Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent

with Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Spiritually independent people may be rooted in one tradition or another, but our branches reach out to all the world’s religions and our leaves rejoice in the light of wisdom that each of them contains. This shared light is called Perennial Wisdom or Perennial Philosophy and refers to a truth that flows through all religions across time and around the globe.

At the heart of the Perennial Wisdom is the realization that each of us is a manifestation of a singular reality, and that when we realize this truth we engage life in a manner that benefits all the living. It is in this wisdom that we spiritually independent people often take refuge. And it is this wisdom that we shall explore during this retreat.

Based on his book Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent, Rabbi Rami Shapiro will utilizing a variety of texts and practices from the world’s religions to facilitate an exploration of the five questions at the heart of the spiritual search: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? How should I live? and Why?

Blending study, dialogue, and contemplative practice, we will find our way into these questions, and our own answers to them.

Join us for this provocative interfaith program held during Passover and on Easter weekend.

Titles for his Workshop Sessions:


8:00–9:30 Opening session Who are the Spiritually Independent?


9:30–11:30 Morning session What is Perennial Wisdom?

3:30–5:30 Afternoon session The Five Questions


9:45–11:15 Closing session Living the Way of Wisdom

“To me, religions are like languages:

• no language is true or false;

• all languages are of human origin;

• each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it;

• there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another;

• and the more languages you learn, the more nuanced your understanding of life becomes.

Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

—Rabbi Rami Shapiro

“Rabbi Rami touches the heart of spirituality. His message has the ring of universal truth.”

—Swami Adiswarananda, Vivekananda Center of New York, author of The Four Yogas

“Rabbi Rami’s rascality and humor are fabulous, and the way he makes complex ideas accessible is masterful. And beyond both, there is a precious transmission that comes through. “ —Dr. Joan Borysenko, author of Soul’s Compass

“Rabbi Rami is one of the best bridges of eastern and western wisdom. “ —Genpo Roshi, author of Big Mind, Big Heart 

“Rabbi Rami is a great mystical teacher, and a living witness to the importance of interfaith life. “ —Andrew Harvey, author of The Direct Path

“Rabbi Rami fuses intellect, passion, and humor in a beautiful and powerful way that radiates truth, and brings us into contact with the universal touchstone of divine grace.” —Wayne Teasdale, author of Mystic Heart 

“Rabbi Rami blends brilliance, wit, and scholarship with deep contemplative wisdom and transformation of consciousness. He is a master teacher. “ —Fr. Thomas Keating, author of Centering Prayer

“Rabbi Rami’s teaching eco ancient Upanishadic truths, and reflect deep God-realization. He is a true man of God.” —Sister Pravrajika Brahmaprana, Vedanta Convent, Santa Barbara, CA.

“Rabbi Rami is a prophetic voice for the new age.” —Reb Zalman Schachter Shalomi, author of Jewish with Feeling

Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent at YogavilleRabbi Rami Shapiro, an award winning author of over two dozen books on religion and spirituality, co–directs One River Wisdom School (, writes a regular column for Spirituality and Health magazine called Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, and hosts the weekly Internet radio show, How to be a Holy Rascal on Unity On-line Radio ( His newest book is Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent (SkyLight Paths). Rami’s website is



Perennial Wisdom for the Spiritually Independent at Yogaville



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