Hosted by Renée Tillotson with featured presenters

Saturdays 3:00 – 4:00 pm Hawaii Standard Time (HST)

Started April 11, 2020

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This weekly offering gives spiritual seekers the opportunity to learn and share from the great wealth of the world’s wisdom traditions. Each week we will focus on one brilliant gem, a teaching to illuminate our minds and hearts.

Various cultures in all times and places have produced sparkling gems of inspiration – the crystallized essence of spiritual insight. In many cases we know something of the enlightened being – sage, seer, saint – who gave us that gem and lived his or her life accordingly. In all cases, these teachings have informed the lives of the tradition’s followers, bringing clarity to their daily decisions and depth to their meditations.

To begin each circle, one featured speaker will give a short presentation on a brilliant spiritual teaching from one of the world’s wisdom traditions, together with information on the Teacher who conveyed and embodied it.

The group will then take up the topic presented, with opportunity for free conversation and questions, wonderings and examples, of how we might apply this week’s teaching.

Moderated by Renée Tillotson, Director & Founder of Still & Moving Center, engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest.

To view past talks click the links in the titles below.

Upcoming Topics

September 26: “Right Effort” – Tony Bonnici on the Zen Buddhist tradition

October 3: “All Men are Brothers” – Cliff Tillotson on the interfaith tradition of Mahatma Gandhi

October 10: “Becoming Wholly Reliable” – Maurice Bisheff on the American Transcendental tradition of Emerson

October 17: “Irreversible Resolve” – Dr. Mark Morisaki on the Western Medical tradition

October 24: “Right Mindfulness”

October 31: “Beyond Mine or Thine”

Past Topics

September 19: “Progressive Self-Awakening” – Fariba Enteshari on the Sufi tradition of Rumi

September 12: “The Bridge Connecting Heaven and Earth” – Elton Hall on the Theosophical tradition

September 5: “Vanquishing Victimism” – Ramdas Lamb on the Hindu ascetic tradition

Aug 29: “Right Livelihood” – Jonathan Colbert on the Theosophical Tradition

Aug 22: “Why Obstacles?” – Renée Tillotson on the Hindu mythological tradition of Ganesh

August 15: “Casting No Blame” – Katharine Harts on the Christian mystic tradition

August 8: “Mental Hygiene” – Roger Johnston on the Stoic tradition

August 1: “Are We our Brothers’ and Sisters’ Keepers?” – Joe Miller on the Christian mystic tradition

July 25: “Right Action” – Debbie Rosas from the Nia perspective (View the recording)

July 18: “One-Pointed Focus” – David Sanders on the Hindu yogic tradition

July 11: “Egotism and Compassion” – Robin Fujikawa on the Dōgen tradition of Buddhism

July 4: “Spiritual Democracy– Maurice Bisheff on the Native American and American Revolutionary traditions

June 27: “In the Language there is Life:  I ka ʻŌlelo no ke Ola” – Mālia Helelā on the Hawaiian tradition (View the recording)

June 20: “The Vision of Prometheus” – Jim Tepfer on the Ancient Greek tradition (View the recording)

June 13: “Self-Mastery and Freedom” – Veena Howard on the Gandhian perspective of the Hindu tradition

June 6:  “Development of the Neuro-Muscular-Skeletal System” – Rachel Klein on the scientific perspective and healing traditions

May 30:  “Right Intention” – Reverend Blayne Higa on the Jodo Shin Buddhist tradition

May 23: “Beyond Pleasure & Pain” – Cliff Tillotson on the the Bhagavad Gita perspective of the Hindu tradition

May 16: “Right View – Inner and Outer Perspectives” – Christopher Edwards on the sculpting tradition

May 9: Honoring the Behest of the Divine – Mary Bird on the Catholic tradition

May 2: “The Buddha’s Search to End Suffering” – Kirk Gradin on the Buddhist tradition (View the recording)

April 25: The Value of the Pause in Classical Indian Music – Joss Jaffe on the classical Indian music tradition

April 18: Re-becoming People of Place: Caring for our Earth and All Beings – Miku Lenentine on the Native American Tradition

April 11: Pythagoras on Meditation, the Heroic Ideal and Self-discovery – Jim Tepfer on the ancient Greek tradition

Renée Tillotson

Renée Tillotson, Director, founded Still & Moving Center to share mindful movement arts from around the globe. Her inspiration comes from the Joy and moving meditation she experiences in the practice of Nia, and from the lifelong learning she’s gained at the Institute of World Culture in Santa Barbara, California. Still & Moving Center aspires to serve the community, support the Earth and its creatures, and always be filled with laughter and friendship!

Enthusiasm fills every class and event Renée leads. The motto: ‘Move your body. Still your mind. Find center. Find Joy!” motivates her daily life.

A second degree Nia Black Belt, Renée says, “Through Nia I realized that I was born to dance…and perhaps everyone is! Nia connects me to pure Joy. I aspire to extend that Joy into the rest of my life and share it with every student who steps into my circle. Nia embraces both the yin and yang energies, helping all of us to balance our natures. Nia serves as a moving meditation for me, as well as a chance to play like a child again! I like to think of my classes as invigorating the body and elevating the spirit.”

Engaged in an earnest, life-long spiritual quest, Renée assembles the Still & Moving Center Almanac each year, filled with inspirational quotes by everyone from the Dalai Lama to Dolly Parton. She loves taking part in conversations that merge philosophical, spiritual and scientific thought with a lifestyle of compassion.

Renée has been moving and sharing Nia since 2002. She took all of her Nia intensive trainings at Nia International Headquarters from the co-creators of Nia: Debbie Rosas and Carlos Rosas. She considers herself a citizen of the world, and brings mindful movement practices from around the globe under one roof at Still & Moving Center.

 

Directions for getting to the online Zoom class:

1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.

2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are  new to Zoom.

3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.

Photographs by Greg Hatton, @renaissanceman
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This will be a rare opportunity for anyone to see and hear drum masters of Indian tabla and Japanese taiko together in performance. TARANG has traveled extensively in India and abroad Conceived by Abhijit Banerjee, one of the top ranking tabla players of India, TARANG is neo-traditional Indian music wrapped in a Western form with taiko drums! Renowned taiko artist of Oahu, Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of the contemporary usage of traditional taiko drums. Endo has performed the world over in both traditional, classical, and contemporary styles of taiko. Although Endo’s home base is on Oahu and Abhijit Banerjee’s base is in India, the two manage to perform together often on the global stage – but seldom in Honolulu!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear some world class music! Donations Appreciated. Reserving your spot online in advance highly recommended.

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Join us at Still & Moving Center for the Festival of Lights, which is a most beloved time of year that is celebrated all throughout India. It will be a runjini for flyermagical night where we celebrate the victory of light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance.

Witness our Martial Arts teacher portraying the battle scene from the Ramayana. Be moved by a number of dance performances that sing praise to the light. We will also give a preview of the 2016 Cultural Expedition to India that we will spend next year preparing for! We will serve Indian food – donations gratefully accepted. This event is open to the public and great for families.

Diwali marks the beginning of the new year for Indians, and celebrates the victory of Prince Rama in the epic tale, the Ramayana. Because of its exemplary universal message, we will give international performances to reenact parts of the classic Indian epic, which is an adventure tale of romance, action and drama.

We will also give a preview of the 2016 Cultural Expedition to India that we will spend next year to get ready for! We will serve Indian food by donation. This event is open to the public and great for families.

 


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