Archive for March, 2016
A collection of real-life Buddhist love stories, with commentary and guided exercises for couples developed by Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward, senior students and ordained Dharma teachers in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. These personal stories, from couples of a range of different ages and experiences, illustrate how Buddhist principles can help couples navigate any stage of their relationship.
It took the authors some good living and good loving before they realized that the love that they were seeking was already present and available in the depths of their hearts and mind. Love does not depend on anything that is happening “Out There” and is not dependent on anything “he” or “she” might do. It depends on our own willingness to look within and to act. This insight is a result of practicing the teachings of the Buddha on right diligence and right effort. The authors have been studying and practicing with Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and they are happy to report that the practices work.
In Love’s Garden the authors offer key practices such as “The Three Keyes” (see excerpt) for the transformation of suffering and the establishment of happiness. These practices have helped them see each other’s happiness as their own. They share stories and illustrations from their own life and also and those of their friends and students.
“The practice is not difficult. We simply need to get in touch with and nourish the practices that are helping us to experience peace. And then we need to stop doing the things that keep us from experiencing peace.” Larry Ward
Foreword by Thich Nhat Hanh
Peggy Rowe Ward received Dharma teacher Transmission form Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000 at Plum Village, France. She has a Doctorate in adult education and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology. She has published in professional adult education journals on women’s stories of coming into voice, Her doctoral publications are connected to community centered dreamwork. She has had short essays published in In Our Own Voice (1992) and in The Mindfulness Bell. She co-authored Making Friends with Time (2000) with Tracy Sarriugarte.
Larry Ward has celebrated over 30 years as a Christian minister. He received Dharma teacher transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 2000 in Plum Village, France. Larry was an executive director in an international organization engaged in human development programs in 52 countries. He has lived for extended periods in Hong Kong, India, and the Caribbean. He has published articles and poems for Emerging Lifestyles, Edges, and The Mindfulness Bell magazines. In 2006 he was commissioned by the United Nations to write a paper on mindfulness and leadership.
http://www.MyMommyManual.com Interview with author Peggy Rowe Ward on her book Love’s Garden: A Guide to Mindful Relationships. Introduction by Zen Master, Thich Naht Hanh
Published on Mar 30, 2016
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A former athlete, teacher, and business entrepreneur, JC is now an author, producer, and teacher who corresponds with students worldwide. A student himself, first of his enlightened father, and later of world-renowned teachers J.Krishnamurti and Eckhart Tolle, JC’s own investigation into the nature of Life and the universe led to realizations in Pure Consciousness that eventually led to the writing of his critically acclaimed book, The Christ is Not a Person: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Destiny of Man. He has written and produced a three-episode video series entitled, Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier. It can be viewed online at jctefft.com. Non-duality teachings focused on the nature of Awakening unto Pure Conscious Awareness posted in the form of video shorts will be made available for viewing on line in the coming years.
Interview recorded 3/26/2016.
Cape Healing Arts publisher Beth Draper interviewed Catherine Ingram via email recently.
CHA: What do you love the most about being a human being?
CI: I would have to say it is love itself, although love is also what has most broken my heart. Still, better to have loved�and all that. I find as I grow older that it truly doesn’t matter what stuff one has, what one has accomplished, who knows your name, where you have traveled. It really is, as the great ones always said, all about the quality of the love you share with your loved ones. And if one is lucky and is willing to take chances with one’s heart, that is, to let it break as needed, the circle of those one loves widens enormously. This is really the main treasure of life, as far as I can tell.
CHA: When your heart breaks, how do you mend it?
CI: My heart never seems to actually get mended. It keeps breaking wider open and holding more of the sorrow, but, coincidentally, it is also open to more joy and tenderness. Of course, that is how things work. I often say that there is a spectrum of feelings and that the more one is willing to feel on one end, the sorrow, let’s say, the more one is able to feel on the other end, the joy. It is perhaps safe to close off and try not to feel too much suffering, but it is not a rich way to live. It cuts off all passion and beauty as well.
