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Remembering Spiritual Masters Project

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We live in a time of increased dialogue and sharing of spiritual experiences among people of different religious traditions. The Living Spiritual Teachers Project of this website spotlights teachers we encourage you to meet and study with (either in person or through their books) on your journey. 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.

This Project is very much a work in progress, so check back often to read profiles of other spiritual masters, and feel free to send us suggestions of those you'd like to see here.

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Angeles Arrien Angeles Arrien

• Cultural anthropologist and educator
• Consultant to businesses and organizations
• President of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and Research
Robert N. Bellah

• Elliott Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California
• Expert on role of religion in pre-modern and modern societies
• Best-selling author on American culture
Sri Chinmoy

• International spiritual leader, author, poet
• Devoted advocate of world peace
• Founder of Sri Chinmoy Centres International
William Sloane Coffin

• Peace and justice activist
• Eloquent speaker on the importance of faith and hope
• Preacher in the prophetic tradition of Protestant Christianity
Anthony de Mello

• Jesuit priest and psychotherapist
• World renown speaker and workshop leader at spiritual conferences
• Pioneer of multifaith practices and storytelling
John Dunne John S. Dunne

• Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame
• Catholic scholar
• Author of more than fifteen books
Debbie Ford Debbie Ford

• Best-selling author and workshop leader
• Founder of the Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching
• Expert in the field of personal transformation
Frederick Franck

• Painter, sculptor, Renaissance man
• Visionary with an appreciation of the sacred core of all human beings
• Prolific writer on the meaning of being human against all odds
Peter Gomes Peter Gomes

• Professor of Christian Morals
• Pusey Minister at the Memorial Church, Harvard
• One of America's most distinguished preachers
Andrew M. Greeley

• Roman Catholic priest and influential Catholic thinker
• Researcher on the sociology of religion
• Prolific writer of books on religion, including a series of bestselling novels
James Hillman James Hillman

• Founder of the Archetypal Psychology movement
• Author, lecturer, and scholar in Jungian and Post-Jungian thought
• Leader of men's retreats
 
Jose Hobday Jose Hobday

• Native American elder
• Teacher at Wisdom University
• Catholic author and workshop leader
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

• Spiritual leader for the Sufi Order in the West
• Active in the multifaith movement and bringing together religious leaders
• Prolific speaker and writer about the essence of Sufism
Madeleine L'Engle

• Writer of more than over 60 books
• Winner of the John Newbury Medal for her book A Wrinkle in Time
• Christian laywoman, speaker, and workshop leader
Thomas Merton

• Pathfinder for the Christian contemplative spirituality movement
• Pioneer of interspirituality and interfaith dialogue
• Social activist and cultural critic
Henri J. M. Nouwen

• Roman Catholic priest and spiritual guide
• Prolific writer on spirituality
• Pastor for the L'Arche communities serving people with developmental disabilities
John O'Donohue

• Irish Catholic scholar, poet, and philosopher
• Lecturer and workshop leader
• Expert on Celtic spirituality
M. Basil Pennington

• Trappist monk who traveled the world
• First Western Christian to spend time at Mount Ethos
• Teacher of Christian practices of devotion
Hugh Prather Hugh Prather

• Freelance philosopher
• Radio talk show host
• Minister and lecturer
Gabrielle Roth

• Creator of the 5Rhythms Movement Practice
• Author, workshop leader and theater director
• Dancer, musician and philosopher
Zalman Schachter-Shalomi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

• One of the founders of the Jewish Renewal movement
• Professor emeritus at Temple University and a former member of the faculty at Naropa University
• Pioneer in interspirituality
Wayne Teasdale

• Lay monk in the way of the Christian sannyasa
• Activist in building common ground among the world's religions
• Trustee of the Parliament of World Religions