The Ultimate Goal: Enlightenment, Salvation, Self Realization, or Something Else?

Presenter(s)

Sri Swami Medhananda Puri

Sri Swami Medhananda Puri is a distinguished traditional teacher of Vedanta. In 1979, he joined the Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh, India, where he was initiated into the Kailash monastic order. Over the years, he served as acharya at the ashram and in 1987, he was promoted to Treasurer and Manager. He has mastered the Vyakaranam, Mimamsa, Nyaya, Sankhya sastras, Advaita philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, ten principal Upanisads, and Brahma Sutras. A teacher of teachers, many of his students have become acharyas who are now teaching around the world.

http://www.samskriti.org

Daniel Matt

Daniel Matt, PhD, is one of the world's leading authorities on Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, and has been widely featured in the media. The author of more than a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality, he is currently engaged in an immense project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the masterpiece of the Kabbalah, for which he has been honored with a National Jewish Book Award.

Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell, CP, is the executive director of the Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious order. Fr. Mitchell studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His work includes presenting retreats in Christian spirituality, meditation courses, workshops in the new cosmology, and religious environmental programs.

http://www.earthandspiritcenter.org

Rodney Devenish (Karma Kunzang Palden Rinpoche)

Karma Kunzang Palden Rinpoche (Rodney Devenish) is one of the three spiritual directors of the Dharma Fellowship of H.H the Gyalwa Karmapa. He is co-founder of The Hermitage, a meditation retreat center in B.C., Canada and an elder disciple of the late Karma Namgyal Rinpoche of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

http://www.dharmafellowship.org

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.

http://www.jamalrahman.com