Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
I saw this issue of the Watkins Review linked on a recent blog by Diane Hamilton, and wanted to share it here. The Watkins Review has come out with a list of the 100 most influential living spiritual teachers or figures. Ken Wilber made number nine on the list, just beaten out by Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey!
What were their criteria? From their website:
1) The person has to be alive
2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale
3) The person is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, and highlighted throughout the blogosphere
Read the list and check out the issue here.
(I wasn't familiar with the Watkins Review, but it looks like it's a magazine put out by a metaphysical bookseller, Watkins Books, so it looks like their list includes only those likely to show up on New Age or quasi-New Age radar).
Michel de Notre-dame or Nostradamus, Manly.P.Hall, Cagliostro, Comte de St Germain, Franz Mesmer, Christian Rosencreutz, lautréamont, Horbigger, André Breton, Rainhold Ebertin, Sepharial, St Martin, Jacques de Mollay, Paracelsus, Albert Magus, Abulafia, Ibn Marwan, Moses de Leon, Swedenborg, Rasputin, Gurdieff, Rabelais, pedro el santero, baron Samedi, fra Grandier, Goshalak, Devadatta.
How about Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche ... ?
Hey, folks: isn't including dead people cheating? The original Watkins list specifies LIVING spiritual leaders...
So for my list I've included, in no particular order, people who are still living and who self-identify in some fashion as spiritual or religious, with an emphasis on those I have met face-to-face or whose talks, rituals, or teachings I've attended in person. (Those in parenthesis are teachers whose works/actions have influenced me but whom I've never met): Thomas Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, Agbonkhianmeghe Orabator, Justin Langille, Barbara Quinn, Meg Funk, Sudhamani aka "Amma," Thich Nhat Hanh, Helen Prejean, Jim Wallis, James Martin, Richard Groves, Catholic Workers, Rami Shapiro, Michael Lerner, Michael Dowd, Jack Jezreel, Jane Via, (Karen Armstrong), (Luisah Teisch), (Ken Wilber), (Brian Swimme), (Stephen Colbert), (Beatrice Bruteau), (Joan Chittister), (Cornel West), (David Richo).