Entries tagged with “Spiritual Teachers”

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5 Questions for Thich Nhat Hanh

1. How did your childhood influence your spiritual path?When I was seven or eight, I saw a drawing of the Buddha sitting on the grass, very peacefully. I was impressed, because peo…

A Guide to Spiritual Companionship

A spiritual companion is much like a psychologist for the soul, there to support you on your spiritual path.

A Retreat into Moral Suffering & Golden Repair

“The wounds and harms that arise from falling over the edge into moral suffering can have positive value …”

Better Souls than Roles: An Interview with Ram Dass

Ram Dass, which means “servant of God,” was born Richard Alpert into a Jewish family in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1931. He earned a PhD in psychology at Stanford and began his spir…

Buddhism without Religion?

Q&A with Jack Kornfield

Byron Katie, the Inquirist

An interview with with the founder of The Work and author of numerous best-selling books Byron Katie.

Catching Up with David Whyte

On what poetry is all about

Close to Grace: The Physics of Silent Transmission

A laser pioneer explores how the coherent light of a laser beam may help explain the joy experienced in the presence of a saint or a sage.

Death of My Teacher Bonia Shur

One of my dearest teachers died last Thursday. His name was Bonia Shur, and he was Director of Liturgical Arts at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Bonia…

Do Dings and Divots Reveal Soul?

My mother died suddenly from a heart attack, and I can’t rid myself of the anger I feel toward her for that. I love her deeply, and I feel guilty about the anger. And I’m fearful t…

Empathy for the Detestable, Compassion for the Callous

Most deeply spiritual people, regardless of their ancestral religion or their chosen path, esteem human beings who exhibit certain qualities, such as empathy, compassion, lovingkin…

Find Your Avatar

A few years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was giving a public talk in New York’s Central Park and, like thousands of others, I woke before dawn and rushed to be there at 5 a.m. …

For the Next Seven Generations

13 Indigenous Grandmothers Weaving a World that WorksCarole HartThis inspirational documentary is most powerful when seen as part of a gathering, especially a large gathering that …

Former Priest Matthew Fox on 21st Century Spirituality

Two decades being expelled as a priest of the Dominican Order, Matthew Fox has continued to challenge the doctrines of the Catholic Church with books including last year’s The Pope…

Gangaji, the Mind Stopper

An interview with author and teacher Gangaji.

How to Change the World: An Interview with Don Miguel Ruiz

The author of The Four Agreements reflects on what it takes to change the world―and yourself.

Illuminated by Love: An Interview with Author Camille Helminski

The co-founder of the Threshold Society, an educational foundation rooted in the Mevlevi tradition of Sufism, author and translator Camille Helminski’s books include The Book of Na…

Is Being a Seeker a Poor Example for My Daughter?

To these perennial questions, I offer some answers — not to close a conversation but to broaden one. I do not claim to know anything you don’t know, but if I can help you remember …