CHA: In a society that barely acknowledges grief and grieving-in fact, often squelches it-how do you allow yourself to experience deep sorrow?
CI: I live among the brokenhearted. They allow it.
CHA: Of the seven qualities of awakened awareness that you discuss in your book, which one is the trickiest for you to remember-and why?
CI: There are several that I seem to skip over or remember last on the list-discernment, embodiment, genuineness. The ones I seem to remember most easily are silence, tenderness, wonder, and delight. Maybe because those are the most fun.
CHA: In your book, you describe discernment as a clarity of perception. The ability to clearly see what is instead of what or how we would like things to be. How do you reconcile “passion, focus, and intensity” with your excellent advice to “have a light relationship with your preferences?”
CI: It is a sense that things are blowing very quickly through one’s soul, if you will. Feelings, emotions, passion, pain-all profoundly felt and released as quickly as possible. It is the experience of life in present awareness without resistance but also without clutching to a particular form or experience. Naturally, we have preferences. It is all a matter of how much we suffer when we don’t get what we want or when something or someone that we wanted leaves us. It is good to imagine one’s awareness as an open sky through which all passes and to “kiss the joy as it flies” as Blake said.
CHA: I see that your passion and focus lie with this process of being in present awareness.
CI: Yes, it is another way of saying that one lives in reality-for in actuality, the present is the only time in which we exist, which is what makes it feel so much more alive than the trance-like dreams of past and future taking place in imagination.
CHA: How do you allow feelings of anger and jealousy to blow through you? Many of us were taught that these are “negative” feelings, especially when we feel them in regard to people we love.
CI: We have to learn to admit that negative feelings are a common experience, no matter how good we are trying to be or what spiritual practices we have engaged in. Jealousy, anger, annoyance, irritation, pettiness-they all visit with unfortunate regularity. But the trick is not to take them personally or to be shocked by them. And then they have no power over you. The thought of jealousy that arises and fades in a few moments is not a problem. The jealous thought that Is denied and twisted into some kind of justification due to one’s own discomfort can often turn into unkind words and actions directed at the object of one’s jealousy. In these ways, the refusal to admit to negative thoughts can create all kinds of problems, as we so often see in spiritual leaders and masters who insinuate or even say that they are enlightened but whose behavior belies petty and desperate motivations involving sex, money, or power. I prefer to hang out with what Alan Watts called “divine rascals”-those who know both their divinity and their rascality.
CHA: Fabulous! What would you like to share most right now with our readers?
CI: The thing I seem to most emphasize in Dharma Dialogues-and would say to your readers-is to not postpone living your life. There is a subtle way that we have of waiting for something to come or waiting to get rid of something we have (even in the case of extra body weight, for instance) and thinking that our real life will begin then. Your real life is happening now, and there is no guarantee for any of us how long that life will be. As we let ourselves live fully in present awareness, it is as though we are experiencing life at last. We are no longer waiting.
Since 1992, Catherine Ingram has led Dharma Dialogues, public events of inquiry into the nature of awareness and the possibility of living in awakened intelligence. She is the president of Living Dharma, an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inquiry and service with offices in Portland, Oregon, and Los Angeles, CA. Catherine also leads numerous silent retreats each year and is coming to Cape Cod this June.
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Learn the seven ways to tap into a state of pure joy, at any time, with the spiritual teacher Catherine Ingram. When we deeply relax, free from the stories the past, present and future, a great passion for life emerges, along with an awakened intelligence. This passionate presence is innate; it is a universal intelligence that transcends biological abilities and educational backgrounds.
In this book, spiritual teacher and writer Catherine Ingram offers seven ways to awaken the passionate presence that is in all of us. Each chapter describes one of the seven primary qualities of awakened intelligence. These qualities are based on her observations over years of working with thousands of people in silent retreats and public interactive events called Dharma Dialogues. The seven aspects – tenderness, discernment, authenticity, embodiment, delight, wonder and silence – naturally and consistently emerge as a result of deep relaxation and lead us easily to our passionate presence.
