Meditation as a Path to Enlightenment: An Interfaith Symposium


Tulku Sherdor

Tulku Sherdor is the executive director of Blazing Wisdom Institute in Delancey, New York. A student of Buddhist philosophy and meditation from a very young age, he is a renowned scholar and interpreter of Tibetan Buddhist teachings into English. He is a heart disciple of the crazy wisdom master Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, an enthroned reincarnate lama at a monastery in Tibet. Tulku presides over the annual Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering and teaches extensively worldwide.

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.

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.

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.

With Imam Jamal Rahman and Rabbi Ted Falcon, he is one of the Interfaith Amigos.

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.