Beyond Limits: A Portal Beyond Pain

Amy EdelsteinBlog, Evolutionary Spirituality

Mindfulness & Trauma - contemplative practice to go beyond limits

While we usually think of going beyond limits as something reserved for elite athletes performing feats of physical daring, the courageous spirit and self-determination that make such deeds possible can be found in individuals from all walks of life and in every scenario that tests the strength of the human soul. The following story is a profoundly inspiring example of … Read More

Calling for More Conscience on a Difficult Issue: Rigoberta Menchu Tum

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

 Amy Edelstein interviews Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum Equally at home with President Jaques Chirac and indigenous peoples from around the world, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Nobel Laureate and activist, stands out for her uncompromising ability to build bridges and bring the issues of the poor and often forgotten peoples of the world forward with strength, dignity, and fortitude. After the … Read More

A God-Shaped Hole at the Heart of Our Being

Amy EdelsteinBlog, Dialogues, Evolutionary Spirituality

An interview with theologian Dr. John Haught. Standing in front of the annual Metanexus conference on science and religion at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, Dr. John F. Haught cut a quiet and impressive figure. One of the more passionate proponents of an evolved and evolving spirituality, Haught is personally committed to dissecting what he feels are the gross … Read More

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