CONFERENCE > SPEAKERS
This is the SAND 2010 speakers. We will announce the preliminary list of speakers for SAND11 at the beginning of February.
Robert Lanza, MDCSO at Advanced Cell Technology
Robert Lanza, MD is Chief Scientific Officer at Advanced Cell Technology, and a professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He has hundreds of publications and inventions, and over two dozen scientific books: among them, “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe.” Others include One World: The Health & Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century (Foreword by former President Jimmy Carter), and “Principles of Tissue Engineering” and “Essentials of Stem Cell Biology,” which are recognized as the definitive references in the field. Dr. Lanza received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. He was also a Fulbright Scholar, and has worked with some of the greatest thinkers of our time, including Nobel laureates Gerald Edelman and Rodney Porter, Harvard psychologist B.F. Skinner (the “Father of modern behaviorism”), Jonas Salk (discoverer of the Polio vaccine), and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. www.robertlanza.com
Adyashanti dares all seekers of peace and freedom to take the possibility of liberation in this life seriously. He began teaching in 1996, at the request of his Zen teacher with whom he had been studying for 14 years. Since then many spiritual seekers have awakened to their true nature while spending time with Adyashanti. The author of The End of Your World, Emptiness Dancing, and True Meditation, Adyashanti offers spontaneous and direct nondual teachings that have been compared to those of the early Zen masters and Advaita Vedanta sages. However, Adya says, “If you filter my words through any tradition or ‘-ism’, you will miss altogether what I am saying. The liberating truth is not static; it is alive. It cannot be put into concepts and be understood by the mind. The truth lies beyond all forms of conceptual fundamentalism. What you are is the beyond—awake and present, here and now already. I am simply helping you to realize that.” www.adyashanti.org
Peter BaumannFounder of the Baumann Institute
For many years, Peter Baumann has focused on the exploration of well-being and quality of life from a philosophical, conceptual and experiential perspective. In the spring of 2009, Baumann established the Baumann Institute a nonprofit educational and research corporation. “We want to find out whether or not non-dual awareness can be instrumental in the alleviation of suffering and the experience of well-being,” Baumann states. “The results of scientific research were instrumental in exploding meditation into mainstream awareness and acceptance over the last 35 years. We’re hoping over the coming decades our work may lead to similar results with non-dual awareness.” Peter Baumann has brought to all his endeavors, a satisfying balance of natural, free-flowing intuition and rational, businesslike precision. Most recently, he’s focused this innate approach on finding the secrets to “the highest quality of life.” Baumann is a happy, fulfilled human being. “We all like to share what has made a difference in our lives,” he notes. With this in mind, he’s now intent on discovering if what he’s realized for himself can be of service to a broader humanity. www.baumanninstitute.org
Ravi Ravindra, Ph.d.Professor Emeritus, Dalhousie University, Canada
Professor of Physics and of Comparative Religion at Dalhousie University
Ravi Ravindra, a native of India, emigrated to Canada following his early education, and, in 1977, was made Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton. He served from 1978 through 1980 as the Founding Director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge and, in 1989, was the pilot Professor of Science and Spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Dr. Ravindra at present holds the position of Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he has served as Chair of Comparative Religion, Professor of International Development Studies, and Adjunct Professor of Physics. In addition to his study of the world's great traditions, Ravi Ravindra's spiritual search has involved him in the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, G. Gurdjieff, and Zen. The author of numerous books on religion, mysticism, and spirituality, Dr. Ravindra lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Stuart Hameroff, MDProfessor Emeritus, Departments of Anesthesiology and Psychology
Director, Center for Consciousness Studies
The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Hameroff's research for 35 years has involved consciousness - how the pinkish gray meat between our ears produces the richness of experiential awareness. Studying anesthetic gas mechanisms, he focused on how quantum effects control protein conformational dynamics. Following an interest which began in medical school in the computational capacity of microtubules inside neurons, Dr. Hameroff teamed up with the eminent British physicist Sir Roger Penrose in the early 90s to develop a highly controversial theory of consciousness called orchestrated objective reduction (Orch OR). Dr. Hameroff began the international, interdisciplinary conferences on consciousness (Toward a Science of Consciousness) as Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona. He has published five books and well over 100 research articles, and appeared in the film What the Bleep do we know!!?? www.quantumconsciousness.org
Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas), ph.d.Founder of the Diamond Approach®
Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas), was born in the Middle East, but at age 18 he moved to the USA to study at the University of California in Berkeley. Hameed was working on his Ph.D. in physics, where he was studying Einsteirn's theory of general relativity and nuclear physics, when he reached a turning point in his life and destiny that led him more and more into inquiring into the psychological and spiritual aspects of human nature. Hameed is the founder of the Diamond Approach® - a spiritual teaching that utilizes a unique kind of inquiry into realization, where the practice is the expression of realization. Freedom is living our realization, a dynamic enlightenment where our transcendent nondual truth lives personally in the world. This inquiry opens up the infinite creativity of our Being, transforming our lives into a runaway realization, moving from realization to further realization. Almaas' books include: The Inner Journey Home, Essence , The Pearl Beyond Price , Luminous Night’s Journey , and The Unfolding Now.
