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Transpersonal History

May 18th, 2010

Order member Dr Thomas Daffern offers:


This special 2010-2011 course of lectures is being given by Dr. Thomas C Daffern, an academic specialist in interfaith research and comparative global philosophy. It is taking place in West Sussex, close to the Buddhist monastery at Chithurst, and is being given to an invited audience. The cost of admission is by donation. The talks will be taking place on Sunday afternoons, on the last Sunday of each month, from 3-5.30 starting in May 2010. They will be followed by questions and discussion of the issues raised. The course is based partly on the unique Periodic Table of the World’s Religious and Philosophical Traditions devised by Dr Daffern ( The course is also based on Dr Daffern’s doctoral thesis, entitled Toward a Transpersonal History of the Search for Peace 1945-2001 If you wish to attend please contact for an invitation and exact travel details. More details of Dr Daffern’s work are on while his publications are available from The course is taking place under the auspices of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy. Thomas has also been awarded the Mt Haemus Scholarship from the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids for 2010, and there is considerable overlap between this course and his work in that regard. Limited places so please book your place early by applying by email or in writing to: IIPSGP, 4 Nursery Cottages, Trotton, Chithurst Lane, Near Midhurst, West Sussex,  GU31 5ET, 01730 716496.

1 May 30 – Introduction: Transpersonal history – defining a new discipline
2 June 27 – Jung, Freud and the founding of the transpersonal approach in depth psychology and psychohistory
3 July 25 – Jungians and the transpersonal: Hillman, Joseph Campbell and beyond
4 August 29 – Maslow, Assagioli, Groff, and transpersonal history
5 September 26 – Ken Wilber, Integral theory, Don Beck and transpersonal history
6 October 31 – Intellectual history and transpersonal history
7 November 28 – The periodic table of religions and philosophies and transpersonal history
8 December 19 – Genres of history – diplomatic, political, social, economic, gender, cultural, materialist,  and transpersonal history
9 Jan 30 – Psychohistories and transpersonal history: De Mause, Erikson etc
10 Feb 27 – Theosophy, Anthroposophy, esotericism and historiography and transpersonal history
11 March 27 – History of religions and spirituality – Eliade, Smart etc. Sufism, Kabbalah, Christianity, Buddhism, Druidry, Jainism, Hinduism, New Age, gnosis and transpersonal history
12 April 24 – History of sciences and transpersonal history
13 May 29 – History of global philosophies  and transpersonal history
14 June 26 – History of the Arts, inspiration and transpersonal history
15 July 31 – Peace history, conflict resolution, the Middle East, the Afghan War and transpersonal history – by way of a conclusion which is not the end…