburgh Theosophical Society, and in about some 30 countries worldwide. He has met numerous leading spiritual and religious elders, interfaith leaders, philosophers and contemporary intellectuals, many of them still living, but also many of them no longer with us on this plane. He has been inspired to author the Interfaith Peace Treaty as a thank you offering to all the amazing teachers who have inspired his spiritual and intellectual journey to date. A full account of the spiritual influences, traditions and intellectual journeys he has made can be found at: http://www.educationaid.net/homepage.html (Interfaith Peace Studies)

He has travelled widely worldwide and often spoken at conferences in many different parts of the world in about 33 countries. In 2006 he founded the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East, and has been long involved in interfaith peacemaking in the Middle East region, helping, as a philosopher, to resolve the ancient battles between Islam, Judaism, Christianity, nationalism, secularism and fundamentalism. In 2011 he launched the Golden Gate Project on a visit to Jerusalem, as a symbolic project to reopen the Eastern gate in the wall of the old city of Jerusalem and to act as a sign of the healing of the nations. He has lectured in Tel Aviv on several occasions about his work and the necessity to develop an intelligent peace policy in the Middle Eastern content. In his publication TOWARDS A TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION FOR THE MIDDLE EAST he explains two things, firstly the background behind the launching of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East in 2008, and secondly to give something of the theoretical framework in which this project is being based. Unusual among peace institutes worldwide, the work of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy is dedicated not to the political or military or even economic aspects of peace building, although all such are important – but rather to the causal, metaphysical and philosophical level of peace building – the building of peace in the collective imagination, the collective will and the collective intelligence of mankind’s warring tribes, nations and religions. The book is therefore concerned with the psychological healing and philosophical reconstruction of mankind’s inner life, alongside the outermost socio-economic factors.

Thomas divides his time between writing, teaching, networking, travel, reflection and prayer and meditation. He has several current writing projects in hand and has published over 35 books and monographs as well as contributing to learned encyclopaedias and journals on many occasions. He has also worked as a Religious Studies teacher in the secondary school sector since 2001 and is passionate about sharing scientific approaches to the study of religions with younger minds. He is especially concerned that today’s youth gain access to the wisdom teachings of the past, and in the secular climate of contemporary educational institutions, that the spiritual wisdom traditions of mankind are not overlooked, and that the emphasis on ICT in schools is balanced by education in spiritual and emotional intelligence. He advocates an international approach to peace through education and the proper allocation of resources to education and schools and universities from military spending. He has served as Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Poole Grammar School (Dorset), Moira House (Sussex), Phoenix School (Telford), Llandrindod Wells (Wales) and Sherwood Hall School (Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire), and he also taught Religious Studies and Critical Thinking at St Mary’s Calne, a private girls school in Wiltshire. His Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical Traditions is specifically designed for use in schools, colleges and universities to make the subject come alive and to enable young minds to see how complex and rich a tradition of philosophical and spiritual thinking and practice goes to make up human society worldwide.

In his SELECTED PHILOSOPHICAL AND HISTORICAL ESSAYS 1985-2005 many of his early writings are gathered together for the first time, ranging from historical studies, peace studies, intellectual history, educational theory, to studies in the esoteric history of religions. In his 6 Volumes of autobiographical studies entitled MUSINGS: AN AUTOBIOSOPHY OF HALF OF LIFE DEDICATED TO POETRY, PHILOSOPHY, EDUCATION, PEACE AND SPIRIT he has explored something of the personal narrative of his intellectual journey from 1956 to 2014.

Another of recent his works, ENLIGHTENMENTS is the first book yet published to examine in detail the teachings on enlightenment in the world’s great spiritual and philosophical traditions. It is based on over 30 years of teaching and research experience and is intended to help lay the foundations for a global pluralistic civilisation at peace with itself in which each person alive can develop their own spiritual awareness in a world free from dogmatic imposition.

Thomas has himself travelled 8 times to India and regards it almost as a second home, as he is familiar with, and teaches from, the ancient wisdom teachings of Indian civilisation. In November 2008, following the tragic Mumbai killings, he proposed that the Indian subcontinent, including the patchwork of countries bordering onto the Republic of India (Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Burma, Tibet) form together an Indian Union Mediation Service, and pledged the support of IIPSGP towards this end. This proposal was warmly endorsed by the Jain Anuvibha movement, Buddhists, Hindus, Indian Muslims, Christians and other groups.

