Transforming the Seeds of Corruption

Amy EdelsteinBlog, Cultural Development, Dialogues, Featured Posts, Traditional Spirituality, Values, Ethics, Morals

Brother Wayne Teasdale

An interview with Brother Wayne Teasdale   “We have a universal responsibility to speak out when we see injustice, oppression, and the abuse of human rights, the rights of the earth, and other species,” writes an impassioned Brother Wayne Teasdale in his book The Mystic Heart. “Personally, I find the silence [on the crisis in Tibet] disturbing and morally indefensible; it … Read More

Can’t Possibly Do That! The Heavens Will Fall In!

Amy EdelsteinBlog, Cultural Development, Dialogues, Social Activism, Values, Ethics, Morals

Amy Edelstein interviews MP Ray Swark, leader of the South African anti-apartheid movement The dismantling of apartheid rule in South Africa is one of the recent decades’ greatest models of social evolution. It was as if the sleeping world stretched and heaved off a great weight, and did so without massive bloodshed, hatred, or deeper scars marked into the human psyche. … Read More

Helen Suzman: Politician, Social Revolutionary & Change Maker

Amy EdelsteinBlog, Cultural Development, Diversity Podcast, Philosophers & Mystics

“I didn’t take any risks!” was perhaps the most provocative thing politician, social activist, and radically independent thinking Helen Suzman could have said to me. In case you are not familiar with her history and accomplishments, the late Helen Suzman, member of South African Parliament for thirty-six years, was the sole Progressive Party member in opposition to the apartheid regime … Read More

Dr. Jose Cabezon on Gay Buddhist Ethics & Gender Identity

Amy EdelsteinBlog, Cultural Development, Diversity Podcast, Philosophers & Mystics, Social Activism

Buddhist views on gender

This article was originally printed in EnlightenNext magazine. On June 11, 1997, in San Francisco, gay Buddhist activists met with H.H. the Dalai Lama to take the revered Tibetan Buddhist leader to task for his position that gay sexuality was in violation of Buddhist sexual ethics. In his bookBeyond Dogma, the Dalai Lama cites Buddhist rules that classify homosexual activity … Read More

The Back of the Synagogue Is Not the Back of the Bus

Amy EdelsteinBlog, Diversity Podcast, Philosophers & Mystics

An interview with Esther Kosovsky, educator, and Tamar Frankiel, President of Academy of Jewish Religion. “She converted to Orthodox Judaism after being a feminist!?” my colleagues exclaimed to me. “We have to speak with her!” We were discussing the work of Tamar Frankiel, author and educator, whose book The Voice of Sarah portrays the purpose and meaning in the traditional roles for women in … Read More