- Robert Lawlor
Robert Lawlor (born 1939) [http://auroville.org/journals&media/avtoday/Mar_03/forecomersf.htm "A forecomer looks back"] , Deborah Lawlor, "
Auroville Today", March 2003] is an anthropologist, mythographer, symbologist and author of several books.
After training as a painter and a sculptor, he became a yoga student of
Sri Aurobindoand lived for many years in Pondicherry, India, where he was a founding member of Auroville. In India, he discovered the works of the French Egyptologist and esotericist, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, which led him to explore the principles and practices of ancient sacred science. [ [http://www.lindisfarne.org/detail.html?id=0940262630 "Homage to Pythagoras"] , Lindisfarne Books]
Between 1965-8, Robert met his wife,
Deborah Lawlor. In 1972, they left Auroville for a year so Robert could study sacred geometryand read Sri Aurobindo. They came back to Auroville in 1973 until 1975.
In 1979, Lawlor (then living in
Tasmania) participated in the Lindisfarne Fellows Conference, held at Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm, with Keith Critchlowfrom London. In 1980, Lawlor met together with William Irwin Thompsonand Rachel Fletcherto teach in the Lindisfarne Institute's Summer Program in Sacred Architecture, which provided the context for the design and building of the Lindisfarne Chapel. Critchlow's "Twelve Criteria for Sacred Architecture" derives from a lecture given at this time. In 1981, a gathering of about 50 members of the Lindisfarne Associationmet in Crestone, Coloradounder the name, "Homage to Pythagoras", which included Lawlor, Thompson, Fletcher, Chritchlow, Christopher Bamford, Arthur Zajonc, Anne Macaulay, Kathleen Raine, Robert Bly, Joscelyn Godwin, John Michell, and Ernest McClain. ["Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science", Christopher Bamford, 1994, ISBN 0940262630]
* "The Temple in Man",
R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz(translated by Robert and Deborah Lawlor), Inner Traditions, 1977, ISBN 0-89281-570-1 (1982)
* "Symbol and the Symbolic: Ancient Egypt, Science, and the Evolution of Consciousness", R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (translated by Robert and Deborah Lawlor), 1978, ISBN 0-89281-022-X
* "Mathematics useful for understanding Plato", Theon of Smyrna, Platonic Philosopher, translated from the 1892 Greek/French edition of J. Dupuis by Robert and Deborah Lawlor, Secret Doctrine Reference Series, Wizards Bookshelf, San Diego, 1979
* "Lindisfarne Letter 10: Geometry and Architecture", 1980
* "Lindisfarne Letter 12: The Lindisfarne Chapel", 1981
* "Lindisfarne Letter 14: Homage to Pythagoras", 1982, [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H06P2U/ ASIN B000H06P2U]
* "Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and practice",
Thames & Hudson, 1989 (1st edition 1979, 1980, or 1982), ISBN 0-500-81030-3 ["Originated in a series of seminars held in New York City for the Lindisfarne Association, Crestone, Colorado"]
* "Earth Honoring: The New Male Sexuality",
Park Street Press, 1991, ISBN 0892814284
* "Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal dreamtime", Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions International, Ltd., 1991, ISBN 0-89281-355-5
* "Homage to Pythagoras: Rediscovering Sacred Science",
Christopher Bamford, 1994, ISBN 0940262630 (features 2 of Lawlor's essays, "Ancient Temple Architecture" and "Pythagorean Number as Form, Color, and Light" from the early 1980s "Lindisfarne Letter"s)
Notes and references
* [http://www.primalspirit.com/mlpr1_1lawlor.htm An Essay Review of Robert Lawlor's "Voices of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime"] by Mary Lynn Adzema
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