A further study, THE PHILOSOPHICAL INTERPRETATION OF HISTORY examines each of the major philosophical schools East and West and compares and contrasts their views of ultimate historical reality. The author searches for the notion of a Underlying Common Wisdom (UCW) and finds this in the idea of a transpersonal historiography, which he proposes as a methodology of historical work which can reconcile and harmonise the best of Eastern and Western philosophies of history

His further work WISDOM AFFAIRS: TOWARDS A CARTOGRAPHY OF ENLIGHTENMENT, ENLOVEMENT AND JOYISM FOR WISDOM LOVERS is an exploration of the powers and dynamics of human relationships, as a vehicle for the advancement of wisdom, learning and enlightenment on planet earth. It is a manifesto for the liberation of mankind from false desires and towards the realisation of authentic nirvana and enlightenment within the context of human relational existence.

He has also written and published a play, based on the ancient mystery drama of the mediaeval world, THE MEMORY OF LIGHT, with the co-authorship of Krystyna Stevenson. The essential premise of the play, that Dionysus can save the world from actual destruction, through effecting a dramatic catharsis, is surely at least worth a try. Joyism as so conceived has a long intellectual heritage, going back into the mists of the ancient world. Certainly under Dionysus’ direction it emerged on the stage with the comic plays of antiquity, not least the work of Aristophanes, who in his Frogs has Dionysus journeying to the Underworld with Heracles in a classic supernatural comedy. The Memory of Light is neither comedy nor tragedy, but includes elements of both, as a classic tragic-comedy. It is also a deliberate homage to the Miracle plays of the Middle Ages, in which Creation, Redemption and the Last Judgement were performed in the cycles of York and Chester, and which saw the rebirth of theatre in Britain, after the long dark ages.

His BIOGRAPHICAL ENCYCLOPAEDIA A – Z OF TRANSPERSONAL THEORISTS, HISTORIANS, PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PHILOSOPHERS 1945-2001 is a further study which is the first attempt to create a biographical dictionary of the lives and works of selected transpersonal thinkers in the 20th century. Ranging widely across disciplines, the work includes philosophers, historians, psychologists, educators, artists, psychohistorians, religious experts, theologians, Christians, Sufis, Kabbalists, Buddhists, Hindus, humanists, mystics all of whom have shown an interest in trying to understand the spiritual or transpersonal side of human nature. Many of the leading Jungian thinkers of modern times are listed here. The work seeks to provide reference material for the development of a new sub-field of history, proposed by the author, namely “transpersonal history.” This work was originally written as an appendix to his doctoral thesis for the University of London in intellectual history.

THE UNIVERSAL CALENDAR OF SAINTS AND SAGES is a unique reference calendar, developed from many years of teaching religious studies and philosophy, which includes saints and sages for every day of the calendar year. Unlike other such Calendars, it includes saints and sages from every religion and faith tradition, including the following: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Wicca, Druidry, Shamanism, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Secular Humanism, Marxism, Freudian thought, Bahaism, Shintoism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, Theosophy, Anthroposophy, Kabbalah, Sufism etc. The work follows on from his core argument – that the Saints of the planet need to inter-communicate and discuss together their understandings of wisdom, peace and truth, before their rival followers succeed in destroying the world around them.

He is also the founder and coordinator of the Commonwealth Interfaith Network, which brings together educators, religious scholars and practitioners and spiritual leaders from all of the 53 Commonwealth nations to share ideas and visions of good practice and interfaith peacebuilding. All citizens of Commonwealth countries are welcome to join in this project, which was founded at Edinburgh University at New College in 1997 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. As a dual Canadian-British citizen Thomas believes the Commonwealth has important spiritual and intellectual networks and resources for peace and interfaith solidarity that can be utilised for peacemaking worldwide. Thomas supports the application of a peaceful Palestine, for example, to join the Commonwealth once it achieves independent statehood.

In 2011 Thomas was awarded the Anuvrat Ahimsa Award for International Peace in 2011 and was invited to India to receive it in person at Jaipur from the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. He was awarded the Mount Haemus prize in 2010 and has received numerous other prizes for his educational and scholarly work.

PARTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PUBLISHED WORKS:

 

PRINTED BOOKS

Daffern T.C. The History And Purpose Of The Multifaith And Multicultural Mediation Service (MMMS) 1996-2001 in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. Peacemaking and Peacebuilding: a survey of approaches in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern, T.C. Toward a Transpersonal History of the Search for Peace 1945-2001 (PhD thesis, 2009)

Daffern, Thomas Clough  Towards A European Union Mediation Service  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2009)

Daffern, Thomas Clough  The History Of Educational Ideas And Institutions And The Search For Peace 1945-2001 (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2009)

Daffern, T.C. The Periodic Table Of The World’s Religious And Philosophical Traditions (2010)

Daffern T.C. What is Sufism ? in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. A checklist of early Christian writings: canonical, apocryphal and gnostic to 632 AD: a contribution to Judaeo-Christian-Islamic Dialogue in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays

Daffern, Thomas Clough  Towards A History Of The Interrelations Of Marxism And Esotericism  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2008)

Daffern T.C. Towards an Islamic and Middle Eastern Peace Studies Association (IMEPSA) in Selected Historical and Philosophical Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. World Philosophy and Peacemaking: a survey, 2003 in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. Religion and Literature, 2000 in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. The Word in the World in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. On Paradigms, Global Philosophy And Peace – St Petersburg Conference – August 1995 in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. Transpersonal History And The Israeli Palestinian Conflict: An Approach To Solving The Unsolvable in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. Three Philosophical Problematics In Humiliation, Dignity And Peace Studies: “Recognition”, “Sophiaphobia” And “Philiaphobia” – Naming The Ghosts In The Mists Of The Peace Landscape in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. On The Potential Contributions Of Philosophy And Peace And World Order Studies To The Prevention Of Omnicide 1990 in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern, Thomas Clough  Transpersonal History And Peace Historiography – Exploring The Implications For The Philosophy Of History: Towards A Definition Of The Field (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2009)

Daffern T.C. On The Potential Of Psycho‑History & Intellectual History To Peace & Conflict Studies, 1989 in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. Memory And Literature: Towards A General Theory, Illustrated By A Sequence Of Ten Poems in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. Paper for the Convocation of Wisdom Schools, London, May 23-25, 1999

Daffern T.C. Holistic Images Of Peace In Andalusian Spirituality in Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. Selected Historical and Philosophical  Essays (1985-2005)

Daffern T.C. The Qabalah Runes – A Comparative Philological And Philosophical Study Of The Qabala And The Runic Systems Of Esoteric Wisdom  (2013)

Daffern  T.C.     Multifaith and Multicultural Mediation Service Handbook  – Handbook on Peace, Justice and Mediation in World Religions (1996)

Daffern, T.C.     Gandhi as a Religious Thinker for Peace: An overview of his contribution to the search for peace in the 20th century (in Celebrating Gandhi’s Life Work,          (Anglo- Indian Historical Society Centenary Publication)    (London and Bombay, 1996)

Daffern, Thomas, editor  Multilingual and Multifaith Dictionary of Peace and Global Philosophy,  (First edition, 2000, Printed in the Journal of the International Institute for Peace Research and Global Philosophy, 6th Issue)

Daffern, T.C. Education For Peace & International Understanding In The Interwar Period 1918-1939: Towards A Prehistory Of Contemporary Peace and World Order Studies, (1991)

Daffern, T.C. Towards a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East (2008)

Daffern, T.C. Feasibility Study On Peace Studies In The University Of London (1991)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    Universal Calendar Of Saints And Sages  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2007)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    Musings: Volume 1-5  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2007)

Daffern, Thomas Clough  Wisdom Affairs: Towards A Cartography Of Enlightenment, Enlovement And Joyism For Wisdom Lovers (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2009)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    Collected Poems Volumes 1-5  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2012)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    Biographical Encyclopaedia A – Z Of Transpersonal Theorists, Historians, Psychologists And Philosophers 1945-2001  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2007)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    Sophiaphobia  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2007)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    Enlightenments (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2007)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    The Philosophical Interpretation Of History  (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2008)

Daffern, Thomas Clough    Selected Philosophical And Historical Essays 1985-2005   (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2006)

Daffern, Thomas Clough  Druid Observations On A Cycle Of Poems 2004 – 2006 (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2007)

Daffern, Thomas Clough  Clio Encounters Thanatos: On The History Of Research Into Psychopathology, Violence And Aggression In Human Behaviour, War Psychology And Conflict Research 1945-2001 (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2009)

Daffern, Thomas Clough The Qabalah Runes: A Comparative Philological And Philosophical Study Of The Qabalah And The Runic Systems Of Esoteric Wisdom (IIPSGP Publications, USA, 2013)

Most of the above publications can be purchased from www.lulu.com/iipsgp in either a downloadable ebook format or as a hard copy.