Nassim HarameinPhysicist, Director of Research at The Resonance Project
Nassim Haramein’s lifelong exploration into the geometry of spacetime has resulted in an exciting comprehensive Unification theory based on a new solution to Einstein’s Field Equations. This groundbreaking theory, which incorporates torque, Coriolis effects and the nonlinear mathematics of fractal systems, has been delivered to the scientific community through peer-reviewed papers and presentations at international physics conferences. His research into a variety of fields including theoretical physics, cosmology, quantum mechanics, biology, chemistry and ancient civilizations has led to a coherent understanding of the fundamental structure and model of the Universe. This new view leads to an in depth change in our current perception of physics and consciousness.
Weaving together the sciences of advanced physics, cosmology, chemistry and biology as well as the wisdom and codes of the ancients, Haramein creates an exciting unified tapestry of spacetime which may prove to be one of the most important scientific, philosophical and technological discoveries of our time.
Haramein is the Director of Research at The Resonance Project, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to the exploration of unification principles and their implications in our world today. The foundation is actively developing a research park where science, sustainability, green technology and permaculture come together.
Steven Lehar, ph.d.Scientist/Independent Researcher
Steven Lehar is an independent researcher with a radical new theory of mind and brain, inspired by the observed properties of perception. These observations are confirmed by some peculiar anomalies in phenomenal perspective that appear to have escaped the notice of one and all. The implications of these observations are that the foundational assumptions of neuroscience are fundamentally in error , and that an alternative paradigm of neurocomputation will have to be formulated to account for the properties of consciousness and perception.
Amit Goswami, ph.d.Professor of physics (retired) at the University of Oregon, Eugene
Amit Goswami, Ph.D. is a professor of physics (retired) at the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR where he has served since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called science within consciousness an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe where he also solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect.
Goswami has written six other popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness. In The Visionary Window, Goswami demonstrated how science and spirituality could be integrated. In Physics of the Soul he developed a theory of survival after death and reincarnation. His book Quantum Creativity is a tour de force instruction about how to engage in both outer and inner creativity. Goswami's book, The Quantum Doctor integrates conventional and alternative medicine. His latest book, Creative Evolution is a resolution between Darwinism and intelligent design of life. Finally, in his book God is not Dead, Goswami demonstrates science’s re-discovery of God.
He was featured in the film "What the Bleep Do We Know?” and its sequel “Down the rabbit hole” as well as award winning documentary “Dalai Lama Renaissance” and the upcoming “The Quantum Activist.” www.amitgoswami.org
Jeff FosterNonduality author
Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of “spiritual enlightenment”, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years. The spiritual search came to an absolute end with the clear seeing that there is only ever Oneness. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: spontaneous, clear, joyful and fully alive, and Jeff began to write and talk about "nonduality" (which he often calls "the utterly, utterly obvious"). He holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding the spiritual search, to the nature of mind, and to the Clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humor and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future awakening, revealing the awakening that is always already present, right in the midst of life. www.lifewithoutacentre.com
Elisabet SahTouris, ph.d.Evolutionary biologist, author
Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D-- internationally known as a dynamic speaker and media personality-- is an evolution biologist, futurist, author and consultant on Living Systems Design. Dr. Sahtouris shows the relevance of biological systems to organizational design in businesses, government and global trade. Her books include A Walk Through TIme: from Stardust to Us, Biology Revisioned, co-authored with Willis Harman, and EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution. www.sahtouris.com
Cassandra Vieten, ph.d.Associate Director of Research, IONS
Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Associate Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, co-director of the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, and co-president of the Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. Her research focuses on spiritual practices and health, and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the State of California, and several private foundations.She is co-author of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008), and author of the forthcoming "Mindful Motherhood: Practical Ways to Stay Sane During Pregnancy and Your Baby’s First Year" (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).
Dean Radin, ph.d.Senior Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Dean Radin, Ph.D. is IONS' Senior Scientist. Dr. Radin earned a Masters degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign. He has held research appointments at Princeton University, Edinburgh University, University of Nevada, and several Silicon Valley industrial research labs, where he has conducted basic research on exceptional human capacities, including psychic phenomena. He has presented over a hundred lectures for popular and technical audiences around the world; his books include The Conscious Universe and the upcoming Entangled Minds. He is also the host of the Entangled Minds channel on ShiftInAction.com.
