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Conversations in the Spirit

Lex Hixon's WBAI 'In the Spirit' Interviews: A Chronicle of the Seventies Spiritual Revolution
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Monkfish
 | 
June, 2016
ISBN:
9781939681539
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$28.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Armed with a generous heart, subtle mind, and a PhD in comparative religion from Columbia, Lex Hixon, as host for WBAI's In the Spirit was able to interview and skillfully probe the leading spiritual lights of the seventies. Roughly 25 of those interviews, thoughtfully and cleanly edited by Sheila Hixon, widow of host Lex Hixon, appear here for the first time in print. Included are short bios and photos.

The book documents the unprecedented arrival of eastern spiritual teachers in North America during the 1970s and shows how and why they influenced the culture at large in such profound ways. If yoga studios are nowadays as prolific as Starbucks coffee shops, much is owed not only to the seventies as a decade, but also to the work of Lex Hixon via his WBAI program In the Spirit who did as much as anyone to broadcast the spiritual revolution that was already well underway. Finely edited for maximum readability and spiritual impact, these interviews are the next best thing to in person teachings from beloved spiritual teachers.

Conversations in the Spirit, a record of roughly a decade in North American spiritual history, will of be of great interest to historical and cultural researchers and of some heartfelt value for the followers of many of the still living teachers including Ram Dass, Bernie Glassman, Daniel Berrigan, and Brother David Steindl-Rast. Prominent interviews include: Mother Theresa, Swami Muktananda, Swami Satchidananda, Pir Vilayat Khan, Zalman Schachter, Tarthang Tulku, Kalu Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, David Spangler, Peter and Eileen Cady, Allen Ginsberg, Stephen Gaskin, Huston Smith, and Alan Watts.

“Deeply spiritual, educated in many spiritual traditions, and immersed in all that was new and alive in ‘70s culture, Hixon had hoped to open, with Bernie Glassman, an interfaith center, the House of One People, and serve as its spiritual director; his death from cancer forestalled these plans… It offers a profound and intimate experience of the evolution of religious thought and spiritual growth in America, and a look at how media programming has the potential to serve as an instrument of grace in troubled times.”—Foreword Reviews

A treasure trove of high-end pointers toward the ineffable in theory and practice.”—Publishers Weekly

Publisher’s Description: 

Armed with a generous heart, subtle mind, and a PhD in comparative religion from Columbia, Lex Hixon, as host for WBAI's In the Spirit, was able to interview and skillfully probe the leading spiritual lights of the seventies and beyond. Twenty-five of those interviews, finely edited, appear here for the first time in print. Includes short bios and photos. Interviewees include Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Daniel Berrigan, Swami Muktananda, Kalu Rinpoche, and Stephen Gaskin, among others. Lex Hixon was an accomplished spiritual practitioner, scholar, and author who explored the great religious traditions extensively. He published nine books and spent seventeen years hosting the radio program In the Spirit.

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