Randall Paul & Marc Gafni: World Spirituality Dialogue

Charles Randall Paul, Ph.D., is one of the most creative leading edge orthodox theologians in the world today. He is board chair, founder, and president of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy. He has lectured widely and written numerous articles on healthy methods for engaging differences in religions and ideologies, and he is currently completing two books: Fighting about God: Why We Do It and How to Do It Better and Converting the Saints: An American Religious Conflict. He is on the board of editors for the International Journal of Decision Ethics. Charles is also a member of the Wisdom Council of the Center for Integral Wisdom.

Listen to this 25-minute audio conversation between Dr. Charles Randall Paul and Dr. Marc Gafni, director of CIW and scholar-in-residence. In this segment, Gafni establishes the essential contours of Unique Self teaching on enlightenment and Paul asks for clarification regarding its implications for Eastern enlightenment. Gafni says that unattachment is a higher integral embrace of East and West, and its general position is that nobody is entirely wrong. Every great system has its own understanding that is true and partial, he says. The great understanding of the East is that to move beyond suffering, you have to move beyond your identity as a separate self. And Unique Self retains that central insight by incorporating the teaching that separateness is the source of suffering but it is different from uniqueness.

Charles takes issue with Marc at times, as their exchange on the nature of Western enlightenment in the Renaissance shows, along a path towards a greater shared understanding. They agree that the roots of Western individualism can be traced back both to Christianity as well as the Judaism’s teaching of Imago Dei, but neither religion fully escaped ethnocentrism. It was not until the Renaissance, Marc says, that the individual is given dignity qua individual without being located in a particular religious context.

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Rocky Anderson & Marc Gafni: World Spirituality Dialogue

Former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and Marc Gafni dialogue on Social Activism and Spirituality

Rocky Anderson, the former mayor of Salt Lake City, and a leading voice in progressive politics in the United States, and Marc Gafni have worked together in tens of meetings, developing the case statement and strategic plan for a Human Rights Movement. The purpose of the movement is to powerfully address human rights abuses of every kind all over the planet. The intent of the organization, initiated and led by Rocky, will be to address genocide, sexual slavery and human rights abuses that are a result of climate change.

In the context of this work, Rocky Anderson and Marc Gafni have had much conversation about the intimate relationship between evolutionary spirituality and concrete political and social activism in the world, which alleviates suffering in a direct and unmediated way.

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Sandra Maitri & Mariana Caplan: World Spirituality Dialogue

Sandra Maitri is the only prominent teacher of the system of the enneagram to have learned it when it was originally taught by Claudio Naranjo, M.D., beginning in 1970. She is currently one of the principal and supervising teachers of the Diamond Approach® to Inner Realization, leading groups in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the United Kingdom, and is a member of the leadership council of the Ridhwan School, home of the Diamond Approach®. Her first book, “The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul”, was published in 2001 by Tarcher/Penguin; and her second book, “The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues: Finding the Way Home”, was released in 2008. In addition to her artwork, she is working on her third book, about relationship and spirituality.

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Dada Nabhaniilananda & Marc Gafni: Creating a World Inspired by Love

From the Imaginal World Interview Series with Dada Nabhaniilananda

In this dialog, Dr. Marc Gafni and Dada Nabhaniilanand, aka the Monk Dude, have a lively conversation about the significant contribution of World Spirituality thinking to the post modern seeker.

This is what Dada wrote after the dialogue that he hosted:

“Marc Gafni speaks with great passion and insight about thev subject of Evolutionary Mysticism, and our Unique Self.

He is a true spiritual visionary who has dedicated many years to the development of a World Spiritual culture, open to all.

I found his concept of ‘dual citizenship’, whereby an individual follows their own faith that they grew up with, but also embraces a set of universal spiritual values that unite all humanity, both appealing and practical – a bit like being able to communicate in two languages.

I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.”

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