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The Convergence

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November 10th 2016:Waking Up and Growing Up: Spiritual Practice

This Convergence Episode brings together major spiritual teachers, writers and leaders, from across our globe's diverse traditions, to discuss Spiritual Practice in the context of the Series' theme, Waking Up and Growing Up. Series Host Dr. Kurt Johnson introduces co-hosts Yanni Maniates and Karuna for dialogue with an inspiring guest list from around the world. Yanni hosts a discussion with renowned Christian contemplative Fr. Thomas Keating and nondual writer and teacher Loch Kelly on nondual spiritual practice and Awakening. Integral philosopher Ken Wilber, co-host of our Episode 1 on Wa

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Father Thomas Keating

Celebrated internationally as an historic contemplative voice, Fr. Thomas Keating has been a Trappist monk and priest for over 70 years. He is one of the architects of the Centering Prayer movement and, as well, a co-founder of Contemplative Outreach, past president of the Temple of Understanding and of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. He is the author of over 30 books, one of which, Open Mind, Open Heart, has sold over half a million copies and has been translated into 10 languages. For years he has given intimate support to the Interspiritual Movement by hosting its leaders annually at St. Benedict Abbey in Colorado to discuss the future of the movement and its strategies. Central t
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Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly, M Div, LCSW, is the founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. He is an author, meditation teacher, educator and licensed psychotherapist. His current bestselling book, Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, has been named Top 10 Best Books of the Year by Spirituality & Health Magazine and Spirituality and Practice. A graduate of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, Loch was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka India and Nepal from 1981-1982 and has since delved into a variety of disciplines under teachers from around the world. He studied Buddhism with Professor Lily de Silva at the Univer
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Yanni Maniates

Yanni Maniates is currently the North American Director of the India Mystic Express Journeys and the UDAY Interspiritual Music Festivals as well as the Interspiritual Online Education Program. Also, he is Director of Eco-Ministry, Forum 21; event coordinator, The Interspiritual Network; and editor, “Steering Toward the Omega Point: Roundtables 2 and 3: Discussions of Altruism, Evolution, and Spirituality.” In the 80’s he was the Director of an organization that hosted many major international, interfaith, ecumenical conferences. Also, he was the Director of a medium sized publishing company in NYC. As well, he has been teaching Meditation, Intuitive Development and Hermetic and Pe
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Karuna is Host Editor of Light on Light Magazine and part of the Host Team at VoiceAmerica and is well known internationally as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, and yoga spokesperson for, the Website for the Future of Faith. An Associate Level Trainer in the Aquarian Trainer Academy of Kundalini Yoga (KRI), Karuna is an ordained “Wisdom Keeper” in this, and medicine traditions of the Lakota, a spiritual guide for the Sacred Feminine and a frequent guest teacher and speaker for The Interspiritual Network and UN Forum 21. Earlier, as a major fashion model and actress, Karuna, a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre, brought yoga to London as a founder of the UK Life Center. From he
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Ken Wilber

Ken Wilber is one of the most important philosophers in the world, the most widely translated academic writer in America (with 25 books translated into some 30 foreign languages), widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive philosophical thinker of our times. From academic philosophers to silicon valley entrepreneurs and futurists, exposure to Wilber's comprehensive worldviews changes lives and world directions. Wilber is especially relevant because he is the originator of the first truly comprehensive or integrative philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”. Incorporating cultural studies, anthropology, systems theory, developmental psychology, biology, and spirituality, it has been ap
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Elena Brower

Elena Brower is a renowned yoga teacher and speaker. Influenced by several yoga traditions including Katonah Yoga, Para Yoga, and Kundalini Yoga, she is recognized worldwide for her expertise in combining physical alignment and the art of attention. Elena has been offering these practices as a vehicle for approaching our world with realistic reverence and gratitude. She is the author of Art of Attention, a yoga workbook now translated into five languages and the creator of, a virtual home for yoga teachers worldwide. Elena is also an executive producer of On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey, a film that intimately explores meditation experiences, screened on internation
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