Catherine Ingram is a renowned dharma teacher with communities serving several thousand students in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Since 1992, she has led Dharma Dialogues (www.dharmadialogues.org), which are public events of inquiry into the nature of awakened awareness and its benefits in life. She is the founder and president of Living Dharma, an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inquiry and service.
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Catherine Ingram – ‘Practical Wisdom In Precarious Times’ – Interview by Renate McNay
Catherine Ingram – ‘Practical Wisdom In Precarious Times’ – Interview by Renate McNay
Catherine Ingram is an International Dharma teacher and Author of three books: “Passionate Presence”, “A Crack in Everything” and “In the Footsteps of Gandhi”. Catherine says, “Our sanctuary is not in finding security in this world. Security in the things and circumstances of the world is an illusion. Our sanctuary is in our ability to relax into ‘Present Awareness’ and passionately celebrate beauty, to show up in love for our friends and families, to live lightly on this earth, and to experience wonder.”
Catherine Ingram – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview
Catherine Ingram is an international dharma teacher with communities in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. Since 1992 she has led Dharma Dialogues, which are public events that focus on directing awareness toward greater wellbeing in an ethical and happy life. Catherine also leads numerous silent retreats each year in conjunction with Dharma Dialogues. She is president of Living Dharma, an educational non-profit organization founded in 1995.
Catherine has been the subject of numerous print, television, and radio interviews and is included in several anthologies about teachers in the west.
A former journalist specializing in issues of consciousness and activism, Catherine Ingram is the author of two books of nonfiction, which are published in numerous languages: In the Footsteps of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists (Parallax Press, 1990) and Passionate Presence: Seven Qualities of Awakened Awareness (Penguin Putnam, 2003); and one novel, A Crack in Everything (Diamond Books, 2006). Over a fifteen-year period beginning in 1982, Catherine published approximately 100 articles on issues of consciousness and activism and served on the editorial staffs of New Age Journal, East West Journal, and Yoga Journal. For four years she wrote the Life Advice column for Alternatives Magazine based in Oregon.
For the past thirty five years, Catherine has helped organize and direct institutions dedicated to meditation and self-inquiry and, more recently, human and animal rights. She is a co-founder of Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts (1976). She also co-founded the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in The Hague, Netherlands (1991) and is a member of the Committee of 100 for Tibet. For six years (1988-1994), Catherine also served as a board director for The Burma Project, dedicated to raising international awareness about the struggle for democracy in Burma. She is currently serving on the board of Global Animal Foundation, which works on behalf of the world’s animals.
Her work provides a context in which to consider life experiences—work, romance, creativity, loss, and death—through the calm and simple quiet of the heart.
Interview Recorded 9/7/2013
The Yoga Sutra is the living source wisdom of the yoga tradition. Using it as a guide, we can unlock the hidden power of yoga, and experience the promise of yoga in our life. The Yoga Sutra is as fresh today as it was 2200 years ago when it was discovered by the sage Patanjali. It is the first practitioner-oriented commentary which is fully grounded in a living tradition. By applying its living wisdom in our practice, we can achieve the purpose of life: lasting fulfillment and ultimate freedom.
Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link to the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He embodies the yogic and tantric wisdom which the Himalayan Tradition has safeguarded for thousands of years. Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. As a young man he committed himself to arduous spiritual practice and studied with renowned adepts of India, before being initiated into the lineage of the Himalayan Tradition by his master, Sri Swami Rama, in 1976.
Q: So what exactly is the Yoga Sutra?
PRT: The Yoga Sutra is a book of yoga philosophy. It is a book of practice. And it is a book of self-realization. It was written 2,200 years ago, when a great master named Patanjali gathered the best aspects of yoga and delineated, in a step-by-step fashion, exactly what yoga is and how to practice it.
Q: What can modern students learn from the Yoga Sutra?
