July 2021 Acropolis Boston volunteers got together on July 17th to engage in some jovial and philosophical activities to celebrate the anniversary of New Acropolis. The day was colored by an assortment of experiences such as expressive performances of music and theater, a contemplation on the teachings of the I-Ching, discussions on the fictional and … Continue reading New Acropolis Birthday
July 2021 After a long and stagnant year spent in hibernation, Artbeat 2021 opened with a theme celebrating the revitalization and proliferation of life. Volunteers from Acropolis Boston participated in this renewal alongside artistic performances and celebrations produced by the creative people of Somerville. Volunteers engaged in spirited discussions with the community, sharing thoughts and … Continue reading ArtBeat 2021
June 2021 Leaders gathered for training and renewal around the philosophical ideal on the cape. Working together on various tasks and projects allowed participants to deepen their bonds with one another, and to enjoy Nature together, both inner and outer!
Bryan Stevenson at TED2012: Full Spectrum, February 27 – March 2, 2012. Long Beach, CA. Photo: James Duncan DavidsonCC BY-SA 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons June 2021 On June 4th, MIT welcomed Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, as the guest speaker for the Commencement 2021 online celebration program. Stevenson, … Continue reading Bryan Stevenson MIT Commencement
April 2021 A litany of thought-provoking questions along with some remarkable quotes from the movies provided the necessary fuel for a lively discussion. Reflections from the life experiences of the participants encompassed themes such as making choices, how to persevere, and what it means to sacrifice on our hero’s journey through life. We were compelled … Continue reading The Hero’s Quest
On May 8th, in honor of the White Lotus Day and Vesak, Acropolis Boston members came together to celebrate the legacy of all the great Masters of Wisdom and the chain of its transmission. The ‘Cine-Magicians’ group offered us an insightful and engaging presentation on Jill Bolte Taylor’s Ted Talk on “A Stroke of Insight.” The presenters … Continue reading May 2021
April 2021 Acropolis Boston volunteers and friends came together at Walden Pond State Reservation to celebrate Earth Day and share joyful moments admiring the park – rendered all the more beautiful by the perfect weather. We learned about Henry David Thoreau’s life and pioneering thinking and imagined his 2 year retreat in the woods of Walden … Continue reading Earth Day 2021
In honor of World Poetry Day we share a poem written in celebration of Spring 2021 by Tushar Sawant, Shades of Spring. Kindly see below. Happy Spring! Like the embrace of an old friend, as welcome as it is sweet, the radiance of the morning sun, alas, warms the earth beneath my feet. Reaching out … Continue reading Shades of Spring
Thoughts and reflections during the book discussion for The Novice that took place on February 26, 2021:To live a full life we must be willing and able to open the windows of our soul to engage with the world.However, with all things, we need to limit our exposure, like an inner dark room where we produce ideas … Continue reading Book Discussion for The Novice by Thich Nhat Hanh
December 2020 New Acropolis Boston conducted a discussion on the book Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl. Two members of Acropolis Boston presented the material in a way that even someone who had not read the book would be able to absorb the main ideas. Frankl’s ideas about tragedy, suffering, and healing provided the … Continue reading Man’s Search for Meaning
November 2020 New Acropolis Boston celebrated World Philosophy Day which was established in 2005 by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Participants were interviewed by two of our members and asked about the teachers in their lives. Not just the teachers in the academic realm, but human beings that helped bring out … Continue reading World Philosophy Day
November 2020 Acropolis Boston conducted a class on the Stoics and reflected on the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” which means “Seize the day”. This phrase is integral for Stoic philosophy, but also speaks to how we view and utilize each moment in our lives. The Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius once said, “Live each day as … Continue reading Ancient Wisdom, Stoicism
October 2020 Acropolis Boston presented Siddhartha: Discovering the Middle Way as an interactive event open to the public. The presentation was based on the book Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Several thought-provoking questions were posed to the participants, making them reflect on key events in their lives where, like Siddhartha, they had to undergo trials that … Continue reading Siddhartha: Discovering the Middle Way
September 2020 New Acropolis Boston volunteers brought some beauty and the spirit of Fall to a city park by drawing Fall-related themes and words on park chalk boards for visitors to be inspired: renewal, hope, giving, inner growth.
Cambridge, MA Acropolis Boston is leaving a legacy for peace by funding the Helen Keller commemorative plaque at The Peace Abbey. We’d like to thank all who donated!
Acropolis Boston has reached the community “digitally” during this period of quarantine with its first online classes. The 3-part course, ‘Renaissance Now!’, aimed at inspiring people to think about the need for a current-day rebirth in light of the difficult times we are currently experiencing. The historical Renaissance saw the explosion of human imagination, vision, … Continue reading Digital course: ‘Renaissance Now!’
A big thank you to students and members for their patience as we transition to a virtual classroom. The teachers of old would be thrilled to still be able to talk to their students during a time like this, and so we are grateful for your continued optimism and support.
October 2019 Our member presentation led by Yana was a thoughtful and lively discussion on the main ideas of Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements. The agreements include being impeccable with our words, not taking things personally, never assume and to always do our best. These Toltec agreements are essential no matter where or in what time … Continue reading The 4 Agreements
January 2020 New Acropolis Boston paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an interactive event open to the public about his ideals, his values, his life and legacy, as well as his book Strength to Love, containing a collection of his sermons, many of them written during the tumultuous years of the Civil Rights … Continue reading ‘Strength to Love’: Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
NOVEMBER 2018 Volunteers delivered donated musical instruments and crafts supplies in hand-made bags designed by Crafts for Humanity to the Department of Children and Families of Massachusetts in Cambridge. Happy holidays everyone!
November 2019 The permanent Egypt collection at the MFA is so rich, one could never tire of spending time with some truly remarkable pieces of history. In his guided tour, Savonne shared some fascinating myths and traditions of the great ancient empire that continues to wow us with its mystery and intrigue. Everyone left with … Continue reading MFA Egypt Tour
August 2019 Boston members came together in Montpellier, Quebec to join schools across North America including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Los Angeles and Chicago. Over the course of one weekend at the school-owned country house, members worked together to cook and share daily meals, attend development workshops, share musical and artistic performances, and enjoy a night … Continue reading Montpellier, Quebec
June 2019 At this year’s Cambridge River Festival, we’re celebrating The Renaissance: a time in history where the rediscovery of classical philosophy led to a cultural, artistic, economic and political rebirth. This is a call for people everywhere to actively cultivate wisdom. Why? “Philosophy” or love of wisdom is something that, at its foundation, can change the … Continue reading Cambridge Riverfest 2019
July 2019 ArtBeat in Davis Square is one of our favorite festivals, and we’re celebrating The Renaissance yet again! This time in history showed how the rediscovery of classical philosophy led to a cultural, artistic, economic and political rebirth – one we can see happen again today. This is a call for people everywhere to … Continue reading ArtBeat 2019
In May, Crafts for Humanity celebrated Mothers Day by honoring the women at the “Women’s Lunch Place” in Boston. We made cards and collected toiletry donations to support and encourage these homeless or struggling women