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Andrew Harvey

Andrew-Harvey

Andrew Harvey was born in India in 1952, where he lived until he was 9 years old. He then went to several English private Schools, and studied at Oxford University where he later taught Shakespeare and French Literature until 1977.

He is an author, religious scholar and teacher of several mystic traditions, especially Hinduism and Sufism.

Harvey also emphasizes the Divine Feminine, as expressed with different names throughout the history as Isis, Kali, The Virgin Mary, or Mother Earth.

Harvey is widely known for his books on spiritual and mystical topics, among which should be highlighted Dialogues with a modern mystic, The Direct Path, The Essential Mystics, The Essential Gay Mystics, The Return of the Mother and Son of Man.

As an scholar and an expert on Rumi, he has written several books on the subject, namely The way of Passion, Celebration of Rumi, and Perfume of the desert.

In 1990 he col-laborated with Sogyal Rinpoche and Ptrick Gaffney in the writing of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

Throughout his work he synthesizes different mystical explorations and tries to reconcile eastern and western mysticism.

He is the founder of the Sacred Activism movement, to which he dedicates much of his time and energy. In The Hope, A Guide to sacred Activism, he defines this movement as “a spirituality that is only private and self-absorbed, one devoid of an authentic political and social consciousness, does little to halt the suicidal juggernaut of history. On the other hand, an activism that is not purified by profound spiritual and psychological self-awareness and rooted in divine truth, wisdom, and compassion will only perpetuate the problem it is trying to solve, however righteous its intentions. When, however, the deepest and most grounded spiritual vision is married to a practical and pragmatic drive to transform all existing political, economic and social institutions, a holy force – the power of wisdom and love in action – is born. This force I define as Sacred Activism”.

Andrew Harvey is one of the sixteen gay writers interviewed in Mark Thompson’s nook, Gay Soul. In the book Harvey among other things states that “gayness is a large wound, but also a large opportunity”.

The BBC edited in 1993 a documentary called The Making of a Modern Mystic, based on Harry Harvey’s life and works.

Harvey lives now in Arkansas where he continues to write, and travels around the world lecturing, and organizing travels to sacred sites around the world. The Watkins mind Body Spirit Magazine nominated him as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential People in the World.

More about Harrey Harvey’s life, books and Sacred activism can be found at: www.andrewharvey.net

Sources:
Andrew Harvey: Institute for Sacred Activism, www.andrewharvey.net
Mark Thompson. Gay Soul: Finding the Heart of Gay Spirit and Nature. 1994, HarperSanFrancisco.
Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Harvey

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist Zen monk, as well as a writer and peace activist. He is well known throughout the world for his teachings and books on mindfulness and peace, having published over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Buddhism, as well as poems and children’s stories.

He was born in central Vietnam in 1926. In the early seventies, after attending peace talks overseas, he was denied permission to return to Vietnam and went into exile in France, where he has been living for nearly four decades. In 1982 he founded the community of Plum Village near Bordeaux and has lived there since. In addition to the one in France, he has established several monasteries in other counties including the United States, Germany and Vietnam.

Thich Nhat Hanh introduced the concept of Mindfulness to the Western world within a Buddhist context, and wrote the The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation which is considered one of his best known works. Some of his other best selling books include Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living, Savor and Mindful Eating, Mindful Life and You are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment.

“His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.” (http://plumvillage.org)

Martin Luther King called Thich Nhat Hanh “an Apostle of peace and nonviolence”. The media has called him “The Father of Mindfulness”, “The Other Dalai Lama” and “The Zen Master Who Fills Stadiums”. He is affectionately known by his students as Thay which is Vietnamese for ‘teacher’.

Thich Nhat Hanh is also a renowned calligraphist. His works feature short phrases and words capturing the essence of his mindfulness teachings and have been exhibited in galleries and centres in numerous countries.

More recently, Thich Nhat Hanh has founded Wake Up, a worldwide movement of young people who want to train in the practices of mindful living, and he has launched a teacher training programme to introduce mindfulness in schools throughout the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh is now 88 years old and continued to write and teach at Plum Village.Until recently he travelled widely visiting his various centres and leading retreats around the world.On 11 November 2014, he experienced a severe brain haemorrhage and was taken to hospital, where he still is.

Sources:

http://plumvillage.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Nh%E1%BA%A5t_H%E1%BA%A1nh

Nhat Hanh, Thich. Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life.
Arnold Kotler (Ed). Bantam, 1992.

Nhat Hanh, Thich. The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of
Meditation
. Beacon Press, 1999.

Nhat Hanh, Thich. Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living. Parallax Press,
2009.