PRT: When you practice the kind of yoga described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, you will experience what it’s like to be healthy, happy, peaceful, confident, and energetic. The literal meaning of “yoga” is “union,” “integration,” “reconnection.” But in the context of practice, yoga is a way of gaining access to your own inner luminosity and becoming established in your essential self.
By studying the Yoga Sutra, you will learn how to cultivate a clear, calm, and tranquil mind; how to expand the immense power of your mind; and how to begin unveiling, layer after layer, the mysteries of the universe within you and outside you.
Q: Why are its teachings so crucial today?
PRT: Because the human mind is scattered. We have become negligent about our distractions, inertia, confusion, doubt, fear, and anger. But humans have been riding a roller coaster of ups and downs for thousands of years. The yoga tradition, which started at least 5,000 years ago and has continued without interruption, has recorded all of the problems that humans face, and the methods and techniques to overcome those problems. The Yoga Sutra contains the solutions.
Q: What role does asana play in yoga practice?
PRT: Asana is a very important part of life. It keeps you healthy, strong, and energetic. And it enables you to discover and reclaim the innate wisdom of your body. But it is only after you rediscover the self-luminous nature of your own mind that you will begin to experience the true power of asana. That discovery comes from the meditative aspect of yoga.
Q: What inspired you to publish a commentary on the Yoga Sutra after 35 years of teaching in the West?
PRT: The Yoga Sutra is a compendium of a vast field of knowledge and wisdom, techniques and methodologies for discovering our multi-dimensional life. It is the source wisdom for all schools and traditions of yoga. We need to bring the spiritual dimension back into yoga and encourage students to look for teachings and practices that will take them to the next level. That’s why I have realized that I should share whatever I have learned in the last 35 years through this commentary, The Secret of the Yoga Sutra, and by teaching and interacting with students.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish through your Secret of The Yoga Sutra book tour and courses?
PRT: My wish is that the Yoga Sutra brings the same level of transformation to other people as it did to me. In order to make that wish become a reality, my vision is to bring the Yoga Sutra to people’s doorsteps, making this knowledge available to them on many levels and from many perspectives [through a summer lecture & book tour, online study groups, and a four-part master course on the Yoga Sutra that students can take in person or online].
My vision is that the yoga community, the scientific community, the medical community, and the health community take from the Yoga Sutra what is useful for them, conduct more research, assimilate the knowledge into their existing practice, and take their own field of knowledge to the next level. My interest is to demonstrate and support how you can embrace the teachings of the Yoga Sutra in your own personal practice for self-improvement and self-empowerment; how you can accelerate your quest for total well-being and spiritual unfoldment.
“This book is a must for a personal library. It is filled with pages of infinite wisdom and advice that can be used by anyone of any age, any religion.”
“This is one of the most inspiring books I have read, and I have read most of them.”
“This amazing book has changed my life.”
“Reading this beautiful, expressive book will change the world.”
These words of praise were given from reades of Suzanne’s first volume of inspiration from Spirit, Love Beyond Words. And now, from the silence of communion with Sanaya comes In the Silence, a second full year of universal messages of love and hope. Who is Sanaya? Suzanne Giesemann answers: “She is a collective consciousness that comes from a higher dimension than our own. Sanaya takes us outside the confines of being human to a dimension where we come face to face with our higher selves. To hear the words of Sanaya as they come through—to sit in the presence of that energy—is a palpable experience of higher vibration … of love. To read Sanaya’s words can have the same result when you tune in to that finer energy as you read.”
In the material world with its ups and downs, a daily dose of Sanaya’s loving energy is like a multi-vitamin for the soul. Whether you read the messages in order or choose a selection at random makes no difference. You will feel as if you’re being consoled and counseled by a concerned and loving friend, connected with the essence of your true self. In this new collection of spiritual wisdom, Sanaya shares how to find peace in the midst of chaos and live a life of love and compassion.
