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In Memoriam - Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier
September 10, 1928 – May 7, 2019

Jean Vanier, CC, GOQ, was a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. In 1964 he founded L’Arche, an international federation of communities for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them; and he co-founded Faith and Light with Marie-Hélène Mathieu, a Christian charity for people with learning disabilities. Today L’Arche (“the ark”) has 150 communities in 38 countries, supporting 3,500 people with learning disabilities with day services as well as residential homes. Most of the communities are small and residents often stay for decades.

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In Memoriam - Barbara Marx Hubbard

Barbara Marx Hubbard
December 22, 1929 – April 10, 2019

"It’s strange to use the words ‘untimely death’ about someone who would have been 90 in December, but there was nothing old about Barbara. She was one of the most youthfully optimistic people I’ve ever known.

In one sense, she was born at the wrong time, and came of age when the role of women was relegated to being homemaker and caregiver.

In the midst of Barbara’s adolescence, the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  She maintained that that event was perhaps the defining moment of her life. She realized that the enormous destructive human potential that had produced the atomic bomb could be turned on its head and mined for our greatest creative potential.

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In Memoriam - Ralph Metzner

Ralph Metzner
May 18, 1936 – March 14, 2019

Ralph Metzner was a psychotherapist who began his career working with Timothy Leary on controversial studies at Harvard involving LSD and other drugs, and then spent a lifetime exploring and writing about expanded consciousness in all sorts of cultures and settings.

Dr. Metzner was a graduate student at Harvard when he began working with Dr. Leary and Richard Alpert (who later took the name Ram Dass), who were clinical psychology professors and had begun exploring therapeutic and other uses for LSD, psilocybin and similar hallucinogens. The three later collaborated on The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead (1964), one of the core texts of the emerging psychedelic movement.

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In Memoriam - Raven Grimassi

Raven Grimassi
April 12, 1951 – March 10, 2019

Gary Charles Erbe, known as Raven Grimassi, was an American scholar of paganism and author of over 20 books on the subjects of Wicca, Stregheria, and neo-paganism. Descended from Italian witches on his mother’s side, he popularized Stregheria, the religious practice of witchcraft with roots in Italy. Grimassi was a practitioner of witchcraft for over 45 years.

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In Memoriam - John Welwood

John Welwood
March 12, 1943 – January 17, 2019

John Welwood was an American clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, teacher, and author, known for integrating psychological and spiritual concepts. He was the Director of the East/West Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and an associate editor of Journal of Transpersonal Psychology.  He is known for coining the term “spiritual bypassing” to describe the use of spiritual ideas and practices to avoid unresolved emotional and psychological challenges.

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In Memoriam - Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver was an American poet whose work was characterized by directness, a conversational style, and great affection for nature and the outdoors.  She wrote more than 15 collections of poetry and essays and won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.  In 1998 Oliver was granted the Lannan Literary Award for lifetime achievement.  The New York Times described her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”

Oliver began writing poetry at the age of 14, and her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963 when she was 28.  By 1986 she was Poet In Residence at Bucknell University.

“One thing I do know is that poetry, to be understood, must be clear. It mustn’t be fancy,” she told US radio station NPR in a rare 2012 interview. “The two things I loved from a very early age were the natural world and dead poets, [who] were my pals when I was a kid.”

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In Memoriam - Rev. Thomas Keating

Rev. Thomas Keating
March 7, 1923 – October 25, 2018

The Rev. Thomas Keating was a Trappist monk and a pioneer in the worldwide Christian contemplative prayer movement. He played a major role in popularizing what is now known as centering prayer, a method of silent prayer that allows one to rest in the presence of God. Over
the years, his thoughts crystallized into what friends said became one of his favorite sayings: “Silence is God’s first language. Everything else is a poor translation.”

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In Memoriam - Shakti Gawain

Shakti Gawain
September 30, 1948 – November 11, 2018

Shakti Gawain was the cofounder of New World Library and author of the classic book Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Life (1978). It has been a bestselling book for nearly 40 years and has sold more than seven million copies worldwide.
 

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In Memoriam - Bernie Glassman

Roshi Tetsugen Bernie Glassman was an influential Zen teacher, an activist, and the co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers, a global organization integrating Zen practice and social action.  The organization, which he founded in 1980 with his late wife, Roshi Sandra Jishu Holmes, had been called the Zen Community of New York until 1996. The Zen Peacemakers is perhaps best known for leading “Bearing Witness” meditation retreats, which take practitioners to the sites of terrible tragedies such as Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Glassman, who was born in Brooklyn, started studying Zen in 1967 with Taizan Maezumi Roshi, who named him as his successor upon his death. Glassman went on to transmit the dharma to a number of well-known teachers, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Pat Enkyo O’Hara Roshi, and Peter Muryo Roshi Matthiessen.

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In Memoriam - Namkhai Norbu

Namkhai Norbu
December 8, 1938 – Sept 28, 2018

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