Peter Fenner, ph.d.Founder and Director of Education, Timeless Wisdom,
Palo Alto, California
Peter has a Ph.D. in the philosophical psychology of the Madhyamika school of Mahayana Buddhism. His teachers included Lama Thubten Yeshe, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Thubten Loden, Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche. He was a celibate monk for nine years. He taught Asian philosophy and psychology for over 20 years at Australian Universities and supervised numerous postgraduate students. He subsequently founded the Center for Timeless Wisdom (wisdom.org), a Californian nonprofit organization, which offers the 9 month Radiant Mind course and 9 month Nondual Teacher Training. Peter teachers in USA, Europe, Israel and Australia. His books include "Radiant Mind—Awakening the unconditioned awareness," "Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy," "The Edge of Certainty: Paradoxes on the Buddhist Path," "Essential Wisdom Teachings," "Reasoning into Reality," and "The Ontology of the Middle Way."
Peter Wrycza, ph.d.Founder-Director, Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness, Bali
Founder, International Academy for Transformational Coaching and Leadership, Bali and Moscow
Peter has been exploring the links between non-dual awareness and personal and group transformation for the past 35 years. He is the founder of the International Academy for Transformational Coaching and Leadership and the Nirarta Centre for Living Awareness in Bali, where he lives when not travelling and teaching internationally. His doctoral research concerned the role of higher states of consciousness in literary creativity and poetics. He is the author of Living Awareness: Awakening to the Roots of Learning and Perception, and co-author of When Performance Meets Alignment: A Compass for Coaching and Mentoring,Moksha, and Living in the Spirit.
Emmanuel Drouet, ph.d.Professor of Virology at the Université Joseph-Fourier (Grenoble, France)
Emmanuel Drouet, PhD, PharmD, is professor of Virology at the Université Joseph-Fourier (Grenoble, France), and previously served as biomedical Pathologist in the Institut Pasteur (Lyon, France). As scientist in EMBL laboratory (European Molecular Biology Laboratory), Dr Drouet’s research investigates the persisting viruses in human (RNA and DNA viruses) and the balance with host immune system. He focuses on their effects on humans (both their impact in pathology and their symbiotic relationships in humans). Relying on clinical observations, Drouet pioneered experiments about the positive role of some viruses (human herpesviruses, human endogenous retroviruses) on human health. His studies shed a new light on microbial agents, behaving alternatively in a cooperative or destructive way depending on the environment they find themselves in. This shows the 'universality' of biological patterns manifesting in nature throughout all the magnitudes. He has published over 65 book chapters and journal articles on clinical microbiology and immunology as well as fundamental biology.
Kaisa Puhakka, ph.d.Clinical Psychology Professor, CIIS
Kaisa Puhakka, Ph.D., is on the core faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies teaching psychotherapy and its integration with Buddhist practice. She also works with clients and supervises interns at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and in private practice. Co-author of Transpersonal knowing: Exploring the horizon of consciousness, Kaisa has published some fifty articles and book chapters in East-West philosophy and psychotherapy. The urgency of awakening has fueled her journey since her late teens when she left her native Finland for the U.S., and her ongoing inquiry draws from Zen practice, Dzogchen texts, and Krishnamurti among other sources.
Francis LucilleAdvaita Teacher
Francis speaks about one thing: awareness, our true nature, the Absolute. This is the ancient teaching of nonduality, the common ground of Advaita Vedanta, Ch'an Buddhism, Zen,Taoism and Sufism, the same common ground which is at the core of the message left behind by the founders of all great religions.
Larry Dossey, MD
This distinguished Texas physician, deeply rooted in the scientific world, has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. Bringing the experience of a practicing internist and the soul of a poet to the discourse, Dr. Larry Dossey offers panoramic insight into the nature and the future of medicine. www.dosseydossey.com
LOIBON - OL DOINYO LAETOLI LE BAABA, MHES.D
Dr./Loibon - Ol Doinyo Laetoli le Baaba is of African (Maasai) descent, born, raised, and self educated in America. He has reclaimed his tribal-aboriginal identity and cultural heritage. In doing so, le Baaba mentally and physically embodies, represents, and ideologically pays homage to the cultural diversity of all indigenous - primitive (primal) peoples. Dr./Loibon - le Baaba has lived and studied with tribal peoples in Africa, India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and Europe. Yet, beyond any exclusive tribal, social or cultural identity, wherever indigenous or tribal peoples are endangered, or the ecology is threatened le Baaba feels it is his home, and life’s purpose for being. Dr./Loibon - le Baaba is a yogi, mystic – occultist – shaman, and a Metaphysician, with an honorary Doctorate in Esoteric Metaphysics, from the University of Metaphysics, Los Angeles, California, Dr./Loibon – le Baaba is astute in the knowledge of all the worlds’ religions – a knowledge complimented by an in depth learning in Physics, Eastern and Western Philosophy, Theosophy - Occult Science, Cultural Anthropology, Tribal Psychology, and Humanities.
Shauna Shapiro, ph.d.
Shauna L. Shapiro, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, and previously served as adjunct faculty in Andrew Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Shapiro’s research investigates the clinical applications of mindfulness meditation in psychotherapy and health care. She has published over 50 book chapters and journal articles, and is co-author of the forthcoming book, The Art and Science of Mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies teaching award, acknowledging her outstanding contributions to graduate education in the area of mindfulness and psychotherapy.
