|Ralph Abraham has been a mathematician and chaos theorist since 1958 and a professor of mathematics at UC Santa Cruz since 1968, formerly teaching at UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Princeton. He is the founding director of the Visual Math Institute in Santa Cruz, California. He is the author of math texts, including Foundations of Mechanics with Jerrold Marsden and Dynamics, the Geometry of Behavior with Christopher Shaw. He has written several philosophical books –including Chaos, Gaia, Eros– and coauthored two volumes with Rupert Sheldrake and Terence McKenna.|
He designed the curriculum for the Ross School, grades 5-12, with cultural historian William Irwin Thompson and lectures and leads seminars worldwide on chaos theory.
|Chet Alexander is a contemporary teacher of Kabbalistic Shamanism. He grew up in Jamaica as the grandson of a wealthy landowner. As a young boy, he was apprenticed in the Earth Teachings of the Jamaican Elders. His family later moved to England where he continued to study with respected elders of other indigenous traditions and with contemporary Kabbalists. John Crow Speaks is based on years spent with elders in ‘the bush’ in Jamaica.|
Chet and his wife, Ana, created the Nityananda Center meditation/wellness center in 2009. The Nityananda Center is a 501C3 Non Profit Corporation offering Massage, Yoga, Pilates, Kung Fu, Chi Gong and “Insight Classes,” the annual Discover Life Force, Folkloric Dance Festival, annual Retreats to Yucatan, Field Trips to Paradise Farms for schools, and an annual Bright Kids summer camp.
The ‘Discover Life Force,’ annual folkloric dance festival, presents live traditional dances from indigenous cultures around the world. Click here to see the 2016 promotional video
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|Henry Bayman is a student of Sufism and an independent scholar who has lived in Turkey for many years. He has spent twenty-five years studying with the Masters of Wisdom of Central Anatolia. He is the author of The Station of No Station: Open Secrets of the Sufis (a study of Sufism and Islam as they relate to contemporary issues), The Secret of Islam: Love and Law in the Religion of Ethics, The Black Pearl: Spiritual Illumination In Sufism and East Asian Philosophies, and The Teachings of a Perfect Master: An Islamic Saint for the Third Millennium.|
|Reiki Master Brett Bevell is the author of The Reiki Magic Guide to Self-Attunement, Reiki For Spiritual Healing, Energy Healing for Everyone, The Wizards Guide To Energy Healing and the illustrated poetry books America Needs a Buddhist President and America Needs a Woman President. He has electrified audiences around the world with his masterful live oral recitations, and has often been compared to the late poet Allen Ginsberg. His poetry is featured on several CDs and is part of NPR’s permanent website archives. He is also the winner of the 1995 Paul Laurance Dunbar Poetry Prize. Brett regularly teaches workshops at the Omega Institute in Rhinbeck, New York and at Alex Grey’s Chapel of The Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, NY. |
|Shelley Boris began her career in the food business in 1979 in the cheese department at Dean & DeLuca in NYC. Trained as a painter, Shelley has cooked for years as a professional chef.|
Shelley is partner, creative director, and executive chef at Fresh Company. Fresh Company runs the food service at Storm King Art Center and the Garrison Institute, as well as off-premise catering for private and corporate clients. Shelley is inspired by a diversity of regional cooking styles and has cooked for such personalities as the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev.
In the kitchen, Shelley’s warm, relaxed sensibility is an extension of her love of a leisurely stay at the table and her belief in the elemental value of eating and drinking well.
A board member of Cold Spring’s Farmers’ Market, Shelley has long worked to support sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley. Shelley has written for publications such as The New York Times and Food & Wine, and has participated in panels at Pace University and the New York Public Library among others. Shelley curates an annual Earth Day meal open to the public at the Garrison Institute with speakers sharing insights into environmental issues.