AUDIO RECORDINGS AVAILABLE:

 

TRANSPERSONAL HISTORY

This course presents a unique overview of the new field of Transpersonal History, which combines the insights of transpersonal psychology with that of scientific and academic historiography. The course presents a thorough overview of the potential insights that transpersonal history can shed on areas of traditional historical scholarship, like shining a light on them from an integral, holistic perspective. This course is the most in-depth consideration of history from a transpersonal perspective ever given. The course is based on Dr Daffern’s doctoral thesis, entitled Toward a Transpersonal History of the Search for Peace 1945-2001 and also based on the unique Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical Traditions devised and published by Dr Daffern.

COMMENTARY ON THE QUR’AN

This commentary is an in depth study of the innermost meanings of the Qur’an, told utilising the fullest possible range of contemporary scholarship resources, including Arabic and other linguistic analyses. The author utilises the overall methodology of transpersonal historiography to try and unravel the inner story behind the Qur’an’s creation, trying to eavesdrop into the mind and spirit of Muhammad as he received these verses and asking:  what, why, when ?

COMMENTARY ON THE
NEW TESTAMENT

This commentary is an ambitious and detailed work of scholarship, utilising the full range of New Testament studies available in the 21st century, using Greek, Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew linguistic interpretations where appropriate. It explores the many levels of interpretation which the New Testament requires: historical, literal, figurative, mystical, and allegorical. It draws on the concepts of transpersonal history to enable a comprehensive overview of both the details of the text, but also their wider archetypal, symbolic, psychological, spiritual and historical meanings to unfold. It draws on Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and Gnostic ideas.

 

COMMENTARY ON THE KETUVIM

This commentary is on the final third of the Jewish Bible, which is known collectively as the Tanakh. The final third is known as the Ketuvim and consists of the “Writings”. These include Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, and other important scriptures.  The Commentary discusses the meanings and significance of the text in relation to transpersonal history using the analysis of the language behind the texts, set in their complex historical contexts.

PERIODIC TABLE OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHICAL TRADITIONS

A lecture series advancing understanding of different philosophical and spiritual traditions,  enabling students to gain a broad, deep, knowledge of different spiritual paths. This course  helps in making informed life choices regarding spiritual journeys, and also with guiding others through the complexities of life’s initiations. Focusing on the esoteric philosophical core teachings of each tradition, Dr. Daffern gradually aims to unveil a transpersonal common denominator underlying all the spiritual paths of humankind and to develop students’     understanding of the possibilities for the emergence of peace and interfaith harmony.   Whatever spiritual path one is drawn to, or practices, the course is premised on the faith that it will bring great benefit to learn about others’ practices and beliefs as they will enrich and stimulate one’s own. The actual Periodic Table comes with the audio course.

 

PEACE AND GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY (MUSES) SERIES 2011

This series of talks given in 2011 covered all the 9 areas of intellectual and spiritual activity that are underway in the Castle of the Muses, in each of the following areas, and gives an overview not only of the intellectual problems facing the planet in each field, but also what IIPSGP and others are trying to do about them. Areas covered include: Calliope (Politics and Economics), Clio (History and Education), Erato (Love, Philosophy and Psychology), Melpomene (Law, Peace Studies, War Studies), Polyhymnia (Religious Studies), Terpsichore (Musicology), Thalia (Literature), Urania (Natural Sciences).

DRUID STUDIES

This 2 series of talks by Dr Thomas Clough Daffern are meant as both an overall introduction to Druid studies on the part of beginners, and also as suitable for advanced level thinkers who have been exploring Pagan and Druid philosophies for many years. They are suitable for those who wish explore in more depth the spiritual traditions and teachings which underpin Druidry and how they can be applied in the current complex world situation. They will be also suited for those wishing to train as Druid peacemakers and mediators with the Order of Peace Poets, Bards and Druids. Thomas was the Mt Haemus Lecturer for 2010 with the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD) and serves as Peace Officer to the Council of British Druid Orders.