RUPERT SPIRAArtist and Non-duality Teacher
From an early age Rupert was deeply interested in the nature of Reality. For twenty years he studied the teachings of Ouspensky, Krishnamurti, Rumi, Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta and Robert Adams, until he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, twelve years ago. Francis introduced Rupert to the teaching of Jean Klein, Parmenides, Wei Wu Wei and Atmananda Krishnamenon and, more importantly, directly indicated to him the true nature of experience.
Rupert’s first book, "The Transparency of Things," subtitled "Contemplating the Nature of Experience," was published last year by Non-Duality Press. He is presently working on his second book, "It is what I am." www.rupertspira.com
Zoran Josipovic, ph.d.Research scientist and professor, New York University
Zoran Josipovic, Ph.D. is a research scientist and an adjunct professor at and Psychology Dept. and Center for Neural Science, New York University. His main interests are the nature of consciousness and its relation to the brain, global versus local theories of consciousness, and the functioning of anti-correlated neural networks. Zoran is a long-term practitioner of meditation in the nondual traditions of Dzogchen, Mahamudra and Advaita Vedanta. He has also worked as a psychotherapist and a bodyworker and has taught meditation at Esalen Institute for many years.
Drew DellingerSpoken word poet, professor, writer, activist
Drew Dellinger (PhD candidate) is a poet, teacher, writer and speaker who has inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement Press. www.drewdellinger.org
Peter RussellM.A., D.C.S., F.S.P.
Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest. At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation. He has written several books in this area -- The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God. http://www.peterrussell.com
Dorothy Hunt, LCSWSpiritual Teacher and Director, Moon Mountain Sangha, Inc.
Founder, San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy
Licensed psychotherapist in practice since 1967
Dorothy Hunt, L.C.S.W. is a non-dual teacher who serves as the Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha. She teaches at the request and in the spiritual lineage of Adyashanti. Dorothy has practiced psychotherapy since 1967 and is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. She is the author of Only This!, editor of Love: A Fruit Always in Season, and a contributing author to both The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, vol. 1 and Listening from the Heart of Silence: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, vol. 2. Dorothy offers satsang, dokusan and retreats in the Bay area and elsewhere by invitation.
SHAYKHA AYSHEGUL ASHKI Al-JERRAHISufi Teacher, MA, HHP
Ashki has started Self discovery at the age 17 through TM, and continued on through various Sacred Traditions culminating in Sufism. She has been sharing Sufi teachings for the last two decades through the prompting of her teacher Dr. Lex Hixon/Sheikh Nur of Jerrahi Sufi Order, and later on his successor Sheikha Fariha. While her non-dual wisdom teachings and practices are deeply rooted in the time-tested and beautiful Islamic Sufism, she universalizes these on the shared core principles of human mystic experience. She leads Silent Retreats, participates in Interfaith and Trans-traditional Councils, and Community Service Groups. She holds a BA in Education, and an MA in Science of Creative Intelligence. She is of Turkish origin, married and has three children. She currently resides and teaches in Tustin, California.
Jeff CarreiraDirector of Education at EnlightenNext
As Director of Education at EnlightenNext, Jeff Carreira oversees the education and membership programs which support a growing global network of individuals committed to guiding humanity through an evolutionary leap in consciousness. Over the past 16 years he has become one of the leading representatives of EnlightenNext founder Andrew Cohen and his teaching of Evolutionary Enlightenment.
Tami SimonFounder and Publisher of Sounds True
Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company based in Boulder, Colorado. The company’s mission is to inspire, support, and serve continuous spiritual awakening and its expression in the world.
Tami is a founding member of the Integral Institute, a long-time member of the Social Venture Network, a Dharma Ocean Foundation board member, and a meditation instructor under the guidance of Dharma Ocean director Reggie Ray, who is carrying on the practicing lineage of Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Familiar to many as "the voice of Sounds True," Tami introduces each audio program and conducts in-studio author dialogs and podcasts. Celebrating 25 years in 2010, Sounds True has over 600 titles in spoken-word audio, books, music, DVDs, interactive learning kits, and online courses. Its collection focuses on personal healing and spiritual transformation, featuring titles by many of the leading spiritual teachers, authors, and visionary thinkers of our time.