In 2014, Shelley published Fresh Cooking: A Year of Recipes from The Garrison Institute Kitchen (Monkfish Book Publishing, 2014). Her cookbook received praise and added to the evolving dialogue of eating well and responsibly. Her book emphasizes cooking with attention to detail, combined with the everyday need to feed oneself and others.
|Modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader, Cynthia Bourgeault divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine, and a demanding schedule traveling globally to teach and spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom path. She is the founding Director of both The Contemplative Society and the Aspen Wisdom School.|
Cynthia is the author of nine books: The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, The Wisdom Jesus, Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Way of Knowing, Chanting the Psalms, Love is Stronger Than Death, and The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. She has also authored or contributed to numerous articles and courses on the Christian spiritual life. She is a past Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and an oblate of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California.
Cynthia continues to contribute to The Contemplative Society in her role as Principal Teacher and advisor. She is passionately committed to the recovery and wider promulgation of the Christian nondual tradition, and has worked closely with Thomas Keating, Bruno Barnhart, Richard Rohr, as well as many other contemplative teachers and leaders within the Christian tradition and other spiritual paths. Since 2013 she has served as one of the core faculty at the Albuquerque-based Living School for Action and Contemplation, together with Richard Rohr and James Finley. Cynthia makes her home in Stonington, Maine.
|Elizabeth Cunningham is the descendant of nine generations of Episcopal priests. She grew up hearing rich (sometimes terrifying) liturgical and biblical language. When she was not in church or school, she read fairytales and fantasy novels or wandered in the enchanted wood of an overgrown, abandoned estate next door to the rectory. Her religious background, the magic of fairytales, and the numinous experience of nature continue to inform her work. |
Cunningham is best known for The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award-winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen, all published by Monkfish.
She also recorded MaevenSong, a CD of original music from The Maeve Chronicles.
Her earlier novels include The Wild Mother, How to Spin Gold, and The Return of the Goddess, A Divine Comedy. She is the author of three collections of poems: Small Bird, Wild Mercy, and So Ecstasy Can Find You.
Murder at the Rummage Sale, August 2016, is her debut mystery novel. She is at work on a sequel.
An ordained interfaith minister, Cunningham is in private practice as a counselor. She is the mother of grown children and lives with her husband in New York State’s Hudson Valley.
|Jeffrey Davis is a writer, speaker, and consultant. He is author of the nonfiction book The Journey from the Center to the Page: Yoga Philosophies and Practices As Muse for Authentic Writing (Penguin 2004; Monkfish Publishing, 2008) and the poetry collections City Reservoir (BarnBurner Press 2000) and Coat Thief (Saint Julian Press 2016).|
He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Woodstock’s Byrdcliffe Artist’s Colony and has served for several years as fiction editor for Tiferet Journal. He has taught most recently at Western Connecticut State University’s MFA in Professional & Creative Writing Program as well as at leading centers & conferences around the world.
He writes an online column on the science of creativity for Psychology Today and for The Creativity Post and also heads up the renegade team at Tracking Wonder Consultancy where he is building a movement of business artists and works with top professionals and teams to shape their captivating Story - in brands, signature assets, and intentional lives. He lives with his wife and their two girls in a farmhouse in New York’s Hudson Valley.
|Tom Davis was an Emmy Award winning American writer and comedian. He is best known for being one of the original writers for Saturday Night Live and for his former partnership with Al Franken, as half of the comedy duo “Franken & Davis.” His memoir, Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There, was published in 2010 by Grove Press. He died in 2012.|
Yogi Amrit Desai
|Yogi Amrit Desai is recognized as one of the pioneers of the authentic teachings of yoga in the West. Born in India in 1932, he met Swami Shri Kripalvanandji in 1947. Although Amrit was only 15, he knew he had found his teacher and immediately became a disciple of the renowned Shaktipat Kundalini master. He has followed his teachings ever since.|
After teaching art in a middle school, Amrit left India for America in February 1960, initially to receive a college degree. After earning a BFA and winning numerous awards for his paintings, his spiritual mission drove him to leave a promising career to practice and teach yoga to a few dedicated followers. That decision became his true life’s work and grew into the largest yoga society in North America. As one of the earliest Indian gurus who came to the U.S. in the early ‘60s, Yogi Desai is the last living master from that initial wave.
