About Volume 1 Contributors

Journal administrator, graduate of CIIS's Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) program, and co-coordinator of the NWPI annual conference.

Peter is a leader in the adaption and transmission of Asian nondual wisdom. He is the Founder and Director of Education of Timeless Wisdom. He created the 9‐month Radiant Mind Course® (www.radiantmind.net) and the 10‐month Nondual Teacher and Therapist Training (www.nondualtraining.com). He has a Ph.D. in the philosophical psychology of Mahayana Buddhism.


Dan Scharlack is a psychotherapist and artist who lives and practices in San Francisco. He works with individual, couples, and groups. For the past 10 years he has seen clients in both public and private settings in New York, Boston, and the Bay Area. Dan has studied and taught with John Prendergast, who has invited him to lead classes for clinicians and others interested in the connection between Nondual Wisdom and psychotherapy. His passion is helping people from diverse backgrounds connect with their True Nature, and express this fully in everyday life. For more information please visit dan.scharlack.com.

Jeannie Zandi (M.A. Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University) is a revolutionary of the  Heart and the director of Living as Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring, teaching and supporting people to live from their essence as Love.  She has traveled widely in the US and Canada, bringing an embodied teaching of living from the Unknown.  Jeannie practiced as a psychotherapist in Colorado and New Mexico, and now works with people predominantly through her retreats.  She resides in Taos, New Mexico.


Gary Rosenthal is a poet and psychotherapist who originally studied at the Jung Institute-Zurich. A former Buddhist monastic, he’s the author of a collection of ecstatic love poems, The You That is Everywhere, a new poetry collection entitled An Amateur’s Guide to the Invisible World, and a forthcoming non-fiction book, The Death of Narcissus.


Richard Miller, PhD, author of Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing, is a psychologist and contemporary teacher of nondualism whose teachings emphasize spiritual awakening and psychological integration. Richard is founding president of the Integrative Restoration Institute, dedicated to understanding the impact of pure Awareness on well-being. Richard leads retreats worldwide with a focus on enlightened living in daily life. For information please visit www.irest.us.


Thomas Metzinger is the Director of the Philosophy Group at the Department of Philosophy at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, and he is the co-founder of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. His research focuses on philosophy of mind, especially on consciousness and the nature of the self. His books in English include The Ego Tunnel: The Science of the Mind and the Myth of the Self (2009), Basic Books; Being No One. The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity (2003) MIT Press; and Neural Correlates of Consciousness - Empirical and Conceptual Questions (2000) MIT Press. He is the author of many scholarly articles: http://www.philosophie.uni-mainz.de/metzinger/publikationen/


Alan Jacobs is a retired businessman and art dealer. He has made a lifelong study of mysticism, particularly focusing on the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff, J. Krishnamurti and Douglas Harding. Mr. Jacobs is the chairman of the Ramana Maharshi foundation in the U.K.He has edited several books, including Poetry for the Spirit; Ramana, Shankara and the Forty Verses; The Wisdom of Balsekar; The Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius; and a modern free verse translation of the Bhagavad Gita and the Principal Upanishads. Alan Jacobs has produced a collection of sacred poetry, "Myrobalan of the Magi.”


Dorothy Hunt, L.C.S.W., founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy, has practiced psychotherapy since 1967 and currently serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, Inc., teaching at the request and in the spiritual lineage of Adyashanti. Dorothy is the author of Only This!, editor of Love: A Fruit Always in Season, and a contributing author to both The Sacred Mirror and Listening from the Heart of Silence. For more information, you may visit www.dorothyhunt.org or call 415-567-8404.

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D., is a journeyman psychologist in private practice, licensed since 1987 and in the field of Psychology since 1977, doing what works in standing in Awareness, honoring intuitive wisdom, and moving with the flow of Spirit. He practices Presence-centered therapy drawing upon nondual Presence, witnessing, inquiry approaches (e.g., belief-role-story-pattern-false identity deconstruction), EMDR, building sustainable strong internal resources/emotional capacities, taking in the good, and sensory experiencing. He is on the Editorial Board of Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology.


Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years. The spiritual search came crashing down with the clear recognition of the nondual nature of everything. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: open, loving, spontaneous, and fully alive. Jeff presently holds meetings and retreats in the UK, Europe, and around the world, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding our seeking activities, to the nature of the mind, and to the clarity at the heart of everything.


G. Kenneth Bradford, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice, specializing in Contemplative-Existential Psychotherapy & Consultation. An Adjunct Professor at John F. Kennedy University, Ken is in the vanguard integrating meditative sensibilities and nondual presence into the practice of psychotherapy, and integrating therapeutic sobrieties into the wonderment of nondual presence.


Stephan Bodian is a teacher in the nondual wisdom tradition of Zen and Advaita Vedanta and the founder and director of the annual eight-month School for Awakening. Stephan trained for 10 years as a Buddhist monk and spent an additional 10 years studying Advaita Vedanta with Jean Klein. In 2001 he received Dharma transmission from Adyashanti. A licensed psychotherapist as well as a teacher, he offers spiritual counseling to clients worldwide. His books include Wake Up Now: A Guide to the Journey of Spiritual Awakening and Meditation for Dummies. For more information, visit stephanbodian.org.


John Astin, PhD: Along with his work as an internationally known researcher in the field of mind-body medicine, John  is a songwriter and recording artist and the author of Too Intimate for Words and This Is Always Enough, poetic and prose reflections on the nature of non-dual awareness.


Sherry Ruth Anderson is the co-author of The Feminine Face of God (Bantam/Random House) and The Cultural Creatives (Harmony) and is currently writing a book on growing old. In Canada, she chaired the Department of Psychological Research at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry and was Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto Medical School. Since 1990, she has studied the Diamond Approach to Spiritual Development® with A.H. Almaas and teaches this path in the US and Europe.  She is also a founding teacher in The Feminine Wisdom School.

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast.“Adyashanti” means primordial peace.


John J. Prendergast, Ph.D. is the editor-in-chief of Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology, the senior editor of two anthologies on the subject of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy – The Sacred Mirror (with Peter Fenner and Sheila Krystal) and Listening from the Heart of Silence (with Ken Bradford),  and has been a student of nondual teachings since reading the works of Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj over thirty years ago and then studying with the European sage Jean Klein from 1983 until his death in 1998 and with Adyashanti since 2001. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at CIIS and a psychotherapist in private practice in San Rafael. He also leads several private self-inquiry groups. Please see www.listeningfromsilence.com for more information.


Vol 1 Contributors

About Robert Cowart

Journal administrator, graduate of CIIS’s Integral Counseling Psychology (ICP) program, and co-coordinator of the NWPI annual conference.

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