Tami founded Sounds True on the premise that listening is one of the most powerful ways to transform consciousness, whether it is listening to healing music or the voice of an inspired spiritual teacher. She cares passionately about the common path of transformation that that is offered by all of the wisdom traditions of the world. www.soundstrue.com
Pamela speaks the Truth of advaita, non-duality - that the universe is one undivided whole. For the last ten years she has traveled widely in the United States, Canada and Europe, holding satsang and giving private sessions. Week-long retreats have been held in Mexico, Costa Rica, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. She has endeared herself to many through her lighthearted humor and compassion, and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.pamelasatsang.com
Master Puppetji speaks to all. His insightful and useless “Socksangs” are light-hearted reminders that help us open our eyes to a new way of SEEING. A master at squashing illusion with Wizdumb, humor and meaningless insights, Puppetji cuts through the spiritual mumbo-jumbo and gets right to The Truth: According to Puppetji. Considered to be one of our last great enlightened masters, Puppetji selflessly delivers his meaningless words of Wizdumb to anyone who will listen and even those who don’t. Puppetji’s message is simple: “You take life too seriously…Enlighten-up”. www.puppetji.com
Florian Tathagata Schlosser
For about 7 years Florian Tathagata and his life companion Julia have travelled around the world untiringly inviting seekers to recognize in their own experience who they really are and to live as an embodiment of truth in everyday life. w
Robert Dittler, ph.d.
Once upon a time there was a guy named Robert M. Dittler. He entered this realm in San Francisco, California, USA and has since lived in many parts Earth. The universe is his home. He earned a Classical Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, making him somewhat "competent" till the 12th Century CE or so. Later, he finished a Masters of Arts program in Counseling and Guidance. Finally, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophical Psychology. He has taught in many different levels and settings: Home-Hospital, US Navy Air Craft carriers and ships at-sea, typical classrooms (high school and college), serving the Learning Handicapped as well as educating in Latin, English, and Psychology. Currently, when not visiting India or Nepal, he may be found in a seminar room facilitating a communication workshop for the general public or corporate types. He is a Yoga and Soto Zen practitioner. His main interest is belief systems: their creation, reformulation, and replacement in the service of increasing one's own integrity. Robert's wide and varied experience and his personable manner make his workshops challenging, memorable and delightful.
Jay MichaelsonDirector of Nehirim: GLBT Jewish Culture & Spirituality and author of "Everything is God: The Radical Path of Nondual Judaism"
Jay Michaelson is, according to the Forward newspaper, one of the "fifty people creating the Judaism of the twenty-first century." A contemporary theologian, queer religious activist, journalist, and scholar, Jay's work has been on the covers of Tikkun, the Huffington Post, Reality Sandwich, the CNN Religion Blog, and Religion Dispatches magazine this year. He is completing his Ph.D. at Hebrew University, and has studied and taught Kabbalah for fifteen years, from Yale University to Burning Man. He is the founder of Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture; Nehirim, the largest national provider of programming for GLBT Jews; and Wasabi Systems, a software company. Among other degrees, Jay holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an MFA from Sarah Lawrence. In 2008-09, he completed five months of silent retreat in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition, mostly in Nepal.
Judith Blackstone, ph.d.Center for Spiritual Psychotherapy and Embodiment, NYC
Faculty, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Founder of Realization Process
Judith Blackstone, Ph.D., developed Realization Process and has taught it throughout the United States and Europe, and at Esalen Institute since 1987. She has been a clinical psychotherapist for over twenty-five years, and is on the faculty of the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She is the author of The Subtle Self The Enlightenment Process; Living Intimately The Empathic Ground: Intersubjectivity and Nonduality in the Psychotherapeutic Process and “Intersubjectivity and Nonduality in the Psychotherapeutic Relationship” in Listening from the Heart of Silence (Paragon House, 2007) and the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology (2006).
Don Nelson Page, ph.d.Professor at the Dept. of Physics, University of Alberta
Don Nelson Page went from small villages in Alaska to William Jewell College for a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics in 1967. He completed a Ph.D. in physics and astronomy in 1976 at Caltech, under the supervision of Kip Thorne and Stephen Hawking. He was a postdoc under Hawking at the University of Cambridge until taking up a physics faculty position at Penn State University in 1979, moving in 1990 to the University of Alberta, where he does research in black holes and cosmology.
Bernard Haisch, ph.d.Astrophysicist/Author
Bernard Haisch, Ph.D., is an astrophysicist and author of over 130 scientific publications. He served as a scientific editor of the Astrophysical Journal for ten years, and was Principal Investigator on several NASA research projects. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Haisch did postdoctoral research at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. His professional positions include Staff Scientist at the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory; Deputy Director of the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley; and Visiting Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institut fuer Extraterrestrische Physik in Garching, Germany. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration. Prior to his career in astrophysics, Haisch attended the Latin School of Indianapolis and the St. Meinrad Seminary as a student for the Catholic priesthood. His first book, The God Theory, received excellent reviews. His new book, The Purpose-Guided Universe: Believing in Einstein, Darwin and God came out in May.