|Eben Dodd is an artist living in Oakland, California. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1999, he has been exhibiting drawings and paintings in galleries on the West Coast. Previously, his work appeared in WW3 Illustrated Magazine. America Needs a Woman President is his second collaboration with Brett Bevell; the first was America Needs a Buddhist President.|
|Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest, and an activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris.|
As a spiritual theologian, he has written 30 books that have been translated into 48 languages and have received numerous awards. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, and Christian Mystics. Fox is a recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award (other recipients being the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal and Rosa Parks); the Ghandi King Ikeda Award; the Tikkun National Ethics Award; and other awards. His work has been honored by theologians, artists, healers, and thought leaders, as well as by many of his students.
|Carl Frankel is a writer, journalist and entrepreneur. For about two decades, he was a nationally-known thought leader specializing in sustainability and socially responsible business. Since 2009 he has collaborated with Sheri Winston in The Center for the Intimate Arts, with roles ranging from strategic guidance to business development to event management to writing and editing. |
Frankel’s involvement with Winston and The Center for the Intimate Arts has inspired him to turn his attention to the fascinating world of sex and relationships. His 2004 book Out of the Labyrinth offered a high-level model of psyche and culture that provided deep insights into the nature of our global challenge. With Love and the More Perfect Union, his first book on relationships, Frankel brings his special aptitude for high-level modeling and insights to relationships.
Frankel is a graduate of Princeton University (AB) and Columbia Law School (JD).
|Richard Geldard is a full-time writer and lecturer living in New York City and the Hudson Valley.|
Before turning to writing he was an educator, teaching English and philosophy at both the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and Stanford University, where he earned his doctorate in Dramatic Literature and Classics in 1972. He has also studied at St. John’s College, Oxford.
Geldard is the author of ten books, including studies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Greek philosophy and culture. He is also a frequent lecturer. In June, 2003, and September, 2003, he was a featured speaker at Faneuil Hall in Boston as part of the Emerson Bicentennial Celebrations. In June, 2005, he was the Keynote speaker at the re-instatement of the Delphic Games in Delphi, Greece. In September, 2009 he gave the Flora Levy Lecture in the Humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
|Dwight Goddard was a pivotal figure in early American Zen Buddhism. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1861, Goddard was an industrial engineer who made his fortune with the US government during WW1. Disillusioned with the war, he became a missionary, sent first to China, and later to Japan, where he lived and studied at a Zen Buddhist Monastary outside Kyoto for a year. After his return to the United States in 1924, he began writing books on Buddhism. He wrote and edited nine titles, among them, The Buddhist Bible, a work credited with influencing the views of Jack Kerouac and other Beat Generation authors. He died in 1939.|
|Henry FitzGerald Heard (6 October 1889 – 14 August 1971), commonly called Gerald Heard, was an historian, science writer, educator, and philosopher. He wrote many articles and over 35 books.|
Heard was a guide and mentor to numerous well-known Americans, including Clare Boothe Luce and Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, in the 1950s and 1960s. His work was a forerunner of, and influence on, the consciousness development movement that has spread in the Western world since the 1960s.
Rev. Gregory C.V. Johnson
|Reverend Gregory C.V. Johnson was raised in the Mormon Church but became an evangelical Christian in his mid-teens. Since graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California (1989) and Denver Theological Seminary (1992), he has served pastorates in three different Utah evangelical congregations over a nine year period. Reverend Johnson is passionate about Christian unity in Utah, and so in 2001 he left the local church pastorate to begin a missional organization called Standing Together. His ministry vision is to advance Christian unity among evangelical congregations and pastors and to foster a culturally sensitive dialogue between evangelicals and Mormons. He and his wife Jill are the parents of four children and reside in Lehi, Utah. |
Chan Master Guo Jun
|Chan Master Guo Jun was ordained as a novice monk at Mahabodhi Monastary, Singapore under Venerable Master Song Nian and received his full monastic ordination at Guandgde Monastary, Taiwan under Venerable Master Jingxin, Venerable Master Liaozhong, and Venerable Master Guangyuan. |
Venerable Guo Jun is the lineage holder and successor of the Chan, Xianshou, and Cien schools of Chinese Buddhism. He has also studied in Thai, Burmese, Chinese Pure Land, Tibetan, Korean Son, and Japanese Shingon traditions.
