Prayer as a Path to Bliss: an Interfaith Symposium


Rabbi Ted Falcon

Rabbi Ted Falcon, PhD, a popular teacher of Jewish meditation and spirituality, founded two meditative synagogues: Makom Ohr Shalom, a synagogue focusing on Jewish spirituality in Los Angeles, and Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue in Seattle. Ordained at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and later earning a doctorate in Psychology, Rabbi Ted focuses on universal Jewish spiritual teachings, and has been active in interfaith work his entire career. His work bridges spirituality and psychology, and his books include Judaism For Dummies and A Journey of Awakening: Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tree of Life and others. 

With Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, he is one of the Interfaith Amigos.

Imam Jamal Rahman

Jamal Rahman iis co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. Imam Jamal is a spiritual counselor who has a passion for interfaith work and travels internationally, presenting spiritual teachings at retreats and workshops. His books include The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam and Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Qur’an with Reflections from Christian and Jewish Sources, Spiritual Gems of Islam, and others.With Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie, he is one of the Interfaith Amigos.

Heinz Nussbaumer

Heinz Nussbaumer is a prominent Austrian editor and author of several books on inter-cultural and inter-religious topics. For more than two decades he criss-crossed the sky as Foreign Affairs Editor of the influential Austrian newspaper KURIER, than − for a decade − he was Spokesman for two Presidents of Austria. Now, Prof. Nussbaumer is Publisher of Die FURCHE, a spiritual-oriented weekly. His most famous book, translated in many languages, is Der Moench in Mir [A Monk Inside Me], dedicated to his regular pilgrimages to the Holy Mt. Athos, now for 28years. Nußbaumer is a personal friend of the Dalai Lama and a regular interlocutor of top religious leaders in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.    

Joe Dispenza

Dr. Joe Dispenza, D.C. is a neuroscientist, chiropractor, author, and lecturer. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Dispenza has lectured worldwide, educating people about the role and function of the human brain and how to re-program their thinking through scientifically proven neuro-physiologic principles. He is the author of Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind (he has also released a DVD by the same name). His most recent book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One is an Amazon bestseller.

As one of the scientists, researchers, and teachers featured in the award winning film, “What the BLEEP Do We Know!?,” Dr. Dispenza also has guest appearances in the theatrical directors cut, “What the BLEEP Down the Rabbit Hole” as well as the extended Quantum Edition DVD set, “What the BLEEP Down the Rabbit Hole”. Dr Joe is also featured in the newly released film, The People v. The State of Illusion.

Swami Brahmananda

Swami Brahmananda is the manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and a senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as Meditation Immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.

Silvia Nakkach

Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT, has cultivated a voice that transports the listeners into the heart of devotion. She is an award-winning composer and voice-culturist, author, former psychotherapist, and a pioneer in the field of sound, consciousness, and music shamanism. She is the founding director of Vox Mundi School of the Voice, an international project devoted to teaching and preserving sacred music traditions with schools throughout the world. She has created and is in the faculty of the Sound, Voice, Music Healing Certificate at the California Institute of Integral Studies.