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Living Spiritual Teachers Project

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The twenty-first century has been dubbed the "age of interspirituality" by Brother Wayne Teasdale and others who are impressed by the increased sharing of ultimate experiences among people of different spiritual traditions. Certainly publishers have taken note of the trend — making available an unprecedented array of resources from all the world’s religions.

Still, many of us only pay attention to teachers in our own tradition. The result is a missed opportunity to expand and deepen our faith by learning from sacred texts and practices of others.

The "Living Spiritual Teachers Project" is an ongoing project of this website. We hope these brief profiles — complete with background on each teacher, a bibliography, and a list of his or her distinctive contributions to the field — will make it easier for you to identify living teachers whose wisdom might augment your spiritual journey.

A companion area, the Remembering Spiritual Masters Project, profiles teachers who are no longer with us physically but still offer great wisdom through their books, audios, and films.

Aaron - Borysenko    •   Bourgeault - Cousineau    •   Cowan - Epperly
Forest - Housden   •   Huber - Leder    •   Lerner - Muller
Myss - Rohr    •   Rupp - Steindl-Rast   •   Surya Das - Wright
All Teachers   •   Remembering Spiritual Masters

David Aaron David Aaron

• Rabbi, writer, lecturer
• Founder of the Isralight Institute
• Interpreter of Jewish mysticism
Adyashanti Adyashanti

• Meditation teacher
• Founder of Open Gate Sangha
• Leader of silent retreats and intensives
Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong

• Freelance monotheist
• Writer on the role of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the modern world
• Conference and panel speaker
Christina Baldwin Christina Baldwin

• Premier teacher on journal writing
• Founder of PeerSpirit
• Advocate of storytelling
Ezra Bayda Ezra Bayda

• Zen practitioner affiliated with the Ordinary Mind Zen School
• Teacher at San Diego Zen Center
Robert Benson Robert Benson

• Writer and retreat leader
• Graduate of the Academy for Spiritual Formation
• Member of the Friends of Silence and of the Poor, an ecumenical lay order
Daniel Berrigan Daniel Berrigan

• Catholic priest, teacher, poet, and retreat leader
• Nonviolent peace and justice activist
• Member of a Jesuit community in New York City
J. Brent Bill J. Brent Bill

• Quaker author and retreat leader
• Minister and seminary faculty member
• Photographer and writing coach
Barbara Biziou Barbara Biziou

• Writer on rituals for daily life and custom ritual designer
• Spiritual adviser and transition steward
• Corporate trainer and life coach
Leonardo Boff Leonardo Boff

• Catholic Brazilian theologian
• Honored with "Right Livelihood Award" in 1993
• Author of more than 60 books
Jean Shinoda Bolen

• Jungian analyst in private practice
• Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco
• Feminist and activist for peace and justice
Sylvia Boorstein

• Seasoned teacher of Buddhist mindfulness
• Co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center
• Practicing psychotherapist
Joan Borysenko

• Medical scientist and psychologist
• Pioneer in mind-body medicine
• Speaker on health, healing, and women's spirituality