HON 430 – Poetry, World, and Spiritual Thought

Poetry, World, and Spiritual Thought

This class is taught once every couple years, sometimes during summer, other times during the regular semester. It is my most beloved class to teach.

Here is a brief course description for the seminar as it will be taught in Fall 2017 (it is always changing!) Contact me for the full syllabus.

In this course, we will study poetry that expresses an awareness of the human being’s placement within a much grander structure than ourselves. You will be immersed in four distinct units: 1) Sufism – reading Rumi, Hafez and Rabia 2) Hinduism/the Divine Feminine- reading The Return of the Mother, Awakening Shakti and poetry celebrating ‘God the Mother’ 3) Non-Attachment & Mindfulness- reading Hsich-Ling-yün and Thich Nhat Hahn and 4) Celtic Spiritual Wisdom, reading Anam Cara. On the whole, this course offers you the opportunity to see the world from a variety of perspectives, encouraging you to become more aware and more sensitive to the struggles & triumphs of the human spirit.

student sketch of Rumi’s poem “Ignorance”

With two little Goddesses on the last day of summer school

With two little Goddesses on the last day of summer school

Professor Jaclyn Costello

from student journal

Professor Jaclyn Costello

from student journal

Professor Jaclyn Costello

optional field trip to Kundalini yoga studio, COLA class, Fall 2015

Lebanese food in the park before a desert ceremony, Summer 2016

Student journal entries:

by Jonah Young

by Jonah Young

…and a joke gone wrong with the Dalai Lama… ;)

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