Year: 2008

Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since…

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Jim Garrison

Jim Garrison serves as President of Wisdom University. He also founded and serves as President of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA and the State of the World Forum, both created to establish a global network of leaders dedicated to creating a more sustainable global civilization. Garrison received his BA, magna cum laude, in World History from the…

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Mahmoud Shelton

Mahmoud Shelton studied at the University of Edinburgh before taking a degree in Medieval Studies at Stanford University. He has traveled in search of Hermeticism’s legacy from the Western Mediterranean to the Far East. Shelton is the author of Alchemy in Middle Earth: The Significance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, is a…

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Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies. A cofounder of the Forum on Religion and Ecology, she is the author or editor of numerous books…

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The Mystical Heart of Abraham

Inspired by a miniature painted a millennium ago, noted spiritual writer Christopher Bamford reflects on the venerable tradition of Abraham as patriarch and suggests that the heart of this father of three great monotheistic religions embodies  “feminine” traits such as unselfish love, forbearance, hospitality, and, above all, receptivity to the Divine. Inspired by a miniature…

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Jennifer Morgan

Jennifer Morgan is a storyteller, author, educator and environmentalist who has a love of the natural world and cosmology. She has written a trilogy of children’s books about the universe story: Born With a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story (which earned the Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award), From Lava to Life: The Universe…

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Wayne Teasdale

Brother Wayne Teasdale (1945-2004) was a lay monk, a Hindu sannyasa, a scholar, a teacher, a prolific writer, an activist, and a leader in the interfaith movement. One of the key achievements of his many years of service on the board of the Parliament of World Religions was the signing, by 200 of the world’s…

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Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee is a sheikh in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujadidiyya Sufi Order. Born in London in 1953, he has followed the Naqshbandi Sufi path since he was 19. In 1991 he moved to Northern California and became the successor of Irina Tweedie, author of Chasm of Fire and Daughter of Fire. In recent years, the focus of…

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Chivalry of the Night and Day

A Christian eyewitness to the rise of Islam characterized the Muslims in a significant way: “They are cavaliers in the day and monks in the night.” Knights belong to the day because it reveals the field of action, and the apparent distinctions between opponents as well as between the lover and beloved; it is the…

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Meditation

A.E.’s The Candle of Vision is an eloquent poetic prose description of the author’s personal experiences, his reveries and inner openings. A.E. uses a form of writing that directly reflects the quality of his inner mystical experience. His emphasis is on the imagination as reality and on the critical importance of the development of concentration….

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