AMERICAN VEDA TOUR
The maiden voyage of American Veda Tours last March was both a delight and a great success, so we’re doing it again, this time in South India. Dates and cost, both subject to minor changes: October 13 to November 3, 2017, $4,600 (includes almost everything except transport to and from India). More details here. If you have questions, or want to make a tentative reservation, email us. Half the spaces have already been reserved by folks who were on the North India trip, so you might want to act quickly.
The podcast I cohost with Dennis Raimondi has posted more than 70 interviews with a diverse group of spiritual leaders, teachers, scholars and artists. We’re piling up listeners too, but we think the show deserves a lot more, so check it out, subscribe and spread the word. In addition to famous names (Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, et al) you’ll find a plethora of brilliant people who deserve attention. You’ll be grateful you discovered them.
MEDIA NEWS & RECOMMENDATIONS
I’m now contributing to Spirituality & Health magazine online, commenting on current events from a spiritual perspective. You can find my first six articles here. Feel free to comment, critique, or complain as you see fit.
Sutra Journal, an exquisitely designed and curated online monthly dedicated to the spiritual traditions and arts of India. I’d recommend specific articles, but there are so many of high quality that I can barely keep up myself, and I’m a consulting editor.
I am now on the Board of Directors for The Interfaith Observer, an important voice of the growing interfaith and interspiritual movement.
Two worthy books have come my way recently:
Sacred America, Sacred World, by Stephen Dinan. This insightful and thought-provoking book by the founder of The Shift Network is especially relevant at this perilous time in our nation’s history. Dinan prescribes a “transpartisan,” pragmatic approach to politics and social reform.
Dharma Parenting, by Robert Keith Wallace and Frederick Travis. Both authors are pioneer researchers on meditation and consciousness, and also experts on Ayurveda. They combine ancient wisdom and modern neuroscience to help parents unfold each child’s unique personality and potential.
Stephen Dinan was a recent guest on Spirit Matters, and Keith Wallace is coming soon.
October 9th, Phil will narrate The Beatles Musical Journey to India, with Joey Lugassy and the 7-piece band, at the One Love Festival in Ojai.
October 19th, Phil is giving a FREE LECTURE at Loyola Marymount, titled The Maharishi and the Mainstreaming of Meditation. Folks who’ve learned TM will be especially interested.
October 21st at YogaWorks Westlake Village, Phil is doing an intimate Beatles presentation with a fabulous trio.
And note these other upcoming events:
September 17. Yoga Day at Loyola Marymount University. A full day of classes and workshops, topped off by a healing concert with Wah! ALL FREE.
September 25. The wonderful charity, Yoga Gives Back, is giving its annual Namaste Award to David Lynch at its fundraiser in an elegant Malibu location. If you can’t attend, consider making a donation.
October 1. The annual Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award is being given to Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the first and only Hindu in the U.S. Congress. At Loyola Marymount.
Phil is working with award-winning filmmaker Lisa Leeman, co-producer and co-director of Awake, to create a documentary series based on American Veda. They have received three grants and hope to raise the additional funds needed to film key interviews. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.
Phil’s recently published articles
Empathy for the Detestable, Compassion for the Callous
Most deeply spiritual people, regardless of their ancestral religion or their chosen path, esteem human beings who exhibit certain qualities, such as empathy, compassion, lovingkindness, humility and generosity of spirit. We especially covet those traits in people who occupy positions of power and leadership. And in this overheated American election season, it is no secret that one of the candidates appears to lack those cherished attributes, which is why—with rare exceptions—every spiritual leader, teacher, practitioner or aspirant I’m aware of is opposed to, and alarmed by, Donald Trump.
Phil was honored to give an interview to the Shift Network‘s Yoga Day Summit: From Ancient Roots to Modern Transformation.
This interview is part of the Yoga Day Summit, a free online event featuring yogis from around the world who offer wisdom and practices for the radiant transformation of all.
For more information, please visit yogadaysummit.com.
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