Pim van Lommel, MDCardiologist/Author
Pim van Lommel, M.D., born in 1943, graduated in 1971 at the University of Utrecht, and finished his specialization in cardiology in 1976. He worked from 1977-2003 as a cardiologist in the Hospital Rijnstate, Arnhem, the Netherlands, and is now doing full-time research on the mind-brain relation. He published several articles on cardiology, but since he started his research on near-death experiences (NDE) in survivors of cardiac arrest in 1986 he is the author of over 20 articles (most of them in Dutch), one book and several chapters about NDE. See also www.pimvanlommel.nl. In November 2007 his book ‘Endless Consciousness’ (Eindeloos Bewustzijn) was published in The Netherlands, which is a bestseller with more than 125.000 copies sold. The book will be published in the English by Harper Collins in June 2010, entitled: Consciousness beyond Life. The science of the near-death Experience.
Bernard BaarsThe Neurosciences Institute San Diego
Dr. Bernard J. Baars is former Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. He is interested in human language, the brain basis of consciousness, volition, and a variety of related topics. Baars pioneered a cognitive theory of consciousness called Global Workspace Theory, which is widely cited in philosophical and scientific sources. Together with William P. Banks, Baars has edited the journal Consciousness & Cognition for more than fifteen years. He has written an introductory text for cognitive neuroscience, called Cognition, Brain & Consciousness: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. (Baars & Gage, Eds. San Diego, Calif.: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2007). Baars was founding President of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. (See www.nsi.edu/users/baars and http://bernardbaars.pbwiki.com)
Stephen LaBerge, Ph.D.Founder of The Lucidity Institute
Stephen LaBerge is the first scientist to empirically prove the existence of the phenomena of lucid dreaming. His work has developed this technique into a powerful tool for studying mind-body relationships in the dream state and he has demonstrated the considerable potential for lucid dreaming in the fields of psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine. His book on the subject, Lucid Dreaming, Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming and his more academic Conscious Mind, Sleeping Brain have received enormous popular interest. He is the founder of The Lucidity Institute, an organization that promotes research into lucid dreaming, as well as running courses for the general public on how to achieve a lucid dream.
Frank Echenhofer received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University in 1985. He has been a clinical research associate at Temple University and has been in private practice since 1985. His specializations, which bridge east-west psychology, are in the general areas of eastern and western comparative psychology, philosophy, and psychophysiology. He has done research in exceptional and deficit attention (ADHD, mild brain injury, single-pointed concentration and visualization meditation), EEG biofeedback for normalizing the EEG associated with attention and arousal level problems, and EEG assisted self-regulation methods for creativity, meditation facilitation, imagery self-regulation, and experimental transpersonal psychology. Frank has conducted research with Tibetan Buddhist meditators in India and meditators from the United States. He has lectured and written articles on the physiology and phenomenology of meditation, the integration of developmental and transpersonal psychologies, comparative biological psychology, and Eastern psychology.
Chuck Hillig is a modern spiritual teacher, author and licensed psychotherapist whose clarity of expression has earned him the admiration and praise of many notable writers and lecturers in this area. Chuck writes personally and directly about the essence of non-dual spirituality and presents its astonishing truths to the average reader in ways that are totally unique, completely accessible and absolutely life-changing. Using his studies in both eastern philosophy and western psychology, Chuck’s five unique books present a world view that shows his readers how to fully live a truly enlightened and authentic life in the 21st Century by waking up to who they really are. His books and interviews about non-dualism have been published in nine languages. Chuck appears in the new Leap 3.0 movie as well as in many recent videos on youtube. Website: www.chuckhillig.com
Scott Kiloby is a "Non-Dual" author/teacher from Southern Indiana (USA). He is the author of "Love's Quiet Revolution: The End of the Spiritual Search” and "Reflections of the One Life: Daily Pointers to Enlightenment." He is also the creator of a revolutionary addiction recovery method called Natural Rest. His book, "Natural Rest: Finding Recovery Through Presence," is scheduled for release in early 2011. www.kiloby.com
John Prendergast, ph.d.Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
Senior Editor of The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence
John J. Prendergast, Ph.D, is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at CIIS, and the senior editor of (with P. Fenner and S. Krystal) and contributor to The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy (2003) and (with K. Bradford) Listening from the Heart of Silence (2007). He has a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael and runs several self-inquiry groups. His primary teachers have been Jean Klein and Adyashanti. www.listeningfromsilence.com
Kenneth Bradford, ph.d.Psychologist in Private Practice, Lafayette, California
Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Holistic Studies, John F. Kennedy University
Ken Bradford, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice, specializing in Existential-Contemplative psychotherapy. In addition to teaching professional trainings in this specialization, he is an Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University; formerly, Co-Director of Maitri Psychotherapy Institute. Ken has been a practitioner in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, particularly dzogchen, for over 30 years, and is in the vanguard applying meditative and non-dual sensibilities to the practice of psychotherapy. His recent publications include editorship (with John Prendergast) of, Listening from the heart of silence: Nondual wisdom and psychotherapy and authorship of several articles exploring the interface of Western and Buddhist psychologies.
