Friday, March 27, 2009


Recordings of this series of interviews, broadcast on Tidings from Hazel Kahan in February and March, 2009 on WPKN 89.5 Bridgeport and 88.7 fm Montauk, are available as half-hour podcasts. Tidings from Hazel Kahan is produced by Tony Ernst.

In this three-part radio interview series, I asked four leading thinkers to talk about their views on the monumental changes gripping our world--the tumult, the shifting, the fall of hallowed institutions-- and what they believe the future holds.

In the first program, I had two conversations—the first with John Daido Loori, current abbot of the Zen Mountain Monastery in upstate New York, who analyses our current global crisis from a Zen Buddhist perspective. The second conversation was with Peter Russell, a writer and speaker who examines the tumult and crisis of our world in terms of our belief systems and the part that a developed consciousness can play in liberating our minds.

In the second program
, Andrew Harvey, a well known and distinguished mystic and scholar, a poet and a novelist, a translator of Rumi and, as architect of Sacred Activism and the Institute of Sacred Activism, a spiritual teacher and writer. He talks about the global crisis and the choices we face between, he says, suicide and transformation.

In the third and last part of this series, you will hear my conversation with Dr. Michael Conforti, a Jungian analyst, author and founder of the Assisi Institute, who uses the theories of Carl Jung to develop his Archetypal Pattern Analysis in which he provides what he calls ‘a meaningful confluence between science, spirituality and psychology’. Using these lens, he shares with us his views of the crisis in our world.

For greater understanding about who these thinkers are and if you'd like to contact them directly, please visit their web sites.