The One Tree Gathering is a project based on the idea of common origins of the ancient European and Dharmic cultures. The project was initiated between 2006 and 2010 as a result of meetings between members of the ICCS and OBOD (the Order of Bards Ovates & Druids).
The aim of the project is to explore connections particularly between the Celtic traditions and Hindu culture and to provide a platform for our communities to exchange ideas and form relationships based on friendship, mutual understanding and shared values.
One Tree Gathering is a forum where we can learn about each other and learn from each other.
What do Celtic and Dharmic traditions have in common?
- Indo-European origins of the culture and language
- Cyclical concept of time and life
- Worshiping of the divine in nature
- Working with the elements of fire, water, air and earth
- Celebrations of the seasons
- Key role of the Sun and the Moon
- Focus on spiritual growth and awareness, peace and wisdom
In Hinduism there is one transcendent Divinity referred to as Brahman. All deities are forms of manifestation of the same supreme being and represent different characteristics and qualities. Hindus rarely worship all of the gods and goddesses simultaneously. Instead, anyone can experience the divine in the way that suits best at the particular time or occasion or appeal to their personality. The freedom and tolerance of individual approach to the divine recognises other forms of worship ‘as many paths to one god’.
The universe is an infinite process of creation, preservation and dissolution. Each being goes through a reincarnation cycle of birth, death and rebirth known as samsara. The real self (atman) is distinct from the temporary body made of matter (prakriti). When the physical body dies, the soul remain immortal and it's reborn in a different body. Each soul has an ability to create its unique destiny according to the law of karma (the universal law of action and reaction) by making choices based on principles of Dharma. An individual creates next life as a results of action during the current life. The spiritual goal is to liberate oneself from this perpetual cycle and achieve a divine state of Moksha by self realisation and freeing oneself from desires and attachments.
Druidry is an earth-centred philosophy and way of life, that looks to the woods, waters, and skies of North Western Europe as sources of profound wisdom. Inspired by the legendary priests and poets of the Iron Age, and drawing upon the art and cultural heritage of the Celtic peoples, contemporary Druidry is an open and inclusive movement, that fosters creativity and ritual as ways of engaging profoundly with the natural world.