Marti Spiegelman, MFAwww.martispiegelman.org; www.awakeningvalue.com
Marti Spiegelman MFA brings nearly four decades of specialized training in shamanic traditions and related fields to her current work as a training professional, mentor, speaker, and founder and host of Awakening Value™: Shamanic Technologies of Consciousness and Success on the VoiceAmerica™ Web Radio Network. She is also founder of Shaman’s Light™, a professional training program dedicated to the evolution of consciousness and the creation of abundance through passion-based work.
Marti holds a BA in biochemistry from Harvard and an MFA in graphic design from the Yale. She has advanced training in psychology, anthropology, and neurophysiology. Marti’s interest in the evolution of consciousness springs from her scientific background and her business experience combined with her initiation into the powerful teachings of indigenous shamans and diviners from around the world, including the Arctic, South America, Nepal, Africa, and Siberia. Marti’s insights into shamanic technologies, the related miracles of neurobiology, and our human capacity to create and evolve provide the inspiration for the discussions she leads in her own training programs and in talks around the world. She was named the 2010 Cambridge Registry Executive Professional of the Year for her work in applying the principles of consciousness to the evolution of business and environmental action.
Carol WhitfieldAdvaita Vedanta teacher
During the 1970s, Radha studied Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit with Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Since her return from India, she has taught Vedanta extensively on both coasts and was one of the founders and the administrative manager of Sandeepany West, Institute for the Study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, located in Piercy, California, and later, of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Institute for the Study of Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit, in Pennsylvania. She currently teaches Advaita Vedanta and Sanskrit in California. She is a faculty member of the East West Psychology Department at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she teaches Advaitia Vedanta and Spiritual Counseling.
Jerry Katz received an M.S. in biology from the University of New Mexico where he conducted the University’s initial research into the pineal gland. In childhood he had initiations into his existence as “I Am.” In his late twenties he spent two years attending to “I Am” while working a stressful job. At age 45, the “I Am” dropped away. At 48, in 1997, he was moved to present nonduality in a way that was accessible, and started nonduality.com. He is also the editor of One: Essential Writings on Nonduality, and publisher and co-editor of the Nonduality Highlights. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he organizes regular nonduality gatherings
Ian J. Grand, Program, PH.D.Program Director of the Somatic Psychology, CIIS
Ian J. Grand received his M.A. (1984) in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and his Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Psychology from the Union Institute. He has taught at various colleges in the Bay Area and was director of the Center for Educational Alternatives at San Francisco State University. Ian is director of the Social Somatics Research Project, where he explores the relationship between social forms and physiological function. In his research he studies how literature, music, art, and the media affect cultural- and self-enactment. He is interested in the somatic aspects of interpersonal and intercultural relations, and is developing somatic contributions to psychodynamic theory. Ian is co-editor with Don Hanlon Johnson of The Body in Psychotherapy: Inquiries in Somatic Psychology. His doctoral research examines collaborative creativity.
Ian is also is a painter, musician, and philosopher. He has been a leader in experimental education since the 1960s when he was one of the first directors of the Experimental College at San Francisco State.
Peter Francis DziubanAuthor/lecturer on Consciousness
Peter’s work focuses on the distinction between Infinite Consciousness or Awareness, seen as timeless, formless, Absolute—and so-called human sensory consciousness, said to involve form, time, and other finite phenomena.
His work on Infinity has resulted in a new definition, rarely considered in science, math or philosophy—yet which provides an undeniable mathematical/scientific “glimpse” at nonduality.
Peter’s book, Consciousness Is All, and other writings are a thorough examination of this subject, with an experiential bias, enabling readers to experience for themselves. He lectures around the country and maintains a website www.ConsciousnessIsAll.com and blog, “Reality Check.”
Mokshananda, for the last 11 years, is a spiritual teacher by the request of Adyashanti. In addition, since 2008, by the request of Ken Wilber, he is a spiritual teacher at the Integral Institute’s Integral Spiritual Center. Mokshananda’s work includes 12 years with an ayahuascan shaman and 20 years with Siddha Yoga master Gurumayi Chidvalasananda. He also practices as a clinical psychotherapist and is an advisor to the Baumann Insitute.
Rick Doblin, Ph.D.Founder and Director of the nonprofit organization the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Rick Doblin, Ph.D. is the Founder and Director of the nonprofit organization the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. His dissertation (Public Policy, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government) was on "The Regulation of the Medical Use of Psychedelics and Marijuana." Rick studied with Stan Grof, M.D., and was in the first group to become certified as holotropic breathwork practitioners. MAPS’ goal is to develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise "healthy" people. Rick aspires to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist.
Matthew Baggott, Ph.D.Neuroscientist at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
Matthew Baggott PhD is one of a small number of scientists in the world who administers psychedelics to healthy people in a laboratory setting in order to better understand how these substances affect consciousness. He earned a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California Berkeley and a bachelors degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has published in prestigious medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has written book chapters in Ecstasy: the Complete Guide and the Handbook of Neurotoxicology.
