John Elliot Bradshaw was an American educator, counselor, motivational speaker, and author. He was active in the self-help movement, and was credited with popularizing such ideas as the “wounded inner child” and the dysfunctional family. He hosted a number of PBS television programs on topics such as addiction, recovery, codependency, and spirituality.
Huston Smith was an American scholar of comparative religions whose book, The World’s Religions, has sold over two million copies and remains one of the most popular introductions to comparative religion.
Leonard Cohen was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen was inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He was a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honour.
“Leonard Cohen was the most beautiful man I have ever known. His company was quickening in every way. The elegance and the seductiveness were the least of it. The example of his poise was overwhelming, more an achievement than a disposition, and much more than an affair of style.