Meditation as a Path to Enlightenment: An Interfaith Symposium


Tulku Sherdor

Tulku Sherdor is the executive director of Blazing Wisdom Institute.  Born in Montreal, Canada, he has studied Buddhist philosophy and practiced meditation intensively since 1981. He is a heart disciple of the crazy wisdom master Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, and an enthroned reincarnate lama at a major monastery in Tibet. Tulku presides over the annual Buddhist Prayer Festival for World Peace and teaches extensively internationally.

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.

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.

Don Mackenzie

Pastor Don Mackenzie, PhD, is devoting himself to interfaith work after retiring as Minister and Head of Staff of University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle. Previously, he served congregations in Hanover, New Hampshire, and Princeton, New Jersey. Ordained in 1970, he is a graduate of Macalester College, Princeton Theological Seminary and New York University. His interest in interfaith work began while a student at Macalester and continued while living and teaching in Sidon, Lebanon, in the year prior to the Six-Day War in 1967. His country music band, Life’s Other Side, recorded the sound track for the documentary film Family Name, and has sung at the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

Alan Godlas (Abd al-Haqq)

Alan 'Abd al-Haqq Godlas, PhD, has been involved in traditional Sufi practice and its academic study for 40 years. He has been authorized to teach in the Naqshbandi and Shadhili lineages, is the founder of Sufis Without Borders—an international online community of Sufis—and also teaches Sufism at the University of Georgia.