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Suzanne Giesemann is the author of eleven books, a spiritual teacher, and an evidential medium. She captivates audiences as she brings hope, healing, and comfort through her work. Suzanne’s gift of communication with those on the other side provides stunning evidence of life after death. Touted as “a breath of fresh air” with “a quality that is so different from others that it is difficult to describe,” she brings messages of hope and love that go straight to the heart. Suzanne addresses questions about the purpose of life, the nature of reality, and attuning to higher consciousness. Her work has been recognized as highly credible by afterlife researcher Dr. Gary Schwartz, Ph.D., and best-selling author Dr. Wayne Dyer. She serves on the executive council of Eternea, where she is the chairman of the Spirituality Leadership Council and also on the Advisory Board of the Academy of Spiritual and Studies. For more information about Suzanne, visit http://www.SuzanneGiesemann.com.
Suzanne Giesemann speaks about unconditional love
A lesson in unconditional love. For more of this type, try Suzanne Giesemann’s online course from DailyOM … see http://www.SuzanneGiesemann.com.
http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com – Your Transformation is NOW… NEW ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ Film (narrated by Harrison Ford).
Critics say: “Brilliant” – “Transformational” – “a Stunning Tour-de-Force” – “a Powerful Cinematic Documentary”
Available on DVD NOW, and iTunes in June 2016: http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com
The film also features: Thom Hartmann, Amit Goswami, Fred Alan Wolf, Jean Houston, Vicki Robin, Elisabet Sahtouris, Vandana Shiva, and others
NEW Dalai Lama Awakening (narrated by Harrison Ford) – Official Trailer #2
http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com – Your transformation is NOW. Experience this film in a cinema in your area soon. ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ and Director Khashyar Darvich are touring the U.S.-Canada from Sept 2014 – Feb 2015. For the full tour schedule, please visit: http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com. This is the first trailer for the new transformational documentary film ‘Dalai Lama Awakening,’ which features the Dalai Lama and is narrated by Harrison Ford. This is the Director’s Cut and New Poetic ReVision of the Award-winning ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance’ film. Others featured in the film include: Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami, radio host Thom Hartmann, Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston, Michael Beckwith.
Why are we born? For what purpose are we here?
The longer we are unaware of what is taking place within us – of what drives us and what can liberate us from the bonds of egocentric behavior – the longer we allow what the Buddha called the sorrow of life to hold sway. The sorrow of life is the sum and consequence of our total identification with the world of self.
The word Consciousness means something more than what the mind of self thinks, imagines, or conceives. Awareness in Pure Consciousness is an awareness that is beyond self. Contrary to traditional thinking, the so-called unseen, unknown world is nothing more than Consciousness of which we are unaware. Unawareness in Consciousness has been evolving into Awareness in Consciousness since before time began.
The author of this work comprehensively sets forth a meaning of ancient scripture that likely has not been advanced to you before. He demystifies ancient legends and myths so that the essential truth of ancient teachings shines through. Using ancient scripture as a guide, he insightfully explores a growing conscious awareness that has emerged within mankind over the last few thousand years.
A must read for anyone looking to discover the deeper meaning of ancient scripture beyond a literal interpretation of the words.
A former athlete, teacher, and entrepreneur, JC is a critically acclaimed author, video producer, and spiritual teacher who corresponds with students worldwide. A student, himself, first of his enlightened father, and later of world-renowned teachers Jiddu Krishnamurti and Eckhart Tolle, JC’s investigation into the nature of Life and the universe led to realizations in Pure Conscious Awareness that ultimately led to the writing of “The Christ is NOT a Person: The Evolution of Consciousness and the Destiny of Man.” He is currently writing and producing a series of video presentations entitled, “Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier” that can be viewed online at http://www.jctefft.com.
Pure Consciousness: The Last Frontier
Episode One: Consciousness Manifesting as Space & Time
Published on Mar 24, 2016
A discussion about the evidence of a separate, outside world.
A manifesto of love, invitation and invocation to humanity
Refreshingly candid, hilarious and insightful, Dear Human is the key necessary to unlock a whole new way of thinking…it is progressive and expansive. It provides insight to the soul that many of us have either: A) never seen or B) overlooked in our travels on this earthly plane.
