Lama Surya Das, Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni: Turning the Bitter into the Sweet

In this three-part audio series, Lama Surya Das, Sally Kempton, and Dr. Marc Gafni engage in an exciting and cutting-edge dialogue on Turning the Bitter into the Sweet. In part one, Sally Kempton explores with us the Path of Hindu Tantra.

Sally Kempton, formerly known as Swami Durgananda, is recognized as a powerful meditation guide and as a spiritual teacher who integrates yogic philosophy with daily life. She is the author of The Heart of Meditation, and writes the popular Wisdom column for Yoga Journal. A teacher in the tantric tradition of Kashmir Shaivism Sally conducts workshops and retreats on applied philosophy and meditation. She is also a core founder and faculty of iEvolve: Global Practice Community.

Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a rabbi and an iconoclastic teacher of Kabbalah and World Spirituality. He is the director with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton, and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.

Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. Based on his relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Surya Das founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and has organized three week-long conferences of Western Buddhist Meditation Teachers with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.

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Don Beck & Marc Gafni Unplugged

As one makes the leap from True Self to Unique Self, what are some of the common pitfalls spiritual practitioners encounter? And how can we navigate these obstacles more skillfully and with more discernment?

In this audio dialogue between Don Beck, Founder of Spiral Dynamics and Dr. Marc Gafni, Don and Marc explore with us the many obstacles one may encounter on the Unique Self journey. If you’re a spiritual practitioner, this is a dialogue for you! Unfortunately the audio quality is very low, but we decided to give you access to the audios anyway.

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Gabriel Cousens & Marc Gafni Unplugged: Liberation Halacha

These dialogues, which took place in December 2007 and January 2008, map out the beginnings of Marc Gafni and Gabriel Cousens’ intention and understanding when they talk about liberation. The second dialogue also contains a discussion about what might be the best possible model for relationship between teacher and student.

Dialogue One: Liberation School of Hebrew Wisdom

Dialogue Two: Deeper into Liberation School and Hebrew Wisdom

Dialogue Three: Liberation and Law; On the Nature of a Liberated Halachot – Towards the Evolution of Halachot

Dialogue Four: Liberation and Law in the Teachings of the Master, Mordechai Lainer of Izbica

Dialogue Five: Liberation and Non Duality

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Randall Paul & Marc Gafni Unplugged: On Betrayal

The following dialogue from November 2007 is between Randall Paul, a Mormon scholar, businessman, and spiritual activist, and Dr. Marc Gafni. Randall is the founder and director of the Center for Interreligious Diplomacy.

Besides being a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Paul earned his Doctorate Degree from the University of Chicago and is deeply rooted both in his own tradition and in the major canons of Western religion, psychology, literature, and philosophy. The topic of this dialogue is the nature of Betrayal as a primary human experience and an invitation to one’s own spiritual evolution and liberation.

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Andrew Cohen & Marc Gafni: World Spirituality Dialogue

Perhaps no topic in contemporary spirituality is more discussed than the nature of enlightenment and how it relates to the modern, post-modern, and emerging integral world.

Andrew Cohen is one of the most influential figures bringing wisdom that is defining a movement called Evolutionary Spirituality, which identifies essence with the evolutionary impulse itself and issues a powerful call to shed limited identifications of the self. Cohen breaks from classical enlightenment thinkers in his description of spiritual realization as constantly evolving. Marc Gafni, co-founder of CIW and the most influential voice defining Unique Self Enlightenment, offers a view of enlightenment which overlaps and also differs from Cohen’s vision in important respects. Listen to their dialogue about world spirituality based on Integral principles.

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Angeles Arrien & Mariana Caplan: World Spirituality Dialogue

Angeles Arrien, Ph.D. was a cultural anthropologist, award-winning author, educator, and consultant to many organizations and businesses. Throughout her lifetime she lectured and conducted workshops worldwide, bridging cultural anthropology, psychology, and comparative religions, and contributed many practices from perennial wisdoms to medical, academic, and corporate environments. She was the Founder and President of the Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research. Her books are translated into thirteen languages and she received three honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of her work in the world.

Angeles’ books include The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer and Visionary; Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them, (Winner of the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award); and The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom, (Winner of the 2007 Nautilus Award for Best Book on Aging). Her recent book, Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life is a Gold Medal Co-Winner of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY Award) in the category of Inspiration & Spirituality.

She passed away unexpectedly Thursday April 24, 2014, and shortly afterwords her office started to inform hundreds of organizations, colleagues, friends, and thousands of students nationally and internationally of her unexpected death. Her business office is now closed.

Listen to this dialogue on World Spirituality between her and Mariana Caplan.

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Avram Davis & Marc Gafni: World Spirituality Dialogue

Rabbi Avram Davis, Ph.D. is the founder of Chochmat HaLev, Center of Jewish Spirituality, an active congregation serving over 250 households in the San Francisco, East Bay area. He is the author of two books: The Way of Flame, Judaic Mysticism, and the editor of Meditation From the Heart of Judaism.

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Claudio Naranjo & Mariana Caplan: World Spirituality Dialogue Long Version

In this audio-dialogue, Claudio Naranjo brings over five decades of immersion, study, teaching, research and publications into the world’s great wisdom traditions, as well as a profound immersion in psychological transformation and transpersonal psychology. Claudio’s life itself represents that of a man who has journeyed into World Spirituality.

This dialogue considers questions including: What are the possibilities and pitfalls of drawing from multiple traditions and paths in a holistic and embodied approach to transformation? How do we develop a personalized path to transformation in the context of respecting the great traditions? What wisdom does the Enneagram system offer to the evolution of a World Spirituality, and are their specific challenges and possibilities for specific ennea-types, and more. . .

Claudio is a Chilean psychiatrist who is considered a pioneer in integrating psychotherapy and the spiritual traditions. He is one of the three successors named by Fritz Perls in the Gestalt movement, one of the pioneering developers of the Enneagram, and the founder of SAT (Seekers After Truth Institute), one of the most influential systems of psycho-spiritual transformation in Central and South America, and Spain. He is the author of numerous books, including Ennea-type Structures, The Way of Silence and The Talking Cure, Songs of Enlightenment, The End of Patriarchy, and the forthcoming, The Healing Journey: New Approaches to Consciousness.

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