Prayer as a Path to Bliss: an Interfaith Symposium


Rabbi Ted Falcon

Rabbi Ted Falcon, a Reform rabbi for more than 45 years, holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has explored the interface of spirituality and psychology as a congregational rabbi and as a psychotherapist. With his colleagues Imam Jamal Rahman and Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted has written two books, including Religion Gone Astray: What We Found at the Heart of Interfaith, and presents interfaith and inter-spiritual programs at universities and houses of worship across the United States and abroad. Rabbi Ted lives, writes, and teaches in Seattle, Washington.

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

Imam Jamal Rahman

Imam Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relation, who has been featured in the New York Times and on the BBC and various NPR programs. 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 travels internationally, presenting spiritual teachings at retreats and workshops. His books include The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam and, with Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie, Getting to the Heart of Interfaith: The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and an Imam.

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
Joe Dispenza, DC, is a doctor of chiropractic with a background in biochemistry and postgraduate training in neuroscience, brain function, memory formation, and longevity. Featured in the award-winning movie What the BLEEP Do We Know!?, he is the author of Evolve Your Brain; Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself; and You Are the Placebo. Dr. Joe oversees a busy chiropractic clinic near Olympia, Washington, engages in research on the effects of meditative states, and lectures worldwide, teaching how to reprogram our thinking through scientifically-proven neurophysiological principles.

Swami Brahmananda

Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and 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 is an award-winning composer and voice-culturist, author, and a pioneer in the field of sound, consciousness, and music shamanism. She is the founding director of Vox Mundi Mystery School of the Voice, an international project devoted to teaching and preserving sacred musical traditions. Silvia has pioneered the integration of yogic chanting with somatic and music psychotherapy, and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where she created and coordinates the Sound, Voice, and Music Healing Certificate program.