LIVING SAINTS AND SAGES

This series of talks from 2012 gives an overview of contemporary spiritual leaders, intellectuals, philosophers, saints and sages from all known spiritual, intellectual and scientific orientations. It is accompanied by the Calendar of Living Saints and Sages to be published later in 2014.    The talks are designed to support and encourage leading global thinkers to work together on a planetary mission for peace and interfaith understanding and to end the scourge of war.

GUIDED AUDIO TOUR OF THE
CASTLE OF THE MUSES

Thomas has led several groups of visiting scholars and students around the Castle, and this 9 room guide comprises a detailed overview of the contents of the Library and Museum which are based in this extraordinary Castle in Argyll, Scotland:  Calliope (Politics and Economics), Clio (History and Education), Erato (Love, Philosophy and Psychology), Melpomene (Law, Peace Studies, War Studies), Polyhymnia (Religious Studies),   Terpsichore (Musicology), Thalia (Literature),   Urania (Natural Sciences). The idea of the Castle of the Muses is based on Plato’s Academy, Aristotle’s Lyceum and the Museon of Alexandria, all of which used the 9 Muses as their guiding archetypes.

Please note: the above audio recordings are available via http://musespress.wordpress.com/

FILMOGRAPHY:

  1. FILMED TALKS BY DR DAFFERN ABOUT SPECIFIC AREAS OF WORK

Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical Traditions

Golden Gate Project 2012

Commentary on the Tanakh : Ketuvim – A Transpersonal Historical ApproachCommentary on the New Testament – A Transpersonal Historical ApproachCommentary on the Holy Qur’an – A Transpersonal Historical Approach

Thomas Daffern Birthday Message 2011

Education Aid

Interview with Thomas Daffern, by Brian Felstein (Sussex, 2010)

Interfaith Peace Treaty (2015)

  1. FILMED TALKS OR AUDIO RECORDINGS OF TALKS BY DR. DAFFERN (AVAILABLE IN DVD FORMAT)

Spiritualism in War and Peace – Towards a Transpersonal History (Sussex, 2013)Esoteric Philosophy and Peacebuilding in the Middle East – Introducing the Qabala Runes (Edinburgh, 2013)Tenth Mount Haemus Lecture – Druidry and Transpersonal History (Salisbury and Scotland, 2012)Report on Faslane Academic Seminar Roadblock (Scotland, 2012)An Academic Overview of Tantra (Sussex, 2010)Transpersonal History And The Future Of Peace In The Middle East (The 2012 Middle East Festival Forum, Edinburgh)Eileen Daffern’s Memorial Service – Eulogies to Eileen Daffern (Sussex, 2012)Thomas Daffern Talk on Transpersonal History and Theosophy (Edinburgh Theosophical Society, 2011)Transpersonal History : Lecture 1 Defining a New Discipline (Sussex, 2010)Transpersonal History : Lecture 5 – Ken Wilber, Integral theory and transpersonal history (Scotland, 2010)Transpersonal History : Lecture 6 Intellectual History and Transpersonal History (Scotland, 2010)Pathways Of The Spirit : Scientific philosophies and spirituality (Wiltshire, 2008)Pathways Of The Spirit : Greek and Roman philosophical teachings (Wiltshire, 2008)Pathways Of The Spirit : Sumerian, Babylonian philosophies and Phoenician (Canaanite) religions (Wiltshire, 2008)Pathways Of The Spirit : Judaism and the Kabbalah (recorded in Wiltshire, 2008) Druidry and Peace: Towards a Manifesto for Global Wisdom (Filmed in Suffolk, 2007)Stars and Thrones: Druids, Kings and Queens –Towards a World Council of Monarchs for Global Wisdom and Peace (Filmed in Suffolk, April 2008)

  1. INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BY DR DAFFERN WITH INDIVIDUALS

WI’AM Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre, Bethlehem (2008)Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic, Jerusalem (2008)Interview with Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, Bethlehem (2008)Interview with Naji Owdah, Bethlehem (2008)Interview with Luay Abdel Ghaffar, Bethlehem (2008)David Friedman – Kabbalah Artist, Safed, Israel (2008)An Interview with Assiya Amini, Loch Goil (2011)Andrew Cohen in conversation with Thomas Daffern (2012)An Interview with Sheila Abdalian, Loch Goil (2012)Interview with Lobna Tawfik, Loch Goil (2011)An Interview with Susan Leybourne (2011)An Interview with Shapur Amini, Scotland (2011) An Interview with Eileen Daffern, Sussex (2009)Interview with Dr Gulab Kothari, Scotland (2011) An Interview with Lilian Brzoska, Scotland (2011)An Interview with Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Sussex (2010) An Interview with Menorah Charney, Israel (2008) An Interview with Trefor Wickens (2013)

