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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…

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…

Close to Grace: The Physics of Silent Transmission

by Russell Targ, and Jane Katra, Ph.D.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.The …

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…

Do Good Gurus Have to Be Good People?

Having worked at a retreat center for the past few decades, I’ve become intimate with many gurus and their flocks.My conclusion is that the nature of every great teacher mirrors th…

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…

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…

Living Deeply

Humans have always been fascinated by the possibility of a "larger reality." Especially in times of transition -- a sudden illness, a failed relationship, the death of a loved one,…

Love vs. Attachment

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Methods for Strengthening Our Faith

At certain stages of the journey your faith is strong, but then sometimes it quivers a little bit, so you have to find ways to explore your doubts.

Peace Is a Choice

I started doing yoga and diving into mystical practices at the age of 12. I also was a Methodist. The combination of these Eastern and Western practices fueled my desire to know Go…

Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan's 13 Wants

I found this online and wanted to share it with you. I wrote my MA thesis on the work of Rabbi Kaplan, and learned from him privately in Jerusalem in 1976. I had not seen this text…

Rabbi Shefa Gold: Giving Voice to Sacred Texts

 The author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant, Rabbi Shefa Gold is also a recording artist and the director of the Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in New Mexico…

Rabbi Shefa Gold: Giving Voice to Sacred Texts

 The author of The Magic of Hebrew Chant, Rabbi Shefa Gold is also a recording artist and the director of the Center for Devotional, Energy and Ecstatic Practice in New Mexico…

Shades of Truth

A few years ago I was giving a talk in a church near my home. During the question period a man stood and said that his young daughter had died recently, and he felt a strong need t…

Teachers We Trust

Here’s a simple truth: Everyone is a spiritual teacher. Parents, of course, are profound spiritual teachers. So are children. So are siblings. So are priests and imams and school t…

The Ceremony at the Heart of "Salmon Nation"

About 18 months ago, an extraordinary woman came to my home on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. At age 83, Agnes Baker Pilgrim is the oldest living Takelma Indian and chair of t…

The Healing Power of Chant

Kirtan practitioner Snatam Kaur finds the vibrations that move us, body and soul.

The Private Lives of “Enlightened” Teachers

An Interview with Gangaji and Eli Jaxon BearOn July 17, 1896, a sixteen-year-old in India had a sudden experience of liberation that led him to renounce his own name, his family, h…

The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, a New Interpretation

Ancient Advice for the Second Half of Lifeby William MartinLao Tzu, the teacher of the venerable sage Confucius, is thought to have written only 5,000 words in his lifetime, most o…

Why I’m a Student of Thich Nhat Hanh

I know of no spiritual teacher or person who more fully embodies peace and compassionate understanding than Thich Nhat Hanh, or Thay, as he is lovingly known by his students.

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