Guo Jun has a diploma in biotechnology from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore; a degree in Buddhist philosophy from Fuyan Buddhist Institute, Taiwan; and a bachelor of arts in psychology and sociology from Monash University, Australia. He graduated with a master’s degree in Buddhist studies at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Guo Jun is actively propagating the teachings of Chinese Buddhism. He has taught all over the world.
|Tamam Kahn is a senior teacher in The Sufi Ruhaniat International. She has spoken about Sufism at conferences, has conducted poetry workshops, and has presented her own poetry and stories of the early women of Islam at conferences and Sufi gatherings for two decades. In 2009 she was invited to recite her poetry at an international Sufi conference: The Sidi Chiker World Meetings of Tassawuf Affiliates in Marrakech, Morocco. Her book, Untold, A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad, Monkfish Books, 2010, received an International Book Award for 2011, and has been translated into Indonesian. |
|John Kiser is the author of five books, all of a rather contrarian flavor, including Communist Entrepreneurs: Unknown Innovators, The Monks of Tibhirine: Faith Love and Terror in Algeria, and most recently, Commander of the Faithful: A Story of True Jihad. Commander is an account of the life of Emir Abd el-Kader, a warrior, statesman, scholar who combined deep religious faith with chivalrous humanism and intellectual openness, which made him a hero in both the East and West. It is the third book of an Abrahamic trilogy that began unwittingly with Stefan Zweig: Death of a Modern Man. John Kiser is a former international technology broker. He has an M.A. from Columbia University in European History and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Virginia with his family.|
Atma Jo Ann Levitt
|Atma Jo Ann Levitt, MA, RN, is a Certified Healing Touch practitioner and has been a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for more than 30 years. She designed and taught many of Kripalu’s original personal growth programs, led the annual year-end chanting celebration (saptah) for more than 20 years, and studied with Swami Kripalu when he visited the United States. She compiled Swami Kripalu’s biography and teachings in the book Pilgrim of Love. A nurse and Healing Touch therapist, she currently teaches R&R retreat workshops and frequently offers kirtan, continuous chanting, and meditation at Kripalu. In addition to Pilgrim of Love, she has written the Kripalu Cookbook, Sounds of the Sacred: Chants of Love and Prayer, and with her brother and sister, Sibling Revelry: 8 Steps to Successful Adult Sibling Relationships. |
|Born in London, Toinette Lippe had a long and distinguished career at Alfred A. Knopf. In 1989 she founded Bell Tower, where she published seventy books that nourished the soul, illuminated the mind, and spoke directly to the heart. Her first book, Nothing Left Over: A Plain and Simple Life was published in 2002. After fifty years in publishing, Toinette abandoned editorial work and devotes herself to East Asian brush painting, which she has taught at the Educational Alliance for four years and now teaches on the Upper West Side of New York City. Gunilla Norris’s book of days, On the Wing: Lyrical Moments, was illustrated with Toinette’s paintings of hummingbirds, and published in 2016. |
|Terence McKenna was a scholar of shamanism, an ethno-botanist, psychedelic researcher, and author of many books including Food for the Gods and True Hallucinations. An innovative theoretician and spellbinding orator, Terence emerged as a powerful voice for the psychedelic movement. He died in 2000.|
Dr. Robert Millet
|Dr. Robert L. Millet is Professor of Religious Education, Outreach, and Interfaith Relations at Bringham Young University in Provo, Utah. Before joining the BYU Religion faculty in 1983, Professor Millet received his bachelors and masters degrees from BYU in Psychology and his Ph.D. from Florida State University in Religious Studies. Since being at BYU he has served as chair of the department of Ancient Scripture, dean of Religious Education, and Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding. He is the author of over 50 books and 150 articles, dealing mostly with the doctrine and history of the LDS Church and its relation to the other faiths. He and his wife Shauna are the parents of six children and reside in Orem, Utah.|
|Marsha Mirkin, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist, is a Professor of Psychology at Lasell College. The ideas for this book are drawn from courses and workshops she has taught in many settings on psychological interpretations and the contemporary relevance of the Bible. Prior to teaching at Lasell College, Dr. Mirkin was a resident scholar at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center. She has held appointments at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine, and has been on the faculty of the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley College.|
