Classics In Religion At the Kingston  Library

Diverse sources are used for the weekly Classics in Religion Reading Group in the Community Room of the Kingston Library every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.     For one hour each week, a local religious leader has made selections for reading aloud and discussion.   The public is invited to any of these sessions and the Library is totally accessible at 55 Franklin St., corner of Prospect in mid-town Kingston.     The reading group began in the spring of 2003 and is currently lead by David Rolfe

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If you are interested in leading a month's reading, please contact David Rolfe at Or call him at 845-443-1662.

The Schedule So Far

 September 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018


Using his book, Higher Self Healing Meditation (2010), Cary Bayer, who taught Transcendental Meditation from 1973 until he founded Higher Self Healing Meditation in 2010, will present a description of the seven states of consciousness available to every human being, states experienced and lived in by many of the great saints, seers, and mystics from spiritual traditions the world over. Using concentration and control of the mind to experience a fourth state of consciousness encounters more resistance than an effortless approach that allows the Spirit of the Universe to do the work for the meditator who allows this inner process to unfold naturally. The author of Literary Yoga: Writers & Higher Consciousness, Cary will also present descriptions of higher consciousness from a variety of poets and sages.

Cary Bayer is a former teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM), a trainer of TM teachers, and a former Teaching Assistant at Maharishi International University, where he received his M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Cary studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Deepak Chopra, and Ram Dass, and taught meditation to hundreds of people from California and the Caribbean to Western Europe and Australia.
October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2018 


Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Marcel, et. al.
What does Existentialism offer in our world of fake news and alternative facts? What are the values of authenticity and intellectual integrity to the Existentialist and how might these inform our understanding of our contemporary social and political milieu, where solidarity with others in the human condition has been replaced by many with ideologies driven by self interest and hate?

The Leader for this series is Robert Helfman, a resident of Hurley New York who has a background in Christian contemplation from a liberal Catholic perspective. A graduate of UCCC and SUNY New Paltz he has experience in the fields of health care and human services..