Dear Human asks the reader to embrace our glorious messiness, to love to the best of our ability, to continue to learn and grow, to be willing to show up and get out of the way. It blows up old programs and conditioned ways of thinking and expands the reader into new ways of thinking about timeless themes. It asks us to merge and honor our divinity and humanity equally.
These chapters resonate what it means to be whole, real, authentic and loved while simultaneously showing the pathway to the freedom of enlightened empowerment. Be open to all your feelings and look to laugh and love with each and every breath. The spectrum from compassion to ego/emotional triggers is unabashedly discussed and honored within these pages. Words such as judgment, cooperation, feelings, growth, ease, resilience and harmony all have a place here. This creation strives to have the population rethink their inner workings, conditioned responses and self-imposed limitations. Dear Human elevates the spirit to an accomplished, soul-filling and revered place—a place of light.
Courtney A. Walsh has been a professional writer/editor/author/inspirational speaker for fifteen years. With an extensive background in marketing, advertising, creative writing, film, cultural studies, and languages, Courtney has worked with the United States National Park Service to review, research and co-write a technical report on the origins of the Statue of Liberty. Other accomplishments include a project for MTV (Music Television) and publishing several feature op-ed articles as a contributing writer for The Portsmouth Herald. She has created a successful career as a blogger, social media figure and professional speaker.
Social media rockstar and metaphysical humor author, internationally renowned speaker and writer of the “Dear Human” viral media meme that has now been shared with over 20 million people including on Deepak Chopra’s and Elizabeth Gilbert’s pages as well as retweeted by Khloe Kardashian and radio personality Delilah.
The “Dear Human” quote, by Courtney A. Walsh (CAW) has become the seed of an emotional awareness movement. It liberates and unifies.
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Published on Mar 22, 2016
The merging of Christianity and Nonduality. A conversation with Adam Bucko, Matthew Wright and Francis Bennett moderated by Cameron McColl. A fascinating dialogue on Christianity, Nonduality and the role of Christian mysticism in our day to day life, both as a spiritual practice and a way to approach life.
Published on Mar 22, 2016
When unwanted things happen, fearful imagination kicks into gear, we resist our own projected outcomes, and then we look for rescue outside of us. Guy Finley tells us why the right answer in these moments is always to slow down, wake up, and become watchful. http://www.guyfinley.org/kit
Published on Mar 21, 2016
Why are we here? Is there a God? Can there be authentic mystical experience? Are Hindus and Buddhists correct that we can attain a state of enlightenment? Can psychedelic drugs give us a glimpse of it? Does religion have a viable place in the modern world? Is there a common core of values and insights among the world’s religions?
Huston Smith spent his career in a search for answers to these and other questions. Born in China in 1919, the son of Methodist missionaries, Smith followed a life-long spiritual quest that led him around the world many times. He studied the world’s religions and mystical traditions directly with Aldous Huxley, D.T. Suzuki, J. Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, the Dalai Lama, Joseph Campbell, Ram Dass, and a host of others. Huston, as a renowned philosopher of religion, helped shape the contemporary face of comparative religion, interfaith dialogue, and religious tolerance. As a seeker, he became a citizen of the world, plunging into its various spiritual traditions.
Some of Huston Smith’s books: The World’s Religions (Plus) Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World’s Religions Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition (Plus) Buddhism: A Concise Introduction And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life — Personal Encounters with Spiritual Mavericks, Remarkable Seekers, and the World’s Great Religious Leaders The Huston Smith Reader
Dana Sawyer is the author of Huston Smith: Wisdomkeeper: Living The World’s Religions: The Authorized Biography of a 21st Century Spiritual Giant. He is also the author of an acclaimed biography of Aldous Huxley. He is professor of religion and philosophy at the Maine College of Art and a popular lecturer at venues such as Esalen Institute and Kripalu. An expert in Asian religions and theories related to the perennial philosophy, he has written for Tricycle, Parabola and other magazines. His website is http://dana-sawyer.com
Interview conducted 3/19/2016