  1. FILMS OF SEMINARS OR CONFERENCES ORGANISED BY IIPSGP FEATURING DR DAFFERN

Centre for the Study of Divine Intelligence (2011)Centre for the Study of Divine Intelligence (2012) Poseidon Seminar (2011) Poseidon Seminar 2012)Iranian-Western Peace Philosophy and Poetry Seminar; Truth & Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East (Filmed in Israel and Palestine, 2008)Truth & Reconciliation Commission for Ireland and Britain (Filmed in Belfast, 2009)  NOTE: Most of the above filming has been done by Nicola Hague, of Harmony Productions, who is Media Director for IIPSGP; they are normally available in shortened formats for watching on the IIPSGP1 YouTube channel, although longer versions can be obtained in DVD format by contacting: Dr Thomas Daffern on iipsgp@educationaid.net or 01301 703053

Further details on the life and work of Dr Thomas Daffern can be found at   www.educationaid.net – He can be contacted directly by emailing iipsgp@educationaid.net

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  1. RELIGIOUS DEFINITIONS…………………ON PATH TO PEACE OR WAR ?

    This is one of the biggest questions of this current period that would provide a great opportunity to the world community to explore beyond their faith and belief following both scientific and theological insight to secure the morality and safety of future generation. But we have already separated the existence of God in mazes of religious definitions, and ignored the true facts of the religions that navigating our life towards heaven or hell.

    Faith of an individual person evolves on basis of their inherited system of thoughts and genetic nature, within a tendency to fulfill the terrestrial desires. It is the genetic nature of mankind that forces them to utilize whatever they have innovated to secure their own physical world, eliminating the real potential of spiritual graces. At this rising period of science (mind), the sacred potential of theology (spirit) has fallen down bellow to its dangerous point. Thus all the leading religious thinkers will have to understand the excellence of this big question and bring all the religious definitions in one idea for the perpetuation of the basis of peace and solidarity.

    Regarding this issue there are large possibilities for the world literate community to bring all the religious group and non religious group together by revealing the philanthropic aspects of this big question as a principal of “New spiritual information”.
    According to both scientific and theological points of view in one idea, our religious tenets and definitions are the basis of our faith, it is potential enough to civilize the existence of human beings on basis of peace and humanity, but the origin (incarnations) of religions are based on its contemporary needs, which is now existing as invisible boundaries separating our existence according to our inherited system of thoughts. Whenever our genetic nature had tried to evolve beyond the natural process, it always crippled the verve of religious definitions, creating the basis of war.

    Our steady belief or faith, that unable to obtain the terrestrial bliss from religious teachings and spiritual graces has emerged as non religious groups following the potential of science (mind) after neglecting the graces of theology (spirit).

    To achieve the graces of religious definitions for peace, the world community needs an exploration following both scientific and theological insight, to unify all our religious teachings in one idea, to uproot the basis of religious conflicts, without disgracing the faith of any mankind. Though we have lots of religious groups and organizations leading us on path to peace according to its fame, excellence and generosity, but the separation of their principal, God revelation and exploration are the obstacles between religious and non religious groups seeking to perpetuate the basis of peace.

    Even the present dubiety from religious points of view that emerged from political complexities and communal conflicts will never equate the non religious groups to work beyond their premeditated tenets. Within these circumstances, we will have to explore for our leadership in ministry and religious thinkers, to equip all the religious complexities facts within one idea. It will help the world leadership to approach all the religious and non religious groups for the perpetuation of the basis of peace and solidarity.

    Though the definitions and languages of all our religious and non religious groups are quite different from each other, but their meaning is based on a single view and that is only philanthropy. If the true facts of all our religions are framed in one idea in form of literature according only to its philanthropic points of view, there would be an opportunity for all religious followers to stand together with non religious groups to prevent the issues of war. It’s an aspect of literature which even exists as Holy books that enthralls our mind and spirit right up from our childhood creating the basis of our faith according to our culture and philosophical tradition.

    It is not possible for science and an individual religion to equip our understanding of the realities of human nature and its physical world, which might evolve our morality and faith to change our inherited system of thought and genetic nature according to the basic needs of this current period.

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