Debate as a Contemplative Discipline
This event starts in:
- To treat our enemies as intelligent, feeling beings.
- To treat those who disagree with us as worthy of dialogue and appreciation.
- To host the time and place within ourselves to thoroughly examine and investigate the thought processes that generate opinions.
With these aspirations, we can willfully occasion a unification of opposing views and a resolution of their contradictions. Amongst people who have this sort of attitude toward debate, there is no shame in concession. Practicing the process of debate outwardly in relation to other beings can teach us so much about how to go through it internally with ease and elegant simplicity. We can learn to enjoy the process whereby existing opinions are forced by wisdom into concession. This is a crucial compliment to a non-conceptual meditation practice for anyone wishing to become a masterful co-creator of intention.
Bring your courage and heartfelt convictions and we will learn how to practice together.
Meet Your Practice Leader
Lukas was born and raised in the countryside outside of Ann Arbor where he later studied poetry, literature, and the liberal arts at the university. From the ages of 14 to 19, he was rather serious about a particular format of competitive debate, which had me studying politics, economics, and philosophy. He has continued those studies since in various forms both in and outside of formatted scholastic frameworks. He has also continued to coach debate in various forms ever since. In the last five years, Lukas has found that a spiritual practice has helped to weave all these prior threads together. Now he is working to build a sensory-regeneration spa into a permaculture system on the side of a mountain in a tropical rainforest of Costa Rica.
Lukas is passionate about finding solutions to help people who are trapped in degenerate conditions and difficult situations to discover greater access to their own inner resources. His hope is that the business he is currently working to make into an economically profitable model may eventually become a non-profit that supports more equitable access to breathtaking beauty and liberating experience.