The Ultimate Goal: Enlightenment, Salvation, Self Realization, or Something Else?

May 11 - 15, 2014


Swami Medhananda Puri

Sri Swami Medhananda Puri is a distinguished, traditional teacher of Vedanta. He is simple, welcoming, readily accessible and approachable to all who seek the knowledge of Vedanta both for common public and Vedanta students. Students from different ashrams approach him for several Vedanta classes. In 1979 Swami Medhananda Puri joined Kailash Ashram, Rishikesh. He was initiated into Kailash Ashram monastic order. He mastered Vyakaranam, Mimamsa, Nyaya, Sankhya sastras, Advaita philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, ten principal Upanisads and Brahma Sutras. Over the years, he served as acharya at the ashram. In 1987 he was elevated as Treasurer and Manager of Kailash Ashram. A teacher of teachers, Swami Medhananda designed and taught several Vedanta courses. His students became acharyas, who are now teaching around the world.

Daniel Matt

Daniel Matt, PhD, is one of the world's leading authorities on Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. He is currently engaged in an immense project of translating and annotating the Zohar, the masterpiece of the Kabbalah. He is the author of The Essential Kabbalah and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality.

Joseph Mitchell

Joseph Mitchell, CP, is the executive director of the Earth & Spirit Center in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a Catholic priest and member of the Passionist religious order. Fr. Mitchell studied theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and earned a graduate degree in Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His work includes presenting retreats in Christian spirituality, meditation courses, workshops in the new cosmology, and religious environmental programs.

Rodney Devenish (Karma Kunzang Palden Rinpoche)

Karma Kunzang Palden Rinpoche (Rodney Devenish) is one of the three spiritual directors of the Dharma Fellowship of H.H the Gyalwa Karmapa. He is co-founder of The Hermitage, a meditation retreat center in B.C., Canada and an elder disciple of the late Karma Namgyal Rinpoche of the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Imam Jamal Rahman

Jamal Rahman iis co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Seattle and adjunct faculty at Seattle University. Imam Jamal is a spiritual counselor who has a passion for interfaith work and travels internationally, presenting spiritual teachings at retreats and workshops. His books include The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam and Out of Darkness Into Light: Spiritual Guidance in the Qur’an with Reflections from Christian and Jewish Sources, Spiritual Gems of Islam, and others.With Rabbi Ted Falcon and Pastor Don Mackenzie, he is one of the Interfaith Amigos.