|Caroline Muir is the co-author of Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving. Originally published in 1989, it has sold 130,000 copies and been translated into nine languages. Her work has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Yoga Journal, Elle, Glamour, and Esquire. She founded Divine Feminine Awakening and works privately with woman and couples who wish to bring conscious sexuality to their relationships and to life. She resides in northern Nevada.|
|John Mundahl, compiler and editor, was a resident at the original Kripalu Yoga Ashram from 1977–1981, the four years of Swami Kripalu’s stay in America. He is currently an author, retired school teacher, returned Peace Corps volunteer, yoga instructor, and Ayurvedic healer. His published work includes, Tales of Courage, Tales of Dreams, a collection of short stories.|
|Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, former Visiting Professor at Duxx Graduate School of Business Leadership in Monterrey, Mexico, and former Director of the Center for the study of New Religions at The Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He was educated in philosophy at Harvard, Yale and the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has also served as Research Associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, as a Research Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, as Adjunct Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of California Medical School and as guest Professor of Religious Studies at the Sorbonne, Paris (1992).|
In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as a consultant in the fields of business, psychology, education, medical ethics and philanthropy, and is increasingly well known as an organizer and moderator of conferences in these fields. He has been featured on Bill Moyers' acclaimed PBS series, "A World of Ideas."
Gudo Wafu Nishijima
|Gudo Wafu Nishijima was a Japanese Zen Buddhist priest who began practicing zazen as a teenager. He is the author of several books on Zen Buddhism in Japanese and English. He is also a notable translator of Buddhist texts. Working with chodo Cross, Nishijima compiled one of the three complete English versions of Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Nishijima was ordained as a priest by the late Master Rempo Niwa, who was head of the Soto Sect in Japan. During the 1960s, Nishijima began giving regular public lectures on Buddhism and Zen meditation. He taught in English and Japanese for four decades. In 2005 he retired from lecturing and devoted his time to writing and publishing a blog about Buddhism. He died in 2014.|
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
|Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro is one of the most creative voices in contemporary Judaism. He is an award-winning poet and essayist and his liturgies are used in prayer services throughout North America. He received rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and holds a PH.D. from Union Graduate School. His previous books include Minyan, The Way of Solomon, Proverbs, and Hasidic Tales. |
|Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and the author of more than 80 scientific papers and twelve books. He has studied rain forest plants, developed a new cropping system widely used by farmers in the semi-arid tropics, and has done research on developmental and cell biology. He is best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance, a principle of memory in nature, according to which the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. He has also investigated unexplained aspects of animal behavior, including how pigeons find their way home, the telepathic abilities of dogs, cats and other animals, and the apparent abilities of animals to anticipate earthquakes and tsunamis. He subsequently studied similar phenomena in people, including the sense of being stared at, telepathy between mothers and babies, telepathy in connection with telephone calls, and premonitions. Although some of these areas overlap the field of parapsychology, he approaches them as a biologist, and bases his research on natural history and experiments under natural conditions, as opposed to laboratory studies. |
|Swami Siddheswarananda was a monk of the Ramakrishna Order of India. He was born in 1897 into a princely family (the House of Cochin) in Kerala, India. He received his spiritual initiation from Swami Brahmananda, one of the foremost direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna. After serving the Order in several capacities he was sent in 1937, at the invitation of several French citizens, to France, where he became the spiritual head of the Centre Védantique, eventually the Gretz-Armainvilliers (Seine & Marne) until his passing away in 1957. During his say in France the Swami lectured and wrote extensively.|
