Study Circles

Study Circles

The purpose of Bahá’í study circles is to provide participants with the knowledge, spiritual insights and skills to enable them to contribute to the betterment of society, starting with their own neighbourhood.

This is done through systematic study of a sequence of courses based on the Bahá’í Writings.

The first in the sequence of seven books is called Reflections on the Life of the Spirit”. A course designed to assist in the cultivation of the spiritual life of the individual.

 

The Course

The purpose of “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” is to help us develop our spirituality through reading the Word of God and reflecting on how to apply its principles in our daily lives.  The course is based on the Writings of the Bahá’í Faith, which recognizes that all of the world’s great religions emanate from the same Divine source and share common essential truths.  As participants in the course read passages from the Baha’i sacred writings and discover their own unique understandings, they also enrich their learning through sharing their insights with each other.

Service to Others

Service to humanity is an essential expression of our spiritual qualities.  The course allows participants to reflect on the purpose of their lives and supports them in formulating practical acts of service to others.  The study group is also encouraged to work together to undertake projects in service to their local community.

Promoting Unity Through Fellowship

In addition to spiritual study, the course seeks to cultivate strong bonds of friendship between the participants by incorporating social and cultural activities and encouraging mutual support.

Course Content

The course examines spiritual matters such as prayer, meditation, life after death and the development of the soul.

Course Structure

The course consists of weekly sessions lasting two hours each over a period of approximately twelve weeks, although the duration and frequency of meetings can be varied to suit the needs of the particular group.  Each group, or study circle, consists ideally of 5-10 participants, and works through the course along with a trained tutor.  The role of this facilitator is not to impart knowledge, but to assist discussion.  Study circles feature participatory learning, involving discussion with others, and the use of the arts.

 

For details of the availability of current study circles, please contact: 02 4739-6134