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Ram Dass, Ph.D.
International lecturer, author, and a leading Western
exponent of ancient Eastern philosophies. He has founded two organizations, Seva and The Hanuman Foundation, dedicated to promoting social action and to alleviate human suffering. He is author of Grist for the Mill, Still Here: Embracing Changing, Aging and Dying, and other books.

Lew Epstein  Well known public speaker for more than 50 years. He is Founder and Co-Leader, with his wife Francine, of Men's and Women's Clubs in the USA and Europe on the subject of relationships, co-founder of a nonprofit organization called The Partnership Foundation, and author of Trusting You Are Loved - Practices for Partnership.

Arun & Sunanda Gandhi  Founders of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.  Arun, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is also author of Testament to Trust, co-publisher of the Suburban Echo and editor of World Without Violence: Can Gandhiís Dream Become A Reality?

Thich Nhat Hanh Buddhist monk, poet, peace activist, and the author of Being Peace, Miracle of Mindulness, and many other books. He lives in a monastic community in southern France known as Plum Village, where he teaches, writes, gardens and works to help refugees worldwide. He conducts retreats worldwide on the art of mindful living.

The Very Rev. Alan Jones  Dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Fr. Jones was the director and founder of the Center for Christian Spirituality at the General Theological Seminary.  Honorary Canon of Chartres Cathedral in France, his most recent book is The Soulís Journey: Exploring the
Three Passages of Spiritual Life with Dante as a Guide.

Fr. Maximillian Mizzi, O.F.M. Conv.  Franciscan priest from Assisi, Italy. He is Founder and Delegate general for Ecumenicism for the International Franciscan Center for Dialogue, and has associated with world religious and political leaders to spread the message of peace.

Jyoti (Jeneane Prevatt, Ph.D.)  Author of An Angel Called My Name, is a devotee of the Mother. Holding sacred her Cherokee lineage, she teaches indigenous spiritual practices that evoke a state of prayer and healing. She is spiritual director and co-founder of Kayumari, a spiritual healing community in Northern California, and has served as director of the Spiritual Emergence Network.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross,  M.D.  Best known as the pioneer and founder of the movement to bring awareness to death and dying in our modern world. A Swiss medical doctor, her bestseller, On Death and Dying, was the first of many acclaimed books she authored on the subject.

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi  Rabbi; Founder and President of the Spiritual Eldering Institute; Professor Emeritus of Religion at Temple University; leader of the Jewish Renewal Movement. He held the World Wisdom Chair at the Naropa Institute from 1996 to 1999 and is currently professor of Religious Studies there. Author of Paradigm Shift, From Age-ing to Sage-ing, Gate to the Heart and Spiritual Intimacy.

Tu Weiming  Professor of Chinese History and Philosophy, member of the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, and director of the  thought as a spiritual resource for the emerging global community.