|Marilyn Stablein is the author of several works of fiction, non-fiction, essays, and poetry and is also a visual performance artist. Her books include Night Travels to Tibet, The Census Taker, and Climate of Extremes and her performances include Bardo Passages: Soul Journeys to Tibet and Himalayan Travelogues. Her work has appeared in Tricycle, The Sun, and Sage Woman. She has received a number of awards including a New York State Council on the Arts Award, a Yaddo residency, a Brazos Fiction Award, and a Seattle Arts Commission Literary Artist Award. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband where she co-directs Alternative Books. |
|Rhoney Stanley was an assistant in the underground labs where rebel chemists made the psychedelics that energized the hippie counterculture. Today she is a practicing holistic orthodontist in Woodstock, New York. Owsley and Me is her first book. |
| Mirabai Starr writes creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialogue. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. She has received critical acclaim for her revolutionary new translations of the mystics. She is author of the poetry collection, Mother of God Similar to Fire, a collaboration with iconographer, William Hart McNichols, and the award-winning book, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Her newest book, Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, received the Spirituality & Practice “Best Books of 2015” award. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico. |
|Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (18 October 1870 – 12 July 1966) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western universities, and devoted many years to a professorship at Otani University, a Japanese Buddhist school.|
|Rabindranath Tagore (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941) was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. Tagore introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing the best of Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of the modern Indian subcontinent, being highly commemorated in India and Bangladesh, as well as in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.|
Andre van der Braak
|Andre van der Braak lived in Andrew Cohen’s spiritual community for 11 years, an involvement initiated shortly after Cohen had begun teaching. He was one of the original editors for What Is Enlightenment? Magazine. He was also an editor for Cohen’s first teaching text, Enlightenment is a Secret, which entailed reading over 4,000 pages of transcribed talks, and editing them into book form. Today he lives in Amsterdam where he teaches philosophy.|
|Tim Ward is the author of What the Buddha Never Taught, which was a bestseller in Canada and a Book-of-the-Month selection in the United States. Ward has written for a variety of publications, including Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Common Boundary Magazine, and several Traveler’s Tales anthologies. Tim is also the president of Intermedia Communications Inc. He lives in Maryland with his family. |
|Brad Warner is a Soto Zen monk, author, blogger, and occasional punk rock bass guitarist (Zero Defex). His books include Hardcore Zen, Sit Down & Shut Up, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, and Sex, Sin & Zen. His writings can also be found in Tricycle and Shambhala Sun and on Suicidegirls.com. In 1993 he moved to Japan, where he landed a job with the company founded by Eiji Tsuburaya, the creator of Godzilla. The following year he met Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who later ordained him as a monk and made him his dharma heir. These days, Brad travels widely, leading retreats and giving lectures around the world, and is reported to be living in Brooklyn. |
|Herbert George "H. G." Wells (21 September 1866 – 13 August 1946) was a prolific English writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. He is now best remembered for his science fiction novels, and Wells is called a father of science fiction. His most notable works include The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and The Island of Doctor Moreau.|
|Colin Wilson has written over 100 books. At 24, he was hailed as a major existentialist thinker when his first success, The Outsider (1956) was published. But in many of his books, Mr. Wilson has consistently revealed his contention that insight is achieved during moments of well-being, attained through effort and focus and that pessimism is what robs people of their vital energies. He died in 2013.|
|Celeste Yacoboni is passionate about helping people discover a deeper experience of the sacred in their daily lives. Ordained as a Minister of Walking Prayer by the Center for Sacred Studies, Celeste leads “How Do You Pray?" workshops in which people share and experience different ways of connecting to a Source greater than themselves. She also maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she facilitates healing and transformation through her unique approach to spiritual coaching and her mastery of a number of the healing arts. With breath, touch, prayer and song she holds a space of awareness, presence and inspiration that allows her clients to experience a profound integration of body, mind, spirit and emotion. How Do You Pray? is her first book. |