Lisa is currently the Abbott of Living Miracles Monastery located in Duchesne, Utah, and is a teacher of A Course in Miracles. She has traveled throughout the world teaching and demonstrating how to live consistently in the miracle. www.miracles-monastery.org
James Fadiman, Ph.D.Author/Reseacher
James Fadiman, Ph.D. author/editor of The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic Journeys (Park Street Press, 2011), has been guiding and researching entheogenic journeys for decades. He cofounded The Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, does management consulting, has taught at Stanford, Brandeis and San Francisco State and has written textbooks, a psychedelic novel (The Other Side of Haight), a self-help book and a play. Currently he is researching ways to use extremely low doses of psychedelics and amassing profiles of present day psychedelic drug users.
Kenneth D. JohnsonThisSacredSpace.org
For thirty-one years Kenny Johnson's most fervent desire was to hear his name "ringing in the streets" as a hustler, thief, and pimp. Beginning in his early teens, he was arrested thirty-seven times and spent the majority of those years in prison. Running parallel with that desire was a persistent seed of spiritual longing that would not leave him alone. In 1995, while still behind prison walls, Kenny experienced a spiritual awakening so profound that it transformed not only his prior conditioning as a criminal but his very field of consciousness. In the vast stillness that overwhelmed his mind and heart, he witnessed with intimate clarity the bondage the entire human experience is subject to and exactly where eternal freedom can be found. As a speaker and an author, he now shares that understanding intimately with his audiences. Kenny is currently the founder of "This Sacred Space," a non-profit organization that facilitates meditation and self-inquiry groups both in and out of prisons.
Prema Akasha, PhDCreative Director, Open Gate Sangha
Prema Akasha is a musician, artist, and poet who holds a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and is the Creative Director of Open Gate Sangha, the organization that supports the Zen-inspired teachings of Adyashanti. Exploring nondual creative expression for over 15 years, her inspiration flows into many channels including drawing, collage, poetry, singing, website and graphic design, and even rap music. Prema offers occasional exhibits, performances, concerts, and classes in the San Franscisco Bay Area, and her music and poetry have been a highlight at Adyashanti’s silent retreats since 1999. www.premaspace.com
Peggy La Cerra, PhDDirector of the Center for Evolutionary Neuroscience Peggy La Cerra is the Director of the Center for Evolutionary Neuroscience, a research and educational nonprofit that examines human nature and the human condition from the perspective of an energetic (thermodynamic) evolutionary model of the neurocognitive architecture. She is also a columnist for Spirituality & Health Magazine (‘Our Evolving Selves’) and a neuroscientific consultant to The Baumann Institute
ALLAN COOMBS, PHDProfessor, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA Allan Combs is a Professor of Transformative Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His background is in consciousness studies, neuropsychology, and systems science. Professor Combs is author of over 100 articles, chapters, and books on consciousness and the brain, including The Radiance of Being (2ed), winner of the best-book award of the Scientific and Medical Network of the UK, and Mind in Time: The Dynamics of Thought, Reality, and Consciousness, with Mark Germine and Ben Geortzel and the recent book, Consciousness Explained Better.
NATALIE GELDFounder of WhyAreWeWhispering.com Natalie Geld lifts the skirt of consciousness as writer, communications specialist and educator, and has spent much of her life fostering educational opportunities for manifesting effective communication skills and actualizing vivid human potential. She co-founded & taught Effective Communication Seminars at The New Teachers Institute, which reached hundreds of educators nationally. Her news segments have appeared on worldwide networks such as ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MTV, FOX, E!, and BET. She’s designed, written, founded, and stimulated funding for educational, literacy and creative writing programs which provide ongoing employment for published writers of all genres as well as enrichment and opportunity for underserved youth including PenUSA’s ‘PEN in the Classroom’ and the Bay area’s ‘Strong Point.’ Nat’s currently developing Why Consciousness Organization, writing her book series Why Are We Whispering? Spark a Dialogue Toward Sexual & Emotional Evolution and editorial director of her eMag Why Are We Whispering.com.
PRADEEP APTE, PHDAuthor “Pradeep” in Sanskrit means “Light” and that is where my Guru Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj brought me back to and revealed the true meaning of my name. The prologue of “The Nisargadatta Gita” briefly describes my spiritual quest, the book is available for free download at: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-nisargadatta-gita/3744366
I am a professional Biochemist with a PhD in assisted reproduction and running a diagnostic laboratory at Medicare Center , Indore ( India ). My wife Archana is a software specialist working for a US based firm. We have two children, daughter Aditi studying in University of California at San Diego and son Sanat in Columbia University at NY.
Edouard Asseo, PHD.Telecomunication Engineer in Philosophy Epistemology
The author is a French retired Telecommunication engineer. As soon as he stopped working he attended the cursus of philosophy at the University of Nice France and became doctor with a thesis : Theory of consciousness. Studying Hegel made him realize the vicinity of these ideas with the theories of modern physics. - This intuition was structured in his thesis which is published as 4 books and has been presented in several conferences in France, Spain, UK and USA.