These are some of the inspiring folks I have the good fortune of collaborating with:
A recognized worldwide authority on religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is an eloquent advocate of the relevance of Buddhist ideas to our daily lives. In doing so, he has become a leading voice of the value of reason, peace and compassion. He was named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans and has been profiled by The New York Times and People magazine, among many others. He has written, edited and translated many books on Tibetan Buddhism, and is the Je Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field of study in the United States. In addition, he is the co-founder and president of Tibet House New York.
Websites: bobthurman.com and menla.us
Inner Truth is the UK’s pioneering audio platform for self-connection and discovery. They provide an audio toolkit designed to support the mental, emotional, and spiritual well being of young people. Through intimate interviews and in-depth courses with leading thinkers, speakers, artists, and healers, they create deep and soulful teachings that help young people connect inward. Their mission is to inspire young people to re-connect deeply with themselves and discover their inner truth through personal reflection, exploration, and access to soul wisdom. Their aim is to cultivate and elevate self-connection globally, making it accessible, enjoyable, and beautiful for everyone.
In a cultural climate exhibiting profound levels of anxiety and depression, stress and alienation, apathy and moral malaise, Embodied Philosophy recognizes the need for what we call embodied philosophical living. Embodied philosophy is not philosophy of the intellect alone, but is an integrated, non-dualistic living wisdom. It is a decision to live with mindfulness, insight, attention and intention – one day at a time. Drawing on the perennial wisdom of the wider yoga and wisdom traditions – largely from the East – they seek to prescribe practices, activities, and modes of living that actualize liberating patterns of thought and behavior. These new patterns break us out of the habits that continuously cause us pain and suffering and reorient our lives in empowering ways.
Mathew Fox and the Order of the Sacred Earth
Matthew Fox is an internationally acclaimed spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, and activist who was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate, summa cum laude, in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris and has devoted 45 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality, which is rooted in ancient Judeo-Christian teaching, inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions; welcoming of the arts and artists; wisdom centered, prophetic, and committed to eco-justice, social justice and gender justice. The OSE is a community and movement of people of varied belief systems (or non-belief systems) who share one sacred vow: “I promise to be the best lover and defender of the Earth that I can be.”
Jamie Sieber and the Asian Elephant Project
Jami Sieber is a multi-talented composer, singer, and electric cellist. Jami creates lush soundscapes using her voice and the cello through a process called “looping.” She tours national and internationally, and her compositions have appeared in film, television and the critically acclaimed video game, Braid. The Asian Elephants of Thailand provided inspiration for Jami’s album, Hidden Sky, a project that raises awareness of their plight and money for elephant care and conservation.
Science and Nonduality is a community inspired by timeless wisdom, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience. We come together in an openhearted exploration while celebrating our humanity.
UC Berkeley DeCal Program
The DeCal Programis an aggregate of student-run courses at the University of California, Berkeley – here, students create and facilitate their own classes on a variety of subjects, many of which are not addressed in the traditional curriculum.
Menla Garden Project
The gardens at Menla Mountain Retreat are managed by Lisa Taranto who is part of a large cooperative of farmers, mycologists, foresters, and other people working toward sustainability throughout New England. We are working toward providing a venue and voice for these members here on the west coast.
Geshe Thupten Jinpa
We help manage Jinpa’s book tours and special projects in California.
Soccer Without Borders
The Soccer Without Borders mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success.
Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery
In recent years, the monks of Dokhang Khangtsen have experienced some difficulty and have lost their facilities, including their dorms and prayer hall. This has caused the monks of the house to be homeless, and forced them to find accommodations separately from each other after many years of communal living. In an effort to preserve Dokhang Khangtsen, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has helped secure a parcel of land for the monks to rebuild their facilities, and he has provided some seed money for the monks to travel to the US to continue raising funds for this very big project.
Passenger is a new kind of support system based in Detroit, MI. Their ambition is to provide relief from the daily anxieties that accompany travelers in recovery. Whether it’s transportation to a meeting, a safe space beyond the green room, or their Compass interactive meeting database, they want you to know you’re not alone.