Reflections on Life and Art

Kent Nerburn is the author of the new book Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art. Kent is a sculptor and award-winning author of sixteen books. He has been writing about Native American history and culture for almost thirty years, and is the founder and director of ‘Project Preserve’, working on the Red Lake Ojibwe reservation helping students collect memories of tribal elders. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Healing From Trauma

Suzanne Scurlock-Durana is the author of the new book, Reclaiming Your Body: Healing From Trauma and Awakening to Your Body’s Wisdom. Her Healing from the Core curriculum combined with CranioSacral therapy and other bodywork modalities creates a complete, body-centered guide to awareness, healing, and joy. She teaches around the world and lives in Reston, Virginia.

The Mastery of Self

The ancient Toltecs believed that life as we perceive it is a dream… that we each live in our own personal dream, and all of our dreams come together to make the Dream of the Planet. Problems arise when we forget that the dream is just a dream and fall victim to believing that we have no control over it. Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. is the author of the new book, The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom. He is a Nagual, a Toltec Master of Transformation. He is a direct descendant of the Toltecs of the Eagle Knight lineage and is the son of don Miguel Ruiz, who was Pathways a few years ago before his passing. By combining the wisdom of his family’s traditions with the knowledge gained from his own personal journey, don Miguel Jr. now helps others realize their own path to personal freedom.

The Activist’s Tao Te Ching

While Taoism is known for a quiet, enigmatic wisdom, the Tao can also have the cleansing force of a rushing river. William Martin is author of The Activist’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for a Modern Revolution. Bill is the author of several books on Taoist and Zen thought, including: The Parent’s Tao Te Ching, The Couple’s Tao Te Ching, The Sage’s Tao Te Ching … A Path and a Practice, and The Tao of Forgiveness. Along with writing about the Tao, Bill enjoys painting in the Taoist tradition.

The Philosophy of Childing

Mounting evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral, intellectual, and creative bang, but childhood isn’t merely a state of “becoming.” Maybe if we can find a way to embrace the defining qualities of youth, we can grow into and through an adulthood defined by wonder, curiosity, imagination, playfulness, and compassion. Christopher Phillips is the author of the new book, The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest. His writing and activism inspired the Socrates Café and Democracy Café gatherings—meet-ups in which people of all ages exchange ideas and philosophies while embracing the Socratic Method—and today there are more than six hundred ongoing gatherings around the world.

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Thubten Chodron is author of the new book, Don’t Believe Everything You Think: Living with Wisdom and Compassion. She is an American-born Buddhist nun, has studied and practiced Buddhism in India and Nepal since 1975. Chodron travels worldwide, teaching and leading meditation retreats, and is known for her clear and practical explanations of the Buddha’s teachings. She is the author of numerous books, including Buddhism for Beginners and Open Heart, Clear Mind. She is the founder of the Sravasti Abbey, in Newport, WA, which fulfills her long-held vision to share the Buddha’s teachings, incorporating the best elements of Western society, including gender equality and using technology to spread the Dharma.

Tibetan Reincarnation

Gehlek Rimpoche presents his book, Good Heart, Good Death: Tibetan Wisdom on Reincarnation. He was born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, is a highly regarded Buddhist teacher whose deep understanding, drawn from the rich wisdom of the Tibetan culture, is presented with simplicity and humor. He is an incarnate Lama of Drepung Monastic University, the largest Tibetan monastery that ever existed, housing at its zenith over 13,000 monks. Rimpoche received the scholastic degree of Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree given, at a exceptionally young age. He gained renown for his powers of memory, intellectual judgement, and penetrating insight.